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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/27-22

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 101-464)
    Sec. 27-22. Required high school courses.
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    (e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:
        (1) Four years of language arts.
        (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
    
which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
        (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science course if the pupil successfully completes Algebra II or an integrated mathematics course with Algebra II content.
        (4) Two years of science.
        (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least
    
one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.
        (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform school districts of standards for writing-intensive coursework.
    (f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement computer science course to high school students, then the school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high school mathematics course and must denote on the student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of this Section.
    (g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior school years or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized education program.
    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized education program.
    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the provisions of Section 27-22.05 of this Code and the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-434, eff. 7-1-16 (see P.A. 99-485 for the effective date of changes made by P.A. 99-434); 99-485, eff. 11-20-15; 99-674, eff. 7-29-16; 100-443, eff. 8-25-17.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 101-464)
    Sec. 27-22. Required high school courses.
    (a) (Blank).
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:
        (1) Four years of language arts.
        (2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
    
which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
        (3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
    
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science course. A mathematics course that includes geometry content may be offered as an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or career and technical education course that prepares a student for a career readiness path.
        (4) Two years of science.
        (5) Two years of social studies, of which at least
    
one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.
        (6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
    
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
    (f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform school districts of standards for writing-intensive coursework.
    (f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement computer science course to high school students, then the school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high school mathematics course and must denote on the student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of this Section.
    (g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior school years or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized education program.
    This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized education program.
    (h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the provisions of Section 27-22.05 of this Code and the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 101-464, eff. 1-1-20.)

105 ILCS 5/27-22.1

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.1)
    Sec. 27-22.1. Summer school - required instructional time. Each course offered for high school graduation credit during summer school or any period of the calendar year not embraced within the regular school year, whether or not such course must be successfully completed as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma and whether or not such course if successfully completed would be included in the minimum units of credit required by regulation of the State Board of Education for high school graduation, shall provide no fewer than 60 hours of classroom instruction for the equivalent of one semester of high school course credit.
(Source: P.A. 85-839.)

105 ILCS 5/27-22.2

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.2)
    Sec. 27-22.2. Vocational education elective. Whenever the school board of any school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 establishes a list of courses from which secondary school students each must elect at least one course, to be completed along with other course requirements as a pre-requisite to receiving a high school diploma, that school board must include on the list of such elective courses at least one course in vocational education.
(Source: P.A. 84-1334; 84-1438.)

105 ILCS 5/27-22.3

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.3)
    Sec. 27-22.3. Volunteer service credit program.
    (a) A school district may establish a volunteer service credit program that enables secondary school students to earn credit towards graduation through performance of community service. This community service may include participation in the organization of a high school or community blood drive or other blood donor recruitment campaign. Any program so established shall begin with students entering grade 9 in the 1993-1994 school year or later. The amount of credit given for program participation shall not exceed that given for completion of one semester of language arts, math, science or social studies.
    (b) Any community service performed as part of a course for which credit is given towards graduation shall not qualify under a volunteer service credit program. Any service for which a student is paid shall not qualify under a volunteer service credit program. Any community work assigned as a disciplinary measure shall not qualify under a volunteer service credit program.
    (c) School districts that establish volunteer service credit programs shall establish any necessary rules, regulations and procedures.
(Source: P.A. 93-547, eff. 8-19-03.)

105 ILCS 5/27-22.05

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.05)
    Sec. 27-22.05. Required course substitute. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or this Code, a school board that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which a student who is enrolled in any of those grades may satisfy one or more high school course or graduation requirements, including, but not limited to, any requirements under Sections 27-6 and 27-22, by successfully completing a registered apprenticeship program under rules adopted by the State Board of Education under Section 2-3.175 of this Code, or by substituting for and successfully completing in place of the high school course or graduation requirement a related vocational or technical education course. A vocational or technical education course shall not qualify as a related vocational or technical education course within the meaning of this Section unless it contains at least 50% of the content of the required course or graduation requirement for which it is substituted, as determined by the State Board of Education in accordance with standards that it shall adopt and uniformly apply for purposes of this Section. No vocational or technical education course may be substituted for a required course or graduation requirement under any policy adopted by a school board as authorized in this Section unless the pupil's parent or guardian first requests the substitution and approves it in writing on forms that the school district makes available for purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-992, eff. 8-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27-22.10

    (105 ILCS 5/27-22.10)
    Sec. 27-22.10. Course credit for high school diploma.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the school board of a school district that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 who is enrolled in the unit school district or would be enrolled in the high school district upon completion of elementary school, whichever is applicable, may enroll in a course required under Section 27-22 of this Code, provided that the course is offered by the high school that the student would attend, and (i) the student participates in the course at the location of the high school, and the elementary student's enrollment in the course would not prevent a high school student from being able to enroll, or (ii) the student participates in the course where the student attends school as long as the course is taught by a teacher who holds a professional educator license issued under Article 21B of this Code and endorsed for the grade level and content area of the course.
    (b) A school board that adopts a policy pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section must grant academic credit to an elementary school student who successfully completes the high school course, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
    (c) A school board must award high school course credit to a student transferring to its school district for any course that the student successfully completed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section, unless evidence about the course's rigor and content shows that it does not address the relevant Illinois Learning Standard at the level appropriate for the high school grade during which the course is usually taken, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
    (d) A student's grade in any course successfully completed under this Section must be included in his or her grade point average in accordance with the school board's policy for making that calculation.
(Source: P.A. 99-189, eff. 7-30-15.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23)
    Sec. 27-23. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09. Repealed by P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.1

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-23.1)
    Sec. 27-23.1. Parenting education.
    (a) The State Board of Education must assist each school district that offers an evidence-based parenting education model. School districts may provide instruction in parenting education for grades 6 through 12 and include such instruction in the courses of study regularly taught therein. School districts may give regular school credit for satisfactory completion by the student of such courses.
    As used in this subsection (a), "parenting education" means and includes instruction in the following:
        (1) Child growth and development, including prenatal
    
development.
        (2) Childbirth and child care.
        (3) Family structure, function and management.
        (4) Prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and
    
infants.
        (5) Prevention of child abuse.
        (6) The physical, mental, emotional, social, economic
    
and psychological aspects of interpersonal and family relationships.
        (7) Parenting skill development.
    The State Board of Education shall assist those districts offering parenting education instruction, upon request, in developing instructional materials, training teachers, and establishing appropriate time allotments for each of the areas included in such instruction.
    School districts may offer parenting education courses during that period of the day which is not part of the regular school day. Residents of the school district may enroll in such courses. The school board may establish fees and collect such charges as may be necessary for attendance at such courses in an amount not to exceed the per capita cost of the operation thereof, except that the board may waive all or part of such charges if it determines that the individual is indigent or that the educational needs of the individual requires his or her attendance at such courses.
    (b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, from appropriations made for the purposes of this Section, the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a 3-year pilot program supporting the health and wellness student-learning requirement by utilizing a unit of instruction on parenting education in participating school districts that maintain grades 9 through 12, to be determined by the participating school districts. The program is encouraged to include, but is not be limited to, instruction on (i) family structure, function, and management, (ii) the prevention of child abuse, (iii) the physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, and psychological aspects of interpersonal and family relationships, and (iv) parenting education competency development that is aligned to the social and emotional learning standards of the student's grade level. Instruction under this subsection (b) may be included in the Comprehensive Health Education Program set forth under Section 3 of the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. The State Board of Education is authorized to make grants to school districts that apply to participate in the pilot program under this subsection (b). The State Board of Education shall by rule provide for the form of the application and criteria to be used and applied in selecting participating urban, suburban, and rural school districts. The provisions of this subsection (b), other than this sentence, are inoperative at the conclusion of the pilot program.
(Source: P.A. 100-1043, eff. 8-23-18.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.2

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.2)
    Sec. 27-23.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-650. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.3

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-23.3)
    Sec. 27-23.3. Education in steroid abuse prevention. School districts shall provide instruction in relation to the prevention of abuse of anabolic steroids in grades 7 through 12 and shall include such instruction in science, health, drug abuse, physical education or other appropriate courses of study. School districts shall also provide this instruction to students who participate in interscholastic athletic programs. The instruction shall emphasize that the use of anabolic steroids presents a serious health hazard to persons who use steroids to enhance athletic performance or physical development. The State Board of Education may assist in the development of instructional materials and teacher training in relation to steroid abuse prevention.
(Source: P.A. 94-14, eff. 1-1-06.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.4

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.4)
    Sec. 27-23.4. Violence prevention and conflict resolution education. School districts shall provide instruction in violence prevention and conflict resolution education for grades kindergarten through 12 and may include such instruction in the courses of study regularly taught therein. School districts may give regular school credit for satisfactory completion by the student of such courses.
    As used in this Section, "violence prevention and conflict resolution education" means and includes instruction in the following:
        (1) The consequences of violent behavior.
        (2) The causes of violent reactions to conflict.
        (3) Nonviolent conflict resolution techniques.
        (4) The relationship between drugs, alcohol and
    
violence.
    The State Board of Education shall prepare and make available to all school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for development of a violence prevention program under this Section, provided that each school board shall determine the appropriate curriculum for satisfying the requirements of this Section. The State Board of Education shall assist in training teachers to provide effective instruction in the violence prevention curriculum.
    The State Board of Education and local school boards shall not be required to implement the provisions of this Section unless grants of funds are made available and are received after July 1, 1993 from private sources or from the federal government in amounts sufficient to enable the State Board and local school boards to meet the requirements of this Section. Any funds received by the State or a local educational agency pursuant to the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994 shall first be applied or appropriated to meet the requirements and implement the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-87, eff. 7-8-11.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.5)
    Sec. 27-23.5. Organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs. Each school district that maintains grades 9 and 10 may include in its curriculum and teach to the students of either such grade one unit of instruction on organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs. No student shall be required to take or participate in instruction on organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs if a parent or guardian files written objection thereto on constitutional grounds, and refusal to take or participate in such instruction on those grounds shall not be reason for suspension or expulsion of a student or result in any academic penalty.
    The regional superintendent of schools in which a school district that maintains grades 9 and 10 is located shall obtain and distribute to each school that maintains grades 9 and 10 in his or her district information and data, including instructional materials provided at no cost by America's Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, and Gift of Hope, that may be used by the school in developing a unit of instruction under this Section. However, each school board shall determine the minimum amount of instructional time that shall qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.6

