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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/2-3.145

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.145)
    Sec. 2-3.145. Special education expenditure and receipt report. The State Board of Education shall issue an annual report to the General Assembly and Governor identifying each school district's special education expenditures; receipts received from State, federal, and local sources; and net special education expenditures over receipts received, if applicable. Expenditures and receipts shall be calculated in a manner specified by the State Board using data obtained from the Annual Financial Report, the Funding and Child Tracking System, and district enrollment information. This report must be issued on or before May 1, 2008 and on or before each May 1 thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 95-555, eff. 8-30-07; 95-876, eff. 8-21-08.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.146

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.146)
    Sec. 2-3.146. Severely overcrowded schools grant program. There is created a grant program, subject to appropriation, for severely overcrowded schools. The State Board of Education shall administer the program. Grant funds may be used for purposes of relieving overcrowding. In order for a school district to be eligible for a grant under this Section, (i) the main administrative office of the district must be located in a city of 85,000 or more in population, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, (ii) the school district must have a district-wide percentage of low-income students of 70% or more, as identified by the 2005-2006 School Report Cards published by the State Board of Education, and (iii) the school district must not be eligible for a fast growth grant under Section 18-8.10 of this Code. The State Board of Education shall distribute the funds on a proportional basis with no single district receiving more than 75% of the funds in any given year. The State Board of Education may adopt rules as needed for the implementation and distribution of grants under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-707, eff. 1-11-08.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.147

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.147)
    Sec. 2-3.147. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11. Repealed by P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.148

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.148)
    Sec. 2-3.148. Disability history and awareness campaign. The State Board of Education shall promote an annual campaign about disability history and awareness in this State. The campaign shall be designed to increase public awareness and respect for people with disabilities who comprise a substantial percentage of this State's population, teach future generations that people with disabilities have a rich history and have made valuable contributions throughout this State and the United States, and teach future generations that disability is a natural part of life and that people with disabilities have a right to be treated with civil, legal, and human rights and as full human beings above all else.
(Source: P.A. 96-191, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.149

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.149)
    Sec. 2-3.149. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10. Repealed by P.A. 102-413, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.150

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.150)
    Sec. 2-3.150. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10. Repealed internally, eff. 1-16-13.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.151

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.151)
    Sec. 2-3.151. Green career and technical education programs.
    (a) As used in this Section, "green industries" means industries that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality by reducing waste and pollution or producing sustainable products using sustainable processes and materials and that provide opportunities for advancement along a career track of increasing skills and wages. Green industries include any of the following:
        (1) Energy system retrofits to increase energy
    
efficiency and conservation.
        (2) The production and distribution of biofuels and
    
vehicle retrofits for biofuels.
        (3) Building design and construction that meet the
    
equivalent of the best available technology in energy and environmental design standards.
        (4) Organic and community food production.
        (5) The manufacture of products from non-toxic,
    
environmentally certified or recycled materials.
        (6) The manufacture and production of sustainable
    
technologies, including, but not limited to, solar panels, wind turbines, and fuel cells.
        (7) Solar technology installation and maintenance.
        (8) Recycling, green composting, and large-scale
    
reuse of construction and demolition materials and debris.
        (9) Water system retrofits to increase water
    
efficiency and conservation.
        (10) Horticulture.
    (b) It is the purpose and intent of this Section to establish a State grant program that develops secondary programs that introduce students to developing green industries.
    (c) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education shall establish a State grant program that develops, through a competitive process, 2-year pilot programs to assist in the creation and promotion of green career and technical education programs in public secondary schools in this State. Preference must be given to proposals that include the integration of academic and career and technical education content, arranged in sequences of courses that lead to post-secondary completion.
    (d) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the implementation of this Section.
    (e) The State Board of Education may use up to 5% of the funds appropriated for the purposes of this Section for administrative costs, including the hiring of positions for the implementation and administration of the grant program, provided that if no appropriation is made to the State Board for a given fiscal year for the purposes of the grant program, then the State Board is not required to make any expenditures in support of the program during that fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 96-659, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.152

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.152)
    Sec. 2-3.152. Community schools.
    (a) This Section applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
    (b) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
        (1) All children are capable of success.
        (2) Schools are the centers of vibrant communities.
        (3) Strong families build strong educational
    
communities.
        (4) Children succeed when adults work together to
    
foster positive educational outcomes.
        (5) Schools work best when families take active roles
    
in the education of children.
        (6) Schools today are limited in their ability to
    
dedicate time and resources to provide a wide range of educational opportunities to students because of the focus on standardized test outcomes.
        (7) By providing learning opportunities outside of
    
normal school hours, including programs on life skills and health, students are more successful academically, more engaged in their communities, safer, and better prepared to make a successful transition from school to adulthood.
        (8) A community school is a traditional school that
    
actively partners with its community to leverage existing resources and identify new resources to support the transformation of the school to provide enrichment and additional life skill opportunities for students, parents, and community members at-large. Each community school is unique because its programming is designed by and for the school staff, in partnership with parents, community stakeholders, and students.
        (9) Community schools currently exist in this State
    
in urban, rural, and suburban communities.
        (10) Research shows that community schools have a
    
powerful positive impact on students, as demonstrated by increased academic success, a positive change in attitudes toward school and learning, and decreased behavioral problems.
        (11) After-school and evening programs offered by
    
community schools provide academic enrichment consistent with the Illinois Learning Standards and general school curriculum; an opportunity for physical fitness activities for students, fine arts programs, structured learning "play" time, and other recreational opportunities; a safe haven for students; and work supports for working families.
        (12) Community schools are cost-effective because
    
they leverage existing resources provided by local, State, federal, and private sources and bring programs to the schools, where the students are already congregated. Community schools have been shown to leverage between $5 to $8 in existing programming for every $1 spent on a community school.
    (c) Subject to an appropriation or the availability of funding for such purposes, the State Board of Education shall make grants available to fund community schools and to enhance programs at community schools. A request-for-proposal process must be used in awarding grants under this subsection (c). Proposals may be submitted on behalf of a school, a school district, or a consortium of 2 or more schools or school districts. Proposals must be evaluated and scored on the basis of criteria consistent with this Section and other factors developed and adopted by the State Board of Education. Technical assistance in grant writing must be made available to schools, school districts, or consortia of school districts through the State Board of Education directly or through a resource and referral directory established and maintained by the State Board of Education.
    (d) In order to qualify for a community school grant under this Section, a school must, at a minimum, have the following components:
        (1) Before and after-school programming each school
    
day to meet the identified needs of students.
        (2) Weekend programming.
        (3) At least 4 weeks of summer programming.
        (4) A local advisory group comprised of school
    
leadership, parents, and community stakeholders that establishes school-specific programming goals, assesses program needs, and oversees the process of implementing expanded programming.
        (5) A program director or resource coordinator who is
    
responsible for establishing a local advisory group, assessing the needs of students and community members, identifying programs to meet those needs, developing the before and after-school, weekend, and summer programming and overseeing the implementation of programming to ensure high quality, efficiency, and robust participation.
        (6) Programming that includes academic excellence
    
aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, life skills, healthy minds and bodies, parental support, and community engagement and that promotes staying in school and non-violent behavior and non-violent conflict resolution.
        (7) Maintenance of attendance records in all
    
programming components.
        (8) Maintenance of measurable data showing annual
    
participation and the impact of programming on the participating children and adults.
        (9) Documentation of true collaboration between the
    
school and community stakeholders, including local governmental units, civic organizations, families, businesses, and social service providers.
        (10) A non-discrimination policy ensuring that the
    
community school does not condition participation upon race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or disability.
(Source: P.A. 96-746, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.153

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.153)
    Sec. 2-3.153. Survey of learning conditions.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall administer a climate survey, identified by and paid for by the State Board of Education, to provide feedback from, at a minimum, students in grades 4 through 12 and teachers on the instructional environment within a school. Each school district shall annually administer the climate survey in every public school attendance center by a date specified by the State Superintendent of Education, and data resulting from the instrument's administration must be provided to the State Board of Education. The survey component that requires completion by the teachers must be administered during teacher meetings or professional development days or at other times that would not interfere with the teachers' regular classroom and direct instructional duties. The State Superintendent shall publicly report on the survey indicators of learning conditions resulting from administration of the instrument at the individual school, district, and State levels and shall identify whether the indicators result from an anonymous administration of the instrument.
    (b) A school district may elect to use, on a district-wide basis and at the school district's sole cost and expense, an alternate climate survey of learning conditions instrument pre-approved by the State Superintendent under subsection (c) of this Section in lieu of the State-adopted climate survey, provided that:
        (1) the school district notifies the State Board of
    
Education, on a form provided by the State Superintendent, of its intent to administer an alternate climate survey on or before a date established by the State Superintendent for each school;
        (2) the notification submitted to the State Board
    
under paragraph (1) of this subsection (b) must be accompanied by a certification signed by the president of the local teachers' exclusive bargaining representative and president of the school board indicating that the alternate survey has been agreed to by the teachers' exclusive bargaining representative and the school board;
        (3) the school district's administration of the
    
alternate instrument, including providing to the State Board of Education data and reports suitable to be published on school report cards and the State School Report Card Internet website, is performed in accordance with the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section; and
        (4) the alternate instrument is administered each
    
school year.
    (c) The State Superintendent, in consultation with teachers, principals, superintendents, and other appropriate stakeholders, shall administer an approval process through which at least 2, but not more than 3, alternate survey of learning conditions instruments will be approved by the State Superintendent following a determination by the State Superintendent that each approved instrument:
        (1) meets all requirements of subsection (a) of this
    
Section;
        (2) provides a summation of indicator results of the
    
alternative survey by a date established by the State Superintendent in a manner that allows the indicator results to be included on school report cards pursuant to Section 10-17a of this Code by October 31 of the school year following the instrument's administration;
        (3) provides summary reports for each district and
    
attendance center intended for parents and community stakeholders;
        (4) meets scale reliability requirements using
    
accepted testing measures;
        (5) provides research-based evidence linking
    
instrument content to one or more improved student outcomes; and
        (6) has undergone and documented testing to prove
    
validity and reliability.
The State Superintendent shall periodically review and update the list of approved alternate survey instruments, provided that at least 2, but no more than 3, alternate survey instruments shall be approved for use during any school year.
    (d) Nothing contained in this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly repeals, supersedes, invalidates, or nullifies final decisions in lawsuits pending on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly in Illinois courts involving the interpretation of Public Act 97-8.
(Source: P.A. 100-1046, eff. 8-23-18.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.154

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.154)
    Sec. 2-3.154. Low Performing Schools Intervention Program. From any funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for the purposes of intervening in low performing schools, the State Superintendent may, in his or her discretion, select school districts and schools in which to directly or indirectly intervene; provided however that such school districts and schools are within the lowest 5% in terms of performance in the State as determined by the State Superintendent. Intervention may take the form of a needs assessment or additional, more intensive intervention, as determined by the State Superintendent. Expenditures from funds appropriated for this purpose may include, without limitation, contracts, grants and travel to support the intervention.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.155

