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Full Text of HB0007  102nd General Assembly

HB0007ham003 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Rep. Rita Mayfield

Filed: 4/13/2021

 

 


 

 


 
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1
AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 7

2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 7 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
 
4    "Section 1. This Act may be referred to as the Classrooms
5First Act.
 
6    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
711E-140 as follows:
 
8    (105 ILCS 5/11E-140 new)
9    Sec. 11E-140. Efficient School District Commission.
10    (a) The Efficient School District Commission is created.
11The purpose of the Commission is to provide recommendations to
12the Governor, the General Assembly, and the electorate
13regarding the number of school districts in this State and
14where the reorganization and realignment of school districts
15would be beneficial. The Commission shall consist of all of

 

 

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1the following voting members:
2        (1) One member appointed by the Governor, who shall
3    serve as the chairperson.
4        (2) One member appointed by the State Board of
5    Education.
6        (3) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House
7    of Representatives.
8        (4) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
9    House of Representatives.
10        (5) One member appointed by the President of the
11    Senate.
12        (6) One member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
13    Senate.
14        (7) A representative appointed by the head of the
15    largest statewide professional teachers' organization, as
16    measured by the number of members reported in its most
17    recent federal Form LM-2 Labor Organization Annual Report.
18        (8) A representative appointed by the head of the
19    second largest statewide professional teachers'
20    organization, as measured by the number of members
21    reported in its most recent federal Form LM-2 Labor
22    Organization Annual Report.
23        (9) A representative appointed by the head of an
24    organization that represents school boards, selected by
25    the chairperson of the Commission.
26        (10) A representative appointed by the head of a

 

 

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1    statewide organization that represents school principals,
2    selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
3        (11) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
4    administrator employed by a school located in the West
5    Cook region of the State Board of Education's Statewide
6    System of Support Fiscal Agents (Region 1-B-B), appointed
7    by the chairperson of the Commission.
8        (12) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
9    administrator employed by a school located in the South
10    Cook region of the State Board of Education's Statewide
11    System of Support Fiscal Agents (Region 1-B-C), appointed
12    by the chairperson of the Commission.
13        (13) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
14    administrator employed by a school located in the North
15    Cook region of the State Board of Education's Statewide
16    System of Support Fiscal Agents (Region 1-B-D), appointed
17    by the chairperson of the Commission.
18        (14) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
19    administrator employed by a school located in the
20    Northeast region of the State Board of Education's
21    Statewide System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 1-C),
22    appointed by the chairperson of the Commission.
23        (15) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
24    administrator employed by a school located in the
25    Northwest region of the State Board of Education's
26    Statewide System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 2),

 

 

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1    appointed by the chairperson of the Commission.
2        (16) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
3    administrator employed by a school located in the West
4    Central region of the State Board of Education's Statewide
5    System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 3), appointed by the
6    chairperson of the Commission.
7        (17) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
8    administrator employed by a school located in the East
9    Central region of the State Board of Education's Statewide
10    System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 4), appointed by the
11    chairperson of the Commission.
12        (18) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
13    administrator employed by a school located in the
14    Southwest region of the State Board of Education's
15    Statewide System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 5),
16    appointed by the chairperson of the Commission.
17        (19) A parent of a child enrolled in or a teacher or an
18    administrator employed by a school located in the
19    Southeast region of the State Board of Education's
20    Statewide System of Support Fiscal Agents (Area 6),
21    appointed by the chairperson of the Commission.
22        (20) A representative appointed by the head of an
23    association that represents school business officials,
24    selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
25        (21) A representative appointed by the head of an
26    association that represents school administrators,

 

 

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1    selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
2        (22) A representative appointed by the head of an
3    association that represents administrators of special
4    education, selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
5        (23) A representative appointed by the head of a
6    statewide parent organization, selected by the chairperson
7    of the Commission.
8        (24) A representative appointed by the head of an
9    organization that represents high school districts,
10    selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
11        (25) A representative appointed by the head of an
12    association that represents regional superintendents of
13    schools, selected by the chairperson of the Commission.
14    Members shall serve without compensation, but shall be
15reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from
16funds appropriated for that purpose. Members shall be
17reimbursed for their travel expenses from appropriations to
18the State Board of Education made available for that purpose
19and subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control
20board.
21    The Commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson,
22with the initial meeting to occur within 90 days after the
23effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
24Assembly. The Commission shall hold public hearings throughout
25the State with at least one public hearing in each of the 9
26regions of the State Board of Education's Statewide System of

 

 