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.6)
    Sec. 27-23.6. Anti-bias education.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that there is a significant increase in violence in the schools and that much of that violence is the result of intergroup tensions. The General Assembly further finds that anti-bias education and intergroup conflict resolution are effective methods for preventing violence and lessening tensions in the schools and that these methods are most effective when they are respectful of individuals and their divergent viewpoints and religious beliefs, which are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
    (b) Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, public elementary and secondary schools may incorporate activities to address intergroup conflict, with the objectives of improving intergroup relations on and beyond the school campus, defusing intergroup tensions, and promoting peaceful resolution of conflict. The activities must be respectful of individuals and their divergent viewpoints and religious beliefs, which are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Such activities may include, but not be limited to, instruction and teacher training programs.
    (c) A school board that adopts a policy to incorporate activities to address intergroup conflict as authorized under subsection (b) of this Section shall make information available to the public that describes the manner in which the board has implemented the authority granted to it in this Section. The means for disseminating this information (i) shall include posting the information on the school district's Internet web site, if any, and making the information available, upon request, in district offices, and (ii) may include without limitation incorporating the information in a student handbook and including the information in a district newsletter.
(Source: P.A. 92-763, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.7

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)
    Sec. 27-23.7. Bullying prevention.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that a safe and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve and that bullying causes physical, psychological, and emotional harm to students and interferes with students' ability to learn and participate in school activities. The General Assembly further finds that bullying has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Because of the negative outcomes associated with bullying in schools, the General Assembly finds that school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools should educate students, parents, and school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school personnel about what behaviors constitute prohibited bullying.
    Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, unfavorable discharge from military service, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in all school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools. No student shall be subjected to bullying:
        (1) during any school-sponsored education program or
    
activity;
        (2) while in school, on school property, on school
    
buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities;
        (3) through the transmission of information from a
    
school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment; or
        (4) through the transmission of information from a
    
computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This item (4) applies only in cases in which a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred and does not require a district or school to staff or monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.
    (a-5) Nothing in this Section is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Bullying" includes "cyber-bullying" and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
        (1) placing the student or students in reasonable
    
fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
        (2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the
    
student's or students' physical or mental health;
        (3) substantially interfering with the student's or
    
students' academic performance; or
        (4) substantially interfering with the student's or
    
students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
    Bullying, as defined in this subsection (b), may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.
    "Cyber-bullying" means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photoelectronic system, or photooptical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. "Cyber-bullying" includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section. "Cyber-bullying" also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section.
    "Policy on bullying" means a bullying prevention policy that meets the following criteria:
        (1) Includes the bullying definition provided in this
    
Section.
        (2) Includes a statement that bullying is contrary to
    
State law and the policy of the school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school and is consistent with subsection (a-5) of this Section.
        (3) Includes procedures for promptly reporting
    
bullying, including, but not limited to, identifying and providing the school e-mail address (if applicable) and school telephone number for the staff person or persons responsible for receiving such reports and a procedure for anonymous reporting; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
        (4) Consistent with federal and State laws and rules
    
governing student privacy rights, includes procedures for promptly informing parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident of bullying and discussing, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures.
        (5) Contains procedures for promptly investigating
    
and addressing reports of bullying, including the following:
            (A) Making all reasonable efforts to complete the
        
investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of the incident of bullying was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported incident of bullying.
            (B) Involving appropriate school support
        
personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
            (C) Notifying the principal or school
        
administrator or his or her designee of the report of the incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
            (D) Consistent with federal and State laws and
        
rules governing student privacy rights, providing parents and guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.
        (6) Includes the interventions that can be taken to
    
address bullying, which may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.
        (7) Includes a statement prohibiting reprisal or
    
retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying and the consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation.
        (8) Includes consequences and appropriate remedial
    
actions for a person found to have falsely accused another of bullying as a means of retaliation or as a means of bullying.
        (9) Is based on the engagement of a range of school
    
stakeholders, including students and parents or guardians.
        (10) Is posted on the school district's, charter
    
school's, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school's existing Internet website, is included in the student handbook, and, where applicable, posted where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted in the school and provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty, and is distributed annually to parents, guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when hired.
        (11) As part of the process of reviewing and
    
re-evaluating the policy under subsection (d) of this Section, contains a policy evaluation process to assess the outcomes and effectiveness of the policy that includes, but is not limited to, factors such as the frequency of victimization; student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school; identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs; the types of bullying utilized; and bystander intervention or participation. The school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school may use relevant data and information it already collects for other purposes in the policy evaluation. The information developed as a result of the policy evaluation must be made available on the Internet website of the school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school. If an Internet website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, school board members, school personnel, parents, guardians, and students.
        (12) Is consistent with the policies of the school
    
board, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school.
    "Restorative measures" means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students' behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.
    "School personnel" means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school, including without limitation school and school district administrators, teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers, and security guards.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) Each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall create, maintain, and implement a policy on bullying, which policy must be filed with the State Board of Education. The policy or implementing procedure shall include a process to investigate whether a reported act of bullying is within the permissible scope of the district's or school's jurisdiction and shall require that the district or school provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the district and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs. School personnel available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying shall be made known to parents or legal guardians, students, and school personnel. Every 2 years, each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall conduct a review and re-evaluation of its policy and make any necessary and appropriate revisions. The policy must be filed with the State Board of Education after being updated. The State Board of Education shall monitor and provide technical support for the implementation of policies created under this subsection (d).
    (e) This Section shall not be interpreted to prevent a victim from seeking redress under any other available civil or criminal law.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-137, eff. 8-18-17.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.8

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.8)
    Sec. 27-23.8. Disability history and awareness.
    (a) A school district shall provide instruction on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement. Instruction may be included in those courses that the school district chooses. This instruction must be founded on the principle that all students, including students with disabilities, have the right to exercise self-determination. When possible, individuals with disabilities should be incorporated into the development and delivery of this instruction. This instruction may be supplemented by knowledgeable guest speakers from the disability community. A school board may collaborate with community-based organizations, such as centers for independent living, parent training and information centers, and other consumer-driven groups, and disability membership organizations in creating this instruction.
    (b) The State Board of Education may prepare and make available to all school boards resource materials that may be used as guidelines for the development of instruction for disability history and awareness under this Section.
    (c) Each school board shall determine the minimum amount of instructional time required under this Section.
    (d) The regional superintendent of schools shall monitor a school district's compliance with this Section's curricular requirement during his or her annual compliance visit.
(Source: P.A. 96-191, eff. 1-1-10.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.9

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.9)
    Sec. 27-23.9. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-952, eff. 6-28-10. Repealed internally, eff. 3-2-11.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.10

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.10)
    Sec. 27-23.10. Gang resistance education and training.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that the instance of youth delinquent gangs continues to rise on a statewide basis. Given the higher rates of criminal offending among gang members, as well as the availability of increasingly lethal weapons, the level of criminal activity by gang members has taken on new importance for law enforcement agencies, schools, the community, and prevention efforts.
    (b) As used in this Section:
    "Gang resistance education and training" means and includes instruction in, without limitation, each of the following subject matters when accompanied by a stated objective of reducing gang activity and educating children in grades K through 12 about the consequences of gang involvement:
        (1) conflict resolution;
        (2) cultural sensitivity;
        (3) personal goal setting; and
        (4) resisting peer pressure.
    (c) Each school district and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school in this State may make suitable provisions for instruction in gang resistance education and training in all grades and include that instruction in the courses of study regularly taught in those grades. For the purposes of gang resistance education and training, a school board or the governing body of a non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school must collaborate with State and local law enforcement agencies. The State Board of Education may assist in the development of instructional materials and teacher training in relation to gang resistance education and training.
(Source: P.A. 96-952, eff. 6-28-10.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.11

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.11)
    Sec. 27-23.11. Traffic injury prevention; policy. The school board of a school district that maintains any of grades kindergarten through 8 shall adopt a policy on educating students on the effective methods of preventing and avoiding traffic injuries related to walking and bicycling, which education must be made available to students in grades kindergarten through 8.
(Source: P.A. 100-1056, eff. 8-24-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.12

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.12)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 101-498)
    Sec. 27-23.12. Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force. The Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force is created to develop curriculum and assessment guidelines and best practices on emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning. The Task Force shall consist of the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee and all of the following members, appointed by the State Superintendent:
        (1) A representative of a school district organized
    
under Article 34 of this Code.
        (2) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing school boards.
        (3) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing individuals holding professional educator licenses with school support personnel endorsements under Article 21B of this Code, including school social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses.
        (4) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing children's mental health experts.
        (5) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing school principals.
        (6) An employee of a school under Article 13A of this
    
Code.
        (7) A school psychologist employed by a school
    
district in Cook County.
        (8) Representatives of other appropriate State
    
agencies, as determined by the State Superintendent.
    Members appointed by the State Superintendent shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for that purpose, including travel, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board. The Task Force shall meet at the call of the State Superintendent. The State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force.
    The Task Force shall develop age-appropriate, emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning curriculum and assessment guidelines and best practices for elementary schools and high schools. The guidelines shall, at a minimum, include teaching how to recognize, direct, and positively express emotions. The Task Force shall complete the guidelines on or before January 1, 2019. Upon completion of the guidelines the Task Force is dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 100-1139, eff. 11-28-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 101-498)
    Sec. 27-23.12. Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force. The Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force is created to develop curriculum and assessment guidelines and best practices on emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning, including strategies and instruction to address the needs of students with anger management issues. The Task Force shall consist of the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee and all of the following members, appointed by the State Superintendent:
        (1) A representative of a school district organized
    
under Article 34 of this Code.
        (2) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing school boards.
        (3) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing individuals holding professional educator licenses with school support personnel endorsements under Article 21B of this Code, including school social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses.
        (4) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing children's mental health experts.
        (5) A representative of a statewide organization
    
representing school principals.
        (6) An employee of a school under Article 13A of this
    
Code.
        (7) A school psychologist employed by a school
    
district in Cook County.
        (8) Representatives of other appropriate State
    
agencies, as determined by the State Superintendent.
    Members appointed by the State Superintendent shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for that purpose, including travel, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board. The Task Force shall meet at the call of the State Superintendent. The State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force.
    The Task Force shall develop age-appropriate, emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning curriculum and assessment guidelines and best practices for elementary schools and high schools. The guidelines shall, at a minimum, include teaching how to recognize, direct, and positively express emotions. The Task Force must also make recommendations on the funding of appropriate services and the availability of sources of funding, including, but not limited to, federal funding, to address social and emotional learning. The Task Force shall complete the guidelines and recommendations on or before March 1, 2020. Upon completion of the guidelines and recommendations the Task Force is dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 100-1139, eff. 11-28-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-498, eff. 6-1-20.)

