New law aimed at addressing Illinois teacher shortage

August 12, 2019 | CBS 2 Chicago

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation he says will remove a barrier for teacher candidates and help address a statewide shortage of teachers.

The new law eliminates a requirement that teacher candidates pass a test of basic skills to get an educator license.

Supporters say the test was unnecessary because admission to a teacher preparation program already demonstrates that candidates have basic academic skills.

It also required candidates to demonstrate skills that weren’t related to the grade or subject they intended to teach. The test cost more than $60.

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