State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced 1/24/2013, by Sen. John J. Cullerton


105 ILCS 5/2-3.66  from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.66

    Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning truants' alternative and optional education programs.

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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 Section
52-3.66 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.66)  (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.66)
7    Sec. 2-3.66. Truants' alternative and optional education
8programs. To establish projects to offer modified
9instructional programs or other services designed to prevent
10students from dropping out of school, including programs
11pursuant to Section 2-3.41, and and to serve as a part time or
12full time option in lieu of regular school attendance and to
13award grants to local school districts, educational service
14regions or community college districts from appropriated funds
15to assist districts in establishing such projects. The
16education agency may operate its own program or enter into a
17contract with another not-for-profit entity to implement the
18program. The projects shall allow dropouts, up to and including
19age 21, potential dropouts, including truants, uninvolved,
20unmotivated and disaffected students, as defined by State Board
21of Education rules and regulations, to enroll, as an
22alternative to regular school attendance, in an optional
23education program which may be established by school board



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1policy and is in conformance with rules adopted by the State
2Board of Education. Truants' Alternative and Optional
3Education programs funded pursuant to this Section shall be
4planned by a student, the student's parents or legal guardians,
5unless the student is 18 years or older, and school officials
6and shall culminate in an individualized optional education
7plan. Such plan shall focus on academic or vocational skills,
8or both, and may include, but not be limited to, evening
9school, summer school, community college courses, adult
10education, preparation courses for the high school level test
11of General Educational Development, vocational training, work
12experience, programs to enhance self concept and parenting
13courses. School districts which are awarded grants pursuant to
14this Section shall be authorized to provide day care services
15to children of students who are eligible and desire to enroll
16in programs established and funded under this Section, but only
17if and to the extent that such day care is necessary to enable
18those eligible students to attend and participate in the
19programs and courses which are conducted pursuant to this
20Section. School districts and regional offices of education may
21claim general State aid under Section 18-8.05 for students
22enrolled in truants' alternative and optional education
23programs, provided that such students are receiving services
24that are supplemental to a program leading to a high school
25diploma and are otherwise eligible to be claimed for general
26State aid under Section 18-8.05.



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1(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)