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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/34-18.38
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.38)
Administrator and teacher salary and benefits; report.
The board shall report to the State Board of Education, on or before October 1 of each year, the base salary and benefits of the general superintendent of schools or chief executive officer and all administrators and teachers employed by the school district. For the purposes of this Section, "benefits" includes without limitation vacation days, sick days, bonuses, annuities, and retirement enhancements.
Prior to this annual reporting to the State Board of Education, the information must be presented at a regular board meeting, subject to applicable notice requirements, and then posted on the Internet website of the school district, if any.
(Source: P.A. 96-266, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10; 97-256, eff. 1-1-12.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.39
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.39)
(a) It is recommended that every occupied school building of the school district be tested every 5 years for radon pursuant to rules established by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
(b) It is recommended that new schools of the school district be built using radon resistant new construction techniques, as shown in the United States Environmental Protection Agency document, Radon Prevention in the Design and Construction of Schools and Other Large Buildings.
(c) The school district may maintain, make available for review, and notify parents and faculty of test results under this Section. The district shall report radon test results to the State Board of Education, which shall prepare a report every 2 years of the results from all schools that have performed tests, to be submitted to the General Assembly and the Governor.
(d) If IEMA exempts an individual from being required to be a licensed radon professional, the individual does not need to be a licensed radon professional in order to perform screening tests under this Section. The school district may elect to have one or more employees from the district attend an IEMA-approved, Internet-based training course on school testing in order to receive an exemption to conduct testing in the school district. These school district employees must perform the measurements in accordance with procedures approved by IEMA. If an exemption from IEMA is not received, the school district must use a licensed radon professional to conduct measurements.
(e) If the results of a radon screening test under this Section are found to be 4.0 pCi/L or above, the school district may hire a licensed radon professional to perform measurements before any mitigation decisions are made. If radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or above are found, it is recommended that affected areas be mitigated by a licensed radon mitigation professional with respect to both design and installation. IEMA may provide the school district with a list of licensed radon mitigation professionals.
(f) A screening test under this Section may be done with a test kit found in a hardware store, department store, or home improvement store or with a kit ordered through the mail or over the Internet. However, the kit must be provided by a laboratory licensed in accordance with the Radon Industry Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-417, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.40
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.40)
Compliance with Chemical Safety Acts.
The Board of Education must adopt a procedure to comply with the requirements of the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act and the Structural Pest Control Act. The superintendent must designate a staff person who is responsible for compliance with the requirements of these Acts.
(Source: P.A. 96-424, eff. 8-13-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.41
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.41)
(Source: P.A. 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-256, eff. 1-1-12.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.42
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.42)
Press boxes; accessibility.
The board does not have to comply with the Illinois Accessibility Code (71 Ill. Adm. Code 400) with respect to accessibility to press boxes that are on school property if the press boxes were constructed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-674, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.43
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.43)
Establishing an equitable and effective school facility development process.
(a) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
(1) The Illinois Constitution recognizes that a
"fundamental goal of the People of the State is the educational development of all persons to the limits of their capacities".
(2) Quality educational facilities are essential for
fostering the maximum educational development of all persons through their educational experience from pre-kindergarten through high school.
(3) The public school is a major institution in our
communities. Public schools offer resources and opportunities for the children of this State who seek and deserve quality education, but also benefit the entire community that seeks improvement through access to education.
(4) The equitable and efficient use of available
facilities-related resources among different schools and among racial, ethnic, income, and disability groups is essential to maximize the development of quality public educational facilities for all children, youth, and adults. The factors that impact the equitable and efficient use of facility-related resources vary according to the needs of each school community. Therefore, decisions that impact school facilities should include the input of the school community to the greatest extent possible.
(5) School openings, school closings, school
consolidations, school turnarounds, school phase-outs, school construction, school repairs, school modernizations, school boundary changes, and other related school facility decisions often have a profound impact on education in a community. In order to minimize the negative impact of school facility decisions on the community, these decisions should be implemented according to a clear system-wide criteria and with the significant involvement of local school councils, parents, educators, and the community in decision-making.
(6) The General Assembly has previously stated that
it intended to make the individual school in the City of Chicago the essential unit for educational governance and improvement and to place the primary responsibility for school governance and improvement in the hands of parents, teachers, and community residents at each school. A school facility policy must be consistent with these principles.
(b) In order to ensure that school facility-related decisions are made with the input of the community and reflect educationally sound and fiscally responsible criteria, a Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall be established within 15 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(c) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall consist of all of the following members:
(1) Two members of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Speaker of the House, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee.
(2) Two members of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Minority Leader of the House, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee.
