Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. With respect to the High School Equivalency Testing Program, requires a regional superintendent of schools to waive required fees for an applicant who (i) qualifies as a homeless person, child, or youth as defined in the Education for Homeless Children Act, (ii) has not attained 25 years of age as of the date of the scheduled test, and (iii) can verify his or her status as a homeless person, child, or youth. Provides that a homeless services provider that is qualified to verify an individual's housing status, as determined by the Illinois Community College Board, and that has knowledge of the applicant's housing status may verify the applicant's status.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill with the following changes. Requires the regional superintendent of schools and the Illinois Community College Board (instead of only the regional superintendent of schools) to waive the fees. Requires the applicant to also have completed a high school equivalency preparation course through an Illinois Community College Board-approved provider and be taking the test at a testing center operated by a regional superintendent of schools or the Cook County High School Equivalency Office.