Illinois grapples with teacher shortage - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Illinois grapples with teacher shortage

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WSIL -- The Illinois teacher shortage has grown worse in the southern counties, compared to the rest of the state.

A new survey of superintendents finds nearly 80 percent of districts have some degree of a teacher shortage, with part of the problem being applicants.

A total of 65 percent of superintendents said they've seen a significant drop in "qualified" teachers applying over the past five years in southern Illinois: the biggest shortage comes in a lack of substitute teachers.

Pope, Hardin, and Gallatin counties report the most difficulties. The survey found it common for teachers to get pulled from their planning time to cover other classrooms.

In some rare cases, administrators canceled classes because they couldn't find qualified teachers to step in.

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