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Full Text of HB4246  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-45 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-45)
7    Sec. 21B-45. Professional Educator License renewal.
8    (a) Individuals holding a Professional Educator License
9are required to complete the licensure renewal requirements as
10specified in this Section, unless otherwise provided in this
12    Individuals holding a Professional Educator License shall
13meet the renewal requirements set forth in this Section,
14unless otherwise provided in this Code. If an individual holds
15a license endorsed in more than one area that has different
16renewal requirements, that individual shall follow the renewal
17requirements for the position for which he or she spends the
18majority of his or her time working.
19    (b) All Professional Educator Licenses not renewed as
20provided in this Section shall lapse on September 1 of that
21year. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, if
22a license holder's electronic mail address is available, the
23State Board of Education shall send him or her notification



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1electronically that his or her license will lapse if not
2renewed, to be sent no more than 6 months prior to the license
3lapsing. Lapsed licenses may be immediately reinstated upon
4(i) payment to the State Board of Education by the applicant of
5a $50 $500 penalty to the State Board of Education or (ii) the
6demonstration of proficiency by completing 9 semester hours of
7coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher
8education in the content area that most aligns with one or more
9of the educator's endorsement areas. Any and all back fees,
10including without limitation registration fees owed from the
11time of expiration of the license until the date of
12reinstatement, shall be paid and kept in accordance with the
13provisions in Article 3 of this Code concerning an institute
14fund and the provisions in Article 21B of this Code concerning
15fees and requirements for registration. Licenses not
16registered in accordance with Section 21B-40 of this Code
17shall lapse after a period of 6 months from the expiration of
18the last year of registration or on January 1 of the fiscal
19year following initial issuance of the license. An
20unregistered license is invalid after September 1 for
21employment and performance of services in an Illinois public
22or State-operated school or cooperative and in a charter
23school. Any license or endorsement may be voluntarily
24surrendered by the license holder. A voluntarily surrendered
25license shall be treated as a revoked license. An Educator
26License with Stipulations with only a paraprofessional



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1endorsement does not lapse.
2    (c) From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, in order to
3satisfy the requirements for licensure renewal provided for in
4this Section, each professional educator licensee with an
5administrative endorsement who is working in a position
6requiring such endorsement shall complete one Illinois
7Administrators' Academy course, as described in Article 2 of
8this Code, per fiscal year.
9    (c-5) All licenses issued by the State Board of Education
10under this Article that expire on June 30, 2020 and have not
11been renewed by the end of the 2020 renewal period shall be
12extended for one year and shall expire on June 30, 2021.
13    (d) Beginning July 1, 2014, in order to satisfy the
14requirements for licensure renewal provided for in this
15Section, each professional educator licensee may create a
16professional development plan each year. The plan shall
17address one or more of the endorsements that are required of
18his or her educator position if the licensee is employed and
19performing services in an Illinois public or State-operated
20school or cooperative. If the licensee is employed in a
21charter school, the plan shall address that endorsement or
22those endorsements most closely related to his or her educator
23position. Licensees employed and performing services in any
24other Illinois schools may participate in the renewal
25requirements by adhering to the same process.
26    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the



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1licensee's professional development activities shall align
2with one or more of the following criteria:
3        (1) activities are of a type that engage participants
4    over a sustained period of time allowing for analysis,
5    discovery, and application as they relate to student
6    learning, social or emotional achievement, or well-being;
7        (2) professional development aligns to the licensee's
8    performance;
9        (3) outcomes for the activities must relate to student
10    growth or district improvement;
11        (4) activities align to State-approved standards; and
12        (5) higher education coursework.
13    (e) For each renewal cycle, each professional educator
14licensee shall engage in professional development activities.
15Prior to renewal, the licensee shall enter electronically into
16the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) the name,
17date, and location of the activity, the number of professional
18development hours, and the provider's name. The following
19provisions shall apply concerning professional development
21        (1) Each licensee shall complete a total of 120 hours
22    of professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in
23    order to renew the license, except as otherwise provided
24    in this Section.
25        (2) Beginning with his or her first full 5-year cycle,
26    any licensee with an administrative endorsement who is not



