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Oakland Elementary students run around the gym
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Students at one Bloomington grade school are getting a healthy start to the day.

Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a severe teacher shortage. And, also like most states, that shortage is felt most profoundly in the area of special education. There is, however, an army of teacher assistants already on the job. Could they help relieve this shortage?

Mark Daniel
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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has about a year and a half until a referendum becomes necessary to maintain the current quality of education.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
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Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

Bloomington Junior HIgh School
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Classrooms might not be quite so crowded in Bloomington-Normal public schools this year.

Dietz with Rauner
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Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities.

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Bloomington High School (BHS) welcomed this year’s freshman class Monday with a cookout and game day.

Children getting onto a school bus
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Editor's note: This is Part 4 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.

Derek sits in his office at Fell Hall
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Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools.

McLean County 4-H Show
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If you haven't been to the McLean County Fair's 4-H Show in a few years, you might be surprised.

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Ten days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees who choose not to join unions no longer have to pay reduced fees to cover collective bargaining. And already, a crusade to persuade teachers to drop union membership has hit Illinois.

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Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) is launching a new program that will teach student nurses about preventative practice.