ILLINOIS — Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation Thursday raising teacher’s minimum salary in the state of Illinois to $40,000 by 2023.
This comes as an effort to combat the statewide teacher shortage.
“As Illinois children head back to school this week and next, this new law says to them and their parents loud and clear: we value teachers,” said Governor Pritzker.
“In signing this legislation, we’re addressing our teacher shortage and gradually putting teachers on track to make at least $40,000 a year by the first day of school in 2023. To teachers all across Illinois: I see the care and compassion you put into your work, and I’m proud to help make sure you earn what you’re worth.”
One reason for the increase is a state-wide teacher shortage. Pritzker said signing HB2078, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, will also revitalize that state’s education system.
According to Illinois State Board of Education data from the 2018-2019 school year, there are 4,196 unfilled positions in school districts across the state, including 1,848 unfilled teaching positions.
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