Teacher Shortage Worsening For Most Illinois Districts, Survey Shows

SPRINGFIELD – A new survey of Illinois school districts shows most are continuing to have trouble filling open teaching positions with qualified teachers and even more are having difficulty hiring substitute teachers. It’s a problem that has existed in the state for many years and one that experts attribute to a variety of factors, such as low […]

GOP Members Hope To Block New Teacher Standards

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Republican Illinois state lawmakers are pushing back on proposed new standards for teachers and administrators that are scheduled for a hearing before a legislative rulemaking committee later this month. Supporters of the proposed “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” say they’re merely an attempt to make sure that all educators are trained in […]

Illinois State Board Of Education Orders Schools To Begin Remote Learning

Champaign Central High School

The Illinois State Board of Education announced late last week that remote learning days will start for students across the state Tuesday, March 31 and will continue until in-person classes resume.  These days are counted as school days and do not need to be made up at the end of year.  Districts are instructed to […]

Cafeteria Workers, School Staff On The Front Lines Delivering Food To Illinois Students

Dawnal Mahan is an essential employee. She manages the cafeteria inside Chatham Elementary School, a kindergarten through fourth grade school in the small town located south of Springfield.  While most teachers aren’t in the building, Mahan is still going to work each school day to prepare pre-packaged meals for students — including breakfast and lunch. […]

What Caregivers Can Do With Kids Home From School Due To Coronavirus Closings

Elementary and secondary schools in Illinois are closed through at least March 30 to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The Illinois State Board of Education says those days won’t count toward student instruction. Caregivers and parents can still provide educational instruction to children at home, however. Numerous online […]