ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Teacher shortages are plaguing the state on a regular basis.
According to a recent survey, the problem is only getting worse. The vast majority of school districts in Central and Southern Illinois are finding it hard to fill positions with qualified candidates.
A survey, done by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, found more than 80% of districts have either canceled programs or entire classes because of the lack of qualified teachers. The number is up two percent from last year’s survey.
The problem is not unfamiliar to lawmakers who introduced a package of bills to chip away at the issue.
Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) believes the first step to fixing the crisis is his bill to raise the minimum wage for teachers to $32,000 per year by 2020 and capping it at $40,000 per year by the 2023 – 2024 school year.
The bill will be up for a vote soon in the Senate.