(3) Two members of the Senate appointed by the
President of the Senate, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Education Committee.
(4) Two members of the Senate appointed by the
Minority Leader of the Senate, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Education Committee.
(5) Two representatives of school community
organizations with past involvement in school facility issues appointed by the Speaker of the House.
(6) Two representatives of school community
organizations with past involvement in school facility issues appointed by the President of the Senate.
(7) The chief executive officer of the school
district or his or her designee.
(8) The president of the union representing teachers
in the schools of the district or his or her designee.
(9) The president of the association representing
principals in the schools of the district or his or her designee.
(d) The Speaker of the House shall appoint one of the appointed House members as a co-chairperson of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force. The President of the Senate shall appoint one of the appointed Senate members as a co-chairperson of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force. Members appointed by the legislative leaders shall be appointed for the duration of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force; in the event of a vacancy, the appointment to fill the vacancy shall be made by the legislative leader of the same chamber and party as the leader who made the original appointment.
(e) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall call on independent experts, as needed, to gather and analyze pertinent information on a pro bono basis, provided that these experts have no previous or on-going financial interest in school facility issues related to the school district. The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall secure pro bono expert assistance within 15 days after the establishment of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force.
(f) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall be empowered to gather further evidence in the form of testimony or documents or other materials.
(g) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force, with the help of the independent experts, shall analyze past Chicago experiences and data with respect to school openings, school closings, school consolidations, school turnarounds, school phase-outs, school construction, school repairs, school modernizations, school boundary changes, and other related school facility decisions on students. The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall consult widely with stakeholders, including public officials, about these facility issues and their related costs and shall examine relevant best practices from other school systems for dealing with these issues systematically and equitably. These initial investigations shall include opportunities for input from local stakeholders through hearings, focus groups, and interviews.
(h) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall prepare recommendations describing how the issues set forth in subsection (g) of this Section can be addressed effectively based upon educationally sound and fiscally responsible practices.
(i) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall hold hearings in separate areas of the school district at times that shall maximize school community participation to obtain comments on draft recommendations. The final hearing shall take place no later than 15 days prior to the completion of the final recommendations.
(j) The Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall prepare final proposed policy and legislative recommendations for the General Assembly, the Governor, and the school district. The recommendations may address issues, standards, and procedures set forth in this Section. The final recommendations shall be made available to the public through posting on the school district's Internet website and other forms of publication and distribution in the school district at least 7 days before the recommendations are submitted to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the school district.
(k) The recommendations may address issues of system-wide criteria for ensuring clear priorities, equity, and efficiency.
Without limitation, the final recommendations may propose significant decision-making roles for key stakeholders, including the individual school and community; recommend clear criteria or processes for establishing criteria for making school facility decisions; and include clear criteria for setting priorities with respect to school openings, school closings, school consolidations, school turnarounds, school phase-outs, school construction, school repairs, school modernizations, school boundary changes, and other related school facility decisions, including the encouragement of multiple community uses for school space.
Without limitation, the recommendations may propose criteria for student mobility; the transferring of students to lower performing schools; teacher mobility; insufficient notice to and the lack of inclusion in decision-making of local school councils, parents, and community members about school facility decisions; and costly facilities-related expenditures due to poor educational and facilities planning.
(l) The State Board of Education and the school district shall provide administrative support to the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force.
(m) After recommendations have been issued, the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force shall meet at least once annually, upon the call of the chairs, for the purpose of reviewing Chicago public schools' compliance with the provisions of Sections 34-200 through 34-235 of this Code concerning school action and facility master planning. The Task Force shall prepare a report to the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, the Mayor of the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Board of Education indicating how the district has met the requirements of the provisions of Sections 34-200 through 34-235 of this Code concerning school action and facility master planning.
(Source: P.A. 96-803, eff. 10-30-09; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11; 97-473, eff. 1-1-12; 97-474, eff. 8-22-11.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.44
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.44)
American Sign Language courses.
The school board is encouraged to implement American Sign Language courses into school foreign language curricula.
(Source: P.A. 96-843, eff. 6-1-10; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.45
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.45)
Minimum reading instruction.
The board shall promote 60 minutes of minimum reading opportunities daily for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade whose reading level is one grade level or lower than their current grade level according to current learning standards and the school district.
(Source: P.A. 97-88, eff. 7-8-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.46
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.46)
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed by P.A. 99-245, eff. 8-3-15.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.47
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.47)
The board may develop a plan for implementing a program that seeks to establish common bonds between youth of various backgrounds and ethnicities, which may be similar to that of the Challenge Day organization.
