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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/20-6

    (105 ILCS 5/20-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-6)
    Sec. 20-6. Willful violation of law. Any member of the school board of any school district to which this Article is applicable, or any other person holding any office, trust, or employment under such school district who wilfully violates any of the provisions of this Article shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not exceeding $10,000, and shall forfeit his right to his office, trust or employment and shall be removed therefrom. Any such member or other person shall be liable for any sum that may be unlawfully diverted from the working cash fund or otherwise used, to be recovered by such school district or by any taxpayer in the name and for the benefit of such school district in an appropriate civil action; provided that the taxpayer shall file a bond for all costs and be liable for all costs taxed against the school district in such suit, and judgment shall be rendered accordingly. Nothing herein shall bar any other remedies.
(Source: P.A. 79-1366.)

105 ILCS 5/20-7

    (105 ILCS 5/20-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-7)
    Sec. 20-7. Resolution for issuance of bonds - Submission to voters - Ballot. No school district may issue bonds under this Article unless it adopts a resolution declaring its intention to issue bonds for the purpose therein provided and directs that notice of such intention be published at least once in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the district, if there be one, but if there is no newspaper published in such district then by publishing such notice in a newspaper having a general circulation in the district. The notice shall set forth (1) the intention of the district to issue bonds in accordance with this Article; (2) the time within which a petition may be filed requesting the submission of the proposition to issue the bonds; (3) the specific number of voters required to sign the petition; and (4) the date of the prospective referendum. At the time of publication of the notice and for 30 days thereafter, the recording officer of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If within 30 days after the publication a petition is filed with the recording officer of the district, signed by the voters of the district equal to 10% or more of the registered voters of the district requesting that the proposition to issue bonds as authorized by this Article be submitted to the voters thereof, then the district shall not be authorized to issue such bonds until the proposition has been certified to the proper election authorities and has been submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition at a regular scheduled election in accordance with the general election law. If no such petition is so filed, or if any and all petitions filed are invalid, the district may issue the bonds. In addition to the requirements of the general election law the notice of the election shall set forth the intention of the district to issue bonds under this Article. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
OFFICIAL BALLOT
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the Board of ....
of School District number ....          YES
County, Illinois, be authorized
to issue bonds for a working       ---------------------------
cash fund as provided for
by Article 20 of the                    NO
School Code?
--------------------------------------------------------------
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-8

    (105 ILCS 5/20-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-8)
    Sec. 20-8. Abolishment of working cash fund. Any school district may abolish its working cash fund, upon the adoption of a resolution so providing, and direct the transfer of any balance in such fund to the educational fund at the close of the then current school year. Any outstanding loans to other funds of the district shall be paid or become payable to the educational fund at the close of the then current school year. Thereafter, all outstanding taxes of such school district levied pursuant to Section 20-3 shall be collected and paid into the educational fund.
    Any balance in any working cash fund that is created in any school district on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 (including all outstanding loans from any such working cash fund to other funds of the district and all outstanding taxes levied by the district under Section 20-3 to provide moneys for any such working cash fund) may, when such working cash fund is abolished, be used and applied for the purpose of reducing, by the balance in that working cash fund at the close of the school year in which the fund so created is abolished, the amount of the taxes that the school board of the school district otherwise would be authorized or required to levy for educational purposes for the immediately succeeding school year.
    Any obligation incurred by any school district pursuant to Section 20-2 shall be discharged as therein provided.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-9

    (105 ILCS 5/20-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-9)
    Sec. 20-9. A school district which has abolished or abated its working cash fund has the authority to again create a working cash fund at any time in the manner provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-10

