CHICAGO (CBS) — COVID-19 isn’t the only problem schools are facing as students head back to schools. There’s also a teacher shortage.
The superintendent of LaSalle-Peru High School said the pandemic has accelerated a teacher shortage years in the making.READ MORE: Benet Academy Decides To Hire Amanda Kammes As Lacrosse Coach After Rescinding Job Offer Because She Is Married To A Woman
Nearly a third of educators say the pandemic has led them to plan on leaving teaching earlier than expected.READ MORE: Tony Landers Charged In Attack On Ald. James Cappleman After Alderman Confronted Men Who Were Drinking In Public In Uptown
“It would not be uncommon to have between 50 and 100 applicants in years past, and so now if we get between one and five applicants, that’s a good day,” LaSalle-Peru High School superintendent Steven Wrobleski said.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed During Home Invasion In South Shore; 4 People In Custody
Some districts across the country are offering teacher bonuses as incentives, but some say that’s just a short-term fix for a long-term problem.