Florida schools are set to open next month with 9,500 teaching vacancies.
Hoping to fill the gap, the state is changing its standards to try and get one specific group in the classroom: military veterans.
One of the laws that went into effect on July 1 opens up new opportunities for veterans to teach. The program has been in place for years, but only now the state has changed some of the requirements as it desperately searches for teachers.
Vets must have 48 months of service, 60 college credits, a 2.5 GPA and pass a required test.
If they meet the standards, vets can teach for up to five years, while also being given a mentor to help them transition into the new field.
The state program is an extension of a federal initiative that has helped more than 100,000 veterans become teachers since 1993.