In Governor Rauner’s inaugural address, he stated, “In everything we do, we must ask ourselves, what does this mean for the next generation? For in order to thrive, we must prepare the next generation for success…From cradle to career, the people of Illinois deserve world-class opportunities. From early childhood and K through 12 schools, to vocational and technical training, to community colleges and
higher ed, we need to invest adequately in every neighborhood.”
As the official educational advisor and assistant to school officers and teachers in Sangamon County, the Regional Office of Education #51 believes it is time for our local communities to take back the conversation about public education in Illinois. We believe in local control with state accountability. That is why we are excited to share with readers a new initiative called Vision 20/20. It’s a blueprint for the future of public education that has been developed by Illinois educators from all regions of the state. We want to continue expanding opportunities for all students in Sangamon County.
The goal of Vision 20/20 is summarized in its tagline: “Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education.” Education is an investment in our children’s future, our state’s future, and our nation’s future. It is our responsibility as educators to reflect upon the current state of education in Illinois and take action to create an education system that meets the needs of all students.
We, the Sangamon County Regional Superintendent of Schools, the ten school districts in Sangamon County and our Boards of Education, endorse Vision 20/20 because we believe that this reform effort puts our students first.
Please be aware of the various deadlines regarding professional development and licensure registration. Paraprofessionals working in Sangamon County must have their licenses registered in Region 51 by December 31, 2014, or risk a penalty.
Public Act 98-610 became effective December 27, 2013. This public act changed some of the requirements for renewing the Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field, or in a school support personnel or administrative area.
- Educators who had a license that expired June 30, 2014 must enter and submit professional development through the ELIS and renew/register the license by August 31, 2014. Any educator who does not complete these requirements will have a lapsed license and not be allowed in the classroom on September 1, 2014. The lapsed license will require a payment of a $500 penalty, entering completed professional into ELIS before the license will be reinstated and being allowed back into the classroom.
- Credit for all professional development activities completed on or before June 30, 2014 must be entered into ELIS by December 31, 2014.
- Credit for all professional development activities earned after July 1, 2014 must be entered within 60 days of completing the activity.