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HIGHER EDUCATION
(110 ILCS 48/) Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act.

110 ILCS 48/1

    (110 ILCS 48/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05; 94-979, eff. 6-30-06.)

110 ILCS 48/5

    (110 ILCS 48/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. 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.)

110 ILCS 48/10

    (110 ILCS 48/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Accredited teacher preparation program" means a regionally accredited, Illinois approved teacher education program authorized to prepare individuals to fulfill all of the requirements to receive an Illinois initial teaching certificate.
    "Cohort" means a group of teacher education candidates who are enrolled in and share experiences in the same program and are linked by their desire to become Illinois teachers in hard-to-staff schools and by their need for the services and supports offered by the Initiative.
    "Community organization" means a nonprofit organization that has a demonstrated capacity to train, develop, and organize parents and community leaders into a constituency that will hold the school and the school district accountable for achieving high academic standards; in addition to organizations with a geographic focus, "community organization" includes general parent organizations, organizations of special education or bilingual education parents, and school employee unions.
    "Developmental classes" means classes in basic skill areas, such as mathematics and language arts that are prerequisite to, but not counted towards, degree requirements of a teacher preparation program.
    "Eligible school" means a public elementary, middle, or secondary school in this State that serves a substantial percentage of low-income students and that is either hard to staff or has hard-to-staff teaching positions.
    "Hard-to-staff school" means a public elementary, middle, or secondary school in this State that, based on data compiled by the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board of Higher Education, serves a substantial percentage of low-income students, as defined by the State Board.
    "Hard-to-staff teaching position" means a teaching category (such as special education, bilingual education, mathematics, or science) in which statewide data compiled by the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board of Higher Education indicates a multi-year pattern of substantial teacher shortage or that has been identified as a critical need by the local school board.
    "Initiative" means the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative created under this Act.
    "Paraeducator" means an individual with a history of demonstrated accomplishments in school staff positions (such as teacher assistants, school-community liaisons, school clerks, and security aides) in schools that meet the definition of a hard-to-staff school under this Section.
    "Parent and community leader" means an individual who has or had a child enrolled in a school or schools that meet the definition of a hard-to-staff school under this Section and who has a history of active involvement in the school or who has a history of working to improve schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income students, including membership in a community organization.
    "Program" means a Grow Your Own Teacher preparation program established by a consortium under this Act.
    "Schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income students" means schools that maintain any of grades pre-kindergarten through 8, in which at least 35% of the students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches and schools that maintain any of grades 9 through 12, in which at least 25% of the students are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches.
    "State Board" means the Board of Higher Education.
(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09; 96-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)

110 ILCS 48/13

    (110 ILCS 48/13)
    Sec. 13. Transfer of powers and duties to the Board of Higher Education. On July 1, 2010, all powers and duties of the State Board of Education under this Act shall be transferred to the Board of Higher Education. All rules, standards, guidelines, and procedures adopted by the State Board of Education under this Act shall continue in effect as the rules, standards, guidelines, and procedures of the Board of Higher Education, until they are modified or abolished by the Board of Higher Education.
(Source: P.A. 96-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)

110 ILCS 48/15

    (110 ILCS 48/15)
    Sec. 15. Creation of Initiative. The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative is created. The State Board shall administer the Initiative as a grant competition to fund consortia that will carry out Grow Your Own Teacher preparation programs.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05; 94-979, eff. 6-30-06.)

110 ILCS 48/20

    (110 ILCS 48/20)
    Sec. 20. Selection of grantees. The State Board shall award grants to qualified consortia that reflect the distribution and diversity of hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-staff positions across this State. In awarding grants, the State Board shall select programs that successfully address Initiative criteria and that reflect a diversity of strategies in terms of serving urban areas, serving rural areas, the nature of the participating institutions of higher education, and the nature of hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-staff teaching positions on which a program is focused.
    The State Board shall select consortia that meet the following requirements:
        (1) A consortium shall be composed of at least one
    
4-year institution of higher education with an Illinois approved teacher preparation program, at least one school district or group of schools, and one or more community organizations. The consortium membership may also include a 2-year institution of higher education, a school employee union, or a regional office of education.
        (2) The 4-year institution of higher education
    
participating in the consortium shall have past, demonstrated success in preparing teachers for elementary or secondary schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income students.
        (3) The consortium shall focus on a clearly defined
    
set of eligible schools that will participate in the program. The consortium shall articulate the steps that it will carry out in preparing teachers for its participating schools and in preparing teachers for one or more hard-to-staff teaching positions in those schools.
        (4) A candidate in a program under the Initiative
    
must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, must meet either the definition of "parent and community leader" or the definition of "paraeducator" contained in Section 10 of this Act, must not have attended college right after high school or must have experienced an interruption in his or her college education, and does not hold a bachelor's degree.
        (5) The consortium shall employ effective procedures
    
for teaching the skills and knowledge needed to prepare highly competent teachers. Professional preparation shall include on-going direct experience in target schools and evaluation of this experience.
        (6) The consortium shall offer the program to cohorts
    
