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Full Text of HB0856  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/10/2021, by Rep. Chris Miller


105 ILCS 5/21B-5
105 ILCS 5/27-1  from Ch. 122, par. 27-1

    Amends the School Code. Prohibits the State Board of Education from revising its teaching standards or learning standards without the approval of the General Assembly through adoption of a joint resolution outlining the State Board's specific revisions and granting the State Board the authority to revise those standards. Effective immediately.

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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 changing Sections
521B-5 and 27-1 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-5)
7    Sec. 21B-5. Licensure powers of the State Board of
9    (a) Recognizing that the education of our citizens is the
10single most important influence on the prosperity and success
11of this State and recognizing that new developments in
12education require a flexible approach to our educational
13system, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
14State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall have the
15power and authority to do all of the following:
16        (1) Set standards for teaching, supervising, or
17    otherwise holding licensed employment in the public
18    schools of this State and administer the licensure process
19    as provided in this Article, except that the State Board
20    may not revise its teaching standards without the approval
21    of the General Assembly through adoption of a joint
22    resolution outlining the State Board's specific revisions
23    and granting the State Board the authority to revise the



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1    teaching standards.
2        (2) Approve, evaluate, and sanction educator
3    preparation programs.
4        (3) Enter into agreements with other states relative
5    to reciprocal approval of educator preparation programs.
6        (4) Establish standards for the issuance of new types
7    of educator licenses.
8        (5) Establish a code of ethics for all educators.
9        (6) Maintain a system of licensure examination aligned
10    with standards determined by the State Board of Education.
11        (7) Take such other action relating to the improvement
12    of instruction in the public schools as is appropriate and
13    consistent with applicable laws.
14    (b) Only the State Board of Education, acting in
15accordance with the applicable provisions of this Article and
16rules, shall have the authority to issue or endorse any
17license required for teaching, supervising, or otherwise
18holding licensed employment in the public schools; and no
19other State agency shall have any power or authority (i) to
20establish or prescribe any qualifications or other
21requirements applicable to the issuance or endorsement of any
22such license or (ii) to establish or prescribe any licensure
23or equivalent requirement that must be satisfied in order to
24teach, supervise, or hold licensed employment in the public
26(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18.)



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1    (105 ILCS 5/27-1)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-1)
2    Sec. 27-1. Areas of education taught - discrimination on
3account of sex. The State of Illinois, having the
4responsibility of defining requirements for elementary and
5secondary education, establishes that the primary purpose of
6schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through
7which children learn in areas necessary to their continuing
8development and entry into the world of work. Such areas
9include the language arts, mathematics, the biological,
10physical and social sciences, the fine arts and physical
11development and health.
12    Each school district shall give priority in the allocation
13of resources, including funds, time allocation, personnel, and
14facilities, to fulfilling the primary purpose of schooling.
15    The State Board of Education shall establish goals and
16learning standards consistent with the above purposes and
17define the knowledge and skills which the State expects
18students to master and apply as a consequence of their
19education. However, the State Board may not revise its
20learning standards without the approval of the General
21Assembly through adoption of a joint resolution outlining the
22State Board's specific revisions and granting the State Board
23the authority to revise the learning standards.
24    Each school district shall establish learning objectives
25consistent with the State Board of Education's goals and



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1learning standards for the areas referred to in this Section,
2shall develop appropriate testing and assessment systems for
3determining the degree to which students are achieving the
4objectives, and shall develop reporting systems to apprise the
5community and State of the assessment results.
6    Each school district shall make available to all students
7academic and vocational courses for the attainment of learning
9    No student shall be refused admission into or be excluded
10from any course of instruction offered in the common schools
11by reason of that person's sex. No student shall, solely by
12reason of that person's sex, be denied equal access to
13physical education and interscholastic athletic programs or
14comparable programs supported from school district funds. This
15Section is violated when a high school subject to this Act
16participates in the post-season basketball tournament of any
17organization or association that does not conduct post-season
18high school basketball tournaments for both boys and girls,
19which tournaments are identically structured. Conducting
20identically structured tournaments includes having the same
21number of girls' teams as boys' teams playing, in their
22respective tournaments, at any common location chosen for the
23final series of games in a tournament; provided, that nothing
24in this paragraph shall be deemed to prohibit the selection
25for the final series of games in the girls' tournaments of a
26common location that is different than the common location



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1selected for the final series of games in the boys'
2tournaments. Except as specifically stated in this Section,
3equal access to programs supported by school district funds
4and comparable programs will be defined in rules promulgated
5by the State Board of Education in consultation with the
6Illinois High School Association.
7(Source: P.A. 94-875, eff. 7-1-06.)
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.