Rauner hopes to fight teacher shortage with new bill

A new Illinois bill will streamline the licensing requirements for Career and Technical Education endorsements for teachers. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill in an effort to combat the state’s teacher shortage. 1000 teaching positions are unfilled.

Public Act 100-0013 makes a number of changes to the School Code, including:

  • Lowers the minimum age for an individual to apply for an educator license to 19
  • Allows individuals who hold a valid CTE license to substitute teach CTE courses
  • Removes the 20-hour coursework requirement for individuals who want to renew a provisional CTE license
  • Provides statutory authority for the Director of Special Education endorsement
  • Applies the Administrator Academy requirement to maintain an active administrator license only to individuals who have worked in an administrative position within the past five years
  • Allows school psychologists to renew their Illinois licenses by providing proof of valid national licensure

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