(Source: P.A. 97-909, eff. 1-1-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.48
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.48)
Bring Your Parents to School Day.
The board may designate the first Monday in October of each year "Bring Your Parents to School Day" to promote parental involvement and student success. On this day, the board may permit the parents or guardians of students to attend class with their children and meet with teachers and administrators during the school day.
(Source: P.A. 98-304, eff. 1-1-14.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.49
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.49)
Carbon monoxide alarm required.
(a) In this Section:
"Approved carbon monoxide alarm" and "alarm" have the meaning ascribed to those terms in the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act.
"Carbon monoxide detector" and "detector" mean a device having a sensor that responds to carbon monoxide gas and that is connected to an alarm control unit and approved in accordance with rules adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
(b) The board shall require that each school under its authority be equipped with approved carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors. The alarms must be powered as follows:
(1) For a school designed before January 1, 2016 (the
effective date of Public Act 99-470), alarms powered by batteries are permitted. Alarms permanently powered by the building's electrical system and monitored by any required fire alarm system are also permitted.
(2) For a school designed on or after January 1, 2016
(the effective date of Public Act 99-470), alarms must be permanently powered by the building's electrical system or be an approved carbon monoxide detection system. An installation required in this subdivision (2) must be monitored by any required fire alarm system.
Alarms or detectors must be located within 20 feet of a carbon monoxide emitting device. Alarms or detectors must be in operating condition and be inspected annually. A school is exempt from the requirements of this Section if it does not have or is not close to any sources of carbon monoxide. A school must require plans, protocols, and procedures in response to the activation of a carbon monoxide alarm or carbon monoxide detection system.
(Source: P.A. 99-470, eff. 1-1-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.50
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.50)
Accelerate College pilot program.
The district may enter into an Accelerate College educational partnership agreement as authorized under Section 3-42.4 of the Public Community College Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-611, eff. 7-22-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.51
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.51)
Committee on the retention of students.
(a) The board may create a committee on the retention of students. The committee shall consist of the general superintendent of schools or his or her designee, a district administrator who directs student instruction and curriculum, a principal from a school of the district, and a teacher from a school of the district.
(b) Prior to retention in a grade, a school may submit, by a date as set by the committee on the retention of students, the names of all students determined by the school to not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade and the reason for that determination. The committee shall review the school's decision to retain with respect to each student and shall make a final decision regarding whether or not to retain a particular student. The committee shall take into consideration the relevant data and evidence gathered during the Response to Intervention process. The committee may vote to overturn a retention decision if the committee determines that the student should be promoted after examining the student's access to remedial assistance, performance, attendance, and participation and the resources and facilities provided by the school district or due to the student having an undiagnosed learning disability.
(Source: P.A. 99-592, eff. 7-22-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.52
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.52)
(a) The board may appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment and transfer of records of students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services when enrolling in or changing schools. The board may appoint any employee of the school district who is licensed under Article 21B of this Code to act as a liaison; however, employees who meet any of the following criteria must be prioritized for appointment:
(1) Employees who have worked with mobile student
populations or students in foster care.
(2) Employees who are familiar with enrollment,
record transfers, existing community services, and student support services.
(3) Employees who serve as a high-level administrator.
(4) Employees who are counselors or have experience
(5) Employees who are knowledgeable on child welfare
(6) Employees who serve as a school social worker.
(b) Liaisons under this Section are encouraged to build capacity and infrastructure within the school district to support students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. Liaison responsibilities may include the following:
(1) streamlining the enrollment processes for
(2) implementing student data tracking and monitoring
(3) ensuring that students in the legal custody of
the Department of Children and Family Services receive all school nutrition and meal programs available;
(4) coordinating student withdrawal from a school,
record transfers, and credit recovery;
(5) becoming experts on the foster care system and
State laws and policies in place that support children under the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services;
(6) coordinating with child welfare partners;
(7) providing foster care-related information and
training to the school district;
(8) working with the Department of Children and
Family Services to help students maintain their school placement, if appropriate;
(9) reviewing student schedules to ensure that
students are on track to graduate;
(10) encouraging a successful transition into
adulthood and post-secondary opportunities;
(11) encouraging involvement in extracurricular
(12) knowing what support is available within the
school district and community for students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
(c) The school district is encouraged to designate a liaison by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
(d) Individuals licensed under Article 21B of this Code acting as a liaison under this Section shall perform the duties of a liaison in addition to existing contractual obligations.
(Source: P.A. 99-781, eff. 8-12-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
105 ILCS 5/34-18.53
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.53)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-14)
Implicit bias training.
