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Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed into law a bill that aims to help address a shortage of educators in Illinois public schools.

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/35922139/gov-rauner-signs-bill-addressing-teacher-shortage-in-il

KFVS TV, July 19, 2017

 

Summary:

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed into law a bill that aims to help address a shortage of educators in Illinois public schools.

 

The bill streamlines the licensing requirements for various endorsement areas, such as Career and Technical Education (CTE) and school psychologist, and makes other related changes.

 

More than 1,000 teaching positions statewide are unfilled, according to data collected from school districts in October 2016. The majority, approximately 67 percent, of school districts in Illinois have 100 or fewer faculty members, according to the same data.

 

The measure was spearheaded by the Illinois State Board of Education and was sponsored by Representative Fred Crespo (D-Streamwood) and Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield).

 

The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents served as a critical partner in developing and advocating for the legislation.

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