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(110 ILCS 48/25)
Expenditures under the Initiative.
(a) Every program under the Initiative shall implement a program of forgivable loans to cover any portion of tuition, books, and fees of candidates under the program in excess of the candidates' grants-in-aid. All students admitted to a cohort shall be eligible for a forgivable student loan. Loans shall be fully forgiven if a graduate completes 5 years of service in hard-to-staff schools
or hard-to-staff teaching positions, with partial forgiveness for shorter periods of service. Grow Your Own Illinois shall establish standards for the approval of requests for waivers or deferrals from individuals to waive this obligation and shall also define standards for the fiscal management of these loan funds.
(b) Grow Your Own Illinois shall award grants under the Initiative in such a way as to provide the required support for a cohort of candidates for any fiscal year in which an appropriation for the Initiative is made. Program budgets must show expenditures and needed funds for the entire period that candidates are expected to be enrolled.
(c) No funds under the Initiative may be used to supplant the average per-capita expenditures by the institution of higher education for candidates.
(d) Where necessary, program budgets shall include the costs of child care and other indirect expenses, such as transportation, tutoring, technology, and technology support, necessary to permit candidates to maintain their class schedules. Grant funds may be used by any member of a consortium to offset such costs, and the services may be provided by the community organization or organizations, by any other member of the consortium, or by independent contractors.
(e) The institution of higher education may expend grant funds to cover the additional costs of offering classes in community settings and for tutoring services.
(f) The community organization or organizations may receive a portion of the grant money for the expenses of recruitment, community orientation, and counseling of potential candidates, for providing space in the community, and for working with school personnel to facilitate individual work experiences and support of candidates.
(g) The school district or school employee union or both may receive a portion of the grant money for expenses of supporting the work experiences of candidates and providing mentors for graduates.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10-20.15 of the School Code, school districts may also use these or other applicable public funds to pay participants in programs under the Initiative for student teaching required by an accredited teacher preparation program.
(h) One or more members of the consortium may expend funds to cover the salary of a site-based cohort coordinator.
(i) Grant funds may also be expended to pay directly for required developmental classes for candidates beginning a program.
(Source: P.A. 101-122, eff. 7-26-19.)