(a) The General Assembly makes the following findings:
(1) implicit racial bias influences evaluations of
and behavior toward those who are the subject of the bias;
(2) understanding implicit racial bias is needed in
order to reduce that bias;
(3) marginalized students would benefit from having
access to educators who have worked to reduce their biases; and
(4) training that helps educators overcome implicit
racial bias has implication for classroom interactions, student evaluation, and classroom engagement; it also affects student academic self-concept.
(b) The board shall require in-service training for school personnel to include training to develop cultural competency, including understanding and reducing implicit racial bias.
(c) As used in this Section, "implicit racial bias" means a preference, positive or negative, for a racial or ethnic group that operates outside of awareness. This bias has 3 different components: affective, behavioral, and cognitive.
(Source: P.A. 100-14, eff. 7-1-17.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-29)
Breastfeeding accommodations for pupils.
(a) Each public school shall provide reasonable accommodations to a lactating pupil on a school campus to express breast milk, breastfeed an infant child, or address other needs related to breastfeeding. Reasonable accommodations under this Section include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Access to a private and secure room, other than a
restroom, to express breast milk or breastfeed an infant child.
(2) Permission to bring onto a school campus a breast
pump and any other equipment used to express breast milk.
(3) Access to a power source for a breast pump or any
other equipment used to express breast milk.
(4) Access to a place to store expressed breast milk
(b) A lactating pupil on a school campus must be provided a reasonable amount of time to accommodate her need to express breast milk or breastfeed an infant child.
(c) A public school shall provide the reasonable accommodations specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section only if there is at least one lactating pupil on the school campus.
(d) A public school may use an existing facility to meet the requirements specified in subsection (a) of this Section.
(e) A pupil may not incur an academic penalty as a result of her use, during the school day, of the reasonable accommodations specified in this Section and must be provided the opportunity to make up any work missed due to such use.
(f) In instances where a student files a complaint of noncompliance with the requirements of this Section, the public school shall implement the grievance procedure of 23 Ill. Adm. Code 200, including appeals procedures.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-133)
Dual enrollment and dual credit notification.
The board shall require the district's high schools to inform all 11th and 12th grade students of dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities at public community colleges for qualified students.
(Source: P.A. 100-133, eff. 1-1-18.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-163)
Availability of feminine hygiene products.
(a) The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) Feminine hygiene products are a health care
necessity and not an item that can be foregone or substituted easily.
(2) Access to feminine hygiene products is a serious
and ongoing need in this State.
(3) When students do not have access to affordable
feminine hygiene products, they may miss multiple days of school every month.
(4) When students have access to quality feminine
hygiene products, they are able to continue with their daily lives with minimal interruption.
(b) In this Section:
"Feminine hygiene products" means tampons and sanitary napkins for use in connection with the menstrual cycle.
"School building" means any facility (i) that is owned or leased by the school district or over which the board has care, custody, and control and (ii) in which there is a public school serving students in grades 6 through 12.
(c) The school district shall make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in the bathrooms of school buildings.
(Source: P.A. 100-163, eff. 1-1-18.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-204)
Booking stations on school grounds.
(a) There shall be no student booking station established or maintained on the grounds of any school.
(b) This prohibition shall be applied to student booking stations only, as defined in this Section. The prohibition does not prohibit or affect the establishment or maintenance of any place operated by or under the control of law enforcement personnel, school resource officers, or other security personnel that does not also qualify as a student booking station as defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (d) of this Section. The prohibition does not affect or limit the powers afforded law enforcement officers to perform their duties within schools as otherwise prescribed by law.
(c) When the underlying suspected or alleged criminal act is an act of violence, and isolation of a student or students is deemed necessary to the interest of public safety, and no other location is adequate for secure isolation of the student or students, offices as described in paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of this Section may be employed to detain students for a period no longer than that required to alleviate that threat to public safety.
(d) As used in this Section, "student booking station" means a building, office, room, or any indefinitely established space or site, mobile or fixed, which operates concurrently as:
(1) predominantly or regularly a place of operation
for a municipal police department, county sheriff department, or other law enforcement agency, or under the primary control thereof; and
(2) a site at which students are detained in
connection with criminal charges or allegations against those students, taken into custody, or engaged with law enforcement personnel in any process that creates a law enforcement record of that contact with law enforcement personnel or processes.
(Source: P.A. 100-204, eff. 8-18-17.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-356)
School social worker.
The board may employ school social workers who have graduated with a master's or higher degree in social work from an accredited graduate school of social work and have such additional qualifications as may be required by the State Board of Education and who hold a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement for school social work pursuant to Section 21B-25 of this Code. Only persons so licensed and endorsed may use the title "school social worker". A school social worker may provide individual and group services to the general student population and to students with disabilities pursuant to Article 14 of this Code and rules set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 226, Special Education, adopted by the State Board of Education and may provide support and consultation to administrators, teachers, and other school personnel consistent with their professional qualifications and the provisions of this Code and other applicable laws. The school district may employ a sufficient number of school social workers to address the needs of their students and schools and may maintain the nationally recommended student-to-school social worker ratio of 250 to 1. A school social worker may not provide such services outside his or her employment to any student in the district or districts that employ the school social worker.
(Source: P.A. 100-356, eff. 8-25-17.)
(Text of Section from P.A. 100-505)
The school district may serve students produce grown and harvested by students in school-owned facilities utilizing hydroponics or aeroponics or in school-owned or community gardens if the soil and compost in which the produce is grown meets the standards adopted in 35 Ill. Adm. Code 830.503, if applicable, and the produce is served in accordance with the standards adopted in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 750.
(Source: P.A. 100-505, eff. 6-1-18.)
105 ILCS 5/34-19
(105 ILCS 5/34-19)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-19)
By-laws, rules and regulations; business transacted at
regular meetings; voting; records.
The board shall, subject to the limitations
in this Article, establish by-laws, rules and regulations, which shall have the
force of ordinances, for the proper maintenance of a uniform system of
discipline for both employees and pupils, and for the entire management of the
schools, and may fix the school age of pupils, the minimum of which in
kindergartens shall not be under 4 years, except that, based upon an assessment of the child's readiness, children who have attended a non-public preschool and continued their education at that school through kindergarten, were taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will attain the age of 6 years on or before December 31 of the year of the 2009-2010 school term and each school term thereafter may attend first grade upon commencement of such term, and in grade schools shall not be
under 6 years. It may expel, suspend or, subject to the limitations of all
policies established or adopted under Section 10-22.6 or 14-8.05, otherwise discipline any
pupil found guilty of gross disobedience, misconduct, or other violation of the
by-laws, rules, and regulations, including gross disobedience or misconduct perpetuated by electronic means. An expelled pupil may be immediately transferred to an alternative program in the manner provided in Article 13A or 13B of this Code. A pupil must not be denied transfer because of the expulsion, except in cases in which such transfer is deemed to cause a threat to the safety of students or staff in the alternative program. A pupil who is suspended in excess of 20 school days may be immediately transferred to an alternative program in the manner provided in Article 13A or 13B of this Code. A pupil must not be denied transfer because of the suspension, except in cases in which such transfer is deemed to cause a threat to the safety of students or staff in the alternative program. The bylaws, rules and regulations of the board
shall be enacted, money shall be appropriated or expended, salaries shall be
fixed or changed, and textbooks, electronic textbooks, and courses of instruction shall be adopted or
changed only at the regular meetings of the board and by a vote of a
majority of the full membership of the board; provided that
notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or the School Code,
neither the board or any local school council may purchase any textbook for use in any public school of the
district from any textbook publisher that fails to furnish any computer
diskettes as required under Section 28-21. Funds appropriated for textbook purchases must be available for electronic textbook purchases and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks at the local school council's discretion. The board shall be further
encouraged to provide opportunities for public hearing and testimony before
the adoption of bylaws, rules and regulations. Upon all propositions
requiring for their adoption at least a majority of all the members of the
board the yeas and nays shall be taken and reported. The by-laws, rules and
regulations of the board shall not be repealed, amended or added to, except
by a vote of 2/3 of the full membership of the board. The board shall keep
a record of all its proceedings. Such records and all
by-laws, rules and regulations, or parts thereof, may be proved by a copy
thereof certified to be such by the secretary of the board, but if they are
printed in book or pamphlet form which are purported to be published by
authority of the board they need not be otherwise published and the book or
pamphlet shall be received as evidence, without further proof, of the
records, by-laws, rules and regulations, or any part thereof, as of the
dates thereof as shown in such book or pamphlet, in all courts and places
where judicial proceedings are had.
Notwithstanding any other provision in this Article or in the School
Code, the board may delegate to the general superintendent or to the
attorney the authorities granted to the board in the School Code, provided
such delegation and appropriate oversight procedures are made pursuant to
board by-laws, rules and regulations, adopted as herein provided, except that
the board may not delegate its authorities and responsibilities regarding (1)
budget approval obligations; (2) rule-making functions; (3) desegregation
obligations; (4) real estate acquisition, sale or lease in excess of 10 years
as provided in Section 34-21; (5) the levy of taxes; or (6) any mandates
imposed upon the board by "An Act in relation to school reform in cities over
500,000, amending Acts herein named", approved December 12, 1988 (P.A.
(Source: P.A. 99-456, eff. 9-15-16
105 ILCS 5/34-19.1
(105 ILCS 5/34-19.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-19.1)
Comment at meetings.
At each regular and special meeting
which is open to the public, members of the public and employees of the
district shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to
comment to or ask questions of the board.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)
105 ILCS 5/34-19.2
(105 ILCS 5/34-19.2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-19.2)
To establish and maintain
a mailing list of the names and addresses of persons who each year request
inclusion thereon, and to mail to those persons copies of board agenda,
school budgets, audits, and within 10 days of each board meeting, a copy
of the approved meeting minutes. Annual subscription fees approximating
the costs of reproducing and mailing the materials may be charged to the
subscribers at the beginning of the subscription period.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)
105 ILCS 5/34-20
(105 ILCS 5/34-20)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-20)
Acquisition of real estate-Condemnation proceedings-Title-Conveyances.
The board may acquire by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, real
estate for any school purposes. Condemnation proceedings shall be conducted
in the name of the city, in trust for the use of schools. The title to all
real estate held for the use and benefit of the schools shall be held in
the name of the city, in trust for the use of schools. All conveyances of
real estate shall be made to the city in trust for the use of schools.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/34-20.1
(105 ILCS 5/34-20.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-20.1)
Limitation on use for school purposes.
any other provisions of this Article or this Act, no building or other
structure owned by the Board of Education, or by the City as trustee for
the use and benefit of the schools, which the
Chicago Park District has occupied, and which at any time prior
to such occupancy by the Chicago Park District was used as a public
school house or other public
school building of any attendance center within the school district, shall
at any time be again used by the Board as a public school house or other
public school building.
However, the Board of Education shall have the authority to make and
enter into a lease or other agreement with the Chicago Park District
providing for their joint use of a public school house or other public
school building of any attendance center if such facility contains more
than 10 classrooms. For purposes of this Section, "joint use" shall
include but not be limited to shared use by the Board and the Chicago Park
District during daytime hours.
(Source: P.A. 85-1146.)
105 ILCS 5/34-21
(105 ILCS 5/34-21)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-21)
Rentals and leases - Sale of real estate - Engagement of
real estate broker - Indirect and participating ownership interest -
Conveyance, payment and disclosure.
(a) The board may:
(1) enter into leases as lessee of buildings, rooms
and grounds for the use of schools or for the purpose of school administration; or
(2) enter into leases as lessor of property held by a
city in trust for the use and benefit of schools for a term of not longer than 99 years from the date of the granting of the lease, but it shall not make or renew any lease for a term longer than 10 years nor alter the provisions of any lease whose unexpired term may exceed 10 years without the vote of 2/3 of the full membership of the board. The board may, in the case of such a lease, receive consideration in whole or in part in the form of an ownership interest in the entity leasing the property from the board, or in its assignee, or a participating interest in the revenues, profits or gains from the development, use, sublease or assignment of such property or interest therein; provided, however, that the board shall not make any further contribution to the capital of such entity. Furthermore, there shall be no diminution thereafter in the value of the board's interest in the entity or participating interest as a result of any subsequent capital contributions by any entity or other capital changes.
(b) The board may sell real estate, or interest therein, held by a city
in trust for the use and benefit of the schools subject to the provisions
of this Section and approval by the board ordered by a vote of not less
than 2/3 of its full membership, if the board determines (i) that such real
estate has become unnecessary, unsuitable or inconvenient for the use of
schools or for the purpose of school administration, (ii) that
such real estate has become inappropriate or
unprofitable for the purpose of deriving revenue to support the board's
authorized purposes, or (iii) that, in the reasonable judgment of the
board, a sale would constitute the best available use or disposition of
such real estate for the purpose of deriving revenue to support the board's
(1) Any sale of such real estate having a fair market
value of $25,000 or more shall be made in accordance with the following procedures:
(A) Notice of intended sale shall be published
once each week for 3 consecutive weeks in a daily or weekly newspaper published in the city.
(B) The first such notice shall be published not
less than 30 days before the day provided for the opening of bids with respect to the intended sale.
(C) The notice shall contain pertinent
information on the real estate available for sale, including the location of the real estate, a description of the property, the purpose for which it is used, any other terms for the sale of the real estate as determined by the board, and the dates on which bids will be opened, and on which bids will be considered, and the notice shall advertise for bids for such real estate. The notice may contain a minimum sale price.
