How clashes over COVID safety are driving educators to the breaking point
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona repeated his support for making COVID vaccines mandatory in K-12 schools
September 28, 2021
Administrators and educators say they are under siege by both the public and political leaders as they mandate masks and set other policies to block the spread of COVID in their classrooms.
A new DeSantis Administration rule allowing Florida students designated as close contacts to stay in school if they are asymptomatic could drive teachers away from the profession, says Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association union.
There were nearly 9,000 vacancies advertised in Florida schools in August, with about 5,000 of those being for teachers. The new rule interferes with teachers’ ability to provide students with a high-quality and safe public education, Spar said.