Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Creates the Ensuring Success in School Law to (1) ensure that youth who are expectant parents, parents, or the victims of domestic or sexual violence are identified by schools in a manner respectful of their privacy and safety, treated with dignity and regard, and provided the protection, instruction, and related support services necessary to enable them to meet State educational standards and successfully attain a high school diploma; (2) ensure that key Illinois school-level staff and policymakers understand and are sensitive to the needs and characteristics of such youth; (3) afford protections in a school setting to a population of youth who have historically been stigmatized and discriminated against; and (4) promote best practices in Illinois' schools. Contains provisions concerning a statewide working group and model polices, procedures, and protocols; confidentiality; specially trained school personnel; parental involvement; enrollment and re-enrollment; special attention to youth not in school; school transfer; the right to attend school; absences and attendance; chronic or habitual truants and minors; in-school support services; in-school accommodations; non-school based support services; the responsibility to inform youth of available services and accommodations; a student success plan; missed classes and work; procedural safeguards and an ombudsperson; dispute resolution procedures; educational placement during pendency of proceedings; a notice of rights; review and revision of policies; dropout and graduation rates; and compliance. Makes other changes in the School Code concerning the transfer of students, the suspension and expulsion of pupils, home instruction, alternative schools, truants, and charter schools. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Provides that the provisions are severable. Effective immediately.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (State Board of Education)
Creates a state mandate. Potential ISBE level costs: minimum of $89,952 + 2 full-time employee benefits. Potential district level costs: minimum of $42,500.