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.155)
    Sec. 2-3.155. Textbook block grant program.
    (a) The provisions of this Section are in the public interest, for the public benefit, and serve secular public purposes.
    (b) As used in this Section, "textbook" means any book or book substitute that a pupil uses as a text or text substitute, including electronic textbooks. "Textbook" includes books, reusable workbooks, manuals, whether bound or in loose-leaf form, instructional computer software, and electronic textbooks and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks intended as a principal source of study material for a given class or group of students. "Textbook" also includes science curriculum materials in a kit format that includes pre-packaged consumable materials if (i) it is shown that the materials serve as a textbook substitute, (ii) the materials are for use by the pupils as a principal learning source, (iii) each component of the materials is integrally necessary to teach the requirements of the intended course, (iv) the kit includes teacher guidance materials, and (v) the purchase of individual consumable materials is not allowed.
    (c) Subject to annual appropriation by the General Assembly, the State Board of Education is authorized to provide annual funding to public school districts and State-recognized, non-public schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the purchase of selected textbooks. The textbooks authorized to be purchased under this Section are limited without exception to textbooks for use in any public school and that are secular, non-religious, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Illinois Human Rights Act. Textbooks authorized to be purchased under this Section must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act. Each public school district and State-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks. The per pupil grant amount must be calculated by the State Board of Education utilizing the total appropriation made for these purposes divided by the most current student enrollment data available.
    (d) The State Board of Education may adopt rules as necessary for the implementation of this Section and to ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program, as well as provide for the monitoring of all textbooks authorized in this Section to be purchased directly by State-recognized, nonpublic schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19; 101-227, eff. 7-1-20; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.156

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.156)
    Sec. 2-3.156. Mathematics curriculum models.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall, immediately following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, coordinate the acquisition, adaptation, and development of middle and high school mathematics curriculum models to aid school districts and teachers in implementing standards for all students. The acquisition, adaptation, and development process shall include the input of representatives of statewide educational organizations and stakeholders, including without limitation all of the following:
        (1) Representatives of a statewide mathematics
    
professional organization.
        (2) Representatives of statewide teacher
    
organizations.
        (3) Representatives of statewide school
    
administrator organizations.
        (4) Experts in higher education mathematics
    
instruction.
        (5) Experts in curriculum design.
        (6) Experts in professional development design.
        (7) State education policymakers and advisors.
        (8) A representative from the Department of Commerce
    
and Economic Opportunity.
        (9) Higher education faculty.
        (10) Representatives of statewide school board
    
organizations.
        (11) Representatives of statewide principal
    
organizations.
    (b) The curriculum models under this Section shall include without limitation all of the following:
        (1) Scope-and-sequence descriptions for middle and
    
high school mathematics progressions, building content and skill acquisition across the grades.
        (2) Recommendations of curricula for the final year
    
of mathematics or math-equivalent instruction before graduation.
        (3) Sample lesson plans to illustrate instructional
    
materials and methods for specific standards.
        (4) Model high school course designs that
    
demonstrate effective student pathways to mathematics-standards attainment by graduation.
        (5) Training programs for teachers and
    
administrators, to be made available in both traditional and electronic formats for regional and local delivery.
    (c) The curriculum models under this Section must be completed no later than March 1, 2013.
    (d) The curriculum models and training programs under this Section must be made available to all school districts, which may choose to adopt or adapt the models in lieu of developing their own mathematics curricula. The Illinois P-20 Council shall submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the extent and effect of utilization of the curriculum models by school districts. Within 4 years after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, State mathematics test results and higher education mathematics remediation data must be used to gauge the effectiveness of high school mathematics instruction and the extent of standards attainment and be used to guide the continuous improvement of the mathematics curriculum and instruction.
(Source: P.A. 97-704, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.157

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.157)
    Sec. 2-3.157. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-2-14.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.158

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.158)
    Sec. 2-3.158. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-790, eff. 7-25-14. Repealed internally, eff. 12-31-15.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.159

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.159)
    Sec. 2-3.159. State Seal of Biliteracy.
    (a) In this Section, "foreign language" means any language other than English, including all modern languages, Latin, American Sign Language, Native American languages, and native languages.
    (b) The State Seal of Biliteracy program is established to recognize public and non-public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. School district and non-public school participation in this program is voluntary.
    (c) The purposes of the State Seal of Biliteracy are as follows:
        (1) To encourage pupils to study languages.
        (2) To certify attainment of biliteracy.
        (3) To provide employers with a method of
    
identifying people with language and biliteracy skills.
        (4) To provide universities with an additional
    
method to recognize applicants seeking admission.
        (5) To prepare pupils with 21st century skills.
        (6) To recognize the value of foreign language and
    
native language instruction in public and non-public schools.
        (7) To strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm
    
the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community.
    (d) The State Seal of Biliteracy certifies attainment of a high level of proficiency, sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career, by a graduating public or non-public high school pupil in one or more languages in addition to English.
    (e) The State Board of Education shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish the criteria that pupils must achieve to earn a State Seal of Biliteracy, which may include without limitation attainment of units of credit in English language arts and languages other than English and passage of such assessments of foreign language proficiency as may be approved by the State Board of Education for this purpose. These rules shall ensure that the criteria that pupils must achieve to earn a State Seal of Biliteracy meet the course credit criteria established under subsection (i) of this Section.
    (e-5) To demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency for eligibility to receive a State Seal of Biliteracy under this Section, the State Board of Education shall allow a pupil to provide his or her school district with evidence of completion of any of the following, in accordance with guidelines for proficiency adopted by the State Board:
        (1) An AP (Advanced Placement) English Language and
    
Composition Exam.
        (2) An English language arts dual credit course.
        (3) Transitional coursework in English language arts
    
articulated in partnership with a public community college as an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) College and Career Readiness Indicator.
    (f) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:
        (1) Prepare and deliver to participating school
    
districts and non-public schools an appropriate mechanism for designating the State Seal of Biliteracy on the diploma and transcript of the pupil indicating that the pupil has been awarded a State Seal of Biliteracy by the State Board of Education.
        (2) Provide other information the State Board of
    
Education deems necessary for school districts and non-public schools to successfully participate in the program.
    (g) A school district or non-public school that participates in the program under this Section shall do both of the following:
        (1) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify
    
pupils who have earned a State Seal of Biliteracy.
        (2) Make the appropriate designation on the
    
diploma and transcript of each pupil who earns a State Seal of Biliteracy.
    (h) No fee shall be charged to a pupil to receive the designation pursuant to this Section. Notwithstanding this prohibition, costs may be incurred by the pupil in demonstrating proficiency, including without limitation any assessments required under subsection (e) of this Section.
    (i) For admissions purposes, each public university in this State shall accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates that he or she will be receiving or has received the State Seal of Biliteracy.
    (j) Each public community college and public university in this State shall establish criteria to translate a State Seal of Biliteracy into course credit based on foreign language course equivalencies identified by the community college's or university's faculty and staff and, upon request from an enrolled student, the community college or university shall award foreign language course credit to a student who has received a State Seal of Biliteracy. Students enrolled in a public community college or public university who have received a State Seal of Biliteracy must request course credit for their seal within 3 academic years after graduating from high school.
(Source: P.A. 101-222, eff. 1-1-20; 101-503, eff. 8-23-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.160

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.160)
    Sec. 2-3.160. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15. Repealed internally, eff. July 1, 2015. P.A. 99-65 contained an extension of the internal repealer, but did not take effect until July 16, 2015.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.161

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.161)
    Sec. 2-3.161. Definition of dyslexia; reading instruction advisory group; handbook.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall incorporate, in both general education and special education, the following definition of dyslexia:
        Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is
    
neurobiological in origin. Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) The State Board of Education shall develop and maintain a handbook to be made available on its Internet website that provides guidance for pupils, parents or guardians, and teachers on the subject of dyslexia. The handbook shall include, but is not limited to:
        (1) guidelines for teachers and parents or guardians
    
on how to identify signs of dyslexia;
        (2) a description of educational strategies that have
    
been shown to improve the academic performance of pupils with dyslexia; and
        (3) a description of resources and services available
    
to pupils with dyslexia, parents or guardians of pupils with dyslexia, and teachers.
    The State Board shall review the handbook once every 4 years to update, if necessary, the guidelines, educational strategies, or resources and services made available in the handbook.
(Source: P.A. 102-539, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.162

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.162)
    Sec. 2-3.162. Student discipline report; school discipline improvement plan.
    (a) On or before October 31, 2015 and on or before October 31 of each subsequent year, the State Board of Education, through the State Superintendent of Education, shall prepare a report on student discipline in all school districts in this State, including State-authorized charter schools. This report shall include data from all public schools within school districts, including district-authorized charter schools. This report must be posted on the Internet website of the State Board of Education. The report shall include data on the issuance of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and removals to alternative settings in lieu of another disciplinary action, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, gender, age, grade level, whether a student is an English learner, incident type, and discipline duration.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall analyze the data under subsection (a) of this Section on an annual basis and determine the top 20% of school districts for the following metrics:
        (1) Total number of out-of-school suspensions divided
    
by the total district enrollment by the last school day in September for the year in which the data was collected, multiplied by 100.
        (2) Total number of out-of-school expulsions divided
    
by the total district enrollment by the last school day in September for the year in which the data was collected, multiplied by 100.
        (3) Racial disproportionality, defined as the
    
overrepresentation of students of color or white students in comparison to the total number of students of color or white students on October 1st of the school year in which data are collected, with respect to the use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, which must be calculated using the same method as the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights uses.
    The analysis must be based on data collected over 3 consecutive school years, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
    Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the State Board of Education shall require each of the school districts that are identified in the top 20% of any of the metrics described in this subsection (b) for 3 consecutive years to submit a plan identifying the strategies the school district will implement to reduce the use of exclusionary disciplinary practices or racial disproportionality or both, if applicable. School districts that no longer meet the criteria described in any of the metrics described in this subsection (b) for 3 consecutive years shall no longer be required to submit a plan.
    This plan may be combined with any other improvement plans required under federal or State law.
    The calculation of the top 20% of any of the metrics described in this subsection (b) shall exclude all school districts, State-authorized charter schools, and special charter districts that issued fewer than a total of 10 out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, whichever is applicable, during the school year. The calculation of the top 20% of the metric described in subdivision (3) of this subsection (b) shall exclude all school districts with an enrollment of fewer than 50 white students or fewer than 50 students of color.
    The plan must be approved at a public school board meeting and posted on the school district's Internet website. Within one year after being identified, the school district shall submit to the State Board of Education and post on the district's Internet website a progress report describing the implementation of the plan and the results achieved.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.163

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.163)
    Sec. 2-3.163. Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database.
    (a) The General Assembly makes all of the following findings:
        (1) The Department of Human Services maintains a
    
statewide database known as the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services.
        (2) The Department of Human Services uses the data on
    
Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs.
        (3) Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services is
    
available for children and adults with a developmental disability who have an unmet service need anticipated in the next 5 years.
        (4) Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services is
    
the first step toward getting developmental disabilities services in this State. If individuals are not on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting list, they are not in queue for State developmental disabilities services.
        (5) Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services
    
may be underutilized by children and their parents or guardians due to lack of awareness or lack of information.
    (b) The State Board of Education may work with school districts to inform all students with developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians about the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database.
    (c) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services and State Board of Education shall develop and implement an online, computer-based training program for at least one designated employee in every public school in this State to educate him or her about the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database and steps to be taken to ensure children and adolescents are enrolled. The training shall include instruction for at least one designated employee in every public school in contacting the appropriate developmental disabilities Independent Service Coordination agency to enroll children and adolescents in the database. At least one designated employee in every public school shall ensure the opportunity to enroll in the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database is discussed during annual individualized education program (IEP) meetings for all children and adolescents believed to have a developmental disability.
    (d) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Department of Human Services, through school districts, shall provide to parents and guardians of students a copy of the Department of Human Services's guide titled "Understanding PUNS: A Guide to Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services" each year at the annual review meeting for the student's individualized education program, including the consideration required in subsection (e) of this Section.
    (e) The Department of Human Services shall consider the length of time spent on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting list, in addition to other factors considered, when selecting individuals on the list for services.
(Source: P.A. 102-57, eff. 7-9-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.164

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.164)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 16, 2020)
    Sec. 2-3.164. Attendance Commission.
    (a) The Attendance Commission is created within the State Board of Education to study the issue of chronic absenteeism in this State and make recommendations for strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism. The Commission shall consist of all of the following members:
        (1) The Director of the Department of Children and
    
Family Services or his or her designee.
        (2) The Chairperson of the State Board of Education
    
or his or her designee.
        (3) The Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education
    
or his or her designee.
        (4) The Secretary of the Department of Human Services
    
or his or her designee.
        (5) The Director of the Department of Public Health
    
or his or her designee.
        (6) The Chairperson of the Illinois Community College
    
Board or his or her designee.
        (7) The Chairperson of the State Charter School
    
Commission or his or her designee.
        (8) An individual that deals with children's
    
disabilities, impairments, and social emotional issues, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (9) One member from each of the following
    
organizations, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education:
            (A) A non-profit organization that advocates for
        
students in temporary living situations.
            (B) An Illinois-focused, non-profit organization
        
that advocates for the well-being of all children and families in this State.
            (C) An Illinois non-profit, anti-crime
        
organization of law enforcement that researches and recommends early learning and youth development strategies to reduce crime.
            (D) An Illinois non-profit organization that
        
conducts community-organizing around family issues.
            (E) A statewide professional teachers'
        
organization.
            (F) A different statewide professional teachers'
        
organization.
            (G) A professional teachers' organization in a
        
city having a population exceeding 500,000.
            (H) An association representing school
        
administrators.
            (I) An association representing school board
        
members.
            (J) An association representing school principals.
            (K) An association representing regional
        
superintendents of schools.
            (L) An association representing parents.
            (M) An association representing high school
        
districts.
            (N) An association representing large unit
        
districts.
            (O) An organization that advocates for healthier
        
school environments in Illinois.
            (P) An organization that advocates for the health
        
and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing capacity building services.
            (Q) A statewide association of local
        
philanthropic organizations that advocates for effective educational, health, and human service policies to improve this State's communities.
            (R) A statewide organization that advocates for
        
partnerships among schools, families, and the community that provide access to support and remove barriers to learning and development, using schools as hubs.
            (S) An organization representing statewide
        
programs actively involved in truancy intervention.
    Attendance Commission members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses from appropriations to the State Board of Education available for that purpose and subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board.
    (b) The Attendance Commission shall meet initially at the call of the State Superintendent of Education. The members shall elect a chairperson at their initial meeting. Thereafter, the Attendance Commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson. The Attendance Commission shall hold hearings on a periodic basis to receive testimony from the public regarding attendance.
    (c) The Attendance Commission shall identify strategies, mechanisms, and approaches to help parents, educators, principals, superintendents, and the State Board of Education address and prevent chronic absenteeism and shall recommend to the General Assembly and State Board of Education:
        (1) a standard for attendance and chronic
    
absenteeism, defining attendance as a calculation of standard clock hours in a day that equal a full day based on instructional minutes for both a half day and a full day per learning environment;
        (2) mechanisms to improve data systems to monitor and
    
track chronic absenteeism across this State in a way that identifies trends from prekindergarten through grade 12 and allows the identification of students who need individualized chronic absenteeism prevention plans;
        (3) mechanisms for reporting and accountability for
    
schools and districts across this State, including creating multiple measure indexes for reporting;
        (4) best practices for utilizing attendance and
    
chronic absenteeism data to create multi-tiered systems of support and prevention that will result in students being ready for college and career; and
        (5) new initiatives and responses to ongoing
    
challenges presented by chronic absenteeism.
    (d) The State Board of Education shall provide administrative support to the Commission. The Attendance Commission shall submit an initial report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than March 15, 2016. The Attendance Commission shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than December 15, 2016 and each December 15 thereafter.
    (e) The Attendance Commission is abolished and this Section is repealed on December 16, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 99-432, eff. 8-21-15; 99-601, eff. 7-22-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.165

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.165)
    Sec. 2-3.165. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16. Repealed internally, eff. 6-1-16)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.166

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.166)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-267)
    Sec. 2-3.166. Youth suicide awareness and prevention.
    (a) This Section may be referred to as Ann Marie's Law.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:
        (1) In consultation with a youth suicide prevention
    
organization operating in this State and organizations representing school boards and school personnel, develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy that is consistent with subsection (c) of this Section.
        (2) Compile, develop, and post on its publicly
    
accessible Internet website both of the following, which may include materials already publicly available:
            (A) Recommended guidelines and educational
        
materials for training and professional development.
            (B) Recommended resources and age-appropriate
        
educational materials on youth suicide awareness and prevention.
    (c) The model policy developed by the State Board of Education under subsection (b) of this Section and any policy adopted by a school board under subsection (d) of this Section shall include all of the following:
        (1) A statement on youth suicide awareness and
    
prevention.
        (2) Protocols for administering youth suicide
    
awareness and prevention education to staff and students.
        (3) Methods of prevention, including procedures for
    
early identification and referral of students at risk of suicide.
        (4) Methods of intervention, including procedures
    
that address an emotional or mental health safety plan for students identified as being at increased risk of suicide.
        (5) Methods of responding to a student or staff
    
suicide or suicide attempt.
        (6) Reporting procedures.
        (7) Recommended resources on youth suicide awareness
    
and prevention programs, including current contact information for such programs.
    (d) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, each school board shall review and update its current suicide awareness and prevention policy to be consistent with subsection (c) of this Section or adopt an age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policy consistent with subsection (c) of this Section, inform each school district employee and the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the school district of such policy, and post such policy on the school district's publicly accessible Internet website. The policy adopted by a school board under this subsection (d) may be based upon the model policy developed by the State Board of Education under subsection (b) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-443, eff. 8-21-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-267)
    Sec. 2-3.166. Youth suicide awareness and prevention.
    (a) This Section may be referred to as Ann Marie's Law.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:
        (1) In consultation with a youth suicide prevention
    
organization operating in this State and organizations representing school boards and school personnel, develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy that is consistent with subsection (c) of this Section.
        (2) Compile, develop, and post on its publicly
    
accessible Internet website both of the following, which may include materials already publicly available:
            (A) Recommended guidelines and educational
        
materials for training and professional development.
            (B) Recommended resources and age-appropriate
        
educational materials on youth suicide awareness and prevention.
    (c) The model policy developed by the State Board of Education under subsection (b) of this Section and any policy adopted by a school board under subsection (d) of this Section shall include all of the following:
        (1) A statement on youth suicide awareness and
    
prevention.
        (2) Protocols for administering youth suicide
    
awareness and prevention education to staff and students.
        (3) Methods of prevention, including procedures for
    
early identification and referral of students at risk of suicide.
        (4) Methods of intervention, including procedures
    
that address an emotional or mental health safety plan for students identified as being at increased risk of suicide, including those students who:
            (A) suffer from a mental health disorder;
            (B) suffer from a substance abuse disorder;
            (C) engage in self-harm or have previously
        
attempted suicide;
            (D) reside in an out-of-home placement;
            (E) are experiencing homelessness;
            (F) are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or
        
questioning (LGBTQ);
            (G) are bereaved by suicide; or
            (H) have a medical condition or certain types of
        
disabilities.
        (5) Methods of responding to a student or staff
    
suicide or suicide attempt.
        (6) Reporting procedures.
        (7) Recommended resources on youth suicide awareness
    
and prevention programs, including current contact information for such programs.
    (d) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, each school board shall review and update its current suicide awareness and prevention policy to be consistent with subsection (c) of this Section or adopt an age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policy consistent with subsection (c) of this Section, inform each school district employee and the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the school district of such policy, and post such policy on the school district's publicly accessible Internet website. The policy adopted by a school board under this subsection (d) may be based upon the model policy developed by the State Board of Education under subsection (b) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-267, eff. 7-1-22.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.167

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.167)
    Sec. 2-3.167. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17. Repealed internally, eff. 7-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.168

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.168)
    Sec. 2-3.168. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17. Repealed by P.A. 102-458, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.169

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.169)
    Sec. 2-3.169. State Global Scholar Certification.
    (a) The State Global Scholar Certification Program is established to recognized public high school graduates who have attained global competence. State Global Scholar Certification shall be awarded beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. School district participation in this certification is voluntary.
    (b) The purposes of State Global Scholar Certification are as follows:
        (1) To recognize the value of a global education.
        (2) To certify attainment of global competence.
        (3) To provide employers with a method of identifying
    
globally competent employees.
        (4) To provide colleges and universities with an
    
additional method to recognize applicants seeking admission.
        (5) To prepare students with 21st century skills.
        (6) To encourage the development of a globally ready
    
workforce in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), manufacturing, agriculture, and service sectors.
    (c) State Global Scholar Certification confirms attainment of global competence, sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career, by a graduating public high school student.
    (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish the criteria that students must achieve to earn State Global Scholar Certification, which shall minimally include attainment of units of credit in globally focused courses, service learning experiences, global collaboration and dialogue, and passage of a capstone project demonstrating global competency, as approved by the participating school district for this purpose.
    (e) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:
        (1) Prepare and deliver to participating school
    
districts an appropriate mechanism for designating State Global Scholar Certification on the diploma and transcript of a student indicating that the student has been awarded State Global Scholar Certification by the State Board of Education.
        (2) Provide other information the State Board of
    
Education deems necessary for school districts to successfully participate in the certification.
    (f) A school district that participates in certification under this Section shall do both of the following:
        (1) Maintain appropriate records in order to identify
    
students who have earned State Global Scholar Certification.
        (2) Make the appropriate designation on the diploma
    
and transcript of each student who earns State Global Scholar Certification.
    (g) No fee may be charged to a student to receive the designation pursuant to the Section. Notwithstanding this prohibition, costs may be incurred by the student in demonstrating proficiency.
(Source: P.A. 99-780, eff. 8-12-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.170

