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Low pay impacting Florida's teachers.

Just donít come to Florida to teach. It literally doesnít pay and you canít afford a home here. If youíre a young teacher, thereís time to change professions. If youíre in college and think you want to teach in FL, just donít. Change your major!


The students in Ms. Stringer's chemistry class at North Port High School would crack up when Alex Foley, 17, slipped and called his teacher by her first name, Jen.

It was an honest mistake. She wasn't just his teacher last year ó she was also his coworker.

By day Stringer teaches high school chemistry. By night, she waits tables at the British Open Pub in Venice, hustling pints of beer to the snowbirds who pack the pub each night and working alongside kids she explained covalent bonds to hours earlier.

A 10-year teaching veteran in Sarasota County Schools, Stringer is struggling to stretch her $57,423 annual salary to cover the costs of housing, putting two kids through college and her own roughly $15,000 student debt from earning her master's degree.
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