Public Act 90-0283 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0283

HB1823 Enrolled                                LRB9004197THpk

    AN ACT to amend the  School  Code  by  changing  Sections
13A-5 and 13A-8.

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
Sections 13A-5 and 13A-8 as follows:

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-5)
    Sec. 13A-5.  Alternative school program curriculum.
    (a)  The  regional  superintendent  shall  implement,  or
contract  with  one  or more school districts to implement, a
multi-disciplinary curriculum, which may  include  work-based
learning  and community service work approved by the regional
superintendent of schools  in  consultation  with  the  State
Board  of  Education for which academic credit is earned, for
the  alternative  school  program  designed  to  address  the
individualized needs of the students of  that  program,  with
special  emphasis toward making the educational experience of
each student meaningful and worthwhile.  In  the  design  and
implementation    of    that    curriculum,    the   regional
superintendent   or   school   district   shall   give    due
consideration  to  the  rules  and regulations adopted by the
State Board of Education for alternative schools and optional
education programs.
    (b)  An   administratively   transferred   student    who
successfully  completes  the requirements for his or her high
school graduation shall receive  a  diploma  identifying  the
student  as graduating from the transferring high school.  In
the event the student is administratively transferred  before
enrolling in a high school, then that student shall receive a
diploma  from the high school the student would have attended
if  the  student  had  not  attended  an  alternative  school
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-8)
    Sec. 13A-8.  Funding.
    (a)  The  State  of  Illinois  shall  provide   new   and
additional funding for the alternative school programs within
each educational service region and within the Chicago public
school  system  by  line item appropriation made to the State
Board of  Education  for  that  purpose.   This  money,  when
appropriated,    shall    be   provided   to   the   regional
superintendent and to the Chicago  Board  of  Education,  who
shall   establish  a  budget,  including  salaries,  for  all
alternative schools in that region.
    (b)  An alternative school program shall be  entitled  to
receive  general State aid as calculated in Part B of Section
18-8 upon filing a claim as provided therein.  Any time  that
a  student  who  is enrolled in an alternative school program
spends  in  work-based  learning,  community  service,  or  a
similar alternative educational setting shall be included  in
determining  the  student's  minimum number of clock hours of
daily school work that constitute a  day  of  attendance  for
purposes   of  calculating  general  State  aid.  The  school
district in which the program is located  and  from  which  a
student is administratively transferred shall, as a result of
an administrative transfer, have its average daily attendance
funding  with  respect  to  that  student  transferred to the
alternative school program.
    (c)  An alternative school program may receive additional
funding from its school districts in such amount  as  may  be
agreed  upon  by  the  parties  and  necessary to support the
program.  In  addition,  an  alternative  school  program  is
authorized  to accept and expend gifts, legacies, and grants,
including but not limited to federal grants, from any  source
for purposes directly related to the conduct and operation of
the program.
(Source:  P.A.  89-383,  eff.  8-18-95;  89-629, eff. 8-9-96;
89-636, eff. 8-9-96; revised 9-12-96.)

    Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  July
1, 1997.

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