DeSantis Decides To Recruit Military Veterans As School Teachers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is offering a new opportunity for military veterans in his state — they can now serve their country by filling in teacher vacancies, as Florida currently has 9,000 vacancies across the state.

The governor hopes to recruit veterans to help solve that problem, announcing in a Tuesday statement that he wants state legislators to open up new opportunities for veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders to receive temporary teaching certificates.

DeSantis also revealed that the Florida Department of Education had launched a new website providing details of the program, called the Military Veterans Certification Pathway. The program will allow veterans with the proper qualifications to be able to receive a five-year temporary education certificate while they work to finish their bachelor’s degree.

“If you have four years of active-duty military service, if you’ve been honorably discharged, if you have a minimum of 60 college credits with a 2.5 or better grade point average and you have a passing score on the subject area exam for the course you want to teach, you’re going to be able to get a five-year temporary teaching certificate,” the governor explained. “You’ll be eligible to be hired as you work toward your four-year bachelor’s degree.”

DeSantis went on to assert that there are no better people to fill these vacant teaching positions than veterans who have already served our country.

“Every morning our students recite the Pledge of Allegiance while looking at the Star-Spangled Banner,” the governor said in a video promoting the program. “It’s fitting that the teacher in the classroom is somebody who took an oath and put his or her life on the line to preserve, protect and defend our flag and the freedom it represents.”

DeSantis made sure to mention that individuals interested in teaching will not be able to indoctrinate students with extreme political views, stating: “We are not going to let this state descend into some type of woke dumpster fire. We’re going to be following common sense. We’re going to be following facts, and that’s really important.”

The Florida State Board of Education is currently in the process of considering a rule outlining the qualifications and steps that veterans need to take to receive their temporary teaching certificate without a bachelor’s degree.

Meanwhile, teachers unions have expressed strong opposition to the idea, claiming that educators are angry at the fact that someone with merely a high school education can now pass the test and receive a five-year temporary certificate while they had to go through a much more difficult process to obtain their certificate.

Watch the governor’s full press conference below: