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The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools.

The annual report points to issues such as a scarcity of certified teachers in subject areas such as general science, physics and chemistry when compared to fields such as elementary education. Also, it details factors such as teacher-education programs turning out relatively few science and math teachers.

When she's trying to decide which art supplies to buy for her class, Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens hops on Instagram. She'll post the question on her Instagram story, and within minutes, other art teachers will send her ideas and videos.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers and students separately protested the abrupt transfer of three administrators and a security guard as part of an ongoing investigation into mistakes leading up and following the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead on campus.

About 60 teachers stood in a line in front of the Parkland high school early Tuesday morning, some holding signs that read: "Who is this helping?" A few hours later, a few hundred students walked out of class and gathered in a park down the street, a few chanting, "Bring them back!"

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Over the last eight weeks, nearly 6,000 Broward County teachers and staff members at more than 85 public elementary, middle and high schools have completed a 'Stop The Bleed' emergency and first aid training course.

Participants learn to use tourniquets and dress fake gashes and bullet wounds. The idea is to be able to stop severe bleeding and take care of significant wounds before paramedics arrive.

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What is it like to be a teacher in South Florida? What are the challenges teachers face daily?

According to the Florida Education Association (FEA), approximately 250,000 students started school without a permanent teacher. There are more than 4,000 teacher openings across the state. 

Voters Approve Property Tax To Give Broward Teachers Six Percent Raise

Aug 29, 2018
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Broward voters put aside their concerns about school district financial management and approved a new property tax earmarked for teachers, school security officers and student mental health care.

The tax is expected to raise $93 million a year, most of which will be used to give teachers a 6 percent raise. The higher pay will last for four years and would have to be renewed by voters in 2022 to continue.

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Most public schools in South Florida provide few supplies to teachers at the start of a new school year.

Dwan Hunt McClain is a teacher at North Miami Senior High School. She said the school gives her a stapler, a pack of paper and maybe some pens. 

"Everything else is on us," she said.

The Education Fund, an organization that was created to find ways for the private sector to help public education, has been providing a space for teachers to get school supplies for 25 years, through a partnership with Ocean Bank.

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Fed up with lack of funding from Tallahassee and under pressure from a frustrated teacher corps that can't keep up with skyrocketing costs of living, the Miami-Dade County school district may soon turn to voters for help.

At a special board meeting Wednesday, the School Board unanimously voted to direct district staff to develop language for a referendum to be placed on the November ballot. It would ask voters if they would pay more in property taxes to supplement educator salaries and fund school safety personnel.

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Public education activists rallied on Monday morning against a new Florida law that threatens the existence of teachers' unions. 

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Dozens of public school teachers filled the sidewalk outside a Miami-Dade County School Board meeting earlier this month, demanding raises with loud chants and colorful signs.

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Students in South Florida could soon have an app to help them with their mental health. Teacher Samantha Pratt came up with the idea as a way for students to find help dealing with personal or school stressors. The app, called Klickengage, would also let teachers know the mental states of their students before the school day gets underway.

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Fifty years ago, Florida was home to the first statewide teacher strike in the nation. The protest led state leaders to guarantee public employees’ right to collective bargaining in the constitution and state law, making Florida a leader in the South.

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Florida teachers’ unions are planning to sue the state over a new law that threatens their long-term survival.

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