State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The quality of education of  Illinois'  children
 3    continues to be a high priority of the State; and

 4        WHEREAS,  The State of Illinois values the commitment and
 5    dedication of  the  men  and  women  comprising  the  State's
 6    quality teaching and administrative force; and

 7        WHEREAS,  Illinois schools are experiencing a shortage of
 8    teachers in a wide variety  of  areas  from  early  childhood
 9    through high school with very serious shortages in particular
10    subject areas; and

11        WHEREAS,  The State Board of Education reports that 2,637
12    teaching and administrative positions were  unfilled  in  the
13    fall of 2000; and

14        WHEREAS, Approximately 29,895 teachers and administrators
15    will be eligible to retire by 2003; and

16        WHEREAS, Many school districts have difficulty recruiting
17    and  retaining  high-quality  teachers and administrators for
18    low-performing schools, for pupils with  special  needs,  and
19    for  schools  serving  rural  areas  or  large populations of
20    pupils from low-income and minority families; and

21        WHEREAS, Many factors contribute to  rising  teacher  and
22    administrator  shortages  and attrition rates including labor
23    market  forces,  compensation,  and  working  conditions   in
24    schools throughout the State; therefore, be it

26    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that  the  Office  of  the
27    Governor,  the  State Board of Education, the Board of Higher
28    Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois
29    Student  Assistance  Commission,  and   the   Federation   of
30    Independent  Illinois Colleges and Universities shall work in
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 1    concert with the Teachers'  Retirement  System,  the  Chicago
 2    Public  Schools,  various  business  organizations, and major
 3    teacher and administrator associations to develop a strategic
 4    plan for the State of Illinois to assist school districts  in
 5    responding   to   the   need  for  recruiting  and  retaining
 6    high-quality teachers in all geographic regions of the  State
 7    and throughout all subject areas; and be it further

 8        RESOLVED,  That  a report shall be filed with the General
 9    Assembly by October 15,  2001,  recommending  actions  to  be
10    included  in  the  State's  FY 2003 budget related to teacher
11    shortages; and be it further

12        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
13    delivered  to  the Office of the Governor, the State Board of
14    Education,  the  Board  of  Higher  Education,  the  Illinois
15    Community  College  Board,  the  Federation  of   Independent
16    Illinois  Colleges  and  Universities,  the  Illinois Student
17    Assistance Commission, and the Teachers' Retirement System.

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