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Milwaukee Public Schools looking to hire 700 workers


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest school system is looking for a few good people – a few hundred, actually.

The Milwaukee Public Schools will hold a series of recruiting events over the next month-and-a-half. They want to hire 700 teachers, plus para-professionals and over a dozen new principals.

The first recruiting event is next Wednesday. Others are planned for February 20th, March 2nd, and March 20th.

Several hundred Milwaukee teachers were laid off a couple years ago due to budget pressures. Many retired a year ago for fear that Governor Scott Walker would cut into their pensions just like he did with their union bargaining privileges.

The wave of retirements continues, and officials say it’s aging baby boomers who’ve had enough.

Milwaukee school officials said they recently increased the pay for starting teachers from $38,000 a year to $41,000. And they’ve giving teachers in hard to fill positions more time to move into Milwaukee and follow the city’s residency requirement.