RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU-WXPR) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers campaigned in Rhinelander Friday. Evers is seeking a third term as the state's school leader and is challenged Whitnall Administrator Lowell Holtz.
Evers says a teacher shortage arose out of the demonization of public employees resulting from the ACT 10 public bargaining changes and will have long time negative results in rural Wisconsin. He says at a recent teacher recruitment day at UW-Stevens Point, only 5 seniors came forward asking about teaching as a profession when in past years it was more than 40.
He said, "And that concerns me for the Northwoods point of view. UW-Madison did a study looking at all the potential teachers and where they want to live and work and be solid members of the community. And less than 5% wanted to work in rural Wisconsin."