In some Michigan communities, getting a post-secondary education feels like a distant dream. That's why more than 50 recent college graduates are working in high schools across the state to help those students reach their goal.
Michigan is starting a new school year with an old problem. The state is in the midst of a chronic teacher shortage. A report released earlier this year by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan finds enrollment in post-secondary teacher preparation programs has fallen by two-thirds – 66 percent – since 2008. The crisis is forcing schools to dig deeper to fill their classrooms.