Governor approves bill to help out-of-state teachers gain Illinois licenses
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation designed to help out-of-state teachers moving to Illinois.
"This bill is about teachers, jobs and opportunities," Rauner said in a statement. "We are clearing a better pathway to the classroom for teachers who have moved to Illinois and ensure they can focus on the important job they do, which is educating our children. It’s time to build on this success story and work together to pass a balanced budget and changes that will lead to new jobs and stronger schools to put Illinois back on the right path."
The bill, labeled SB 2912 and co-sponsored by State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld and State Rep. Terri Bryant, streamlines the process for out-of-state teachers coming into Illinois.
Via the new legislation, the Illinois State Board of Education has been given the authority to grant an Illinois license to teachers who come with a comparable license from another state.
"Investing in our teachers is a critical component to ensuring all children in Illinois are healthy, safe and well educated, so that by the time they turn 25 they are in good paying, high-quality careers," Secretary of Education Beth Purvis said. "Lifting these burdens will allow experienced educators quicker access to the classroom without compromising on quality."