Illinoisans Don’t Have High Regard for Public Schools, IEA Poll Shows

Illinoisans Don’t Have High Regard for Public Schools, IEA Poll Shows

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Tuesday released a state of education report showing Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools beyond their local communities.

The association said the poll showed that 1,000 Illinois residents gave a grade of“C-“ to public schools, although they gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade.

The report indicated more than half of those polled believe teachers are paid too little. Many also said they wouldn’t advise family members to become teachers.

There are about 2,560 teacher positions open in Illinois. IEA president Kathi Griffin said the report indicates more investment is needed in Illinois’ public schools.

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