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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000718.txt from 1998/04

From: Roger Garrett <rgarrett@-----.edu>
Subj: House Bill 3127
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 18:42:37 -0400

To member of the list, this is very long, but it is specific. It is the
bill that was mentioned earlier - by Karen? Anyway, Bill asked about
language, so here it is! The first part is a letter to us from Paul
Bauer, Vice President of the Association of Music Schools - an explanation
of the bill and where it stands. The rest should be the actual bill
(ammended).

Roger Garrett
IWU

Music Education Contacts:
House Bill 3127 was originally a bill that dealt with
Truant Alternative Programs. The amendment of Howard Kenner
of Chicago deleted all of the original language and
replaced it with the teacher certification language. In
effect HB3127 became an empty "shell bill" and was comprised
only of the attached amendment. The new language of the bill
(amendment) speaks about Teacher Certificates, and more
specifically reinstates the "Special K-12 certificate,"
which was eliminated by HB 452.

On April 1, the House Of Representatives voted
overwhelmingly (116-2) to pass HB 3127. It has been
suggested that people might contact their Representatives
and thank them for their support of HB3127. You can find
links to your Representative at
http://www.state.il.us/legis/house.htm, The IEA strenuously
supported HB3127 and will be lobbying for passage in the
Senate.

The Senate will not be able to take any action on HB3127
until they reconvene April 21. It would seem that no sponsor
has yet been identified, but it is certain that the IEA is
hard at work trying to identify who will be the most
effective advocate to take that role.

Of the Fine Arts Educators, both in the public schools and
universities with whom I have spoken, the unanimous opinion
is that HB3127 is exactly what Fine Arts Educators want from
the Legislature. Please understand that the IMEA may not
legally lobby for legislation, due to its status as a
501(c)3 organization. The IMEA may not be able to take a
position, but members as individuals (not as IMEA members)
can certainly voice their opinion.

The General Assembly reconvenes for one month, beginning
April 21 and adjourning May 22. That is the window of time
left for the General Assembly to act. It is my understanding
that if it passes in the Senate, the Senate will probably
have made some changes and it would have to return to the
House for concurrence and ultimately Conference Committee.

HB3127 might be best understood when placed side by side
with HB452. Hopefully you have a copy of pages 107-113, or
more specifically lines 3640-3843. Following my signature is
the text from HB3127. I also attached WordPerfect and MSWord
versions. One way or other, you should be able to read it
and share it with others. It will be posted on the AIMSweb
as well (http://www.niu.edu/aims).

I expect to be able to share more information with you
around April 21 or even before.

Paul Bauer, Vice President
Association of Illinois Music Schools
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2889
(815)753-7976
fax (815)753-1759
paulbauer@-----.edu
http://www.niu.edu/aims

AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 3127
AMENDMENT NO. 1. Amend House Bill 3127 by replacing
the title with the following:
*AN ACT to amend the School Code by changing
Sections 21-2, 21-2.1, 21-3, 21-4, and 21-5.*; and by
replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
following:

*Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing
Sections 21-2, 21-2.1, 21-3, 21-4, and 21-5 as follows:

(105 ILCS 5/21-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2)
Sec. 21-2. Grades of certificates.
(a) Until January 1, 1999, all certificates issued
under this Article shall be State certificates valid, except
as limited in Section 21-1, in every school district coming
under the provisions of this Act and shall be limited in
time and designated as follows: Provisional vocational
certificate, temporary provisional vocational certificate,
early childhood certificate, elementary school certificate,
special certificate, high school certificate, school service
personnel certificate, administrative certificate,
provisional certificate, and substitute certificate. The
requirement of student teaching under close and competent
supervision for obtaining a teaching certificate may be
waived by the State Teacher Certification Board upon
presentation to the Board by the teacher of evidence of 5
years successful teaching experience on a valid certificate
and graduate from a recognized institution of higher
learning with a bachelor's degree with not less than 120
semester hours and a minimum of 16 semester hours in
professional education.
(b) Initial Teaching Certificate. Beginning January
1, 1999, persons who (1) have completed an approved teacher
preparation program, (2) are recommended by an approved
teacher preparation program, (3) have successfully completed
the Initial Teaching Certification examinations required by
the State Board of Education, and (4) have met all other
criteria established by the State Board of Education in
consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board,
shall be issued an Initial Teaching Certificate valid for 4
years. Initial Teaching Certificates shall be issued for
categories corresponding to Early Childhood Education,
Elementary Education, and Secondary Education, and Special
K-12 Education, with special certification designations or
endorsements for Special Education, Bilingual Education,
fundamental learning areas (including Language Arts,
Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical
Development and Health, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language),
and other areas designated by the State Board of Education,
in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board.
* Standard Certificate. Beginning January 1, 1999,
persons who (1) have completed 4 years of teaching with an
Initial Certificate, have successfully completed the
Standard Teaching Certificate examinations, and have met all
other criteria established by the State Board of Education
in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board,
or (2) were issued teaching certificates prior to January 1,
1999 and are renewing those certificates after January 1,
1999, shall be issued a Standard Certificate valid for 5
years, which may be renewed thereafter every 5 years by the
State Teacher Certification Board based on proof of
continuing education or professional development. Standard
Certificates shall be issued for categories corresponding to
Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and
Secondary Education, and Special K-12 Education, with
special certification designations or endorsements for
Special Education, Bilingual Education, fundamental learning
areas (including Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics,
Science, Social Science, Physical Development and Health,
Fine Arts, and Foreign Language), and other areas designated
by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
State Teacher Certification Board.
(d) Master Certificate. Beginning January 1, 1999,
persons who have successfully achieved National Board
certification through the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards shall be issued a Master Certificate,
valid for 7 years and renewable thereafter every 7 years
through compliance with requirements set forth by the State
Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)

