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Full Text of SB3663  102nd General Assembly

SB3663 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  

 


 
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
SB3663

 

Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Sue Rezin

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
105 ILCS 5/2-3.192 new
105 ILCS 5/10-17  from Ch. 122, par. 10-17
105 ILCS 5/10-20.26  from Ch. 122, par. 10-20.26
105 ILCS 5/21B-45
105 ILCS 5/27-23.7

    Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to (i) combine the Grant Periodic Reporting and Electronic Expenditure Reporting into one report, (ii) require only school districts that have multiple facilities or schools to comply with the Site-Based Expenditure Reporting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and (iii) combine the financial reporting required for all school districts into 2 reports. Sets forth related provisions. Provides that for 2 years beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act (i) requirements related to the submission and publication of the annual statement of the affairs of a school district, (ii) requirements related to the submission of an annual report of teacher dismissals, and (iii) requirements related to completing professional development activities for the renewal of a Professional Educator License do not apply. Requires only the Chicago school district (rather than each school district, charter school, and nonpublic, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school) to file its policy on bullying with the State Board of Education. Effective immediately.


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A BILL FOR

 

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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 changing Sections
510-17, 10-20.26, 21B-45, and 27-23.7 and by adding Section
62-3.192 as follows:
 
7    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.192 new)
8    Sec. 2-3.192. Reduction in reporting.
9    (a) The State Board of Education shall combine Grant
10Periodic Reporting and Electronic Expenditure Reporting into
11one report that shall be due at the close of the second quarter
12and fourth quarter, unless a school district requires
13reimbursement for expenses before the close of the second
14quarter or the fourth quarter. If a school district requires
15reimbursement for expenses before the close of the second
16quarter or fourth quarter, the State Board of Education may
17elect to submit the report more frequently.
18    (b) The State Board shall require only school districts
19that have multiple facilities or schools to comply with the
20Site-Based Expenditure Reporting requirements of Title I of
21the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. School districts with
22a single facility or school need not comply with the
23Site-Based Expenditure Reporting requirements.

 

 

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1    (c) The State Board shall combine the financial reporting
2required for all school districts into the following 2
3reports:
4        (1) one report, to be titled "Budget Report", that
5    reflects the planned spending of school districts; and
6        (2) one report, to be titled "Audit/Annual Financial
7    Report", that contains the actual expenses of school
8    districts at the close of a fiscal year.
 
9    (105 ILCS 5/10-17)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-17)
10    Sec. 10-17. Statement of affairs.
11    (a) In Class I or Class II county school units the school
12board may use either a cash basis or accrual system of
13accounting; however, any board so electing to use the accrual
14system may not change to a cash basis without the permission of
15the State Board of Education.
16    School Boards using either a cash basis or accrual system
17of accounting shall maintain records showing the assets,
18liabilities and fund balances in such minimum forms as may be
19prescribed by the State Board of Education. Prior to the
20effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General
21Assembly and beginning again 2 years after the effective date
22of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, such
23Such boards shall make available to the public a statement of
24the affairs of the district prior to December 1 annually by
25submitting the statement of affairs in such form as may be

 

 

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1prescribed by the State Board of Education for posting on the
2State Board of Education's Internet website, by having copies
3of the statement of affairs available in the main
4administrative office of the district, and by publishing in a
5newspaper of general circulation published in the school
6district an annual statement of affairs summary containing at
7a minimum all of the following information:
8        (1) A summary statement of operations for all funds of
9    the district, as excerpted from the statement of affairs
10    filed with the State Board of Education. The summary
11    statement must include a listing of all moneys received by
12    the district, indicating the total amounts, in the
13    aggregate, each fund of the district received, with a
14    general statement concerning the source of receipts.
15        (2) Except as provided in subdivision (3) of this
16    subsection (a), a listing of all moneys paid out by the
17    district where the total amount paid during the fiscal
18    year exceeds $2,500 in the aggregate per person, giving
19    the name of each person to whom moneys were paid and the
20    total paid to each person.
21        (3) A listing of all personnel, by name, with an
22    annual fiscal year gross payment in the categories set
23    forth in subdivisions 1 and 2 of subsection (c) of this
24    Section.
25In this Section, "newspaper of general circulation" means a
26newspaper of general circulation published in the school

 

 