105 ILCS 5/27-23.13

    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.13)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-152)
    Sec. 27-23.13. Hunting safety. A school district may offer its students a course on hunting safety as part of its curriculum during the school day or as part of an after-school program. The State Board of Education may prepare and make available to school boards resources on hunting safety that may be used as guidelines for the development of a course under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-152, eff. 7-26-19.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-347)
    Sec. 27-23.13. Workplace preparation course. A school district that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 may include in its high school curriculum a unit of instruction on workplace preparation that covers legal protections in the workplace, including protection against sexual harassment and racial and other forms of discrimination and other protections for employees. A school board may determine the minimum amount of instruction time that qualifies as a unit of instruction under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-347, eff. 1-1-20.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24)
    Sec. 27-24. Short title. Sections 27-24 through 27-24.10 of this Article are known and may be cited as the Driver Education Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.1

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.1)
    Sec. 27-24.1. Definitions. As used in the Driver Education Act unless the context otherwise requires:
    "State Board" means the State Board of Education;
    "Driver education course" and "course" means a course of instruction in the use and operation of cars, including instruction in the safe operation of cars and rules of the road and the laws of this State relating to motor vehicles, which meets the minimum requirements of this Act and the rules and regulations issued thereunder by the State Board and has been approved by the State Board as meeting such requirements;
    "Car" means a motor vehicle of the first division as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code;
    "Motorcycle" or "motor driven cycle" means such a vehicle as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code;
    "Driver's license" means any license or permit issued by the Secretary of State under Chapter 6 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
    "Distance learning program" means a program of study in which all participating teachers and students do not physically meet in the classroom and instead use the Internet, email, or any other method other than the classroom to provide instruction.
    With reference to persons, the singular number includes the plural and vice versa, and the masculine gender includes the feminine.
(Source: P.A. 101-183, eff. 8-2-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.2

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.2)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-183)
    Sec. 27-24.2. Safety education; driver education course. Instruction shall be given in safety education in each of grades one through 8, equivalent to one class period each week, and any school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 shall offer a driver education course in any such school which it operates. Its curriculum shall include content dealing with Chapters 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, the rules adopted pursuant to those Chapters insofar as they pertain to the operation of motor vehicles, and the portions of the Litter Control Act relating to the operation of motor vehicles. The course of instruction given in grades 10 through 12 shall include an emphasis on the development of knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles, including motorcycles insofar as they can be taught in the classroom, and instruction on distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue. In addition, the course shall include instruction on special hazards existing at and required safety and driving precautions that must be observed at emergency situations, highway construction and maintenance zones, and railroad crossings and the approaches thereto. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the course shall also include instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement. The course of instruction required of each eligible student at the high school level shall consist of a minimum of 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 6 clock hours of individual behind-the-wheel instruction in a dual control car on public roadways taught by a driver education instructor endorsed by the State Board of Education. A school district's decision to allow a student to take a portion of the driver education course through a distance learning program must be determined on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the school's administration, including the student's driver education teacher, and the student's parent or guardian. Under no circumstances may the student take the entire driver education course through a distance learning program. Both the classroom instruction part and the practice driving part of a driver education course shall be open to a resident or non-resident student attending a non-public school in the district wherein the course is offered. Each student attending any public or non-public high school in the district must receive a passing grade in at least 8 courses during the previous 2 semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course, or the student shall not be permitted to enroll in the course; provided that the local superintendent of schools (with respect to a student attending a public high school in the district) or chief school administrator (with respect to a student attending a non-public high school in the district) may waive the requirement if the superintendent or chief school administrator, as the case may be, deems it to be in the best interest of the student. A student may be allowed to commence the classroom instruction part of such driver education course prior to reaching age 15 if such student then will be eligible to complete the entire course within 12 months after being allowed to commence such classroom instruction.
    A school district may offer a driver education course in a school by contracting with a commercial driver training school to provide both the classroom instruction part and the practice driving part or either one without having to request a modification or waiver of administrative rules of the State Board of Education if the school district approves the action during a public hearing on whether to enter into a contract with a commercial driver training school. The public hearing shall be held at a regular or special school board meeting prior to entering into such a contract. If a school district chooses to approve a contract with a commercial driver training school, then the district must provide evidence to the State Board of Education that the commercial driver training school with which it will contract holds a license issued by the Secretary of State under Article IV of Chapter 6 of the Illinois Vehicle Code and that each instructor employed by the commercial driver training school to provide instruction to students served by the school district holds a valid teaching license issued under the requirements of this Code and rules of the State Board of Education. Such evidence must include, but need not be limited to, a list of each instructor assigned to teach students served by the school district, which list shall include the instructor's name, personal identification number as required by the State Board of Education, birth date, and driver's license number. Once the contract is entered into, the school district shall notify the State Board of Education of any changes in the personnel providing instruction either (i) within 15 calendar days after an instructor leaves the program or (ii) before a new instructor is hired. Such notification shall include the instructor's name, personal identification number as required by the State Board of Education, birth date, and driver's license number. If the school district maintains an Internet website, then the district shall post a copy of the final contract between the district and the commercial driver training school on the district's Internet website. If no Internet website exists, then the school district shall make available the contract upon request. A record of all materials in relation to the contract must be maintained by the school district and made available to parents and guardians upon request. The instructor's date of birth and driver's license number and any other personally identifying information as deemed by the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 must be redacted from any public materials.
    Such a course may be commenced immediately after the completion of a prior course. Teachers of such courses shall meet the licensure requirements of this Code and regulations of the State Board as to qualifications.
    Subject to rules of the State Board of Education, the school district may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed $50, to students who participate in the course, unless a student is unable to pay for such a course, in which event the fee for such a student must be waived. However, the district may increase this fee to an amount not to exceed $250 by school board resolution following a public hearing on the increase, which increased fee must be waived for students who participate in the course and are unable to pay for the course. The total amount from driver education fees and reimbursement from the State for driver education must not exceed the total cost of the driver education program in any year and must be deposited into the school district's driver education fund as a separate line item budget entry. All moneys deposited into the school district's driver education fund must be used solely for the funding of a high school driver education program approved by the State Board of Education that uses driver education instructors endorsed by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 101-183, eff. 8-2-19.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-450)
    Sec. 27-24.2. Safety education; driver education course. Instruction shall be given in safety education in each of grades one through 8, equivalent to one class period each week, and any school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 shall offer a driver education course in any such school which it operates. Its curriculum shall include content dealing with Chapters 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, the rules adopted pursuant to those Chapters insofar as they pertain to the operation of motor vehicles, and the portions of the Litter Control Act relating to the operation of motor vehicles. The course of instruction given in grades 10 through 12 shall include an emphasis on the development of knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles, including motorcycles insofar as they can be taught in the classroom, and instruction on distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue. In addition, the course shall include instruction on special hazards existing at and required safety and driving precautions that must be observed at emergency situations, highway construction and maintenance zones, and railroad crossings and the approaches thereto. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the course shall also include instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement. The course of instruction required of each eligible student at the high school level shall consist of a minimum of 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 6 clock hours of individual behind-the-wheel instruction in a dual control car on public roadways taught by a driver education instructor endorsed by the State Board of Education. Both the classroom instruction part and the practice driving part of such driver education course shall be open to a resident or non-resident student attending a non-public school in the district wherein the course is offered. Each student attending any public or non-public high school in the district must receive a passing grade in at least 8 courses during the previous 2 semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course, or the student shall not be permitted to enroll in the course; provided that the local superintendent of schools (with respect to a student attending a public high school in the district) or chief school administrator (with respect to a student attending a non-public high school in the district) may waive the requirement if the superintendent or chief school administrator, as the case may be, deems it to be in the best interest of the student. A student may be allowed to commence the classroom instruction part of such driver education course prior to reaching age 15 if such student then will be eligible to complete the entire course within 12 months after being allowed to commence such classroom instruction.
    A school district may offer a driver education course in a school by contracting with a commercial driver training school to provide both the classroom instruction part and the practice driving part or either one without having to request a modification or waiver of administrative rules of the State Board of Education if the school district approves the action during a public hearing on whether to enter into a contract with a commercial driver training school. The public hearing shall be held at a regular or special school board meeting prior to entering into such a contract. If a school district chooses to approve a contract with a commercial driver training school, then the district must provide evidence to the State Board of Education that the commercial driver training school with which it will contract holds a license issued by the Secretary of State under Article IV of Chapter 6 of the Illinois Vehicle Code and that each instructor employed by the commercial driver training school to provide instruction to students served by the school district holds a valid teaching license issued under the requirements of this Code and rules of the State Board of Education. Such evidence must include, but need not be limited to, a list of each instructor assigned to teach students served by the school district, which list shall include the instructor's name, personal identification number as required by the State Board of Education, birth date, and driver's license number. Once the contract is entered into, the school district shall notify the State Board of Education of any changes in the personnel providing instruction either (i) within 15 calendar days after an instructor leaves the program or (ii) before a new instructor is hired. Such notification shall include the instructor's name, personal identification number as required by the State Board of Education, birth date, and driver's license number. If the school district maintains an Internet website, then the district shall post a copy of the final contract between the district and the commercial driver training school on the district's Internet website. If no Internet website exists, then the school district shall make available the contract upon request. A record of all materials in relation to the contract must be maintained by the school district and made available to parents and guardians upon request. The instructor's date of birth and driver's license number and any other personally identifying information as deemed by the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 must be redacted from any public materials.
    Such a course may be commenced immediately after the completion of a prior course. Teachers of such courses shall meet the licensure requirements of this Code and regulations of the State Board as to qualifications. Except for a contract with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, a school district that contracts with a third party to teach a driver education course under this Section must ensure the teacher meets the educator licensure and endorsement requirements under Article 21B and must follow the same evaluation and observation requirements that apply to non-tenured teachers under Article 24A. The teacher evaluation must be conducted by a school administrator employed by the school district and must be submitted annually to the district superintendent and all school board members for oversight purposes.
    Subject to rules of the State Board of Education, the school district may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed $50, to students who participate in the course, unless a student is unable to pay for such a course, in which event the fee for such a student must be waived. However, the district may increase this fee to an amount not to exceed $250 by school board resolution following a public hearing on the increase, which increased fee must be waived for students who participate in the course and are unable to pay for the course. The total amount from driver education fees and reimbursement from the State for driver education must not exceed the total cost of the driver education program in any year and must be deposited into the school district's driver education fund as a separate line item budget entry. All moneys deposited into the school district's driver education fund must be used solely for the funding of a high school driver education program approved by the State Board of Education that uses driver education instructors endorsed by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 101-450, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.2a

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2a)
    Sec. 27-24.2a. Non-public school driver education course. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, any non-public school's driver education course shall include instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement.
(Source: P.A. 99-720, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.3

