5:195 - Teacher Duties and Qualifications

Policy 5:195


Teacher Duties and Qualifications

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

  1. Have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with the required endorsements that legally qualifies the teacher for the duties for which the teacher is employed.
  2. Provide the District Office with a complete transcript of credits earned in institutions of higher education.
  3. Notify the Superintendent of any change in the teacher’s transcript.

All teachers with primary responsibility for instructing students in core academic subjects areas (English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography) must be highly qualified for those assignments as determined by State and Federal law.

The Superintendent or designee shall:

  1. Monitor compliance with State and Federal law requirements that teachers be appropriately licensed and highly qualified for their assignments;
  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: (a) of their right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications, and (b) whenever their child is assigned to, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

Adopted: February 19, 2008

Revised: March 23, 2015

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