Damage Done: Illinois Schools Face Teacher Shortage

Chicago, IL – Illinois schools are suffering after Bruce Rauner created instability and repeated crises that have made it difficult for school districts to find qualified candidates for over 2,000 open positions.
 
According to the State Journal-Register, school superintendents have been unable to fill vacant positions in part because of the state’s recent budget impasse and uncertainty around school funding. The inability to fill positions has led to canceled programs in 16% of schools surveyed, hitting special education, language arts, and math and science classes the hardest.
 
“Bruce Rauner manufactured a historic budget crisis and vetoed school funding to force his special interest agenda on working families, and Illinois schools are paying the price,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “It’s no surprise Illinois’ best and brightest don’t want to be held hostage to the whims of this failed governor.”

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Michael Berger