Education Group Says Illinoisans Give Schools Low Grade

A report prepared by the Illinois Education Association shows Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools outside their own communities.

The association indicates in its State of Education report that 1,000 Illinois residents taking part in a poll gave a grade of “C-“ to public schools, although they gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade.

The report indicates 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.