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 Bill Status of HB4237  98th General Assembly


Short Description:  SCH CD-CHARTER SCH-REFERENDUM

House Sponsors
Rep. Sandra M. Pihos - Robert W. Pritchard - William Davis - Robert F. Martwick, Kenneth Dunkin, Maria Antonia Berrios, Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr., Monique D. Davis, Emanuel Chris Welch, Mike Smiddy, Bill Mitchell and Wayne Rosenthal

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  12/3/2014HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
105 ILCS 5/27A-8
105 ILCS 5/27A-9


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provide that if the State Charter School Commission or any other State entity to which an appeal may be submitted under the Law reverses a local school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter, the reversal may not be implemented unless the question of whether a charter school shall be established or continue operating has been submitted to the electors of the school district at a regular election and approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question. Sets forth requirements for the referendum.

 State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
 Does not create a State mandate.

 Home Rule Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
 Does not pre-empt home rule authority.

House Floor Amendment No. 1
Adds reference to:
105 ILCS 5/27A-7.5

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes provisions allowing the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. In a provision concerning a charter school proposed to be jointly authorized by 2 or more school districts and the school boards unanimously denying the charter school proposal with a statement that the school boards are not opposed to the charter school, but that they yield to the Commission in light of the complexities of joint administration, allows the charter applicant to submit the proposal to the Commission and requires the Commission to follow the same process and be subject to the same timelines for review as a school board.

 Fiscal Note (Illinois State Board of Education)
 According to the State Board of Elections, to the extent that a school referendum would need to be added to the ballot at an even year election, there would be some modest extra cost to the election authorities - relating to programming and printing the extra ballot style(s) for a school referendum when the school district is not otherwise a part of the ballot (for electing officers). The charter school operator may experience a financial impact if a school district revokes a charter and that decision is overturned by the Charter School Commission. HB 4237 requires that the reversal cannot be implemented pending the outcome of the referendum, which means that the charter may have to shut down temporarily and reopen if the decision to reverse the school district decision is upheld via referendum.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/17/2014HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
  1/17/2014HouseFirst Reading
  1/17/2014HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  1/21/2014HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert W. Pritchard
  1/21/2014HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  1/30/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
  2/18/2014HouseAssigned to Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
  2/26/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
  2/26/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr.
  3/5/2014HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education Committee; 011-001-000
  3/5/2014HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/5/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Monique D. Davis
  3/6/2014HouseFiscal Note Requested by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
  3/6/2014HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Requested by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
  3/6/2014HouseHome Rule Note Requested by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
  3/6/2014HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  3/6/2014HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  3/7/2014HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Filed
  3/7/2014HouseHome Rule Note Filed
  3/10/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
  3/14/2014HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
  3/14/2014HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/18/2014HouseFiscal Note Filed
  3/19/2014HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
  3/19/2014HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  3/19/2014HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  3/21/2014HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. William Davis
  3/21/2014HouseRecalled to Second Reading - Short Debate
  3/21/2014HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  3/21/2014HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert F. Martwick
  3/25/2014HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Elementary & Secondary Education Committee; 011-001-000
  4/1/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Smiddy
  4/1/2014HouseRemove Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  4/1/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Bill Mitchell
  4/1/2014HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Wayne Rosenthal
  4/4/2014HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted
  4/4/2014HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/9/2014HouseThird Reading - Consideration Postponed
  4/9/2014HousePlaced on Calendar - Consideration Postponed
  4/9/2014HouseChief Sponsor Changed to Rep. Sandra M. Pihos
  4/11/2014HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  12/3/2014HouseSession Sine Die

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