Hoping To Solve The Illinois Teacher Shortage

This week in First Light’s look at stories from around the state, Illinois has a shortage of teachers, and policymakers are trying some very big ideas to address it. That includes raising minimum teacher pay and no longer requiring the Basic Skills Test for licensure. At two central Illinois high schools, the next generation of teachers is already walking the halls. Around 40 students are enrolled in a new dual credit course with Heartland Community College. Normal teacher Margherita DiVita spoke with Illinois Public Raido’s Ryan Denham. She says the class could help address the teacher shortage, but it doesn’t sugar-coating the profession either.

Unit 5 high schoolers on a recent field trip to the one-room schoolhouse on the west side of Illinois State University's campus. (Unit 5 School Dist/Facebook)

Unit 5 high schoolers on a recent field trip to the one-room schoolhouse on the west side of Illinois State University's campus. (Unit 5 School Dist/Facebook)