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State Board of Education Looking at Teacher Shortage

State Board of Education Looking at Teacher Shortage

The State Board of Education is exploring ways to address the teacher shortage in Illinois.

The Board recently published a report on the issue…and State Schools Superintendent Tony Smith says it starts with money problems.  He notes 90% of teaching vacancies last year were in struggling Districts.

“The crisis of underfunding deep inequity in funding has really created a condition where there’s a critical shortage of teachers in Illinois classrooms.  We need to have a broad response in multiple areas.”

The report cites the importance of offering more mentoring and on the job support for teachers.  There’s also a big need for bilingual and special education teachers as well as other ways to test prospective teachers besides the current academic proficiency test.