Sen. Scott M. Bennett
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1991
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1991 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The School Code is amended by changing Section
21B-5 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/21B-5)
Licensure powers of the State Board of
the education of our citizens is
the single most important influence on the prosperity and
success of this State and recognizing that new developments in
education require a flexible approach to our educational
system, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall have the
power and authority to do all of the following:
(1) Set standards for teaching, supervising, or
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otherwise holding licensed employment in the public
schools of this State and administer the licensure process
as provided in this Article.
(2) Approve, evaluate, and sanction educator
(3) Enter into agreements with other states relative to
reciprocal approval of educator preparation programs.
(4) Establish standards for the issuance of new types
of educator licenses.
(5) Establish a code of ethics for all educators.
(6) Maintain a system of licensure examination aligned
with standards determined by the State Board of Education.
(7) Take such other action relating to the improvement
of instruction in the public schools as is appropriate and
consistent with applicable laws.
(b) Only the State Superintendent of Education, acting in
accordance with the applicable provisions of this Article and
rules, shall have the authority to issue or endorse any license
required for teaching, supervising, or otherwise holding
licensed employment in the public schools; and no other State
agency shall have any power or authority (i) to establish or
prescribe any qualifications or other requirements applicable
to the issuance or endorsement of any such license or (ii) to
establish or prescribe any licensure or equivalent requirement
that must be satisfied in order to teach, supervise, or hold
licensed employment in the public schools.