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.

Results of the IARSS teacher Shortage Survey

National Governor Association (NGA) on Improving Teacher Preparation Policy and Programs Report