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217 Today: Education researcher says school staffing issues are more than just a ‘teacher shortage’

Friday, August 26, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker says the Biden administration’s decision to cancel some student debt is a good first step.
  • President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan has brought relief to many but also left unanswered questions.
  • Union members representing graduate student employees at the University of Illinois rallied outside the Illini Union on Thursday ahead of their first in-person bargaining session of the year.
  • The Fighting Illini football team kicks off its season on Saturday against the Wyoming Cowboys of the Mountain West Conference.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a closer look at the teacher shortage in the state of Illinois.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Emily Hays, Mark LeBien, Nour Longi and Peter Medlin.

Sydney Wood

Sydney Wood

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