Teacher Shortage: Are We Making Progress?
State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), was invited to serve on a panel this past weekend at the 105th Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to discuss the teacher shortage issue in Illinois. Entitled, Teacher Shortage: Are We Making Progress?, and moderated by Ronald Madlock, the Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for the IASB, Rep. Bailey joined Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (7th District), Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Ph.D., Member of the Illinois State Board of Education, and Alan Mather, President of the Golden Apple Foundation on Saturday November 23rd for this panel discussion.
“I appreciate being invited by my colleague Rep. Chris Welch to bring to the discussion a perspective from our rural area of the state in southeastern Illinois,” commented Rep. Bailey. “These conversations are not about having everyone with the same opinions and experiences regurgitate some preconceived ideas and opinions. This was an opportunity to learn from each other about how public policy works or doesn’t work for different school districts depending on a multitude of issues including school mandates and financial pressures from things like the new mandatory minimum wage that takes effect January 1st.”
Currently a member of both the Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee and the Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools Committee in the Illinois House, Rep. Darren Bailey is a former member of his local public school board at North Clay Community Unit School District #25 in Louisville. Bailey served for seventeen years, twelve of which he was the president of the school board.
This was IASB’s 105th annual conference and the 87th joint conference with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). Members from school districts throughout the state came together to discuss common issues and concerns, and work with your associates to discover strategies, solutions, and best practices. The conference was held in Chicago November 22-24.