With the Fall Veto Session approaching, State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) hopes his bill addressing the teacher shortage will soon be voted on in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 1809, which expands MAP grant eligibility to those seeking their teaching certificate, passed the Illinois Senate in the spring but sat in the House Rules Committee until this week, when it was assigned a hearing in the House Higher Education Committee. Dewitte said the new hearing notice has him hopeful that the bill will move to the full House for a vote.
“Even though my legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate in April, it has sat in the House Rules Committee for several months,” said Sen. Dewitte. “Fortunately, it looks as though the bill will be given the consideration it deserves during veto session.”
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 is an issue we should be taking very seriously,” said Sen. DeWitte. “We must find logical ways to incentivize and encourage individuals to enter into a teaching career, which is exactly what this bill intends to do.”
SB 1809 is scheduled for a committee hearing on Monday, Oct. 28.