Senator Loughran Cappel

SPRINGFIELD – As a strong advocate for teachers, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel spearheaded two measures through the Senate to continue her efforts to address the teacher shortage that would increase the number of days substitute teachers can be in a classroom and increase the annual pay cap for teachers who mentor or provide professional development.

“I want to express my support for teachers and acknowledge the difficulties faced by many school districts in finding teachers and substitutes,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “It’s important that we collaborate with school districts to provide them with the flexibility they need to adapt to different situations.”

House Bill 1291 would increase the annual pay cap from $1,500 to $2,250 for teachers with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designations who mentor or provide professional development for classroom teachers or counselors.

“During my time in the classroom, I relied on my colleagues to learn more, better my teaching skills, listen to the good and bad times, and so much more,” said Loughran Cappel. “I understand the struggle these professionals face and I want to continue uplifting educators and providing them with the resources they need to succeed.”

To receive National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation, a teacher must have a bachelor's degree, hold a state license and have at least three years of teaching or counseling experience. The candidate then takes a computer-based assessment and completes three portfolio entries. If the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards deems that a teacher passes all of the components, the teacher receives the designation.

Additionally, Loughran Cappel sponsored House Bill 3442 which would allow a substitute teacher who has filled a vacancy left by a licensed teacher to teach in an emergency situation for 90 days or until the end of the semester, whichever is greater, if the school distinct files a written request with the appropriate regional office of education.

Under current law, a substitute teacher may only fill a vacancy left by a licensed teacher under contract in an emergency situation for up to 30 days.

“Providing students with a high-quality education requires familiarity with their teachers,” said Loughran Cappel.  “Allowing substitute teachers to teach for an extended period ensures continuity of learning, promotes student growth, and maintains consistency in the classroom.”

House Bill 1291 and House Bill 3442 passed the Senate and now head to the governor’s desk.

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