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1district, or, if no newspaper is published in the school
2district, a newspaper published in the county where the school
3district is located or, if no newspaper is published in the
4county, a newspaper published in the educational service
5region where the regional superintendent of schools has
6supervision and control of the school district. The submission
7to the State Board of Education shall include an assurance
8that the statement of affairs has been made available in the
9main administrative office of the school district and that the
10required notice has been published in accordance with this
11Section.
12    After December 15 annually, upon 10 days prior written
13notice to the school district, the State Board of Education
14may discontinue the processing of payments to the State
15Comptroller's office on behalf of any school district that is
16not in compliance with the requirements imposed by this
17Section. The State Board of Education shall resume the
18processing of payments to the State Comptroller's Office on
19behalf of the school district once the district is in
20compliance with the requirements imposed by this Section.
21    The State Board of Education must post, on or before
22January 15, all statements of affairs timely received from
23school districts.
24    (b) When any school district is the administrative
25district for several school districts operating under a joint
26agreement as authorized by this Code, no receipts or

 

 

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1disbursements accruing, received or paid out by that school
2district as such an administrative district shall be included
3in the statement of affairs of the district required by this
4Section. However, that district shall have prepared and made
5available to the public, in accordance with subsection (a) of
6this Section, in the same manner and subject to the same
7requirements as are provided in this Section for the statement
8of affairs of that district, a statement showing the cash
9receipts and disbursements by funds (or the revenue, expenses
10and financial position, if the accrual system of accounting is
11used) of the district as such administrative district, in the
12form prescribed by the State Board of Education. The costs of
13publishing the notice and summary of this separate statement
14prepared by such an administrative district shall be
15apportioned among and paid by the participating districts in
16the same manner as other costs and expenses accruing to those
17districts jointly.
18    School districts on a cash basis shall have prepared and
19made available to the public, in accordance with subsection
20(a) of this Section, a statement showing the cash receipts and
21disbursements by funds in the form prescribed by the State
22Board of Education.
23    School districts using the accrual system of accounting
24shall have prepared and made available to the public, in
25accordance with subsection (a) of this Section, a statement of
26revenue and expenses and a statement of financial position in

 

 

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1the form prescribed by the State Board of Education.
2    In Class II county school units such statement shall be
3prepared and made available to the public, in accordance with
4subsection (a) of this Section, by the township treasurer of
5the unit within which such districts are located, except with
6respect to the school board of any school district that no
7longer is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of a
8township treasurer or trustees of schools of a township
9because the district has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and
10authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of
11the township or because those offices have been abolished as
12provided in subsection (b) or (c) of Section 5-1, and as to
13each such school district the statement required by this
14Section shall be prepared and made available to the public, in
15accordance with subsection (a) of this Section, by the school
16board of such district in the same manner as required for
17school boards of school districts situated in Class I county
18school units.
19    (c) The statement of affairs required pursuant to this
20Section shall contain such information as may be required by
21the State Board of Education, including:
22        1. Annual fiscal year gross payment for certificated
23    personnel to be shown by name, listing each employee in
24    one of the following categories:
25            (a) Under $25,000
26            (b) $25,000 to $39,999

 

 

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1            (c) $40,000 to $59,999
2            (d) $60,000 to $89,999
3            (e) $90,000 and over
4        2. Annual fiscal year payment for non-certificated
5    personnel to be shown by name, listing each employee in
6    one of the following categories:
7            (a) Under $25,000
8            (b) $25,000 to $39,999
9            (c) $40,000 to $59,999
10            (d) $60,000 and over
11        3. In addition to wages and salaries all other moneys
12    in the aggregate paid to recipients of $1,000 or more,
13    giving the name of the person, firm or corporation and the
14    total amount received by each.
15        4. Approximate size of school district in square
16    miles.
17        5. Number of school attendance centers.
18        6. Numbers of employees as follows:
19            (a) Full-time certificated employees;
20            (b) Part-time certificated employees;
21            (c) Full-time non-certificated employees;
22            (d) Part-time non-certificated employees.
23        7. Numbers of pupils as follows:
24            (a) Enrolled by grades;
25            (b) Total enrolled;
26            (c) Average daily attendance.

