Fewer Teachers, Bigger Classes, and More Poverty in Wisconsin Schools
The number of teachers in Wisconsin public schools has fallen dramatically over the last several years, according to a new analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project, an independent Madison-based research group that focus on tax and budget policy. Even before the budget cuts and collective bargaining changes of 2011, Wisconsin was losing teachers at a faster rate than most other states.
Wisconsin lost 2,900 teacher full-time equivalents (FTEs) between the 2004-05 and the 2010-11 school years. That amounts to early 1 out of every 20 teachers working in public schools. 2010-11is the most recent school year for which the National Center on Education Statistics has information. Only seven other states lost a bigger share of their teacher workforce over this period, according to the report.