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92_HB5812 LRB9215029NTsbA 1 AN ACT concerning education. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section 5 2-3.131 as follows: 6 (105 ILCS 5/2-3.131 new) 7 Sec. 2-3.131. Bonuses for new teachers. The State Board 8 of Education shall implement a program to provide 9 State-funded bonuses to new fully certified teachers who 10 agree to teach in a school on the academic watch list under 11 Section 2-3.25d of this Code or in a critical teacher 12 shortage discipline, with additional bonuses awarded for 13 multi-year commitments. The bonus shall be $1,000 for the 14 completion of one year of teaching, $1,250 for the completion 15 of 2 years of teaching, and $1,500 for the completion of 3 16 years of teaching. The State Board may adopt any rules 17 necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this 18 Section. 19 Section 10. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended 20 by adding Section 9.30 as follows: 21 (110 ILCS 205/9.30 new) 22 Sec. 9.30. Tuition waivers for future teachers. The Board 23 shall implement a program in which public institutions of 24 higher education would waive tuition for students enrolled in 25 a course of study leading to teacher certification who agree 26 to teach in a school on the academic watch list under Section 27 2-3.25d of the School Code for a period of not less than one 28 year for each year of tuition waived. The person shall be 29 required to refund the amount of tuition waived if he or she -2- LRB9215029NTsbA 1 does not comply with the teaching obligation. The Board may 2 adopt any rules necessary to carry out its responsibilities 3 under this Section. 4 Section 15. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act 5 is amended by adding Section 65.70 as follows: 6 (110 ILCS 947/65.70 new) 7 Sec. 65.70. Loan forgiveness for future teachers. The 8 Commission shall implement a loan forgiveness program for 9 students enrolled in a course of study leading to teacher 10 certification at an institution of higher learning who agree 11 to teach in a school on the academic watch list under Section 12 2-3.25d of the School Code for a specified period of time. 13 Under this program, 15% of a student's higher education loans 14 shall be forgiven for each of the first and second years of 15 teaching, 20% for each of the third and fourth years of 16 teaching, and 30% for the fifth year of teaching. The 17 Commission may adopt any rules necessary to carry out its 18 responsibilities under this Section.
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