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Full Text of HB4208  100th General Assembly


Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford

Filed: 5/28/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4208 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.162 and by adding Section 2-3.173 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.162)
7    Sec. 2-3.162. Student discipline report; school discipline
8improvement plan.
9    (a) On or before October 31, 2015 and on or before October
1031 of each subsequent year, the State Board of Education,
11through the State Superintendent of Education, shall prepare a
12report on student discipline in all school districts in this
13State, including State-authorized charter schools. This report
14shall include data from all public schools within school
15districts, including district-authorized charter schools. This
16report must be posted on the Internet website of the State



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1Board of Education. The report shall include data on the
2issuance of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and
3removals to alternative settings in lieu of another
4disciplinary action, disaggregated by race and ethnicity,
5gender, age, grade level, whether a student is an English
6learner, incident type, and discipline duration.
7    (b) The State Board of Education shall analyze the data
8under subsection (a) of this Section on an annual basis and
9determine the top 20% of school districts qualifying under any
10of for the following metrics:
11        (1) Total number of out-of-school suspensions divided
12    by the total district enrollment by the last school day in
13    September for the year in which the data was collected,
14    multiplied by 100.
15        (2) Total number of out-of-school expulsions divided
16    by the total district enrollment by the last school day in
17    September for the year in which the data was collected,
18    multiplied by 100.
19        (3) Racial disproportionality, defined as the
20    overrepresentation of students of color or white students
21    in comparison to the total number of students of color or
22    white students on October 1st of the school year in which
23    data are collected, with respect to the use of
24    out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, which must be
25    calculated using the same method as the U.S. Department of
26    Education's Office for Civil Rights uses.



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1    The analysis must be based on data collected over 3
2consecutive school years, beginning with the 2014-2015 school
4    (c) On or before October 31, 2018 and on or before October
531 of each subsequent year, the State Board of Education shall
6notify each school district Beginning with the 2017-2018 school
7year, the State Board of Education shall require each of the
8school districts that are identified in the top 20% of any of
9the metrics described in this subsection (b) of this Section
10for 3 consecutive school years that the school district must
11submit a plan in conformance with subsection (d) of this
13    (d) School districts identified in the top 20% of any of
14the metrics described in subsection (b) of this Section for 3
15consecutive school years must, in a manner prescribed by the
16State Board of Education, submit a plan to the State Board of
17Education that identifies to submit a plan identifying the
18strategies the school district will implement to reduce the use
19of exclusionary disciplinary practices or racial
20disproportionality or both, if applicable. School districts
21that no longer meet the criteria described in any of the
22metrics described in this subsection (b) for 3 consecutive
23years shall no longer be required to submit a plan.
24    This plan may be combined with any other improvement plans
25required under federal or State law.
26    The plan must be approved at a public school board meeting



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1no later than 90 days after notification from the State Board
2of Education pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section and
3must be posted on the school district's Internet website.
4Within one calendar year after the school board's approval of
5the plan, the school district shall submit to the State Board
6of Education, in a manner prescribed by the State Board of
7Education, and post on the district's Internet website a
8progress report describing the implementation of the plan and
9the results achieved. Additional annual progress reports shall
10be required until a school district no longer meets the
11criteria in any of the metrics described in subsection (b) of
12this Section for 3 consecutive school years.
13    (e) The calculation of the top 20% of any of the metrics
14described in this subsection (b) of this Section shall exclude
15all school districts, State-authorized charter schools, and
16special charter districts that issued fewer than a total of 10
17out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, whichever is
18applicable, during the school year. The calculation of the top
1920% of the metric described in subdivision (3) of this
20subsection (b) of this Section shall exclude all school
21districts with an enrollment of fewer than 50 white students or
22fewer than 50 students of color.
23    The plan must be approved at a public school board meeting
24and posted on the school district's Internet website. Within
25one year after being identified, the school district shall
26submit to the State Board of Education and post on the



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1district's Internet website a progress report describing the
2implementation of the plan and the results achieved.
3(Source: P.A. 98-1102, eff. 8-26-14; 99-30, eff. 7-10-15;
499-78, eff. 7-20-15; revised 9-25-17.)
5    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.173 new)
6    Sec. 2-3.173. Safe Schools and Healthy Learning
7Environments Grant Program.
8    (a) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation,
9is authorized to award competitive grants on an annual basis
10under a Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant
11Program. The goal of this grant program is to promote school
12safety and healthy learning environments by providing schools
13with additional resources to implement restorative
14interventions and resolution strategies as alternatives to
15exclusionary discipline, and to address the full range of
16students' intellectual, social, emotional, physical,
17psychological, and moral developmental needs.
18    (b) To receive a grant under this program, a school
19district must submit with its grant application a plan for
20implementing evidence-based and promising practices that are
21aligned with the goal of this program. The application may
22include proposals to (i) hire additional school support
23personnel, including, but not limited to, restorative justice
24practitioners, school psychologists, school social workers,
25and other mental and behavioral health specialists; (ii) use



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1existing school-based resources, community-based resources, or
2other experts and practitioners to expand alternatives to
3exclusionary discipline, mental and behavioral health
4supports, wraparound services, or drug and alcohol treatment;
5and (iii) provide training for school staff on trauma-informed
6approaches to meeting students' developmental needs,
7addressing the effects of toxic stress, restorative justice
8approaches, conflict resolution techniques, and the effective
9utilization of school support personnel and community-based
10services. For purposes of this subsection (b), "promising
11practices" means practices that present, based on preliminary
12information, potential for becoming evidence-based practices.
13    Grant funds shall not be used to increase the use of
14school-based law enforcement or security personnel. Nothing in
15this Section shall prohibit school districts from involving law
16enforcement personnel when necessary and allowed by law.
17    (c) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation
18for the grant program, shall annually disseminate a request for
19applications to this program, and funds shall be distributed
20annually. The criteria to be considered by the State Board of
21Education in awarding the funds shall be (i) the average ratio
22of school support personnel to students in the target schools
23over the preceding 3 school years, with priority given to
24applications with a demonstrated shortage of school support
25personnel to meet student needs; and (ii) the degree to which
26the proposal articulates a comprehensive approach for reducing



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1exclusionary discipline while building safe and healthy
2learning environments. Priority shall be given to school
3districts that meet the metrics under subsection (b) of Section
42-3.162 of this Code.
5    (d) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation
6for the grant program, shall produce an annual report on the
7program in cooperation with the school districts participating
8in the program. The report shall include available quantitative
9information on the progress being made in reducing exclusionary
10discipline and the effects of the program on school safety and
11school climate. This report shall be posted on the State Board
12of Education's website by October 31 of each year, beginning in
14    (e) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules
15necessary for the implementation of this program.
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,