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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..
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The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..
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The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..
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The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..
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The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .
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The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .
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The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .
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The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..
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The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..
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The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..
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The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..
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The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources..
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TeachAg.net provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..
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MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .
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Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .
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The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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From the Legislative Committee:

Thank you to everyone who developed and continues to steward relationships with your legislators.  These relationships continue to be extremely important and please be active in beginning those relationships with newly elected individuals (classroom visits, FFA activities, Ag Legislative Day, newsletters, etc).  Keep up the great work.

LEAP Initiative

We are looking to launch our second year of LEAP (Legislator Education in Agriculture Programs).  This initiative is to pair programs with legislators to create a relationship of understanding and recognition of agriculture education.  Thank you to the 25 chapters that were involved last year.  If you would like for your program to be a part of LEAP for this year, please submit that interest to jfaber@pontiac90.org  There will be a conference call on Wednesday, August 29 at 4 pm for those interested.  Need not attend the call to be involved.  

Dial-in Number: (641) 715-0632

Access Code: 175594

Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/jedgar

We are proud of the advancements we have made in building relationships with legislators.  

Additionally, below are some bills that were recently signed into law that we had been tracking throughout this past session.

Have a great start to the year and please reach out with any requests of the legislative committee,

Jesse Faber

Pontiac Township High School

Sch: 815 844 6113

Cell: 815 994 1699

 

HB751

PEN CD-DOWNST TEACHER-SHORTAGE (DAVIDSMEYER C) Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the provision defining "eligible employment" for the purpose of allowing a teacher to return to teaching in subject shortage areas without impairing his or her retirement status or retirement annuity, changes the ending date of the employment from no later than June 30, 2013 to no later than June 30, 2020. Provides that any benefit increase that results from the amendatory Act is excluded from the definition of "new benefit increase". Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Makes technical changes. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following change. In the provision defining "eligible employment" for the purpose of allowing a teacher to return to teaching in a subject shortage area, changes the ending date of the employment from no later than June 30, 2020 to no later than June 30, 2019. Effective immediately.

Current Status:  

8/10/2018 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0743

Comments:  

Allows retired teachers to teach in a subject shortage areas

State Bill Page:  

HB751

 

 HB4742

SCH CD-THIRD PARTY SUB TEACHER (MAYFIELD R) Amends the School Code. Provides that, by January 1, 2019, the State Board of Education shall implement a program and adopt rules to allow school districts to supplement their substitute teacher recruitment for elementary and secondary schools with the use of recruiting firms. Defines "recruiting firm". Specifies program requirements. Prohibits school districts from using recruiting firms to circumvent collective bargaining agreements or laws. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the term "teacher" or "substitute teacher" does not include and service credit may not be granted to an individual employed by an entity that provides substitute teaching services under the program and is not a school district. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that a school district may not reduce the number of full-time staff members of a department as a result of hiring a substitute teacher recruiting firm. Provides that, in the event of a teacher's strike, a school district may not use a recruiting firm to hire a substitute teacher. Provides that the Chicago School District may contract with a substitute teacher recruiting firm under the program only if certain requirements are met. Provides that a substitute teacher recruiting firm may enter into an agreement with a labor organization that has a collective bargaining agreement with a school district. Effective immediately.

Current Status:  

8/13/2018 - Effective Date August 13, 2018

State Bill Page:  

HB4742

 

 HB5137

PENCD-TRS-DEFINED CONTRIBUTION (MARTWICK R) Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the System shall offer a defined contribution benefit to active members of the System. Provides that the defined contribution benefit shall collect optional employee and optional employer contributions into an account and shall offer investment options to the participant. Provides that the defined contribution benefit shall be operated in full compliance with any applicable State and federal laws, and the System shall utilize generally accepted practices in creating and maintaining the benefit for the best interest of the participants. Authorizes the System to use funds from the employee and employer contributions to defray any and all costs of creating and maintaining the benefit. Requires the System to produce an annual report on the participation in the benefit and to make that report public. Excludes any benefit increase resulting from the change made by the amendatory Act from the definition of "new benefit increase". Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Further amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the State Universities Article, provides that the System shall offer a defined contribution benefit to active members of the System. Provides that the defined contribution benefit shall collect optional employee and optional employer contributions into an account and shall offer investment options to the participant. Provides that the defined contribution benefit shall be operated in full compliance with any applicable State and federal laws, and the System shall utilize generally accepted practices in creating and maintaining the benefit for the best interest of the participants. Authorizes the System to use funds from the employee and employer contributions to defray any and all costs of creating and maintaining the benefit. Requires the System to produce an annual report on the participation in the benefit and to make that report public. Excludes any benefit increase resulting from the change made by the amendatory Act from the definition of "new benefit increase". Effective immediately.

Current Status:  

8/10/2018 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0769

State Bill Page:  

HB5137

 

 

 

HB5627

SCH CD-EDUCATOR LICENSURE (BENNETT T) Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. Makes changes to provisions concerning the licensure powers of the State Board of Education, the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (including adding 2 members), types of licenses (including removing and adding certain endorsements on an educator license with stipulations), endorsements on professional educator licenses, educator testing, the minimum requirements for educators trained in other states or countries, application fees, license renewal, the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers, alternative route to superintendent endorsement programs, and the approval of educator preparation institutions. Effective July 1, 2018.

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. For the period beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020, increases the amount of employment as a teacher that a retired teacher may perform without impairing the retirement status; allows 120 paid days or 600 paid hours in a school year, but not more than 100 paid days in the same classroom. Further amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2018 and until June 30, 2023, the State Board of Education may issue a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License; specifies requirements and fees for the License. Provides that each school board shall, in collaboration with its teachers or, if applicable, the exclusive bargaining representative of its teachers, jointly develop a short-term substitute teacher training program that provides individuals who hold a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License with information on curriculum, classroom management techniques, school safety, and district and building operations. Provides that a school board with a substitute teacher training program in place before the effective date of the amendatory Act may utilize that program to satisfy the short-term substitute teacher training program requirement. Repeals the provision on July 1, 2023. Provides that a school district may not require an individual who holds a valid Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations to seek or hold a Substitute Teaching License. Provides that, in order to receive a Professional Educator License endorsed in a school support personnel area, applicants trained in another country must meet certain requirements. Provides that, as used in the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code, in connection with the word "school" or "institution", the term "recognized" includes a for-profit entity that meets the requirements set by the State Board of Education, and requires any for-profit entity to be approved by the Board of Higher Education. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2018.

Current Status:  

6/29/2018 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0596

State Bill Page:  

HB5627

 

 

 

 

SB2941

HIGH SCH GRAD REQUIREMENT PROG (MCGUIRE P) Amends the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. With respect to the State Board of Education's competency-based, high school graduation requirements pilot program, provides that a school district may participate in the program for some or all of its schools (instead of for some or all of its schools serving grades 9 through 12). Allows school districts to collaboratively apply to participate in the pilot program; sets forth provisions governing a collaborative of districts.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Adds an immediate effective date.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Further amends the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. Makes changes with regard to the statewide panel to define transitional mathematics instruction recommendations, transitional mathematics instruction placement and delivery, high school and community college partnership agreements for transitional mathematics instruction, and transitional mathematics instruction statewide supports.

Current Status:  

6/29/2018 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0599

State Bill Page:  

SB2941



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