|Public Act 094-0904
||LRB094 17562 NHT 52858 b
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Community Service Education
Community service education programs
educate students about the value of civic involvement through
actual school-sponsored involvement in their communities.
Students, citizens, civic groups, businesses, and community
organizations benefit from community service education
programs by developing strong partnerships that enhance the
value of schools and quality of life in communities. Community
service education programs build stronger schools, stronger
communities, and a positive environment.
In many communities, the school district is the economic
engine that provides jobs, economic stability, and prosperity.
Community service education programs enable more school
districts and communities to prosper economically while
promoting good citizenship. School districts that offer
community service education programs enjoy a significant
return on their investment. Hence, the policy of the State of
Illinois is to support such programs by providing incentives to
encourage school districts to offer community service
Community Service Education Program.
created the Community
Service Education Program, administered
by the State Board of Education, in cooperation with school
districts. Participation in this program is voluntary. The
following items may serve as best practices to be considered by
school districts opting to implement the program under Section
25 of this Act:
(1) The program contains provisions and standards
conducive to the establishment of
community, business, and
education partnerships that give use to lasting
relationships between school districts and partners that
are mutually beneficial.
(2) The program provides greater community access to
school facilities and programs to
achievement by children.
(3) The program makes school facilities available for
(4) The program organizes local residents to assess
local conditions, set priorities,
identify program needs,
and participate in program planning and development.
(5) The program identifies and utilizes resources
within the community or those that
impact on the community.
(6) The program assists in the initiation of new and
improved programs in an effort to
improve opportunities for
all residents of the community.
(7) The program provides effective youth training
programs and employment counseling
in schools, as well as
paid work experience linking the schools with the
(8) The program provides student involvement in
community service learning activities,
(9) The program provides volunteer programs to bring
representatives, retirees, and other students into the
as participants in the teaching of students.
(10) The program provides supplemental or additional
programs for junior high school
and high school age youth
that may consist of enrichment, individual, and
supplemental activities, as well as recreational,
cultural, and vocational
(11) The program provides programs to meet the
individual needs of all people who
reside in the school
district being served.
Nothing set forth in items (7) through (11) shall be
constituted as either
permitting the Community
Service Education Program to have any program or programs
the same purpose or purposes as those elsewhere
specifically provided for in
The Community Service Education Program shall avoid
duplication of existing programs operated by other
whole or in part within a school district. The Community
Service Education Program
provide for the involvement of
the residents of a school district in
of local problems and in ascertaining the community resources
with these problems.
Establishment of community service education
program by school district.
school district may establish
and operate a community service education program that
qualifies for a grant under Section 92 of this Act by complying
provisions of this Act and any rules adopted by the
State Board of Education under Section 500 of this Act.
Each school board that establishes
a community service education program under Section 25 of this
Act shall establish a process to obtain input into the
development and operation of its community service education
program by members who represent various service
churches, public schools, units of local
government, businesses and
agencies serving youth, families, or senior citizens,
townships, libraries, park, recreation,
or forest preserve districts located in
whole or in
the school district, and any other group or groups
district's community service
Director of Community Service Education.
a community service education
program established under Section 25 of this Act shall employ
or appoint a Director of Community
Service Education. The
responsible for all aspects of the school
district's community service education
program. An individual
employed solely as a Director of Community Service Education
need not hold a teaching or administrative certificate from the
State of Illinois.
Non-duplication of programs.
A school district
that establishes a community service education program under
Section 25 of this Act must strive to ensure that its community
service education program does not duplicate services offered
by other entities or school programs.
Community service education consortiums.
school district that opts
conduct a community service
education program pursuant to the provisions of this Act
into an agreement with other school districts
to form a
consortium for the purpose of offering a consolidated community
A school district
community service education
program established under Section
25 of this Act shall have the power to enter into agreements
with any other public or
entity or entities for the
furnishing of any component of its community
program. These agreements may
for payments from the
school district's community service education fund to other
contributions to the expenses of the program or
programs covered by these
A school district maintaining a
program established under Section
25 of this Act is authorized to receive money from the State,
as grants that are subject to appropriation, and other public
and private sources for
support of its program or any
component thereof and to expend this money
provisions of this Act, subject to the terms and conditions
is received. A not-for-profit
organization may be established in support of the program, in
accordance with the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of
1986, and may seek tax exemption for the organization from the
Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Revenue. Subject
to guidelines approved by the school
is also authorized to charge and collect fees from persons
voluntarily participating in a specific
The school board shall also have the
authority to designate funds to be used for community service
Subject to the availability of funds
for the specific purpose of making grants for community service
education, the State Board of Education is authorized to make
grants to school districts operating community service
education programs that meet the standards set forth in this
Act and any rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
The State Board of Education may adopt
any rules that are necessary to implement and administer this
This Act takes effect upon