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Full Text of HB4580  102nd General Assembly

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
534-222 as follows:
 
6    (105 ILCS 5/34-222 new)
7    Sec. 34-222. School attendance boundaries.
8    (a) At least once every 5 years, the Department of School
9Demographics and Planning ("DSP") shall evaluate the
10enrollment at existing schools in the school district to
11determine if there is a need to revise existing boundaries.
12        (1) In reviewing the enrollment at existing schools to
13    determine if there is a need to revise existing
14    boundaries, DSP shall consider a range of factors,
15    including the following:
16            (A) capacities of the school being reviewed and
17        schools with contiguous boundaries to the school being
18        reviewed;
19            (B) current and projected racial and ethnic
20        composition of the school being reviewed and any
21        schools with contiguous boundaries to the school being
22        reviewed;
23            (C) current and projected income level composition

 

 

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1        of the school being reviewed and any schools with
2        contiguous boundaries to the school being reviewed;
3            (D) geographic barriers;
4            (E) travel time and distance to the school; and
5            (F) program considerations of the school being
6        reviewed and any schools with contiguous boundaries to
7        the school being reviewed.
8        (2) DSP shall submit a written report of its findings,
9    conclusions, and recommendations to the chief executive
10    officer and the Board. The report shall document the
11    evaluation of the factors of the school being reviewed.
12    The report shall be made public on the district's website
13    within 30 days after its completion.
14    (b) If it is determined that there is a need to revise any
15existing boundaries, DSP shall develop and recommend any
16proposed changes to the chief executive officer prior to the
17beginning of the school year in which the changes are to take
18effect. In addition, DSP shall develop and recommend proposed
19boundaries for new schools to the chief executive officer
20prior to the beginning of the school year in which the new
21school boundaries are to take effect.
22        (1) In developing proposed changes to boundaries for
23    existing schools and proposing attendance boundaries for
24    new schools, DSP shall consider a range of factors,
25    including the following:
26            (A) DSP shall consider the capacities of each of

 

 

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1        the schools involved in the proposed boundary
2        revisions, including the extent to which a school is
3        overcrowded or underutilized. Where feasible, the goal
4        is for elementary schools to be utilized at not more
5        than 80% of design capacity and for high schools at not
6        more than 100% of program capacity. Schools shall be
7        considered severely overcrowded if they are operating
8        in excess of 100% utilization and significantly
9        underutilized if they are operating at less than 30%
10        utilization. DSP shall consider these utilization
11        rates when proposing revisions to attendance
12        boundaries for existing schools and when proposing
13        attendance boundaries for new schools.
14            (B) DSP shall consider the current and projected
15        racial and ethnic composition of the schools affected.
16        Where feasible, DSP shall propose establishing or
17        revising attendance boundaries to maintain or promote
18        stably desegregated enrollments in each of the
19        affected schools and to avoid the creation of one-race
20        schools.
21            (C) DSP shall consider geographic barriers so as
22        to promote safety and minimize transportation burdens,
23        to the extent feasible.
24            (D) DSP shall consider travel time and distance
25        and, to the extent feasible, seek to minimize travel
26        time and distance.

 

 

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1            (E) DSP shall consider the placement of programs
2        in each of the schools involved, such as programs for
3        English learners and for special education students.
4        In addition, DSP shall consider the impact of magnet
5        schools and programs and the requirements of the
6        federal Every Student Succeeds Act and the Illinois
7        Balanced Accountability Measures.
8        (2) For each proposed attendance boundary, DSP shall
9    develop at least 2 alternatives. For each alternative, DSP
10    shall prepare a report showing 3-year enrollment
11    projections by racial and ethnic groups for all schools
12    affected by the proposed change pursuant to each
13    alternative. The report shall document for each
14    alternative the impact on the affected schools for the
15    factors of capacity, geographic barriers, travel time and
16    distance, and program considerations. In developing
17    alternatives, DSP shall consider whether any feasible
18    alternatives would better maintain or promote stably
19    desegregated enrollments in each of the affected schools
20    or better avoid the creation of one-race schools. The
21    report shall be made public on the district's website
22    within 30 days after its completion.
23    (c) The chief executive officer shall review the report
24from DSP and may suggest additional alternatives. The chief
25executive officer shall report to the Board if he or she
26recommends any changes to existing boundaries or establishing

 

 

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1boundaries for new schools. If the chief executive officer is
2recommending any changes to existing boundaries or
3establishing any boundaries for new schools, the chief
4executive officer shall provide the Board with a report of the
5alternatives considered, including data on the factors of
6capacity, current and projected racial and ethnic
7considerations, geographic barriers, travel time and distance,
8and program considerations. The chief executive officer shall
9inform the Board of the alternative that is being recommended.
10The report shall be made public on the district's website
11within 30 days after its completion.
12    (d) Prior to taking action on the establishment or
13revision of any attendance boundaries, the Board shall conduct
14public hearings on the proposed establishment or revision of
15attendance boundaries and the chief executive officer's
16recommendation. Prior to the public hearing, the Board shall
17make available reports and data on the factors of capacity,
18current and projected racial and ethnic considerations,
19geographic barriers, travel time and distance, and program
20considerations. In making its decision, the Board shall
21consider the factors of capacity, current and projected racial
22and ethnic considerations, geographic barriers, travel time
23and distance, and program considerations.