In an effort address the disparity in public school funding in Illinois, the Governor's bipartisan school funding reform commission has made it's report to the Illinois General Assembly. Read it HERE.
Retired Educators: Has Your Licensed Lapsed?
Through December 31, 2017, any licensee who has retired, and whose license has lapsed for failure to renew, may reinstate that license without penalty by providing proof of retirement from a state retirement system to the State Board of Education through December 31, 2017. Individuals must submit a copy of a letter from a state retirement system (on official agency letterhead) confirming the individual’s retirement. The licensee’s name, IEIN, and date of birth must be included with the letter. Upon verification that the licensee is not working in a position requiring a professional educator license, the educator’s license will be reinstated.
The verification letter will be used in lieu of a $500 penalty fee or 9 semester hours of coursework. Educators will not need to input any owed PD, and will not need to pay back or forward registration fees.
Letters may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education at Educator Effectiveness Division, 100 North First Street, Springfield, IL, 62777.
Beginning January 1, 2018, retired educators who licenses lapse for failure to change their PD/employment status to retired and/or record their required professional development hours by August 31, of the renewal cycle in which they retire may reinstate their licenses by completing and recording all outstanding professional development requirements, paying all back registration fees (if applicable), and meeting the reinstatement requirements in place at the time of reinstatement.
If you have questions or need assistance, contact Ann Britton in the Newton office at 618.783.2523.
Substitute Teachers Needed!
Illinois Regional Superintendents' Association Survey Illustrates Severity of Substitute Teacher Shortage
Illinois schools see thousands of teacher absences each week and cannot find enough substitutes to cover more than 3,000 of those absences, a new survey has found. The survey of nearly 400 districts reveals that:
- Schools have to cover more than 16,500 absences each week
- Schools cannot find substitutes to cover more than 3,000 absences each week, or about 18 percent of total absences (600 classrooms per day) Read the full article.