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Full Text of SB2844  100th 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 adding Section
52-3.173 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.173 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.173. Supporting Future Teachers Program.
8    (a) In this Section:
9    "English learner" means a child included in the definition
10of "English learners" under Section 14C-2 of this Code.
11    "Low-income student" means a student that would be included
12in an Organizational Unit's Low-Income Count, as calculated
13under Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
14    "Program" means the Supporting Future Teachers Program
15established under this Section.
16    "Qualified participant" means a high school graduate who:
17(i) can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than
18English or is a recipient of a State Seal of Biliteracy or, at
19any one time during pre-kindergarten through grade 12, was
20identified as a low-income student; and (ii) is a member of the
21community in which the participating school district is
22located. A "qualified participant" must be enrolled in an
23educator preparation program approved by the State Board of



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1Education at a regionally accredited institution of higher
2education in this State.
3    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
4    (b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State
5Board shall establish and maintain the Supporting Future
6Teachers Program to assist qualified participants in acquiring
7a Professional Educator License.
8    (c) Each participating school district shall partner with
9an educator preparation program approved by the State Board at
10a regionally accredited institution of higher education in this
11State. Each qualified participant enrolled in the Program
12through the school district must be enrolled at least part-time
13each semester at that institution of higher education in its
14educator preparation program and be working toward a
15Professional Educator License.
16    (d) A qualified participant shall no longer qualify for the
17Program if at any time the participating school district or the
18institution of higher education determines that the qualified
19participant is no longer making substantial progress toward a
20degree in an approved educator preparation program.
21    (e) Throughout each semester of participation in the
22Program, the qualified participant must be employed by the
23participating school district and working under the
24supervision of a school district employee. Duties of the
25qualified participant may include, but are not limited to (i)
26working in cooperation with his or her supervisor under this



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1subsection (e) to create classroom curriculum and lesson plans
2and (ii) working with and mentoring English learners or
3low-income students on a one-on-one basis.
4    Each participating school district may use appropriate
5State, federal, or local revenue to employ the qualified
7    (f) At the end of each school year of the Program, each
8participating school district shall submit data to the State
9Board detailing all of the following:
10        (1) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
11    the Program.
12        (2) The costs associated with the Program.
13        (3) The duties assigned to each qualified participant
14    by his or her supervisor.
15        (4) The current status of each qualified participant in
16    his or her educator preparation program.
17        (5) The qualified participant's Illinois Educator
18    Identification Number, if available.
19        (6) Any other information requested by the State Board.
20    (g) Prior to the 2023-2024 school year, the State Board
21shall electronically submit a report to the Clerk of the House
22of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate detailing
23the first 4 years of the program, including, but not limited
24to, the following information:
25        (1) The participating school districts in the Program.
26        (2) The number of qualified participants enrolled in



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1    the Program.
2        (3) The costs associated with the Program per school
3    district.
4        (4) A summary of the duties assigned to qualified
5    participants by school district supervisors.
6        (5) Any other information as determined by the State
7    Board.
8    (h) The State Board may establish and adopt any rules
9necessary to implement this Section.
10    (i) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require a
11school district to participate in the Program.
12    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13becoming law.