Ron DeSantis signed the Teachers Bill of Rights into law back in May.
Big Labor bosses at the teachers union responded to the educational reforms with outrage.
And Florida’s Education Commissioner dropped the hammer on the teachers union for telling this huge lie about Ron DeSantis.
Ron DeSantis made reforming Florida’s educational system one of the top priorities for his second term in the Governor’s Mansion.
DeSantis gave teachers more autonomy over their classrooms and prohibited the government from deducting union dues from the paychecks of teachers.
He also freed students from being trapped in failing government schools by signing Universal School Choice legislation into law.
DeSantis ultimately signed several other educational reforms into law.
“The legislation lengthens temporary teacher certifications, provides $1.1 billion in teacher raises, and implements a recruitment bonus for retired military veterans and first responders to enter the teaching profession,” FLVoice reported.
Of course, DeSantis’ educational reforms turned him into the number-one enemy of the powerful teachers union.
Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar recently told Newsweek that DeSantis’ reforms are leading to the “worst teacher and staff shortage we’ve ever seen in the state of Florida.”
In a statement, Spar claimed that “far too many children in Florida won’t have the first day of school they deserve” because of Ron DeSantis.
But Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. dropped the hammer on the teachers union with a truth bomb about teacher shortages in the Sunshine State.
“Contrary to the lies from @FloridaEA, the teacher recruitment programs championed by @GovRonDeSantis are helping to alleviate the nationwide teacher shortage,” Diaz wrote on social media.
— Manny Diaz Jr. (@CommMannyDiazJr) August 15, 2023
According to Diaz, Jr., the average rate of vacancies per school was 1.28 compared to the national average of 2.
This is a decrease from Florida’s rate of 1.4 at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
“It has been a top priority of the Governor, the Florida Legislature and the Department of Education to recruit high-quality teachers to fill our classrooms,” Diaz said in a press release. “It is clear from the nearly 10% decline in teacher vacancies reported today that their hard work has paid off.”
The teachers union boss lied and claimed DeSantis’ reforms are creating a shortage of teachers in Florida.
But Commissioner Diaz, Jr. set the record straight by noting that Florida is performing better than the national average in the area of teacher vacancies.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.