Schools Seeing Shortage of Teachers

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Springfield - Being a teacher isn't an easy job, and for some school districts, just finding qualified teachers isn't easy either.

More than half of Illinois school districts responding to a recent survey say they're having trouble filling teaching positions.

Three-quarters say they're seeing fewer qualified candidates than in previous years.

"In the 1970's, 25% of college students were going into education, and in 2015, in the state there's about 5%.  

"Obviously there's a trend out there moving away from individuals wanting to get into the field of education.  When less people go into the field, you have less options of individuals to select from," said Jeff Vose, the regional superintendent for Sangamon and Menard Counties.

Vose said that political impacts on education in Illinois could be deterring some from pursuing a career in education.

"The last 5 to 8 years we've seen diminished dollars coming into education.  That's a concern.  Somehow we've got to focus on our young people and our education budget as a statewide aspect," he added.

For the first time in recent years, Governor Bruce Rauner increased funding for K through 12th grade education.

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