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Shortage? 10.5% More Teachers In Michigan For 2.1% Fewer Students

WDIV-TV has reported that teacher shortages are among the top issues facing Michigan schools.

The station's website reported that there is a shortage but did not provide any data.

Over the past three years, there has been a 10.5% increase in the number of teachers working in Michigan public schools. During the same time, there has been a 2.1% decrease in student enrollment\.

The number of teachers working in Michigan’s public schools increased from 98,481 in 2016-17 to 108,801 in 2019-20, the most recent year state data is available. At the same time, enrollment has dropped from 1.53 million to 1.50 million.

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