Sen. Iris Y. Martinez

Filed: 5/7/2014





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3948 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act is
5amended by changing Sections 5, 10, 13, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and
690 as follows:
7    (110 ILCS 48/5)
8    Sec. 5. Purpose. The Grow Your Own Teacher preparation
9programs established under this Act shall comprise a major new
10statewide initiative, known as the Grow Your Own Teacher
11Education Initiative, to prepare highly skilled, committed
12teachers who will teach in hard-to-staff schools, including
13within the Department of Juvenile Justice School District, and
14hard-to-staff teaching positions and who will remain in these
15schools for substantial periods of time.
16     The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative shall help



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1to create a statewide pipeline of teachers who are likely
2effectively recruit and prepare parent and community leaders
3and paraeducators to become effective teachers statewide in
4hard-to-staff schools serving a substantial percentage of
5low-income students and hard-to-staff teaching positions in
6schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income
7students. Further, the Initiative shall increase the diversity
8of teachers, including diversity based on race and ethnicity.
9    The Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative shall ensure
10educational rigor by effectively preparing candidates in
11accredited bachelor's degree programs in teaching, through
12which graduates shall meet the requirements to secure an
13Illinois initial teaching certificate.
14    The goal of the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative
15is to add 1,000 teachers to low-income, hard-to-staff Illinois
16schools by 2016.
17(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09; 96-414,
18eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
19    (110 ILCS 48/10)
20    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
21    "Accredited teacher preparation program" means a
22regionally accredited, Illinois approved teacher education
23program authorized to prepare individuals to fulfill all of the
24requirements to receive an Illinois initial teaching



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1    "Cohort" means a group of teacher education candidates who
2are enrolled in and share experiences in the same program and
3are linked by their desire to become Illinois teachers in
4hard-to-staff schools and by their need for the services and
5supports offered by the Initiative.
6    "Community organization" means a nonprofit organization
7that has a demonstrated capacity to train, develop, and
8organize parents and community leaders into a constituency that
9will hold the school and the school district accountable for
10achieving high academic standards; in addition to
11organizations with a geographic focus, "community
12organization" includes general parent organizations,
13organizations of special education or bilingual education
14parents, and school employee unions.
15    "Developmental classes" means classes in basic skill
16areas, such as mathematics and language arts that are
17prerequisite to, but not counted towards, degree requirements
18of a teacher preparation program.
19    "Eligible school" means a public elementary, middle, or
20secondary school in this State that serves a substantial
21percentage of low-income students and that is either hard to
22staff or has hard-to-staff teaching positions.
23    "Hard-to-staff school" means a public elementary, middle,
24or secondary school in this State that, based on data compiled
25by the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board
26of Higher Education, serves a substantial percentage of



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1low-income students, as defined by the Board of Higher
2Education State Board.
3    "Hard-to-staff teaching position" means a teaching
4category (such as special education, bilingual education,
5mathematics, or science) in which statewide data compiled by
6the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board of
7Higher Education indicates a multi-year pattern of substantial
8teacher shortage or that has been identified as a critical need
9by the local school board.
10    "Initiative" means the Grow Your Own Teacher Education
11Initiative created under this Act.
12    "Para educator" "Paraeducator" means an individual with a
13history of demonstrated accomplishments in school staff
14positions (such as teacher assistants, school-community
15liaisons, school clerks, and security aides) in schools that
16meet the definition of a hard-to-staff school under this
18    "Parent and community leader" means an individual who has
19or had a child enrolled in a school or schools that meet the
20definition of a hard-to-staff school under this Section and who
21has a history of active involvement in the school or who has a
22history of working to improve schools serving a substantial
23percentage of low-income students, including membership in a
24community organization.
25    "Program" means a Grow Your Own Teacher preparation program
26established by a consortium under this Act.



