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New report shows Milwaukee area teachers are less diverse, less experienced

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MILWAUKEE -- Since Act 10, the Milwaukee area has fewer public school teachers. We're also learning the staff is less experienced and less diverse -- this, according to key findings of a new study published today.

Joe Yeado

Joe Yeado

The public policy forum took a look at teachers in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties. The lead researcher says it's hard to prove Act 10 caused these changes but he adds the changes are significant.

"We found a number of interesting things," said Joe Yeado, senior researcher, Public Policy Forum.

Joe Yeado is the report's lead researcher. Across Milwaukee Metro, that report finds at the end of the 2013-14 school year, there were 700 fewer public school teachers than there were at the end of the 2009-10 year -- the last before passage of Act 10 which effectively ended collective bargaining for teachers unions.

Number of Milwaukee area teachers

Number of Milwaukee area teachers

"We looked at pre and post-Act 10 and what we saw was there was a decline in overall teachers, there was a decline in teachers in their 50's and 60's," said Yeado.

The biggest drop-off is in Milwaukee; MPS actually lost 730 teachers. Superintendent Darienne Driver remains optimistic.

"When you look at 700 versus the larger number, the majority of our workforce are veterans that are able to wrap their arms around new teachers and make sure they're successful," said Driver.

Another key finding is that while 44% of students across Milwaukee Metro are minorities, about 11% of the area's teachers are of color.

Racial make-up of Milwaukee area teachers

Racial make-up of Milwaukee area teachers

"The number of minority teachers actually declined over time while the number of minority students enrolled increased in every district except one," said Yeado.

The vice president of Milwaukee's teachers union wants more funding for districts and teacher development programs.

"This notion that we don't have money to prioritize and fund excellent public education for every child in this city and in this state? It's untrue," said Amy Mizialko, Vice President of Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, or MTEA.

The public policy forum is working on two additional reports. One will take a similar look at the make-up of district administrators -- the other will focus on the education pipeline to see if there's a drop-off in the amount of people studying to become a teacher.


  • Todd sauve

    Okay, fewer teachers. Has the number of enrolled students also dropped?
    Diversity of teachers cannot be related to diversity of students. What percentage of the available “diverse” teaching market want to work in the Milwaukee area? If there is a low percentage of diverse teachers in the workforce, it’s unrealistic to expect their percentage in the Milwaukee area to be very high.

  • that's bull

    I can see,why the REASON for fewer teachers the kids are misbehaved most of them don’t want to learn and it became dangerous in Milwaukee

  • tk421

    It does not matter what race a teacher is, please do not make this about race, A good teacher is a good teacher. Teachers got out for various reasons, ACT 10 was one of them, but not the only reason. Teaching is still one of the only professions where you can retire at 55, and then get a job right back in the district…and double dip. This happens a lot in private schools. Public school teacher retires, goes to work for the private school. The other reason there are younger teachers is because schools need to now be accountable for their spending more than ever before, so the first place to save money is to hire younger, inexperienced teachers.

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