Measure to ensure pool of high quality teachers is signed into law

Schools now will have a larger selection of teachers from which to choose to educate Illinois children under a new law sponsored by State Representative Christine Winger.

Winger’s measure, PA 099-0058, signed into law Thursday adjusts and extends the timeframe in which out-of-state teacher applicants may take Illinois teacher licensure tests. Rigorous licensure standards remain in place only the timeframe for completing the process is extended to accommodate as many applicants as possible.

“Our children deserve the best education possible,” explained Winger. “Creating a larger pool of excellent educators means schools have the option to select the right teachers for their students.”

Winger introduced the legislation because the State Board of Education (ISBE) was concerned that too many qualified out-of-state applicants were not submitting their credentials to obtain Illinois teaching licensure. ISBE determined the reason for this lack of participation was the short timeframe in which out-of-state applicants were required to submit their credentials and take required tests.