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recognized normal school, or one year of such work if the applicant is a graduate of the tenth grade. Second—A second grade elementary school certificate valid for two years in the first eight grades of the common schools of the county and in the ninth and tenth grades when endorsed for the same by the county superintendent. This certificate shall be renewable on evidence satisfactory to the county superintendent of six months’ successful teaching or twelve weeks' professional training, and a second time if in the period following the date of issue the holder shall have acquired eighteen weeks' professional training in any recognized school providing such training, and, thereafter, the same shall be renewable indefinitely for periods of two years upon evidence of successful teaching and professional growth satisfactory to the county superintendent. The applicant for this certificate shall be examined in orthography, civics, Illinois history, physiology, penmanship, reading, grammar, geography, United States history, arithmetic, elementary science, pedagogy. and the principles and methods of the State course of study. At the option of the county superintendent this certificate may be issued without examination to persons who have completed the junior year's work in a recognized normal school, or its equivalent. Third—A first grade elementary school certificate, valid for three years in the first ten grades of the common schools of the county, and in the high school when endorsed for the same by the county superintendent. This certificate shall be renewable indefinitely for periods of three years, upon evidence of successful teaching and professional growth satisfactory to the county superintendent. The requirements for this form of certificate shall be: (1) Graduation from a recognized high school, or an equivalent preparation; (2) six months of successful teaching, and (3) an examination in orthography, including spelling, civics, Illinois history, physiology, penmanship, reading, grammar, geography, United States history, arithmetic, pedagogy, English, algebra, general history, and any three of the following natural sciences: Botany, zoology, physics, chemistry, and physiography. This certificate shall be issued to graduates of a recognized normal school, or from an institution offering an equivalent preparation, provided the applicant has had one year of successful practice teaching, and applies for the certificate within three years after graduation. Fourth—A high school certificate, valid for three years in the high schools, and, also, in the seventh and eighth grades of the county. This certificate shall be renewable indefinitely for periods of three years on evidence satisfactory to the county superintendent of successful teaching or supervision and professional growth. The requirements for this form of certificate shall be: (1) Graduation from a recognized high school, or an equivalent preparation; (2) a certificate showing the completion of at least two years' successful work in any recognized higher institution of learning, and (3) an examination in English, pedagogy, and six high school subjects, three majors and three minors, chosen from a list prescribed by the examining board hereinafter provided for: Provided, however, that graduates of a recognized normal school, college or university may offer within three years after graduation, certified

credits in lieu of examination in the above subjects accompanied by faculty recommendations of ability to teach in the high school. Fifth–A supervisory certificate, valid for three years for supervisory work in any district in the county and for teaching in the schools supervised by the holder. This certificate shall be renewable for threeyear periods on satisfactory evidence of successful teaching or supervision, and of professional growth. The requirements for this certificate shall be: (1) Graduation from a recognized high school and at least two years' work in a recognized higher institution, one of which shall have been in a normal school, or an equivalent preparation; (2) two years' successful teaching or supervision, and (3) a successful examination in English, educational psychology, the history of education, and school administration. Sirth—A kindergarten primary certificate, valid for two years in any kindergarten and in the first two grades of the common schools of the county, providing the kindergarten training school of which the applicant is a graduate gives adequate preparation for the first two grades of work. This certificate shall be renewable for two-year periods on evidence of successful teaching satisfactory to the county superintendent. The requirements for this form of certificate shall be graduation from a recognized high school and from a recognized kindergarten training school, or the completion of an equivalent course; or in lieu of graduation from such training school, such examination in English, and the theory and practice of kindergarten and primary work as may be prescribed by the examining board. Serenth—A special certificate, valid for two years in the common schools of the county, renewable for two year periods. Such certificate shall be issued in music, drawing, agriculture, manual training, domestic science, domestic art, physical training, penmanship, bookkeeping, German, and such other subjects as may be added by the examining board and shall authorize the holder to teach only the subject or subjects named in the certificate. The requirements for this form of certificate shall be graduation from a recognized high school, or an equivalent preparation, and a certificate showing the completion in a recognized higher institution of learning of at least two years' special training in the special subject or subjects, certified credits in English and the principles and methods of teaching, and satisfactory evidence that the applicant has taught or can teach the subjects successfully. In lieu of such special training and certified credits a special certificate may be obtained by an examination in English and the principles and methods of teaching and in the special subject or subjects. APPROVED June 23d. 1915.