(D) The board may:
(i) accept the highest responsible bid
determined to be in the best interest of the board; or
(ii) reject any and all bids; or
(iii) if there is more than one responsible
bid, negotiate separately with the 2 highest and best among such responsible bids and, upon tentative agreement with one or both bidders, one or both of such bids may be submitted to the board for acceptance of one or rejection of both. Such negotiations may not result in a diminution of the terms of the sale of the real estate and must result in an agreement which is, in the reasonable judgment of the board, equal to or higher in value than the highest responsible bid.
The board may receive consideration for the sale of
such real estate, in whole or in part, in the form of an ownership interest in the entity acquiring title to the property by such sale, or in its assignee, or a participating interest in the revenues, profits or gains from the development, use, sale, lease or assignment of such property or interest therein; provided, however, that the board shall not make any further contribution to the capital of such entity. The present value of the ownership or participating interest to be received by the board shall, in the reasonable judgement of the board, be at least as great as the value of the highest responsible cash bid for such property or the agreed cash price and terms of sale negotiated pursuant to this subsection, if any, whichever is higher. Furthermore, there shall be no diminution thereafter in the value of the board's interest in the entity or its participating interest in the property as a result of any subsequent capital contributions by any entity or other capital changes.
(2) Any sale of such real estate having a fair market
value of less than $25,000 may be negotiated and shall not require notice or competitive bids.
(3) Any sale of such real estate having a fair market
value of more than $25,000 which has been continuously leased by the same entity and used as a school attendance center for at least 10 years may be negotiated and shall not require notice or competitive bids.
(c) The board may engage the services of a licensed real estate broker
at a fair and reasonable commission in any case involving the sale or lease
of real estate when by resolution the board determines such services to
be in the best interest of the board; provided, however, that the commission
to be paid may not exceed in the case of sale 7% of the sale price, and in
the case of lease 7% of the first year's rent and 2% of the base rent of
each lease year thereafter not to exceed 4 years. The above stated maximum
ceilings on commissions may be raised by not less than a 3/4 vote of the
board's full membership. Payment of the commission shall be contingent
upon conveyance in accordance with the provisions of this Section and within
a reasonable period of time thereafter as determined by the board at the
time of the engagement of the real estate broker.
(d) (1) Conveyance of real estate held in trust by the city for the use
and benefit of schools shall be by action of the city council in its capacity
as trustee upon notice by the board pursuant to resolution that a sale of
real estate, or interest therein, has been made in accordance with the
provisions of this Section.
(2) Payment in consideration of a transfer of real estate, or interest
therein, may be accepted by the board in cash, a combination of cash and
securities or in another form described in subsections (a) or
(b) of this Section. In any case where an instrument is accepted as part
payment, the debt shall be adequately secured by mortgage, trust deed, or if by
contract by retention of title, on the property transferred and any such
security interest shall not be released until the debt is fully paid. Payments
made after the date of sale shall include interest on the outstanding balance
computed from the date of sale to the date of payment at rates to be determined
by the board.
(3) The board may not consummate any transaction involving the transfer
of real estate, or interest therein, provided for in this Section in which
there may be an undisclosed principal. Any conveyance of title or other
interest in real estate in violation hereof shall be void and any consideration
received by the board prior to the discovery of such violation shall be
retained as liquidated damages.
(Source: P.A. 87-1168.)
105 ILCS 5/34-21.1
(105 ILCS 5/34-21.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-21.1)
In addition to other powers and
authority now possessed by it, the board shall have power:
(1) To lease from any public building commission
created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as heretofore or hereafter amended or from any individuals, partnerships or corporations, any real or personal property for the purpose of securing space for its school purposes or office or other space for its administrative functions for a period of time not exceeding 40 years.
(2) To pay for the use of this leased property in
accordance with the terms of the lease and with the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as heretofore or hereafter amended.
(3) Such lease may be entered into without making a
previous appropriation for the expense thereby incurred; provided, however, that if the board undertakes to pay all or any part of the costs of operating and maintaining the property of a public building commission as authorized in subparagraph (4) of this Section, such expenses of operation and maintenance shall be included in the annual budget of such board annually during the term of such undertaking.
(4) In addition, the board may undertake, either in
the lease with a public building commission or by separate agreement or contract with a public building commission, to pay all or any part of the costs of maintaining and operating the property of a public building commission for any period of time not exceeding 40 years.
(5) To enter into agreements, including lease and
lease purchase agreements having a term not longer than 40 years from the date on which such agreements are entered into, with private sector individuals, partnerships, or corporations for the construction of school buildings, school administrative offices, site development, and school support facilities. The board shall maintain exclusive possession of all schools, school administrative offices, and school facilities which it is occupying or acquiring pursuant to any such lease or lease purchase agreement, and in addition shall have and exercise complete control over the education program conducted at such schools, offices and facilities. The board's contribution under any such agreement shall be limited to the use of the real estate and existing improvements on a rental basis which shall be exempt from any form of leasehold tax or assessment, but the interests of the board may be subordinated to the interests of a mortgage holder or holders acquired as security for additional improvements made on the property.
