Illinois ATE Constitution
When educators are committed to the concept of education for all, believe that the quality of education depends in part upon the effectiveness of teaching, believe that teaching performance can be improved, and believe further that the quality of that education can be improved through cooperative effort; then association of all concerned from schools, public and private, elementary and secondary, colleges and universities; professional associations and learned societies; governmental agencies and other interested individuals is desirable.
ARTICLE I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the "Illinois Association of Teacher Educators" -- a non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Association of Teacher Educators.
ARTICLE II - Purposes
The Illinois Association of Teacher Educators is organized exclusively for charitable or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and more especially, its purposes shall be:
A. To provide opportunity for individual professional growth for all persons concerned with teacher education through:
1. participation in meetings of the Association
2. leadership opportunities
3. preparation of publications and other media
4. access to publications and other media
5. personal association with other teacher educators
6. development of personal and professional ethical standards
B. To promote quality programs for teacher education by:
1. preparing and disseminating ideas, practices, and programs
2. encouraging, initiating, and engaging in program development and research
3. involving students of teaching in a variety of professional experiences
4. providing leadership through
a. issuing position papers
b. developing guidelines for excellence in professional preparation
c. helping frame and promote state and national legislation, rules, and regulations
5. cooperating with other educational agencies, organizations, and institutions
6. serving as a coordinating vehicle through which related teacher education organizations may:
a. engage in productive dialogue
b. cooperate in services - publications, administration, and research
c. engage in collective action
C. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying out of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in or intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
D. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an association exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by an association, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(C)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
ARTICLE III - Membership
Membership in the Illinois Association shall be open to any persons whose work is directly related to policies, organizations, administration, or supervision of teacher education and to persons enrolled in full-time teacher education programs. Such persons may become members by making application and paying the state dues.
Members of the Illinois Assoication need not be members of the Association of Teacher Educators; however, only members of ATE may become officers or serve on the Executive Council of the Illinois Association or be elected to the Delegate Assembly of ATE.
ARTICLE IV - Officers
The elected officers of the Illinois Association shall be the President, President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Any person who has served for a minimum of two years as a standing committee chair or as a voting or non-voting member of the IATE Executive Council may be nominated for the office of President-elect. The Secretary and Treasurer may be nominated from members who have a membership record of a minimum of three years in the Illinois Association.
The officers shall be elected by mail ballot.
The tenure of all elected officials shall be for two years. The President-elect shall serve for one year, and the President-elect shall automatically succeed to the office of the President beginning July 1 of the year. The President shall serve for one year.
The President-Elect presents to the Nominations and Election Committee a slate of names for the Communications Chair, Journal Chair, Legislative Chair, Research Chair, Resolutions Chair, and Standards and Performance Chair for the coming year. The term of office for these positions on standing committees shall be one year.
A slate of candidates, one individual for each office, shall be prepared by the Nominations and Elections Committee and be presented to the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall have the right to amend the slate of officers. The slate is subject to approval by a majority of the elegible members voting in a mail ballot.
ARTICLE V - Membership Chair
The Membership Chair, appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Council, will serve for a period of three years. The Membership Chair may serve consecutive terms. The Membership Chair will be a voting member of the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VI - Executive Council
The Executive Council shall consist of four elected officers, the Immediate Past President, the seven elected members of the Executive Council, the Communications Chair, Journal Chair, Legislative Chair, Membership Chair, Research Chair, Resolutions Chair, and Standards and Performance Chair. The above are voting members. Any person must be a member of IATE and ATE to serve as a voting or non-voting member of the Executive Council. The President votes only in case of a tie vote.
Ex-Officio members of the Executive Council shall be:
a. Executive Director [appointed by the Executive Council for a three-year term]
b. Four members, either voting or non-voting, elected to the Delegate Assembly of ATE
c. Term of the Ex-Officio members shall be one year, unless otherwise stated
Three elected members of the Executive Council must be employed in public or private schools at the time of the initial selection. Three other elected members must be employed by a college, university, or other educational agency at the time of initial selection. These six elected Executive Council members shall serve for a period of three years, with two incoming members selected each year, one from each designated division. These members may not serve succeeding terms. One additional voting member must be a full-time student in a teacher education program at the time of initial selection. This member will serve a one-year term, not to exceed two consecutive terms.
An Executive Council member's inability to serve, failure to attend two regular consecutive meetings of the Executive Council, or election or appointment to an office shall cause his/her seat to be declared vacant. The vacancy shall be filled by presidential appointment subject to Executive Council approval.
The Executive Council shall be the governing body of the Illinois Association. The number required for a quorum in the Executive Council shall be ten of 19 voting members.
ARTICLE VII - Meetings
The Illinois Association shall hold an annual professional and business meeting in the fall at a time and place to be designated by the Executive Council.
The Executive Council shall hold annually at least two regularly scheduled meetings as provided in Article III of the Bylaws.
Other local, regional, or state meetings may be scheduled by action of the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VIII - Delegate Assembly Members
The Illinois Association is eligible to elect four representatives to the Delegate Assembly of ATE. Two of the four delegates must be employed in public or private schools; the other two delegates must be employed in a college, university, or other educational agency.
The Delegate Assembly members must be members of the Illinois Association at the time of their election and during their term in the Assembly. In addition, the delegate must have served as officers and/or Executive Council members (voting or ex-officio) of the Illinois Association and hold membership in ATE.
A slate of candidates for each of the four positions in the ATE Delegate Assembly will be prepared by the Nominations and Elections Committee and presented to the Executive Council, which shall have the right to add one name. Elections shall be by a mail ballot of the eligible membership, with the delegates determined by the number of votes received.
The tenure of the membership of the Delegate Assembly of ATE shall be three years. No member of the Delegate Assembly may serve more than two consecutive terms. Failure to attend two consecutive meetings of the Assembly shall cause the seat to be declared vacant. In case of vacancy, the unexpired term will be filled by presidential appointment with the approval of the Executive Council.
The delegates shall make a written or oral report to the Executive Council at the annual fall meeting and as needed during the year. Members of the Delegate Assembly are ex-officio members of the Executive Council.
ARTICLE IX - Amendments
Amendents to the Constitution may be suggested to the Executive Council by any member of the Illinois Association. Proposed Amendments to the Constitution must be approved by  a majority of the Executive Council and by  two/thirds of the members voting in a mail ballot after a three-month notice to the eligible membership.
ARTICLE X - Inurement of Income and Assets on Dissolution
No part of the net earnings of the Illinois Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered. Upon the dissolution of the Illinois Association, the Association shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all the assets of the Association exclusively for the purposes of the Association in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Executive Council shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of the the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.
ARTICLE XI - Enabling Procedures
For this new Constitution to take effect it must be ratified by at least two-thirds of the members, as directed by the Constitution of ATE.
Elections will be held as designated in Article IX.