In the fall of 2017, Detroit Public Schools Community District started the school year with about 300 teacher openings, forcing building principals to fill those classrooms with substitute teachers.

This year, only a small number of teaching positions for the fall remain open in the state’s largest school district with more than two months before classrooms reopen.

While schools across Michigan are facing a growing and potentially debilitating teacher shortage, Detroit has been able to pick and choose from more than 1,000 applicants for 140 positions so far this year.

How did Detroit do it?

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