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Fewer students consider careers in teaching

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The numbers of teacher training candidates in the U-W System has dropped since the Act-10 bargaining limits for teachers and other public workers began in 2011. The Wisconsin State Journal said the numbers of junior-and-senior teaching candidates fell by 2.8-percent from 2010-through-2012. In the previous two years, the numbers of teaching candidates had risen by almost 7-percent.

Nobody knows exactly why the numbers had fallen. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell of the U-W Madison School of Education said that for the first time, some graduates said they were ill-prepared for what they called the political atmosphere that surrounds teaching. Those graduates were surveyed on their experiences three years after completing the training.

Hanley-Maxwell also said the numbers of teachers planning to work until retirement, or for as long they could, dropped dramatically. In 2009, 85-percent of teachers said they planned to work as long as possible. Last year, that number plunged to 39-percent. Again, Hanley-Maxwell was not sure exactly why.

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