Hundreds of applicants showed up today hoping to be chosen to teach in one of Hillsborough County School District's elementary schools.
Tomorrow there will likely be hundreds more hoping to secure a job as a middle school or high school teacher in Hillsborough. The district is holding two days of interviews at Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa for its roughly 1,000 teaching jobs.
"We do have a lot of interest … from other counties where teachers are being displaced," said James Goode, supervisor of teacher recruitment for the district.
The turnout certainly contradicts recent news about Florida educators fleeing the field due to angst over upcoming changes from Tallahassee:
•A new requirement that public employees contribute 3 percent of their salary toward their pensions, sparking a lawsuit from the teachers union.
•The state Legislature has changed how teachers will be evaluated, ending the practice of job protection known as tenure and tying status and pay to student test scores.
With all that in mind, would you be interested in a teaching at a public school? What would you say to your child considering a career in education?