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State legislature OK’s Shorewood senator’s bill to fight teacher shortage

State Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel’s bill to bolster the pool of substitute teachers in Illinois is heading to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk after being approved by the General Assembly.

The bill, H.B. 4798, would allow enrolled Illinois college students in the field of education who have at least 90 credit hours to obtain a substitute teaching license, according to a news release.

“Substitute teachers are in high demand and short supply, and that has left school districts scrambling to find different ways to ensure students are being educated and supervised throughout the day,” Loughran Cappel, D-Shorewood, said in a statement.

Loughran Cappel added that by giving students more hours for on-the-job training, schools will have more resources to find temporary teachers.

“Real work experience can help transition student teachers into professionals,” Loughran Cappel said in a statement. “This legislation will ensure that student teachers are given every opportunity to succeed.”

The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

Loughran Cappel was a teacher in Joliet Public Schools District 86 before being elected to the Illinois Senate in 2020.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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