By Roger Weeder First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Schools districts across the First Coast are already sizing up their needs in classroom with nearly 2,000 teachers in demand.
State officials project Florida will need 30,000 new teachers by Fall to replace those retiring, and for growth.
Duval County expects it will need 1,000 teachers and Clay County is saying it's system will need 500.
University of North Florida each year graduates 250 teachers and nearly 1,000 students are enrolled in the College of Education.
Andy Nelson is a student teacher who plans to make the transition from the military to the classroom. Nelson says he wants to make a difference.
"Unfortunately the pay is not that great, not going to get rich doing it. Which therefore justifies why all of us are doing it because we love children and want to see them grow," he says.
The Board of Education is proposing to ask the legislature for 30 million dollars for teacher recruitment and retention. School districts would then be asked to match that amount to keep classrooms with teachers.
First Coast News