One of the biggest challenges all our local businesses are facing is underemployment. We simply have too many open positions in all sectors of the economy.
Sir Mick Jagger loved playing secret sets at bars in between stadium gigs.
Parenting in the days of omicron is an awkward soup of fear, determination and gratitude for those doing the hard work of keeping schools working.
The Mattoon Foundation for Academic Excellence was established in 1994 with funding from Consolidated Communications’ Earning for Learning grant.
Nearly 90% of Illinois school districts statewide are struggling with an alarming teacher shortage that has reached a crisis level during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials with an organization of regional superintendents said.
A new survey suggests Illinois is suffering from a shortage of teachers and other educators. UIS Public Affairs Reporting program interns Andrew Adams, Taylor Vidmar and Grace Kinnicutt discuss their coverage of the issue.
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.
School officials across Illinois say a shortage of teachers and substitutes is forcing them to cancel course offerings, move them online or fill open positions with people who are not fully qualified.
Many educators have observed a rapid decline in new teachers entering the field and reported shortages in school positions ranging from teachers and counselors to bus drivers, custodians, and even administrators.
Classes might be back in session for Chicago Public Schools, but students are worried about the health consequences of that return.
Despite the urging of Illinois educators and strong bipartisan support from lawmakers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he plans to veto a bill that would grant school employees administrative leave for COVID-19-related sick days for themselves and their children.
Chicago students returned to classrooms Wednesday after the nation's third-largest school district canceled five days of classes amid a standoff with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols.
"When you tell a parent that their kid can't be in school ... that's a massive impact on parents' lives that pisses them off," said Brian Stryker, a Democratic pollster based in Chicago.
It doesn't behoove a public official to make such inflammatory generalizations about an entire line of work.
As Illinois schools struggle to staff classrooms pummeled by the latest COVID-19 surge, state officials shalved the recommended quarantine time for students and teachers.
Chicago Teachers Union members have until Wednesday afternoon to vote on an agreement to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge. An approved deal would mark the end to the latest labor dispute between the school district and the union, which has been a hallmark of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s time in office.
Students were poised to return Wednesday, one week after the Chicago Teachers Union voted for remote learning and instructed members to stay home until there was a deal or the latest COVID-19 surge subsided. The district, which flatly rejected online class and said it was disastrous for students, responded by locking teachers out of online platforms, docking their pay and canceling classes in the roughly 350,000-student district.
Chicago Public Schools students — at least those not in COVID-19 quarantine — will head back to class Wednesday after the resolution of another dispute between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union that prompted four canceled school days.
Students are poised to return to Chicago Public Schools after leaders of the teachers union approved a plan with the nation's third-largest district over COVID-19 safety protocols, ending a bitter standoff that canceled classes for five days.
From remote instruction to testing, both sides have been negotiating nearly a dozen complex points of a safety plan. Here's a closer look.
Disputed issues included testing and metrics to close schools.
Chicago leaders reject districtwide remote learning, saying it's detrimental and schools are safe.
As a longtime home day care provider in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, Sonya Winn was well aware of the hardships the Chicago Public Schools shutdown would have on working families with young children.
The union softened its demand for broader mandatory testing, instead proposing a random screening program that students could opt out of.