Union Head: GOP Made Teaching Undesirable; 952 Apply for One Opening [Michigan Capitol Confidential]:
"Steve Cook, the head of the state’s largest teachers union, has led an ongoing campaign of accusing Republicans of having made the teaching profession undesirable in Michigan.
“Nobody wants to be a teacher anymore, and I can’t blame them,” Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, told a student newspaper earlier this year.
Union officials, some public school administrators and some teachers have supported the campaign with claims of a chronic teacher shortage in the state of Michigan.
This year, that chatter has escalated.
Meanwhile, at Novi Community School District, there were 952 applicants for one teaching job this year.
...That’s not what the response from one Oakland County district showed.
Novi schools posted 66 job openings and on average, 123 people applied for each position.
Two of the 66 positions received just three applicants, but 20 positions had more than 100 applicants. One received 952.
Novi Superintendent Steve Mathews didn’t respond to an email seeking comment..."