Illinois Education Association passes legislation to combat teacher and support staff shortages and improve K-12 and higher education

Illinois Education Association passes legislation to combat teacher and support staff shortages and improve K-12 and higher education 81 news release
SPRING – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked with legislators from both sides of the aisle and the governor’s office to ensure passage of several pro-public education laws during the 2021-22 legislative session in Springfield. This legislation will mean stronger K-12 schools and stronger community colleges and universities for our students, and help us address the growing shortage of teachers and educational support staff in our state.

“We are about to finish our second full school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. These have been the toughest years of most of our educators’ careers and are probably the toughest two years of our students’ learning careers as well. Our legislators recognized it. They recognized it not with mere words, but with deeds. We thank you for supporting our teachers, support staff, students and communities,” said IEA President Kathi Griffin. “This legislative session brought about positive change for all Illinois students from preschool through college. Legislative initiatives passed by the General Assembly also help address some of the issues that are causing a shortage of teachers and support staff that is now at a crisis level. But despite the great work we have done, much remains to be done to keep our outstanding and experienced educators in your schools and higher education institutions and to attract bright and ambitious young minds to the profession. We look forward to continuing this important work.”

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