    (105 ILCS 5/20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Abatement of working cash fund. Any school district may abate its working cash fund at any time, upon the adoption of a resolution so providing, and direct the transfer at any time of moneys in that fund to any fund or funds of the district most in need of the money, provided that the district maintains an amount to the credit of the working cash fund, including taxes levied pursuant to Section 20-3 and not yet collected and amounts transferred pursuant to Section 20-4 and to be reimbursed to the working cash fund, at least equal to 0.05% of the then current value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property in the district. If necessary to effectuate the abatement, any outstanding loans to other funds of the district may be paid or become payable to the fund or funds to which the abatement is made. Any abatement of a school district's working cash fund prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly that would have complied with the provisions of this Section is hereby validated.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 21

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 21 heading)
ARTICLE 21. CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS

105 ILCS 5/21-0.01

    (105 ILCS 5/21-0.01)
    Sec. 21-0.01. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1)
    Sec. 21-1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-431, eff. 8-13-09. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1a) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-1a)
    Sec. 21-1a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-12.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1b) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-1b)
    Sec. 21-1b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1c

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1c)
    Sec. 21-1c. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2)
    Sec. 21-2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2.1)
    Sec. 21-2.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2a) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2a)
    Sec. 21-2a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13. )

105 ILCS 5/21-2b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2b)
    Sec. 21-2b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-126. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-3

    (105 ILCS 5/21-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-3)
    Sec. 21-3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-4

    (105 ILCS 5/21-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-4)
    Sec. 21-4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-5)
    Sec. 21-5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5a)
    Sec. 21-5a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-862, eff. 1-15-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5b)
    Sec. 21-5b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-603, eff. 6-1-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5c

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5c)
    Sec. 21-5c. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-688, eff. 6-30-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5d

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5d)
    Sec. 21-5d. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 9-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5e

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5e)
    Sec. 21-5e. Alternative Route to Administrative Certification for National Board Certified Teachers.
    (a) It shall be the policy of the State of Illinois to improve the recruitment and preparation of instructional leaders.
    (b) On or before July 1, 2007, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board, may establish and implement one or more alternative route to administrative certification for teacher leaders, to be known as the Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers. "Teacher leader" means a certified teacher who has already received National Board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and who has a teacher leader endorsement under Section 21-7.5 of this Code. Persons who meet the requirements of and successfully complete a program established by this Section shall be issued a standard administrative certificate for serving in schools in this State. The State Board may approve a course of study that persons must successfully complete in order to satisfy one criterion for issuance of the administrative certificate under this Section. The Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers must include content and skills contained in the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards for State certification, with the exception of content and skills that a candidate has already demonstrated meeting through National Board certification or through a teacher leadership master's degree program.
    (c) The Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers shall be comprised of the following 4 phases:
        (1) National Board certification and an endorsement
    
in teacher leadership in accordance with Section 21-7.5 of this Code;
        (2) a master's degree in a teacher leader program;
        (3) 15 hours of coursework in which the candidate
    
must show evidence of meeting competencies for organizational management and development, finance, supervision and evaluation, policy and legal issues, and leadership, as stated in the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards for principals; and
        (4) a passing score on the Illinois Administrator
    
Assessment.
    (d) Successful completion of the Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers shall be deemed to satisfy all requirements to receive an administrative certificate established by law. The State Board shall adopt rules that are consistent with this Section and that the State Board deems necessary for the establishment and implementation of the program.
(Source: P.A. 96-862, eff. 1-15-10.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-7.1)
    Sec. 21-7.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed internally, 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.5

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.5)
    Sec. 21-7.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.6

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.6)
    Sec. 21-7.6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-903, eff. 7-1-10; 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.10

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.10)
    Sec. 21-7.10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-373, eff. 8-13-09. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.15

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.15)
    Sec. 21-7.15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 94-1039, eff. 7-20-06. Repealed internally, eff. 7-2-07.)

