Wisconsin public schools lost 2,900 teachers over nine-year period
Wisconsin public schools saw a decrease of nearly 3,000 teachers in a period of nine years ending in the 2012-2013 school year, according to a report released Tuesday. Over a similar time period, an increase in enrollment led to higher student-teacher ratios.
According to a Wisconsin Budget Project report, 57,600 full-time teachers were employed by Wisconsin public schools during the 2012-2013 school year compared to 60,500 in 2004-2005. That reduction has resulted in an increase of crowded classrooms and less individualized attention for students, the report argued.