 

 

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1        8. Assessed valuation as follows:
2            (a) Total of the district;
3            (b) Per pupil in average daily attendance.
4        9. Tax rate for each district fund.
5        10. District financial obligation at the close of the
6    fiscal year as follows:
7            (a) Teachers' orders outstanding;
8            (b) Anticipation warrants outstanding for each
9        fund.
10        11. Total bonded debt at the close of the fiscal year.
11        12. Percent of bonding power obligated currently.
12        13. Value of capital assets of the district including:
13            (a) Land;
14            (b) Buildings;
15            (c) Equipment.
16        14. Total amount of investments each fund.
17        15. Change in net cash position from the previous
18    report period for each district fund.
19    In addition to the above report, a report of expenditures
20in the aggregate paid on behalf of recipients of $500 or more,
21giving the name of the person, firm or corporation and the
22total amount received by each shall be available in the school
23district office for public inspection. This listing shall
24include all wages, salaries and expenditures over $500
25expended from any revolving fund maintained by the district.
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1report, upon request, by paying a reasonable charge to defray
2the costs of preparing such copy.
3    (d) This Section does not apply to cities having a
4population exceeding 500,000.
5(Source: P.A. 94-875, eff. 7-1-06.)
 
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-20.26)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-20.26)
7    Sec. 10-20.26. Report of teacher dismissals. To send an
8annual report, on or before October 15, to the State Board of
9Education which discloses the number of probationary teachers
10and the number of teachers in contractual continued service
11who have been dismissed or removed as a result of the board's
12decision to decrease the number of teachers employed or to
13discontinue any type of teaching service. The report will also
14list the number in each teacher category which were
15subsequently reemployed by the board. This Section does not
16apply for 2 years beginning on the effective date of this
17amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
18(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)
 
19    (105 ILCS 5/21B-45)
20    Sec. 21B-45. Professional Educator License renewal.
21    (a) Individuals holding a Professional Educator License
22are required to complete the licensure renewal requirements as
23specified in this Section, unless otherwise provided in this
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1    Individuals holding a Professional Educator License shall
2meet the renewal requirements set forth in this Section,
3unless otherwise provided in this Code. If an individual holds
4a license endorsed in more than one area that has different
5renewal requirements, that individual shall follow the renewal
6requirements for the position for which he or she spends the
7majority of his or her time working.
8    (b) All Professional Educator Licenses not renewed as
9provided in this Section shall lapse on September 1 of that
10year. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, if
11a license holder's electronic mail address is available, the
12State Board of Education shall send him or her notification
13electronically that his or her license will lapse if not
14renewed, to be sent no more than 6 months prior to the license
15lapsing. Lapsed licenses may be immediately reinstated upon
16(i) payment by the applicant of a $500 penalty to the State
17Board of Education or (ii) the demonstration of proficiency by
18completing 9 semester hours of coursework from a regionally
19accredited institution of higher education in the content area
20that most aligns with one or more of the educator's
21endorsement areas. Any and all back fees, including without
22limitation registration fees owed from the time of expiration
23of the license until the date of reinstatement, shall be paid
24and kept in accordance with the provisions in Article 3 of this
25Code concerning an institute fund and the provisions in
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1registration. Licenses not registered in accordance with
2Section 21B-40 of this Code shall lapse after a period of 6
3months from the expiration of the last year of registration or
4on January 1 of the fiscal year following initial issuance of
5the license. An unregistered license is invalid after
6September 1 for employment and performance of services in an
7Illinois public or State-operated school or cooperative and in
8a charter school. Any license or endorsement may be
9voluntarily surrendered by the license holder. A voluntarily
10surrendered license shall be treated as a revoked license. An
11Educator License with Stipulations with only a
12paraprofessional endorsement does not lapse.
13    (c) From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, in order to
14satisfy the requirements for licensure renewal provided for in
15this Section, each professional educator licensee with an
16administrative endorsement who is working in a position
17requiring such endorsement shall complete one Illinois
18Administrators' Academy course, as described in Article 2 of
19this Code, per fiscal year.
20    (c-5) All licenses issued by the State Board of Education
21under this Article that expire on June 30, 2020 and have not
22been renewed by the end of the 2020 renewal period shall be
23extended for one year and shall expire on June 30, 2021.
24    (d) Beginning July 1, 2014, in order to satisfy the
25requirements for licensure renewal provided for in this
26Section, each professional educator licensee may create a

 

 

