Report: Teachers in training in UW System drops

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The number of junior and senior undergraduates enrolled in teacher-training programs in the University of Wisconsin System has dropped.

That’s according to system data reported to the federal Education Department provided to the State Journal by the UW System.

The State Journal reports a 2.8 percent decrease between 2010 and 2012 at University of Wisconsin System campuses. That comes after a 6.8 percent increase between 2008 and 2010.

It’s unclear why the number has dropped. But Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, associate dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, says some graduates are reporting feeling ill prepared for what they call the political atmosphere surrounding teaching.

The Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011 passed Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that stripped most public workers across all levels of government of their collective bargaining rights.