California Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the launch of a website that seeks to facilitate the recruitment of qualified military veterans to join the state's schools as teachers.
On the 17th, the State Board of Education will implement a program for veterans to temporarily certify their ability to teach. The certificates will be valid for five years, while they complete their degree, provided they meet certain criteria. This rule is supplemented in SB 896, which Governor DeSantis signed into law earlier this year after receiving unanimous bipartisan support during the 2022 session," details the official's website.
"Florida is the most veteran and military friendly state in the nation. We also know that our veterans have talents and skills that they can offer our students," the governor noted.
In Florida, we believe veterans have a wealth of knowledge and experience they can bring to the classroom, so we created a new program to help vets become teachers.
We stand by our veterans and want them in our classrooms. pic.twitter.com/PlDIb3lz8w
- Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 11, 2022
Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. assured that a total of 1.7 million veterans will be able to contribute to Florida's workforce.
Requirements for veterans
These are the requirements published on the governor's website, so that veterans who wish to become teachers can apply:
- Minimum of 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical discharge.
- Minimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 grade point average.
- Passing score on a Florida subject area exam.
- Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools.
- Background check cleared.