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Full Text of SB1991  100th General Assembly

SB1991sam003 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sen. Scott M. Bennett

Filed: 4/24/2017

 

 


 

 


 
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1991

2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1991, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
4following:
 
5    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
62-3.80c as follows:
 
7    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.80c new)
8    Sec. 2-3.80c. Agriculture Education Shortage Task Force.
9    (a) The General Assembly recognizes that agriculture is the
10most basic and singularly important industry in the State, that
11agriculture is of central importance to the welfare and
12economic stability of the State, and that the maintenance of
13this vital industry requires a continued source of trained and
14qualified agriculture educators to train future generations of
15agriculturalists.
16    In 2016, to respond to the ongoing teacher shortage in

 

 

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1agriculture education in Illinois, the General Assembly passed
2Public Act 99-826, which deemed agriculture education as an
3area of critical need in Illinois.
4    (b) There is created the Agriculture Education Shortage
5Task Force consisting of the following members:
6        (1) one member of the Senate appointed by the President
7    of the Senate;
8        (2) one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority
9    Leader of the Senate;
10        (3) one member of the House of Representatives
11    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
12        (4) one member of the House of Representatives
13    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
14    Representatives; and
15        (5) the following members, who shall be appointed by
16    the State Superintendent of Education within 30 days after
17    the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th
18    General Assembly:
19            (A) one representative of the State Board of
20        Education;
21            (B) one member representing a statewide
22        professional teachers' association appointed with the
23        advice of the Committee established under subsection
24        (d) of Section 2-3.80 of this Code;
25            (C) one member representing a different statewide
26        professional teachers' association appointed with the

 

 

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1        advice of the Committee established under subsection
2        (d) of Section 2-3.80 of this Code;
3            (D) one member representing a different
4        professional teachers' association in a city having a
5        population of over 500,000 appointed with the advice of
6        the Committee established under subsection (d) of
7        Section 2-3.80 of this Code;
8            (E) one member who is a community college
9        agriculture education teacher appointed with the
10        advice of the Committee established under subsection
11        (d) of Section 2-3.80 of this Code;
12            (F) one member who is a university agriculture
13        education teacher appointed with the advice of the
14        Committee established under subsection (d) of Section
15        2-3.80 of this Code;
16            (G) one member representing a statewide
17        association representing superintendents;
18            (H) one member representing a statewide
19        association representing principals;
20            (I) one member representing a statewide
21        association representing school board members;
22            (J) one representative of a school district in a
23        city having a populations exceeding 500,000;
24            (K) one member representing an education advocacy
25        group that works with parents; and
26            (L) one representative of an education public

 

 

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1        policy organization.
2    (c) The Agriculture Education Shortage Task Force shall
3first meet at the call of the State Superintendent of Education
4within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act
5of the 100th General Assembly, and following meetings shall be
6at the call of the Chairperson, who shall be elected by a
7majority of appointed members at the first meeting of the Task
8Force. The State Board of Education shall provide
9administrative support for the Task Force.
10    (d) Members of the Task Force shall serve without
11compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel and related
12expenses from funds appropriated for that purpose.
13    (e) The Task Force shall meet at least 3 times and shall
14review the following:
15        (1) the number of agriculture education teachers in
16    this State and the type of license held;
17        (2) the number of graduates who have graduated from an
18    approved agriculture education program of a public
19    university in this State in each of the past 4 years;
20        (3) the number of agriculture education position
21    openings at secondary education programs in this State in
22    each of the past 4 years; and
23        (4) licensure standards, including national licensure
24    standards, for the agricultural education endorsement on a
25    professional educator license or an educator license with
26    stipulations.

 

 

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1    (f) The Task Force shall issue a report to the Governor and
2the General Assembly, which must be approved by a majority vote
3of appointed members and must include recommendations
4regarding:
5        (1) recruitment and retention of agriculture education
6    teachers, including recommendations on funding for
7    existing incentive programs;
8        (2) participation in federal programs that may assist
9    in the recruitment and retention of agriculture teachers;
10    and
11        (3) other subjects determined by the members of the
12    Task Force.
13    (g) The Task Force shall report its findings to the
14Governor and General Assembly on or before January 1, 2019,
15and, upon filing its report, the Task Force is dissolved.
16    (h) This Section is repealed on February 1, 2019.
 
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.".