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1    "Schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income
2students" means schools that maintain any of grades
3pre-kindergarten through 8, in which at least 35% of the
4students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches
5and schools that maintain any of grades 9 through 12, in which
6at least 25% of the students are eligible to receive free or
7reduced price lunches.
8    "State Board" means the Board of Higher Education.
9(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09;
1096-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)
11    (110 ILCS 48/13)
12    Sec. 13. Transfer of powers and duties to the Board of
13Higher Education. On July 1, 2010, all powers and duties of
14the State Board of Education under this Act were shall be
15transferred to the Board of Higher Education. All rules,
16standards, guidelines, and procedures adopted by the State
17Board of Education under this Act shall continue in effect as
18the rules, standards, guidelines, and procedures of the Board
19of Higher Education, until they are modified or abolished by
20the Board of Higher Education.
21(Source: P.A. 96-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)
22    (110 ILCS 48/15)
23    Sec. 15. Creation of Initiative. The Grow Your Own Teacher
24Education Initiative is created. The Board of Higher Education



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1State Board shall administer the Initiative as a grant
2competition to fund consortia that will carry out Grow Your Own
3Teacher preparation programs.
4(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05; 94-979, eff. 6-30-06.)
5    (110 ILCS 48/20)
6    Sec. 20. Selection of grantees. The Board of Higher
7Education State Board shall award grants to qualified consortia
8that reflect the distribution and diversity of hard-to-staff
9schools and hard-to-staff positions across this State. In
10awarding grants, the Board of Higher Education State Board
11shall select programs that successfully address Initiative
12criteria and that reflect a diversity of strategies in terms of
13serving urban areas, serving rural areas, the nature of the
14participating institutions of higher education, and the nature
15of hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-staff teaching positions
16on which a program is focused.
17    The Board of Higher Education State Board shall select
18consortia that meet the following requirements:
19        (1) A consortium shall be composed of at least one
20    4-year institution of higher education with an Illinois
21    approved teacher preparation program, at least one school
22    district or group of schools, and one or more community
23    organizations. The consortium membership may also include
24    a 2-year institution of higher education, a school employee
25    union, or a regional office of education.



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1        (2) The 4-year institution of higher education
2    participating in the consortium shall have past,
3    demonstrated success in preparing teachers for elementary
4    or secondary schools serving a substantial percentage of
5    low-income students.
6        (3) The consortium shall focus on a clearly defined set
7    of eligible schools that will participate in the program.
8    The consortium shall articulate the steps that it will
9    carry out in preparing teachers for its participating
10    schools and in preparing teachers for one or more
11    hard-to-staff teaching positions in those schools.
12        (4) The consortium shall recruit potential candidates
13    for the program and shall take into consideration when
14    selecting a candidate whether the candidate:
15            (A) holds A candidate in a program under the
16        Initiative must hold a high school diploma or its
17        equivalent; ,
18            (B) meets must meet either the definition of
19        "parent and community leader" or the definition of
20        "para educator" contained in Section 10 of this Act; ,
21            (C) has must not have attended college right after
22        high school or must have experienced an interruption in
23        his or her college education; , and does not hold a
24        bachelor's degree.
25            (D) exhibits a willingness to be a teacher in a
26        hard-to-staff school with the goal of maintaining



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1        academic excellence;
2            (E) shows an interest in postsecondary education
3        and may hold an associate's degree, a bachelor's
4        degree, or another postsecondary degree, but a
5        postsecondary education is not required;
6            (F) is a parent, a para educator, a community
7        leader, or any other individual from a community with a
8        hard-to-staff school;
9            (G) commits to completing and passing all State
10        standards, including the licensure test to obtain an
11        educator license;
12            (H) shows a willingness to set high standards of
13        performance for himself or herself and students; and
14            (I) demonstrates commitment to the program by:
15                (i) maintaining a cumulative grade point
16            average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the
17            equivalent as determined by the Board of Higher
18            Education);
19                (ii) attending monthly cohort meetings; and
20                (iii) applying for financial aid from all
21            other financial aid resources before applying for
22            assistance from the program.
23        (5) The consortium shall employ effective procedures
24    for teaching the skills and knowledge needed to prepare
25    highly competent teachers. Professional preparation shall
26    include on-going direct experience in target schools and



