Synopsis As Introduced Creates the School Choice Act. Contains findings and declarations of policy. Establishes the School Choice Program. Provides that under the program the custodian of a qualifying pupil is entitled to a School Choice Scholarship to pay for qualified education expenses at participating nonpublic schools. Requires the principal of each public school to notify custodians of qualifying pupils of the availability of scholarships. Requires custodians to apply to the State Board of Education for a scholarship and provide documentation as to eligibility. Requires the State Board to issue a scholarship to custodians who have made proper application and to honor the scholarship when presented for payment by a nonpublic school. Provides for the amount of a scholarship. Provides that the scholarship may be renewed each year through the 12th grade so long as the pupil and custodian remain eligible. Contains funding provisions. Provides that the amount received under the program shall not be considered base income for purposes of Illinois' income tax. Requires the State Board to submit a report to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2020. Sets forth criminal penalties for certain violations. Requires the State Board to adopt rules to implement the Act. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2021. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law and the Illinois Income Tax Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Provides that any money transferred from the State Lottery Fund to the Common School Fund shall be supplemental to, and not in lieu of, any other money due to be transferred to the Common School Fund by law or appropriation.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions of the engrossed bill with the following change. Provides that the requirement concerning the transfer of money from the State Lottery Fund to the Common School Fund begins with Fiscal Year 2018 and every year thereafter.