by Moises A. Hernandez, age 18
In August of 2022, just before the school year started, many schools in Dane County were still trying to fill job openings. At the time, there were about 650 open positions for teachers, support staff, and administrators across twelve Dane County school districts.
The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)—the second largest school district in Wisconsin, serving over 27,000 students in 52 schools—welcomed over 400 new educators after facing its largest staff shortage since 2017.
In early August, MMSD had 571 vacancies. That number went down to 135 by August 19 as the district had managed to recruit 436 educators. Data presented to the Madison School Board said, between May and July of this year, there were about 426 separations and 94 recruitments in MMSD. [Read More]