105 ILCS 5/21-9

    (105 ILCS 5/21-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-9)
    Sec. 21-9. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-10

    (105 ILCS 5/21-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-10)
    Sec. 21-10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11)
    Sec. 21-11. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.1)
    Sec. 21-11.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.2

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.2)
    Sec. 21-11.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.3

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.3)
    Sec. 21-11.3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.4

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.4)
    Sec. 21-11.4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 9-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-12

    (105 ILCS 5/21-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-12)
    Sec. 21-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-13

    (105 ILCS 5/21-13)
    Sec. 21-13. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-694. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-14

    (105 ILCS 5/21-14)
    Sec. 21-14. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-144, eff. 8-2-13. Repealed by P.A. 98-610, eff. 12-27-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-15

    (105 ILCS 5/21-15)
    Sec. 21-15. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-16

    (105 ILCS 5/21-16) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-16)
    Sec. 21-16. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-17

    (105 ILCS 5/21-17)
    Sec. 21-17. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-679, eff. 6-30-04. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-18

    (105 ILCS 5/21-18)
    Sec. 21-18. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-679, eff. 6-30-04. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/21-19

    (105 ILCS 5/21-19)
    Sec. 21-19. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)

105 ILCS 5/21-21

    (105 ILCS 5/21-21)
    Sec. 21-21. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-21.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-21.1)
    Sec. 21-21.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-397, eff. 8-20-95. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-22

    (105 ILCS 5/21-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-22)
    Sec. 21-22. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23)
    Sec. 21-23. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-8, eff. 6-13-11. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23a)
    Sec. 21-23a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23b)
    Sec. 21-23b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-1001. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-24

    (105 ILCS 5/21-24)
    Sec. 21-24. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-551. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-25

    (105 ILCS 5/21-25) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-25)
    Sec. 21-25. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-413, eff. 8-16-13. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-26

    (105 ILCS 5/21-26)
    Sec. 21-26. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-126. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/21-27

    (105 ILCS 5/21-27)
    Sec. 21-27. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-28

    (105 ILCS 5/21-28)
    Sec. 21-28. Special education teachers; certification.
    (a) In order to create a special education workforce with the broad-based knowledge necessary to educate students with a variety of disabilities, the State Board of Education and State Teacher Certification Board shall certify a special education teacher under one of the following:
        (1) Learning behavior specialist I.
        (2) Learning behavior specialist II.
        (3) Teacher of students who are blind or visually
    
impaired.
        (4) Teacher of students who are deaf or hard of
    
hearing.
        (5) Speech-language pathologist.
        (6) Early childhood special education teacher.
    (b) The State Board of Education is authorized to provide for the assignment of individuals to special education positions by short-term, emergency certification. Short-term, emergency certification shall not be renewed.
    (c) The State Board of Education is authorized to use peremptory rulemaking, in accordance with Section 5-50 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to place into the Illinois Administrative Code the certification policies and standards related to special education, as authorized under this Section, that the State Board has been required to implement pursuant to federal court orders dated February 27, 2001, August 15, 2001, and September 11, 2002 in the matter of Corey H., et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, et al.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-461, eff. 8-19-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

105 ILCS 5/21-29

    (105 ILCS 5/21-29)
    Sec. 21-29. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-938, eff. 8-29-08. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 21A

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 21A heading)
ARTICLE 21A. NEW TEACHER INDUCTION AND MENTORING

105 ILCS 5/21A-5

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-5)
    Sec. 21A-5. Definitions. In this Article:
    "New teacher" means the holder of a professional educator license, as set forth in Section 21B-20 of this Code, who is employed by a public school and who has not previously participated in a new teacher induction and mentoring program required by this Article, except as provided in Section 21A-25 of this Code.
    "Public school" means any school operating pursuant to the authority of this Code, including without limitation a school district, a charter school, a cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or board of control, and a school operated by a regional office of education or State agency.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-10

