As Governor Rauner said in his Budget Address, “…Education is the cornerstone of our future and this investment will pay great dividends in the long run.” Never was a statement truer than this.
SB2912 is now Public Act 99-0920
The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) conducted a statewide survey of school districts in response to concerns expressed by school districts across the state regarding the increasing challenges of finding substitute teachers.
Almost 400 school districts in Illinois responded to the survey. Of those districts, 18% said they are unable to find substitute teachers to cover absences in any given week. School districts reported they must fill nearly 16,600 absences every week and find themselves unable to do so for 3,000 classrooms each week. That translates to an average of 600 classrooms without a substitute teacher available each day in Illinois.
On January 6, 2017, Governor Rauner signed SB2912 into law. This new legislation, in part, reduces the application fee for a substitute teaching license and eliminates the requirement for a person to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) in order to renew a substitute license. We know that this will not solve the problem that school districts face in finding substitute teachers but hope that it is a good first step towards that end. If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please have them contact ROE #51 at 753-6620.
In addition to the substitute language, PA 99-0920 added language regarding retired teachers and out of state applicants.
• Retired licensees whose license had lapsed may reinstate the license (through December 31, 2017) and maintain it in retired status upon providing proof to ISBE that they are retired and now working in a position that requires a PEL.
• Out of State applicants may apply for an Illinois license if they hold a comparable and valid educator license in another state.
• Out of State applicants are no longer required to complete “a comparable state-approved educator prep program”.
• Out of State applicants can waive the Illinois content test if a content test was required at the time of the initial licensure in another state.
• Language removed that no score on a test could be more than 10 years old at the time of application.
To view the legislation in its entirety, please use the link below: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=SB&DocNum=2912&GAID=13&SessionID=88&LegID=96235
It is time to start thinking about license renewal. In order to renew a license, all educators who are working full-time in a public school district in Illinois must enter and submit Professional Development through their ELIS account. All licenses that expire on June 30, 2017 are eligible to start the renewal process on April 1, 2017.
Illinois History Day is an annual statewide competition that gives junior high and high school students (grades 6-12) an opportunity to display their knowledge on a topic through various history-related projects pertaining to Illinois.
Illinois Regional History Fairs are held in the early spring at college campuses throughout Illinois. Projects and papers judged to be superior advance to the statewide Illinois History Day held in Springfield May 4, 2017. Some projects will be selected to represent Illinois at the University of Maryland in mid-June during the National History Day competition.
Students are invited to enter projects in any of these categories: research papers, exhibits, media, performances and historical website.
Flyer available here
Visit http://www.onlinecolleges.net/illinois/#scholarships for scholarship and financial aid available for students and potential students as well as summaries of available online programs offered by Illinois Colleges.