By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

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.

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Nearly a third of educators say the pandemic has led them to plan on leaving teaching earlier than expected.

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“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.

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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.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff