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An Illinois State University education professor says the coronavirus has magnified the existing inequities in schools that should have been addressed years ago.

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On paper, Marcus Brown is a fifth-grader at Irving Elementary School in west Bloomington. But he has another title that’s way cooler: Leader of the Black House of Altruismo, the House of Givers.

Panelists at ISU event
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There are lots of good reasons to become a teacher. It’s rewarding. Kids need you. And because of a teacher shortage, the state needs you too.

But Shamaine Bertrand has an even better reason: Teachers are powerful.

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Blue Ridge teachers Union President Don Anton said Tuesday he believes a tentative three-year contract agreement with the district is a good deal for members.

Teachers posed together
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The union for teachers and other employees at the Blue Ridge school district in central Illinois has filed paperwork, announcing plans to go on strike Oct. 28. But the union president says talks on a new contract are making progress.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a variety of bills that would change the requirements to earn a teaching certificate.

 

Right now, to become a licensed teacher in Illinois, you have to pass at least three tests.

District 87 school board members meet
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Bloomington’s District 87 approved new pay rates for substitute teachers, just one week after Unit 5 took similar action.

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Unit 5 has approved higher pay rates for its substitute teachers.

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Unit 5 will avoid a major deficit without cutting education expenses for the 2018-2019 school year.

Rauner and Janus in D.C.
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If you’re wondering how teachers unions will survive after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, consider Bloomington’s District 87 as a test case.

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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.

B-N Resident Says Unit 5 Lacks Minority Teachers

Aug 9, 2018
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There’s a lack of minority representation and participation in Unit 5 schools, according to a 20-year Bloomington-Normal resident.

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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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Chuck Bleyer is worried the southern Illinois school district he heads won’t be able to fill an open teacher position by the time classes start this fall.

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In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000—even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

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Illinois education officials are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution.