Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Vocational Academy Opportunity Act. Creates 2 vocational academies, one located in Cook County and the other in St. Clair County, which shall be residential institutions. Provides that each academy shall be a State agency, funded by State appropriations, private contributions, and endowments. Provides that the academies shall be governed by a single Board of Trustees for the collective operation and oversight of the academies. Provides for the membership of the Board. Specifies the duties and powers of the Board. Provides that each academy shall be empowered to lease or purchase real and personal property on commercially reasonable terms for the use by the academy.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that each academy shall be located within 5 miles (rather than one mile) of a major interstate. Provides that each academy shall offer a program of secondary coursework that is appropriate for high school students and that offers the courses that meet the requirements of a high school diploma (rather than may offer a program of secondary and postsecondary coursework). Makes changes to the membership of the Board of Trustees. Provides that the Board of Trustees is authorized to enter into agreements with institutions of higher education for dual credit. Makes conforming changes.