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A local legislator introduced new bills to congress that can combat Wisconsin's teaching shortageSubmitted: 11/18/2019
Story By Zackery White

A local legislator introduced new bills to congress that can combat Wisconsin's teaching shortage
CRANDON - A series of bills introduced by Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) would allow all employees who are part of the Wisconsin Retirement System to re-enter the workforce after leaving it.

The School District of Crandon administrator, Larry Palubicki says the bill might receive their support.

"I think it's a bill that we would be in support of to keep high-quality educators after they retire," said Palubicki

Felzkowski said this will not solve the Wisconsin teacher shortage, but it is a step in the right direction.

"This isn't a long term solution; this is to help fill vacancies in the interim until they can find someone," said Felzkowski


Felzkowski said having this put in place will also establish a routine.

"They might need a short or a long term sub, it would give continuity to the classroom so they don't have different people coming in and out every day," said Felzkowski

Palubicki says one of the biggest challenges in his district is finding licensed teachers.

"The gap is narrowing, we are hiring more teachers than ever that don't have a teaching license but they are licensed in a content area," said Palubicki

Felzkowski's bills could attract experienced teachers where they're needed the most.

"They could have a professional with experience come in and teach that class for the entire year, so students still have that continuity and quality of education," said Palubicki

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