Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Establishes the State Global Scholar Certification Program to recognize public high school graduates who have attained global competence, sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career. Provides that school district participation in this certification is voluntary. Sets forth the purposes of certification. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish the criteria that students must achieve to earn certification, which shall minimally include attainment of units of credit in globally focused courses, service learning experiences, global collaboration and dialogue, and passage of a capstone project demonstrating global competency, as approved by the participating school district for this purpose. Sets forth the duties of the State Board and of participating school districts. Provides that no fee may be charged to a student.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Local Library Act. Provides that specified bonds issued shall not be considered indebtedness and a new bond or bonds may be issued as long as they: are approved by the voters, corporate authorities, and the board of trustees; do not exceed an aggregate principal amount of $11,000,000; and are issued prior to November 1, 2020. Amends the School Code with respect to the debt limitations of school districts. Allows Bureau Valley Community Unit School District 340, Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit School District 10, and Hillsboro Community Unit School District 3 to issue bonds with an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $25,000,000, $28,500,000, and $34,500,000, respectively, under specified conditions for each school district. Provides that the debt incurred on the bonds shall not be considered indebtedness for purposes of any statutory debt limitation and the bonds must mature within 30, 25, and 25 years, respectively, from their issue date. Allows bonds issued by any school district as qualified school construction bonds in accordance with federal tax law to be payable at such time not exceeding 25 (rather than 20) years. Effective immediately.