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Report: Florida one of the worst states for teachers

A teacher’s life and career can be affected by a great many things. This includes the legal issues that come up for them over the course of their career. There are a variety of things that could lead to a teacher facing impactful legal matters. This includes being accused of misconduct by a student, parent or the school they are with. Standing up for one’s rights in the face of such allegations can have many complex aspects. Skilled attorneys can guide teachers through this complicated, impactful and sometimes confusing process.

Teachers can also be impacted quite a bit by conditions in the state they teach in. States vary greatly in the laws, policies, economic conditions and overall circumstances they have related to education and their school systems. So, teachers in different states can be in very different overall situations.

WalletHub recently ranked the states (and Washington D.C.) on how they are for teachers. The rankings point to Florida being one of the more challenging places for individuals in this profession. It was ranked 47th on the list of best places in the U.S. for teachers. This made it the 5th least teacher-friendly place in the country.

The overall rankings were based off of metrics coming from two categories:

  • Opportunity & competition: Examples of metrics from this category include those regarding teacher pay, benefits and protections.
  • Academic & work environment: Metrics involving school system quality, teacher-student ratios and teacher safety are a few examples of the factors this category included.

As a note, 70 percent of the points that were used to determine the scores the rankings were based off of came from the opportunity & competition category.

Florida was in the middle of the pack when it came to academic & work environment. It was ranked 25th in this category.

Meanwhile, the state was nearly at the very bottom for opportunity & competition. For this category, Florida was ranked 50th. Hawaii was the only state Florida ranked better than in this category.

What do you think is the hardest thing about being a teacher in Florida? What impacts do you think the current conditions for teachers in Florida are having on overall education quality in the state?

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