TEACHERS PENSION AND RETIREMENT FUND–DISTRICTs UNDER SPECIAL Acts.

§ 1. Amends section 3, Act of 1913. § 3. As amended, provides State shall contribute from that, part of the State school fund distributed to Peoria County.

(House Bill No. 947. Approv ED JUNE 29, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable any board of school inspectors, or any body or board of officials, which governs or has charge of the affairs of any school district having a population of not fewer than 10,000 and not more than 100,000 inhabitants, and governed by special Acts of the General Assembly of this State and in such other districts as may hereafter be ascertained by any special or general census to have such population and which school districts are also governed by like special Acts, to establish and maintain a teachers' pension and retirement fund,” approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913. * SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable any board of school inspectors, or any body or board of officials, which governs or has charge of the affairs of any school district having a population of not fewer than 10,000 and not more than 100,000 inhabitants, and governed by special Acts of the General Assembly of this State and in such other districts as may hereafter be ascertained by any special or general census to have such population and which school districts are also governed by like special Acts, to establish and maintain a teachers' pension and retirement fund,” approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows: § 3. The teachers' pension and retirement fund shall consist of moneys contributed by teachers under the provisions of this Act; also of moneys received from donations, legacies, gifts, bequests and otherwise, and of moneys paid into said fund in pursuance of any law now in force or hereafter enacted; and there shall be set aside by the State Auditor of Public Accounts and paid by him to the State Treasurer annually from the common school fund of this State an amount equal to one-tenth of one mill upon each dollar of assessed valuation of all taxable property of the State within the city and school district coming under the provisions of this Act: Provided the above amount shall be taken only from that part of the common school fund which under the law would otherwise be distributed to Peoria County, and the State Treasurer shall pay proportionately from the respective city and school districts the sums so paid to him, to the treasurer of the board of school inspectors of the city of Peoria and to all other boards of directors, boards of education and boards of school inspectors in districts in accordance with the provisions of this Act who shall credit such sums so paid to him to the teachers' pension and retirement fund under the provisions of this Act. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

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TEACHERS’ PENSION AND RETIREMENT FUND –STATE.

Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retire-
ment Fund—management—board of trus-
tees—election—term of office—when office
vacant.

Flection of board of trustees—nomination of
candidates—petition—signatures—where
filed—number of candidates—order on
ballot—form of ballot—manner of voting.

Date of election–board of canvassers—duty
of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Vacancies—how filled.

. Temporary board of trustees—duties.

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Meetings—rules.

Compensation of members and secretary—
how paid.

Powers of trustees—investment of funds—
payment of pensions.

. Annual report.

Board not a corporation—prosecution or
desense of actions by or against board.

Portion of salary of teacher electing to come
within provisions of Act retained—pro-
viso. -

Who entitled to benefits—classes–assess-
o, contributors to submit evidence of
service.

New teachers shall contribute to sund.

. Who may elect to come within provisions of

Act—notice to board.

Annual statement to State Treasurer by
local boards.

. What statement to include.

Copy to county superintendent.

Annual statement by districts in which no
teachers come under provisions of Act.

Annual report by county superintendent to
board of trustees—what to contain.

Records—who shall keep.
Credit to sund for moneys received.

