Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program

This report summarizes the effects of Florida's statewide program to increase the supply of teachers in designated "hard-to-staff" areas, such as special education, math, and science. The study found that the loan forgiveness component of the program was effective, but that the impact of loan forgiveness varied with the generosity of payments. When fully funded, the program reduced attrition of special education teachers by 12.3 percent, but did not have a statistically significant impact when funding was substantially reduced.