As nationwide teacher shortage worsens, some say inadequate pay is to blame
Teacher Tim Kosiek speaks with students during his introductory class to teaching methods at Buffalo Grove High School in suburban Chicago on April 28, 2022. - Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — With the steep shortage of teachers across the U.S. leaving school districts scrambling to staff their classrooms during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, officials at the nation’s largest teachers union said this week that insufficient pay is fueling the growing crisis. A recent release of the National Education Association’s data on educator pay and school funding coincided with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing into law a slate of measures this week intended to address the teacher shortage in Illinois, including simplifying the licensing process, lowering licensing fees and easing restr...