By STEPHEN INGBER
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan is having trouble keeping its teachers, Steven Cook, the president of the state’s largest educators’ union, said. “There is a large demand for science and special education teachers,” Cook said. “Teachers are going to New York, Pennsylvania, and California.”
The Michigan Education Association (MEA) represents 157,000 teachers and school employees. After teachers leave the state, however, some eventually return to take on teaching positions in the state. “I have hired many Michigan-educated teachers from out of state,” said Joseph Powers, superintendent of Crawford AuSable Public Schools, based in Grayling.