Joyce Measure to Tackle Illinois Teacher Shortage Signed into Law (Springfield, IL) — A comprehensive proposal by State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) aimed at eliminating Illinois’ teacher shortage was signed into law Friday.
“This new law offers additional strategies to address the ongoing teacher shortage,” Joyce said. “I have supported a host of measures throughout the last three years that have led to the teacher workforce in Illinois to continue to grow year-over-year.”
Joyce’s initiative will increase the amount of days substitute teachers can stay in the classroom from 90 days to 120. This law helps keep long-term substitute teachers in the same classroom, instead of having to teach lessons they are less familiar with after 90 days. This also prevents subs from having to move around to a different school district after 90 days, and allows for comfortability and familiarity with students.
Joyce Initiative Raises Illinois Teacher Minimum Wage
This Joyce initiative combined with other strategies passed in previous years, which include raising the minimum wage for teachers to $40,000 per year and increasing funding for teacher preparation programs, aim to alleviate the teacher shortage felt across the nation.
“In order to address the teacher shortage, we need to keep student’s needs in mind,” Joyce said. “This law will allow substitutes to stay in the same classroom for longer, giving students more consistency.”
The legislation – Senate Bill 3893 – was signed into law Friday and takes effect immediately.
About Patrick Joyce
Patrick is a fourth generation farmer who grew up and attended school in Reddick, Illinois. He earned his B.A. in Agribusiness, from Illinois State University. He now resides in Essex, Illinois where he has worked as owner and operator of his family-owned farm. He was a 19-year member of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors. Patrick has been a lifelong advocate for conservation and environmental awareness. He is married, a father of three, and has two granddaughters. Patrick and his wife, Rita, lost a daughter to leukemia in 2011; he has since become a team leader for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Team “Yes! I am Katelyn Friend!” has raised over $200,000 for the cause and he is often involved in fundraising for other worthy, charitable causes.
Joyce Measure to Tackle Illinois Teacher Shortage Signed into Law