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91_SB1054eng SB1054 Engrossed 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 Engrossed -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 Engrossed -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 7 5 years and renewable thereafter every 7 years 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 for the 7-year term of the teacher's Master 15 Certificate. 16 (Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 90-653, eff. 7-29-98; 17 90-811, eff. 1-26-99.) 18 (105 ILCS 5/21-27 new) 19 Sec. 21-27. The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program. 20 The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program is hereby 21 established to provide categorical funding for monetary 22 incentives and bonuses for teachers who are employed by 23 school districts and who hold a Master Certificate. The 24 State Board of Education shall allocate and distribute to 25 each school district an amount as annually appropriated by 26 the General Assembly for the Illinois Teaching Excellence 27 Program. Unless otherwise provided by appropriation, each 28 school district's annual allocation shall be the sum of the 29 amounts earned for the following incentives and bonuses: 30 (1) An annual bonus equal to $3,000 to be paid to 31 each teacher who holds a Master Certificate and is 32 employed by a school district. The school district shall 33 distribute the annual bonus to each teacher, and the SB1054 Engrossed -4- LRB9106132NTks 1 annual bonus may be paid as a single payment or not more 2 than 3 payments. 3 (2) An annual bonus equal to $1,000 to be paid to 4 each teacher who holds a Master Certificate, is employed 5 by a school district, and agrees, in writing, to provide 6 the equivalent of 10 work days of mentoring and related 7 services to classroom teachers in this State. The school 8 district shall distribute the annual bonus in a single 9 payment following the completion of all required 10 mentoring and related services for the year. However, 11 credit may not be granted by a school district for 12 mentoring or related services provided during the regular 13 school day or during the total number of days of required 14 service for the school year.
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