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Education Committee Chair Bertino-Tarrant passes measures to address Illinois teacher shortage

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – To help alleviate the teacher shortage in Illinois, the Senate’s Education Chair, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant passed a series of measures on Thursday.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed House Bill 423 with bipartisan support, which places a hold on requiring educators to take a controversial licensing exam.

“This costly test may be ineffective in determining whether an applicant is qualified to teach in our classrooms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to take some time to evaluate this requirement to ensure we are not deterring qualified teachers from joining the profession.”

Bertino-Tarrant passes measure to declare Teacher Appreciation Week in Illinois

Teacher Week Facebook ImageSPRINGFIELD – Senate Education Chair Jennifer Bertino Tarrant lead the Senate in declaring May 6 to 10 as Teacher Appreciation Week in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed Senate Joint Resolution 40 which emphasizes the General Assembly’s gratitude for teachers across Illinois.

“Our teachers are responsible for developing the minds of our future leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Their days do not end when the last school bell rings. Educators across Illinois provide knowledge, support and skills that positively impact students. This week the Senate honors teachers across Illinois for their hard work and dedication to our children.”

In 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.

Senate Joint Resolution 40 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

Assault allegations by teachers to be reported immediately under plan by Bertino-Tarrant

jbt 041118 2SPRINGFIELD – In response to alarming findings about sexual assault by faculty and staff in schools, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) advanced House Bill 3687 on Tuesday, which requires the State’s Attorneys across the state to immediately notify school officials when a school employee is accused of harassment or assault.

“Our children should be safe at school,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This measure ensures school administrators have all of the facts in order to make decisions in the best interest of students. If an accused school employee or educator has direct contact with students, steps will need to be taken to change that.”

House Bill 3687 requires the State’s Attorney to provide school administrators with a copy of the complaint, indictment, or other information pertaining to the charges.

Last summer, as the Senate’s Education Chair, Bertino-Tarrant called a hearing to address the findings of a Chicago Tribune investigation which detailed improper reporting of sexual misconduct in Chicago schools. The investigation found 72 Chicago Public Schools employees were accused of misconduct over a 10-year period and not properly reported to authorities.

"It is unacceptable that sexual predators were not only near our children, but in positions of trust," Bertino-Tarrant said. "Everyone should be outraged that these abusers were able to prey on students because of insufficient oversight."

The Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance are in support of the measure.

House Bill 3687 passed the Senate’s Education Committee with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Bertino-Tarrant supports plans to end the teacher shortage crisis

jbt 041118 3SPRINGFIELD – To address Illinois’ teacher shortage, Senate Education Chairwoman Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced her support for legislation intended to aid a new generation of teaching students.

“We need to equip our school districts with the tools to recruit the best and brightest to train them,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “To attract that kind of talent, the Senate has recently passed several commonsense reforms that cut red tape, streamline the licensure process and give educators a higher wage. The demands to meet the academic, as well as social and emotional needs of our students, demands a salary to match our expectations."

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a lead cosponsor on Senate Bill 1952, which removes unnecessary redundant testing, permits K-12 student teachers and early childhood student teachers to receive compensation and allows early childhood student teachers to be paid and receive credit.

“As a former educator, I know Illinois needs to make substantial changes to the way we license our teachers,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 1809, which helps students enter the teaching field by expanding the eligibility of MAP grant recipients to include students who have already received bachelor degrees or have 135 credit hours, if they are seeking to earn their teaching certificate through an educator preparation program. The measure keeps recipients in state by requiring them to stay in Illinois for three of the next five years.

“Teachers are concerned about graduating college with unmanageable student loan debt,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Raising the starting salaries for our educators while promoting need-based grant assistance for those pursuing a teaching degree in the state will help encourage more students to pursue the profession while remaining here in Illinois.”

These two measures that passed the Senate have taken input from educators and administrators in Illinois to help ease the teacher shortage crisis.

“We cannot solve the teacher shortage crisis overnight,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “However these measures are a step in the right direction to give quality educators the opportunity to be successful in Illinois’ classrooms.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges local residents to visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com sign up for her e-newsletter to stay-up-to-date with legislation as it progresses this spring.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley