I find it odd that with all the pink-slipped teachers floating around southeastern Michigan looking for jobs, Chelsea is hiring a football player who won't even graduate until August, which is merely a couple weeks before high school classes start.
Mark Moundros to teach biology, chemistry in Chelsea
I actually don't find it odd at all. For one, he isn't just a football player but a University of Michigan graduate with Academic All-Big Ten honors and awards in leadership. Secondly, I personally know two other people that have gotten teaching jobs within the past week. My guess would be that in order to cut costs, school systems are letting go the costs of older and more expensive teachers so that you can hire younger, and much cheaper graduates for anywhere from $25-35k annually.
I'm not questioning Moundros' intelligence or abilities. It just seems that there would be a bunch of teachers with experience vying for the same job as he's getting, and he hasn't even graduated yet.
But you're probably right. With the way the Michigan economy is going, younger = cheaper = better.
There have been incentives for retirement in many of the local schools, and the new hires in my kids' schools have uniformly been young, with math/science/technology degrees and other certifications -- school media, music, whatever. This has had both advantages and drawbacks, as you might expect.
And on top of that, the School of Education is nationally renowned. Yes there's plenty of teachers out there looking for jobs, but, as with many disciplines, a UM degree stands out. This is especially true in teaching where some colleges would not exist without their teaching programs.
Also the "graduate in August" thing isn't a concern. I'm graduating in August with my Master's in education and have had several interviews. As long as you're done before the school year starts.