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Persons who may receive annuity:
(a) Those who have served as teachers for
periods aggregating twenty-five years
of service and have paid $400 to said
fund and are over 50 years of age.
(b) Those who count past services as a part
or whole of said period and who have
paid the sum required of annuitants
with interest from the time payments
would have been made had annuitant
been a regular contributor to said fund
during said period of part service.
(c) Any teacher who has served fifteen years
and who is suffering from any disa-
bility such as to disqualify him or her
for teaching; provided the required
onto have been made to said
tin (1.
(d) Term of service—how computed.
(e) Retirement—application in writing.
(f) Other teachers may become beneficia-
rles.

Life annuity—maximum amount.
When contributor ceases to teach—return
of one-half of amount of contributions
upon application in writing.
Annuities—when and how paid.
Payments from income. -

Leave of absence for professional preparation computed as part of service.

Annuitants may resume teaching—annuity to cease—when again paid.

Annuities not subject to attachment, etc.
Office for board of trustees in Capitol.
Teacher defined.
Merger of any existing funds with State
Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund
—rights of contributors preserved.

To what cities and school districts Act to apply.

(SENATE BILL No. 135. Approved May 27, 1915.)

ACT in relation to an Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That there be and is hereby created an Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund, which shall be managed by a board of trustees, to be known as the board of trustees of the Illinois Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund. Such board shall consist of five (5) members of whom the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Treasurer shall be ex officio members, and three other members, who shall be elected by the teachers who are contributors to said fund or who have become annuitants under provisions of this Act, at an annual election, as hereinafter provided. No teacher shall be elected as a member of the board of trustees by the teachers and annuitants as aforesaid who is not a contributor, or an annuitant as aforesaid, at the time of the election. The term of office of the elective members of the said board of trustees shall be three (3) years, except as provided in section 3 of this Act, and such term shall begin on the first day of January next succeeding after such election takes place: Provided, the elective members of the first board of trustees shall assume office immediately after their election. In case any trustee ceases to be a contributor or an annuitant, his office shall become vacant and shall be filled as hereinafter provided for the filling of vacancies. § 2. Any person qualified to be elected a member of said board of trustees may be nominated as a candidate for that office by petition in writing signed by not less than one hundred contributors to said fund, or annuitants as aforesaid, and in the manner following: No petition shall contain the names of a greater number of candidates than there are offices to be filled. No person shall petition for the nomination of more candidates than there are offices to be filled. No signature of a petitioner shall be valid unless there shall appear on the petition opposite such signatures the school district, city, town, or village and county in which such petitioner is a teacher, or if an annuitant, his or her postoffice address. All such petitions shall be filed in the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of this State not less than thirty days nor more than forty days next before the annual election day hereinafter mentioned. Each membership in said board of trustees shall be comsidered as one office. The number of candidates whose names shall appear on the ballot shall not exceed six for each office. The persons petitioned for by the largest number of persons shall be the candidates and their names shall appear on the ballot in the order of the number of petitioners for each, the name of the candidate having the greatest number appearing first, etc. When the time within which nominating petitions may be filed has expired, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall cause the names of all persons nominated for any office or offices to be filled at the next annual election to be printed on one ballot, indicating thereon the term of office for which they are severally nominated, and one of the ballots so made up shall, together with a printed copy of the sections of this Act pertaining to elections, be mailed to each contributor, and annuitant as aforesaid, at his or her last known address, at least one week before said annual election day. There shall be mailed at the same time to such member a stamped envelope, properly addressed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction at his office, and also an envelope marked “For Ballot Only,” and a slip for signature, as hereinafter provided. Each person, upon marking his or her ballot. shall enclose the same in the envelope marked “For Ballot Only,” and shall seal the same, and shall write his or her signature and the name of the school district, city, town or village and county in which such voter is a teacher or annuitant as aforesaid, upon the slip of paper provided for that purpose, and shall enclose both said slip and the sealed envelope containing his or her ballot in the envelope addressed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and shall mail the same. Ballots shall be in the form, as near as may be, of ballots prepared under

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