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How educators describe staff shortages in the Evanston / Skokie school district – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – If your children’s Thanksgiving vacation has been extended by a few days, you’re not alone.

Several districts in our area have canceled all this week. Is this a trend we should expect to see more of?

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CBS 2 ′ Chris Tye reports from Evanston where the parents are scrambling. Because in some districts it is presented as “mental health” in others as “understaffed”.

Some educators call the staff shortage a crisis, but that there might be rule changes coming that could help resolve it.

“We don’t have enough replacements anywhere.”

Unlike a lot of problems, you can figure out the shortage of educators in Illinois. As of Monday, there were 4,120 unfilled full-time positions in Illinois schools.

More than half of these unfilled seats are in Cook County. The problem is twice as serious as it was four years ago.

“Two years ago, I used the word crisis. So whatever is beyond the crisis.

This crisis is the reason Evanston / Skokie School District 65 was calm on Monday. “Schools closed” today and tomorrow is the message on their website. In a letter to parents, the district said “we do not have adequate staff or undercoverage.”

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“You see this moment in the labor movement and the shortage of substitutes is part of that and its part of this demand for better paying jobs and better benefits for workers in general. “

Walt Stalling was a replacement last year. This year he teaches at DePaul.

“There are a lot of districts that have increased their salaries because of the shortage. But it must be a living wage. There has to be more long-term contracts, more stability, ”Stalling said.

“Some people are afraid to come back.”

Educator Mark Klaisner of the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents said rule changes surrounding the pandemic could soon come to submarines.

“Maybe we could encourage high school graduates or students and assign them to mentors and guide them,” Klaisner said.

If approved, he thinks the problem could be fixed quickly.

“We are in demand in other markets. The fact that I was able to leave this position and go straight to university teaching is a testament to the skills that many of us have, ”said Stalling.

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Insiders said the number of 4,120 open positions was not the number to focus on. Take that number and multiply it by 20. This is the number of children who are suffering from shortage. Not just in Illinois. Similar school closures have occurred in Michigan, Colorado and Washington state.

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