ST. PAUL (AP) -- It's not a good time to be a teacher and looking for a job in the Twin Cities.
There are about 500 Minneapolis teachers flooding the Twin Cities' job market this summer. All of them are pursuing the same limited number of teaching jobs.
And, unfortunately, few area school districts have big hiring plans as they continue to struggle with budgets and declining enrollment.
Those laid-off teachers also are running into a demographic shift that bodes ill for aspiring educators. Total enrollment in Minnesota public schools and the total number of full-time teachers peaked in 1999. Since then, the number of teachers is down 5 percent while enrollment has fallen a little less than 1 percent, according to state data. The downward trend in enrollment is expected to continue.
As a high school health teacher with only a few years of experience, Dana Pederson knows all about the routine of pink slips and anxious summers.
Three of the past four years, she's received notice she might lose her job. This spring, she found out her position at South High School in Minneapolis was set to disappear. She immediately started looking for health and physical education positions opening this fall.
While she's turned all those past pink slips into continued employment or new jobs, she's finding the Twin Cities' job market for teachers isn't particularly encouraging this summer.
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