Survey: Illinois schools face worsening educator shortage

Mark Klaisner speaks as he is being sworn in as president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools in Hillside in 2019. Klaisner said the subject areas for which there is the largest shortage of educators across Illinois are special education and English as a Second Language, while science and math teachers were also in short supply.

SPRINGFIELD — School officials across Illinois say a shortage of teachers and substitutes is forcing them to cancel course offerings, move them online or fill open positions with people who are not fully qualified.

Those are the findings of the latest survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, the fifth such survey the organization has conducted in as many years.

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