Florida Schools to Hire Evacuated Teachers

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Education is arranging to hire evacuated teachers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to teach in Florida schools.

Florida Education Commissioner John Winn says school districts are acting quickly to hire teachers who can't go home because of damage from Hurricane Katrina. Winn estimates that hundreds of teachers from the Gulf Coast are in Florida now, living with friends or relatives. He says Florida wants to make it as easy as possible for those teachers to find jobs.

The state is waiving the cost of the teacher certification exam, but Winn says Florida is not relaxing its teaching standards for the evacuees. He says teachers who fulfilled comparable certification requirements in other states are welcome to teach in Florida.

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