Fewer Teachers, Bigger Classes, and More Poverty in Wisconsin Schools


August 26, 2013

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.

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