5.190 - Teacher Qualifications

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

1. Each teacher must: 

(A)Have a valid Illinois certificate that legally qualifies the teacher for the duties for which the teacher is employed.

(B)Provide the Districtoffice with proof of certification application by the end of the first week of school, each school year.

(C)Provide the Districtoffice with a complete transcript of credits earned in institutions of higher education and, annually by July 1, provide the Districtoffice with a transcript of any credits earned since the date the last transcript was filed.

(D)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 Superintendentor 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 money 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 § 1.620 and Part 25.

           “Illinois Criteria for Meeting the NCLB Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers,” adopted by ISBE 6-17-03.

CROSS REF. 6:170

ADOPTED:   October 4, 1999

REVISED:   September 9, 2002; October 30, 2003; June 24, 2004; December 22, 2016

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