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1professional development plan each year. The plan shall
2address one or more of the endorsements that are required of
3his or her educator position if the licensee is employed and
4performing services in an Illinois public or State-operated
5school or cooperative. If the licensee is employed in a
6charter school, the plan shall address that endorsement or
7those endorsements most closely related to his or her educator
8position. Licensees employed and performing services in any
9other Illinois schools may participate in the renewal
10requirements by adhering to the same process.
11    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the
12licensee's professional development activities shall align
13with one or more of the following criteria:
14        (1) activities are of a type that engage participants
15    over a sustained period of time allowing for analysis,
16    discovery, and application as they relate to student
17    learning, social or emotional achievement, or well-being;
18        (2) professional development aligns to the licensee's
19    performance;
20        (3) outcomes for the activities must relate to student
21    growth or district improvement;
22        (4) activities align to State-approved standards; and
23        (5) higher education coursework.
24    (e) For each renewal cycle, each professional educator
25licensee shall engage in professional development activities.
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1the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) the name,
2date, and location of the activity, the number of professional
3development hours, and the provider's name. The following
4provisions shall apply concerning professional development
5activities:
6        (1) Each licensee shall complete a total of 120 hours
7    of professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in
8    order to renew the license, except as otherwise provided
9    in this Section.
10        (2) Beginning with his or her first full 5-year cycle,
11    any licensee with an administrative endorsement who is not
12    working in a position requiring such endorsement is not
13    required to complete Illinois Administrators' Academy
14    courses, as described in Article 2 of this Code. Such
15    licensees must complete one Illinois Administrators'
16    Academy course within one year after returning to a
17    position that requires the administrative endorsement.
18        (3) Any licensee with an administrative endorsement
19    who is working in a position requiring such endorsement or
20    an individual with a Teacher Leader endorsement serving in
21    an administrative capacity at least 50% of the day shall
22    complete one Illinois Administrators' Academy course, as
23    described in Article 2 of this Code, each fiscal year in
24    addition to 100 hours of professional development per
25    5-year renewal cycle in accordance with this Code.
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1    Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) master teacher
2    designation shall complete a total of 60 hours of
3    professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in order
4    to renew the license.
5        (5) Licensees working in a position that does not
6    require educator licensure or working in a position for
7    less than 50% for any particular year are considered to be
8    exempt and shall be required to pay only the registration
9    fee in order to renew and maintain the validity of the
10    license.
11        (6) Licensees who are retired and qualify for benefits
12    from a State of Illinois retirement system shall notify
13    the State Board of Education using ELIS, and the license
14    shall be maintained in retired status. For any renewal
15    cycle in which a licensee retires during the renewal
16    cycle, the licensee must complete professional development
17    activities on a prorated basis depending on the number of
18    years during the renewal cycle the educator held an active
19    license. If a licensee retires during a renewal cycle, the
20    licensee must notify the State Board of Education using
21    ELIS that the licensee wishes to maintain the license in
22    retired status and must show proof of completion of
23    professional development activities on a prorated basis
24    for all years of that renewal cycle for which the license
25    was active. An individual with a license in retired status
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1    activities or pay registration fees until returning to a
2    position that requires educator licensure. Upon returning
3    to work in a position that requires the Professional
4    Educator License, the licensee shall immediately pay a
5    registration fee and complete renewal requirements for
6    that year. A license in retired status cannot lapse.
7    Beginning on January 6, 2017 (the effective date of Public
8    Act 99-920) through December 31, 2017, any licensee who
9    has retired and whose license has lapsed for failure to
10    renew as provided in this Section may reinstate that
11    license and maintain it in retired status upon providing
12    proof to the State Board of Education using ELIS that the
13    licensee is retired and is not working in a position that
14    requires a Professional Educator License.
15        (7) For any renewal cycle in which professional
16    development hours were required, but not fulfilled, the
17    licensee shall complete any missed hours to total the
18    minimum professional development hours required in this
19    Section prior to September 1 of that year. Professional
20    development hours used to fulfill the minimum required
21    hours for a renewal cycle may be used for only one renewal
22    cycle. For any fiscal year or renewal cycle in which an
23    Illinois Administrators' Academy course was required but
24    not completed, the licensee shall complete any missed
25    Illinois Administrators' Academy courses prior to
