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5:190 PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL - Teacher Qualifications

A teacher, as the term is used in this policy, refers to a District employee who is required to be licensed under State law.  The following qualifications apply:

1. Each teacher must: 

  1. Have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License issued by the State Superintendent of Education with the required endorsements as provided in the School Code. 
  2. Provide the District Office with a complete transcript of credits earned in institutions of higher education. 
  3. On or before September 30 of each year, provide the District Office with a transcript of any credits earned since the date the last transcript was filed.
  4. Notify the Superintendent of any change in the teacher’s transcript.

2. All teachers working in a program supported with federal funds under Title I, Part A must meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements.

The Superintendent or designee shall: 
1. Monitor compliance with State and federal law requirements that teachers be appropriately licensed;
2. Through incentives for voluntary transfers, professional development, recruiting programs, or other effective strategies, ensure that minority students and students from low-income   families are not taught at higher rates than other students by unqualified, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers; and
3. Ensure parents/guardians of students in schools receiving Title I funds are notified of their right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications. 

LEGAL REF.: 20 U.S.C. §6312(e)(1)(A).
105 ILCS 5/10-20.15, 5/21-11.4, 5/21B-15, 5/21B-20, 5/21B-25, and 5/24-23.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.610 et seq., §1.705 et seq., and Part 25.

CROSS REF.: 6:170 (Title I Programs)

ADOPTED: November 22, 2004

UPDATED: June 22, 2009
January 24, 2011
March 26, 2012
June 9, 2014
January 23, 2017