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1Support Fiscal Agents that do not include the Chicago region
2(Region 1-A).
3    The State Board shall provide administrative assistance
4and necessary staff support services to the Commission.
5    (b) The Efficient School District Commission's
6recommendations must take into consideration the school needs
7and conditions in the affected districts and the surrounding
8area, the division of funds and assets that will result from
9the action described in the petition, the best interests of
10the schools in the area, and the best interests and the
11educational welfare of pupils residing in the area and must
12focus on all of the following areas:
13        (1) Reducing the money spent on the duplication of
14    efforts.
15        (2) Improving the education of students by having
16    fewer obstacles between qualified teachers and their
17    students.
18        (3) Lowering the property tax burden.
19        (4) Providing recommendations on what the net cost
20    savings of realignment is to this State.
21        (5) With a view toward reducing unnecessary
22    administrative costs, improving the education of students,
23    and lowering the property tax burden, drafting specific
24    recommendations to reduce the statewide total number of
25    school districts by no less than 25% through the
26    reorganization of school districts into unit districts

 

 

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1    under Section 11E-25. Each recommendation under this
2    paragraph (5) must include all of the following:
3            (A) A request to submit a proposition at the next
4        general election for the purpose of voting for or
5        against the establishment of a combined unit district.
6            (B) A description of the territory comprising the
7        districts proposed to be dissolved and those to be
8        created, which, for an entire district, may be a
9        general reference to all of the territory included
10        within that district.
11            (C) A specification of the maximum tax rates the
12        proposed district or districts are authorized to levy
13        for various purposes and, if applicable, the
14        specifications related to the Property Tax Extension
15        Limitation Law, in accordance with Section 11E-80.
16    The Commission may not make any recommendations under this
17subsection that would provide for the consolidation of
18individual schools.
19    (c) On or before May 1, 2024, the Efficient School
20District Commission must vote on its recommendations and file
21a report with the Governor and the General Assembly. If the
22Commission adopts the report recommendations by an affirmative
23vote of at least 13 of its members, then the Commission's
24specific recommendations for reorganization of school
25districts into unit districts under paragraph (5) of
26subsection (b) shall be filed with the appropriate regional

 

 

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1superintendent of schools in the same form as petitions filed
2under Section 11E-35. A copy of the Commission's specific
3recommendations shall be provided to the regional
4superintendent of schools of each educational service region
5situated in the territory described in the specific
6recommendation or that part of the territory in which the
7greater percentage of equalized assessed valuation is
8situated. Petitions submitted by the Commission under this
9Section are not subject to the requirements under subsection
10(a) of Section 11E-35.
11    (d) Upon receiving the filed petition as provided in
12subsection (c) from the regional superintendent of schools,
13each school board of the affected school districts shall
14publish a copy of the petition on its official Internet
15website, if available, with a link to the recommendation shown
16prominently on the homepage of the website until the date of
17the next upcoming general election.
18    (e) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of Section 11E-50,
19within 14 days after the conclusion of the hearing under
20Section 11E-45 regarding a petition filed by the Efficient
21School District Commission, the regional superintendent shall,
22upon determining that the petition is in compliance with all
23applicable requirements set forth in the Election Code,
24through a written order, approve the petition, or, if the
25regional superintendent determines that the amended petition
26is not in compliance with the Election Code, the regional

 

 

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1superintendent shall deny the petition.
2    (f) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of Section 11E-50,
3within 21 days after the receipt of the regional
4superintendent's decision regarding a petition filed by the
5Efficient School District Commission under this Section, the
6State Superintendent of Education shall, upon determining that
7the petition is in compliance with all applicable requirements
8set forth in the Election Code, through a written order,
9approve the petition, or, if the State Superintendent
10determines that the amended petition is not in compliance with
11the Election Code, the State Superintendent shall deny the
12petition.
13    (g) The Efficient School District Commission shall serve
14as and take on the responsibilities of the designated
15Committee of Ten for the purposes of petitions filed under
16this Section, except that notwithstanding paragraph (10) of
17subsection (a) of Section 11E-35, any amendments to petitions
18filed by the Commission and any binding stipulations made to
19any question with respect to a petition under this Section
20shall be made by at least 13 members of the Commission.
21    (h) Incentive payments required under Section 11E-135
22shall be made for the purposes of this Section, subject to
23appropriation by the General Assembly. The failure of the
24General Assembly to appropriate incentive payment funds under
25Section 11E-135 shall not be a bar to reorganization under
26this Section.

 

 

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1    (i) This Section is repealed on January 31, 2025.
 
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.".