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1    deficient hours and Illinois Administrators' Academy
2    courses while continuing to work in a position that
3    requires that license until September 1 of that year.
4        (8) Any licensee who has not fulfilled the
5    professional development renewal requirements set forth in
6    this Section at the end of any 5-year renewal cycle is
7    ineligible to register his or her license and may submit
8    an appeal to the State Superintendent of Education for
9    reinstatement of the license.
10        (9) If professional development opportunities were
11    unavailable to a licensee, proof that opportunities were
12    unavailable and request for an extension of time beyond
13    August 31 to complete the renewal requirements may be
14    submitted from April 1 through June 30 of that year to the
15    State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. If an
16    extension is approved, the license shall remain valid
17    during the extension period.
18        (10) Individuals who hold exempt licenses prior to
19    December 27, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act
20    98-610) shall commence the annual renewal process with the
21    first scheduled registration due after December 27, 2013
22    (the effective date of Public Act 98-610).
23        (11) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
24    subsection (e), if a licensee earns more than the required
25    number of professional development hours during a renewal
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1    from April 1 through June 30 of the last year of the
2    renewal cycle. Any hours carried over in this manner must
3    be applied to the next renewal cycle. Illinois
4    Administrators' Academy courses or hours earned in those
5    courses may not be carried over.
6    This subsection (e) does not apply for 2 years beginning
7on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd
8General Assembly.
9    (f) At the time of renewal, each licensee shall respond to
10the required questions under penalty of perjury.
11    (f-5) The State Board of Education shall conduct random
12audits of licensees to verify a licensee's fulfillment of the
13professional development hours required under this Section.
14Upon completion of a random audit, if it is determined by the
15State Board of Education that the licensee did not complete
16the required number of professional development hours or did
17not provide sufficient proof of completion, the licensee shall
18be notified that his or her license has lapsed. A license that
19has lapsed under this subsection may be reinstated as provided
20in subsection (b).
21    (g) The following entities shall be designated as approved
22to provide professional development activities for the renewal
23of Professional Educator Licenses:
24        (1) The State Board of Education.
25        (2) Regional offices of education and intermediate
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1        (3) Illinois professional associations representing
2    the following groups that are approved by the State
3    Superintendent of Education:
4            (A) school administrators;
5            (B) principals;
6            (C) school business officials;
7            (D) teachers, including special education
8        teachers;
9            (E) school boards;
10            (F) school districts;
11            (G) parents; and
12            (H) school service personnel.
13        (4) Regionally accredited institutions of higher
14    education that offer Illinois-approved educator
15    preparation programs and public community colleges subject
16    to the Public Community College Act.
17        (5) Illinois public school districts, charter schools
18    authorized under Article 27A of this Code, and joint
19    educational programs authorized under Article 10 of this
20    Code for the purposes of providing career and technical
21    education or special education services.
22        (6) A not-for-profit organization that, as of December
23    31, 2014 (the effective date of Public Act 98-1147), has
24    had or has a grant from or a contract with the State Board
25    of Education to provide professional development services
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1    districts, teachers, or administrators.
2        (7) State agencies, State boards, and State
3    commissions.
4        (8) Museums as defined in Section 10 of the Museum
5    Disposition of Property Act.
6    (h) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this
7Section shall make available professional development
8opportunities that satisfy at least one of the following:
9        (1) increase the knowledge and skills of school and
10    district leaders who guide continuous professional
11    development;
12        (2) improve the learning of students;
13        (3) organize adults into learning communities whose
14    goals are aligned with those of the school and district;
15        (4) deepen educator's content knowledge;
16        (5) provide educators with research-based
17    instructional strategies to assist students in meeting
18    rigorous academic standards;
19        (6) prepare educators to appropriately use various
20    types of classroom assessments;
21        (7) use learning strategies appropriate to the
22    intended goals;
23        (8) provide educators with the knowledge and skills to
24    collaborate;
25        (9) prepare educators to apply research to decision
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1        (10) provide educators with training on inclusive
2    practices in the classroom that examines instructional and
3    behavioral strategies that improve academic and
4    social-emotional outcomes for all students, with or
5    without disabilities, in a general education setting; or
6        (11) beginning on July 1, 2022, provide educators with
7    training on the physical and mental health needs of
8    students, student safety, educator ethics, professional
9    conduct, and other topics that address the well-being of
10    students and improve the academic and social-emotional
