How to solve Illinois' teacher shortage? Lawmakers push variety of ideas

By Taylor Vidmar, The Pantagraph

From the story: Solving the problem starts with framing it accurately, said state Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas, D-Chicago, who prefers the term “teacher vacancy.”

The term “teacher shortage” can simplify the root issues, Pacione-Zayas said. There are still many qualified educators in the state, but a lot of them have been pushed away by what she described as a lack of respect for their profession.

“Just because you can't buy a Ferrari for 99 cents doesn't mean there's a Ferrari shortage,” she said, referencing an article that helped shape her understanding of educator vacancies.

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