Around the South for Feb. 5: GA/NC; AR & FL

Georgia/North Carolina: Teacher shortage growing. A study cited by Phil Kent in InsiderAdvantage Georgia noted that 44% of the Peach State’s new teachers leave the profession within five years, and two out of three teachers surveyed said they wouldn’t recommend teaching as a profession. And in North Carolina, a UNC official noted yesterday in the News & Observer that enrollment in the 15 state schools of education has declined by 30% since 2010 ……. Arkansas: Trump visits Little Rock. Fresh off his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump addressed a crowd of thousands in Little Rock on Wednesday, part of his strategy of campaigning early in the SEC primary states voting on March 1. “We’re going to win, win, win,” Trump told the cheering crowd of thousands, reported He added, “These political people are really, really dishonest. They are a bunch of dishonest cookies.” …….. Florida: Taddeo getting DC support. In a column in Sunshine State News, columnist Nancy Smith opines that support for congressional candidate Annette Taddeo by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer squeezed potential primary foe Andrew Korge out of the race. Taddeo is running in the 26th District (Dade County), currently held by Republican Carlos Curbelo …….