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Michigan Education Association
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1216 Kendale Blvd.
East Lansing, Michigan 48826
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Upper Peninsula Labor-management Council inc
"Then Pat Smith came in and they decided they were (going to) close ... Whitman," Skauge said.
"With teacher pay so low, with teacher education so costly, what's happening is nobody's going into teaching," Skauge said.
In Michigan, at least 50 percent of new teachers quit within the first five years, Skauge said.
A 2014 report from the Alliance for Excellent Education found roughly 500,000 U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year, attrition that costs up to $2.2 billion annually.
"Teachers are being vilified just like the police department is," Skauge said.
"It seems like we've lost appreciation for what teachers do.
We act as if nobody's doing a good job and then we keep putting more and more on their plate."
To expand the teaching pool, the NCTQ recommends the state establish guidelines for alternate route programs and grant certification to teachers from other states who can demonstrate evidence of effectiveness or meet licensure test requirements.
But Skauge said alternate route programs that bring non-educators into teaching will not improve student learning.
Effective classroom management and student engagement - not just content knowledge - must be formally studied and practiced,
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