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.3)
    Sec. 27-24.3. Reimbursement. In order for the school district to receive reimbursement from the State as hereinafter provided, the driver education course offered in its schools shall consist of at least 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and, subject to modification as hereinafter allowed, at least 6 clock hours of practice driving in a car having dual operating controls under direct individual instruction.
(Source: P.A. 95-310, eff. 7-1-08.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.4

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.4)
    Sec. 27-24.4. Reimbursement amount.
    (a) Each school district shall be entitled to reimbursement for each student who finishes either the classroom instruction part or the practice driving part of a driver education course that meets the minimum requirements of this Act. Reimbursement under this Act is payable from the Drivers Education Fund in the State treasury.
    Each year all funds appropriated from the Drivers Education Fund to the State Board of Education, with the exception of those funds necessary for administrative purposes of the State Board of Education, shall be distributed in the manner provided in this paragraph to school districts by the State Board of Education for reimbursement of claims from the previous school year. As soon as may be after each quarter of the year, if moneys are available in the Drivers Education Fund in the State treasury for payments under this Section, the State Comptroller shall draw his or her warrants upon the State Treasurer as directed by the State Board of Education. The warrant for each quarter shall be in an amount equal to one-fourth of the total amount to be distributed to school districts for the year. Payments shall be made to school districts as soon as may be after receipt of the warrants.
    The base reimbursement amount shall be calculated by the State Board by dividing the total amount appropriated for distribution by the total of: (a) the number of students who have completed the classroom instruction part for whom valid claims have been made times 0.2; plus (b) the number of students who have completed the practice driving instruction part for whom valid claims have been made times 0.8.
    The amount of reimbursement to be distributed on each claim shall be 0.2 times the base reimbursement amount for each validly claimed student who has completed the classroom instruction part, plus 0.8 times the base reimbursement amount for each validly claimed student who has completed the practice driving instruction part.
    (b) The school district which is the residence of a student who attends a nonpublic school in another district that has furnished the driver education course shall reimburse the district offering the course, the difference between the actual per capita cost of giving the course the previous school year and the amount reimbursed by the State, which, for purposes of this subsection (b), shall be referred to as "course cost". If the course cost offered by the student's resident district is less than the course cost of the course in the district where the nonpublic school is located, then the student is responsible for paying the district that furnished the course the difference between the 2 amounts. If a nonpublic school student chooses to attend a driver's education course in a school district besides the district where the nonpublic school is located, then the student is wholly responsible for the course cost; however, the nonpublic school student may take the course in his or her resident district on the same basis as public school students who are enrolled in that district.
    By April 1 the nonpublic school shall notify the district offering the course of the names and district numbers of the nonresident students desiring to take such course the next school year. The district offering such course shall notify the district of residence of those students affected by April 15. The school district furnishing the course may claim the nonresident student for the purpose of making a claim for State reimbursement under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09; 97-1025, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.5)
    Sec. 27-24.5. Submission of claims. The district shall report on forms prescribed by the State Board, on an ongoing basis, a list of students by name, birth date and sex, with the date the behind-the-wheel instruction or the classroom instruction or both were completed and with the status of the course completion.
    The State shall not reimburse any district for any student who has repeated any part of the course more than once or who did not meet the age requirements of this Act during the period that the student was instructed in any part of the drivers education course.
(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.6

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.6)
    Sec. 27-24.6. Attendance records. The school board shall require the teachers of drivers education courses to keep daily attendance records for students attending such courses in the same manner as is prescribed in Section 24-18 of this Act and such records shall be used to prepare and certify claims made under the Driver Education Act. Claims for reimbursement shall be made under oath or affirmation of the chief school administrator for the district employed by the school board or authorized driver education personnel employed by the school board.
    Whoever submits a false claim under the Driver Education Act or makes a false record upon which a claim is based shall be fined in an amount equal to the sum falsely claimed.
(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.7

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.7) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.7)
    Sec. 27-24.7. School code to apply.
    The provisions of this Act not inconsistent with the provisions of the Driver Education Act shall apply to the conduct of instruction offered by a school district under the provisions of the Driver Education Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.8

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.8) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-24.8)
    Sec. 27-24.8. Rules and regulations. The State Board may promulgate rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of the Driver Education Act for the administration of the Driver Education Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.9

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.9)
    Sec. 27-24.9. Driver education standards. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall adopt course content standards for driver education for those persons under the age of 18 years, which shall include the operation and equipment of motor vehicles.
(Source: P.A. 97-1025, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/27-24.10

    (105 ILCS 5/27-24.10)
    Sec. 27-24.10. Cost report. The State Board of Education shall annually prepare a report to be posted on the State Board's Internet website that indicates the approximate per capita driver education cost for each school district required to provide driver education. This report, compiled each spring from data reported the previous school year, shall be computed from expenditure data for driver education submitted by school districts on the annual financial statements required pursuant to Section 3-15.1 of this Code and the number of students provided driver education for that school year, as required to be reported under Section 27-24.5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1025, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 27-25

 
    (105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 27-25 heading)
NUCLEAR ENERGY EDUCATION ACT
(Repealed)
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-25

    (105 ILCS 5/27-25)
    Sec. 27-25. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 76-1835. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-25.1

    (105 ILCS 5/27-25.1)
    Sec. 27-25.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-25.2

    (105 ILCS 5/27-25.2)
    Sec. 27-25.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-25.3

    (105 ILCS 5/27-25.3)
    Sec. 27-25.3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-25.4

    (105 ILCS 5/27-25.4)
    Sec. 27-25.4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/27-26

    (105 ILCS 5/27-26)
    Sec. 27-26. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 78-1245. Repealed by P.A. 94-600, eff. 8-16-05.)

105 ILCS 5/27-27

    (105 ILCS 5/27-27) (from Ch. 122, par. 27-27)
    Sec. 27-27. When school districts use a system of categorizing classes of instruction by degree of difficulty and issues grades in accordance therewith, identification of said system shall be reflected in the affected students' class ranking and permanent records.
(Source: P.A. 81-707.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 27A

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 27A heading)
ARTICLE 27A
CHARTER SCHOOLS

105 ILCS 5/27A-1

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-1)
    Sec. 27A-1. Short title and application. This Article may be cited as the Charter Schools Law. This Article applies in all school districts, including special charter districts and school districts located in cities having a population of more than 500,000.
(Source: P.A. 89-450, eff. 4-10-96.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-2

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-2)
    Sec. 27A-2. Legislative declaration.
    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
        (1) Encouraging educational excellence is in the best
    
interests of the people of this State.
        (2) There are educators, community members, and
    
parents in Illinois who can offer flexible and innovative educational techniques and programs, but who lack an avenue through which to provide them within the public school system.
        (3) The enactment of legislation authorizing charter
    
schools to operate in Illinois will promote new options within the public school system and will provide pupils, educators, community members, and parents with the stimulus to strive for educational excellence.
    (b) The General Assembly further finds and declares that this Article is enacted for the following purposes:
        (1) To improve pupil learning by creating schools
    
with high, rigorous standards for pupil performance.
        (2) To increase learning opportunities for all
    
pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for at-risk pupils, consistent, however, with an equal commitment to increase learning opportunities for all other groups of pupils in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, marital status, or need for special education services.
        (3) To encourage the use of teaching methods that may
    
be different in some respects than others regularly used in the public school system.
        (4) To allow the development of new, different, or
    
alternative forms of measuring pupil learning and achievement.
        (5) To create new professional opportunities for
    
teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site.
        (6) To provide parents and pupils with expanded
    
choices within the public school system.
        (7) To encourage parental and community involvement
    
with public schools.
        (8) To hold charter schools accountable for meeting
    
rigorous school content standards and to provide those schools with the opportunity to improve accountability.
    (c) In authorizing charter schools, it is the intent of the General Assembly to create a legitimate avenue for parents, teachers, and community members to take responsible risks and create new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system. The General Assembly seeks to create opportunities within the public school system of Illinois for development of innovative and accountable teaching techniques. The provisions of this Article should be interpreted liberally to support the findings and goals of this Section and to advance a renewed commitment by the State of Illinois to the mission, goals, and diversity of public education.
(Source: P.A. 89-450, eff. 4-10-96; 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-3

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-3)
    Sec. 27A-3. Definitions. For purposes of this Article:
    "At-risk pupil" means a pupil who, because of physical, emotional, socioeconomic, or cultural factors, is less likely to succeed in a conventional educational environment.
    "Authorizer" means an entity authorized under this Article to review applications, decide whether to approve or reject applications, enter into charter contracts with applicants, oversee charter schools, and decide whether to renew, not renew, or revoke a charter.
    "Commission" means the State Charter School Commission established under Section 27A-7.5 of this Code.
    "Local school board" means the duly elected or appointed school board or board of education of a public school district, including special charter districts and school districts located in cities having a population of more than 500,000, organized under the laws of this State.
    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 97-152, eff. 7-20-11.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-4