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.170)
    Sec. 2-3.170. Property tax relief pool grants.
    (a) As used in this Section,
    "EAV" means equalized assessed valuation as defined under Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    "Property tax multiplier" equals one minus the square of the school district's Local Capacity Percentage, as defined in Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    "Local capacity percentage multiplier" means one minus the school district's Local Capacity Percentage, as defined in Section 18-8.15.
    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
    (b) Subject to appropriation, the State Board shall provide grants to eligible school districts that provide tax relief to the school district's residents, which may be no greater than 1% of EAV for a unit district, 0.69% of EAV for an elementary school district, or 0.31% of EAV for a high school district, as provided in this Section.
    (b-5) School districts may apply for property tax relief under this Section concurrently to setting their levy for the fiscal year. The intended relief may not be greater than 1% of the EAV for a unit district, 0.69% of the EAV for an elementary school district, or 0.31% of the EAV for a high school district, multiplied by the school district's local capacity percentage multiplier. The State Board shall process applications for relief, providing a grant to those districts with the highest operating tax rate, as determined by those districts with the highest percentage of the simple average operating tax rate of districts of the same type, either elementary, high school, or unit, first, in an amount equal to the intended relief multiplied by the property tax multiplier. The State Board shall provide grants to school districts in order of priority until the property tax relief pool is exhausted. If more school districts apply for relief under this subsection than there are funds available, the State Board must distribute the grants and prorate any remaining funds to the final school district that qualifies for grant relief. The abatement amount for that district must be equal to the grant amount divided by the property tax multiplier.
    If a school district receives the State Board's approval of a grant under this Section by March 1 of the fiscal year, the school district shall present a duly authorized and approved abatement resolution by March 30 of the fiscal year to the county clerk of each county in which the school files its levy, authorizing the county clerk to lower the school district's levy by the amount designated in its application to the State Board. When the preceding requisites are satisfied, the county clerk shall reduce the amount collected for the school district by the amount indicated in the school district's abatement resolution for that fiscal year.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) School districts seeking grants under this Section shall apply to the State Board each year. All applications to the State Board for grants shall include the amount of the tax relief intended by the school district.
    (e) Each year, based on the most recent available data provided by school districts pursuant to Section 18-8.15 of this Code, the State Board shall calculate the order of priority for grant eligibility under subsection (b-5) and publish a list of the school districts eligible for relief. The State Board shall provide grants in the manner provided under subsection (b-5).
    (f) The State Board shall publish a final list of eligible grant recipients and provide payment of the grants by March 1 of each year.
    (g) If notice of eligibility from the State Board is received by a school district by March 1, then by March 30, the school district shall file an abatement of its property tax levy in an amount equal to the grant received under this Section divided by the property tax multiplier. Payment of all grant amounts shall be made by June 1 each fiscal year. The State Superintendent of Education shall establish the timeline in such cases in which notice cannot be made by March 1.
    (h) The total property tax relief allowable to a school district under this Section shall be calculated based on the total amount of reduction in the school district's aggregate extension. The total grant shall be equal to the reduction, multiplied by the property tax multiplier. The reduction shall be equal to 1% of a district's EAV for a unit school district, 0.69% for an elementary school district, or 0.31% for a high school district, multiplied by the school district's local capacity percentage multiplier.
    (i) If the State Board does not expend all appropriations allocated pursuant to this Section, then any remaining funds shall be allocated pursuant to Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    (j) The State Board shall prioritize payments under Section 18-8.15 of this Code over payments under this Section, if necessary.
    (k) Any grants received by a school district shall be included in future calculations of that school district's Base Funding Minimum under Section 18-8.15 of this Code. Beginning with Fiscal Year 2020, if a school district receives a grant under this Section, the school district must present to the county clerk a duly authorized and approved abatement resolution by March 30 for the year in which the school district receives the grant and the successive fiscal year following the receipt of the grant, authorizing the county clerk to lower the school district's levy by the amount designated in its original application to the State Board. After receiving a resolution, the county clerk must reduce the amount collected for the school district by the amount indicated in the school district's abatement resolution for that fiscal year. If a school district does not abate in this amount for the successive fiscal year, the grant amount may not be included in the school district's Base Funding Minimum under Section 18-8.15 in the fiscal year following the tax year in which the abatement is not authorized and in any future fiscal year thereafter, and the county clerk must notify the State Board of the increase no later 30 days after it occurs.
    (l) In the immediate 2 consecutive tax years following receipt of a Property Tax Pool Relief Grant, the aggregate extension base of any school district receiving a grant under this Section, for purposes of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law, shall include the tax relief the school district provided in the previous taxable year under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 100-582, eff. 3-23-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-17, eff. 6-14-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.171

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.171)
    Sec. 2-3.171. Entrepreneurial skills teaching resources. The State Board of Education shall post resources regarding the teaching of entrepreneurial skills for use by school districts with secondary schools. The State Board of Education shall gather input from business groups and universities when developing the list of resources.
(Source: P.A. 100-174, eff. 1-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.172

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.172)
    Sec. 2-3.172. High-skilled manufacturing teaching resources. The State Board of Education shall post resources regarding the teaching of high-skilled manufacturing, to be used in high schools and vocational education programs.
(Source: P.A. 100-175, eff. 1-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.173

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.173)
    Sec. 2-3.173. Substitute teachers; recruiting firms.
    (a) In this Section, "recruiting firm" means a company with expertise in finding qualified applicants for positions and screening those potential workers for an employer.
    (b) By January 1, 2019, the State Board of Education shall implement a program and adopt rules to allow school districts to supplement their substitute teacher recruitment for elementary and secondary schools with the use of recruiting firms, subject to the other provisions of this Section. To qualify for the program, a school district shall demonstrate to the State Board that, because of the severity of its substitute teacher shortage, it is unable to find an adequate amount of substitute or retired teachers and has exhausted all other efforts. Substitute teachers provided by a recruiting firm must adhere to all mandated State laws, rules, and screening requirements for substitute teachers not provided by a recruiting firm and must be paid on the same wage scale as substitute teachers not provided by a recruiting firm. This Section shall not be construed to require school districts to use recruiting firms for substitute teachers. A school district may not use a recruiting firm under this Section to circumvent any collective bargaining agreements or State laws, rules, or screening requirements for teachers. A school district may not reduce the number of full-time staff members of a department as a result of hiring a substitute teacher recruiting firm. In the event of a teacher's strike, a school district may not use a recruiting firm to hire a substitute teacher.
    (c) A school district organized under Article 34 of this Code may contract with a substitute teacher recruiting firm under this Section only if the district meets the following requirements:
        (1) certifies to the State Board of Education that it
    
has adequate funds to fill and pay for all substitute teacher positions;
        (2) prioritizes existing substitute teachers over
    
substitute teachers from recruiting firms;
        (3) files copies of all substitute teacher contracts
    
with the State Board of Education; and
        (4) requires that the substitute teacher recruiting
    
firm file an annual report with the school district that would include the number of substitute teachers that were placed in the district, the total cost of the contract to the district, and the percentage of substitute teacher openings that were filled.
    (d) A substitute teacher recruiting firm may enter into an agreement with a labor organization that has a collective bargaining agreement with a school district.
(Source: P.A. 100-813, eff. 8-13-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.174

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.174)
    Sec. 2-3.174. Supporting Future Teachers Program.
    (a) In this Section:
    "English learner" means a child included in the definition of "English learners" under Section 14C-2 of this Code.
    "Low-income student" means a student that would be included in an Organizational Unit's Low-Income Count, as calculated under Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    "Program" means the Supporting Future Teachers Program established under this Section.
    "Qualified participant" means a high school graduate who: (i) can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English or is a recipient of a State Seal of Biliteracy or, at any one time during pre-kindergarten through grade 12, was identified as a low-income student; and (ii) is a member of the community in which the participating school district is located. A "qualified participant" must be enrolled in an educator preparation program approved by the State Board of Education at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in this State.
    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
    (b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State Board shall establish and maintain the Supporting Future Teachers Program to assist qualified participants in acquiring a Professional Educator License.
    (c) Each participating school district shall partner with an educator preparation program approved by the State Board at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in this State. Each qualified participant enrolled in the Program through the school district must be enrolled at least part-time each semester at that institution of higher education in its educator preparation program and be working toward a Professional Educator License.
    (d) A qualified participant shall no longer qualify for the Program if at any time the participating school district or the institution of higher education determines that the qualified participant is no longer making substantial progress toward a degree in an approved educator preparation program.
    (e) Throughout each semester of participation in the Program, the qualified participant must be employed by the participating school district and working under the supervision of a school district employee. Duties of the qualified participant may include, but are not limited to (i) working in cooperation with his or her supervisor under this subsection (e) to create classroom curriculum and lesson plans and (ii) working with and mentoring English learners or low-income students on a one-on-one basis.
    Each participating school district may use appropriate State, federal, or local revenue to employ the qualified participant.
    (f) At the end of each school year of the Program, each participating school district shall submit data to the State Board detailing all of the following:
        (1) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
    
the Program.
        (2) The costs associated with the Program.
        (3) The duties assigned to each qualified participant
    
by his or her supervisor.
        (4) The current status of each qualified participant
    
in his or her educator preparation program.
        (5) The qualified participant's Illinois Educator
    
Identification Number, if available.
        (6) Any other information requested by the State
    
Board.
    (g) Prior to the 2023-2024 school year, the State Board shall electronically submit a report to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate detailing the first 4 years of the program, including, but not limited to, the following information:
        (1) The participating school districts in the Program.
        (2) The number of qualified participants enrolled in
    
the Program.
        (3) The costs associated with the Program per school
    
district.
        (4) A summary of the duties assigned to qualified
    
participants by school district supervisors.
        (5) Any other information as determined by the State
    
Board.
    (h) The State Board may establish and adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
    (i) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require a school district to participate in the Program.
(Source: P.A. 100-982, eff. 8-19-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.175

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.175)
    Sec. 2-3.175. Registered apprenticeship program.
    (a) In this Section, "registered apprenticeship program" means an industry-based occupational training program of study with standards reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Labor that meets each of the following characteristics:
        (1) Apprentices in the program are at all times
    
employed by a company participating in the program.
        (2) The program features a structured combination of
    
on-the-job learning supported by related technical classroom instruction, met either by a high school or a public community college.
        (3) Apprentices in the program are paid a training
    
wage of not less than the State minimum wage, which escalates throughout the life of the apprenticeship, and employment is continued with the company following conclusion of the apprenticeship for a period of not less than 2 years.
        (4) Apprentices in the program earn an
    
industry-related occupational skills certificate and a high school diploma.
        (5) Apprentices in the program may earn postsecondary
    
credit toward a certificate or degree, as applicable. "Registered apprenticeship program" does not include an apprenticeship program related to construction, as defined under the Employee Classification Act.
    (b) No later than 6 months after August 20, 2018 (the effective date of Public Act 100-992), the State Board of Education shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to adopt rules as may be necessary to allow students of any high school in this State who are 16 years of age or older to participate in registered apprenticeship programs. The rules shall include the waiver of all non-academic requirements mandated for graduation from a high school under this Code that would otherwise prohibit or prevent a student from participating in a registered apprenticeship program.
(Source: P.A. 100-992, eff. 8-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.176

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.176)
    Sec. 2-3.176. Transfers to Governor's Grant Fund. In addition to any other transfers that may be provided for by law, the State Comptroller shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer from the SBE Federal Agency Services Fund and the SBE Federal Department of Education Fund into the Governor's Grant Fund such amounts as may be directed in writing by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 101-10, eff. 6-5-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.177

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.177)
    Sec. 2-3.177. Transfers to DHS Special Purposes Trust Fund. In addition to any other transfers that may be provided for by law, the State Comptroller shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer from the SBE Federal Agency Services Fund into the DHS Special Purposes Trust Fund such amounts as may be directed in writing by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 101-10, eff. 6-5-19.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.178

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.178)
    Sec. 2-3.178. K-12 Recycling Grant Program.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education must create and administer the K-12 Recycling Grant Program to provide grants to school districts for the implementation or improvement of a school's recycling program. A school district that applies for a grant under this Section may receive a maximum grant amount of $5,000 per school in that district and may use the grant funds only to implement or improve a school's recycling program.
    (b) The State Board must adopt rules to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-10, eff. 6-5-19.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.179

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.179)
    Sec. 2-3.179. Work-based learning database.
    (a) In this Section, "work-based learning" means an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences in which they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability.
    (b) The State Board must develop a work-based learning database to help facilitate relationships between school districts and businesses and expand work-based learning in this State.
(Source: P.A. 101-389, eff. 8-16-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.180

