Hillsborough teacher talks about need in classrooms

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Hillsborough County is ranked among the top 25 districts in the state of Florida, but it still faces challenges that can be seen across the country.


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  • Local educator says funding, or lack thereof, is still a widespread problem in Florida school districts

  • Hillsborough County is ranked among the top 25 districts in the state of Florida, but still faces issues that are also seen nationally

  • Teacher Janderlyn White has been an educator for 8 years and says it’s not uncommon for teachers to spend their own money to improve student learning experiences

“They call it the trickle down effect,” said teacher Janderlyn White. “When you’re at the highest level of government and you’ve never been in a classroom, how can you really say you know what’s best for these students?”

Janderyln White has been an educator for eight years and says her passion was inherited from her mother, who taught for 40 years before retiring.

White spoke on a number of topics, including teacher shortages, overcrowded classrooms and the long debate over teacher pay.

“At the private school where I used to teach, the base salary was $37,000,” she said. “It’s hard to be honest, it’s really hard. Before that, I was already catching up on things that I couldn’t afford. Getting paid what we get paid as teachers, you make sure that that works.

White said his current Hillsborough County school provides a fair amount of resources, but said it’s still not uncommon for teachers to spend their own money to improve student learning experiences.

“Some of these parents in Title 1 schools are working two jobs just trying to survive,” she said. “I have chosen to work in Title 1 schools since becoming a teacher. It’s hard to see the funds going elsewhere because those underserved areas – that’s the first place the money is withdrawn.”

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