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Full Text of SB1460  101st General Assembly


Sen. Andy Manar

Filed: 3/11/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1460 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-70 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-70)
7    Sec. 21B-70. Illinois Teaching Excellence Program.
8    (a) As used in this Section:
9    "Poverty or low-performing school" means a school
10identified as a priority school under Section 2-3.25d-5 of this
11Code or a school in which 50% or more of its students are
12eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches.
13    "National Board certified teacher rural or remote
14candidate cohort facilitator" means a National Board certified
15teacher who collaborates to advance the goal of supporting
16rural or remote candidates through the Illinois National Board



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1for Professional Teaching Standards Comprehensive Support
3     "National Board certified teacher rural or remote liaison"
4means an individual who supports the National Board certified
5teacher leading a rural or remote candidate cohort.
6    "Qualified educator" means a teacher or school counselor
7currently employed in a school district who is in the process
8of obtaining certification through the National Board for
9Professional Teaching Standards or who has completed
10certification and holds a current Professional Educator
11License with a National Board for Professional Teaching
12Standards designation or a retired teacher or school counselor
13who holds a Professional Educator License with a National Board
14for Professional Teaching Standards designation.
15    "Rural or remote" means local codes 33, 41, 42, and 43 of
16the New Urban-Centric Locale Codes, as defined by the National
17Center for Education Statistics.
18     "Tier 1" has the meaning given to that term under Section
20    (b) Any Beginning on July 1, 2011, any funds appropriated
21for the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program must be used to
22provide monetary assistance and incentives for qualified
23educators who are employed by or retired from school districts
24and who have or are in the process of obtaining licensure
25through the National Board for Professional Teaching
26Standards. The goal of the program is to improve instruction



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1and student performance.
2    The State Board of Education shall allocate an amount as
3annually appropriated by the General Assembly for the Illinois
4Teaching Excellence Program for (i) application or re-take fees
5for each qualified educator seeking to complete certification
6through the National Board for Professional Teaching
7Standards, to be paid directly to the National Board for
8Professional Teaching Standards, and (ii) incentives under
9paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (c) for each
10qualified educator, to be distributed to the respective school
11district, and incentives under paragraph (5) of subsection (c),
12to be distributed to the respective school district or directly
13to the qualified educator. The school district shall distribute
14this payment to each eligible teacher or school counselor as a
15single payment.
16    The State Board of Education's annual budget must set out
17by separate line item the appropriation for the program. Unless
18otherwise provided by appropriation, qualified educators are
19eligible for monetary assistance and incentives outlined in
20subsections subsection (c) and (d) of this Section.
21    (c) When there are adequate funds available, monetary
22assistance and incentives shall include the following:
23        (1) A maximum of $2,000 towards the application or
24    re-take fee for up to 750 teachers or school counselors in
25    a Tier 1 poverty or low-performing school district who
26    apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for National Board



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1    certification.
2        (2) A maximum of $2,000 towards the application or
3    re-take fee for up to 250 teachers or school counselors in
4    a school district other than a Tier 1 poverty or
5    low-performing school district who apply on a first-come,
6    first-serve basis for National Board certification.
7    However, if there were fewer than 750 individuals supported
8    in item (1) of this subsection (c), then the number
9    supported in this item (2) may be increased as such that
10    the combination of item (1) of this subsection (c) and this
11    item (2) shall equal 1,000 applicants.
12        (3) A maximum of $1,000 towards the National Board for
13    Professional Teaching Standards' renewal application fee.
14        (4) (Blank).
15        (5) An annual incentive equal to $1,500, which shall be
16    paid to each qualified educator currently employed in a
17    school district who holds both a National Board for
18    Professional Teaching Standards designation and a current
19    corresponding certificate issued by the National Board for
20    Professional Teaching Standards and who agrees, in
21    writing, to provide at least 30 hours of mentoring or
22    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
23    professional development or both during the school year to
24    classroom teachers or school counselors, as applicable.
25    Funds must be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis,
26    with priority given to Tier 1 school districts poverty or



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1    low-performing schools. Mentoring shall include, either
2    singly or in combination, the following:
3            (A) National Board for Professional Teaching
4        Standards certification candidates.
5            (B) National Board for Professional Teaching
6        Standards re-take candidates.
7            (C) National Board for Professional Teaching
8        Standards renewal candidates.
9            (D) (Blank).
10    Funds may also be used for instructional leadership
11training for qualified educators interested in supporting
12implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards or teaching
13and learning priorities of the State Board of Education or
15    (d) In addition to the monetary assistance and incentives
16provided under subsection (c), if adequate funds are available,
17incentives shall include the following incentives for the
18program in rural or remote school districts, to be distributed
19to the respective school district or directly to the qualified
21        (1) A one-time incentive of $3,000 payable to National
22    Board certified teachers teaching in Tier 1 rural or remote
23    school districts.
24        (2) An annual incentive of $3,200 for National Board
25    certified teacher rural or remote candidate cohort
26    facilitators.



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1        (3) An annual incentive of $2,500 for National Board
2    certified teacher rural or remote liaisons.
3(Source: P.A. 99-193, eff. 7-30-15; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)".