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.180)
    Sec. 2-3.180. School safety and security grants. Subject to appropriation or private donations, the State Board of Education shall award grants to school districts to support school safety and security. Grant funds may be used for school security improvements, including professional development, safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment, including metal detectors and x-ray machines, and facilities, including school-based health centers. The State Board must prioritize the distribution of grants under this Section to school districts designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 under Section 18-8.15.
(Source: P.A. 101-413, eff. 1-1-20; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.181

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.181)
    Sec. 2-3.181. Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant Program.
    (a) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation, is authorized to award competitive grants on an annual basis under a Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant Program. The goal of this grant program is to promote school safety and healthy learning environments by providing schools with additional resources to implement restorative interventions and resolution strategies as alternatives to exclusionary discipline, and to address the full range of students' intellectual, social, emotional, physical, psychological, and moral developmental needs.
    (b) To receive a grant under this program, a school district must submit with its grant application a plan for implementing evidence-based and promising practices that are aligned with the goal of this program. The application may include proposals to (i) hire additional school support personnel, including, but not limited to, restorative justice practitioners, school psychologists, school social workers, and other mental and behavioral health specialists; (ii) use existing school-based resources, community-based resources, or other experts and practitioners to expand alternatives to exclusionary discipline, mental and behavioral health supports, wraparound services, or drug and alcohol treatment; and (iii) provide training for school staff on trauma-informed approaches to meeting students' developmental needs, addressing the effects of toxic stress, restorative justice approaches, conflict resolution techniques, and the effective utilization of school support personnel and community-based services. For purposes of this subsection, "promising practices" means practices that present, based on preliminary information, potential for becoming evidence-based practices.
    Grant funds may not be used to increase the use of school-based law enforcement or security personnel. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit school districts from involving law enforcement personnel when necessary and allowed by law.
    (c) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation for the grant program, shall annually disseminate a request for applications to this program, and funds shall be distributed annually. The criteria to be considered by the State Board of Education in awarding the funds shall be (i) the average ratio of school support personnel to students in the target schools over the preceding 3 school years, with priority given to applications with a demonstrated shortage of school support personnel to meet student needs; and (ii) the degree to which the proposal articulates a comprehensive approach for reducing exclusionary discipline while building safe and healthy learning environments. Priority shall be given to school districts that meet the metrics under subsection (b) of Section 2-3.162.
    (d) The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation for the grant program, shall produce an annual report on the program in cooperation with the school districts participating in the program. The report shall include available quantitative information on the progress being made in reducing exclusionary discipline and the effects of the program on school safety and school climate. This report shall be posted on the State Board of Education's website by October 31 of each year, beginning in 2020.
    (e) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the implementation of this program.
(Source: P.A. 101-438, eff. 8-20-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.182

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.182)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-302)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 2-3.182. Annual census of personnel holding school support personnel endorsements.
    (a) In this Section:
    "School support personnel endorsement" means an endorsement affixed to a Professional Educator License as referenced in subparagraph (G) of paragraph (2) of Section 21B-25 of this Code.
    "Special education joint agreement" means an entity formed pursuant to Section 10-22.31 of this Code.
    (b) No later than December 1, 2023 and each December 1st annually thereafter, the State Board of Education must make available on its website the following information for each school district as of October 1st of each year beginning in 2022:
        (1) The total number of personnel with a school
    
support personnel endorsement and, for each endorsement area:
            (A) those actively employed on a full-time basis
        
by the school district;
            (B) those actively employed on a part-time basis
        
by the school district; and
            (C) those actively employed by a special
        
education joint agreement providing services to students in the school district.
        (2) The total number of students enrolled in the
    
school district and, of that total, the number of students with an individualized education program or a plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
(Source: P.A. 102-302, eff. 1-1-22.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-359)
    Sec. 2-3.182. School unused food sharing plan. School districts shall incorporate a food sharing plan for unused food into their local wellness policy under Section 2-3.139. The food sharing plan shall focus on needy students, with the plan being developed and supported jointly by the district's local health department. Participants in the child nutrition programs, the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) shall adhere to the provisions of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as well as accompanying guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Food Donation Program, to ensure that any leftover food items are properly donated in order to combat potential food insecurity in their communities. For the purpose of this Section, "properly" means in accordance with all federal regulations and State and local health and sanitation codes.
(Source: P.A. 102-359, eff. 8-13-21.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-413)
    Sec. 2-3.182. Anaphylactic policy for school districts.
    (a) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, shall establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts setting forth guidelines and procedures to be followed both for the prevention of anaphylaxis and during a medical emergency resulting from anaphylaxis. The policy shall be developed after consultation with the advisory committee established pursuant to Section 5 of the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. In establishing the policy required under this Section, the State Board shall consider existing requirements and current and best practices for schools regarding allergies and anaphylaxis. The State Board must also consider the voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in schools issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
    (b) The anaphylactic policy established under subsection (a) shall include the following:
        (1) A procedure and treatment plan, including
    
emergency protocols and responsibilities for school nurses and other appropriate school personnel, for responding to anaphylaxis.
        (2) Requirements for a training course for
    
appropriate school personnel on preventing and responding to anaphylaxis.
        (3) A procedure and appropriate guidelines for the
    
development of an individualized emergency health care plan for children with a food or other allergy that could result in anaphylaxis.
        (4) A communication plan for intake and
    
dissemination of information provided by this State regarding children with a food or other allergy that could result in anaphylaxis, including a discussion of methods, treatments, and therapies to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
        (5) Strategies for reducing the risk of exposure to
    
anaphylactic causative agents, including food and other allergens.
        (6) A communication plan for discussion with
    
children who have developed adequate verbal communication and comprehension skills and with the parents or guardians of all children about foods that are safe and unsafe and about strategies to avoid exposure to unsafe food.
    (c) At least once each calendar year, each school district shall send a notification to the parents or guardians of all children under the care of a school to make them aware of the anaphylactic policy. The notification shall include contact information for parents and guardians to engage further with the school to learn more about individualized aspects of the policy.
    (d) At least 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, the anaphylactic policy established under subsection (a) shall be forwarded by the State Board to the school board of each school district in this State. Each school district shall implement or update, as appropriate, its anaphylactic policy in accordance with those developed by the State Board within 6 months after receiving the anaphylactic policy from the State Board.
    (e) The anaphylactic policy established under subsection (a) shall be reviewed and updated, if necessary, at least once every 3 years.
    (f) The State Board shall post the anaphylactic policy established under subsection (a) and resources regarding allergies and anaphylaxis on its website.
    (g) The State Board may adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-413, eff. 8-20-21.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-458)
    Sec. 2-3.182. State Education Equity Committee.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that this State has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings with diverse backgrounds and life experiences and by delivering the comprehensive support, programs, and educational opportunities children need to succeed.
    (b) The State Education Equity Committee is created within the State Board of Education to strive toward ensuring equity in education for all children from birth through grade 12.
    (c) The Committee shall consist of the State Superintendent of Education or the State Superintendent's designee, who shall serve as chairperson, and one member from each of the following organizations appointed by the State Superintendent:
        (1) At least 2 educators who each represent a
    
different statewide professional teachers' organization.
        (2) A professional teachers' organization located in
    
a city having a population exceeding 500,000.
        (3) A statewide association representing school
    
administrators.
        (4) A statewide association representing regional
    
superintendents of schools.
        (5) A statewide association representing school board
    
members.
        (6) A statewide association representing school
    
principals.
        (7) A school district serving a community with a
    
population of 500,000 or more.
        (8) A parent-led organization.
        (9) A student-led organization.
        (10) One community organization that works to foster
    
safe and healthy environments through advocacy for immigrant families and ensuring equitable opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.
        (11) An organization that works for economic,
    
educational, and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.
        (12) One statewide organization whose focus is to
    
narrow or close the achievement gap between students of color and their peers.
        (13) An organization that advocates for healthier
    
school environments in this State.
        (14) One statewide organization that advocates for
    
partnerships among schools, families, and the community, provides access to support, and removes barriers to learning and development, using schools as hubs.
        (15) One organization that advocates for the health
    
and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing capacity building services.
        (16) An organization dedicated to advocating for
    
public policies to prevent homelessness.
        (17) Other appropriate State agencies as determined
    
by the State Superintendent.
    Members appointed to the Committee must reflect, as much as possible, the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of this State.
    (d) Members appointed by the State Superintendent shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses, including travel, from funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for that purpose, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board.
    (e) The Committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but shall meet no less than 3 times a year.
    (f) The Committee shall recognize that, while progress has been made, much remains to be done to address systemic inequities and ensure each and every child is equipped to reach the child's fullest potential and shall:
        (1) guide its work through the principles of equity,
    
equality, collaboration, and community;
        (2) focus its work around the overarching goals of
    
student learning, learning conditions, and elevating educators, all underpinned by equity;
        (3) identify evidence-based practices or policies
    
around these goals to build on this State's progress of ensuring educational equity for all its students in all aspects of birth through grade 12 education; and
        (4) seek input and feedback on identified
    
evidence-based practices or policies from stakeholders, including, but not limited to, parents, students, and educators that reflect the rich diversity of Illinois students.
    (g) The Committee shall submit its recommendations to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than January 31, 2022. By no later December 15, 2023 and each year thereafter, the Committee shall report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education about the additional progress that has been made to achieve educational equity.
(Source: P.A. 102-458, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.183

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.183)
    Sec. 2-3.183. Review of university admission coursework.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall make the review compiled under Section 9.40 of the Board of Higher Education Act available to the public on its Internet website.
    (b) To ensure that every public high school student understands the course expectations for admission into a public university in this State, a school district must make available to students in grades 8 through 12 and their parents or guardians the review compiled under Section 9.40 of the Board of Higher Education Act before the student's course schedule is finalized for the student's particular grade level.
    (c) To ensure that a public high school student is not excluded from enrolling in a public university in this State because of a lack of access to required or recommended coursework, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year and each school year thereafter, every public high school must provide access to each course identified in the review compiled under Section 9.40 of the Board of Higher Education Act to any of its students who request to enroll in the course. If the public high school is unable to offer the course through the school district, the public high school must find an alternative way to offer the course to the student, which may include partnering with another school district, a community college district, an institution of higher education, or some other course provider. No student shall be excluded from participation in a course identified in the review due to financial reasons. Any course offered pursuant to this Section as a dual credit course shall be developed and offered in accordance with the Dual Credit Quality Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.185

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.185)
    Sec. 2-3.185. Computer science standards and courses. On or before December 1, 2021, the State Board of Education shall:
        (1) develop or adopt rigorous learning standards in
    
the area of computer science; and
        (2) analyze and revise, if appropriate, existing
    
course titles dedicated to computer science or develop a short list of existing course titles that are recommended for computer science courses.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.186

