D11062017RT0026bRSECATUR- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), Chairwoman of the Senate’s Committee on Education, held a hearing in Decatur to discuss the state’s difficulty recruiting and retaining teachers.

The committee heard from a series of teachers, advocates and the Illinois State Board of Education who reiterated the importance of overhauling the teacher’s licensure process in Illinois to help attract new teachers and provide a better support system to give teachers the tools to succeed.  
 
“There are committed and dedicated educators in our community,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to ensure we help quality individuals, who want to be in the classroom, be successful.”

According to a teacher shortage survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools during the 2015-2016 schoolyear, 60 percent of school districts reported trouble filling teaching positions.

Of those that responded to the survey, 75 percent had seen fewer qualified candidates than in previous years, especially in rural districts and those in central and northwest Illinois. Sixteen percent of schools had canceled programs or classes because of the lack of teachers – mostly special education, language arts, math and science classes.

Bertino-Tarrant looks forward to working with her colleagues this legislative session to revamp and streamline the teacher’s licensure system to help alleviate the teacher’s shortage in Illinois.

03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD- More than 1.2 million adults in Illinois do not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.  

To address this problem, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has been appointed to the Statewide Task Force on the Future of Adult Education and Literacy to develop a strategic plan for adult education and literacy across the state.

“Education serves as a gateway to employment and advancement opportunities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to work together to make sure Illinois residents are trained and qualified for good paying jobs.”

The taskforce is an initiative of the Illinois Community College Board to help pursue their mission of finding ways to improve adult education and increasing the number of students that advance to post-secondary career training. It will also examine finding methods to help people develop soft skills such as communication techniques and critical thinking as well as encouraging career readiness.

The task force is required to report to the General Assembly and governor before January 31, 2018 with a strategic plan for adult education that will include a series of recommendations and priorities to guide the state.

“People are ready to work,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We simply need to make sure Illinois residents have the proper training to qualify for good paying jobs in Illinois.”

The task force was created by Senate Joint Resolution 40. The measure passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD- To encourage small business development in Illinois, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) supported a new tax credit to encourage and assist beginning entrepreneurs.

Bertino-Tarrant joined the Illinois State Senate in voting to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1462, which creates an Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Economic development policies should not be a partisan issue. We all win when Illinois businesses thrive.”

The tax credit will reimburse beginning entrepreneurs forming new businesses in the information service, biotechnology and green technology business sectors for state fees associated with forming a new business in Illinois.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Development will administer the program. The program is capped at a total of $500,000 in reimbursements.

“Investing in small businesses is a key component to growing Illinois’ economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I will continue to advocate for policies that encourage economic development and give small businesses the opportunity to grow right here in Illinois.”

After two years, the Department of Commerce and Economic Development will evaluate the program’s effectiveness and report to Illinois General Assembly and governor to ensure the tax credit is achieving its goal.

The measure passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.

Coffee and Conversation 10 31 17 RSPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is hosting a Coffee and Conversation in Plainfield this month.  

Plainfield Coffee and conversation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31 at the Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W. Lockport St, Plainfield, IL).

Halloween treats for children who attend.   

Bertino-Tarrant hopes area residents will take advantage of the casual environment to discuss questions and concerns on important legislative matters before the General Assembly’s second week of veto session.  

Bertino-Tarrant expects the General Assembly to reconsider the governor’s veto of the Debt Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation that provides taxpayers with more information about state finances among other important legislative matters.

“The General Assembly will have a wide variety of legislation to consider during veto session,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Coffees and Conversations offer area residents an opportunity to discuss crucial legislative matters in a friendly environment. Connecting with constituents helps me better represent our district.”  

If you have additional questions regarding coffee and conversation, please contact Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Coffee and Conversation                                                                                                                                                        

Date: Tuesday, October 31
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W. Lockport St, Plainfield, IL).

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