(105 ILCS 5/21-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2.1)
Sec. 21-2.1. Early childhood certificate.
(a) An early childhood certificate shall be valid
for 4 years for teaching children up to 6 years of age,
exclusive of children enrolled in kindergarten, in
facilities approved by the State Superintendent of
Education. Beginning July 1, 1988, such certificate shall be
valid for 4 years for Teaching children through grade 3 in
facilities approved by the State Superintendent of
Education. Subject to the provisions of Section 21-1a, it
shall be issued to persons who have graduated from a
recognized institution of higher learning with a bachelor's
degree and with no fewer than 120 semester hours including
professional education or human development or, until July
1, 1992, to persons who have early childhood education
instruction and practical experience involving supervised
work with children under 6 years of age or with children
through grade 3. Such persons shall be recommended for the
early childhood certificate by a recognized institution as
having completed an approved program of preparation which
includes the requisite hours and academic and professional
courses and practical experience approved by the State
Superintendent of Education in consultation with the State
Teacher Certification Board.
(b) Beginning January 1, 1999, Initial and Standard
Early Childhood Education Certificates shall be issued to
persons who meet the criteria established by the State Board
of Education, in consultation with the State Teacher
Certification Board, for early childhood education.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)

(105 ILCS 5/21-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-3)
Sec. 21-3. Elementary certificate.
(a) An elementary school certificate shall be valid
for 4 years for teaching in the kindergarten and lower 9
grades of the common schools. Subject to the provisions of
Section 21-1a, it shall be issued to persons who have
graduated from a recognized institution of higher learning
with a bachelor's degree and with not fewer than 120
semester hours and with a minimum of 16 semester hours in
professional education, including 5 semester hours in
student teaching under competent and close supervision. Such
persons shall be recommended for the elementary certificate
by a recognized institution as having completed an approved
program of preparation which includes intensive preservice
training in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics
and the academic and professional courses approved by the
State Superintendent of Education in consultation with the
State Teacher Certification Board.
(b) Beginning January 1, 1999, Initial and Standard
Elementary Certificates shall be issued to persons who meet
all of the criteria established by the State Board of
Education, in consultation with the State Teacher
Certification Board, for elementary education.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)

(105 ILCS 5/21-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-4)
Sec. 21-4. Special K-12 certificate.
(a) A special certificate shall be valid for 4 years
for teaching the special subjects named therein in all
grades of the common schools. Subject to the provisions of
Section 21-1a, it shall be issued to persons who have
graduated from a recognized institution of higher learning
with a bachelor's degree and with not fewer than 120
semester hours including a minimum of 16 semester hours in
professional education, 5 of which shall be in student
teaching under competent and close supervision. When the
holder of such certificate has earned a master's degree,
including eight semester hours of graduate professional
education from a recognized institution of higher learning
and with two years' teaching experience, it may be endorsed
for supervision.
Such persons shall be recommended for the special
certificate by a recognized institution as having completed
an approved program of preparation which includes academic
and professional courses approved by the State
Superintendent of Education in consultation with the State
Teacher Certification Board.
(b) Beginning January 1, 1999, Initial and Standard
Special K-12 Certificates shall be issued, with special
certification designations shall be issued for Special
Education, Bilingual Education, fundamental learning areas
(Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social
Science, Physical Development and Health, Fine Arts, and
Foreign Language), and other areas designated by the State
Board of Education, to persons who meet all of the criteria
established by the State Board of Education, in consultation
with the State Teacher Certification Board.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.) (105 ILCS 5/21-5)
(from Ch. 122, par. 21-5)
Sec. 21-5. High school certificate.
(a) A high school certificate shall be valid for 4
years for teaching in grades 6 to 12 inclusive of the common
schools. Subject to the provisions of Section 21-1a, it
shall be issued to persons who have graduated from a
recognized institution of higher learning with a bachelor's
degree and with not fewer than 120 semester hours including
16 semester hours in professional education, 5 of which
shall be in student teaching under competent and close
supervision and with one or more teaching fields. Such
persons shall be recommended for the high school certificate
by a recognized institution as having completed an approved
program of preparation which includes the academic and
professional courses approved by the State Superintendent of
Education in consultation with the State Teacher
Certification Board.
(b) Beginning January 1, 1999, Initial and Standard
Secondary Certificates shall be issued to persons who meet
all of the criteria established by the State Board of
Education, in consultation with the State Teacher
Certification Board, for secondary education.
(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)*

   
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