(110 ILCS 48/5)
The Grow Your Own Teacher preparation
programs established under this Act shall comprise a major new
statewide initiative, known as the Grow Your Own Teacher
Education Initiative, to prepare highly skilled, committed
teachers who will teach in hard-to-staff schools, including within the Department of Juvenile Justice School District, and
hard-to-staff teaching positions and who will remain in these
schools for substantial periods of time.
The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative shall
effectively recruit and prepare parent and community leaders
and paraeducators to become effective teachers statewide in hard-to-staff schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income students and
hard-to-staff teaching positions in schools
serving a substantial percentage of low-income students.
Further, the Initiative shall increase the diversity of
teachers, including diversity based on race and ethnicity.
The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative shall ensure
educational rigor by effectively preparing candidates in
accredited bachelor's degree programs in teaching, through
which graduates shall meet the requirements to secure an
Illinois initial teaching certificate.
The goal of the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative is to add 1,000 teachers to low-income, hard-to-staff Illinois schools by 2016.
(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09; 96-414, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)