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Hamm, Goff speak with WKOW for report examining teacher shortages

September 01, 2016

Madison’s local ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, recently reported on teacher shortages that are hitting some districts in Wisconsin.

And among the experts interviewed for this piece were Jeff Hamm and Peter Goff from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Hamm is the School’s associate dean of academic services, while Goff is a faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Jeff Hamm on WKOWThe WKOW report, from Greg Neumann, begins: “Since Act 10 was implemented in 2011, a number of older K-12 teachers have retired. At the end of the last school year, 28 teachers left the small Dodgeville School District in Iowa  County.”

And across the state, WKOW says, such situations are becoming more common.

Hamm tells WKOW that the number of students applying to the School of Education’s elementary education program, for example, has declined over the past two decades.

Goff, who is nearing completion of a research study on Wisconsin's teacher shortage, said the preliminary results are not encouraging. In fact, Goff's findings show between 10 and 25 percent of teacher vacancies are now filled with candidates who are not up to the standards of the school district officials hiring them.

But to learn more about this nuanced topic, check out the entire WKOW report for free on this web page.

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