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1    evaluation of this experience.
2        (6) The consortium shall offer the program to cohorts
3    of candidates, as defined in Section 10 of this Act, on a
4    schedule that enables candidates to work full time while
5    participating in the program and allows para educators
6    paraeducators to continue in their current positions. In
7    any fiscal year in which an appropriation for the
8    Initiative is made, the consortium shall guarantee that
9    support will be available to an admitted cohort for the
10    cohort's education for that fiscal year. At the beginning
11    of the Initiative, programs that are already operating and
12    existing cohorts of candidates under this model shall be
13    eligible for funding.
14        (7) The institutions of higher education participating
15    in the consortium shall document and agree to expend the
16    same amount of funds in implementing the program that these
17    institutions spend per student on similar educational
18    programs. Grants received by the consortium shall
19    supplement and not supplant these amounts.
20        (8) The Board of Higher Education State Board shall
21    establish additional criteria for review of proposals,
22    including criteria that address the following issues:
23            (A) Previous experience of the institutions of
24        higher education in preparing candidates for
25        hard-to-staff schools and positions and in working
26        with students with non-traditional backgrounds.



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1            (B) The quality of the implementation plan,
2        including strategies for overcoming institutional
3        barriers to the progress of non-traditional
4        candidates.
5            (C) If a community college is a participant, the
6        nature and extent of existing articulation agreements
7        and guarantees between the community college and the
8        4-year institution of higher education.
9            (D) The number of candidates to be educated in the
10        planned cohort or cohorts and the capacity of the
11        consortium for adding cohorts in future cycles.
12            (E) Experience of the community organization or
13        organizations in organizing parents and community
14        leaders to achieve school improvement and a strong
15        relational school culture.
16            (F) The qualifications of the person or persons
17        designated by the 4-year institution of higher
18        education to be responsible for cohort support and the
19        development of a shared learning and social
20        environment among candidates.
21            (G) The consortium's plan for collective
22        consortium decision-making, involving all consortium
23        members, including mechanisms for candidate input.
24            (H) The consortium's plan for direct impact of the
25        program on the quality of education in the eligible
26        schools.



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1            (I) The relevance of the curriculum to the needs of
2        the eligible schools and positions, and the use in
3        curriculum and instructional planning of principles
4        for effective education for adults.
5            (J) The availability of classes under the program
6        in places and times accessible to the candidates.
7            (K) Provision of a level of performance to be
8        maintained by candidates as a condition of continuing
9        in the program.
10            (L) The plan of the 4-year institution of higher
11        education to ensure that candidates take advantage of
12        existing financial aid resources before using the loan
13        funds described in Section 25 of this Act.
14            (M) The availability of supportive services,
15        including, but not limited to, counseling, tutoring,
16        transportation, technology and technology support, and
17        child care.
18            (N) A plan for continued participation of
19        graduates of the program in a program of support for at
20        least 2 years, including mentoring and group meetings.
21            (O) A plan for testing and qualitative evaluation
22        of candidates' teaching skills that ensures that
23        graduates of the program are as prepared for teaching
24        as other individuals completing the institution of
25        higher education's preparation program for the
26        certificate sought.



