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Full Text of SB2844  100th General Assembly


Rep. Robert W. Pritchard

Filed: 5/28/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2844 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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:



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1(i) can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than
2English or is a recipient of a State Seal of Biliteracy or, at
3any one time during pre-kindergarten through grade 12, was
4identified as a low-income student; and (ii) is a member of the
5community in which the participating school district is
6located. A "qualified participant" must be enrolled in an
7educator preparation program approved by the State Board of
8Education at a regionally accredited institution of higher
9education in this State.
10    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
11    (b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State
12Board shall establish and maintain the Supporting Future
13Teachers Program to assist qualified participants in acquiring
14a Professional Educator License.
15    (c) Each participating school district shall partner with
16an educator preparation program approved by the State Board at
17a regionally accredited institution of higher education in this
18State. Each qualified participant enrolled in the Program
19through the school district must be enrolled at least part-time
20each semester at that institution of higher education in its
21educator preparation program and be working toward a
22Professional Educator License.
23    (d) A qualified participant shall no longer qualify for the
24Program if at any time the participating school district or the
25institution of higher education determines that the qualified
26participant is no longer making substantial progress toward a



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1degree in an approved educator preparation program.
2    (e) Throughout each semester of participation in the
3Program, the qualified participant must be employed by the
4participating school district and working under the
5supervision of a school district employee. Duties of the
6qualified participant may include, but are not limited to (i)
7working in cooperation with his or her supervisor under this
8subsection (e) to create classroom curriculum and lesson plans
9and (ii) working with and mentoring English learners or
10low-income students on a one-on-one basis.
11    Each participating school district may use appropriate
12State, federal, or local revenue to employ the qualified
14    (f) At the end of each school year of the Program, each
15participating school district shall submit data to the State
16Board detailing all of the following:
17        (1) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
18    the Program.
19        (2) The costs associated with the Program.
20        (3) The duties assigned to each qualified participant
21    by his or her supervisor.
22        (4) The current status of each qualified participant in
23    his or her educator preparation program.
24        (5) The qualified participant's Illinois Educator
25    Identification Number, if available.
26        (6) Any other information requested by the State Board.



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1    (g) Prior to the 2023-2024 school year, the State Board
2shall electronically submit a report to the Clerk of the House
3of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate detailing
4the first 4 years of the program, including, but not limited
5to, the following information:
6        (1) The participating school districts in the Program.
7        (2) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
8    the Program.
9        (3) The costs associated with the Program per school
10    district.
11        (4) A summary of the duties assigned to qualified
12    participants by school district supervisors.
13        (5) Any other information as determined by the State
14    Board.
15    (h) The State Board may establish and adopt any rules
16necessary to implement this Section.
17    (i) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require a
18school district to participate in the Program.
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.".