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Duval Schools report over 500 teaching vacancies

Mary Grey, a language specialist, helps out in the classroom.
Dan Krauss
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for NPR
Mary Grey, a language specialist, helps out in the classroom.

The number of teachers willing to enter the classroom in Florida this school year continues to dwindle, and Duval County is no exception.

A new survey released by the Florida Education Association shows over 9,500 teaching and staff vacancies statewide. Around this time last year, the same agency reported nearly 5,000 shortages.

As of this week, Duval County Public Schools reported 529 vacancies for certified teachers, up 23% — nearly 100 positions — compared to the start of last school year. This year's vacancies are almost double the number Duval saw at the beginning of 2020-21 school year.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.