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Teacher turnover

Superintendents band together to try to alleviate teacher shortage

Shortening teacher preparation programs will save MSU students $16,700 in tuition and get them into teaching jobs faster.

More than 60% of Michigan’s teaching workforce is over the age of 40, and the pipeline of new candidates is running low.

Lawmaker proposes putting uncertified college students in classrooms to alleviate a crippling teacher shortage.

Secretaries, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers could soon teach classes even if they don’t have a single college credit.

A teacher shortage in the state’s public schools has grown worse during the pandemic. State Supt. Michael Rice wants to make it easier to certify teachers while providing financial incentives to get more young people into the profession.

Districts spotlighted in the audit couldn’t prove that new teachers had been assigned mentors or that teachers’ annual evaluations were based on a classroom visit — both of which are legal requirements.

When Chalkbeat obtained a trove of data about the teacher workforce in Michigan, we saw an opportunity to tell the stories of the humans behind the numbers. 

Michigan has a teacher turnover problem that affects the education landscape for some students. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some solutions.