CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Chippewa Valley Schools received nearly 19,000 applications for 71 teaching jobs it recently posted, The Macomb Daily reported.

The openings were for entry-level teachers at a beginning salary of about $35,000, Michael Reeber, assistant superintendent of human resources, told The Daily.

The district used a computer program to highlight candidates for further consideration, focusing on those who had a previous connection with Chippewa Valley Schools, according to The Daily. Most of the jobs have already been filled.

"The number was really an eye-opener for us, and sadly, a sign of the times in our state," Diane Blain, district spokeswoman, told The Daily. Most of the applicants were Michigan residents.

"It's a prime area," Reeber told The Daily. "People want to come here to live and work."

SOURCE:
The Macomb Daily, "Chippewa Valley sorts through nearly 19,000 applications for 71 teaching jobs," Aug. 17, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Teacher certification tests don't tell us enough about quality," March 2, 2010

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