11    outcomes of students.
12    (i) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this
13Section shall do the following:
14        (1) align professional development activities to the
15    State-approved national standards for professional
16    learning;
17        (2) meet the professional development criteria for
18    Illinois licensure renewal;
19        (3) produce a rationale for the activity that explains
20    how it aligns to State standards and identify the
21    assessment for determining the expected impact on student
22    learning or school improvement;
23        (4) maintain original documentation for completion of
24    activities;
25        (5) provide license holders with evidence of
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1        (6) request an Illinois Educator Identification Number
2    (IEIN) for each educator during each professional
3    development activity; and
4        (7) beginning on July 1, 2019, register annually with
5    the State Board of Education prior to offering any
6    professional development opportunities in the current
7    fiscal year.
8    (j) The State Board of Education shall conduct annual
9audits of a subset of approved providers, except for school
10districts, which shall be audited by regional offices of
11education and intermediate service centers. The State Board of
12Education shall ensure that each approved provider, except for
13a school district, is audited at least once every 5 years. The
14State Board of Education may conduct more frequent audits of
15providers if evidence suggests the requirements of this
16Section or administrative rules are not being met.
17        (1) (Blank).
18        (2) Approved providers shall comply with the
19    requirements in subsections (h) and (i) of this Section by
20    annually submitting data to the State Board of Education
21    demonstrating how the professional development activities
22    impacted one or more of the following:
23            (A) educator and student growth in regards to
24        content knowledge or skills, or both;
25            (B) educator and student social and emotional
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1            (C) alignment to district or school improvement
2        plans.
3        (3) The State Superintendent of Education shall review
4    the annual data collected by the State Board of Education,
5    regional offices of education, and intermediate service
6    centers in audits to determine if the approved provider
7    has met the criteria and should continue to be an approved
8    provider or if further action should be taken as provided
9    in rules.
10    (k) Registration fees shall be paid for the next renewal
11cycle between April 1 and June 30 in the last year of each
125-year renewal cycle using ELIS. If all required professional
13development hours for the renewal cycle have been completed
14and entered by the licensee, the licensee shall pay the
15registration fees for the next cycle using a form of credit or
16debit card.
17    (l) Any professional educator licensee endorsed for school
18support personnel who is employed and performing services in
19Illinois public schools and who holds an active and current
20professional license issued by the Department of Financial and
21Professional Regulation or a national certification board, as
22approved by the State Board of Education, related to the
23endorsement areas on the Professional Educator License shall
24be deemed to have satisfied the continuing professional
25development requirements provided for in this Section. Such
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1renew the Professional Educator License. An individual who
2does not hold a license issued by the Department of Financial
3and Professional Regulation shall complete professional
4development requirements for the renewal of a Professional
5Educator License provided for in this Section.
6    (m) Appeals to the State Educator Preparation and
7Licensure Board must be made within 30 days after receipt of
8notice from the State Superintendent of Education that a
9license will not be renewed based upon failure to complete the
10requirements of this Section. A licensee may appeal that
11decision to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
12in a manner prescribed by rule.
13        (1) Each appeal shall state the reasons why the State
14    Superintendent's decision should be reversed and shall be
15    sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the
16    State Board of Education.
17        (2) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
18    shall review each appeal regarding renewal of a license
19    within 90 days after receiving the appeal in order to
20    determine whether the licensee has met the requirements of
21    this Section. The State Educator Preparation and Licensure
22    Board may hold an appeal hearing or may make its
23    determination based upon the record of review, which shall
24    consist of the following:
25            (A) the regional superintendent of education's
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1        if applicable;
2            (B) any evidence submitted to the State
3        Superintendent along with the individual's electronic
4        statement of assurance for renewal; and
5            (C) the State Superintendent's rationale for
6        nonrenewal of the license.
7        (3) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board
8    shall notify the licensee of its decision regarding
9    license renewal by certified mail, return receipt
10    requested, no later than 30 days after reaching a
11    decision. Upon receipt of notification of renewal, the
12    licensee, using ELIS, shall pay the applicable
13    registration fee for the next cycle using a form of credit
14    or debit card.
15    (n) The State Board of Education may adopt rules as may be
16necessary to implement this Section.
17(Source: P.A. 101-85, eff. 1-1-20; 101-531, eff. 8-23-19;
18101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-676, eff. 12-3-21.)
 
