Pritzker Signs Driver Ed Employment Protection Bill

The following bill was one of many signed by Governor JB Pritzker Friday:

House Bill 247 was obviously passed to make it more difficult to save money by outsourcing drivers’ education.

A school district that contracts with a third party to teach a driver education course under this Section must ensure the teacher meets the educator licensure and endorsement requirements under Article 21B and must follow the same evaluation and observation requirements that apply to non-tenured teachers under Article 24A. The teacher evaluation must be conducted by a school administrator employed by the school district and must be submitted annually to the district superintendent and all school board members for oversight purposes.

The House roll call is below:

The Senate roll call follows:


Pritzker Signs Driver Ed Employment Protection Bill — 14 Comments

  1. This is a classic example of union feather bedding.

    Drivers Ed and PE teachers are often among the highest paid teachers at a high school if they coach a varsity sport and have been on the job for a while.

    The duties of either of these jobs could easily be performed by a lower paid person without any special education or training, in fact, there is no pressing need for either position to even exist,

    Kids should go to a private driving school on their own dime if they want to get their drivers licences before they are 18, and the goals of PE class could be met far more cheaply at a YMCA or local parks and rec department.

  2. McSweeney and Rezin voting for the union!

    The union that funds the Democrats in Illinois!

  3. Observation: Definition of political mental illness:

    Pass legislation relative to drivers ed instructors while removing basic skills testing for teachers.

  4. Rep. Reick, a soon to be confessed and convicted drunk driver (hearing Aug 30, Sangamon Co.) needs to resign.


  5. Protect our sweet little teacher-loafers.

    They only work 156 half days a year!

  6. Reick is running for re-election.

    Recruit someone to run if you’re worried about him losing. Remember that Pritzker has a lot of money to use on commercials showing Reick stumbling around drunk at Burger King!

    You have a big area from which you can recruit people, but time is running out. Petitioning starts in about a week I think.

    63rd REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT(65 entire) (8 splits)
    Riley Township, Marengo Township, Dunham Township,
    Chemung Township, Alden Township, Hartland Township,
    Seneca Township, Coral Township, Dorr Precincts 1, 2, 3,
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, pt of 12, and pt of 13, Greenwood
    Township, Hebron Township, Richmond Precincts pt of
    1, 2, and 3, McHenry Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10,
    12, 13, 14, pt of 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, pt of 22, 23,pt of 24, 26, pt of 28, 29, pt of 30, 31, 32, 33, and 35.

  7. It wouldn’t bother me one bit if Reick were replaced, but at least he voted the right way on this bill.

  8. We should look at not only drivers ed and phys ed (gym teachers) to contract out but many others. Maybe all. What kind of legislation is needed to make ALL teachers as contract workers? Each of them has to personally negotiate their salaries and benefits base upon their accomplishments and performance. Can they do that? Are they REALLY professionals such as architects, accountants, lawyers?

  9. **Are they REALLY professionals such as architects, accountants, lawyers?**


    Just curious – who do you think taught those architects, accountants, and lawyers?

  10. I don’t know of any college degree that’s easier to get than an education degree.

    Incoming undergraduate students intending to major in education have some of the lowest average SAT/ACT scores of any group.

    Prospective graduate students intending to study education have some of the lowest average GRE scores.

    Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that many people don’t consider teachers to be professionals in the same vein as architects, accountants, and lawyers.

  11. Architects, lawyers, and most accountants with a CPA require more education than a public school teacher.

    The typical path to licensure for architects (B.arch, M.arch), accountants (Bachelors degree to prepare for CPA exam), and lawyers (J.D.) in Illinois require more than the typical 4 years of college.

    A typical 4 year college degree is 120 credit hours.

    A B.arch and degree to prepare for CPA is 150 credit hours (5 years).

    One can become a CPA without a bachelors degree if they have the required on the job experience.

    Preparation for the public school teacher licensure exam in Illinois is a 4 year degree (120 credit hours).

    The pay of very few architects, lawyers, and accountants is based on a salary grid which uses years worked and college credits obtained as the sole criteria for salary advancement.

    A close super minority exception might be any covered by a union position working for state or local government.

    The same teachers that taught architects, accountants, and lawyers also taught murders, rapists, and drug dealers.

    Not to minimize the importance of public school teachers.

  12. I owe it all to my teachers at St Charles Youth Correction.

    I stand on the shoulders of Drivers Ed Giant, ‘Lead Foot’ Kowalski, for my ability to get anywhere in the Dallas Metroplex in under 20 minutes.

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