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Hundreds of teacher vacancies in Tampa Bay area's largest school district

Posted at 5:47 PM, Oct 05, 2018

The Hillsborough County School District currently has dozens of teacher vacancies in the district. 

Right now, the largest school district in the Bay area has 285 teacher vacancies almost a quarter of the way into the school year. 

This means substitute teachers are in the classroom teaching all different levels. 

Currently, we found third, fourth, and fifth grades all have nearly two dozen openings. 

Robert Kriete, Hillsborough County's Teacher's Union says parents should be concerned with so many subs in front of some classrooms, adding it's too many for their liking. 

The union represents nearly 10,000 of the roughly 14,000 teachers within the district. 

A spokesperson with Hillsborough County Schools tells us the teacher vacancies is two percent. They assure parents that most of the substitute teachers have degrees, and many go on to get teaching certificates. 

It's no secret though, there's a teacher shortage across the state and part of that may be because of Florida's required state test that teachers can't pass. 

Read our complete series on Florida's failing teachers here.

On top of that, students coming out of local universities aren't looking for careers in education. 

Kriete says the solution to the problem is better funding for public schools and that would mean going to the polls in November. 

As of right now, there are no incentives to hire quality teachers in Hillsborough County.

Kriete said there is not the funding to do that.