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Help Wanted: An Analysis of the Public School Teacher Pipeline in Greater Milwaukee

Our new research shows that the educator workforce in Greater Milwaukee is stretched, with districts struggling to retain current teachers and the supply of new teachers to fill vacancies shrinking over a recent five-year period.

Key findings:

  • Enrollments in Wisconsin teacher preparation programs are down 27.9%. Nationwide, enrollments are down 35.3%.
  • More than a quarter of the teaching workforce in Metro Milwaukee is over age 50; as this group ages, departures are likely to become more numerous.
  • About 62% of newly hired teachers in Metro Milwaukee are in their first year of teaching.
  • According to local school district human resources professionals, aside from retirement, most teachers leave for money or family obligations.


Media Coverage

"DPI expanding teacher license options to address staffing shortages"
Wisconsin State Journal

"Teacher turnover struggles at MPS"
Newsradio 620 WTMJ

"Teacher Shortage Continues to Grow in Wisconsin"

"Wisconsin can invest in future by investing in teachers"
The Badger Herald

"Wisconsin Produces Fewer Future Teachers As More Veterans Leave Profession"
Wisconsin Public Radio

"Why One Milwaukee Teacher Left the Classroom"

"New Study Shows Teacher Shortage"
Urban Milwaukee

"Milwaukee Has A Problem Attracting and Retaining Teachers"

"Study: Metro Milwaukee could face teacher shortage"

"Teachers Leaving Milwaukee Area More Than Anywhere in the State"

"Milwaukee Has A Problem Attracting and Retaining Teachers"

"Pace of teacher exodus in Milwaukee area outpaces state, report says"
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Salary disparities may deepen teacher shortage in Wisconsin"
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel