That's a big improvement over previous years, when many educators chose to flee their classrooms for other jobs. The information was in a report released by the Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday.
Education experts say fears of a teacher shortage have eased as the economy made early retirement and other alternatives less attractive to teachers.
Many school officials say they're not having as much trouble filling vacancies as they did in the past. But superintendent Ed Rafferty of Schaumburg District 54 says, a week before classes starts, he's still working to fill two special education spots.
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