Policy Spotlight Brings the Voice of Educators to Legislators

March 10, 2022

COVID-19 has exacerbated several challenges for teachers, some of which predated the pandemic. Teachers had to adapt to the rapid shift from in-person school to virtual instruction, while juggling pressing concerns about the well-being of their students, families, and communities and worries of decreases in funding and support. Teachers have faced a myriad of challenges that few other professions have experienced. Illinois and other states have struggled with teacher vacancies prior to COVID-19, but the personal and professional struggles of the pandemic have led many more educators to consider leaving the industry.

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