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.186)
    Sec. 2-3.186. Freedom Schools; grant program.
    (a) The General Assembly recognizes and values the contributions that Freedom Schools make to enhance the lives of Black students. The General Assembly makes all of the following findings:
        (1) The fundamental goal of the Freedom Schools of
    
the 1960s was to provide quality education for all students, to motivate active civic engagement, and to empower disenfranchised communities. The renowned and progressive curriculum of Freedom Schools allowed students of all ages to experience a new and liberating form of education that directly related to the imperatives of their lives, their communities, and the Freedom Movement.
        (2) Freedom Schools continue to demonstrate the
    
proven benefits of critical civic engagement and intergenerational effects by providing historically disadvantaged students, including African American students and other students of color, with quality instruction that fosters student confidence, critical thinking, and social and emotional development.
        (3) Freedom Schools offer culturally relevant
    
learning opportunities with the academic and social supports that Black children need by utilizing quality teaching, challenging and engaging curricula, wrap-around supports, a positive school climate, and strong ties to family and community. Freedom Schools have a clear focus on results.
        (4) Public schools serve a foundational role in the
    
education of over 2,000,000 students in this State.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall establish a Freedom School network to supplement the learning taking place in public schools by creating a 6-week summer program with an organization with a mission to improve the odds for children in poverty that operates Freedom Schools in multiple states using a research-based and multicultural curriculum for disenfranchised communities most affected by the opportunity gap and learning loss caused by the pandemic, and by expanding the teaching of African American history, developing leadership skills, and providing an understanding of the tenets of the civil rights movement. The teachers in Freedom Schools must be from the local community, with an emphasis on historically disadvantaged youth, including African American students and other students of color, so that (i) these individuals have access to summer jobs and teaching experiences that serve as a long-term pipeline to educational careers and the hiring of minority educators in public schools, (ii) these individuals are elevated as content experts and community leaders, and (iii) Freedom School students have access to both mentorship and equitable educational resources.
    (c) A Freedom School shall intentionally and imaginatively implement strategies that focus on all of the following:
        (1) Racial justice and equity.
        (2) Transparency and building trusting
    
relationships.
        (3) Self-determination and governance.
        (4) Building on community strengths and community
    
wisdom.
        (5) Utilizing current data, best practices, and
    
evidence.
        (6) Shared leadership and collaboration.
        (7) A reflective learning culture.
        (8) A whole-child approach to education.
        (9) Literacy.
    (d) The State Board of Education, in the establishment of Freedom Schools, shall strive for authentic parent and community engagement during the development of Freedom Schools and their curriculum. Authentic parent and community engagement includes all of the following:
        (1) A shared responsibility that values equal
    
partnerships between families and professionals.
        (2) Ensuring that students and families who are
    
directly impacted by Freedom School policies and practices are the decision-makers in the creation, design, implementation, and assessment of those policies and practices.
        (3) Genuine respect for the culture and diversity
    
of families.
        (4) Relationships that center around the goal of
    
supporting family well-being and children's development and learning.
    (e) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education shall establish and implement a grant program to provide grants to public schools, public community colleges, and not-for-profit, community-based organizations to facilitate improved educational outcomes for historically disadvantaged students, including African American students and other students of color in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in alignment with the integrity and practices of the Freedom School model established during the civil rights movement. Grant recipients under the program may include, but are not limited to, entities that work with the Children's Defense Fund or offer established programs with proven results and outcomes. The State Board of Education shall award grants to eligible entities that demonstrate a likelihood of reasonable success in achieving the goals identified in the grant application, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
        (1) Engaging, culturally relevant, and challenging
    
curricula.
        (2) High-quality teaching.
        (3) Wrap-around supports and opportunities.
        (4) Positive discipline practices, such as
    
restorative justice.
        (5) Inclusive leadership.
    (f) The Freedom Schools Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund shall consist of appropriations from the General Revenue Fund, grant funds from the federal government, and donations from educational and private foundations. All money in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the State Board of Education for the purposes of this Section and to support related activities.
    (g) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21; 102-209, eff. 11-30-21 (See Section 5 of P.A. 102-671 for effective date of P.A. 102-209).)

105 ILCS 5/2-3.187

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.187)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2023)
    Sec. 2-3.187. Inclusive American History Commission.
    (a) The Inclusive American History Commission is created to provide assistance to the State Board of Education in revising its social science learning standards under subsection (a-5) of Section 2-3.25, including social science learning standards for students enrolled in pre-kindergarten.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall convene the Inclusive American History Commission to do all of the following:
        (1) Review available resources for use in school
    
districts that reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of this State and country. The resources identified by the Commission may be posted on the State Board of Education's Internet website.
        (2) Provide guidance for each learning standard
    
developed for educators on how to ensure that instruction and content are not biased to value specific cultures, time periods, and experiences over other cultures, time periods, and experiences.
        (3) Develop guidance, tools, and support for
    
professional learning on how to locate and utilize resources for non-dominant cultural narratives and sources of historical information.
    (c) The Commission shall consist of all of the following members:
        (1) One Representative appointed by the Speaker of
    
the House of Representatives.
        (2) One Representative appointed by the Minority
    
Leader of the House of Representatives.
        (3) One Senator appointed by the President of the
    
Senate.
        (4) One Senator appointed by the Minority Leader of
    
the Senate.
        (5) Two members who are history scholars appointed by
    
the State Superintendent of Education.
        (6) Eight members who are teachers at schools in this
    
State recommended by professional teachers' organizations and appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (7) One representative of the State Board of
    
Education appointed by the State Superintendent of Education who shall serve as chairperson.
        (8) One member who represents an organization that
    
represents south suburban school districts appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (9) One member who represents a west suburban school
    
district appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (10) One member who represents a school district
    
organized under Article 34 appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (11) One member who represents a statewide
    
organization that represents school librarians appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (12) One member who represents a statewide
    
organization that represents principals appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (13) One member who represents a statewide
    
organization that represents superintendents appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (14) One member who represents a statewide
    
organization that represents school boards appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
    Members appointed to the Commission must reflect the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of this State.
    (d) Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses from funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for that purpose, including travel, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board.
    (e) The State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the Commission.
    (f) The Commission must submit a report about its work to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the General Assembly on or before February 28, 2022. The Commission is dissolved upon the submission of its report.
    (g) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2023.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21; 102-209, eff. 11-30-21 (See Section 5 of P.A. 102-671 for effective date of P.A. 102-209); 102-671, eff. 11-30-21.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 3

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3. REGIONAL
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

105 ILCS 5/3-0.01

    (105 ILCS 5/3-0.01) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-0.01)
    Sec. 3-0.01. "County superintendent of schools" and "regional superintendent of schools" defined - Application of Article.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided by subsection (b), after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1975, the chief administrative officer of an educational service region shall be designated and referred to as the "regional superintendent of schools" or the "regional superintendent" and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 the office held by the chief administrative officer shall be designated and referred to as the "regional office of education". For purposes of the School Code and except as otherwise provided by subsection (b), any reference to "county superintendent of schools" or "county superintendent" means the regional superintendent of schools.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article, but subject to subsection (b-1), in educational service regions containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants, the office of regional superintendent of schools is abolished. Subject to Section 2-3.105 of this Code, all rights, powers, duties and responsibilities theretofore vested by law in, and exercised and performed by the regional superintendent of schools and by any assistant regional superintendents or other assistants or employees in the office of the regional superintendent of schools being abolished shall be vested in, exercised and performed by the chief administrative officer of the educational service centers established pursuant to Section 2-3.62 of this Code for any educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants. Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, in an educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants: (i) all books, records, maps, papers and other documents belonging to or subject to the control or disposition of the former regional superintendent of schools by virtue of his office shall be transferred and delivered to the State Board of Education; (ii) possession or control over all moneys, deposits and accounts in the possession or subject to the control or disposition of the former regional superintendent of schools by virtue of his office, including but not limited to undistributed or unexpended moneys drawn from, and all amounts on deposit in, the county, institute and supervisory expense funds, shall be transferred to and placed under the control and disposition of the State Board of Education, excepting only those moneys or accounts, if any, the source of which is the county treasury, for proper redistribution to the educational service centers; and (iii) all other equipment, furnishings, supplies and other personal property belonging to or subject to the control or disposition of the former regional superintendent of schools by virtue of his office, excepting only those items which were provided by the county board, shall be transferred and delivered to the State Board of Education. Any reference in this Code to "regional superintendent of schools" or "regional superintendent", or "county superintendent of schools" or "county superintendent" shall mean, with respect to any educational service region containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants in which the office of regional superintendent of schools is abolished, the chief administrative officer of the educational service centers established pursuant to Section 2-3.62 of this Code for the educational service region. Upon and after the first Monday of August 1995, references in this Code and elsewhere to educational service regions of 2,000,000 or fewer inhabitants shall exclude any educational service region containing a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants and references in this Code and elsewhere to educational service regions of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants shall mean an educational service region containing a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants regardless of the actual population of the region.
    (b-1) References to "regional superintendent" shall also include the chief administrative officer of the educational service centers established under Section 2-3.62 of this Code and serving that portion of a Class II county outside a city of 500,000 or more population.
    (c) This Article applies to the regional superintendent of a multicounty educational service region formed under Article 3A as well as to a single county or partial county region, except that in case of conflict between the provisions of this Article and of Article 3A in the case of a multicounty region, the provisions of Article 3A shall apply. Any reference to "county" or to "educational service region" in this Article means a regional office of education.
(Source: P.A. 98-647, eff. 6-13-14.)

105 ILCS 5/3-1

    (105 ILCS 5/3-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-1)
    Sec. 3-1. Election; eligibility. Quadrennially there shall be elected in every county, except those which have been consolidated into a multicounty educational service region under Article 3A and except those having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants, a regional superintendent of schools, who shall enter upon the discharge of his duties on the first Monday of August next after his election; provided, however, that the term of office of each regional superintendent of schools in office on June 30, 2003 is terminated on July 1, 2003, except that an incumbent regional superintendent of schools shall continue to serve until his successor is elected and qualified, and each regional superintendent of schools elected at the general election in 2002 and every four years thereafter shall assume office on the first day of July next after his election. No one is eligible to file his petition at any primary election for the nomination as candidate for the office of regional superintendent of schools nor to enter upon the duties of such office either by election or appointment unless he possesses the following qualifications: (1) he is of good character, (2) he has a master's degree, (3) he has earned at least 20 semester hours of credit in professional education at the graduate level, (4) he holds a valid all grade supervisory license, a valid State limited supervisory license, a valid state life supervisory license, or a valid administrative license, (5) he has had at least 4 years experience in teaching, and (6) he was engaged for at least 2 years of the 4 previous years in full time teaching or supervising in the common public schools or serving as a county superintendent of schools or regional superintendent of schools for an educational service region in the State of Illinois.
    No petition of any candidate for nomination for the office of regional superintendent of schools may be filed and no such candidate's name may be placed on a primary or general election ballot, unless such candidate files as part of his petition a certificate from the State Board of Education certifying that from the records of its office such candidate has the qualifications required by this Section; however, any incumbent filing his petition for nomination for a succeeding term of office shall not be required to attach such certificate to his petition of candidacy.
    Nomination papers filed under this Section are not valid unless the candidate named therein files with the county clerk or State Board of Elections a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Such receipt shall be so filed either previously during the calendar year in which his nomination papers were filed or within the period for the filing of nomination papers in accordance with the general election law.
    The changes in qualifications made by Public Act 76-1563 do not affect the right of an incumbent to seek reelection.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any educational service region having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants; provided further that no election shall be held in November of 1994 or at any other time after July 1, 1992 for the office of regional superintendent of schools in any county or educational service region having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/3-1.1

    (105 ILCS 5/3-1.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-1.1)
    Sec. 3-1.1. Eligible voters. Whenever a unit school district is located in more than one educational service region, a qualified elector residing in that unit school district but outside of the educational service region administered by the regional superintendent of schools having supervision and control over that unit school district shall be eligible to vote in any election held to elect the regional superintendent of schools of the educational service region that is administered by the regional superintendent of schools who has supervision and control over that unit school district, but the elector shall not also be eligible to vote in the election held to elect the regional superintendent of schools of the educational service region in which the elector resides.
    Not less than 100 days before each general primary election, the regional superintendent of schools shall certify to the State Board of Elections a list of each unit school district under his or her supervision and control and each county in which all or any part of each of those districts is located. The State Board of Elections shall certify each of those unit school districts and counties to the appropriate election authorities within 20 days after receiving the list certified by the regional superintendent of schools.
    The election authority in a single county educational service region whose regional superintendent of schools exercises supervision and control over a unit school district that is located in that single county educational service region and in one or more other educational service regions shall certify to the election authority of each of those other educational service regions in which the unit school district is located the candidates for the office of the regional superintendent of schools exercising supervision and control over that unit school district.
(Source: P.A. 87-328; 88-535.)

