Schools see substitute teacher shortages, ‘The Nutcracker’ at Fort McCoy

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In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, Cooper Hanson, a substitute teacher at the Greenfield Intermediate School in Greenfield, Ind., is photographed in a classroom. Michael Conroy/AP 

The head of a statewide teachers labor union explains why schools are seeing substitute teacher shortages. Then, “The Nutcracker” is headed to Fort McCoy. We talk with Madison Ballet’s CEO about bringing a ballet to the base.

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  • Struggling for substitute teachers

    Area schools were only able to cover teacher absences 60% of the time in November, according to a Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson, We talk with the head of a statewide teachers labor union about why schools are struggling to get substitute teachers in the classroom.

  • Ballet on base: 'The Nutcracker' heads to Fort McCoy

    “The Nutcracker” is a holiday classic for all ages. This year, the Madison Ballet is taking the show to Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy, where Afghan refugees can experience the magic. We talk with the ballet’s CEO about what it’s like taking the beloved tale to the base.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Peggy Wirtz-Olsen Guest
  • Jonathan Solari Guest