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Full Text of SB2689  103rd General Assembly


Sen. Robert Peters

Filed: 3/7/2024





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2689 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-25 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-25)
7    Sec. 21B-25. Endorsement on licenses. All licenses issued
8under paragraph (1) of Section 21B-20 of this Code shall be
9specifically endorsed by the State Board of Education for each
10content area, school support area, and administrative area for
11which the holder of the license is qualified. Recognized
12institutions approved to offer educator preparation programs
13shall be trained to add endorsements to licenses issued to
14applicants who meet all of the requirements for the
15endorsement or endorsements, including passing any required
16tests. The State Superintendent of Education shall randomly



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1audit institutions to ensure that all rules and standards are
2being followed for entitlement or when endorsements are being
4        (1) The State Board of Education, in consultation with
5    the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall
6    establish, by rule, the grade level and subject area
7    endorsements to be added to the Professional Educator
8    License. These rules shall outline the requirements for
9    obtaining each endorsement.
10        (1.5) By June 1, 2025, the State Board of Education,
11    in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and
12    Licensure Board, shall establish, by rule, a Montessori
13    education endorsement to be added to a Professional
14    Educator License. The rules adopted under this paragraph
15    (1.5) shall outline the requirements for obtaining the
16    endorsement. The changes added to this Section by this
17    amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly are
18    inoperative on and after January 1, 2026.
19        (2) In addition to any and all grade level and content
20    area endorsements developed by rule, the State Board of
21    Education, in consultation with the State Educator
22    Preparation and Licensure Board, shall develop the
23    requirements for the following endorsements:
24            (A) (Blank).
25            (B) Principal endorsement. A principal endorsement
26        shall be affixed to a Professional Educator License of



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1        any holder who qualifies by having all of the
2        following:
3                (i) Successful completion of a principal
4            preparation program approved in accordance with
5            Section 21B-60 of this Code and any applicable
6            rules.
7                (ii) At least 4 total years of teaching or 4
8            total years of working in the capacity of school
9            support personnel in an Illinois public school or
10            nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of
11            Education, in a school under the supervision of
12            the Department of Corrections, or in an
13            out-of-state public school or out-of-state
14            nonpublic school meeting out-of-state recognition
15            standards comparable to those approved by the
16            State Superintendent of Education; however, the
17            State Board of Education, in consultation with the
18            State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board,
19            shall allow, by rules, for fewer than 4 years of
20            experience based on meeting standards set forth in
21            such rules, including without limitation a review
22            of performance evaluations or other evidence of
23            demonstrated qualifications.
24                (iii) A master's degree or higher from a
25            regionally accredited college or university.
26            (C) Chief school business official endorsement. A



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1        chief school business official endorsement shall be
2        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
3        holder who qualifies by having a master's degree or
4        higher, 2 years of full-time administrative experience
5        in school business management or 2 years of
6        university-approved practical experience, and a
7        minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in a
8        program approved by the State Board of Education for
9        the preparation of school business administrators and
10        by passage of the applicable State tests. The chief
11        school business official endorsement may also be
12        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
13        holder who qualifies by having a master's degree in
14        business administration, finance, accounting, or
15        public administration and who completes an additional
16        6 semester hours of internship in school business
17        management from a regionally accredited institution of
18        higher education and passes the applicable State
19        tests. This endorsement shall be required for any
20        individual employed as a chief school business
21        official.
22            (D) Superintendent endorsement. A superintendent
23        endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional
24        Educator License of any holder who has completed a
25        program approved by the State Board of Education for
26        the preparation of superintendents of schools, has had



