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 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.