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-10)
    Sec. 21A-10. Development of program required. During the 2003-2004 school year, each public school or 2 or more public schools acting jointly shall develop, in conjunction with its exclusive representative or their exclusive representatives, if any, a new teacher induction and mentoring program that meets the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 of this Code to assist new teachers in developing the skills and strategies necessary for instructional excellence, provided that funding is made available by the State Board of Education from an appropriation made for this purpose. A public school that has an existing induction and mentoring program that does not meet the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 of this Code may have school years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 to develop a program that does meet those requirements and may receive funding as described in Section 21A-25 of this Code, provided that the funding is made available by the State Board of Education from an appropriation made for this purpose. A public school with such an existing induction and mentoring program may receive funding for the 2005-2006 school year for each new teacher in the second year of a 2-year program that does not meet the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20, as long as the public school has established the required new program by the beginning of that school year as described in Section 21A-15 and provided that funding is made available by the State Board of Education from an appropriation made for this purpose as described in Section 21A-25.
(Source: P.A. 93-355, eff. 1-1-04.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-15

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-15)
    Sec. 21A-15. When program is to be established and implemented. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code, by the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year (or by the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year for a public school that has been given an extension of time to develop a program under Section 21A-10 of this Code), each public school or 2 or more public schools acting jointly shall establish and implement, in conjunction with its exclusive representative or their exclusive representatives, if any, the new teacher induction and mentoring program required to be developed under Section 21A-10 of this Code, provided that funding is made available by the State Board of Education, from an appropriation made for this purpose, as described in Section 21A-25 of this Code. A public school may contract with an institution of higher education or other independent party to assist in implementing the program.
(Source: P.A. 93-355, eff. 1-1-04.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-20

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-20)
    Sec. 21A-20. Program requirements. Each new teacher induction and mentoring program must be based on a plan that at least does all of the following:
        (1) Assigns a mentor teacher to each new teacher for
    
a period of at least 2 school years.
        (2) Aligns with the Illinois Professional Teaching
    
Standards, content area standards, and applicable local school improvement and professional development plans, if any.
        (3) Addresses all of the following elements and how
    
they will be provided:
            (A) Mentoring and support of the new teacher.
            (B) Professional development specifically
        
designed to ensure the growth of the new teacher's knowledge and skills.
            (C) Formative assessment designed to ensure
        
feedback and reflection, which must not be used in any evaluation of the new teacher.
        (4) Describes the role of mentor teachers, the
    
criteria and process for their selection, and how they will be trained, provided that each mentor teacher shall demonstrate the best practices in teaching his or her respective field of practice. A mentor teacher may not directly or indirectly participate in the evaluation of a new teacher pursuant to Article 24A of this Code or the evaluation procedure of the public school.
(Source: P.A. 93-355, eff. 1-1-04.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-25

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-25)
    Sec. 21A-25. Funding. From a separate appropriation made for the purposes of this Article, for each new teacher participating in a new teacher induction and mentoring program that meets the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 of this Code or in an existing program that is in the process of transition to a program that meets those requirements, the State Board of Education shall pay the public school $1,200 annually for each of 2 school years for the purpose of providing one or more of the following:
        (1) Mentor teacher compensation.
        (2) Mentor teacher training or new teacher training
    
or both.
        (3) Release time.
However, if a new teacher, after participating in the new teacher induction and mentoring program for one school year, becomes employed by another public school, the State Board of Education shall pay the teacher's new school $1,200 for the second school year and the teacher shall continue to be a new teacher as defined in this Article. Each public school shall determine, in conjunction with its exclusive representative, if any, how the $1,200 per school year for each new teacher shall be used, provided that if a mentor teacher receives additional release time to support a new teacher, the total workload of other teachers regularly employed by the public school shall not increase in any substantial manner. If the appropriation is insufficient to cover the $1,200 per school year for each new teacher, public schools are not required to develop or implement the program established by this Article. In the event of an insufficient appropriation, a public school or 2 or more schools acting jointly may submit an application for a grant administered by the State Board of Education and awarded on a competitive basis to establish a new teacher induction and mentoring program that meets the criteria set forth in Section 21A-20 of this Code. The State Board of Education may retain up to $1,000,000 of the appropriation for new teacher induction and mentoring programs to train mentor teachers, administrators, and other personnel, to provide best practices information, and to conduct an evaluation of these programs' impact and effectiveness.
(Source: P.A. 93-355, eff. 1-1-04.)