Michigan's average teacher salary has dropped for the fifth year in a row, and many districts say they have trouble retaining high quality teachers because of low pay.
So we wanted to know: what's going on with teacher pay in the state?
As a starting point, we have the average teacher salary in Michigan. The state Department of Education puts it at $61,978.
OK, so what does that number really tell us?
First, it marks a downward trend for five years in a row. The average teacher salary in 2011-12 was $62,613 and has dropped every year since. But beyond that, because it's not paired with any longevity data, it doesn't tell us a whole lot more.