I was hired by a school district in Illinois to teach this coming fall. This would be my 7th year of teaching. My first six years of teaching were spent in a different district, also in Illinois. I have signed the contract. The contract says that I begin on August 14th. Today is August 2nd. For personal reasons, I have decided that I do not want to teach. I am not looking for another teaching job at this time. What is the best way for me to handle this? Can they force me to teach there since I already signed the contract? It is a very good school district with a good reputation. My position is a bilingual position. This makes it harder to fill but since it is a district that people would love to get into...maybe not quite as hard to fill. I would like to know how to best handle the situation. Thank you for your help!