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EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: West central Illinois communities struggle with lack of teachers EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: West central Illinois communities struggle with lack of teachers

EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: West central Illinois communities struggle with lack of teachers

Matt Plater has been in charge of school districts for more than two decades. Something is happening he’s never seen before. Jobs that used to draw hundreds of applications now get a dozen. More specialized positions might not get any at all. “It’s horrible,” he said. “This is my 23rd year as a superintendent in Illinois and this is the worst it’s ever been.”

EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: Teacher shortage at crisis level in east central Illinois EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: Teacher shortage at crisis level in east central Illinois

EDUCATOR SHORTAGES: Teacher shortage at crisis level in east central Illinois

There was once a time when Kristen Holly might see more than 200 applicants for a single elementary teaching position. It was overwhelming just to figure out how to screen applicants, the assistant superintendent for student services in the Charleston School District, said. That time is long gone.

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