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SB0624 93rd General Assembly


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 1        AN ACT regarding schools.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by changing
 5    Section 2-3.13a as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.13a) (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.13a)
 7        Sec. 2-3.13a.  Scholastic records; transferring students.
 8    The State Board of Education shall  establish  and  implement
 9    rules  requiring all of the public schools and all private or
10    nonpublic elementary and secondary schools  located  in  this
11    State,  whenever  any  such  school  has  a  student  who  is
12    transferring  to  any  other  public  elementary or secondary
13    school located in this or in  any  other  state,  to  forward
14    within  10  days  of  notice  of  the  student's  transfer an
15    unofficial record of that student's grades to the  school  to
16    which  such  student  is transferring.  Each public school at
17    the same time also shall forward to the school to  which  the
18    student is transferring the remainder of the student's school
19    student  records  as  required by the Illinois School Student
20    Records Act. In the absence of student record  documentation,
21    a  receiving  school  district  may  require  the  passage of
22    assessments for placement purposes. In addition, if a student
23    is transferring from a public school, whether located in this
24    or any other state, from which the student has been suspended
25    or expelled for knowingly possessing in a school building  or
26    on school grounds a weapon as defined in the Gun Free Schools
27    Act  (20  U.S.C.  8921  et  seq.),  for knowingly possessing,
28    selling, or delivering in a  school  building  or  on  school
29    grounds  a controlled substance or cannabis, or for battering
30    a staff member of the school, and if the period of suspension
31    or expulsion has not expired at the time the student attempts
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 1    to transfer into another public school in  the  same  or  any
 2    other   school  district:  (i)  any  school  student  records
 3    required  to  be  transferred  shall  include  the  date  and
 4    duration of the period of suspension or expulsion;  and  (ii)
 5    with  the  exception  of  transfers  into  the  Department of
 6    Corrections  school  district,  the  student  shall  not   be
 7    permitted  to attend class in the public school into which he
 8    or she is transferring  until  the  student  has  served  the
 9    entire  period  of the suspension or expulsion imposed by the
10    school from which the student is transferring, provided  that
11    the  school board may approve the placement of the student in
12    an alternative school program established under  Article  13A
13    of  this Code. A school district may adopt a policy providing
14    that if a student is suspended or  expelled  for  any  reason
15    from any public or private school in this or any other state,
16    the  student  must complete the entire term of the suspension
17    or expulsion before being admitted into the school  district.
18    This  policy  may  allow  placement  of  the  student  in  an
19    alternative  school  program established under Article 13A of
20    this Code, if available, for the remainder of the  suspension
21    or   expulsion.  Each  public  school  and  each  private  or
22    nonpublic elementary or secondary school in this State  shall
23    within  10  days after the student has paid all of his or her
24    outstanding fines and fees and at its own expense forward  an
25    official transcript of the scholastic records of each student
26    transferring  from  that school in strict accordance with the
27    provisions of this Section and the rules established  by  the
28    State Board of Education as herein provided.
29        The  State  Board  of  Education shall develop a one-page
30    standard form that Illinois school districts are required  to
31    provide  to  any  student  who  is  moving  out of the school
32    district and that contains the information about  whether  or
33    not  the student is "in good standing" and whether or not his
34    or her medical records are up-to-date and complete.  As  used
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 1    in this Section, "in good standing" means that the student is
 2    not  being  disciplined  by a suspension or expulsion, but is
 3    entitled to attend classes.  No school district  is  required
 4    to  admit  a  new  student  who  is transferring from another
 5    Illinois school district unless he or  she  can  produce  the
 6    standard  form  from  the  student's previous school district
 7    enrollment.  No school district is required to  admit  a  new
 8    student  who  is  transferring  from  an  out-of-state public
 9    school unless the parent or guardian of the student certifies
10    in writing that  the  student  is  not  currently  serving  a
11    suspension  or expulsion imposed by the school from which the
12    student is transferring.
13    (Source: P.A. 91-365, eff. 7-30-99; 92-64, eff. 7-12-01.)

14        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
15    becoming law.