AURORA, Ill. – A proposal to remove cost barriers for substitute teachers, backed by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, is now law in an effort to address the state shortage of substitute educators.

“As a former substitute teacher, I understand the importance of having access to qualified educators to fill vacancies,” Kifowit said. “By making the process easier and less costly, I believe we can reduce the serious shortage of teachers that we face today.”

Under the Kifowit-supported House Bill 3298, substitute teachers will qualify to receive a reimbursement of their licensing fee after teaching at least 10 full school days after submission of their application. The current licensing fee, charged by the Illinois State Board of Education, is $50. Kifowit’s goal with the legislation is to increase the supply of substitute teachers by reducing the cost barrier, thereby alleviating the state’s shortage.

“Our state should be doing everything it can to create a welcoming environment for those who wish to educate our children,” Kifowit said. “This law will encourage individuals to apply as substitutes by reducing the costs of doing so.”

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