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      105 ILCS 5/2-3.66         from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.66
          Amends the School Code.  Makes a change  of  style  in  a
      Section   relating   to  truants'  alternative  and  optional
      education programs.
 1        AN ACT to amend  the  School  Code  by  changing  Section
 2    2-3.66.
 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 6    Section 2-3.66 as follows:
 7        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.66) (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.66)
 8        Sec. 2-3.66.  Truants' alternative and optional education
 9    programs.  To  establish  pilot  projects  to  offer modified
10    instructional programs or other services that are designed to
11    prevent students  from  dropping  out  of  school,  including
12    programs  pursuant  to Section 2-3.41, and to serve as a part
13    time or full time option in lieu of regular school attendance
14    and to award grants to local  school  districts,  educational
15    service   regions   or   community   college  districts  from
16    appropriated funds to assist districts in  establishing  such
17    projects.   The  education agency may operate its own program
18    or enter into a contract with another  not-for-profit  entity
19    to  implement  the  program.   The pilot projects shall allow
20    dropouts, up to and including  age  21,  potential  dropouts,
21    including  truants,  uninvolved,  unmotivated and disaffected
22    students, as defined by State Board of  Education  rules  and
23    regulations,  to  enroll, as an alternative to regular school
24    attendance, in an optional education  program  which  may  be
25    established by school board policy and is in conformance with
26    rules  adopted  by  the  State  Board of Education.  Truants'
27    Alternative and Optional Education programs  funded  pursuant
28    to  this Section shall be planned by a student, the student's
29    parents or legal guardians, unless the student is 18 years or
30    older,  and  school  officials  and  shall  culminate  in  an
31    individualized optional  education  plan.   Such  plan  shall
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 1    focus  on  academic  or  vocational  skills, or both, and may
 2    include, but  not  be  limited  to,  evening  school,  summer
 3    school,   community   college   courses,   adult   education,
 4    preparation courses for the high school level test of General
 5    Educational    Development,    vocational    training,   work
 6    experience, programs to enhance self  concept  and  parenting
 7    courses.   School districts which are awarded grants pursuant
 8    to this Section shall  be  authorized  to  provide  day  care
 9    services  to children of students who are eligible and desire
10    to enroll in  programs  established  and  funded  under  this
11    Section,  but only if and to the extent that such day care is
12    necessary to enable those eligible  students  to  attend  and
13    participate  in  the programs and courses which are conducted
14    pursuant to this Section.  The  Board  shall  report  on  the
15    status of the pilot projects pursuant to Section 1A-4.
16    (Source: P.A. 86-339.)

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