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 1        AN   ACT   concerning  teacher  incentive  and  mentoring
 2    programs, which may be referred to  as  the  Quality  Teacher
 3    Incentive and Mentoring Law.

 4        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 5    represented in the General Assembly:

 6        Section 5.  The School Code is amended by adding Sections
 7    2-3.131 and 2-3.132 as follows:

 8        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.131 new)
 9        Sec. 2-3.131.  Quality teacher incentive program.
10        (a)  The State Board of  Education  shall  implement  and
11    administer  a  quality teacher incentive program.  Under this
12    program, the State Board of  Education  shall  provide,  from
13    appropriations  made  for  the  purposes  of  this Section, a
14    signing bonus of $1,000 to each eligible teacher.
15        (b)  A teacher is eligible  under  this  program  if  the
16    person has graduated from a regionally accredited institution
17    in  the  top 10% of his or her class, has an Initial Teaching
18    Certificate, and agrees to teach in a public school  in  this
19    State for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
20        (c)  A  teacher  who  has  received a signing bonus under
21    this program and leaves employment  with  the  public  school
22    before  the  end  of the 3-year commitment must reimburse the
23    State in the amount of $1,000, unless the teacher has left to
24    accept a teaching position with another public school in this
25    State.
26        (d)  A teacher who receives a signing  bonus  under  this
27    program shall not be deemed an employee of the State.
28        (e)  The  State  Board  of  Education may adopt any rules
29    necessary  to  carry  out  its  responsibilities  under  this
30    Section.
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 1        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.132 new)
 2        Sec. 2-3.132.  Quality teacher mentoring program.
 3        (a)  The State Board of  Education  shall  implement  and
 4    administer  a  quality teacher mentoring program.  Under this
 5    program, the State Board of  Education  shall  award  grants,
 6    from appropriations made for the purposes of this Section, to
 7    school   districts   that   meet  the  grant  award  criteria
 8    established by the State Board of Education  to  allow  these
 9    school  districts  to  develop  or  expand  teacher mentoring
10    programs.
11        (b)  Grants under this program shall be awarded  pursuant
12    to  application.   The form and manner of application and the
13    criteria for the award of grants shall be prescribed  by  the
14    State  Board  of  Education.   The grant award criteria shall
15    provide that a school district receiving a grant shall, at  a
16    minimum,  have  a mentoring program for new teachers in their
17    first 3 years of employment.  The State  Board  of  Education
18    shall  give grant award priority to school districts in which
19    50% or more of the teachers have 5 years or less of  teaching
20    experience.
21        (c)  The  State Board of Education shall adopt any rules,
22    consistent with the requirements of this  Section,  that  are
23    necessary to implement and administer this program.

24        Section  99.   Effective  date.  This Act takes effect on
25    July 1, 2001.

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