This article discusses a...

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This article discusses a drop in the number of students studying to become teachers. While this decline is national (33% over the past decade roughly), it is especially steep for Michigan and Indiana where it is closer to 50%. The article attributes the decline at least partly to the 2008 recession and the slashed education budgets that followed. The smaller budget has led to stagnant salaries. At the same time, many teachers feel overwhelmed by increase in bureaucracy, oversight and red tape that makes the job less favorable. The impact of this all is felt around the state where schools say they struggle to get qualified instructors now. What are some impacts of this shortage in the long run do you think and how might this be addressed?