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What’s causing the Wisconsin teacher shortage?

by Chris Butsch

Open teaching positions in Wisconsin used to be met with a flood of applicants. Now, positions remain unfilled. What’s causing the drought?

Historically low unemployment and changing perceptions of the teaching profession are partial culprits. Teachers today must contend with overbearing parents, administrative politics and mental health issues (their own and their students’).

But many point the finger at Act 10. The ignominious centerpiece of the 2011 protests, Act 10 slashed salaries, benefits and the collective bargaining power of educators.

UW-Madison has assembled a task force, helmed by the dean of the school of education, to address the shortage.

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