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Full Text of SB2356  100th General Assembly


Sen. Iris Y. Martinez

Filed: 5/17/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2356 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 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 48/10)
7    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
8    "Accredited teacher preparation program" means a
9regionally accredited, Illinois approved teacher education
10program authorized to prepare individuals to fulfill all of the
11requirements to receive an Illinois initial teaching
13    "Cohort" means a group of teacher education candidates who
14are enrolled in and share experiences in the same program and
15are linked by their desire to become Illinois teachers in
16hard-to-staff schools and by their need for the services and



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1supports offered by the Initiative.
2    "Community organization" means a nonprofit organization
3that has a demonstrated capacity to train, develop, and
4organize parents and community leaders into a constituency that
5will hold the school and the school district accountable for
6achieving high academic standards; in addition to
7organizations with a geographic focus, "community
8organization" includes general parent organizations,
9organizations of special education or bilingual education
10parents, and school employee unions.
11    "Developmental classes" means classes in basic skill
12areas, such as mathematics and language arts that are
13prerequisite to, but not counted towards, degree requirements
14of a teacher preparation program.
15    "Eligible school" means a public elementary, middle, or
16secondary school in this State that serves a substantial
17percentage of low-income students and that is either hard to
18staff or has hard-to-staff teaching positions, including, but
19not limited to, an early childhood program licensed by the
20Department of Children and Family Services in which no less
21than 60% of the children it serves are receiving subsidized
22care under the Department of Human Services' Child Care
23Assistance Program, Head Start or Early Head Start Program,
24Preschool for All Program, or a prevention initiative.
25    "Hard-to-staff school" means a public elementary, middle,
26or secondary school in this State that, based on data compiled



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1by the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board
2of Higher Education, serves a substantial percentage of
3low-income students, as defined by the Board of Higher
5    "Hard-to-staff teaching position" means a teaching
6category (such as special education, bilingual education,
7mathematics, or science) in which statewide data compiled by
8the State Board of Education in conjunction with the Board of
9Higher Education indicates a multi-year pattern of substantial
10teacher shortage or that has been identified as a critical need
11by the local school board.
12    "Initiative" means the Grow Your Own Teacher Education
13Initiative created under this Act.
14    "Para educator" means an individual with a history of
15demonstrated accomplishments in school staff positions (such
16as teacher assistants, school-community liaisons, school
17clerks, and security aides) in schools that meet the definition
18of a hard-to-staff school under this Section.
19    "Parent and community leader" means an individual who has
20or had a child enrolled in a school or schools that meet the
21definition of a hard-to-staff school under this Section and who
22has a history of active involvement in the school or who has a
23history of working to improve schools serving a substantial
24percentage of low-income students, including membership in a
25community organization.
26    "Program" means a Grow Your Own Teacher preparation program



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1established by a consortium under this Act.
2    "Schools serving a substantial percentage of low-income
3students" means schools that maintain any of grades
4pre-kindergarten through 8, in which at least 35% of the
5students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches
6and schools that maintain any of grades 9 through 12, in which
7at least 25% of the students are eligible to receive free or
8reduced price lunches.
9(Source: P.A. 98-1036, eff. 1-1-15.)
10    (110 ILCS 48/15)
11    Sec. 15. Creation of Initiative. The Grow Your Own Teacher
12Education Initiative is created. Grow Your Own Illinois The
13Board of Higher Education shall administer the Initiative as a
14grant competition to fund consortia that will carry out Grow
15Your Own Teacher preparation programs.
16(Source: P.A. 98-1036, eff. 1-1-15.)
17    (110 ILCS 48/20)
18    Sec. 20. Selection of grantees. The Board of Higher
19Education shall, subject to appropriation, allocate funds to
20Grow Your Own Illinois for the purpose of administering the
21program and awarding award grants as needed to qualified
22consortia that reflect the distribution and diversity of
23hard-to-staff schools and hard-to-staff positions across this
24State. In awarding grants, Grow Your Own Illinois the Board of



