Nearly 19,000 apply for 71 teacher jobs

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."

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

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