Teacher shortage getting worse in central, southern Illinois, study says


A study has found that an Illinois’ teacher shortage has become particularly acute in central and southern sections of the state.

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools released a study showing 89% of school districts in central Illinois have trouble filling teaching positions with qualified candidates.

Southern Illinois fared worse, with 92% having staffing issues.

The Association’s president blamed the shortage on low salaries for new teachers.

Teacher evaluations pushing people out of the industry and fewer student teachers passing tests to acquire a teaching license.

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(This story was originally published on March 12, 2019)

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