State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/10/2023, by Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas


105 ILCS 5/2-3.152

    Amends the School Code. Provides that the provisions concerning community schools apply beginning with the 2024-2025 (rather than 2009-2010) school year. Makes changes to the legislative findings, including replacing a description of a community school. Provides that grants for community schools are subject to the availability of State or federal funding (rather than the availability of funding). Removes certain grant proposal provisions. Changes the requirements to qualify for a grant. Effective June 1, 2024.

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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 Section
52-3.152 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.152)
7    Sec. 2-3.152. Community schools.
8    (a) This Section applies beginning with the 2024-2025
92009-2010 school year.
10    (b) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
11        (1) All children are capable of success.
12        (2) Schools are the centers of vibrant communities.
13        (3) Strong families build strong educational
14    communities.
15        (4) Children succeed when adults work together to
16    foster positive educational outcomes.
17        (5) Schools work best when families take active roles
18    in the education of children.
19        (6) Schools today are limited in their ability to
20    dedicate time and resources to provide a wide range of
21    educational opportunities to students because of the focus
22    on standardized test outcomes.
23        (7) By providing learning opportunities outside of



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1    normal school hours, including programs on life skills and
2    health, students are more successful academically, more
3    engaged in their communities, safer, and better prepared
4    to make a successful transition from school to adulthood.
5        (8) A community school is a public school that
6    establishes a set of strategic partnerships between the
7    school and other community resources that promote student
8    achievement, positive learning conditions, and the
9    well-being of students by providing wraparound services.
10    traditional school that actively partners with its
11    community to leverage existing resources and identify new
12    resources to support the transformation of the school to
13    provide enrichment and additional life skill opportunities
14    for students, parents, and community members at-large.
15    Each community school is unique because its programming is
16    designed by and for the school staff, in partnership with
17    parents, community stakeholders, and students.
18        (9) Community schools currently exist in this State in
19    urban, rural, and suburban communities.
20        (10) Research shows that community schools have a
21    powerful positive impact on students, as demonstrated by
22    increased academic success, a positive change in attitudes
23    toward school and learning, and decreased behavioral
24    problems.
25        (11) After-school and evening programs offered by
26    community schools provide academic enrichment consistent



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1    with the Illinois Learning Standards and general school
2    curriculum; an opportunity for physical fitness activities
3    for students, fine arts programs, structured learning
4    "play" time, and other recreational opportunities; a safe
5    haven for students; and work supports for working
6    families.
7        (12) Community schools are cost-effective because they
8    leverage existing resources provided by local, State,
9    federal, and private sources and bring programs to the
10    schools, where the students are already congregated.
11    Community schools have been shown to leverage between $5
12    to $8 in existing programming for every $1 spent on a
13    community school.
14    (c) Subject to an appropriation or the availability of
15State or federal funding for such purposes, the State Board of
16Education shall make grants available to fund community
17schools and to enhance programs at community schools. A
18request-for-proposal process must be used in awarding grants
19under this subsection (c). Proposals may be submitted on
20behalf of a school, a school district, or a consortium of 2 or
21more schools or school districts. Proposals must be evaluated
22and scored on the basis of criteria consistent with this
23Section and other factors developed and adopted by the State
24Board of Education. Technical assistance in grant writing must
25be made available to schools, school districts, or consortia
26of school districts through the State Board of Education



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1directly or through a resource and referral directory
2established and maintained by the State Board of Education.
3    (d) As used in this subsection (d), "trauma-informed
4intervention" means a method for understanding and responding
5to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma
6or traumatic stress.
7    In order to qualify for a community school grant under
8this Section, a school must, at a minimum, provide the
9following have the following components:
10        (1) Before and after-school programming each school
11    day to meet the identified needs of students.
12        (2) Weekend programming.
13        (3) Summer At least 4 weeks of summer programming.
14        (4) A local advisory group comprised of school
15    leadership, parents, and community stakeholders that
16    establishes school-specific programming goals, assesses
17    program needs, and oversees the process of implementing
18    expanded programming.
19        (5) A community school coordinator program director or
20    resource coordinator who is responsible for establishing a
21    local advisory group, assessing the needs of students and
22    community members, identifying programs to meet those
23    needs, developing the before and after-school, weekend,
24    and summer programming and overseeing the implementation
25    of programming to ensure high quality, efficiency, and
26    robust participation.



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1        (6) Programming that includes academic excellence
2    aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, life skills,
3    healthy minds and bodies, parental support,
4    trauma-informed intervention, and community engagement and
5    that promotes staying in school and non-violent behavior
6    and non-violent conflict resolution.
7        (7) Maintenance of attendance records in all
8    programming components.
9        (8) Maintenance of measurable data showing annual
10    participation and the impact of programming on the
11    participating children and adults.
12        (9) Documentation of true collaboration between the
13    school and community stakeholders, including local
14    governmental units, civic organizations, families,
15    businesses, and social service providers.
16        (10) A non-discrimination policy ensuring that the
17    community school does not condition participation upon
18    race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or disability.
19        (11) Wraparound services, including:
20            (A) safe transportation to school;
21            (B) vision and dental care services;
22            (C) established or expanded school-based health
23        center services;
24            (D) additional social workers, mentors,
25        counselors, psychologists, and restorative practice
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1        providing healthy food for in-school and out-of-school
2        time and linkages to community providers;
3            (E) enhanced behavioral health services, including
4        access to mental health practitioners and providing
5        professional development to school staff to provide
6        trauma-informed interventions;
7            (F) family and community engagement and support,
8        including informing parents of academic course
9        offerings, language classes, workforce development
10        training, opportunities for children, and available
11        social services, as well as educating families on how
12        to monitor a child's learning;
13            (G) student enrichment experiences; and
14            (H) professional development for teachers and
15        school staff to quickly identify students who are in
16        need of these resources.
17(Source: P.A. 96-746, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
18    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect June 1,