Education Matters: Teacher Shortage

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Illinois lawmakers look for solutions to a teacher shortage statewide.

The State Board of Education says every district is at some type of risk when dealing with a lack of teachers.  Some districts don’t even get a single application when they post an opening.

Lawmakers held a hearing in Decatur to discuss the crisis.  They’re considering make it easier for out-of-state teachers to transfer to Illinois and lowering the score for the Basic Skills Test.  Experts say prospective teachers face too many barriers, such as rising tuition costs.

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