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1            (P) A plan for internal evaluation that provides
2        reports at least yearly on the progress of candidates
3        towards graduation and the impact of the program on the
4        target schools and their communities.
5            (Q) Contributions from schools, school districts,
6        and other consortia members to the program, including
7        stipends for candidates during their student teaching.
8            (R) Consortium commitment for sustaining the
9        program over time, as evidenced by plans for reduced
10        requirements for external funding, in subsequent
11        cycles.
12            (S) The inclusion in the planned program of
13        strategies derived from community organizing that will
14        help candidates develop tools for working with parents
15        and other community members.
16(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09.)
17    (110 ILCS 48/25)
18    Sec. 25. Expenditures under the Initiative.
19    (a) Every program under the Initiative shall implement a
20program of forgivable loans to cover any portion of tuition,
21books, and fees of candidates under the program in excess of
22the candidates' grants-in-aid. All students admitted to a
23cohort shall be eligible for a forgivable student loan. Loans
24shall be fully forgiven if a graduate completes 5 years of
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1positions, with partial forgiveness for shorter periods of
2service. The Board of Higher Education State Board shall
3establish standards for the approval of requests for waivers or
4deferrals from individuals to waive this obligation. The Board
5of Higher Education State Board shall also define standards for
6the fiscal management of these loan funds.
7    (b) The Board of Higher Education State Board shall award
8grants under the Initiative in such a way as to provide the
9required support for a cohort of candidates for any fiscal year
10in which an appropriation for the Initiative is made. Program
11budgets must show expenditures and needed funds for the entire
12period that candidates are expected to be enrolled.
13    (c) No funds under the Initiative may be used to supplant
14the average per-capita expenditures by the institution of
15higher education for candidates.
16    (d) Where necessary, program budgets shall include the
17costs of child care and other indirect expenses, such as
18transportation, tutoring, technology, and technology support,
19necessary to permit candidates to maintain their class
20schedules. Grant funds may be used by any member of a
21consortium to offset such costs, and the services may be
22provided by the community organization or organizations, by any
23other member of the consortium, or by independent contractors.
24    (e) The institution of higher education may expend grant
25funds to cover the additional costs of offering classes in
26community settings and for tutoring services.



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1    (f) The community organization or organizations may
2receive a portion of the grant money for the expenses of
3recruitment, community orientation, and counseling of
4potential candidates, for providing space in the community, and
5for working with school personnel to facilitate individual work
6experiences and support of candidates.
7    (g) The school district or school employee union or both
8may receive a portion of the grant money for expenses of
9supporting the work experiences of candidates and providing
10mentors for graduates. Notwithstanding the provisions of
11Section 10-20.15 of the School Code, school districts may also
12use these or other applicable public funds to pay participants
13in programs under the Initiative for student teaching required
14by an accredited teacher preparation program.
15    (h) One or more members of the consortium may expend funds
16to cover the salary of a site-based cohort coordinator.
17    (i) Grant funds may also be expended to pay directly for
18required developmental classes for candidates beginning a
20(Source: P.A. 95-476, eff. 1-1-08; 96-144, eff. 8-7-09.)
21    (110 ILCS 48/30)
22    Sec. 30. Implementation of Initiative. The State Board
23shall develop guidelines and application procedures for the
24Initiative in fiscal year 2011. The Board of Higher Education
25State Board may, if it chooses, award a small number of



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1planning grants during any fiscal year to potential consortia.
2Other than existing cohorts, the first programs under the
3Initiative shall be awarded grants in such a way as to allow
4candidates to begin their work at the beginning of the
52006-2007 school year.
6(Source: P.A. 96-1393, eff. 7-29-10.)
7    (110 ILCS 48/35)
8    Sec. 35. Independent program evaluation. The Board of
9Higher Education State Board shall contract for an independent
10evaluation of program implementation by each of its
11participating consortia and of the impact of each program,
12including the extent of candidate persistence in program
13enrollment, acceptance as an education major in a 4-year
14institution of higher education, completion of a bachelor's
15degree in teaching, obtaining a teaching position in a target
16school or similar school, subsequent effectiveness as a
17teacher, and persistence in teaching in a target school or
18similar school. The evaluation shall assess the Initiative's
19overall effectiveness and shall identify particular program
20strategies that are especially effective.
21(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05; 94-979, eff. 6-30-06.)
22    (110 ILCS 48/90)
23    Sec. 90. Rules. The Board of Higher Education State Board
24may adopt any rules necessary to carry out its responsibilities



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1under this Act.
2(Source: P.A. 93-802, eff. 1-1-05.)".