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1    working in a position requiring such endorsement is not
2    required to complete Illinois Administrators' Academy
3    courses, as described in Article 2 of this Code. Such
4    licensees must complete one Illinois Administrators'
5    Academy course within one year after returning to a
6    position that requires the administrative endorsement.
7        (3) Any licensee with an administrative endorsement
8    who is working in a position requiring such endorsement or
9    an individual with a Teacher Leader endorsement serving in
10    an administrative capacity at least 50% of the day shall
11    complete one Illinois Administrators' Academy course, as
12    described in Article 2 of this Code, each fiscal year in
13    addition to 100 hours of professional development per
14    5-year renewal cycle in accordance with this Code.
15        (4) Any licensee holding a current National Board for
16    Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) master teacher
17    designation shall complete a total of 60 hours of
18    professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in order
19    to renew the license.
20        (5) Licensees working in a position that does not
21    require educator licensure or working in a position for
22    less than 50% for any particular year are considered to be
23    exempt and shall be required to pay only the registration
24    fee in order to renew and maintain the validity of the
25    license.
26        (6) Licensees who are retired and qualify for benefits



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1    from a State of Illinois retirement system shall be listed
2    as retired notify the State Board of Education using ELIS,
3    and the license shall be maintained in retired status. For
4    any renewal cycle in which a licensee retires during the
5    renewal cycle, the licensee must complete professional
6    development activities on a prorated basis depending on
7    the number of years during the renewal cycle the educator
8    held an active license. If a licensee retires during a
9    renewal cycle, the license status must be updated licensee
10    must notify the State Board of Education using ELIS
11    indicating that the licensee wishes to maintain the
12    license in retired status and the licensee must show proof
13    of completion of professional development activities on a
14    prorated basis for all years of that renewal cycle for
15    which the license was active. An individual with a license
16    in retired status shall not be required to complete
17    professional development activities or pay registration
18    fees until returning to a position that requires educator
19    licensure. Upon returning to work in a position that
20    requires the Professional Educator License, the license
21    status shall immediately be updated using ELIS licensee
22    shall immediately pay a registration fee and the licensee
23    shall complete renewal requirements for that year. A
24    retired teacher, even if returning to a position that
25    requires educator licensure, shall not be required to pay
26    registration fees. A license in retired status cannot



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1    lapse. Beginning on January 6, 2017 (the effective date of
2    Public Act 99-920) through December 31, 2017, any licensee
3    who has retired and whose license has lapsed for failure
4    to renew as provided in this Section may reinstate that
5    license and maintain it in retired status upon providing
6    proof to the State Board of Education using ELIS that the
7    licensee is retired and is not working in a position that
8    requires a Professional Educator License.
9        (7) For any renewal cycle in which professional
10    development hours were required, but not fulfilled, the
11    licensee shall complete any missed hours to total the
12    minimum professional development hours required in this
13    Section prior to September 1 of that year. Professional
14    development hours used to fulfill the minimum required
15    hours for a renewal cycle may be used for only one renewal
16    cycle. For any fiscal year or renewal cycle in which an
17    Illinois Administrators' Academy course was required but
18    not completed, the licensee shall complete any missed
19    Illinois Administrators' Academy courses prior to
20    September 1 of that year. The licensee may complete all
21    deficient hours and Illinois Administrators' Academy
22    courses while continuing to work in a position that
23    requires that license until September 1 of that year.
24        (8) Any licensee who has not fulfilled the
25    professional development renewal requirements set forth in
26    this Section at the end of any 5-year renewal cycle is



