With the return to school after Christmas Vacation, or whatever the approved term is these days, comes renewed fretting about teacher shortages.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports 62 percent of the state's school districts completed a survey developed by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools.

It found rural school districts in central and northwest Illinois are having the toughest time finding qualified teachers.

Jeff Vose is regional superintendent for Sangamon and Menard counties and president of the association. He says Illinois' budget problems and the possibility of reduced public-pension benefits have likely dissuaded applicants.
That can't help, but Karl Marx was writing about the idiocy of rural life long before meth labs.

Plus people with the right skills have options.
Sixteen percent of responding districts reported canceling programs or classes due to teacher shortages. Special education, math and science were among the hardest hit.
Put another way, people with the technical skills (math and science) have options, perhaps including school districts with better pay packets and better working conditions.  And special education in the land of meth labs has to be hazardous duty, even before all the enabling of dysfunction that modern therapeutic education is guilty of.

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