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Full Text of HB3298  100th General Assembly


Rep. Sue Scherer

Filed: 3/13/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3298 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-40 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-40)
7    Sec. 21B-40. Fees.
8    (a) Beginning with the start of the new licensure system
9established pursuant to this Article, the following fees shall
10be charged to applicants:
11        (1) A $75 application fee for a Professional Educator
12    License or an Educator License with Stipulations. However,
13    beginning on January 1, 2015, the application fee for a
14    Professional Educator License and Educator License with
15    Stipulations shall be $100.
16        (1.5) A $50 application fee for a Substitute Teaching



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1    License. If the application is from a current holder of a
2    Substitute Teaching License, this fee shall be waived if
3    the holder proves to the State Board of Education that he
4    or she has taught at least 10 full school days in the year
5    prior to submitting the application. If the application is
6    from an applicant not currently holding a Substitute
7    Teaching License, the applicant, if granted a Substitute
8    Teaching License, shall receive a refund of the full
9    application fee if he or she proves to the State Board of
10    Education that he or she has taught 10 full school days
11    within a year of receiving the Substitute Teaching License.
12        (2) A $150 application fee for individuals who have not
13    been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation
14    program at an Illinois institution of higher education and
15    are seeking any of the licenses set forth in subdivision
16    (1) of this subsection (a).
17        (3) A $50 application fee for each endorsement or
18    approval an individual holding a license wishes to add to
19    that license.
20        (4) A $10 per year registration fee for the course of
21    the validity cycle to register the license, which shall be
22    paid to the regional office of education having supervision
23    and control over the school in which the individual holding
24    the license is to be employed. If the individual holding
25    the license is not yet employed, then the license may be
26    registered in any county in this State. The registration



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1    fee must be paid in its entirety the first time the
2    individual registers the license for a particular validity
3    period in a single region. No additional fee may be charged
4    for that validity period should the individual
5    subsequently register the license in additional regions.
6    An individual must register the license (i) immediately
7    after initial issuance of the license and (ii) at the
8    beginning of each renewal cycle if the individual has
9    satisfied the renewal requirements required under this
10    Code.
11    (b) All application fees paid pursuant to subdivisions (1)
12through (3) of subsection (a) of this Section shall be
13deposited into the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund and
14shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the State Board of
15Education to provide the technology and human resources
16necessary for the timely and efficient processing of
17applications and for the renewal of licenses. Funds available
18from the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund may also be
19used by the State Board of Education to support the recruitment
20and retention of educators, to support educator preparation
21programs as they seek national accreditation, and to provide
22professional development aligned with the requirements set
23forth in Section 21B-45 of this Code. A majority of the funds
24in the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund must be dedicated
25to the timely and efficient processing of applications and for
26the renewal of licenses. The Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving



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1Fund is not subject to administrative charge transfers,
2authorized under Section 8h of the State Finance Act, from the
3Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund into any other fund of
4this State, and moneys in the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving
5Fund shall not revert back to the General Revenue Fund at any
7    The regional superintendent of schools shall deposit the
8registration fees paid pursuant to subdivision (4) of
9subsection (a) of this Section into the institute fund
10established pursuant to Section 3-11 of this Code.
11    (c) The State Board of Education and each regional office
12of education are authorized to charge a service or convenience
13fee for the use of credit cards for the payment of license
14fees. This service or convenience fee shall not exceed the
15amount required by the credit card processing company or vendor
16that has entered into a contract with the State Board or
17regional office of education for this purpose, and the fee must
18be paid to that company or vendor.
19    (d) If, at the time a certificate issued under Article 21
20of this Code is exchanged for a license issued under this
21Article, a person has paid registration fees for any years of
22the validity period of the certificate and these years have not
23expired when the certificate is exchanged, then those fees must
24be applied to the registration of the new license.
25(Source: P.A. 98-610, eff. 12-27-13; 99-58, eff. 7-16-15;
2699-920, eff. 1-6-17.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.".