105 ILCS 5/3-2

    (105 ILCS 5/3-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-2)
    Sec. 3-2. Oath of office - Bond - Salary. Before entering upon his or her duties a regional superintendent of schools shall take and subscribe the oath prescribed by the Constitution and execute a bond payable to the People of the State of Illinois with 2 or more responsible persons having an interest in real estate as sureties (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding), to be approved by the county board in a penalty of not less than $100,000, conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his or her duties and upon the delivery to his or her successor in office of all monies, books, papers and property in his or her custody as such regional superintendent of schools.
    This bond shall be filed in the office of the county clerk, and action upon it may be maintained by any corporate body interested, for the benefit of any township or fund injured by any breach of its condition.
    If any vacancy in the office of regional superintendent of schools occurs, such vacancy shall be filled in the manner provided by Section 3A-6.
    Regional Superintendents of Schools shall receive the salary provided by Section 3-2.5.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any educational service region having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 88-387; 89-233, eff. 1-1-96.)

105 ILCS 5/3-2.5

    (105 ILCS 5/3-2.5)
    Sec. 3-2.5. Salaries.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the regional superintendents of schools shall receive for their services an annual salary according to the population, as determined by the last preceding federal census, of the region they serve, as set out in the following schedule:
SALARIES OF REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOLS
    POPULATION OF REGION           ANNUAL SALARY
    61,000 to 99,999              $78,000
    100,000 to 999,999            $81,500
    1,000,000 and over            $83,500
    The changes made by Public Act 86-98 in the annual salary that the regional superintendents of schools shall receive for their services shall apply to the annual salary received by the regional superintendents of schools during each of their elected terms of office that commence after July 26, 1989 and before the first Monday of August, 1995.
    The changes made by Public Act 89-225 in the annual salary that regional superintendents of schools shall receive for their services shall apply to the annual salary received by the regional superintendents of schools during their elected terms of office that commence after August 4, 1995 and end on August 1, 1999.
    The changes made by this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly in the annual salary that the regional superintendents of schools shall receive for their services shall apply to the annual salary received by the regional superintendents of schools during each of their elected terms of office that commence on or after August 2, 1999.
    Beginning July 1, 2000, the salary that the regional superintendent of schools receives for his or her services shall be adjusted annually to reflect the percentage increase, if any, in the most recent Consumer Price Index, as defined and officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, except that no annual increment may exceed 2.9%. If the percentage of change in the Consumer Price Index is a percentage decrease, the salary that the regional superintendent of schools receives shall not be adjusted for that year.
    When regional superintendents are authorized by the School Code to appoint assistant regional superintendents, the assistant regional superintendent shall receive an annual salary based on his or her qualifications and computed as a percentage of the salary of the regional superintendent to whom he or she is assistant, as set out in the following schedule:
SALARIES OF ASSISTANT REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENTS
    QUALIFICATIONS OF             PERCENTAGE OF SALARY
    ASSISTANT REGIONAL            OF REGIONAL
    SUPERINTENDENT               SUPERINTENDENT
    Bachelor's degree plus
    State license valid
    for supervising.              75%    
    Master's degree plus
    State license valid
    for supervising.              90%    
    However, in any region in which the appointment of more than one assistant regional superintendent is authorized, whether by Section 3-15.10 of this Code or otherwise, not more than one assistant may be compensated at the 90% rate and any other assistant shall be paid at not exceeding the 75% rate, in each case depending on the qualifications of the assistant.
    The salaries provided in this Section plus an amount for other employment-related compensation or benefits for regional superintendents and assistant regional superintendents are payable monthly by the State Board of Education out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund through a specific appropriation to that effect in the State Board of Education budget. The State Comptroller in making his or her warrant to any county for the amount due it from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund shall deduct from it the several amounts for which warrants have been issued to the regional superintendent, and any assistant regional superintendent, of the educational service region encompassing the county since the preceding apportionment from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund.
    County boards may provide for additional compensation for the regional superintendent or the assistant regional superintendents, or for each of them, to be paid quarterly from the county treasury.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) If the State pays all or any portion of the employee contributions required under Section 16-152 of the Illinois Pension Code for employees of the State Board of Education, it shall also, subject to appropriation in the State Board of Education budget for such payments to Regional Superintendents and Assistant Regional Superintendents, pay the employee contributions required of regional superintendents of schools and assistant regional superintendents of schools on the same basis, but excluding any contributions based on compensation that is paid by the county rather than the State.
    This subsection (c) applies to contributions based on payments of salary earned after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, except that in the case of an elected regional superintendent of schools, this subsection does not apply to contributions based on payments of salary earned during a term of office that commenced before the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    (d) References to "regional superintendent" in this Section shall also include the chief administrative officer of the educational service centers established under Section 2-3.62 of this Code and serving that portion of a Class II county school unit outside of a city with a population of 500,000 or more inhabitants. References to "assistant regional superintendent" in this Section shall include one assistant appointed by the chief administrative officer of the educational service centers established under Section 2-3.62 of this Code and serving that portion of a Class II county school unit outside of a city with a population of 500,000 or more inhabitants. For the purposes of calculating regional superintendent and assistant regional superintendent salaries for educational service centers established under Section 2-3.62 of this Code, populations shall be established by subtracting from the total county population the population of a city with 500,000 or more inhabitants, divided by the number of educational service centers in the county.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15; 100-294, eff. 1-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/3-3

    (105 ILCS 5/3-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-3)
    Sec. 3-3. Practice of other profession. It is unlawful for any county superintendent of schools to practice or to hold himself out as practicing any other profession. Violation of this section shall be a cause of forfeiture of office.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any educational service region having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/3-5

    (105 ILCS 5/3-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-5)
    Sec. 3-5. Report of official acts. The county superintendent shall present under oath or affirmation to the county board at its meeting in September and as nearly quarterly thereafter as it may have regular or special meetings, a report of all his acts as county superintendent, including a list of all the schools visited with the dates of visitation.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/3-6

    (105 ILCS 5/3-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-6)
    Sec. 3-6. Financial report - Presentation of books and vouchers for inspection. The regional superintendent shall report, in writing, to the county board, on or before January 1 of each year, stating, (1) the balance on hand at the time of the last report, and all receipts since that date, with the sources from which they were derived; (2) the amount distributed to each of the school treasurers in his county; (3) any balance on hand. At the same time he shall present for inspection his books and vouchers for all expenditures, and submit in writing a statement of the condition of the institute fund and of any other funds in his care, custody or control.
(Source: P.A. 81-624.)

105 ILCS 5/3-6.1

    (105 ILCS 5/3-6.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-6.1)
    Sec. 3-6.1. Presentation of records for financial audit. Each regional superintendent of schools, whether for a multicounty or for a single county educational service region, shall present for inspection or otherwise make available to the Auditor General, or to the agents designated by the Auditor General, all financial statements, books, vouchers and other records required to be so presented or made available pursuant to Section 2-3.17a and the rules and regulations of the Auditor General pursuant to that Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-544, eff. 6-12-02.)

105 ILCS 5/3-7

    (105 ILCS 5/3-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-7)
    Sec. 3-7. Failure to prepare and forward information. If the trustees of schools of any township in Class II county school units, or any school district which forms a part of a Class II county school unit but which is not subject to the jurisdiction of the trustees of schools of any township in which such district is located, or any school district in any Class I county school units fail to prepare and forward or cause to be prepared and forwarded to the regional superintendent of schools, reports required by this Act, the regional superintendent of schools shall furnish such information or he shall employ a person or persons to furnish such information, as far as practicable. Such person shall have access to the books, records and papers of the school district to enable him or them to prepare such reports, and the school district shall permit such person or persons to examine such books, records and papers at such time and such place as such person or persons may desire for the purpose aforesaid. For such services the regional superintendent of schools shall bill the district an amount to cover the cost of preparation of such reports if he employs a person to prepare such reports.
    Each school district shall, as of June 30 of each year, cause an audit of its accounts to be made by a person lawfully qualified to practice public accounting as regulated by the Illinois Public Accounting Act. Such audit shall include financial statements of the district applicable to the type of records required by other sections of this Act and in addition shall set forth the scope of audit and shall include the professional opinion signed by the auditor, or if such an opinion is denied by the auditor, shall set forth the reasons for such denial. Each school district shall on or before October 15 of each year, submit an original and one copy of such audit to the regional superintendent of schools in the educational service region having jurisdiction in which case the regional superintendent of schools shall be relieved of responsibility in regard to the accounts of the school district. If any school district fails to supply the regional superintendent of schools with a copy of such audit report on or before October 15, or within such time extended by the regional superintendent of schools from that date, not to exceed 60 days, then it shall be the responsibility of the regional superintendent of schools having jurisdiction to cause such audit to be made by employing an accountant licensed to practice in the State of Illinois to conduct such audit and shall bill the district for such services, or shall with the personnel of his office make such audit to his satisfaction and bill the district for such service. In the latter case, if the audit is made by personnel employed in the office of the regional superintendent of schools having jurisdiction, then the regional superintendent of schools shall not be relieved of the responsibility as to the accountability of the school district. The copy of the audit shall be forwarded by the regional superintendent to the State Board of Education on or before November 15 of each year and shall be filed by the State Board of Education.
    Each school district that is the administrative district for several school districts operating under a joint agreement as authorized by this Act shall, as of June 30 each year, cause an audit of the accounts of the joint agreement to be made by a person lawfully qualified to practice public accounting as regulated by the Illinois Public Accounting Act. Such audit shall include financial statements of the operation of the joint agreement applicable to the type of records required by this Act and, in addition, shall set forth the scope of the audit and shall include the professional opinion signed by the auditor, or if such an opinion is denied, the auditor shall set forth the reason for such denial. Each administrative district of a joint agreement shall on or before October 15 each year, submit an original and one copy of such audit to the regional superintendent of schools in the educational service region having jurisdiction in which case the regional superintendent of schools shall be relieved of responsibility in regard to the accounts of the joint agreement. The copy of the audit shall be forwarded by the regional superintendent to the State Board of Education on or before November 15 of each year and shall be filed by the State Board of Education. The cost of such an audit shall be apportioned among and paid by the several districts who are parties to the joint agreement, in the same manner as other costs and expenses accruing to the districts jointly.
    The State Board of Education shall determine the adequacy of the audits. All audits shall be kept on file in the office of the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 86-1441; 87-473.)

