Sen. Andy Manar
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 2719
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2719 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
22-85 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/22-85 new)
Graduation requirements; Free Application for
Federal Student Aid.
(a) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, in addition
to any other requirements under this Code, as a prerequisite to
receiving a high school diploma from a public high school, the
parent or guardian of each student or, if a student is at least
18 years of age or legally emancipated, the student must comply
with either of the following:
(1) File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
with the United States Department of Education or, if
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applicable, an application for State financial aid.
(2) On a form created by the State Board of Education,
file a waiver with the student's school district indicating
that the parent or guardian or, if applicable, the student
understands what the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid and application for State financial aid are and has
chosen not to file an application under paragraph (1).
(b) Each school district with a high school must require
each high school student to comply with this Section and must
provide to each high school student and, if applicable, his or
her parent or guardian any support or assistance necessary to
comply with this Section. A school district must award a high
school diploma to a student who is unable to meet the
requirements of subsection (a) due to extenuating
circumstances, as determined by the school district, if (i) the
student has met all other graduation requirements under this
Code and (ii) the principal attests that the school district
has made a good faith effort to assist the student or, if
applicable, his or her parent or guardian in filing an
application or a waiver under subsection (a).
(c) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
implement this Section.