Tight Market: One Teacher's 7-Year Job Hunt
A news outlet in Ann Arbor, Mich., reports on a local educatora former nonprofit professional in her 40s with an MA in education and an endorsement in learning disabilitieswho has been looking for a permanent full-time teaching position for seven years now.
The article notes that, amid budget cuts, Michigan has shed about 10,000 teaching jobs (nine percent of its total) since 2004-05, making the competition for open positions fierce. "What is expected of a teacher today going into the field, you have to be at the top of your game with everything," the job-hunting teacher said. "Administrators have the pick of the litter."
The challenge is compounded for older teachers with advanced degrees, according to the story, since cash-strapped districts tend to be on the lookout for less experiencedand thus less expensivecandidates.