The state is struggling to provide online education for its 1.5 million students, with online education providers reporting a shortage of staff and staff members willing to take on the workload.
Illinois has about 2,000 online education instructors and has roughly 1,400 instructors with advanced degrees, but the state has been struggling to find enough qualified teachers, and with a high demand for online education in the United States, the state is now facing the possibility of shutting down its online education program altogether.
The state’s public schools face a shortage as online education companies have closed their doors, and state officials say they will need to hire more staff to manage the transition.
While Illinois was not alone in its online learning issues, it has long struggled to find qualified online instructors.
In the past, online education has been a popular choice for students in some of the state’s largest cities and towns.
But the Illinois Department of Education says it is currently struggling to hire enough qualified instructors to meet demand.
At least one of the three online education training companies that have closed in recent years is facing challenges.
According to the state Department of Public Instruction, a company called Impaq is not currently qualified to provide digital education.
A statement from Impaqs chief executive officer, Jason Schott, said the company had struggled with the hiring process and had recently closed its doors.
Impaq had no comment to the News24.
Impaqs website lists no current openings for its online teachers.
Online education providers in the state also face challenges with finding qualified staff members to train and supervise students in Illinois.
Currently, ImpaQ and others are struggling to recruit qualified instructors, according to an online training provider that competes with Impaqi.
The Illinois Department for Human Services is notifying employers that they must find and train new online educators by February 23, 2019, or they will face a $3,000 fine.
Illinois does not have a law requiring online education services to hire a new teacher to replace a teacher who leaves to pursue another career.
Many Illinois online education firms offer other online learning services, such as eLearning, which offers online tutoring and curriculum creation.
The state says that most of the current online learning providers are also offering eLearning.