Synopsis As Introduced Amends a Section of School Code concerning pupil residency. Provides that, for school districts having a population of less than 500,000, if a person attempts to enroll a pupil in a school district and the school board finds that the pupil is a non-resident of that district, the board must provide certain information to the person attempting to enroll the pupil, including referrals to free or reduced-cost legal help. Provides that, at a hearing to decide the issue of residency, the board has the burden of going forward with the evidence concerning the pupil's residency. Provides that if the school board determines the pupil is a non-resident, the person attempting to enroll the pupil may petition the regional superintendent of schools to review the decision. Establishes the procedure and timeframe for the petition. Provides that, for school districts having a population of 500,000 or more, if the board of education finds that a pupil enrolled in the school district is a nonresident of that district and that decision is under appeal, the pupil may, at the request of the person who enrolled the pupil, enroll and attend school without payment of tuition pending a final decision of the board of education. Provides that if the board of education finds that the pupil is a non-resident of the district after the hearing, the board shall refuse to permit the pupil to continue attending the schools of the district unless the required tuition is paid. Provides that references to days in the Section refer to calendar days. Makes other changes.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Removes the provision requiring the hearing notification that the school board of a school district with a population of less than 500,000 must mail to include referrals to free or reduced-cost legal help. In the provision allowing a pupil to continue or begin attendance at the schools of a school district with a population of less than 500,000 pending the decision of the school board or regional superintendent of schools, provides that the school district's payments under the Section of the School Code concerning the State aid formula shall not be adjusted due to tuition collection under the Section concerning pupil residency.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Better Funding for Better Schools Act. Amends the Economic Development Area Tax Increment Allocation Act, State Finance Act, Property Tax Code, Illinois Pension Code, Innovation Development and Economy Act, County Economic Development Project Area Property Tax Allocation Act, County Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1991, Illinois Municipal Code, Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1995, School Code, Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act, and Illinois Public Aid Code. Sets forth provisions concerning the basis for apportionment of primary State financial aid to the common schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Provides for an evidence-based funding formula for the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter. Sets forth provisions concerning the evidence-based model and funding, the base adequacy level, average salaries and a comparable wage index, a local capacity target, a net State contribution target, a minimum per pupil funding level, a base funding guarantee, equitable distribution, the submission of annual spending plans to the State Board of Education, administration by the State Superintendent of Education and the State Board, and creation of a Professional Judgment Panel. Makes changes concerning pensions, block grants, a system for accounting for revenues and expenditures, school district report cards, special education, transitional bilingual education, the transfer of moneys, tax levies, summer school grants, and transportation, and makes other related changes. Effective immediately.