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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 305/0.01
(105 ILCS 305/) Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Law.
(105 ILCS 305/0.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 1503)
This Article may be cited as the
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Law.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
105 ILCS 305/1
(105 ILCS 305/1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 1503-1)
Policy and Purposes.
It shall be the policy of the State of Illinois to provide excellence in
mathematics and science education in order to nourish an informed
citizenry, assure technological skills for the work force, and assist in the
preparation of professionals to serve the interests of Illinois in such
fields as engineering, research, teaching and computer technology. It
shall further be the policy to enlist the support of the educational,
industrial, and scientific communities in a cooperative effort to provide
excellence in science and mathematics education. As a symbol of this
cooperative endeavor, there shall be established the Illinois Mathematics and Science
Academy to serve the people of Illinois as a preparatory institution and
the school system of the State as a catalyst and laboratory for the
advancement of teaching.
The primary role of the Academy shall be to offer a uniquely challenging
education for students talented in the areas of mathematics and science.
Both high school and college levels of instruction will be provided in
order to assure appropriate linkage with higher education. Other programs
deemed necessary to assure the elements of a strong general education
required of creative scientists will be provided.
The Academy shall also carry a responsibility to stimulate further
excellence for all Illinois schools in mathematics and science. That
responsibility may be exercised through any or all of the following means:
1. Stimulating curriculum development and revisions through the
collaborative efforts of the interacting institutions involved in the
Academy including: universities, secondary schools, the industrial sector
and national laboratories.
2. Providing preservice training sites for persons in preparation for
the teaching of science and mathematics.
3. Hosting summer institute opportunities for Illinois teachers modeled
after the successful National Science Foundation program prevalent in the 1960s.
4. Providing opportunities for exchanging teaching or faculty seats at the
Academy for science and math educators in the elementary and secondary
schools in this State.
5. Creating the opportunity and potential to link vocational programs,
education for technology and employment programs to the work of the Academy.
6. Offering speakers and programs for teacher institutes and in-service
training around the State.
7. Producing videotapes of lectures and experiments for use in the
schools of this State.
8. Providing assistance in identifying necessary competencies to be
incorporated in public school district graduation requirements.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)
105 ILCS 305/2
(105 ILCS 305/2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 1503-2)
Establishment, Funding and Location.
There is hereby created the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,
which shall be a residential institution located in the Fox River Valley in
close proximity to the national science laboratories based in Illinois. The Academy may develop additional campuses throughout the State, however, any additional campus does not need to serve as a residential institution.
The Academy shall be a State agency, funded by State appropriations,
and endowments. Minimal fees for residential students may be charged. The
Academy may admit those students who have completed the academic
equivalent of the 9th grade and may offer a program of secondary and
postsecondary course work.
Admission shall be determined by competitive examination.
In order to be eligible for State appropriations, the Academy shall
submit to the Board of Higher Education not later than the 1st day of
October of each year its budget proposal for the operation and capital
needs of the Academy for its next fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)
105 ILCS 305/3
(105 ILCS 305/3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 1503-3)
Board of Trustees.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy shall be governed by a
Board of Trustees which shall consist of the following members:
1. Ex officio nonvoting members who shall be: the
State Superintendent of Education; the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board; the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education; and the superintendent of schools of the school district where each campus of the Academy is located.
2. Three Representatives of Secondary Education, one
of whom must be a math or science teacher, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
3. Two Representatives of Higher Education, one of
whom must be a Dean of Education, appointed by the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education.
4. Three representatives of the scientific community
in Illinois appointed by the Governor.
5. Three representatives of the Illinois private
industrial sector appointed by the Governor.
6. Two members representative of the general public
at large appointed by the Governor.
With the exception of the initial appointments, the members terms of
office shall be for 6 years. At the first meeting members shall draw
lots for appointments of 2, 4 or 6 year initial terms. Vacancies shall be
filled for the unexpired portion of the terms by appointment of the officer
who appointed the person causing such vacancy. The initial terms shall
commence upon appointment and upon expiration of a term, the member shall
continue serving until a successor is appointed. The Board shall select a
chair from among its members who shall serve a 2 year term as chair.
