(105 ILCS 5/13A-8)
(a) The State of Illinois shall provide funding for
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 their
alternative school programs.
Each program shall receive funding in the amount of $30,000 plus an amount
based on the ratio of the region's or Chicago's best 3 months' average daily
attendance in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 to the statewide totals of
these amounts. For purposes of this calculation, the best 3 months' average
daily attendance for each region or Chicago shall be calculated by adding to
the best 3 months' average
attendance the number of low-income students identified in the most
recently available federal census multiplied by one-half times the percentage
region's or Chicago's low-income students
to the State's total low-income students.
The State Board of Education shall retain
up to 1.1% of the appropriation to be used to provide technical assistance,
professional development, and evaluations for the programs.
(a-5) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, for the
fiscal year, the total amount distributed
under subsection (a) for an alternative school program shall be not less than
the total amount that was distributed under that subsection for that
alternative school program for the 1997-1998 fiscal year. If an alternative
school program is to receive a total distribution under subsection (a) for the
1998-1999 fiscal year that is less than the total
distribution that the program received under that subsection for the 1997-1998
fiscal year, that alternative school program shall also receive, from a
separate appropriation made for purposes of this subsection (a-5), a
payment equal to the amount by which its total distribution under
subsection (a) for the 1997-1998 fiscal year exceeds the amount of the total
distribution that the alternative school program receives under that
subsection for the 1998-1999 fiscal year.
If the amount appropriated
for supplementary payments to alternative school programs under this subsection
is insufficient for that purpose, those supplementary payments shall be
prorated among the alternative school programs entitled to receive those
supplementary payments according to the aggregate amount of the appropriation
made for purposes of this subsection (a-5).
(b) An alternative school program shall be entitled to receive general
State aid as calculated in subsection (K) of
Section 18-8.05 or evidence-based funding as calculated in subsection (g) of Section 18-8.15 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 or evidence-based funding.
(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
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. 100-465, eff. 8-31-17.)