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Full Text of HB5247  100th General Assembly




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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 adding Section
52-3.173 and by changing Section 27-22.05 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.173 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.173. Registered apprenticeship program.
8    (a) In this Section, "registered apprenticeship program"
9means an industry-based occupational training program of study
10with standards reviewed and approved by the United States
11Department of Labor that meets each of the following
13        (1) Apprentices in the program are at all times
14    employed by a company participating in the program.
15        (2) The program features a structured combination of
16    on-the-job learning supported by related technical
17    classroom instruction, met either by a high school or a
18    public community college.
19        (3) Apprentices in the program are paid a training wage
20    of not less than the State minimum wage, which escalates
21    throughout the life of the apprenticeship, and employment
22    is continued with the company following conclusion of the
23    apprenticeship for a period of not less than 2 years.



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1        (4) Apprentices in the program earn an
2    industry-related occupational skills certificate and a
3    high school diploma.
4        (5) Apprentices in the program may earn postsecondary
5    credit toward a certificate or degree, as applicable.
6    "Registered apprenticeship program" does not include an
7    apprenticeship program related to construction, as defined
8    under the Employee Classification Act.
9    (b) No later than 6 months after the effective date of this
10amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, the State Board
11of Education shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to adopt
12rules as may be necessary to allow students of any high school
13in this State who are 16 years of age or older to participate
14in registered apprenticeship programs. The rules shall include
15the waiver of all non-academic requirements mandated for
16graduation from a high school under this Code that would
17otherwise prohibit or prevent a student from participating in a
18registered apprenticeship program.
19    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.05)
20    Sec. 27-22.05. Required course substitute. Notwithstanding
21any other provision of this Article or this Code, a school
22board that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 is authorized
23to adopt a policy under which a student who is enrolled in any
24of those grades may satisfy one or more high school course or
25graduation requirements, including, but not limited to, any



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1requirements under Sections 27-6 and 27-22, by successfully
2completing a registered apprenticeship program under rules
3adopted by the State Board of Education under Section 2-3.173
4of this Code, or by substituting for and successfully
5completing in place of the high school course or graduation
6requirement a related vocational or technical education
7course. A vocational or technical education course shall not
8qualify as a related vocational or technical education course
9within the meaning of this Section unless it contains at least
1050% of the content of the required course or graduation
11requirement for which it is substituted, as determined by the
12State Board of Education in accordance with standards that it
13shall adopt and uniformly apply for purposes of this Section.
14No vocational or technical education course may be substituted
15for a required course or graduation requirement under any
16policy adopted by a school board as authorized in this Section
17unless the pupil's parent or guardian first requests the
18substitution and approves it in writing on forms that the
19school district makes available for purposes of this Section.
20(Source: P.A. 88-269.)
21    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
22becoming law.