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-4)
    Sec. 27A-4. General provisions.
    (a) The General Assembly does not intend to alter or amend the provisions of any court-ordered desegregation plan in effect for any school district. A charter school shall be subject to all federal and State laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, marital status, or need for special education services.
    (b) The total number of charter schools operating under this Article at any one time shall not exceed 120. Not more than 70 charter schools shall operate at any one time in any city having a population exceeding 500,000, with at least 5 charter schools devoted exclusively to students from low-performing or overcrowded schools operating at any one time in that city; and not more than 45 charter schools shall operate at any one time in the remainder of the State, with not more than one charter school that has been initiated by a board of education, or by an intergovernmental agreement between or among boards of education, operating at any one time in the school district where the charter school is located. In addition to these charter schools, up to but no more than 5 charter schools devoted exclusively to re-enrolled high school dropouts and/or students 16 or 15 years old at risk of dropping out may operate at any one time in any city having a population exceeding 500,000. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in subsection (b) of Section 27A-5 of this Code, each such dropout charter may operate up to 15 campuses within the city. Any of these dropout charters may have a maximum of 1,875 enrollment seats, any one of the campuses of the dropout charter may have a maximum of 165 enrollment seats, and each campus of the dropout charter must be operated, through a contract or payroll, by the same legal entity as that for which the charter is approved and certified.
    For purposes of implementing this Section, the State Board shall assign a number to each charter submission it receives under Section 27A-6 for its review and certification, based on the chronological order in which the submission is received by it. The State Board shall promptly notify local school boards when the maximum numbers of certified charter schools authorized to operate have been reached.
    (c) No charter shall be granted under this Article that would convert any existing private, parochial, or non-public school to a charter school.
    (d) Enrollment in a charter school shall be open to any pupil who resides within the geographic boundaries of the area served by the local school board, provided that the board of education in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may designate attendance boundaries for no more than one-third of the charter schools permitted in the city if the board of education determines that attendance boundaries are needed to relieve overcrowding or to better serve low-income and at-risk students. Students residing within an attendance boundary may be given priority for enrollment, but must not be required to attend the charter school.
    (e) Nothing in this Article shall prevent 2 or more local school boards from jointly issuing a charter to a single shared charter school, provided that all of the provisions of this Article are met as to those local school boards.
    (f) No local school board shall require any employee of the school district to be employed in a charter school.
    (g) No local school board shall require any pupil residing within the geographic boundary of its district to enroll in a charter school.
    (h) If there are more eligible applicants for enrollment in a charter school than there are spaces available, successful applicants shall be selected by lottery. However, priority shall be given to siblings of pupils enrolled in the charter school and to pupils who were enrolled in the charter school the previous school year, unless expelled for cause, and priority may be given to pupils residing within the charter school's attendance boundary, if a boundary has been designated by the board of education in a city having a population exceeding 500,000.
    Beginning with student enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, any lottery required under this subsection (h) must be administered and videotaped by the charter school. The authorizer or its designee must be allowed to be present or view the lottery in real time. The charter school must maintain a videotaped record of the lottery, including a time/date stamp. The charter school shall transmit copies of the videotape and all records relating to the lottery to the authorizer on or before September 1 of each year.
    Subject to the requirements for priority applicant groups set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection (h), any lottery required under this subsection (h) must be administered in a way that provides each student an equal chance at admission. If an authorizer makes a determination that a charter school's lottery is in violation of this subsection (h), it may administer the lottery directly. After a lottery, each student randomly selected for admission to the charter school must be notified. Charter schools may not create an admissions process subsequent to a lottery that may operate as a barrier to registration or enrollment.
    Charter schools may undertake additional intake activities, including without limitation student essays, school-parent compacts, or open houses, but in no event may a charter school require participation in these activities as a condition of enrollment. A charter school must submit an updated waitlist to the authorizer on a quarterly basis. A waitlist must be submitted to the authorizer at the same time as quarterly financial statements, if quarterly financial statements are required by the authorizer.
    Dual enrollment at both a charter school and a public school or non-public school shall not be allowed. A pupil who is suspended or expelled from a charter school shall be deemed to be suspended or expelled from the public schools of the school district in which the pupil resides. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this subsection (h):
        (1) any charter school with a mission exclusive to
    
educating high school dropouts may grant priority admission to students who are high school dropouts and/or students 16 or 15 years old at risk of dropping out and any charter school with a mission exclusive to educating students from low-performing or overcrowded schools may restrict admission to students who are from low-performing or overcrowded schools; "priority admission" for charter schools exclusively devoted to re-enrolled dropouts or students at risk of dropping out means a minimum of 90% of students enrolled shall be high school dropouts; and
        (2) any charter school located in a school district
    
that contains all or part of a federal military base may set aside up to 33% of its current charter enrollment to students with parents assigned to the federal military base, with the remaining 67% subject to the general enrollment and lottery requirements of subsection (d) of this Section and this subsection (h); if a student with a parent assigned to the federal military base withdraws from the charter school during the course of a school year for reasons other than grade promotion, those students with parents assigned to the federal military base shall have preference in filling the vacancy.
    (i) (Blank).
    (j) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a school district in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 shall not have a duty to collectively bargain with an exclusive representative of its employees over decisions to grant or deny a charter school proposal under Section 27A-8 of this Code, decisions to renew or revoke a charter under Section 27A-9 of this Code, and the impact of these decisions, provided that nothing in this Section shall have the effect of negating, abrogating, replacing, reducing, diminishing, or limiting in any way employee rights, guarantees, or privileges granted in Sections 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, and 15 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act.
    (k) In this Section:
    "Low-performing school" means a public school in a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code that enrolls students in any of grades kindergarten through 8 and that is ranked within the lowest 10% of schools in that district in terms of the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on the assessments required under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code.
    "Overcrowded school" means a public school in a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code that (i) enrolls students in any of grades kindergarten through 8, (ii) has a percentage of low-income students of 70% or more, as identified in the most recently available School Report Card published by the State Board of Education, and (iii) is determined by the Chicago Board of Education to be in the most severely overcrowded 5% of schools in the district. On or before November 1 of each year, the Chicago Board of Education shall file a report with the State Board of Education on which schools in the district meet the definition of "overcrowded school". "Students at risk of dropping out" means students 16 or 15 years old in a public school in a district organized under Article 34 of this Code that enrolls students in any grades 9-12 who have been absent at least 90 school attendance days of the previous 180 school attendance days.
    (l) For advertisements created after January 1, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 98-783), any advertisement, including a radio, television, print, Internet, social media, or billboard advertisement, purchased by a school district or public school, including a charter school, with public funds must include a disclaimer stating that the advertisement was paid for using public funds.
    This disclaimer requirement does not extend to materials created by the charter school, including, but not limited to, a school website, informational pamphlets or leaflets, or clothing with affixed school logos.
(Source: P.A. 98-474, eff. 8-16-13; 98-783, eff. 1-1-15; 98-972, eff. 8-15-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-5)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-50)
    Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
    (a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school may be established under this Article by creating a new school or by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status. Beginning on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3), in all new applications to establish a charter school in a city having a population exceeding 500,000, operation of the charter school shall be limited to one campus. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 93-3 do not apply to charter schools existing or approved on or before April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3).
    (b-5) In this subsection (b-5), "virtual-schooling" means a cyber school where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations and with students participating at different times.
    From April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, there is a moratorium on the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components in school districts other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. This moratorium does not apply to a charter school with virtual-schooling components existing or approved prior to April 1, 2013 or to the renewal of the charter of a charter school with virtual-schooling components already approved prior to April 1, 2013.
    On or before March 1, 2014, the Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a report on the effect of virtual-schooling, including without limitation the effect on student performance, the costs associated with virtual-schooling, and issues with oversight. The report shall include policy recommendations for virtual-schooling.
    (c) A charter school shall be administered and governed by its board of directors or other governing body in the manner provided in its charter. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.
    (d) For purposes of this subsection (d), "non-curricular health and safety requirement" means any health and safety requirement created by statute or rule to provide, maintain, preserve, or safeguard safe or healthful conditions for students and school personnel or to eliminate, reduce, or prevent threats to the health and safety of students and school personnel. "Non-curricular health and safety requirement" does not include any course of study or specialized instructional requirement for which the State Board has established goals and learning standards or which is designed primarily to impart knowledge and skills for students to master and apply as an outcome of their education.
    A charter school shall comply with all non-curricular health and safety requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois. On or before September 1, 2015, the State Board shall promulgate and post on its Internet website a list of non-curricular health and safety requirements that a charter school must meet. The list shall be updated annually no later than September 1. Any charter contract between a charter school and its authorizer must contain a provision that requires the charter school to follow the list of all non-curricular health and safety requirements promulgated by the State Board and any non-curricular health and safety requirements added by the State Board to such list during the term of the charter. Nothing in this subsection (d) precludes an authorizer from including non-curricular health and safety requirements in a charter school contract that are not contained in the list promulgated by the State Board, including non-curricular health and safety requirements of the authorizing local school board.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.
    (f) A charter school shall be responsible for the management and operation of its fiscal affairs including, but not limited to, the preparation of its budget. An audit of each charter school's finances shall be conducted annually by an outside, independent contractor retained by the charter school. To ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. In addition, if deemed necessary for proper financial oversight of the charter school, an authorizer may require quarterly financial statements from each charter school.
    (g) A charter school shall comply with all provisions of this Article, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, all federal and State laws and rules applicable to public schools that pertain to special education and the instruction of English learners, and its charter. A charter school is exempt from all other State laws and regulations in this Code governing public schools and local school board policies; however, a charter school is not exempt from the following:
        (1) Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this Code
    
regarding criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database of applicants for employment;
        (2) Sections 10-20.14, 10-22.6, 24-24, 34-19, and
    
34-84a of this Code regarding discipline of students;
        (3) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees
    
Tort Immunity Act;
        (4) Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit
    
Corporation Act of 1986 regarding indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents;
        (5) the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
        (5.5) subsection (b) of Section 10-23.12 and
    
subsection (b) of Section 34-18.6 of this Code;
        (6) the Illinois School Student Records Act;
        (7) Section 10-17a of this Code regarding school
    
report cards;
        (8) the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act;
        (9) Section 27-23.7 of this Code regarding bullying
    
prevention;
        (10) Section 2-3.162 of this Code regarding student
    
discipline reporting;
        (11) Sections 22-80 and 27-8.1 of this Code;
        (12) Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 of this Code;
        (13) Sections 10-20.63 and 34-18.56 of this Code;
        (14) Section 26-18 of this Code;
        (15) Section 22-30 of this Code; and
        (16) the Seizure Smart School Act.
    The change made by Public Act 96-104 to this subsection (g) is declaratory of existing law.
    (h) A charter school may negotiate and contract with a school district, the governing body of a State college or university or public community college, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for: (i) the use of a school building and grounds or any other real property or facilities that the charter school desires to use or convert for use as a charter school site, (ii) the operation and maintenance thereof, and (iii) the provision of any service, activity, or undertaking that the charter school is required to perform in order to carry out the terms of its charter. However, a charter school that is established on or after April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and that operates in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may not contract with a for-profit entity to manage or operate the school during the period that commences on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and concludes at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Section, a school district may charge a charter school reasonable rent for the use of the district's buildings, grounds, and facilities. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a school district shall be provided by the district at cost. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a local school board or with the governing body of a State college or university or public community college shall be provided by the public entity at cost.
    (i) In no event shall a charter school that is established by converting an existing school or attendance center to charter school status be required to pay rent for space that is deemed available, as negotiated and provided in the charter agreement, in school district facilities. However, all other costs for the operation and maintenance of school district facilities that are used by the charter school shall be subject to negotiation between the charter school and the local school board and shall be set forth in the charter.
    (j) A charter school may limit student enrollment by age or grade level.
    (k) If the charter school is approved by the Commission, then the Commission charter school is its own local education agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18; 100-156, eff. 1-1-18; 100-163, eff. 1-1-18; 100-413, eff. 1-1-18; 100-468, eff. 6-1-18; 100-726, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-50, eff. 7-1-20.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-81)
    Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
    (a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school may be established under this Article by creating a new school or by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status. Beginning on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3), in all new applications to establish a charter school in a city having a population exceeding 500,000, operation of the charter school shall be limited to one campus. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 93-3 do not apply to charter schools existing or approved on or before April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3).
    (b-5) In this subsection (b-5), "virtual-schooling" means a cyber school where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations and with students participating at different times.
    From April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, there is a moratorium on the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components in school districts other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. This moratorium does not apply to a charter school with virtual-schooling components existing or approved prior to April 1, 2013 or to the renewal of the charter of a charter school with virtual-schooling components already approved prior to April 1, 2013.
    On or before March 1, 2014, the Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a report on the effect of virtual-schooling, including without limitation the effect on student performance, the costs associated with virtual-schooling, and issues with oversight. The report shall include policy recommendations for virtual-schooling.
    (c) A charter school shall be administered and governed by its board of directors or other governing body in the manner provided in its charter. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.
    (d) For purposes of this subsection (d), "non-curricular health and safety requirement" means any health and safety requirement created by statute or rule to provide, maintain, preserve, or safeguard safe or healthful conditions for students and school personnel or to eliminate, reduce, or prevent threats to the health and safety of students and school personnel. "Non-curricular health and safety requirement" does not include any course of study or specialized instructional requirement for which the State Board has established goals and learning standards or which is designed primarily to impart knowledge and skills for students to master and apply as an outcome of their education.
    A charter school shall comply with all non-curricular health and safety requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois. On or before September 1, 2015, the State Board shall promulgate and post on its Internet website a list of non-curricular health and safety requirements that a charter school must meet. The list shall be updated annually no later than September 1. Any charter contract between a charter school and its authorizer must contain a provision that requires the charter school to follow the list of all non-curricular health and safety requirements promulgated by the State Board and any non-curricular health and safety requirements added by the State Board to such list during the term of the charter. Nothing in this subsection (d) precludes an authorizer from including non-curricular health and safety requirements in a charter school contract that are not contained in the list promulgated by the State Board, including non-curricular health and safety requirements of the authorizing local school board.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.
    (f) A charter school shall be responsible for the management and operation of its fiscal affairs including, but not limited to, the preparation of its budget. An audit of each charter school's finances shall be conducted annually by an outside, independent contractor retained by the charter school. To ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. In addition, if deemed necessary for proper financial oversight of the charter school, an authorizer may require quarterly financial statements from each charter school.
    (g) A charter school shall comply with all provisions of this Article, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, all federal and State laws and rules applicable to public schools that pertain to special education and the instruction of English learners, and its charter. A charter school is exempt from all other State laws and regulations in this Code governing public schools and local school board policies; however, a charter school is not exempt from the following:
        (1) Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this Code
    