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1    ineligible to register his or her license and may submit
2    an appeal to the State Superintendent of Education for
3    reinstatement of the license.
4        (9) If professional development opportunities were
5    unavailable to a licensee, proof that opportunities were
6    unavailable and request for an extension of time beyond
7    August 31 to complete the renewal requirements may be
8    submitted from April 1 through June 30 of that year to the
9    State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. If an
10    extension is approved, the license shall remain valid
11    during the extension period.
12        (10) Individuals who hold exempt licenses prior to
13    December 27, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act
14    98-610) shall commence the annual renewal process with the
15    first scheduled registration due after December 27, 2013
16    (the effective date of Public Act 98-610).
17        (11) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
18    subsection (e), if a licensee earns more than the required
19    number of professional development hours during a renewal
20    cycle, then the licensee may carry over any hours earned
21    from April 1 through June 30 of the last year of the
22    renewal cycle. Any hours carried over in this manner must
23    be applied to the next renewal cycle. Illinois
24    Administrators' Academy courses or hours earned in those
25    courses may not be carried over.
26    (f) At the time of renewal, each licensee shall respond to



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1the required questions under penalty of perjury.
2    (f-5) The State Board of Education shall conduct random
3audits of licensees to verify a licensee's fulfillment of the
4professional development hours required under this Section.
5Upon completion of a random audit, if it is determined by the
6State Board of Education that the licensee did not complete
7the required number of professional development hours or did
8not provide sufficient proof of completion, the licensee shall
9be notified that his or her license has lapsed. A license that
10has lapsed under this subsection may be reinstated as provided
11in subsection (b).
12    (g) The following entities shall be designated as approved
13to provide professional development activities for the renewal
14of Professional Educator Licenses:
15        (1) The State Board of Education.
16        (2) Regional offices of education and intermediate
17    service centers.
18        (3) Illinois professional associations representing
19    the following groups that are approved by the State
20    Superintendent of Education:
21            (A) school administrators;
22            (B) principals;
23            (C) school business officials;
24            (D) teachers, including special education
25        teachers;
26            (E) school boards;



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1            (F) school districts;
2            (G) parents; and
3            (H) school service personnel.
4        (4) Regionally accredited institutions of higher
5    education that offer Illinois-approved educator
6    preparation programs and public community colleges subject
7    to the Public Community College Act.
8        (5) Illinois public school districts, charter schools
9    authorized under Article 27A of this Code, and joint
10    educational programs authorized under Article 10 of this
11    Code for the purposes of providing career and technical
12    education or special education services.
13        (6) A not-for-profit organization that, as of December
14    31, 2014 (the effective date of Public Act 98-1147), has
15    had or has a grant from or a contract with the State Board
16    of Education to provide professional development services
17    in the area of English Learning to Illinois school
18    districts, teachers, or administrators.
19        (7) State agencies, State boards, and State
20    commissions.
21        (8) Museums as defined in Section 10 of the Museum
22    Disposition of Property Act.
23    (h) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this
24Section shall make available professional development
25opportunities that satisfy at least one of the following:
26        (1) increase the knowledge and skills of school and



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1    district leaders who guide continuous professional
2    development;
3        (2) improve the learning of students;
4        (3) organize adults into learning communities whose
5    goals are aligned with those of the school and district;
6        (4) deepen educator's content knowledge;
7        (5) provide educators with research-based
8    instructional strategies to assist students in meeting
9    rigorous academic standards;
10        (6) prepare educators to appropriately use various
11    types of classroom assessments;
12        (7) use learning strategies appropriate to the
13    intended goals;
14        (8) provide educators with the knowledge and skills to
15    collaborate;
16        (9) prepare educators to apply research to decision
17    making; or
18        (10) provide educators with training on inclusive
19    practices in the classroom that examines instructional and
20    behavioral strategies that improve academic and
21    social-emotional outcomes for all students, with or
22    without disabilities, in a general education setting.
23    (i) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this
24Section shall do the following:
25        (1) align professional development activities to the
26    State-approved national standards for professional



