By Baxter Colburn
Enrollment in teacher licensing programs in Wisconsin has dropped 30% since 2010, causing massive shortages statewide in qualified teachers. An estimated 20% of all students studying to become teachers never finish the program and switch to a different career. Luxemburg-Casco Superintendent Glenn Schlender says ACT 10 legislation has played a massive impact on the recent shortage not only locally, but on a state-level as well.
Wisconsin isn’t the only state dealing with a shortage of education-based jobs. Neighboring states like Indiana have seen a 60% drop in enrollment, while Iowa has seen only a 23% decrease in interest. The reality is that many teachers feel underpaid, shown no respect and want to be in a career where they feel fulfilled and appreciated for their efforts according to Schlender.