Illinois Lt. Gov. to Visit SIUC Monday, Highlight Teacher Shortage

Illinois Lt. Gov. to Visit SIUC Monday, Highlight Teacher Shortage

CARBONDALE – Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton will visit SIU Carbondale Monday, where she will meet with students, staff, and administrators in education to “uplift the teachers of tomorrow and better understand how the State can help prepare them for this important work,” according to a press release.
 
Officials said her visit is inspired, in part, by national reports highlighting a teacher shortage that has reached crisis level. In a recent study, Illinois school districts revealed that 88% of schools say they have a teacher shortage problem.
  
“Beyond family, educators are the most impactful, loving supporters that children have as they grow and develop,” the release stated. “Teachers, administrators, and staff do critical work made even more challenging by the COVID-19 pandemic. Time and time again, these essential workers find new and innovative ways to meet the needs of students during these unprecedented times. The Pritzker/Stratton Administration is focused on supporting schools across the state, as evidenced in the State’s proposed FY23 budget that: increases MAP grant funding to $600 million; maximizes awards to cover 50% of tuition at public universities; and increases funding for minority teacher scholarships.”
 
In addition to education, Lt. Governor Stratton will also continue her focus on agricultural equity and food insecurity while in the area. Stratton launched the #AgConnectsUsAll campaign with a video announcement that can be found here.

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