of candidates, as defined in Section 10 of this Act, on a schedule that enables candidates to work full time while participating in the program and allows paraeducators to continue in their current positions. In any fiscal year in which an appropriation for the Initiative is made, the consortium shall guarantee that support will be available to an admitted cohort for the cohort's education for that fiscal year. At the beginning of the Initiative, programs that are already operating and existing cohorts of candidates under this model shall be eligible for funding.
        (7) The institutions of higher education
    
participating in the consortium shall document and agree to expend the same amount of funds in implementing the program that these institutions spend per student on similar educational programs. Grants received by the consortium shall supplement and not supplant these amounts.
        (8) The State Board shall establish additional
    
criteria for review of proposals, including criteria that address the following issues:
            (A) Previous experience of the institutions of
        
higher education in preparing candidates for hard-to-staff schools and positions and in working with students with non-traditional backgrounds.
            (B) The quality of the implementation plan,
        
including strategies for overcoming institutional barriers to the progress of non-traditional candidates.
            (C) If a community college is a participant, the
        
nature and extent of existing articulation agreements and guarantees between the community college and the 4-year institution of higher education.
            (D) The number of candidates to be educated in
        
the planned cohort or cohorts and the capacity of the consortium for adding cohorts in future cycles.
            (E) Experience of the community organization or
        
organizations in organizing parents and community leaders to achieve school improvement and a strong relational school culture.
            (F) The qualifications of the person or persons
        
designated by the 4-year institution of higher education to be responsible for cohort support and the development of a shared learning and social environment among candidates.
            (G) The consortium's plan for collective
        
consortium decision-making, involving all consortium members, including mechanisms for candidate input.
            (H) The consortium's plan for direct impact of
        
the program on the quality of education in the eligible schools.
            (I) The relevance of the curriculum to the needs
        
of the eligible schools and positions, and the use in curriculum and instructional planning of principles for effective education for adults.
            (J) The availability of classes under the program
        
in places and times accessible to the candidates.
            (K) Provision of a level of performance to be
        
maintained by candidates as a condition of continuing in the program.
            (L) The plan of the 4-year institution of higher
        
education to ensure that candidates take advantage of existing financial aid resources before using the loan funds described in Section 25 of this Act.
            (M) The availability of supportive services,
        
including, but not limited to, counseling, tutoring, transportation, technology and technology support, and child care.
            (N) A plan for continued participation of
        
graduates of the program in a program of support for at least 2 years, including mentoring and group meetings.
            (O) A plan for testing and qualitative evaluation
        
of candidates' teaching skills that ensures that graduates of the program are as prepared for teaching as other individuals completing the institution of higher education's preparation program for the certificate sought.
            (P) A plan for internal evaluation that provides
        
reports at least yearly on the progress of candidates towards graduation and the impact of the program on the target schools and their communities.
            (Q) Contributions from schools, school districts,
        
and other consortia members to the program, including stipends for candidates during their student teaching.
            (R) Consortium commitment for sustaining the
        
program over time, as evidenced by plans for reduced requirements for external funding, in subsequent cycles.
            (S) The inclusion in the planned program of
        
strategies derived from community organizing that will help candidates develop tools for working with parents and other community members.
(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09.)

110 ILCS 48/25

    (110 ILCS 48/25)
    Sec. 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. The State Board shall establish standards for the approval of requests for waivers or deferrals from individuals to waive this obligation. The State Board shall also define standards for the fiscal management of these loan funds.
    (b) The State Board 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. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09.)

110 ILCS 48/30

    (110 ILCS 48/30)
    Sec. 30. Implementation of Initiative. The State Board shall develop guidelines and application procedures for the Initiative in fiscal year 2011. The State Board may, if it chooses, award a small number of planning grants during any fiscal year to potential consortia. Other than existing cohorts, the first programs under the Initiative shall be awarded grants in such a way as to allow candidates to begin their work at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.
(Source: P.A. 96-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)

110 ILCS 48/35

    (110 ILCS 48/35)
    Sec. 35. Independent program evaluation. The State Board shall contract for an independent evaluation of program implementation by each of its participating consortia and of the impact of each program, including the extent of candidate persistence in program enrollment, acceptance as an education major in a 4-year institution of higher education, completion of a bachelor's degree in teaching, obtaining a teaching position in a target school or similar school, subsequent effectiveness as a teacher, and persistence in teaching in a target school or similar school. The evaluation shall assess the Initiative's overall effectiveness and shall identify particular program strategies that are especially effective.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05; 94-979, eff. 6-30-06.)

110 ILCS 48/40

    (110 ILCS 48/40)
    Sec. 40. Funding. Funding of the Initiative is subject to appropriation.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05.)

110 ILCS 48/90

    (110 ILCS 48/90)
    Sec. 90. Rules. The State Board may adopt any rules necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05.)

110 ILCS 48/99

    (110 ILCS 48/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2005.
(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05.)