A national teacher shortage is hitting Florida school districts hard.
In Duval County, dozens of schools are listed as "high priority" by the Florida Department of Education.
With student enrollment on the rise, it's a problem school leaders are scrambling to solve.
As of Feb. 1 2017, Duval County School District has more than 100 vacant teacher positions and St. Johns County says they have about 17.
"Right now there's a deficit area in Math, Science, Special Education and reading," teacher recruiter Kathe Carrow says
Carrow is a former Duval County Public Schools teacher. She taught for nearly 40 years.
DCPS is losing teachers to resignations, retirements, and a decline in new education graduates, according to district representatives.
Of the 198 schools in Duval County's District, 29 of them are classified as "high priority" by the Florida Department of Education. That means these schools either this current year or for the past three consecutive years have had a high percentage of teachers who need to be certified or are experiencing a shortage of teachers.
For districts across the country, it means overcrowded classrooms and according to Carrow a less than stellar learning environment.
"This is our future. Children are our future so we want to make it as good for them as possible," says Carrow.
Carrow works with non-profit American Board. The group was awarded a $50M grant to solve the teacher deficit in in 15 states including Florida, according to Carow.
Carrow says the program is geared towards helping people become teachers without going back to school.
"It's better for somebody whose already graduated from school because they don't have to do an internship. When you have a desire to have a second career, you have to work so doing an internship is not always possible," Carrow says.
The American Board program is done entirely online and according to Carrow takes less than a year to complete.
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