(6) To make payments on a lease or lease purchase
agreement entered into pursuant to subparagraph (5) of this Section with an individual, partnership, or a corporation for school buildings, school administrative offices, and school support facilities constructed by such individual, partnership, or corporation.
(7) To purchase the interests of an individual,
partnership, or corporation pursuant to any lease or lease purchase agreement entered into by the board pursuant to subparagraph (5) of this Section, and to assume or retire any outstanding debt or obligation relating to such lease or lease purchase agreement for any school building, school administrative office, or school support facility.
(8) Subject to the provisions of subparagraph (9) of
this Section, to enter into agreements, including lease and lease purchase agreements, having a term not longer than 40 years from the date on which such agreements are entered into for the provision of school buildings and related property and facilities for an agricultural science school. The enrollment in such school shall be limited to 720 students, and no less than 50% of the total number of enrollment positions in each incoming class must be reserved for students who live within proximity to the school. "Proximity to the school" means all areas within the existing city limits of Chicago located south of 87th Street (8700 South) and west of Wood Street (1800 West). In addition to the other authorizations in this paragraph (8), a maximum of 80 additional students may be enrolled in the agricultural science school's significantly modified curriculum for diverse learners, commonly known as the special education cluster program. Under such agreements the board shall have exclusive possession of all such school buildings and related property and facilities which it is occupying or acquiring pursuant to any such agreements, and in addition shall have and exercise complete control over the educational program conducted at such school. Under such agreements the board also may lease to another party to such agreement real estate and existing improvements which are appropriate and available for use as part of the necessary school buildings and related property and facilities for an agricultural science school. Any interest created by such a lease shall be exempt from any form of leasehold tax or assessment, and the interests of the board as owner or lessor of property covered by such a lease may be subordinated to the interests of a mortgage holder or holders acquired as security for additional improvements made on the property. In addition, but subject to the provisions of subparagraph (9) of this Section, the board is authorized: (i) to pay for the use of school buildings and related property and facilities for an agricultural science school as provided for in an agreement entered into pursuant to this subparagraph (8) and to enter into any such agreement without making a previous appropriation for the expense thereby incurred; and (ii) to enter into agreements to purchase any ownership interests in any school buildings and related property and facilities subject to any agreement entered into by the board pursuant to this subparagraph (8) and to assume or retire any outstanding debt or obligation relating to such school buildings and related property and facilities.
(9) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph
(8) of this Section or any other law, the board shall not at any time on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 enter into any new lease or lease purchase agreement, or amend or modify any existing lease, lease purchase or other agreement entered into pursuant to subparagraph (8), covering all or any part of the property or facilities, consisting of 78.85 acres more or less, heretofore purchased or otherwise acquired by the board for an agricultural science school; nor shall the board enter into any agreement on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 to sell, lease, transfer or otherwise convey all or any part of the property so purchased or acquired, nor any of the school buildings or related facilities thereon, but the same shall be held, used, occupied and maintained by the board solely for the purpose of conducting and operating an agricultural science school. The board shall not, on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, enter into any contracts or agreements for the construction, alteration or modification of any new or existing school buildings or related facilities or structural improvements on any part of the 78.85 acres purchased or otherwise acquired by the board for agricultural science school purposes, excepting only those contracts or agreements that are entered into by the board for the construction, alteration or modification of such school buildings, related facilities or structural improvements that on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 are either located upon, under construction upon or scheduled under existing plans and specifications to be constructed upon a parcel of land, consisting of 17.45 acres more or less and measuring approximately 880 feet along its northerly and southerly boundaries and 864 feet along its easterly and westerly boundaries, located in the northeast part of the 78.85 acres. Nothing in this subparagraph (9) shall be deemed or construed to alter, modify, impair or otherwise affect the terms and provisions of, nor the rights and obligations of the parties under any agreement or contract made and entered into by the board prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act (i) for the acquisition, lease or lease purchase of, or for the construction, alteration or modification of any school buildings, related facilities or structural improvements upon all or any part of the 78.85 acres purchased or acquired by the board for agricultural science school purposes, or (ii) for the lease by the board of an irregularly shaped parcel, consisting of 23.19 acres more or less, of that 78.85 acres for park board purposes.
(Source: P.A. 100-399, eff. 1-1-18