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1        at least 2 years of experience employed full-time in a
2        general administrative position or as a full-time
3        principal, director of special education, or chief
4        school business official in the public schools or in a
5        State-recognized nonpublic school in which the chief
6        administrator is required to have the licensure
7        necessary to be a principal in a public school in this
8        State and where a majority of the teachers are
9        required to have the licensure necessary to be
10        instructors in a public school in this State, and has
11        passed the required State tests; or of any holder who
12        has completed a program that is not an
13        Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an
14        Illinois institution of higher education and that has
15        recognition standards comparable to those approved by
16        the State Superintendent of Education and holds the
17        general administrative, principal, or chief school
18        business official endorsement and who has had 2 years
19        of experience as a principal, director of special
20        education, or chief school business official while
21        holding a valid educator license or certificate
22        comparable in validity and educational and experience
23        requirements and has passed the appropriate State
24        tests, as provided in Section 21B-30 of this Code. The
25        superintendent endorsement shall allow individuals to
26        serve only as a superintendent or assistant



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1        superintendent.
2            (E) Teacher leader endorsement. It shall be the
3        policy of this State to improve the quality of
4        instructional leaders by providing a career pathway
5        for teachers interested in serving in leadership
6        roles, but not as principals. The State Board of
7        Education, in consultation with the State Educator
8        Preparation and Licensure Board, may issue a teacher
9        leader endorsement under this subdivision (E). Persons
10        who meet and successfully complete the requirements of
11        the endorsement shall be issued a teacher leader
12        endorsement on the Professional Educator License for
13        serving in schools in this State. Teacher leaders may
14        qualify to serve in such positions as department
15        chairs, coaches, mentors, curriculum and instruction
16        leaders, or other leadership positions as defined by
17        the district. The endorsement shall be available to
18        those teachers who (i) hold a Professional Educator
19        License, (ii) hold a master's degree or higher from a
20        regionally accredited institution, (iii) have
21        completed a program of study that has been approved by
22        the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
23        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and
24        (iv) have successfully demonstrated competencies as
25        defined by rule.
26            A teacher who meets the requirements set forth in



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1        this Section and holds a teacher leader endorsement
2        may evaluate teachers pursuant to Section 24A-5 of
3        this Code, provided that the individual has completed
4        the evaluation component required by Section 24A-3 of
5        this Code and a teacher leader is allowed to evaluate
6        personnel under the respective school district's
7        collective bargaining agreement.
8            The State Board of Education, in consultation with
9        the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board,
10        may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish
11        and implement the teacher leader endorsement program
12        and to specify the positions for which this
13        endorsement shall be required.
14            (F) Special education endorsement. A special
15        education endorsement in one or more areas shall be
16        affixed to a Professional Educator License for any
17        individual that meets those requirements established
18        by the State Board of Education in rules. Special
19        education endorsement areas shall include without
20        limitation the following:
21                (i) Learning Behavior Specialist I;
22                (ii) Learning Behavior Specialist II;
23                (iii) Speech Language Pathologist;
24                (iv) Blind or Visually Impaired;
25                (v) Deaf-Hard of Hearing;
26                (vi) Early Childhood Special Education; and



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1                (vii) Director of Special Education.
2        Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the contrary,
3        the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
4        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may
5        add additional areas of special education by rule.
6            (G) School support personnel endorsement. School
7        support personnel endorsement areas shall include, but
8        are not limited to, school counselor, marriage and
9        family therapist, school psychologist, school speech
10        and language pathologist, school nurse, and school
11        social worker. This endorsement is for individuals who
12        are not teachers or administrators, but still require
13        licensure to work in an instructional support position
14        in a public or State-operated elementary school,
15        secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement
16        with a governing body or board of control or a charter
17        school operating in compliance with the Charter
18        Schools Law. The school support personnel endorsement
19        shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License
20        and shall meet all of the requirements established in
21        any rules adopted to implement this subdivision (G).
22        The holder of such an endorsement is entitled to all of
23        the rights and privileges granted holders of any other
24        Professional Educator License, including teacher
25        benefits, compensation, and working conditions.
26(Source: P.A. 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-267, eff. 8-22-17;



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1100-288, eff. 8-24-17; 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-780, eff.
21-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220,
3eff. 8-7-19.)".