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1Higher Education shall select programs that successfully
2address Initiative criteria and that reflect a diversity of
3strategies in terms of serving urban areas, serving rural
4areas, the nature of the participating institutions of higher
5education, and the nature of hard-to-staff schools and
6hard-to-staff teaching positions on which a program is focused.
7    Grow Your Own Illinois The Board of Higher Education shall
8select, manage, and oversee consortia that meet the following
10        (1) A consortium shall be composed of at least one
11    4-year institution of higher education with an Illinois
12    approved teacher preparation program, at least one school
13    district or group of schools, and one or more community
14    organizations. The consortium membership may also include
15    a 2-year institution of higher education, a school employee
16    union, or a regional office of education.
17        (2) The 4-year institution of higher education
18    participating in the consortium shall have past,
19    demonstrated success in preparing teachers for elementary
20    or secondary schools serving a substantial percentage of
21    low-income students.
22        (3) The consortium shall focus on a clearly defined set
23    of eligible schools that will participate in the program.
24    The consortium shall articulate the steps that it will
25    carry out in preparing teachers for its participating
26    schools and in preparing teachers for one or more



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1    hard-to-staff teaching positions in those schools.
2        (4) The consortium shall recruit potential candidates
3    for the program and shall take into consideration when
4    selecting a candidate whether the candidate:
5            (A) holds a high school diploma or its equivalent;
6            (B) meets either the definition of "parent and
7        community leader" or the definition of "para educator"
8        contained in Section 10 of this Act;
9            (C) has experienced an interruption in his or her
10        college education;
11            (D) exhibits a willingness to be a teacher in a
12        hard-to-staff school with the goal of maintaining
13        academic excellence;
14            (E) shows an interest in postsecondary education
15        and may hold an associate's degree, a bachelor's
16        degree, or another postsecondary degree, but a
17        postsecondary education is not required;
18            (F) is a parent, a para educator, a community
19        leader, or any other individual from a community with a
20        hard-to-staff school;
21            (G) commits to completing and passing all State
22        standards, including the licensure test to obtain an
23        educator license;
24            (H) shows a willingness to set high standards of
25        performance for himself or herself and students; and
26            (I) demonstrates commitment to the program by:



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1                (i) maintaining a cumulative grade point
2            average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the
3            equivalent as determined by the Board of Higher
4            Education);
5                (ii) attending monthly cohort meetings; and
6                (iii) applying for financial aid from all
7            other financial aid resources before applying for
8            assistance from the program.
9        (5) The consortium shall employ effective procedures
10    for teaching the skills and knowledge needed to prepare
11    highly competent teachers. Professional preparation shall
12    include on-going direct experience in target schools and
13    evaluation of this experience.
14        (6) The consortium shall offer the program to cohorts
15    of candidates, as defined in Section 10 of this Act, on a
16    schedule that enables candidates to work full time while
17    participating in the program and allows para educators to
18    continue in their current positions. In any fiscal year in
19    which an appropriation for the Initiative is made, the
20    consortium shall guarantee that support will be available
21    to an admitted cohort for the cohort's education for that
22    fiscal year. At the beginning of the Initiative, programs
23    that are already operating and existing cohorts of
24    candidates under this model shall be eligible for funding.
25        (7) The institutions of higher education participating
26    in the consortium shall document and agree to expend the



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1    same amount of funds in implementing the program that these
2    institutions spend per student on similar educational
3    programs. Grants received by the consortium shall
4    supplement and not supplant these amounts.
5        (8) Grow Your Own Illinois The Board of Higher
6    Education shall establish and oversee additional criteria
7    for review of proposals, including criteria that address
8    the following issues:
9            (A) Previous experience of the institutions of
10        higher education in preparing candidates for
11        hard-to-staff schools and positions and in working
12        with students with non-traditional backgrounds.
13            (B) The quality of the implementation plan,
14        including strategies for overcoming institutional
15        barriers to the progress of non-traditional
16        candidates.
17            (C) If a community college is a participant, the
18        nature and extent of existing articulation agreements
19        and guarantees between the community college and the
20        4-year institution of higher education.
21            (D) The number of candidates to be educated in the
22        planned cohort or cohorts and the capacity of the
23        consortium for adding cohorts in future cycles.
24            (E) Experience of the community organization or
25        organizations in organizing parents and community
26        leaders to achieve school improvement and a strong



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1        relational school culture.
2            (F) The qualifications of the person or persons
3        designated by the 4-year institution of higher
4        education to be responsible for cohort support and the
5        development of a shared learning and social
6        environment among candidates.
7            (G) The consortium's plan for collective
8        consortium decision-making, involving all consortium
9        members, including mechanisms for candidate input.
10            (H) The consortium's plan for direct impact of the
11        program on the quality of education in the eligible
12        schools.
13            (I) The relevance of the curriculum to the needs of
14        the eligible schools and positions, and the use in
15        curriculum and instructional planning of principles
16        for effective education for adults.
17            (J) The availability of classes under the program
18        in places and times accessible to the candidates.
19            (K) Provision of a level of performance to be
20        maintained by candidates as a condition of continuing
21        in the program.
22            (L) The plan of the 4-year institution of higher
23        education to ensure that candidates take advantage of
24        existing financial aid resources before using the loan
25        funds described in Section 25 of this Act.
26            (M) The availability of supportive services,