19    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)
20    Sec. 27-23.7. Bullying prevention.
21    (a) The General Assembly finds that a safe and civil
22school environment is necessary for students to learn and
23achieve and that bullying causes physical, psychological, and
24emotional harm to students and interferes with students'
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1General Assembly further finds that bullying has been linked
2to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism,
3shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting,
4using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and sexual
5violence. Because of the negative outcomes associated with
6bullying in schools, the General Assembly finds that school
7districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian
8elementary and secondary schools should educate students,
9parents, and school district, charter school, or non-public,
10non-sectarian elementary or secondary school personnel about
11what behaviors constitute prohibited bullying.
12    Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color,
13religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
14physical or mental disability, military status, sexual
15orientation, gender-related identity or expression,
16unfavorable discharge from military service, association with
17a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual
18or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing
19characteristic is prohibited in all school districts, charter
20schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and
21secondary schools. No student shall be subjected to bullying:
22        (1) during any school-sponsored education program or
23    activity;
24        (2) while in school, on school property, on school
25    buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus
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1    or school-sanctioned events or activities;
2        (3) through the transmission of information from a
3    school computer, a school computer network, or other
4    similar electronic school equipment; or
5        (4) through the transmission of information from a
6    computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location,
7    activity, function, or program or from the use of
8    technology or an electronic device that is not owned,
9    leased, or used by a school district or school if the
10    bullying causes a substantial disruption to the
11    educational process or orderly operation of a school. This
12    item (4) applies only in cases in which a school
13    administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying
14    through this means has occurred and does not require a
15    district or school to staff or monitor any
16    nonschool-related activity, function, or program.
17    (a-5) Nothing in this Section is intended to infringe upon
18any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of
19religion or religiously based views protected under the First
20Amendment to the United States Constitution or under Section 3
21of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
22    (b) In this Section:
23    "Bullying" includes "cyber-bullying" and means any severe
24or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including
25communications made in writing or electronically, directed
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1predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
2        (1) placing the student or students in reasonable fear
3    of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
4        (2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the
5    student's or students' physical or mental health;
6        (3) substantially interfering with the student's or
7    students' academic performance; or
8        (4) substantially interfering with the student's or
9    students' ability to participate in or benefit from the
10    services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
11    Bullying, as defined in this subsection (b), may take
12various forms, including without limitation one or more of the
13following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking,
14physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft,
15public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation
16for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is
17meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.
18    "Cyber-bullying" means bullying through the use of
19technology or any electronic communication, including without
20limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images,
21sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in
22whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system,
23photoelectronic system, or photooptical system, including
24without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications,
25instant messages, or facsimile communications.
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1in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or
2the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of
3posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation
4creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of
5bullying in this Section. "Cyber-bullying" also includes the
6distribution by electronic means of a communication to more
7than one person or the posting of material on an electronic
8medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the
9distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated
10in the definition of bullying in this Section.
11    "Policy on bullying" means a bullying prevention policy
12that meets the following criteria:
13        (1) Includes the bullying definition provided in this
14    Section.
15        (2) Includes a statement that bullying is contrary to
16    State law and the policy of the school district, charter
17    school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or
18    secondary school and is consistent with subsection (a-5)
19    of this Section.
20        (3) Includes procedures for promptly reporting
21    bullying, including, but not limited to, identifying and
22    providing the school e-mail address (if applicable) and
23    school telephone number for the staff person or persons
24    responsible for receiving such reports and a procedure for
25    anonymous reporting; however, this shall not be construed
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1    of an anonymous report.
2        (4) Consistent with federal and State laws and rules
3    governing student privacy rights, includes procedures for
4    promptly informing parents or guardians of all students
5    involved in the alleged incident of bullying and
6    discussing, as appropriate, the availability of social
7    work services, counseling, school psychological services,
8    other interventions, and restorative measures.
9        (5) Contains procedures for promptly investigating and
10    addressing reports of bullying, including the following:
11            (A) Making all reasonable efforts to complete the
