Seeks to address teacher shortage, expands MAP grants
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) seeking to help address the teacher shortage in Illinois passed the Senate on Wednesday, April 10. Senate Bill 1809 is Sen. DeWitte’s first piece of legislation to pass the Senate.
SB 1809 expands the eligibility of MAP grant recipients to include students who have already received bachelor degrees or have 135 credit hours but are seeking to earn their teaching certificate through an educator preparation program. The bill also requires that the recipients must teach in Illinois for three out of the next five years, and they can only be eligible to receive the grant for one academic year.
“The state’s teacher shortage, which is only getting worse, is greatly impacting our schools,” said Sen. DeWitte. “It’s important that we provide logical incentives to encourage individuals to enter into a teaching career, and my bill seeks to do just that.”
SB 1809 passed with a 56-1 vote and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.