The following information is provided by the Illinois State Board of Education:
Governor Pritzker recently signed two laws that reduce educator license renewal requirements for the 2021-2022 school year (fiscal year 2022). Each law is effective immediately.
Below are responses to commonly asked questions for each law.
Q&A for PA 102-0730
Q&A for PA 102-0852:
New Laws Provide Flexibility for Educators and Districts
In addition to the previous information, Governor Pritzker recently signed a suite of bills that reduce burdens or provide greater flexibility to educators and districts in specific situations. See a summary of each new law below.
Public Act 102-0710 reduces the license reinstatement penalty fee from $500 to $50. The law is effective immediately. Educators can reinstate their license by logging into their ELIS account and applying for reinstatement.
Public Act 102-0711 allows educators enrolled in approved preparation programs to be eligible for a substitute teaching license if they have completed 90 semester hours of credit. The law is effective January 1, 2023. Applications received on or after this date will be evaluated under the new requirements.
Public Act 102-0712 allows an individual holding a short-term substitute teaching license to teach up to 15 consecutive days (instead of 5) per licensed teacher during a disaster proclamation. The law is effective immediately.
Public Act 102-0713 allows individuals to obtain an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed for Paraprofessional (ELS-PARA) at age 18 (instead of 19) if the educator will be working with students in grades PK-8. The law is effective January 1, 2023 and ELIS will be updated on that date to allow individuals who are age 18 to apply for paraprofessional licensure.