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Full Text of SB1498  101st General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.80d as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.80d new)
7    Sec. 2-3.80d. Agricultural Education Pre-Service Teacher
8Internship Program.
9    (a) In this Section:
10    "Pre-service teaching student" means a student who is a
11declared agricultural education major accepted into an
12approved agricultural teacher education program at a public
13university in this State and who has completed at least 30
14credit hours and has maintained, at a minimum, a 2.5 cumulative
15grade point average on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
16    "Illinois agricultural company" means any company in this
17State that has an interest in the agricultural industry, as
18determined by the pre-service teaching student's public
20    (b) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education
21must, in consultation with the Board of Higher Education,
22develop an Agricultural Education Pre-Service Teacher
23Internship Program, beginning at the secondary education



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1level, for pre-service teaching students that consists of both
2of the following:
3        (1) At a minimum, an 8-week experience or 300 hours of
4    experience to prepare the pre-service teaching student for
5    in-classroom experiences, including, but not limited to,
6    experiences in the 5 career clusters for Illinois
7    agricultural education through partnerships with Illinois
8    agricultural companies. The 5 career clusters include
9    agricultural business management, agricultural mechanics
10    and technology, horticulture services operations and
11    management, agricultural sciences, and natural resources
12    conservation management.
13        (2) Both in-classroom lectures and hands-on, applied
14    learning.
15    (c) Subject to appropriation, the State Board must award
16grants to a pre-service teaching student enrolled in the
17Internship Program under subsection (b), which may be used by
18the student to support all of the following activities:
19        (1) A stipend not to exceed $7,500 for a pre-service
20    teaching student's completion of the Internship Program,
21    distributed in monthly installments.
22        (2) Lodging for a pre-service teaching student while
23    participating in the Internship Program.
24        (3) Reimbursement for meals, not to exceed the per diem
25    rate established by the Internal Revenue Service, for a
26    pre-service teaching student while participating in the



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1    Internship Program.
2        (4) Any reasonable costs for participation in the
3    Internship Program charged by any participating Illinois
4    agricultural company.
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.