The Illinois State Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) that would streamline the process of hiring teachers at the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD), and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI), both of which are located in Jacksonville.
“This is a common sense approach to allow these important institutions to fill positions quickly and efficiently,” said Senator McCann. “ISD and ISVI are unique schools with unique staffing needs. This legislation recognizes that and will allow them to recruit qualified teachers to meet those needs.”
Senate Bill 220, would exempt teachers who apply for positions at ISD and ISVI from the required grading process used by Central Management Services (CMS). Instead, the applicants would submit their credentials directly to CMS. After recruitment, the agency would then review the credentials individually before hiring teachers to ensure that they meet qualifications.
Similar legislation, Senate Bill 2992, passed last year, providing similar changes for hiring teachers for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
SB220 now heads to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.
“I thank my colleagues for seeing the value in this proposal and passing this legislation swiftly,” said Senator McCann. “Now I am working with my colleagues in the Illinois House to see that it passes quickly in that chamber as well.”