Illinois will close out the school year with a shortage of 1,000 teachers, and the state legislature and the recently-appointed state schools superintendent, Carmen Ayala, are considering how to remedy the shortage, wrote reporter Yana Kunichoff in Chalkbeat.
She quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education, commenting on the fact that teacher educators have been wrestling for years with factors which have led to the shortage.
The article discusses various proposals which have been made, from mandating a minimum salary for teachers statewide to providing payment for student teachers. Muller observed that legislators, who tend to be focused on what’s good for their districts, can reframe their perspectives for what’s good for the entire state, education-wise.
“As the new state board takes an in-depth look at the crisis and as legislative proposals continue to wind their way through Springfield, Muller muses about what he would tell anyone considering a career in the classroom.
“If you want to give back to your community and make a substantive contribution, what better way than teaching?” he said. “Seasoned educators who are passionate about what they do have the ability to change lives.”