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92_SB0363 LRB9201951NTsb 1 AN ACT relating to 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. Teacher Cadet Program. 8 (a) The Teacher Cadet Program is hereby established and 9 shall be operated by the State Board of Education. The 10 Program is established for the purpose of introducing public 11 secondary school pupils to the teaching profession. The main 12 purpose of the Program is to encourage high school pupils who 13 possess a high level of academic achievement and the 14 personality traits found in good teachers to consider a 15 career in teaching. 16 (b) The State Board of Education shall develop a grant 17 program that assists school districts chosen by the State 18 Board of Education on a competitive basis in offering year 19 long coursework designed to expose pupils to teaching careers 20 and the education system through the development of a 21 hands-on curriculum that includes the following elements: 22 (1) Classroom discussions led by the supervising 23 teacher at the high school. 24 (2) Hands-on activities designed to excite pupils 25 about teaching. 26 (3) Observation and participation in public school 27 classrooms. 28 (4) Interaction with successful administrators and 29 teachers. 30 (5) Opportunities for high school pupils to 31 participate in classrooms through tutoring, internships, -2- LRB9201951NTsb 1 and classroom observation of teaching. 2 (c) A school district that participates in the Teacher 3 Cadet Program shall receive, from funds appropriated for that 4 purpose, a one-time grant of up to $5,000 for the start-up of 5 the Program at its school site that will fund the development 6 of the curriculum, the purchase of materials, and the 7 development of tutoring, internship, and observation options 8 for the high school pupils enrolled in the Program. 9 (d) Subject to the availability of funding, the State 10 Board of Education shall contract for an evaluation of the 11 Teacher Cadet Program and shall report on the evaluation to 12 the General Assembly by January 1, 2005. This evaluation 13 shall include (i) interviews with Program participants 14 regarding their views on the value of the Program and whether 15 participation in the Program has been instrumental in 16 encouraging the selection of teaching as a major in college 17 or as a career and (ii) surveys of colleges and universities 18 to determine whether there has been an increase in the number 19 of pupils that indicate an interest in preparing for a career 20 in public education. 21 (e) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules 22 necessary to implement and administer this Section. 23 (f) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2009. 24 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 25 becoming law.
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