Members shall receive no
salary but shall be reimbursed for all ordinary and necessary expenses
incurred in performing their duties as members of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)
105 ILCS 305/4
(105 ILCS 305/4)
(from Ch. 122, par. 1503-4)
Powers of the Board.
The board is hereby authorized to:
(a) Accept donations, bequests, or other forms of financial assistance
for educational purposes from any public or private person or agency and
comply with rules and regulations governing grants from the federal
government or from any other person or agency, which are not in
contravention of the Illinois Constitution or the laws of the State
(b) Purchase equipment and make improvements to facilities necessary for
the use of the school, in accordance with applicable law.
(c) Adopt, amend, or repeal rules, regulations, and policies necessary
or proper for the conduct of the business of the board.
(d) Award certificates and issue diplomas for successful completion of
programs of study requirements.
(e) Select a Director who shall be the chief administrative officer of
the Academy and who shall administer the rules, regulations, and policies
adopted by the Board pursuant hereto. The Director shall also be the chief
administrative officer of the Board and shall be responsible for all the
administrative functions, duties, and needs of the Board.
(f) Determine faculty and staff positions necessary for the efficient
operation of the school and select personnel for such positions.
(g) Prepare and adopt an annual budget necessary for the continued
operation of the school.
(h) Enter into contracts and agreements which have been recommended by
the Director, in accordance with applicable law, and to the extent that
funds are specifically appropriated therefor, with other public agencies
with respect to cooperative enterprises and undertaking related to or
associated with an educational purpose or program affecting education in
the school. This shall not preclude the Board from entering into other
such contracts and agreements that it may deem necessary to carry out its
duties and functions.
(i) Perform such other functions as are necessary to the supervision and
control of those phases of education under its supervision and control.
(j) The Board shall delegate to the Director such of its administrative
powers and duties as it deems appropriate to aid the Director in the
efficient administration of his responsibility for the implementation of
the policies of the Board.
(k) The Academy shall be empowered to lease or purchase real and
personal property on commercially reasonable terms for the use of the
Academy. After July 1, 1988, any leases or purchases of real or personal
property and any disposition thereof by the Academy must be in compliance
with the provisions of The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the
State Property Control Act. Personal property acquired for the use of the
Academy shall be inventoried and disposed of in accordance with the State
Property Control Act.
In addition to the authorities granted herein and any powers, duties, and
responsibilities vested by any other applicable laws, the Board shall:
(1) Adopt rules, regulations, and policies necessary
for the efficient operation of the school.
(2) Establish criteria to be used in determining
eligibility of applicants for enrollment. Such criteria shall ensure adequate geographic, sexual and ethnic representation.
(3) Determine subjects and extracurricular activities
(4) Pay salaries and expenses, including but not
necessarily restricted to facilities, equipment, and supplies of the faculty and staff of the Academy out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the operating and administrative expenses of the Board and the Academy.
(5) Exercise budgetary responsibility and allocate
for expenditure by the Academy and programs under its jurisdiction, all monies appropriated or otherwise made available for purposes of the Board and of such Academy and programs.
(6) Prescribe and select for use in the school free
school books and other materials of instruction for children enrolled in the school and programs under its jurisdiction for which the General Assembly provides funds.
(7) Prepare and adopt or approve programs of study
and rules, bylaws, and regulations for the conduct of students and for the government of the school and programs under its jurisdiction.
(8) Employ such personnel as may be needed, establish
policies governing their employment and dismissal, and fix the amount of their compensation. In the employment, establishment of policies and fixing of compensation the board may make no discrimination on account of sex, race, creed, color or national origin.
The Academy, its board of trustees, and its employees shall be
represented and indemnified in certain civil law suits in accordance with
"An Act to provide for representation and indemnification in certain civil
law suits", approved December 3, 1977, as amended.
Neither the Academy, nor its officers, employees or board members shall
participate in the creation of any corporation, joint venture, partnership,
association, or other organizational entity which exercises, expands, or
enhances the powers, duties, or responsibilities of the Academy unless
specifically authorized by the General Assembly by law.
This Section does not restrict the Academy from creating any organization
entity which is within or a part of the Academy.
(Source: P.A. 86-109.)