New bill signed into law to combat teacher shortage


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Legislation to ease a shortage of teachers in Illinois was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner Friday.

HB5627 changes licensure requirements, making it easier for out-of-state, retired, and substitute teachers to get certified to teach in Illinois. 

One in five Illinois teaching positions went unfilled. This new law creates a "Short Term Substitute Teaching License" so people with either an associate degree or 60 hours of college credit can substitute teach.

It also provides reciprocity for comparable and valid educator licenses from other states.

Teachers with lapsed Professional Educator's Licenses will now be able to qualify for a substitute teaching license.

Lastly, the law ups the number of days retired teachers can substitute teach without jeopardizing retirement benefits to 120.

Last year, a survey showed 78 percent of districts in Illinois said they had a minor or serious problem with teacher shortages. More than half surveyed said they have a serious problem.
HB5627 became law on July 1.

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