ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida has thousands of teacher vacancies across the state, and two bilingual college students are looking to help fill those spots.
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Waldemar Rivera and Wildia Marrero plan to receive teaching certificates from Ana G. Méndez University by November after they finish their 12-week residency.
Although they're still students, they look forward to leading their future classrooms in Florida, especially being bilingual.
Here are five facts about current teacher vacancies in Florida:
- According to the Florida Education Association, a statewide teachers union, there are more than 3,500 teaching vacancies this school year.
- In January, the teachers union reported there were more than 2,000 job vacancies.
- The FEA reports there were there were 4,000 vacancies last August.
- A reason for these vacancies could be the low teacher pay. The National Education Association reports Florida is ranked 46th nationwide in teacher pay.
- Last year, according to the NEA, the average starting salary for teachers was more than $39,000, but in Florida it was $37,000.
To learn more about Rivera and Marrero’s story, watch above.