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West Allis-West Milwaukee District at Center Of Rapid Changes in Education

This summer, an English teacher sat down to type a four-page letter, single-spaced, explaining to the West Allis-West Milwaukee administration and School Board why he was resigning from a job he loved after 18 years.

In any other year, the concerns of former Nathan Hale High School teacher Eric Zentner might have carried less weight. But the letter that reached School Board members in June was the first public indication of what might have spurred an uptick in staff departures from West Allis-West Milwaukee’s schools this past year.

His concerns — the micromanaging of teachers, pressure to adapt too quickly to new technology, increasing workloads, pressure to make discipline and academic data look favorable, and low staff morale — were soon echoed by dozens of other teacher letters that reached board members.