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105 ILCS 5/2-3.173

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.173)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-813)
    Sec. 2-3.173. Substitute teachers; recruiting firms.
    (a) In this Section, "recruiting firm" means a company with expertise in finding qualified applicants for positions and screening those potential workers for an employer.
    (b) By January 1, 2019, the State Board of Education shall implement a program and adopt rules to allow school districts to supplement their substitute teacher recruitment for elementary and secondary schools with the use of recruiting firms, subject to the other provisions of this Section. To qualify for the program, a school district shall demonstrate to the State Board that, because of the severity of its substitute teacher shortage, it is unable to find an adequate amount of substitute or retired teachers and has exhausted all other efforts. Substitute teachers provided by a recruiting firm must adhere to all mandated State laws, rules, and screening requirements for substitute teachers not provided by a recruiting firm and must be paid on the same wage scale as substitute teachers not provided by a recruiting firm. This Section shall not be construed to require school districts to use recruiting firms for substitute teachers. A school district may not use a recruiting firm under this Section to circumvent any collective bargaining agreements or State laws, rules, or screening requirements for teachers. A school district may not reduce the number of full-time staff members of a department as a result of hiring a substitute teacher recruiting firm. In the event of a teacher's strike, a school district may not use a recruiting firm to hire a substitute teacher.
    (c) A school district organized under Article 34 of this Code may contract with a substitute teacher recruiting firm under this Section only if the district meets the following requirements:
        (1) certifies to the State Board of Education that it
has adequate funds to fill and pay for all substitute teacher positions;
        (2) prioritizes existing substitute teachers over
substitute teachers from recruiting firms;
        (3) files copies of all substitute teacher contracts
with the State Board of Education; and
        (4) requires that the substitute teacher recruiting
firm file an annual report with the school district that would include the number of substitute teachers that were placed in the district, the total cost of the contract to the district, and the percentage of substitute teacher openings that were filled.
    (d) A substitute teacher recruiting firm may enter into an agreement with a labor organization that has a collective bargaining agreement with a school district.
(Source: P.A. 100-813, eff. 8-13-18.)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-982)
    Sec. 2-3.173. Supporting Future Teachers Program.
    (a) In this Section:
    "English learner" means a child included in the definition of "English learners" under Section 14C-2 of this Code.
    "Low-income student" means a student that would be included in an Organizational Unit's Low-Income Count, as calculated under Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    "Program" means the Supporting Future Teachers Program established under this Section.
    "Qualified participant" means a high school graduate who: (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 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 participant.
    (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
the Program.
        (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
    (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
the Program.
        (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.
(Source: P.A. 100-982, eff. 8-19-18.)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-992)
    Sec. 2-3.173. Registered apprenticeship program.
    (a) In this Section, "registered apprenticeship program" means an industry-based occupational training program of study with standards reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Labor that meets each of the following characteristics:
        (1) Apprentices in the program are at all times
employed by a company participating in the program.
        (2) The program features a structured combination of
on-the-job learning supported by related technical classroom instruction, met either by a high school or a public community college.
        (3) Apprentices in the program are paid a training
wage of not less than the State minimum wage, which escalates throughout the life of the apprenticeship, and employment is continued with the company following conclusion of the apprenticeship for a period of not less than 2 years.
        (4) Apprentices in the program earn an
industry-related occupational skills certificate and a high school diploma.
        (5) Apprentices in the program may earn postsecondary
credit toward a certificate or degree, as applicable. "Registered apprenticeship program" does not include an apprenticeship program related to construction, as defined under the Employee Classification Act.
    (b) No later than 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, the State Board of Education shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to adopt rules as may be necessary to allow students of any high school in this State who are 16 years of age or older to participate in registered apprenticeship programs. The rules shall include the waiver of all non-academic requirements mandated for graduation from a high school under this Code that would otherwise prohibit or prevent a student from participating in a registered apprenticeship program.
(Source: P.A. 100-992, eff. 8-20-18.)