Education group says Illinoisans give schools low grade

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Education Association released a state of education report that shows Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools.

The association said in its poll, 1,000 Illinois residents gave a grade of “C-” to public schools, although they gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade.

The report indicated more than half of those polled believe teachers are paid too little. Many also said they wouldn’t advise family members to become teachers.

There are about 2,560 teacher positions open in Illinois.

“The State of Education Report tells us we have a long way to go when it comes to fixing the teacher shortage,” IEA President Kathi Griffin said. “The people of Illinois have spoken. We need to invest in our public schools, give our educators a louder voice at the table and truly put our students first.”

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