West-Central Illinois communities struggle with lack of teachers; annual survey indicates problem is getting worse

SPRINGFIELD – Matt Plater has been in charge of school districts for more than two decades. Something is happening he’s never seen before. Jobs that used to draw hundreds of applications now get a dozen. More specialized positions might not get any at all. “It’s horrible,” he said. “This is my 23rd year as a…

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Regional superintendent recognized for efforts with underprivileged children with Theda Jansen Award

QUINCY — Jill Reis first became involved with the Quincy Neighborhood Federation when she was a teacher at Irving School. She continued that relationship when she became the principal at Berrian School. “I got to know the students, got to know their families and got to know that community … and I fell in love,”…

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