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(i) can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than
English or is a recipient of a State Seal of Biliteracy or, at
any one time during pre-kindergarten through grade 12, was
identified as a low-income student; and (ii) is a member of the
community in which the participating school district is
located. A "qualified participant" must be enrolled in an
educator preparation program approved by the State Board of
Education at a regionally accredited institution of higher
education in this State.
"State Board" means the State Board of Education.
(b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State
Board shall establish and maintain the Supporting Future
Teachers Program to assist qualified participants in acquiring
a Professional Educator License.
(c) Each participating school district shall partner with
an educator preparation program approved by the State Board at
a regionally accredited institution of higher education in this
State. Each qualified participant enrolled in the Program
through the school district must be enrolled at least part-time
each semester at that institution of higher education in its
educator preparation program and be working toward a
Professional Educator License.
(d) A qualified participant shall no longer qualify for the
Program if at any time the participating school district or the
institution of higher education determines that the qualified
participant is no longer making substantial progress toward a
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degree in an approved educator preparation program.
(e) Throughout each semester of participation in the
Program, the qualified participant must be employed by the
participating school district and working under the
supervision of a school district employee. Duties of the
qualified participant may include, but are not limited to (i)
working in cooperation with his or her supervisor under this
subsection (e) to create classroom curriculum and lesson plans
and (ii) working with and mentoring English learners or
low-income students on a one-on-one basis.
Each participating school district may use appropriate
State, federal, or local revenue to employ the qualified
(f) At the end of each school year of the Program, each
participating school district shall submit data to the State
Board detailing all of the following:
(1) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
(2) The costs associated with the Program.
(3) The duties assigned to each qualified participant
by his or her supervisor.
(4) The current status of each qualified participant in
his or her educator preparation program.
(5) The qualified participant's Illinois Educator
Identification Number, if available.
(6) Any other information requested by the State Board.
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(g) Prior to the 2023-2024 school year, the State Board
shall electronically submit a report to the Clerk of the House
of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate detailing
the first 4 years of the program, including, but not limited
to, the following information:
(1) The participating school districts in the Program.
(2) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
(3) The costs associated with the Program per school
(4) A summary of the duties assigned to qualified
participants by school district supervisors.
(5) Any other information as determined by the State
(h) The State Board may establish and adopt any rules
necessary to implement this Section.
(i) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require a
school district to participate in the Program.
This Act takes effect upon