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IFT Teachers is the largest segment of the union's membership, representing teachers in school districts throughout Illinois.


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Determine if you are “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act. Based on the Illinois State Board of Education's, “Are You Highly Qualified for Your Assignments in Core Academic Subjects?”

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A valuable new resource to help you work with your school district to design and implement an effective teacher evaluation system. ITED is a collaborative effort from the IFT, Illinois Education Association and the Consortium for Educational Change.

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IFT president releases statement on PERA appeal bill

by Jennifer Visk | Aug 28, 2019
The bill provides educators with a right to a fair appeal process in evaluations.
Today, Governor Pritzker signed the Performance Evaluation and Review Act (PERA, SB 1213) to give teachers a fair appeal process in evaluations. IFT President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:
"Teacher evaluation is still an imperfect art, subject to outside influences and bias. For the sake of getting the best teachers in front of students, providing them with helpful feedback, and basic fairness, it’s only logical that the process should work well and contain reasonable safeguards. That’s why the IFT initiated Senate Bill 1213, to provide educators with the right to a fair appeal process in evaluations. This legislation is just one of the many ways our union is working to address problems with PERA, and we are grateful to Sen. Kimberly Lightford for advocating for this fair, important law and to the governor for signing it." 
 

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