Educators tired of poor working conditions

A new report shows teachers shortages are reaching crisis levels. (WJBC file photo)
A new report shows teachers shortages are reaching crisis levels. (WJBC file photo)

By Terry James

PEORIA – A new report shows that the United States is nearing a teacher shortage crisis.

The Learning policy Institute estimates we could need 100,000 additional teachers by 2025.

Dr. Dean Cantu with Bradley University took part in the research. Cantu says many of the teaching positions were eliminated during the 2008 financial crisis.

“The fact if we across the nation, if we wanted to just go back to that pre-recession student teacher ratio in K-12 schools across the U.S. we’d actually have to increase by 114,000 teachers today just to get back to that.”

The report says many pre-retirement age teachers are leaving the profession because of frustrations like poor salaries and working conditions.

Terry James can be reached at terry@wjbc.com.

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…