There is a shortage of substitute teachers in the state of Wisconsin. The problem is so bad that now anyone with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is allowed to have a temporary teaching license. It does not matter what a person’s course of study was in college.
Some communities are really feeling the squeeze of the substitute teacher shortage. The principal of Bangor Middle and High School commented by saying that in the past, there used to be about 40 or 50 applicants for substitute teacher jobs. Nowadays, it is common to have under 10 names for positions. Sometimes, the school district has to share substitute teachers with the local elementary schools.
The teacher and substitute teacher shortages are detrimental to the quality education in Wisconsin. It makes it harder for teachers and school administrators to do their jobs when they have to scramble around to find substitute teachers for classes.
There are a number of reasons for why the substitute teacher shortage is so bad. One reason is the fact that, in general, there is a teacher shortage in Wisconsin. Also, the average median salary, nationally, for a substitute teacher is $13 an hour—not much more than what people make in some fast food places in the United States.
Toward the end of April, there is a seminar that is going to be held in West Salem. Anybody who wants to be a substitute teacher can attend this seminar. The dates of the seminar are April 26th and April 27th. It will be held in CESA 4. In order to attend the seminar, individuals must pay a fee of $250 and register. Those seeking out more information about the event can find it at CESA’s website.