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Full Text of SB0661  102nd General Assembly


Sen. Ann Gillespie

Filed: 4/20/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 661 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
5amended by adding Section 65.110 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 947/65.110 new)
7    Sec. 65.110. Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work
8Professional Educator License scholarship.
9    (a) Subject to appropriation, beginning with awards for
10the 2022-2023 academic year, the Commission shall award
11annually up to 250 Post-Master of Social Work School Social
12Work Professional Educator License scholarships to a person
14        (1) holds a valid Illinois-licensed clinical social
15    work license or social work license;
16        (2) has obtained a master's degree in social work from



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1    an approved program;
2        (3) is a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen;
3    and
4        (4) submits an application to the Commission for such
5    scholarship and agrees to take courses to obtain an
6    Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement
7    in School Social Work.
8    (b) Scholarships awarded under this Section shall be
9issued pursuant to rules adopted by the Commission. In
10awarding scholarships, the Commission shall give priority to
11those applicants who are members of a racial minority. In this
12subsection (b), "racial minority" means a person who is a
13citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
14alien of the United States and who is:
15        (1) Black (a person having origins in any of the black
16    racial groups in Africa);
17        (2) Hispanic (a person of Spanish or Portuguese
18    culture with origins in Mexico, South or Central America,
19    or the Caribbean Islands, regardless of race);
20        (3) Asian American (a person having origins in any of
21    the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the
22    Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands); or
23        (4) American Indian or Alaskan Native (a person having
24    origins in any of the original peoples of North America).
25    (c) Each scholarship shall be applied to the payment of
26tuition and mandatory fees at the University of Illinois,



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1Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University,
2Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University,
3Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University,
4Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University.
5Each scholarship may be applied to pay tuition and mandatory
6fees required to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator
7License with an endorsement in School Social Work.
8    (d) The Commission shall make tuition and fee payments
9directly to the qualified institution of higher learning that
10the applicant attends.
11    (e) Any person who has accepted a scholarship under this
12Section must, within one year after graduation or termination
13of enrollment in a Post-Master of Social Work Professional
14Education License with an endorsement in School Social Work
15program, begin working as a school social worker at a public or
16nonpublic not-for-profit preschool, elementary school, or
17secondary school located in this State for at least 2 of the 5
18years immediately following that graduation or termination,
19excluding, however, from the computation of that 5-year
20period: (i) any time up to 3 years spent in the military
21service, whether such service occurs before or after the
22person graduates; (ii) the time that person is a person with a
23temporary total disability for a period of time not to exceed 3
24years, as established by the sworn affidavit of a qualified
25physician; and (iii) the time that person is seeking and
26unable to find full-time employment as a school social worker



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1at a State public, private, or parochial school.
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
31, 2022.".