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ERIC Number: ED455588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Educational Recertification: Impact on Local, Regional, and State Control.
Bradley, Clyde; Beckwith, John; Price, Alfred
In 1997, the Illinois Legislature passed significant legislation that increased the foundation level for general state aid. Provisions in the legislation for increased teacher accountability included changing the single-level teacher certification system to a multi-tiered process, changing the length of time required before attaining teacher tenure from 2 years to 4 years, and modifying the recertification of teacher certificates to include proof of continuing professional growth. The language used in the Illinois House Bill 542 (Public Act 90-548) suggests that the Illinois State Legislature does not believe school districts are keeping teachers abreast of current instructional practices and teachers are not taking the initiative to keep current. The bill allows teacher unions to select the majority of teachers for local professional development committees, which may not provide the best teachers for determining appropriate staff development. Teachers will need to attend approved workshops, conferences, or courses, though it is doubtful that doing so will significantly increase student learning more than prior recertification practices. The Initial, Standard, and Master certificates may result in a three-tiered pay schedule. Given that the elected regional superintendents will play significant roles in the appeal process, politics could play a role in a recertification appeal. (Contains 10 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois