Each applicant for a license, endorsement or approval must disclose certain personal history when applying for licensure, renewing a license, or registering a license; including, but not limited to, certain criminal history or DCFS indications for child abuse or neglect. Such disclosures are called “impediments”. Applications with impediments are reviewed pursuant to
105 ILCS 5/21B-15 and
23 Ill.Admin.Code 25.480 through 25.491, by an investigator in the ISBE Legal Department, who advises the Educator Effectiveness Department whether to issue or deny a license, endorsement or approval.
Depending on the type of impediment, the investigator will request supplemental documentation, such as certified conviction records. An applicant has the opportunity to submit evidence in mitigation of an impediment, such as personal statements and character references. If a recommendation is made to deny the application, the applicant has the opportunity to request a credibility hearing before a committee comprised of Educator Effectiveness Department staff and present evidence and/or character witnesses on his/her behalf. At this meeting, Educator Effectiveness Department staff may ask questions related to the application, and the proceedings are recorded by a court reporter. Educator Effectiveness Department staff will then make a final administrative decision either to issue the license, endorsement, or approval or deny the application. This decision is reviewable pursuant to the Administrative Review Law, 735 ILCS 5, Article III.