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Pritzker signs 4 laws to tackle shortage of teachers, aides

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation at Springfield High School, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Springfield, Ill., to make it easier for qualified professionals to become teachers. Educators estimate there will be 4,100 unfilled education positions in public schools at the start of the school year this fall.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ governor has signed four pieces of legislation into law aimed at easing a shortage of teachers and classroom aides in public schools.

The new laws lower the fee to reinstate a lapsed teaching certificate, allow student teaching by college seniors, lower the minimum age for classroom aides and extend the number of days in a row a short-term substitute can fill in for one teacher.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bills Wednesday during a ceremony at Springfield High School, just two blocks from the Capitol.

The Illinois State Board of Education estimates that there will be about 4,120 openings in public schools this fall.

 

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