105 ILCS 5/3-8

    (105 ILCS 5/3-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-8)
    Sec. 3-8. School treasurer's bond - Duties of regional superintendent. Whenever the bond of any school treasurer, approved by the trustees of schools or school board as required by law, is filed with the regional superintendent of schools, he shall carefully examine it, and if it is found to be in all respects according to law, and the sureties sufficient, he shall endorse his approval thereon, and file it with the papers of his office; but if the bond is in any respect defective, or if the penalty is or sureties are insufficient, he shall return it for correction. When the bond has been received and filed, the superintendent shall, on demand, deliver to the school treasurer a written statement certifying that his bond has been approved and filed and that the school treasurer is entitled to the care and custody, on demand, of all moneys and securities belonging to the township or district for which he is treasurer and all books and papers pertaining to his office. The regional superintendent of schools shall file with the State Board of Education before September 1 in each year an affidavit showing which treasurers of school districts under his supervision and control are properly bonded.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/3-9

    (105 ILCS 5/3-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-9)
    Sec. 3-9. School funds; apportionment and payment. Whenever the regional superintendent receives amounts due to local school districts, the regional superintendent shall apportion and distribute the moneys to the appropriate local school districts as directed. No part of the State or other school funding, however, shall be paid to any school treasurer or other persons authorized to receive it unless such treasurer has filed the required bond, or if reelected, has renewed the bond and filed it as required by law.
(Source: P.A. 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)

105 ILCS 5/3-9.1

    (105 ILCS 5/3-9.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-9.1)
    Sec. 3-9.1. Investment of funds. Funds of the educational service region are public funds within the meaning of the Public Funds Investment Act and may be invested by the educational service region as provided in that Act, except as otherwise provided in this Code.
    Any educational service region, with the approval of its regional superintendent of schools, is authorized to enter into agreements of any definite or indefinite term regarding the deposit, redeposit, investment, reinvestment or withdrawal of educational service region funds, including, without limitation, agreements with other educational service regions, agreements with community college districts authorized by Section 3-47 of the Public Community College Act and agreements with township and school treasurers authorized by Section 8-7 of this Code.
    Each educational service region is permitted to (i) combine moneys of the educational service region for the purpose of investing the moneys and (ii) join with other educational service regions, community college districts, and township and school treasurers in investing educational service region funds, community college funds and school funds. Those joint investments shall be made only in investments authorized by law for the investment of educational service region funds or, in the case of investments made jointly with community colleges and school and township treasurers, in investments authorized by law for the investment of educational service region funds, community college funds and school funds. When moneys of more than one fund of a single educational service region are combined for investment purposes or when moneys of an educational service region are combined with moneys of other educational service regions or moneys of community college districts and school districts, the moneys combined for that purpose shall be accounted for separately in all respects, and the earnings from that investment shall be separately and individually computed and recorded, and credited to the fund or educational service region, community college district or school district, as the case may be, for which the investment was acquired.
(Source: P.A. 87-968; 88-641, eff. 9-9-94.)

105 ILCS 5/3-9.5

    (105 ILCS 5/3-9.5)
    Sec. 3-9.5. Interfund loans allowed. A regional office of education is allowed to make interfund loans. If a regional office of education makes an interfund loan, then it must repay the loan by the end of the fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 92-169, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/3-10

    (105 ILCS 5/3-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-10)
    Sec. 3-10. Controversies - opinion and advice - Appeal. In all controversies arising under the school law, the opinion and advice of the regional superintendent shall first be sought, whence appeal may be taken upon a written statement of facts certified by the regional superintendent to the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/3-11

    (105 ILCS 5/3-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-11)
    Sec. 3-11. Institutes or inservice training workshops. In counties of less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the regional superintendent may arrange for or conduct district, regional, or county institutes, or equivalent professional educational experiences, not more than 4 days annually. Of those 4 days, 2 days may be used as a teacher's and educational support personnel workshop, when approved by the regional superintendent, up to 2 days may be used for conducting parent-teacher conferences, or up to 2 days may be utilized as parental institute days as provided in Section 10-22.18d. Educational support personnel may be exempt from a workshop if the workshop is not relevant to the work they do. A school district may use one of its 4 institute days on the last day of the school term. "Institute" or "Professional educational experiences" means any educational gathering, demonstration of methods of instruction, visitation of schools or other institutions or facilities, sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness seminar, or training in First Aid (which may include cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillator training) held or approved by the regional superintendent and declared by him to be an institute day, or parent-teacher conferences. With the concurrence of the State Superintendent of Education, he or she may employ such assistance as is necessary to conduct the institute. Two or more adjoining counties may jointly hold an institute. Institute instruction shall be free to holders of licenses good in the county or counties holding the institute and to those who have paid an examination fee and failed to receive a license.
    In counties of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants, the regional superintendent may arrange for or conduct district, regional, or county inservice training workshops, or equivalent professional educational experiences, not more than 4 days annually. Of those 4 days, 2 days may be used as a teacher's and educational support personnel workshop, when approved by the regional superintendent, up to 2 days may be used for conducting parent-teacher conferences, or up to 2 days may be utilized as parental institute days as provided in Section 10-22.18d. Educational support personnel may be exempt from a workshop if the workshop is not relevant to the work they do. A school district may use one of those 4 days on the last day of the school term. "Inservice Training Workshops" or "Professional educational experiences" means any educational gathering, demonstration of methods of instruction, visitation of schools or other institutions or facilities, sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness seminar, or training in First Aid (which may include cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillator training) held or approved by the regional superintendent and declared by him to be an inservice training workshop, or parent-teacher conferences. With the concurrence of the State Superintendent of Education, he may employ such assistance as is necessary to conduct the inservice training workshop. With the approval of the regional superintendent, 2 or more adjoining districts may jointly hold an inservice training workshop. In addition, with the approval of the regional superintendent, one district may conduct its own inservice training workshop with subject matter consultants requested from the county, State or any State institution of higher learning.
    Such teachers institutes as referred to in this Section may be held on consecutive or separate days at the option of the regional superintendent having jurisdiction thereof.
    Whenever reference is made in this Act to "teachers institute", it shall be construed to include the inservice training workshops or equivalent professional educational experiences provided for in this Section.
    Any institute advisory committee existing on April 1, 1995, is dissolved and the duties and responsibilities of the institute advisory committee are assumed by the regional office of education advisory board.
    Districts providing inservice training programs shall constitute inservice committees, 1/2 of which shall be teachers, 1/4 school service personnel and 1/4 administrators to establish program content and schedules.
    The teachers institutes shall include teacher training committed to (i) peer counseling programs and other anti-violence and conflict resolution programs, including without limitation programs for preventing at risk students from committing violent acts, and (ii) educator ethics and teacher-student conduct. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, the teachers institutes shall include instruction on prevalent student chronic health conditions. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the teachers institutes shall include, at least once every 2 years, instruction on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to the school environment.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15; 99-616, eff. 7-22-16.)

105 ILCS 5/3-11.5

    (105 ILCS 5/3-11.5)
    Sec. 3-11.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed by P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/3-12

    (105 ILCS 5/3-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-12)
    Sec. 3-12. Institute fund.
    (a) All license registration fees and a portion of renewal and duplicate fees shall be kept by the regional superintendent as described in Section 21-16 or 21B-40 of this Code, together with a record of the names of the persons paying them. Such fees shall be deposited into the institute fund and shall be used by the regional superintendent to defray expenses associated with the work of the regional professional development review committees established pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (g) of Section 21-14 of this Code to advise the regional superintendent, upon his or her request, and to hear appeals relating to the renewal of teaching licenses, in accordance with Section 21-14 of this Code; to defray expenses connected with improving the technology necessary for the efficient processing of licenses; to defray all costs associated with the administration of teaching licenses; to defray expenses incidental to teachers' institutes, workshops or meetings of a professional nature that are designed to promote the professional growth of teachers or for the purpose of defraying the expense of any general or special meeting of teachers or school personnel of the region, which has been approved by the regional superintendent.
    (b) In addition to the use of moneys in the institute fund to defray expenses under subsection (a) of this Section, the State Superintendent of Education, as authorized under Section 2-3.105 of this Code, shall use moneys in the institute fund to defray all costs associated with the administration of teaching licenses within a city having a population exceeding 500,000. Moneys in the institute fund may also be used by the State Superintendent of Education to support educator recruitment and retention programs within a city having a population exceeding 500,000, to support educator preparation programs within a city having a population exceeding 500,000 as those programs seek national accreditation, and to provide professional development aligned with the requirements set forth in Section 21B-45 of this Code within a city having a population exceeding 500,000. A majority of the moneys in the institute fund must be dedicated to the timely and efficient processing of applications and for the renewal of licenses.
    (c) The regional superintendent shall on or before January 1 of each year publish in a newspaper of general circulation published in the region or shall post in each school building under his jurisdiction an accounting of (1) the balance on hand in the institute fund at the beginning of the previous year; (2) all receipts within the previous year deposited in the fund, with the sources from which they were derived; (3) the amount distributed from the fund and the purposes for which such distributions were made; and (4) the balance on hand in the fund.
(Source: P.A. 99-58, eff. 7-16-15.)

105 ILCS 5/3-13

    (105 ILCS 5/3-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-13)
    Sec. 3-13. Truant officer - Duties. Each county superintendent of schools shall appoint a county truant officer. Such appointee shall receive such compensation as may be fixed by the county board, together with his necessary traveling expenses, to be paid out of the county treasury. He shall file his acceptance with the county clerk and shall take and subscribe an oath of office. He shall perform the duties of truant officer in all the school districts of the county; provided, that the school board in any school district may appoint one or more truant officers and fix his or their compensation, which shall be paid by the district.
    The county superintendent of schools shall furnish the county truant officer, at the opening of the schools, with a list of the teachers and superintendents employed in his county other than in school districts that employ truant officers.
(Source: P.A. 88-50.)

105 ILCS 5/3-13.5

    (105 ILCS 5/3-13.5)
    Sec. 3-13.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-798, eff. 10-28-09. Repealed internally, eff. 8-2-10.)

105 ILCS 5/3-14

    (105 ILCS 5/3-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-14)
    Sec. 3-14. Duties of regional superintendent. The regional superintendent of schools shall perform the duties enumerated in the following Sections preceding Section 3-15.
(Source: P.A. 93-404, eff. 8-1-03.)

105 ILCS 5/3-14.1

    (105 ILCS 5/3-14.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-14.1)
    Sec. 3-14.1. New bond. To execute, upon notice by the county board, a new bond, conditioned and approved as the first bond.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/3-14.2

    (105 ILCS 5/3-14.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-14.2)
    Sec. 3-14.2. Supervision and control of school districts. Except in regions established within that portion of a Class II county school unit outside of a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants, the county superintendent of schools shall exercise supervision and control over all school districts within the county. If a district is divided by a county line or lines the county superintendent in the county where the majority of the children attend school at the time the district is organized shall exercise supervision and control over all aspects of supervision, reports, and financial accounting of the district until it has been determined by the State Superintendent of Education that 60 per cent of the children attend school in another county or that a majority of the children have attended a school in another county for three consecutive years and the school board has adopted a resolution requesting the supervision and control be transferred to the county superintendent in the county in which the majority of children attend school. The county superintendent under whose direction a school district has been established shall retain supervision and control until July 1 following the date of the election establishing the district. Whenever a change in supervision and control shall result from a change in school district boundaries, population shifts, or other cause, such change in supervision and control shall not be effective until July 1 following the date of its determination. All references to the county superintendent of schools, in relation to school districts, in this Act shall be interpreted to mean the county superintendent of schools having supervision and control of the district or districts as defined in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-893, eff. 7-1-10.)

105 ILCS 5/3-14.3

    (105 ILCS 5/3-14.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 3-14.3)
    Sec. 3-14.3. Township fund lands. To sell township fund lands, issue certificates of purchase, report to the county board and the Secretary of State in the manner provided in Article 15 of this Code, and perform all other duties pertaining thereto.
(Source: P.A. 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)