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I would like to know if anyone knows if there is a penalty for breaking a teacher contract before the school year begins in the state of Illinois? It is for personal reasons. I accepted a position early in the summer being happy to have found a decent school during this shortage of teaching jobs. I now, 2 months later, see that there is a job that has popped up in the district where I would really like to work, and is local to me. The other job is over an hour away. I know what the real, morally responsible answer is, but as teachers are we not allowed to be a little selfish sometimes? I'm already not being paid much and to have to drive over an hour every day does not help.

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