A new Illinois law is aiming at helping to add more teachers to the classroom. The law eliminates the need for teachers to take a basic skills test for obtaining a state license. This test often required teachers to demonstrate skills that were unrelated to their job. Board representative Emily Fox says they already have measures in place for qualification and this test was overkill.
This test was seen as a way of blocking many teachers from beginning their careers and was unnecessary.
At the start of last school year there were more than 1400 unfilled teaching positions in Illinois.