On Friday, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all K-12 schools in Illinois would be closed through the end of the school year, with students finishing the year through remote learning days. The state is also amending graduation requirements for seniors, including changes such as the removal of the normally-required participation in consumer education and physical fitness assessments.
In March, the Governor had initially ordered schools to be closed through April 7, which he later extended to April 30th, before cancelling the entire remainder of the school year on April 17th.
Additionally, Pritzker announced that Illinois has received $569 million in federal CARES funding, that will be distributed to schools based on the number of low-income students they serve. His administration has also waived edTPA and student teaching requirements for prospective teachers who have completed all of their other requirements to earn a teaching license. The changes for prospective teachers are aimed at making sure schools will still be able to hire new teachers for the fall.