Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: Extremely low salaries for preschool teachers hinder recruitment

Anyone who’s spent time observing preschool teachers knows how demanding their low-paying jobs are.

As Koby explains in this piece, those salaries are a big reason the state struggles to recruit early educators and could hamper Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to offer free preschool to all Michigan four-year-olds by the end of her first time.

The story follows a day in the life of a teacher at a Detroit preschool who earns $11 an hour.

Follow the link above to read the story. And scroll down for more education headlines.

Meanwhile, don't forget: We're looking for teachers who are retiring this year after a long career in education to share their experiences with us. Also, we're looking for Detroit students, parents, and educators to reflect on the school year that is about to end.

And as always, have a great day!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter


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