It is hard to believe that we are entering the second half of the school year. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming students back into the classroom and preparing for an exciting school year. The ROE #51 would like to thank all of the administrators, educators, and staff members who work tirelessly to ensure that the students of Sangamon and Menard Counties receive an outstanding education. Words cannot express how much you are appreciated!
The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents is participating with multiple advocacy groups to help shape the teacher shortage legislation package that will, hopefully, be introduced in the Illinois General Assembly 2018 Spring Session. There are several bills being introduced by legislators, and the Illinois State Board of Education is looking at a comprehensive approach to help with this growing concern.
Below are links to the IARSS Teacher Shortage Survey and a report by the National Governor Association (NGA) on Improving Teacher Preparation Policy and Programs. The survey focuses on specific areas of concerns and offers recommendations on how to streamline the licensure process of becoming a teacher. The NGA report gives details on how to build a high quality teacher workforce in the state of Illinois.
On June 3, 2016, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) approved the request of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS), in collaboration with the Illinois Community College Board staff, to increase the Illinois High School Equivalency (ILHSE) Official Transcript fee.
The board approved transcript fee increases over the following three fiscal years. Effective July 1, 2016, the ILHSE Official Transcript fee increased to $6.00 per transcript through June 30, 2017; on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 the fee will increase to $8.00 per transcript; and the final increase will be on July 1, 2018 and will increase to $10.00 per ILHSE Official Transcript fee. The ICCB sets the fee structure for High School Equivalency for the State of Illinois.
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.