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1    learning;
2        (2) meet the professional development criteria for
3    Illinois licensure renewal;
4        (3) produce a rationale for the activity that explains
5    how it aligns to State standards and identify the
6    assessment for determining the expected impact on student
7    learning or school improvement;
8        (4) maintain original documentation for completion of
9    activities;
10        (5) provide license holders with evidence of
11    completion of activities;
12        (6) request an Illinois Educator Identification Number
13    (IEIN) for each educator during each professional
14    development activity; and
15        (7) beginning on July 1, 2019, register annually with
16    the State Board of Education prior to offering any
17    professional development opportunities in the current
18    fiscal year.
19    (j) The State Board of Education shall conduct annual
20audits of a subset of approved providers, except for school
21districts, which shall be audited by regional offices of
22education and intermediate service centers. The State Board of
23Education shall ensure that each approved provider, except for
24a school district, is audited at least once every 5 years. The
25State Board of Education may conduct more frequent audits of
26providers if evidence suggests the requirements of this



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1Section or administrative rules are not being met.
2        (1) (Blank).
3        (2) Approved providers shall comply with the
4    requirements in subsections (h) and (i) of this Section by
5    annually submitting data to the State Board of Education
6    demonstrating how the professional development activities
7    impacted one or more of the following:
8            (A) educator and student growth in regards to
9        content knowledge or skills, or both;
10            (B) educator and student social and emotional
11        growth; or
12            (C) alignment to district or school improvement
13        plans.
14        (3) The State Superintendent of Education shall review
15    the annual data collected by the State Board of Education,
16    regional offices of education, and intermediate service
17    centers in audits to determine if the approved provider
18    has met the criteria and should continue to be an approved
19    provider or if further action should be taken as provided
20    in rules.
21    (k) Registration fees shall be paid for the next renewal
22cycle between April 1 and June 30 in the last year of each
235-year renewal cycle using ELIS. If all required professional
24development hours for the renewal cycle have been completed
25and entered by the licensee, the licensee shall pay the
26registration fees for the next cycle using a form of credit or



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1debit card.
2    (l) Any professional educator licensee endorsed for school
3support personnel who is employed and performing services in
4Illinois public schools and who holds an active and current
5professional license issued by the Department of Financial and
6Professional Regulation or a national certification board, as
7approved by the State Board of Education, related to the
8endorsement areas on the Professional Educator License shall
9be deemed to have satisfied the continuing professional
10development requirements provided for in this Section. Such
11individuals shall be required to pay only registration fees to
12renew the Professional Educator License. An individual who
13does not hold a license issued by the Department of Financial
14and Professional Regulation shall complete professional
15development requirements for the renewal of a Professional
16Educator License provided for in this Section.
17    (m) Appeals to the State Educator Preparation and
18Licensure Board must be made within 30 days after receipt of
19notice from the State Superintendent of Education that a
20license will not be renewed based upon failure to complete the
21requirements of this Section. A licensee may appeal that
22decision to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
23in a manner prescribed by rule.
24        (1) Each appeal shall state the reasons why the State
25    Superintendent's decision should be reversed and shall be
26    sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the



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1    State Board of Education.
2        (2) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
3    shall review each appeal regarding renewal of a license
4    within 90 days after receiving the appeal in order to
5    determine whether the licensee has met the requirements of
6    this Section. The State Educator Preparation and Licensure
7    Board may hold an appeal hearing or may make its
8    determination based upon the record of review, which shall
9    consist of the following:
10            (A) the regional superintendent of education's
11        rationale for recommending nonrenewal of the license,
12        if applicable;
13            (B) any evidence submitted to the State
14        Superintendent along with the individual's electronic
15        statement of assurance for renewal; and
16            (C) the State Superintendent's rationale for
17        nonrenewal of the license.
18        (3) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
19    shall notify the licensee of its decision regarding
20    license renewal by certified mail, return receipt
21    requested, no later than 30 days after reaching a
22    decision. Upon receipt of notification of renewal, the
23    licensee, using ELIS, shall pay the applicable
24    registration fee for the next cycle using a form of credit
25    or debit card.
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1necessary to implement this Section.
2(Source: P.A. 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-339, eff. 8-25-17;
3100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-85, eff.
41-1-20; 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.