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Fewer Students, More Teachers On Payroll, And Officials Still Claim: ‘Teacher Shortage’

On Jan. 21, the Michigan Department of Education issued a press release claiming that some of the best teachers in the state have “experienced firsthand the impact of the teacher shortage in Michigan’s public schools on students and staff.”

One of the school districts mentioned was Holt Public Schools. But as is often true across Michigan, the Holt district has more teachers now than in the past, despite a declining enrollment.

Holt had 329 teachers in 2017-18, a number which increased to 341 this school year. The district’s enrollment, however, has fallen nearly 10% in four years, from 5,516 in 2017-18 to 5,038 in 2021-22.

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