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Full Text of SB3536  100th General Assembly


Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

Filed: 5/21/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3536 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-50 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-50)
7    Sec. 21B-50. Alternative educator licensure program.
8    (a) There is established an alternative educator licensure
9program, to be known as the Alternative Educator Licensure
10Program for Teachers.
11    (b) The Beginning on January 1, 2013, the Alternative
12Educator Licensure Program for Teachers may be offered by a
13recognized institution approved to offer educator preparation
14programs by the State Board of Education, in consultation with
15the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
16    The program shall be comprised of 4 phases:



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1        (1) A course of study that at a minimum includes
2    instructional planning; instructional strategies,
3    including special education, reading, and English language
4    learning; classroom management; and the assessment of
5    students and use of data to drive instruction.
6        (2) A year of residency, which is a candidate's
7    assignment to a full-time teaching position or as a
8    co-teacher for one full school year. An individual must
9    hold an Educator License with Stipulations with an
10    alternative provisional educator endorsement in order to
11    enter the residency and must complete additional program
12    requirements that address required State and national
13    standards, pass the assessment of professional teaching
14    before entering the second residency year, as required
15    under phase (3) of this subsection (b), and be recommended
16    by the principal or qualified equivalent of a principal, as
17    required under subsection (d) of this Section, and the
18    program coordinator to continue with the second year of the
19    residency.
20        (3) A second year of residency, which shall include the
21    candidate's assignment to a full-time teaching position
22    for one school year. The candidate must be assigned an
23    experienced teacher to act as a mentor and coach the
24    candidate through the second year of residency.
25        (4) A comprehensive assessment of the candidate's
26    teaching effectiveness, as evaluated by the principal or



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1    qualified equivalent of a principal, as required under
2    subsection (d) of this Section, and the program
3    coordinator, at the end of the second year of residency. If
4    there is disagreement between the 2 evaluators about the
5    candidate's teaching effectiveness, the candidate may
6    complete one additional year of residency teaching under a
7    professional development plan developed by the principal
8    or qualified equivalent and the preparation program. At the
9    completion of the third year, a candidate must have
10    positive evaluations and a recommendation for full
11    licensure from both the principal or qualified equivalent
12    and the program coordinator or no Professional Educator
13    License shall be issued.
14    Successful completion of the program shall be deemed to
15satisfy any other practice or student teaching and content
16matter requirements established by law.
17    (c) An alternative provisional educator endorsement on an
18Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 2 years of
19teaching in the public schools, including without limitation a
20preschool educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code
21or charter school, or in a State-recognized nonpublic school in
22which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure
23necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State
24and in which a majority of the teachers are required to have
25the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in
26this State, but may be renewed for a third year if needed to



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1complete the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for
2Teachers. The endorsement shall be issued only once to an
3individual who meets all of the following requirements:
4        (1) Has graduated from a regionally accredited college
5    or university with a bachelor's degree or higher.
6        (2) Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or
7    greater on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent on another scale.
8        (3) Has completed a major in the content area if
9    seeking a middle or secondary level endorsement or, if
10    seeking an early childhood, elementary, or special
11    education endorsement, has completed a major in the content
12    area of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, or
13    one of the sciences. If the individual does not have a
14    major in a content area for any level of teaching, he or
15    she must submit transcripts to the State Board
16    Superintendent of Education to be reviewed for
17    equivalency.
18        (4) Has successfully completed phase (1) of subsection
19    (b) of this Section.
20        (5) Has passed a test of basic skills and content area
21    test required for the specific endorsement for admission
22    into the program, as required under Section 21B-30 of this
23    Code.
24    A candidate possessing the alternative provisional
25educator endorsement may receive a salary, benefits, and any
26other terms of employment offered to teachers in the school who



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1are members of an exclusive bargaining representative, if any,
2but a school is not required to provide these benefits during
3the years of residency if the candidate is serving only as a
4co-teacher. If the candidate is serving as the teacher of
5record, the candidate must receive a salary, benefits, and any
6other terms of employment. Residency experiences must not be
7counted towards tenure.
8    (d) The recognized institution offering the Alternative
9Educator Licensure Program for Teachers must partner with a
10school district, including without limitation a preschool
11educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code or
12charter school, or a State-recognized, nonpublic school in this
13State in which the chief administrator is required to have the
14licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in
15this State and in which a majority of the teachers are required
16to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public
17school in this State. A recognized institution that partners
18with a public school district administering a preschool
19educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code must
20require a principal to recommend or evaluate candidates in the
21program. A recognized institution that partners with an
22eligible entity administering a preschool educational program
23under Section 2-3.71 of this Code and that is not a public
24school district must require a principal or qualified
25equivalent of a principal to recommend or evaluate candidates
26in the program. The program presented for approval by the State



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1Board of Education must demonstrate the supports that are to be
2provided to assist the provisional teacher during the 2-year
3residency period. These supports must provide additional
4contact hours with mentors during the first year of residency.
5    (e) Upon completion of the 4 phases outlined in subsection
6(b) of this Section and all assessments required under Section
721B-30 of this Code, an individual shall receive a Professional
8Educator License.
9    (f) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
10State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such
11rules as may be necessary to establish and implement the
12Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers.
13(Source: P.A. 99-58, eff. 7-16-15.)".