Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at New Port Richey High Schools
Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz is expected to join DeSantis.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis will be in the Tampa Bay area Tuesday morning to visit a high school in New Port Richey.
DeSantis is scheduled to speak around 8:30 a.m. at River Ridge High School. Florida Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz is also expected to join the school governor.
Details on what DeSantis might discuss or announce have not been released.
Last week, DeSantis said he was looking to recruit military veterans for the classroom, in part to help ease teacher and school staff shortages across the state.
He signed SB 896, which allows the Department of Education to issue a temporary teaching certificate to specified service members who meet certain criteria.
Under the Under the Military Veterans Certification Pathway program, veterans could receive a temporary five-year school certificate while they complete their bachelor’s degree if they meet the following requirements:
- Minimum of 48 months of military service with an honorable/medical discharge,
- Minimum of 60 university credits with a grade point average of 2.5,
- Florida Domain Examination Passing Score,
- Employment in a Florida school district, including charter schools
- A background check cleared
Approved veterans would be assigned a mentor teacher for at least two years to support them.
But the schedule isn’t official yet — the State Board of Education is considering implementing the rule on Aug. 17.
The governor’s push comes as Tampa Bay-area students return to school with hundreds of teaching, administrative and bus-driving positions still vacant.
Learn more about applying for Bay Area school district vacancies here.
Florida veterans can learn more about applying for the Temporary Teaching Certificate Program here.
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