By Tim Kowols
School district officials are experiencing smaller pools of qualified candidates for their open positions this fall. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last winter, 25 percent of school districts reported an extreme shortage of applicants for positions, especially in areas of special education and technical education. Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml is confident they will be able to fill their open positions before the school year starts in September despite the smaller, but extremely qualified hiring pool, but says they need to make sure teaching is an attractive profession.
The number of students enrolled in teacher preparation programs statewide has dropped steadily since before the controversial Act 10 rules were put in place dropping from 12,569 during the 2009-2010 school year to 8,867 just a few years ago according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.