Sen. Omar Aquino

Filed: 3/29/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3220 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
521B-107 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-107 new)
7    Sec. 21B-107. Educator preparation program; appeal.
8    (a) An institution of higher education that is denied a
9recommendation for recognition by the State Educator
10Preparation and Licensure Board to offer an educator
11preparation program at the institution may appeal the decision
12to the State Board of Education. The appeal must state the
13reasons why the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
14Board's decision should be reversed and must include any other
15information required by the State Board of Education. The
16appeal must be submitted in writing, by certified mail with



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1return receipt requested, and postmarked no later than 14 days
2after receipt of the notice of denial of recommendation from
3the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. As soon as
4practicable after receipt of the appeal, the State Board of
5Education must provide a copy of the appeal to the State
6Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Except as provided
7under subsection (b) of this Section, the State Board of
8Education must approve or deny the appeal no later than 30 days
9after receipt of the appeal.
10    (b) If a majority of the members of the State Board of
11Education determines that the appeal is untimely or that the
12proposed educator preparation program does not comply with 23
13Ill. Adm. Code 25.Subpart C, the State Board of Education must
14hold a public hearing, which must comply with all of the
16        (1) Notice of the meeting must be posted in accordance
17    with the Open Meetings Act.
18        (2) The hearing must include testimony from members of
19    the State Board of Education and State Educator Preparation
20    and Licensure Board and other public participants.
21        (3) The hearing must include testimony from the
22    institution of higher education appealing the denial of
23    recommendation. The testimony must include evidence of any
24    nationally recognized accreditations, qualifications of
25    the educators at the institution, and the relevance of
26    education preparation programs in Illinois communities.



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1    The testimony must also include a response to any concerns
2    raised by the State Board of Education or State Educator
3    Preparation and Licensure Board.
4    The State Board of Education must take action to approve or
5deny the appeal immediately after the hearing.".