The predictable result of demonizing teachers: Detroit schools face massive teacher shortage

Reblogged from Eclectablog

If you’ve been watching the ever-increasing demonization of teachers in Michigan over the past decade, you probably have asked yourself at one time or another, “Why the hell would ANYONE want to be a teacher in Michigan?” It’s a fair question. Republicans in our state legislature have cut their benefits, based their advancement on student progress when much of what contributes to progress is out of their control, and portrayed them as greedy leeches on the jugular vein of society for having the audacity to want to live (and then retire) in dignity. They’ve cut school funding and forced public schools to compete on an uneven playing field with better funded for-profit charter schools. Nearly every month we hear of some new indignity being forced upon our teachers.

Well, now those chickens have come home to roost in one of the hardest-hit districts in the state – Detroit Public Schools:

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