The Illinois State Board of Education is exploring ways to address the state’s teacher shortage.
The board recently published a report on the issue and state schools Superintendent Tony Smith says it starts with money problems.
He notes 90 percent of teaching vacancies last year were in struggling districts.
The report cites the importance of offering more mentoring and on the job support for teachers.
There’s also a big need for bilingual and special education teachers as well other ways to test prospective teachers besides the current academic proficiency test.