Senator Loughran Cappel

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel passed legislation to help get more teachers in the classroom, continuing her commitment to address the ongoing teacher shortage across Illinois.

“As we face a teacher shortage, it’s important we give aspiring teachers the support and encouragement they need,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “We have to act now to get teachers their licenses so they can get in the classroom and start shaping our future generations.”

House Bill 5057 would allow applicants for teacher licenses to take content area tests before, during and after student teaching. Loughran Cappel’s measure aims to ensure applicants can receive their license in a timely manner.

“We are expanding opportunities for educators by addressing the barriers many face,” said Loughran Cappel. “This initiative will benefit our students, allowing them to be taught by qualified individuals who will provide good learning environments.”

House Bill 5057 passed the Senate on Thursday with bipartisan support.