Hillsborough ‘Permanent Teacher’ shortage at some schools

Miles Elementary has a permanent teacher shortage.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – On Tuesday, class will start back up again for the year at Hillsborough County Public Schools. As she prepares to start packing up lunches and to help with homework, Tampa parent Eimear Towler is not a happy camper.

“I got dismissed. Putting one of my kids in a room with the teacher was not on the priority list, is what I got told,” said Towler, who has three children who attend Miles Elementary.

She received their class assignments on Friday and was shocked to find out two of her children had no permanent teacher assignments for the year. Towler told News Channel 8 she is especially worried about her kindergartner, Joey.

“I am worried about the environment he is walking into tomorrow. I don’t know who is going to be in the room with him when he walks in whether it is going to be a sub that works at Miles Elementary or a sub from Kelly Services, who Hillsborough County outsourced their subbing to. So, is he going to have a different sub every week? I don’t know,” said Towler.

According to superintendent Jeff Eakins, the district has close to 200 vacancies right now that they are working hard to fill as soon as possible. “Sometimes, things happen at the last minute. This is nothing that principal could have anticipated. So, we definitely want to make sure that their child has a teacher as soon as possible,” said Eakins.

Towler tells News Channel 8 she is now exploring other options for her children, including various charter schools and private schools in the area.


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