12        investigation within 10 school days after the date the
13        report of the incident of bullying was received and
14        taking into consideration additional relevant
15        information received during the course of the
16        investigation about the reported incident of bullying.
17            (B) Involving appropriate school support personnel
18        and other staff persons with knowledge, experience,
19        and training on bullying prevention, as deemed
20        appropriate, in the investigation process.
21            (C) Notifying the principal or school
22        administrator or his or her designee of the report of
23        the incident of bullying as soon as possible after the
24        report is received.
25            (D) Consistent with federal and State laws and
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1        parents and guardians of the students who are parties
2        to the investigation information about the
3        investigation and an opportunity to meet with the
4        principal or school administrator or his or her
5        designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of
6        the investigation, and the actions taken to address
7        the reported incident of bullying.
8        (6) Includes the interventions that can be taken to
9    address bullying, which may include, but are not limited
10    to, school social work services, restorative measures,
11    social-emotional skill building, counseling, school
12    psychological services, and community-based services.
13        (7) Includes a statement prohibiting reprisal or
14    retaliation against any person who reports an act of
15    bullying and the consequences and appropriate remedial
16    actions for a person who engages in reprisal or
17    retaliation.
18        (8) Includes consequences and appropriate remedial
19    actions for a person found to have falsely accused another
20    of bullying as a means of retaliation or as a means of
21    bullying.
22        (9) Is based on the engagement of a range of school
23    stakeholders, including students and parents or guardians.
24        (10) Is posted on the school district's, charter
25    school's, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or
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1    in the student handbook, and, where applicable, posted
2    where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are
3    currently posted in the school and provided periodically
4    throughout the school year to students and faculty, and is
5    distributed annually to parents, guardians, students, and
6    school personnel, including new employees when hired.
7        (11) As part of the process of reviewing and
8    re-evaluating the policy under subsection (d) of this
9    Section, contains a policy evaluation process to assess
10    the outcomes and effectiveness of the policy that
11    includes, but is not limited to, factors such as the
12    frequency of victimization; student, staff, and family
13    observations of safety at a school; identification of
14    areas of a school where bullying occurs; the types of
15    bullying utilized; and bystander intervention or
16    participation. The school district, charter school, or
17    non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school
18    may use relevant data and information it already collects
19    for other purposes in the policy evaluation. The
20    information developed as a result of the policy evaluation
21    must be made available on the Internet website of the
22    school district, charter school, or non-public,
23    non-sectarian elementary or secondary school. If an
24    Internet website is not available, the information must be
25    provided to school administrators, school board members,
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1        (12) Is consistent with the policies of the school
2    board, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian
3    elementary or secondary school.
4    "Restorative measures" means a continuum of school-based
5alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions
6and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs
7of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining
8school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and
9productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal
10and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in
11school and society, (v) serve to build and restore
12relationships among students, families, schools, and
13communities, (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption
14by balancing accountability with an understanding of students'
15behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school,
16and (vii) increase student accountability if the incident of
17bullying is based on religion, race, ethnicity, or any other
18category that is identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act.
19    "School personnel" means persons employed by, on contract
20with, or who volunteer in a school district, charter school,
21or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school,
22including without limitation school and school district
23administrators, teachers, school social workers, school
24counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria
25workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers,
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1    (c) (Blank).
2    (d) Each school district, charter school, and non-public,
3non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall create,
4maintain, and implement a policy on bullying. In a school
5district organized under Article 34, the , which policy must be
6filed with the State Board of Education. The policy or
7implementing procedure shall include a process to investigate
8whether a reported act of bullying is within the permissible
9scope of the district's or school's jurisdiction and shall
10require that the district or school provide the victim with
11information regarding services that are available within the
12district and community, such as counseling, support services,
13and other programs. School personnel available for help with a
14bully or to make a report about bullying shall be made known to
15parents or legal guardians, students, and school personnel.
16Every 2 years, each school district, charter school, and
17non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall
18conduct a review and re-evaluation of its policy and make any
19necessary and appropriate revisions. In a school district
20organized under Article 34, the The policy must be filed with
21the State Board of Education after being updated. The State
22Board of Education shall monitor and provide technical support
23for the implementation of policies created under this
24subsection (d).
25    (e) This Section shall not be interpreted to prevent a
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1criminal law.
2(Source: P.A. 102-197, eff. 7-30-21; 102-241, eff. 8-3-21;
3revised 10-18-21.)
 
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.