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Joyce plan to address Illinois teacher shortage passes Senate

To eliminate the teacher shortage in Illinois, state Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) advanced a plan out of the Senate Friday to increase the number of hours a retired teacher may work without impairing their retirement status.

“The teacher shortage in Illinois predated COVID-19, and as we see more school districts return to in-person learning, some will be faced with challenges in hiring substitute teachers,” Joyce said. “This legislation will ensure schools have the most qualified professionals to teach our children.”

Currently, Illinois law allows retired teachers to substitute teach for up to . . .

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