Comment: New hires had the ladder pulled out over them in the “Tier 2” pension reforms of 2010, leaving them with a very inadequate retirement benefits in a system that’s going broke. Bellwether Education Partners has been writing frequently about that problem, as in the piece linked here. We wrote about it, too, in our own article linked here. Count that among the reasons for the teacher shortage.

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4 years ago

Here is another source of information about teacher shortages.
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Designated Teacher Shortage Areas.
Identified for the Paul Douglas Scholarship.
The U.S. Department of Education approved the following as designated teacher shortage areas for school year 2014-15.
Geographic Region: Chicago Public School District 299 (only): Standard Elementary Instructor, Learning Behavior Specialist I, & Computer Literacy/Technology Teacher. State of Illinois: Bilingual Education.

4 years ago

There is no shortage of full time mainstream teachers in the Chicago suburbs. So Tier II didn’t result in teacher shortages in the Chicago suburbs. Look at the collective bargaining agreements. They are generous in the Chicago suburbs. Sometimes there is difficulty finding substitutes. In some districts, sometimes difficulty finding a Special Education teacher or a specialty positing such as speech language pathologist (SLP) for which Illinois has extra licensing requirements. Talk to your elected school board to see the situation in your school district. They approve hires. Or talk to school administrators. The shortages are generally in rural areas.… Read more »