regarding criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database of applicants for employment;
        (2) Sections 10-20.14, 10-22.6, 24-24, 34-19, and
    
34-84a of this Code regarding discipline of students;
        (3) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees
    
Tort Immunity Act;
        (4) Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit
    
Corporation Act of 1986 regarding indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents;
        (5) the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
        (5.5) subsection (b) of Section 10-23.12 and
    
subsection (b) of Section 34-18.6 of this Code;
        (6) the Illinois School Student Records Act;
        (7) Section 10-17a of this Code regarding school
    
report cards;
        (8) the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act;
        (9) Section 27-23.7 of this Code regarding bullying
    
prevention;
        (10) Section 2-3.162 of this Code regarding student
    
discipline reporting;
        (11) Sections 22-80 and 27-8.1 of this Code;
        (12) Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 of this Code;
        (13) Sections 10-20.63 and 34-18.56 of this Code;
        (14) Section 26-18 of this Code; and
        (15) Section 22-30 of this Code.
    The change made by Public Act 96-104 to this subsection (g) is declaratory of existing law.
    (h) A charter school may negotiate and contract with a school district, the governing body of a State college or university or public community college, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for: (i) the use of a school building and grounds or any other real property or facilities that the charter school desires to use or convert for use as a charter school site, (ii) the operation and maintenance thereof, and (iii) the provision of any service, activity, or undertaking that the charter school is required to perform in order to carry out the terms of its charter. However, a charter school that is established on or after April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and that operates in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may not contract with a for-profit entity to manage or operate the school during the period that commences on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and concludes at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Section, a school district may charge a charter school reasonable rent for the use of the district's buildings, grounds, and facilities. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a school district shall be provided by the district at cost. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a local school board or with the governing body of a State college or university or public community college shall be provided by the public entity at cost.
    (i) In no event shall a charter school that is established by converting an existing school or attendance center to charter school status be required to pay rent for space that is deemed available, as negotiated and provided in the charter agreement, in school district facilities. However, all other costs for the operation and maintenance of school district facilities that are used by the charter school shall be subject to negotiation between the charter school and the local school board and shall be set forth in the charter.
    (j) A charter school may limit student enrollment by age or grade level.
    (k) If the charter school is approved by the Commission, then the Commission charter school is its own local education agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18; 100-156, eff. 1-1-18; 100-163, eff. 1-1-18; 100-413, eff. 1-1-18; 100-468, eff. 6-1-18; 100-726, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-291)
    Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
    (a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school may be established under this Article by creating a new school or by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status. Beginning on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3), in all new applications to establish a charter school in a city having a population exceeding 500,000, operation of the charter school shall be limited to one campus. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 93-3 do not apply to charter schools existing or approved on or before April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3).
    (b-5) In this subsection (b-5), "virtual-schooling" means a cyber school where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations and with students participating at different times.
    From April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, there is a moratorium on the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components in school districts other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. This moratorium does not apply to a charter school with virtual-schooling components existing or approved prior to April 1, 2013 or to the renewal of the charter of a charter school with virtual-schooling components already approved prior to April 1, 2013.
    On or before March 1, 2014, the Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a report on the effect of virtual-schooling, including without limitation the effect on student performance, the costs associated with virtual-schooling, and issues with oversight. The report shall include policy recommendations for virtual-schooling.
    (c) A charter school shall be administered and governed by its board of directors or other governing body in the manner provided in its charter. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. No later than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, a charter school's board of directors or other governing body must include at least one parent or guardian of a pupil currently enrolled in the charter school who may be selected through the charter school or a charter network election, appointment by the charter school's board of directors or other governing body, or by the charter school's Parent Teacher Organization or its equivalent.
    (c-5) No later than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly or within the first year of his or her first term, every voting member of a charter school's board of directors or other governing body shall complete a minimum of 4 hours of professional development leadership training to ensure that each member has sufficient familiarity with the board's or governing body's role and responsibilities, including financial oversight and accountability of the school, evaluating the principal's and school's performance, adherence to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Acts, and compliance with education and labor law. In each subsequent year of his or her term, a voting member of a charter school's board of directors or other governing body shall complete a minimum of 2 hours of professional development training in these same areas. The training under this subsection may be provided or certified by a statewide charter school membership association or may be provided or certified by other qualified providers approved by the State Board of Education.
    (d) For purposes of this subsection (d), "non-curricular health and safety requirement" means any health and safety requirement created by statute or rule to provide, maintain, preserve, or safeguard safe or healthful conditions for students and school personnel or to eliminate, reduce, or prevent threats to the health and safety of students and school personnel. "Non-curricular health and safety requirement" does not include any course of study or specialized instructional requirement for which the State Board has established goals and learning standards or which is designed primarily to impart knowledge and skills for students to master and apply as an outcome of their education.
    A charter school shall comply with all non-curricular health and safety requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois. On or before September 1, 2015, the State Board shall promulgate and post on its Internet website a list of non-curricular health and safety requirements that a charter school must meet. The list shall be updated annually no later than September 1. Any charter contract between a charter school and its authorizer must contain a provision that requires the charter school to follow the list of all non-curricular health and safety requirements promulgated by the State Board and any non-curricular health and safety requirements added by the State Board to such list during the term of the charter. Nothing in this subsection (d) precludes an authorizer from including non-curricular health and safety requirements in a charter school contract that are not contained in the list promulgated by the State Board, including non-curricular health and safety requirements of the authorizing local school board.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.
    (f) A charter school shall be responsible for the management and operation of its fiscal affairs including, but not limited to, the preparation of its budget. An audit of each charter school's finances shall be conducted annually by an outside, independent contractor retained by the charter school. To ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. In addition, if deemed necessary for proper financial oversight of the charter school, an authorizer may require quarterly financial statements from each charter school.
    (g) A charter school shall comply with all provisions of this Article, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, all federal and State laws and rules applicable to public schools that pertain to special education and the instruction of English learners, and its charter. A charter school is exempt from all other State laws and regulations in this Code governing public schools and local school board policies; however, a charter school is not exempt from the following:
        (1) Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this Code
    
regarding criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database of applicants for employment;
        (2) Sections 10-20.14, 10-22.6, 24-24, 34-19, and
    
34-84a of this Code regarding discipline of students;
        (3) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees
    
Tort Immunity Act;
        (4) Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit
    
Corporation Act of 1986 regarding indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents;
        (5) the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
        (5.5) subsection (b) of Section 10-23.12 and
    
subsection (b) of Section 34-18.6 of this Code;
        (6) the Illinois School Student Records Act;
        (7) Section 10-17a of this Code regarding school
    
report cards;
        (8) the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act;
        (9) Section 27-23.7 of this Code regarding bullying
    
