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Full Text of HB1254  100th General Assembly


Rep. Jerry Costello, II

Filed: 3/24/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1254 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
518-12 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/18-12)  (from Ch. 122, par. 18-12)
7    Sec. 18-12. Dates for filing State aid claims. The school
8board of each school district, a regional office of education,
9a laboratory school, or a State-authorized charter school shall
10require teachers, principals, or superintendents to furnish
11from records kept by them such data as it needs in preparing
12and certifying to the State Superintendent of Education its
13report of claims provided in Section 18-8.05 of this Code. The
14claim shall be based on the latest available equalized assessed
15valuation and tax rates, as provided in Section 18-8.05, shall
16use the average daily attendance as determined by the method



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1outlined in Section 18-8.05, and shall be certified and filed
2with the State Superintendent of Education by June 21 for
3districts and State-authorized charter schools with an
4official school calendar end date before June 15 or within 2
5weeks following the official school calendar end date for
6districts, regional offices of education, laboratory schools,
7or State-authorized charter schools with a school year end date
8of June 15 or later. Failure to so file by these deadlines
9constitutes a forfeiture of the right to receive payment by the
10State until such claim is filed. The State Superintendent of
11Education shall voucher for payment those claims to the State
12Comptroller as provided in Section 18-11.
13    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, if any school
14district fails to provide the minimum school term specified in
15Section 10-19, the State aid claim for that year shall be
16reduced by the State Superintendent of Education in an amount
17equivalent to 1/176 or .56818% for each day less than the
18number of days required by this Code.
19    If the State Superintendent of Education determines that
20the failure to provide the minimum school term was occasioned
21by an act or acts of God, or was occasioned by conditions
22beyond the control of the school district which posed a
23hazardous threat to the health and safety of pupils, the State
24aid claim need not be reduced.
25    If a school district is precluded from providing the
26minimum hours of instruction required for a full day of



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1attendance due to (A) an adverse weather condition, (B) or a
2condition beyond the control of the school district that poses
3a hazardous threat to the health and safety of students, or (C)
4beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the utilization of
5the school district's facilities by local or county authorities
6for the purpose of holding a memorial or funeral services in
7remembrance of a community member, then the partial day of
8attendance may be counted if (i) the school district has
9provided at least one hour of instruction prior to the closure
10of the school district, (ii) a school building has provided at
11least one hour of instruction prior to the closure of the
12school building, or (iii) the normal start time of the school
13district is delayed.
14    If, prior to providing any instruction, a school district
15must close one or more but not all school buildings after
16consultation with a local emergency response agency or due to a
17condition beyond the control of the school district, then the
18school district may claim attendance for up to 2 school days
19based on the average attendance of the 3 school days
20immediately preceding the closure of the affected school
21building or, if approved by the State Board of Education,
22utilize the provisions of an e-learning program for the
23affected school building as prescribed in Section 10-20.56 of
24this Code. The partial or no day of attendance described in
25this Section and the reasons therefore shall be certified
26within a month of the closing or delayed start by the school



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1district superintendent to the regional superintendent of
2schools for forwarding to the State Superintendent of Education
3for approval.
4    Other than the utilization of any e-learning days as
5prescribed in Section 10-20.56 of this Code, no exception to
6the requirement of providing a minimum school term may be
7approved by the State Superintendent of Education pursuant to
8this Section unless a school district has first used all
9emergency days provided for in its regular calendar.
10    If the State Superintendent of Education declares that an
11energy shortage exists during any part of the school year for
12the State or a designated portion of the State, a district may
13operate the school attendance centers within the district 4
14days of the week during the time of the shortage by extending
15each existing school day by one clock hour of school work, and
16the State aid claim shall not be reduced, nor shall the
17employees of that district suffer any reduction in salary or
18benefits as a result thereof. A district may operate all
19attendance centers on this revised schedule, or may apply the
20schedule to selected attendance centers, taking into
21consideration such factors as pupil transportation schedules
22and patterns and sources of energy for individual attendance
24    Electronically submitted State aid claims shall be
25submitted by duly authorized district individuals over a secure
26network that is password protected. The electronic submission



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1of a State aid claim must be accompanied with an affirmation
2that all of the provisions of Sections 18-8.05, 10-22.5, and
324-4 of this Code are met in all respects.
4(Source: P.A. 99-194, eff. 7-30-15; 99-657, eff. 7-28-16.)
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.".