Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code and the Counties Code. Provides that it is a State's Attorney's duty to notify the State Superintendent of Education and others upon the conviction of any individual known to possess a certificate issued under the School Code of any of certain offenses or any other felony conviction. In the criminal history records check provisions of the School Code, makes changes concerning the offenses for which a school board may not knowingly employ a person. Provides that no one may be certified to teach or supervise in the public schools who has been convicted of certain offenses (instead of providing that in determining good character, any felony conviction of an applicant may be taken into consideration, but such a conviction shall not operate as a bar to registration). In provisions concerning suspension or revocation of a certificate, provides that the State Superintendent of Education has the exclusive authority to initiate the suspension of up to 5 calendar years or revocation of any certificate (instead of providing that a certificate may be suspended for a period not to exceed one calendar year by the regional superintendent of schools or for a period not to exceed 5 calendar years by the State Superintendent). With respect to certificate suspension and revocation, makes changes concerning an investigation, notice, a hearing, an appeal, and the offenses that are grounds for suspension and revocation. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2009.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 In the Section of the School Code concerning the conviction of certain offenses as grounds for revocation of a certificate, adds the criminal offenses of grooming and traveling to meet a minor to the definition of "sex offense".
Provides that it is a State's Attorney's duty to notify the chief school administrator of an employing nonpublic school upon the conviction of an individual known to possess a certificate issued under the School Code of any of certain offenses or any other felony conviction. With respect to obtaining non-public school recognition status, makes changes concerning an applicant employee's or employee's conviction of any of certain criminal offenses.