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