ICCTA Action Alert
August 23, 2002
Gov. Ryan OK's enhanced minority-teacher recruitment program
Gov. George Ryan has signed House Bill 4912,
which makes enhancements to the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program.
ICCTA supported the passage of this legislation.
The following information is reprinted from the
news release issued by Gov. Ryan's office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2002
Governor Signs Bill to Enhance State's Teacher Incentive Program,
Improve Minority Recruiting for Teaching
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed legislation simplifying
the state’s teacher incentive scholarship programs to entice more quality teachers
to Illinois classrooms.
HB 4912 is a result of the Education Summit held by Governor Ryan last fall to
highlight the dual concerns of educator supply and quality in the state's schools.
This legislation changes the current teacher-shortage incentive program, expands
the current minority incentive program, makes incoming college freshmen eligible
for scholarships and changes the current incentive program for special education
"Improving the quality of education in our schools is extremely important, and to do
this we must have quality teachers in the classrooms," Ryan said. "By enhancing
this program and making it more identifiable to future teachers, we can do a better
job of recruiting the brightest students into the teaching profession."
The name of the program to recruit students into pre-qualified teacher-shortage
areas has been changed from the David A. DeBolt Teacher Shortage program to
the ITEACH Teacher Shortage Program in an effort to make it more recognizable
to students. Further, HB 4912 amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow money in
the Illinois Future Teacher Corps Scholarship Fund to be appropriated for ITEACH
Teacher Shortage scholarships.
The ITEACH program provides $5000 scholarships to students seeking their
degrees in subject-shortage areas. Last year, approximately 550 scholarships
were awarded, totaling $2,750,000.
The state's Minority Teacher Incentive (MTI) program has also been changed.
In an effort to recruit more minorities into the teaching profession, eligibility for
scholarships has been expanded. Now, minority students enrolled at least
half-time can still apply, as can those seeking a graduate degree in teaching.
In addition, the guidelines for MTI allocations have been amended. HB 4912
allows the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to award female minority
students with additional MTI scholarships if the agency does not receive enough
applications from qualified male minorities to award the full 30 percent of the total
appropriations allotted. Currently, not enough qualified males apply for the program,
and money that could be awarded to qualified females has gone unspent.
The MTI program also awards scholarships in $5000 increments. Last year,
approximately 570 scholarships were awarded, totaling $2,850,000.
Illinois' Special Education Teacher incentive program has also been amended.
Adults seeking alternative teacher certification may now apply.
With HB 4912, recipients must begin teaching within one year after graduation,
or all scholarship money must be repaid. Some exceptions include the student
entering the Armed Forces (for a term not longer than three years), entering
graduate school, and actively seeking but unable to find employment as a
teacher in an Illinois school.
HB 4912 was sponsored by Representative David Wirsing (R-Sycamore) and
Senators Dan Cronin (R- Elmhurst), Bill Shaw (D- Chicago) and Kimberly
Lightford (D- Maywood).
For additional information on state legislative issues,
contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.
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