Grow Your Own Teacher bill passes House despite McCombie's concerns about 'rushing this through'
Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) pushed for Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) to make some changes to a bill involving the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act.
House Bill 35 amends the act to change several definitions and provides that Grow Your Own Illinois would administer the initiative instead of the Board of Higher Education. Grow Your Own Illinois is a non-profit organization that advances the efforts of a nationwide movement to achieve equity, excellence and diversity in the new teacher pipeline, according to the group’s website.
"If we don’t make these changes now, is this going to continue to follow through the way it has been," McCombie asked. "Why are we rushing this through?"
Mayfield said she and McCombie had discussed a separate bill to touch on those issues rather than making them part of HB 35.
"This is a really important program and I wish more people were listening," McCombie said. "You're going to do what you're going to do but I think this needs more time."
"We need to have more time to do what you and I are working on, but I want to get this moving," Mayfield said.
The bill passed with 70 Yes votes and 42 No votes.