The Illinois teacher shortage is worse and getting worser.
An annual survey released in March by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools found that as of last fall 85 percent of state districts had a “major or minor problem” with staffing teachers, up from 78 percent the year before.
New IARSS President Mark Klaisner said he expects that, when figures from the survey this fall are released, it will be “over 90 (percent) this year — easy.”
The problem is acute in central and southern Illinois. Some 89 percent of central Illinois school districts said they had a problem with staffing a year ago, and it was already over 90 percent in southern Illinois, where it was 92 percent of districts....
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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Illinois is battling with a teacher shortage and it will impact some Winnebago County schools come this fall. There are nearly 1,000 school districts across Illinois, and experts say most have one thing in common, a teacher shortage. “Everybody, to some degree, is facing a significant issue in trying to find highly qualified teachers,” Scott Bloomquist, Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools in Winnebago and Boone Counties, said. Last year, the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) sent out surveys about that issue to all 858 school districts and 527 responded. The survey revealed 20 percent of open positions in those districts remain unfilled.... READ FULL ARTICLE >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Finding enough teachers is a struggle districts across the nation continue to face. As we head into a new school year, many positions remain unfilled. "For the high school and junior high, the candidate pool and applications are even less, especially in the core subject areas of science and math, you might not have any,” Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15 Superintendent Tip Reedy said. “With the special education, we were very short on applications. So it's a challenge." Illinois fell right in the middle for open positions, when comparing job banks with surrounding states. On August 12, Illinois education job bank showed 2,479 openings, Missouri had 1,204, Iowa had 2,738, Indiana had 663 and Kentucky had 2,651.... READ FULL ARTICLE >>
This year, lawmakers approved a slew of new legislation intended to address Illinois’ teacher shortage. But Mark Klaisner, the new president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said school districts across the state are still struggling to fill open teaching positions. The new legislation includes a state mandated teacher minimum wage of $40,000 by 2023, as well as other measures, like removing a requirement that teachers pass a basic skills test to be licensed, and allowing student teachers to be paid.... READ FULL ARTICLE >>
A good teacher can be the difference between a student going to college and dropping out of high school. But in Illinois, our most vulnerable students do not always have access to the teachers they so desperately need. A recent survey from the Illinois State Board of Education reveals that communities of color and low-income school districts are most likely to see teacher shortages. Of the 1,006 unfilled teacher positions in the state, 74% are in majority-minority school districts while 81% are in districts where the majority of students are low-income. 90% of vacancies are in underfunded school districts.... READ FULL ARTICLE >>