prevention;
        (10) Section 2-3.162 of this Code regarding student
    
discipline reporting;
        (11) Sections 22-80 and 27-8.1 of this Code;
        (12) Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 of this Code;
        (13) Sections 10-20.63 and 34-18.56 of this Code;
        (14) Section 26-18 of this Code; and
        (15) Section 22-30 of this Code.
    The change made by Public Act 96-104 to this subsection (g) is declaratory of existing law.
    (h) A charter school may negotiate and contract with a school district, the governing body of a State college or university or public community college, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for: (i) the use of a school building and grounds or any other real property or facilities that the charter school desires to use or convert for use as a charter school site, (ii) the operation and maintenance thereof, and (iii) the provision of any service, activity, or undertaking that the charter school is required to perform in order to carry out the terms of its charter. However, a charter school that is established on or after April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and that operates in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may not contract with a for-profit entity to manage or operate the school during the period that commences on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and concludes at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Section, a school district may charge a charter school reasonable rent for the use of the district's buildings, grounds, and facilities. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a school district shall be provided by the district at cost. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a local school board or with the governing body of a State college or university or public community college shall be provided by the public entity at cost.
    (i) In no event shall a charter school that is established by converting an existing school or attendance center to charter school status be required to pay rent for space that is deemed available, as negotiated and provided in the charter agreement, in school district facilities. However, all other costs for the operation and maintenance of school district facilities that are used by the charter school shall be subject to negotiation between the charter school and the local school board and shall be set forth in the charter.
    (j) A charter school may limit student enrollment by age or grade level.
    (k) If the charter school is approved by the Commission, then the Commission charter school is its own local education agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18; 100-156, eff. 1-1-18; 100-163, eff. 1-1-18; 100-413, eff. 1-1-18; 100-468, eff. 6-1-18; 100-726, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-291, eff. 1-1-20.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-531)
    Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
    (a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school may be established under this Article by creating a new school or by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status. Beginning on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3), in all new applications to establish a charter school in a city having a population exceeding 500,000, operation of the charter school shall be limited to one campus. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 93-3 do not apply to charter schools existing or approved on or before April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3).
    (b-5) In this subsection (b-5), "virtual-schooling" means a cyber school where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations and with students participating at different times.
    From April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, there is a moratorium on the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components in school districts other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. This moratorium does not apply to a charter school with virtual-schooling components existing or approved prior to April 1, 2013 or to the renewal of the charter of a charter school with virtual-schooling components already approved prior to April 1, 2013.
    On or before March 1, 2014, the Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a report on the effect of virtual-schooling, including without limitation the effect on student performance, the costs associated with virtual-schooling, and issues with oversight. The report shall include policy recommendations for virtual-schooling.
    (c) A charter school shall be administered and governed by its board of directors or other governing body in the manner provided in its charter. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.
    (d) For purposes of this subsection (d), "non-curricular health and safety requirement" means any health and safety requirement created by statute or rule to provide, maintain, preserve, or safeguard safe or healthful conditions for students and school personnel or to eliminate, reduce, or prevent threats to the health and safety of students and school personnel. "Non-curricular health and safety requirement" does not include any course of study or specialized instructional requirement for which the State Board has established goals and learning standards or which is designed primarily to impart knowledge and skills for students to master and apply as an outcome of their education.
    A charter school shall comply with all non-curricular health and safety requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois. On or before September 1, 2015, the State Board shall promulgate and post on its Internet website a list of non-curricular health and safety requirements that a charter school must meet. The list shall be updated annually no later than September 1. Any charter contract between a charter school and its authorizer must contain a provision that requires the charter school to follow the list of all non-curricular health and safety requirements promulgated by the State Board and any non-curricular health and safety requirements added by the State Board to such list during the term of the charter. Nothing in this subsection (d) precludes an authorizer from including non-curricular health and safety requirements in a charter school contract that are not contained in the list promulgated by the State Board, including non-curricular health and safety requirements of the authorizing local school board.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.
    (f) A charter school shall be responsible for the management and operation of its fiscal affairs including, but not limited to, the preparation of its budget. An audit of each charter school's finances shall be conducted annually by an outside, independent contractor retained by the charter school. To ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. In addition, if deemed necessary for proper financial oversight of the charter school, an authorizer may require quarterly financial statements from each charter school.
    (g) A charter school shall comply with all provisions of this Article, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, all federal and State laws and rules applicable to public schools that pertain to special education and the instruction of English learners, and its charter. A charter school is exempt from all other State laws and regulations in this Code governing public schools and local school board policies; however, a charter school is not exempt from the following:
        (1) Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this Code
    
regarding criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database of applicants for employment;
        (2) Sections 10-20.14, 10-22.6, 24-24, 34-19, and
    
34-84a of this Code regarding discipline of students;
        (3) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees
    
Tort Immunity Act;
        (4) Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit
    
Corporation Act of 1986 regarding indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents;
        (5) the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
        (5.5) subsection (b) of Section 10-23.12 and
    
subsection (b) of Section 34-18.6 of this Code;
        (6) the Illinois School Student Records Act;
        (7) Section 10-17a of this Code regarding school
    
report cards;
        (8) the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act;
        (9) Section 27-23.7 of this Code regarding bullying
    
prevention;
        (10) Section 2-3.162 of this Code regarding student
    
discipline reporting;
        (11) Sections 22-80 and 27-8.1 of this Code;
        (12) Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 of this Code;
        (13) Sections 10-20.63 and 34-18.56 of this Code;
        (14) Section 26-18 of this Code;
        (15) Section 22-30 of this Code; and
        (16) Sections 24-12 and 34-85 of this Code.
    The change made by Public Act 96-104 to this subsection (g) is declaratory of existing law.
    (h) A charter school may negotiate and contract with a school district, the governing body of a State college or university or public community college, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for: (i) the use of a school building and grounds or any other real property or facilities that the charter school desires to use or convert for use as a charter school site, (ii) the operation and maintenance thereof, and (iii) the provision of any service, activity, or undertaking that the charter school is required to perform in order to carry out the terms of its charter. However, a charter school that is established on or after April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and that operates in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may not contract with a for-profit entity to manage or operate the school during the period that commences on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and concludes at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Section, a school district may charge a charter school reasonable rent for the use of the district's buildings, grounds, and facilities. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a school district shall be provided by the district at cost. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a local school board or with the governing body of a State college or university or public community college shall be provided by the public entity at cost.
    (i) In no event shall a charter school that is established by converting an existing school or attendance center to charter school status be required to pay rent for space that is deemed available, as negotiated and provided in the charter agreement, in school district facilities. However, all other costs for the operation and maintenance of school district facilities that are used by the charter school shall be subject to negotiation between the charter school and the local school board and shall be set forth in the charter.
    (j) A charter school may limit student enrollment by age or grade level.
    (k) If the charter school is approved by the Commission, then the Commission charter school is its own local education agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18; 100-156, eff. 1-1-18; 100-163, eff. 1-1-18; 100-413, eff. 1-1-18; 100-468, eff. 6-1-18; 100-726, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-531, eff. 8-23-19.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 101-543)
    Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
    (a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school may be established under this Article by creating a new school or by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status. Beginning on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3), in all new applications to establish a charter school in a city having a population exceeding 500,000, operation of the charter school shall be limited to one campus. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 93-3 do not apply to charter schools existing or approved on or before April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3).
    (b-5) In this subsection (b-5), "virtual-schooling" means a cyber school where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations and with students participating at different times.
    From April 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, there is a moratorium on the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components in school districts other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. This moratorium does not apply to a charter school with virtual-schooling components existing or approved prior to April 1, 2013 or to the renewal of the charter of a charter school with virtual-schooling components already approved prior to April 1, 2013.
    (c) A charter school shall be administered and governed by its board of directors or other governing body in the manner provided in its charter. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.
    (d) For purposes of this subsection (d), "non-curricular health and safety requirement" means any health and safety requirement created by statute or rule to provide, maintain, preserve, or safeguard safe or healthful conditions for students and school personnel or to eliminate, reduce, or prevent threats to the health and safety of students and school personnel. "Non-curricular health and safety requirement" does not include any course of study or specialized instructional requirement for which the State Board has established goals and learning standards or which is designed primarily to impart knowledge and skills for students to master and apply as an outcome of their education.
    A charter school shall comply with all non-curricular health and safety requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois. On or before September 1, 2015, the State Board shall promulgate and post on its Internet website a list of non-curricular health and safety requirements that a charter school must meet. The list shall be updated annually no later than September 1. Any charter contract between a charter school and its authorizer must contain a provision that requires the charter school to follow the list of all non-curricular health and safety requirements promulgated by the State Board and any non-curricular health and safety requirements added by the State Board to such list during the term of the charter. Nothing in this subsection (d) precludes an authorizer from including non-curricular health and safety requirements in a charter school contract that are not contained in the list promulgated by the State Board, including non-curricular health and safety requirements of the authorizing local school board.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.
    (f) A charter school shall be responsible for the management and operation of its fiscal affairs including, but not limited to, the preparation of its budget. An audit of each charter school's finances shall be conducted annually by an outside, independent contractor retained by the charter school. To ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. In addition, if deemed necessary for proper financial oversight of the charter school, an authorizer may require quarterly financial statements from each charter school.
    (g) A charter school shall comply with all provisions of this Article, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, all federal and State laws and rules applicable to public schools that pertain to special education and the instruction of English learners, and its charter. A charter school is exempt from all other State laws and regulations in this Code governing public schools and local school board policies; however, a charter school is not exempt from the following:
        (1) Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this Code
    
regarding criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database of applicants for employment;
        (2) Sections 10-20.14, 10-22.6, 24-24, 34-19, and
    
34-84a of this Code regarding discipline of students;
        (3) the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees
    
Tort Immunity Act;
        (4) Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit
    
Corporation Act of 1986 regarding indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents;
        (5) the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
        (5.5) subsection (b) of Section 10-23.12 and
    
subsection (b) of Section 34-18.6 of this Code;
        (6) the Illinois School Student Records Act;
        (7) Section 10-17a of this Code regarding school
    
report cards;
        (8) the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act;
        (9) Section 27-23.7 of this Code regarding bullying
    
prevention;
        (10) Section 2-3.162 of this Code regarding student
    
discipline reporting;
        (11) Sections 22-80 and 27-8.1 of this Code;
        (12) Sections 10-20.60 and 34-18.53 of this Code;
        (13) Sections 10-20.63 and 34-18.56 of this Code;
        (14) Section 26-18 of this Code; and
        (15) Section 22-30 of this Code.
    The change made by Public Act 96-104 to this subsection (g) is declaratory of existing law.
    (h) A charter school may negotiate and contract with a school district, the governing body of a State college or university or public community college, or any other public or for-profit or nonprofit private entity for: (i) the use of a school building and grounds or any other real property or facilities that the charter school desires to use or convert for use as a charter school site, (ii) the operation and maintenance thereof, and (iii) the provision of any service, activity, or undertaking that the charter school is required to perform in order to carry out the terms of its charter. However, a charter school that is established on or after April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and that operates in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 may not contract with a for-profit entity to manage or operate the school during the period that commences on April 16, 2003 (the effective date of Public Act 93-3) and concludes at the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Except as provided in subsection (i) of this Section, a school district may charge a charter school reasonable rent for the use of the district's buildings, grounds, and facilities. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a school district shall be provided by the district at cost. Any services for which a charter school contracts with a local school board or with the governing body of a State college or university or public community college shall be provided by the public entity at cost.
    (i) In no event shall a charter school that is established by converting an existing school or attendance center to charter school status be required to pay rent for space that is deemed available, as negotiated and provided in the charter agreement, in school district facilities. However, all other costs for the operation and maintenance of school district facilities that are used by the charter school shall be subject to negotiation between the charter school and the local school board and shall be set forth in the charter.
    (j) A charter school may limit student enrollment by age or grade level.
    (k) If the charter school is approved by the State Board or Commission, then the charter school is its own local education agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-29, eff. 1-1-18; 100-156, eff. 1-1-18; 100-163, eff. 1-1-18; 100-413, eff. 1-1-18; 100-468, eff. 6-1-18; 100-726, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-5.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-5.5)
    Sec. 27A-5.5. Charter school truancy.
    (a) A charter school shall comply with all applicable absenteeism and truancy policies and requirements applicable to public schools under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (b) A charter school shall define a truant as a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.
    (c) A charter school shall define a chronic or habitual truant as a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.
    (d) A charter school shall define a truant minor as a chronic truant to whom supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic, intervention, and remedial services, alternative programs, and other school and community resources have been provided and have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy or have been offered and refused.
    (e) A charter school shall define a dropout as any child enrolled in grades 9 through 12 whose name has been removed from the charter school enrollment roster for any reason other than the student's death, extended illness, removal for medical non-compliance, expulsion, aging out, graduation, or completion of a program of studies and who has not transferred to another public or private school and is not known to be home-schooled by his or her parents or guardians or continuing school in another country.
(Source: P.A. 99-596, eff. 6-22-16.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-6

