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Teacher Shortage

Dr. Mark Schisler, a biology teacher, helps students prep a lab at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Schisler was a chiropractor before switching to teaching.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

There are pros and cons: Much less pay. But summers off from work.

As schools across the country struggle to fill science teacher positions, some educators say it’s time to persuade trained scientists and health care professionals to switch careers and come back to school, this time as teachers.

New Law Removes Big Barrier For Aspiring Teachers

Jan 12, 2020

In an attempt to relieve Illinois' severe teacher shortage, state lawmakers last year voted to remove a requirement known as the "basic skills test." That test has proven to be a stumbling block, especially for people pursuing the profession later in life, as a second career. This change, enacted just five months ago, has already opened the door for a would-be special education teacher in the East Moline School District.