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Listen Tuesdays at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on 90.5 WKAR-FMAccording to the Kids Count report of April 2018, 56% of third graders in Michigan are not proficient in English Language Arts. At the same time, some new public school teachers in Michigan are leaving the classroom because they do not earn enough money for a decent living. Virtual and charter schools are on the rise in Michigan. And in some communities there are breakthroughs in raising better readers.Covering education in Michigan is complex, but WKAR is committed to reporting on the problems, searching for solutions, and holding leaders accountable.Listen for Making The Grade in Michigan with WKAR education reporter Kevin Lavery every Tuesday at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on 90.5 WKAR-FM's Morning Edition.

Survey: Only 1/4 of MI Teachers Would Recommend Their Profession To Others

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A survey commissioned by the group Launch Michigan questioned nearly 17,000 Michigan teachers and administrators about their career perceptions.

A new survey from a coalition of business, civic and philanthropic groups finds most Michigan teachers are satisfied with their profession...but few would recommend their choice of career.  


The groupLaunch Michigan surveyed nearly 17,000 teachers and administrators about their career perceptions.  The report compared the results with a similar study conducted in Tennessee, a state that’s widely regarded as a leader in K-12 education.  The report found 64 percent of Michigan teachers feel appreciated for the work they do, as compared to 79 percent in Tennessee. 


That’s one example in a series of benchmarks that saw Michigan trailing Tennessee in every category.   

Principal researcher Emma White says while Michigan teachers are generally satisfied with their jobs, only a quarter of those surveyed said they would recommend teaching as a career.


“One of the things that we saw is folks saying, I love the kids. I love what I get to do in the classroom,” White says, paraphrasing teachers.  “This career has gotten harder and harder in various ways over time.  More demands, more workload, more criticism. I still get a lot out of this, but it would be hard for me to tell other people to sign up for some of the burdens that I have taken on in this career.”


Officials with Launch Michigan say they’ll use the findings to draft policy recommendations for state lawmakers this spring.





Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
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