The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reports the state has nearly 30 percent fewer new teachers than it had 10 years ago.

Recent stories have focused on the difficulty districts having in finding substitutes, but full-time teachers are in short supply, too. A D-P-I spokesperson says the problems are caused by how hard it is to become a teacher and the relatively low pay for some new teachers. Wisconsin’s numbers are actually similar to bordering states Illinois and Michigan, where new teacher numbers are down almost 60 percent over the same 10-year period.

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