Teacher Shortage at Crisis Level in Central Illinois

By Eric Stock Many Central Illinois school districts are struggling to fill an unprecedented number of teaching vacancies just weeks before the school year begins. Regional School Superintendent Mark Jontry said the 30 school districts he oversees in McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston counties have 56 open teaching positions. He said that’s unheard of...

Illinois Faces Teacher Shortage

By Lee V. Gaines Chuck Bleyer is worried the southern Illinois school district he heads won’t be able to fill an open teacher position by the time classes start this fall. Bleyer serves as superintendent of Pope County Community Unit District 1, a small school district with about 540 students on the edge of...