CRONIN-PARKER-O'MALLEY AND BOWLES.
DISSECTION ALTERNATIVES ACT
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Creates the Dissection Alternatives Act and amends the School
Code. Provides that a public or nonpublic elementary, secondary, or
undergraduate student who objects to performing or observing
dissection has the right to perform an alternative project instead,
and may not be penalized for making that choice. Also provides that
teachers of elementary, secondary, and undergraduate students may not
be compelled to include dissection in their courses. Requires notice
to students and to the parents of elementary and secondary students.
Directs the State Board of Education to adopt guidelines and supervise
the implementation of the Act. First applies to the 1997-1998
academic year. Effective immediately.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes reference to:
105 ILCS 5/27-14
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School
Code. Requires the State Board of Education to make available to
school districts information concerning alternatives to the dissection
of animals. Effective immediately.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Adds reference to:
Creates the Dissection Alternatives Act. Provides that public
elementary and secondary schools may excuse a student from performing
or observing dissection and may allow the student to instead perform
an alternative project. Provides that students may not be penalized
for refusing to participate in or observe dissection. Directs the
State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and
the Board of Higher Education to provide guidelines for notifying
students and parents about courses that include dissection. First
applies to the 1997-1998 academic year. Effective immediately.
FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 2 (State Board of Education)
SB271 would have minimal fiscal impact. Schools may incur
additional expense for materials.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 2 (SBE)
No change from SBE fiscal note, with H-am 1.
STATE DEBT NOTE, ENGROSSED
SB271, engrossed, would not impact the level of State debt.
STATE DEBT NOTE, H-AM 2
No change from previous State debt note.
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 1. (Adopted in Senate only)
Recommends that the Senate concur in House Amendment No. 2.
Recommends that the bill be amended as follows:
Adds reference to:
105 ILCS 5/1A-2 from Ch. 122, par. 1A-2
105 ILCS 5/2-3.27a new
105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b
105 ILCS 5/17-2.11b new
105 ILCS 5/19-1 from Ch. 122, par. 19-1
105 ILCS 5/22-23 from Ch. 122, par. 22-23
105 ILCS 5/27-20.6 new
105 ILCS 5/34-2.4b from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.4b
105 ILCS 5/34-4.5 new
105 ILCS 10/6 from Ch. 122, par. 50-6
105 ILCS 110/3 from Ch. 122, par. 863
Further amends the bill by changing the title and adding
provisions amending the School Code relative to: qualifications for
membership on the State Board of Education; the State Board of
Education contracting for an audit of Bloom Township High School
District 206 and making dissection alternatives available to school
districts; determining the residency of pupils in the Chicago public
school system; validation of the tax levy of a community unit school
district; the definition of school construction for purposes of
determining when a sprinkler system must be installed as part of that
construction; establishing an Irish Famine study as part of the
curriculum of a public school; Chicago attendance centers which apply
for and are designated as a small school by the board of education;
and creation of the Office of Chronic Truant Adjudication within the
Chicago public school system. Authorizes a community unit school
district that meets certain statutory criteria to issue additional
bonds, notwithstanding its additional indebtedness. Amends the
Illinois School Student Records Act to authorize the release of
student records to a governmental or social service agency in
furtherance of an investigation of a student's school attendance.
Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive health Education
Act relative to the employment by school districts of personnel
certified by an appropriate agency as qualified to administer first
aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Effective July 1, 1997.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: 99-01-12
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
END OF INQUIRY
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