The state should support differential pay for effective teaching in shortage and high-needs areas.
Illinois does not support differential pay by which teachers can earn additional compensation by teaching certain subjects. However, the state has no regulatory language preventing districts from providing such differential pay.
Illinois supports incentives for those teaching in high-needs schools. Teachers working in "hard-to-staff" schools are eligible for $25,000 in forgivable loans for direct expenses associated with teacher preparation programs. Loans are fully forgiven after five years of service; partial forgiveness is given for shorter periods of service.
110 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 48/5 23 Illinois Administrative Code 60.100 Illinois Teaching Excellence Program - Public Law 095-0996
Support differential pay initiatives for effective teachers in shortage subject areas.
Illinois should encourage districts to link compensation to district needs. Such policies can help districts achieve a more equitable distribution of teachers.
Expand differential pay initiatives for teachers in high-needs schools.
Although the state's loan forgiveness program is a desirable recruitment and retention tool for teachers early in their careers, Illinois should expand its program to include those already part of the teaching pool. A salary differential is an attractive incentive for every teacher, not just those with education debt.
Illinois was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis.