The Journal Gazette looked at enrollment in area colleges of education a year ago and found, in some cases, double-digit decreases. Sources cited the economy, but also changes in Indiana law affecting education.
Mikel Livington of the Journal & Courier of Lafayette visits the subject this fall and finds a continued decline:
Applications at Purdue's College of Education have dropped 20 percent since the fall of 2008.
At Ball State, the number of freshmen identifying as education majors has fallen 44 percent in four years.
At IU-Bloomington, applications to the School of Education have dropped 20 percent since 2008.
School of education officials again are pointing to the state's toxic atmosphere for teachers.
"Our biggest critics are the ones who are making the most sweeping statements about failing schools, and they're the very same ones saying what we need to do to improve schools in this country is attract the best and brightest," Dr. Gerardo Gonzales, deal of the IU School of Education told Livington. "I don't think they understand the decision they're making are having the reverse effect."
The effect of tough new teacher evaluations and the repercussions for teacher training also are explored in Livington's excellent piece. It's worth a read, and worth considering who has been in charge of the state's education policy before you vote.