Sunshine State lures teacher applicants via the Web

Like the rest of the country, Florida is struggling with a severe teacher shortage.

To attract teachers to Florida schools, the state launched www.teachinflorida.com, a Web site that lists job vacancies, online applications, lesson plans and other career resources for teachers. The National Education Association reports that the nation will need more than 2 million new teachers in the next decade.

Bill Edmonds, director of public information for the Florida Board of Education, said the site has had more than 7 million visits since its debut in August. The board received more than 15,000 resumes through the site. Edmonds said he has not yet run a report on the number of teachers the state has hired through the site, but he plans to report this information soon.

Infinity Software Development Inc. of Tallahassee, Fla., developed the site using Microsoft SQL Server.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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