First day of school: Teaching jobs go unfilled at rural schools

Sep 2, 2019 by

The population is declining. The schools are isolated. Teachers’ pay is low. And that’s before you consider fewer dating and restaurant options.

WABENO, Wis. – School is about to start in Wisconsin, and the Wabeno School District has been scrambling to fill open teaching positions.

Again.

Last year in this northern Wisconsin town – which has about 1,000 residents – a fifth-grade teaching job went unfilled for the whole year. A few years before that, 13 staff members quit after a clash with the former district administrator. That was 40% of the faculty.

Finding teachers to make a life in rural America these days isn’t easy. The population is declining. The schools are isolated. The pay is low. And that’s before you get into social considerations, like fewer dating and restaurant options.

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