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Survey: Most Illinois Teachers Happy with Their Jobs

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(KMOX) - Teachers across Illinois are enjoying their summer break, but a new survey reveals that many may secretly be looking forward to heading back to class.

The poll conducted by the Illinois Federation of Teachers shows there’s a lot of job satisfaction.

“Teachers love their job,” says IFT president Dan Montgomery. “It’s such a difficult jobYou don’t go into it and stay if you don’t really love it. So, I think there’s this internal inherent satisfaction teachers get from doing this work.”

He says the downside for many of those surveyed is a perceived lack of support from administrators and a lack of respect from the general public.

In fact, many who start out in the teaching profession bail out within five years in the classroom.

Montgomery says the key to keeping teachers happy and effective is on-going training.

“We need to really continually improve the teacher training week to really up the standards so our teachers are the most highly trained professionals we can get them to be, and that doesn’t stop the day they enter the classroom doors,” he says.

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