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91_SB1054enr SB1054 Enrolled LRB9106132NTks 1 AN ACT to amend the School Code by changing Section 21-2 2 and adding Section 21-27. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing 6 Section 21-2 and adding Section 21-27 as follows: 7 (105 ILCS 5/21-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2) 8 Sec. 21-2. Grades of certificates. 9 (a) Until July 1, 1999, all certificates issued under 10 this Article shall be State certificates valid, except as 11 limited in Section 21-1, in every school district coming 12 under the provisions of this Act and shall be limited in time 13 and designated as follows: Provisional vocational 14 certificate, temporary provisional vocational certificate, 15 early childhood certificate, elementary school certificate, 16 special certificate, high school certificate, school service 17 personnel certificate, administrative certificate, 18 provisional certificate, and substitute certificate. The 19 requirement of student teaching under close and competent 20 supervision for obtaining a teaching certificate may be 21 waived by the State Teacher Certification Board upon 22 presentation to the Board by the teacher of evidence of 5 23 years successful teaching experience on a valid certificate 24 and graduation from a recognized institution of higher 25 learning with a bachelor's degree with not less than 120 26 semester hours and a minimum of 16 semester hours in 27 professional education. 28 (b) Initial Teaching Certificate. Beginning July 1, 29 1999, persons who (1) have completed an approved teacher 30 preparation program, (2) are recommended by an approved 31 teacher preparation program, (3) have successfully completed SB1054 Enrolled -2- LRB9106132NTks 1 the Initial Teaching Certification examinations required by 2 the State Board of Education, and (4) have met all other 3 criteria established by the State Board of Education in 4 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board, 5 shall be issued an Initial Teaching Certificate valid for 4 6 years of teaching. Initial Teaching Certificates shall be 7 issued for categories corresponding to Early Childhood, 8 Elementary, Secondary, and Special K-12, with special 9 certification designations for Special Education, Bilingual 10 Education, fundamental learning areas (including Language 11 Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical 12 Development and Health, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language), and 13 other areas designated by the State Board of Education, in 14 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board. 15 (c) Standard Certificate. Beginning July 1, 1999, 16 persons who (1) have completed 4 years of teaching with an 17 Initial Certificate, have successfully completed the Standard 18 Teaching Certificate examinations, and have met all other 19 criteria established by the State Board of Education in 20 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board, or 21 (2) were issued teaching certificates prior to July 1, 1999 22 and are renewing those certificates after July 1, 1999, shall 23 be issued a Standard Certificate valid for 5 years, which may 24 be renewed thereafter every 5 years by the State Teacher 25 Certification Board based on proof of continuing education or 26 professional development. Standard Certificates shall be 27 issued for categories corresponding to Early Childhood, 28 Elementary, Secondary, and Special K-12, with special 29 certification designations for Special Education, Bilingual 30 Education, fundamental learning areas (including Language 31 Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical 32 Development and Health, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language), and 33 other areas designated by the State Board of Education, in 34 consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board. SB1054 Enrolled -3- LRB9106132NTks 1 (d) Master Certificate. Beginning July 1, 1999, persons 2 who have successfully achieved National Board certification 3 through the National Board for Professional Teaching 4 Standards shall be issued a Master Certificate, valid for 10 5
7years and renewable thereafter every 10 7years through 6 compliance with requirements set forth by the State Board of 7 Education. However, each teacher who holds a Master 8 Certificate shall be eligible for a teaching position in this 9 State in the areas for which he or she holds a Master 10 Certificate without satisfying any other requirements of this 11 Code, except for those requirements pertaining to criminal 12 background checks. A teacher who holds a Master Certificate 13 shall be deemed to meet State certification renewal 14 requirements in the area or areas for which he or she holds a 15 Master Certificate for the 10-year term of the teacher's 16 Master Certificate. 17 (Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 90-653, eff. 7-29-98; 18 90-811, eff. 1-26-99.) 19 (105 ILCS 5/21-27 new) 20 Sec. 21-27. The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program. 21 The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program is hereby 22 established to provide categorical funding for monetary 23 incentives and bonuses for teachers who are employed by 24 school districts and who hold a Master Certificate. The 25 State Board of Education shall allocate and distribute to 26 each school district an amount as annually appropriated by 27 the General Assembly for the Illinois Teaching Excellence 28 Program. Unless otherwise provided by appropriation, each 29 school district's annual allocation shall be the sum of the 30 amounts earned for the following incentives and bonuses: 31 (1) A one-time payment of $3,000 to be paid to each 32 teacher who successfully completes the program leading to 33 and who receives a Master Certificate and is employed by SB1054 Enrolled -4- LRB9106132NTks 1 a school district. The school district shall distribute 2 this payment to each eligible teacher as a single payment 3 or in not more than 3 payments. 4 (2) An annual incentive equal to $1,000 shall be 5 paid to each teacher who holds a Master Certificate, who 6 is employed by a school district, and who agrees, in 7 writing, to provide 60 hours of mentoring during that 8 year to classroom teachers. This mentoring may include, 9 either singly or in combination, (i) providing high 10 quality professional development for new and experienced 11 teachers, and (ii) assisting National Board for 12 Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidates 13 through the NBPTS certification process. The school 14 district shall distribute 50% of each annual incentive 15 payment upon completion of 30 hours of the required 16 mentoring and the remaining 50% of the incentive upon 17 completion of the required 60 hours of mentoring. Credit 18 may not be granted by a school district for mentoring or 19 related services provided during a regular school day or 20 during the total number of days of required service for 21 the school year. 22 (3) An annual incentive equal to $3,000 shall be 23 paid to each teacher who holds a Master Certificate, who 24 is employed by a school district, and who agrees, in 25 writing, to provide 60 hours of mentoring during that 26 year to classroom teachers in schools on the Academic 27 Early Warning List or in schools in which 50% or more of 28 the students receive free or reduced price lunches, or 29 both. The school district shall distribute 50% of each 30 annual incentive payment upon completion of 30 hours of 31 the required mentoring and the remaining 50% of the 32 incentive upon completion of the required 60 hours of 33 mentoring. Credit may not be granted by a school 34 district for mentoring or related services provided SB1054 Enrolled -5- LRB9106132NTks 1 during a regular school day or during the total number of 2 days of required service for the school year. 3 Each regional superintendent of schools shall provide 4 information about the Master Certificate Program of the 5 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 6 and this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly to each 7 individual seeking to register or renew a certificate under 8 Section 21-14 of this Code. 9 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 10 becoming law.
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