I’ve been out of the classroom for nearly a decade.
But as I speak to my colleagues who have taught this year it is mind boggling.
That is true whether they taught remotely, in-person or hybrid.
I have a simple proposal. It doesn’t begin to demonstrate what should be our profound thanks.
The Illinois legislature can act to give every public school teacher an extra year of creditable service.
Now some Republican state representative has introduced a bill that offers that up, but only to teachers who did in-person teaching. A days credit for a days in person teaching.
Frankly, that’s bull.
It’s totally divisive. As it was probably meant to be.
Of course, Tier II has got other problems that need to be addressed, but nothing prevents the legislature from offering two years credit to both Tier I and Tier II (those entering the system after January 1, 2011).
It’s a small token.