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If Student Enrollment Is Down, Why Are Some School Districts On A Hiring Spree?

Originally published at The Federalist

As students head back to school this year, it’s difficult to ignore the nationwide claims of teacher shortages, with special interest groups blaming underfunding. 

The truth paints a different picture. Evidence suggests that there is no national teacher shortage— as the number of teachers has increased even as enrollments dropped — and that public schools are not, in fact, underfunded. The problem isn’t lack of money. It’s where the money goes. 

A recent report on education trends from the Commonwealth Foundation shows that in Pennsylvania, enrollments in public schools have dropped, but the number of teachers and administrators has increased. 

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