Sen. Bill Cunningham

Filed: 4/15/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2975 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.80b as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.80b new)
7    Sec. 2-3.80b. Agriculture education teacher grant program.
8    (a) As used in this Section:
9    "New agriculture education program" means an agriculture
10education program approved by the State Board of Education in a
11school district that has not had an agriculture education
12program for a period of 10 years or more prior to the date of
13application for a grant under this Section.
14    "Personal services cost" means the cost of a teacher
15providing 60 additional days, which shall mean 400 additional
16hours, outside the teacher's regularly scheduled teaching



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1duties for the benefit of agriculture education. The 400
2additional hours shall be any activity that is to the benefit
3of agriculture education, as defined by the State Board of
4Education by rule, regardless of the time of year the activity
6    (b) Subject to appropriation to the State Board of
7Education, there is created an agriculture education teacher
8grant program to fund personal services costs for agriculture
9education teachers in school districts. The grants shall be for
10the purpose of assisting school districts with paying for
11personal services costs of agriculture education teachers.
12    (c) A school district may apply for a grant to fund an
13amount not to exceed 50% of the personal services cost for an
14agriculture education teacher under this Section. However, a
15school district that is creating a new agriculture education
16program may apply for a grant to fund an amount not to exceed
17100% of an agriculture teacher's personal services cost in the
18first and second year of the new agriculture education program
19and an amount not to exceed 80% of an agriculture teacher's
20personal services cost in the third and fourth years of the new
21agriculture education program. A school district may apply for
22a grant for more than one teacher under this Section.
23    (d) A school district that applies for a grant under this
24Section or offers any extended contract for agriculture
25education shall base its personal services costs on the
26reasonably expected personal services cost for the teacher



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1based on the cost of the teacher's regularly scheduled teaching
3    (e) The State Board of Education shall create a statewide
4system for an agriculture education teacher to track his or her
5additional hours completed pursuant to a grant under this
7    (f) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules as
8necessary to implement this Section.
9    Section 10. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
10amended by changing Section 65.25 as follows:
11    (110 ILCS 947/65.25)
12    Sec. 65.25. Teacher shortage scholarships.
13    (a) The Commission may annually award a number of
14scholarships to persons preparing to teach in areas of
15identified staff shortages. Such scholarships shall be issued
16to individuals who make application to the Commission and who
17agree to take courses at qualified institutions of higher
18learning which will prepare them to teach in areas of
19identified staff shortages.
20    (b) Scholarships awarded under this Section shall be issued
21pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Commission;
22provided that no rule or regulation promulgated by the State
23Board of Education prior to the effective date of this
24amendatory Act of 1993 pursuant to the exercise of any right,



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1power, duty, responsibility or matter of pending business
2transferred from the State Board of Education to the Commission
3under this Section shall be affected thereby, and all such
4rules and regulations shall become the rules and regulations of
5the Commission until modified or changed by the Commission in
6accordance with law. The Commission shall allocate the
7scholarships awarded between persons initially preparing to
8teach, persons holding valid teaching certificates issued
9under Articles 21 and 34 of the School Code, and persons
10holding a bachelor's degree from any accredited college or
11university who have been employed for a minimum of 10 years in
12a field other than teaching.
13    (c) Each scholarship shall be utilized by its holder for
14the payment of tuition and non-revenue bond fees at any
15qualified institution of higher learning. Such tuition and fees
16shall be available only for courses that will enable the
17individual to be certified to teach in areas of identified
18staff shortages. The Commission shall determine which courses
19are eligible for tuition payments under this Section.
20    (d) The Commission may make tuition payments directly to
21the qualified institution of higher learning which the
22individual attends for the courses prescribed or may make
23payments to the teacher. Any teacher who received payments and
24who fails to enroll in the courses prescribed shall refund the
25payments to the Commission.
26    (e) Following the completion of the program of study,



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1persons who held valid teaching certificates and persons
2holding a bachelor's degree from any accredited college or
3university who have been employed for a minimum of 10 years in
4a field other than teaching prior to receiving a teacher
5shortage scholarship must accept employment within 2 years in a
6school in Illinois within 60 miles of the person's residence to
7teach in an area of identified staff shortage for a period of
8at least 3 years; provided, however that any such person
9instead may elect to accept employment within such 2 year
10period to teach in an area of identified staff shortage for a
11period of at least 3 years in a school in Illinois which is
12more than 60 miles from such person's residence. Persons
13initially preparing to teach prior to receiving a teacher
14shortage scholarship must accept employment within 2 years in a
15school in Illinois to teach in an area of identified staff
16shortage for a period of at least 3 years. Individuals who fail
17to comply with this provision shall refund all of the
18scholarships awarded to the Commission, whether payments were
19made directly to the institutions of higher learning or to the
20individuals, and this condition shall be agreed to in writing
21by all scholarship recipients at the time the scholarship is
22awarded. No individual shall be required to refund tuition
23payments if his or her failure to obtain employment as a
24teacher in a school is the result of financial conditions
25within school districts. The rules and regulations promulgated
26as provided in this Section shall contain provisions regarding



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1the waiving and deferral of such payments.
2    (f) The Commission, with the cooperation of the State Board
3of Education, shall assist individuals who have participated in
4the scholarship program established by this Section in finding
5employment in areas of identified staff shortages.
6    (g) Beginning in September, 1994 and annually thereafter,
7the Commission, using data annually supplied by the State Board
8of Education under procedures developed by it to measure the
9level of shortage of qualified bilingual personnel serving
10students with disabilities, shall annually publish (i) the
11level of shortage of qualified bilingual personnel serving
12students with disabilities, and (ii) allocations of
13scholarships for personnel preparation training programs in
14the areas of bilingual special education teacher training and
15bilingual school service personnel.
16    (h) Appropriations for the scholarships outlined in this
17Section shall be made to the Commission from funds appropriated
18by the General Assembly.
19    (i) This Section is substantially the same as Section 30-4c
20of the School Code, which Section is repealed by this
21amendatory Act of 1993, and shall be construed as a
22continuation of the teacher shortage scholarship program
23established under that prior law, and not as a new or different
24teacher shortage scholarship program. The State Board of
25Education shall transfer to the Commission, as the successor to
26the State Board of Education for all purposes of administering



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1and implementing the provisions of this Section, all books,
2accounts, records, papers, documents, contracts, agreements,
3and pending business in any way relating to the teacher
4shortage scholarship program continued under this Section; and
5all scholarships at any time awarded under that program by, and
6all applications for any such scholarships at any time made to,
7the State Board of Education shall be unaffected by the
8transfer to the Commission of all responsibility for the
9administration and implementation of the teacher shortage
10scholarship program continued under this Section. The State
11Board of Education shall furnish to the Commission such other
12information as the Commission may request to assist it in
13administering this Section.
14    (j) For the purposes of this Section:
15    "Qualified institution of higher learning" means the
16University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago
17State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State
18University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois
19University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois
20University, the public community colleges subject to the Public
21Community College Act and any Illinois privately operated
22college, community college or university offering degrees and
23instructional programs above the high school level either in
24residence or by correspondence. The Board of Higher Education
25and the Commission, in consultation with the State Board of
26Education, shall identify qualified institutions to supply the



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1demand for bilingual special education teachers and bilingual
2school service personnel.
3    "Areas of identified staff shortages" means courses of
4study, including, but not limited to, agricultural education,
5in which the number of teachers is insufficient to meet student
6or school district demand for such instruction as determined by
7the State Board of Education.
8(Source: P.A. 88-228; 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)".