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Bertino-Tarrant’s new law will help alleviate teacher shortage

jbt 030918PLAINFIELD – A new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will help alleviate the teacher shortage crisis in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 863, eases licensure requirements to allow out-of-state educators to be licensed in Illinois if they have already completed comparable state-approved training. It was signed into law last week and will take effect immediately. 

“There are quality educators who want to teach in Illinois classrooms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law is will cut bureaucratic red tape to allow qualified and dedicated teachers to start teaching in our schools without having to jump through extra hoops.”

Senate Bill 863 is an initiative of the State Board of Education that will make Illinois a more attractive home for out-of-state educators by allowing their licenses to transfer to Illinois without forcing them to duplicate certain trainings and applications. 

There are more than 2,000 teacher vacancies in the state, and Bertino-Tarrant believes this new law will help Illinois attract more teachers.

“Teacher shortages are driving up classroom sizes and ultimately shortchanging students,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Our classrooms rely on superb teachers. Streamlining the teacher licensure process will help Illinois attract the nation’s best and brightest to guarantee our children are given the best possible educational opportunities.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Associated Representatives: Mark Batinick; Natalie A. Manley

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Transportation.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.