Educators question study that ranks Illinois 4th best state for teachers


    Educators question study that ranks Illinois 4th best state for teachers (WICS File photo)

    A Wallet Hub study ranked Illinois the fourth best state in the nation for teachers, but educators said the study might not tell the whole story.

    When looking at how much teachers get paid, Illinois ranked second in the nation.

    The study takes a variety of things into account, including starting salaries, pensions and tenure protections.

    But the Illinois Education Association said these findings are misleading.

    “We recently conducted a survey of our nationally board-certified teachers, and almost all of them talked about the issue of compensation being a problem with regard to being able to maintain the necessary staff that we need in our schools to educate our children,” Illinois Education Association Government Relations Director Jim Reed said.

    The governor recently vetoed a bill to raise the minimum teacher salary to $40,000 a year.

    The bill’s sponsor said that he intends to try to override that veto.

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