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1        including, but not limited to, counseling, tutoring,
2        transportation, technology and technology support, and
3        child care.
4            (N) A plan for continued participation of
5        graduates of the program in a program of support for at
6        least 2 years, including mentoring and group meetings.
7            (O) A plan for testing and qualitative evaluation
8        of candidates' teaching skills that ensures that
9        graduates of the program are as prepared for teaching
10        as other individuals completing the institution of
11        higher education's preparation program for the
12        certificate sought.
13            (P) A plan for internal evaluation that provides
14        reports at least yearly on the progress of candidates
15        towards graduation and the impact of the program on the
16        target schools and their communities.
17            (Q) Contributions from schools, school districts,
18        and other consortia members to the program, including
19        stipends for candidates during their student teaching.
20            (R) Consortium commitment for sustaining the
21        program over time, as evidenced by plans for reduced
22        requirements for external funding, in subsequent
23        cycles.
24            (S) The inclusion in the planned program of
25        strategies derived from community organizing that will
26        help candidates develop tools for working with parents



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1        and other community members.
2(Source: P.A. 98-1036, eff. 1-1-15.)
3    (110 ILCS 48/25)
4    Sec. 25. Expenditures under the Initiative.
5    (a) Every program under the Initiative shall implement a
6program of forgivable loans to cover any portion of tuition,
7books, and fees of candidates under the program in excess of
8the candidates' grants-in-aid. All students admitted to a
9cohort shall be eligible for a forgivable student loan. Loans
10shall be fully forgiven if a graduate completes 5 years of
11service in hard-to-staff schools or hard-to-staff teaching
12positions, with partial forgiveness for shorter periods of
13service. Grow Your Own Illinois The Board of Higher Education
14shall establish standards for the approval of requests for
15waivers or deferrals from individuals to waive this obligation
16and . The Board of Higher Education shall also define standards
17for the fiscal management of these loan funds.
18    (b) Grow Your Own Illinois The Board of Higher Education
19shall award grants under the Initiative in such a way as to
20provide the required support for a cohort of candidates for any
21fiscal year in which an appropriation for the Initiative is
22made. Program budgets must show expenditures and needed funds
23for the entire period that candidates are expected to be
25    (c) No funds under the Initiative may be used to supplant



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1the average per-capita expenditures by the institution of
2higher education for candidates.
3    (d) Where necessary, program budgets shall include the
4costs of child care and other indirect expenses, such as
5transportation, tutoring, technology, and technology support,
6necessary to permit candidates to maintain their class
7schedules. Grant funds may be used by any member of a
8consortium to offset such costs, and the services may be
9provided by the community organization or organizations, by any
10other member of the consortium, or by independent contractors.
11    (e) The institution of higher education may expend grant
12funds to cover the additional costs of offering classes in
13community settings and for tutoring services.
14    (f) The community organization or organizations may
15receive a portion of the grant money for the expenses of
16recruitment, community orientation, and counseling of
17potential candidates, for providing space in the community, and
18for working with school personnel to facilitate individual work
19experiences and support of candidates.
20    (g) The school district or school employee union or both
21may receive a portion of the grant money for expenses of
22supporting the work experiences of candidates and providing
23mentors for graduates. Notwithstanding the provisions of
24Section 10-20.15 of the School Code, school districts may also
25use these or other applicable public funds to pay participants
26in programs under the Initiative for student teaching required



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1by an accredited teacher preparation program.
2    (h) One or more members of the consortium may expend funds
3to cover the salary of a site-based cohort coordinator.
4    (i) Grant funds may also be expended to pay directly for
5required developmental classes for candidates beginning a
7(Source: P.A. 98-1036, eff. 1-1-15.)
8    (110 ILCS 48/30)
9    Sec. 30. Implementation of Initiative. Grow Your Own
10Illinois The Board of Higher Education may, if it chooses,
11award and administer a small number of planning grants during
12any fiscal year to potential consortia.
13(Source: P.A. 98-1036, eff. 1-1-15.)
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,