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The Illinois State Board of Education is teaming up with teachers unions to provide support for first year teachers.

High quality mentoring programs are designed to reduce turnover among new teachers and give them a shoulder to lean on.

Illinois had about 4,000 unfilled school jobs open last fall, and that shortage is expected to be greater this year because of the pandemic. 

The information comes from a survey of school superintendents conducted in 2019. School staff in that count include teachers and paraprofessionals, such as aides,  and administrators. Data for a new survey will be collected in September said Mark Klaisner, the President of the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents.

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The Trump administration is now labeling teachers as essential workers. Some see it as a move to encourage school districts to open for in-person instruction for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson is a retired college professor, and his wife, Anita, is a retired elementary school teacher. Pete says – pandemic or not – teachers are always essential.

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The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging teachers to discuss the importance of the 2020 census with students and invites them to become census ambassadors.

The board is looking for teachers who really want to promote the importance of the upcoming census as an ambassador. 

Who should pay pension costs for Illinois teachers and school administrators? Currently, the state bears virtually all the cost, leaving the state’s 852 school districts free to negotiate benefits without worrying about the price tag. 

As Statewide listeners heard earlier this month, the education advocacy group called Stand For Children hopes to persuade lawmakers to shift pension costs to districts by integrating them in the new school funding formula. The group’s legislative director, Jessica Handy, calls that an “equity boost.”

This week, we bring you the response from the Illinois Education Association — the state’s largest teachers union — whose lobbyist, Will Lovett, spoke with our education reporter Dusty Rhodes.

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Teachers in the Murphysboro School District have a new contract.

The Board of Education Tuesday night ratified the new deal. The teachers did the same last week.

Late last week, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would’ve given Illinois school teachers a base salary of 40-thousand-dollars by the year 20-22.

But, State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the legislation, says he’s hoping to save it.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill this weekend that would have raised the minimum salary for Illinois public school teachers to $40,000 by 2022.

In his veto message, Rauner says legislation isn’t the best way to raise teacher pay.

A national study comparing general school funding dollars with the amount spent on staff benefits singled out Illinois, and not in a good way.

 

The study tracked spending on K-12 education for the years 2005 through 2014. And nationwide, spending increased slightly… But spending on benefits for school staff? That increased much more.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law several bills last week -- that proponents claim will reduce the state’s teacher shortage.

The state’s largest teachers union - the Illinois Education Association - says the legislation doesn’t do enough to solve the problem.

New teachers would be guaranteed a starting salary of at least 40 thousand dollars under legislation pending in the Illinois Senate.

Senator Andy Manar is sponsoring the bill and says some teachers are living in poverty and that it's time they get paid what they deserve.

Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission.

When the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget last summer . . . they also agreed to cut back on the state's contribution to the pension systems.  But, this move might have unintended consequences.

A Union County teacher is one of ten finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2018 Teacher of the Year award.