Martwick Tackles Chicago Teacher Shortage

SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) is leading a measure to address Illinois’ ever-growing teacher shortage by bringing back retired educators.

“There are thousands of classrooms across the state where students are going without any instruction,” Martwick said. “We need this bill to put teachers in classrooms and ensure our children thrive academically.”

Senate Bill 3465 amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension code by allowing retired CPS teachers to return to work without it affecting their pensions. Schools are able to submit documentation with their regional superintendent to request help from retired educators in a “subject shortage area”. This emergency measure will remain in effect until June 30, 2024.

“Although our students have returned to in-person learning, we will not make up for pandemic learning loss without teachers in classrooms to guide and support them,” Martwick said. “This bill will remove the barriers that prevent retired professional educators from returning to schools during this epic shortage.”

Senate Bill 3465 passed the Education Committee Tuesday and will make its way to the Senate floor for further deliberation.