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-6)
    Sec. 27A-6. Contract contents; applicability of laws and regulations.
    (a) A certified charter shall constitute a binding contract and agreement between the charter school and a local school board under the terms of which the local school board authorizes the governing body of the charter school to operate the charter school on the terms specified in the contract.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the certified charter may not waive or release the charter school from the State goals, standards, and assessments established pursuant to Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code. Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, the certified charter for a charter school operating in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 shall require the charter school to administer any other nationally recognized standardized tests to its students that the chartering entity administers to other students, and the results on such tests shall be included in the chartering entity's assessment reports.
    (c) Subject to the provisions of subsection (e), a material revision to a previously certified contract or a renewal shall be made with the approval of both the local school board and the governing body of the charter school.
    (c-5) The proposed contract shall include a provision on how both parties will address minor violations of the contract.
    (d) The proposed contract between the governing body of a proposed charter school and the local school board as described in Section 27A-7 must be submitted to and certified by the State Board before it can take effect. If the State Board recommends that the proposed contract be modified for consistency with this Article before it can be certified, the modifications must be consented to by both the governing body of the charter school and the local school board, and resubmitted to the State Board for its certification. If the proposed contract is resubmitted in a form that is not consistent with this Article, the State Board may refuse to certify the charter.
    The State Board shall assign a number to each submission or resubmission in chronological order of receipt, and shall determine whether the proposed contract is consistent with the provisions of this Article. If the proposed contract complies, the State Board shall so certify.
    (e) No renewal of a previously certified contract is effective unless and until the State Board certifies that the renewal is consistent with the provisions of this Article. A material revision to a previously certified contract may go into effect immediately upon approval of both the local school board and the governing body of the charter school, unless either party requests in writing that the State Board certify that the material revision is consistent with the provisions of this Article. If such a request is made, the proposed material revision is not effective unless and until the State Board so certifies.
(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14; 98-1048, eff. 8-25-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-6.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-6.5)
    Sec. 27A-6.5. Charter school referendum.
    (a) No charter shall go into effect under this Section that would convert any existing private, parochial, or non-public school to a charter school or whose proposal has not been certified by the State Board.
    (b) A local school board shall, whenever petitioned to do so by 5% or more of the voters of a school district or districts identified in a charter school proposal, order submitted to the voters thereof at a regularly scheduled election the question of whether a new charter school shall be established, which proposal has been found by the State Board to be in compliance with the provisions of this Article, and the secretary shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        "FOR the establishment of (name of proposed charter
    
school) under charter school proposal (charter school proposal number).
        AGAINST the establishment of (name of proposed
    
charter school) under charter school proposal (charter school proposal number)".
    (c) Before circulating a petition to submit the question of whether to establish a charter school to the voters under subsection (b) of this Section, the governing body of a proposed charter school that desires to establish a new charter school by referendum shall submit the charter school proposal to the State Board in the form of a proposed contract to be entered into between the State Board and the governing body of the proposed charter school, together with written notice of the intent to have a new charter school established by referendum. The contract shall comply with the provisions of this Article.
    If the State Board finds that the proposed contract complies with the provisions of this Article, it shall immediately direct the local school board to notify the proper election authorities that the question of whether to establish a new charter school shall be submitted for referendum.
    (d) If the State Board finds that the proposal fails to comply with the provisions of this Article, it shall provide written explanation, detailing its reasons for refusal, to the local school board and to the individuals or organizations submitting the proposal. The State Board shall also notify the local school board and the individuals or organizations submitting the proposal that the proposal may be amended and resubmitted under the same provisions required for an original submission.
    (e) If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition in each school district designated in the charter school proposal is in favor of establishing a charter school, the local school board shall notify the State Board of the passage of the proposition in favor of establishing a charter school and the State Board shall approve the charter within 7 days after the State Board of Elections has certified that a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition is in favor of establishing a charter school. The State Board shall be the chartering entity for charter schools established by referendum under this Section.
    (f) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-7

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-7)
    Sec. 27A-7. Charter submission.
    (a) A proposal to establish a charter school shall be submitted to the local school board and the State Board for certification under Section 27A-6 of this Code in the form of a proposed contract entered into between the local school board and the governing body of a proposed charter school. The charter school proposal shall include:
        (1) The name of the proposed charter school, which
    
must include the words "Charter School".
        (2) The age or grade range, areas of focus, minimum
    
and maximum numbers of pupils to be enrolled in the charter school, and any other admission criteria that would be legal if used by a school district.
        (3) A description of and address for the physical
    
plant in which the charter school will be located; provided that nothing in the Article shall be deemed to justify delaying or withholding favorable action on or approval of a charter school proposal because the building or buildings in which the charter school is to be located have not been acquired or rented at the time a charter school proposal is submitted or approved or a charter school contract is entered into or submitted for certification or certified, so long as the proposal or submission identifies and names at least 2 sites that are potentially available as a charter school facility by the time the charter school is to open.
        (4) The mission statement of the charter school,
    
which must be consistent with the General Assembly's declared purposes; provided that nothing in this Article shall be construed to require that, in order to receive favorable consideration and approval, a charter school proposal demonstrate unequivocally that the charter school will be able to meet each of those declared purposes, it being the intention of the Charter Schools Law that those purposes be recognized as goals that charter schools must aspire to attain.
        (5) The goals, objectives, and pupil performance
    
standards to be achieved by the charter school.
        (6) In the case of a proposal to establish a charter
    
school by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status, evidence that the proposed formation of the charter school has received the approval of certified teachers, parents and guardians, and, if applicable, a local school council as provided in subsection (b) of Section 27A-8.
        (7) A description of the charter school's educational
    
program, pupil performance standards, curriculum, school year, school days, and hours of operation.
        (8) A description of the charter school's plan for
    
evaluating pupil performance, the types of assessments that will be used to measure pupil progress towards achievement of the school's pupil performance standards, the timeline for achievement of those standards, and the procedures for taking corrective action in the event that pupil performance at the charter school falls below those standards.
        (9) Evidence that the terms of the charter as
    
proposed are economically sound for both the charter school and the school district, a proposed budget for the term of the charter, a description of the manner in which an annual audit of the financial and administrative operations of the charter school, including any services provided by the school district, are to be conducted, and a plan for the displacement of pupils, teachers, and other employees who will not attend or be employed in the charter school.
        (10) A description of the governance and operation of
    
the charter school, including the nature and extent of parental, professional educator, and community involvement in the governance and operation of the charter school.
        (11) An explanation of the relationship that will
    
exist between the charter school and its employees, including evidence that the terms and conditions of employment have been addressed with affected employees and their recognized representative, if any. However, a bargaining unit of charter school employees shall be separate and distinct from any bargaining units formed from employees of a school district in which the charter school is located.
        (12) An agreement between the parties regarding their
    
respective legal liability and applicable insurance coverage.
        (13) A description of how the charter school plans to
    
meet the transportation needs of its pupils, and a plan for addressing the transportation needs of low-income and at-risk pupils.
        (14) The proposed effective date and term of the
    
charter; provided that the first day of the first academic year shall be no earlier than August 15 and no later than September 15 of a calendar year, and the first day of the fiscal year shall be July 1.
        (14.5) Disclosure of any known active civil or
    
criminal investigation by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency into an organization submitting the charter school proposal or a criminal investigation by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency into any member of the governing body of that organization. For the purposes of this subdivision (14.5), a known investigation means a request for an interview by a law enforcement agency, a subpoena, an arrest, or an indictment. Such disclosure is required for a period from the initial application submission through 10 business days prior to the authorizer's scheduled decision date.
        (15) Any other information reasonably required by the
    
State Board of Education.
    (b) A proposal to establish a charter school may be initiated by individuals or organizations that will have majority representation on the board of directors or other governing body of the corporation or other discrete legal entity that is to be established to operate the proposed charter school, by a board of education or an intergovernmental agreement between or among boards of education, or by the board of directors or other governing body of a discrete legal entity already existing or established to operate the proposed charter school. The individuals or organizations referred to in this subsection may be school teachers, school administrators, local school councils, colleges or universities or their faculty members, public community colleges or their instructors or other representatives, corporations, or other entities or their representatives. The proposal shall be submitted to the local school board for consideration and, if appropriate, for development of a proposed contract to be submitted to the State Board for certification under Section 27A-6.
    (c) The local school board may not without the consent of the governing body of the charter school condition its approval of a charter school proposal on acceptance of an agreement to operate under State laws and regulations and local school board policies from which the charter school is otherwise exempted under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 98-739, eff. 7-16-14; 98-1048, eff. 8-25-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-334, eff. 8-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-7.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-7.5)
    Sec. 27A-7.5. State Charter School Commission; abolition and transfer to State Board.
    (a) A State Charter School Commission is established as an independent commission with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority. The Commission shall be under the State Board for administrative purposes only.
    (a-5) The State Board shall provide administrative support to the Commission as needed.
    (b) The Commission is responsible for authorizing high-quality charter schools throughout this State, particularly schools designed to expand opportunities for at-risk students, consistent with the purposes of this Article.
    (c) The Commission shall consist of 9 members, appointed by the State Board. The State Board shall make these appointments from a slate of candidates proposed by the Governor, within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly with respect to the initial Commission members. In making the appointments, the State Board shall ensure statewide geographic diversity among Commission members. The Governor shall propose a slate of candidates to the State Board within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly and 60 days prior to the expiration of the term of a member thereafter. If the Governor fails to timely propose a slate of candidates according to the provisions of this subsection (c), then the State Board may appoint the member or members of the Commission.
    (d) Members appointed to the Commission shall collectively possess strong experience and expertise in public and nonprofit governance, management and finance, public school leadership, higher education, assessments, curriculum and instruction, and public education law. All members of the Commission shall have demonstrated understanding of and a commitment to public education, including without limitation charter schooling. At least 3 members must have past experience with urban charter schools.
    (e) To establish staggered terms of office, the initial term of office for 3 Commission members shall be 4 years and thereafter shall be 4 years; the initial term of office for another 3 members shall be 3 years and thereafter shall be 4 years; and the initial term of office for the remaining 3 members shall be 2 years and thereafter shall be 4 years. The initial appointments must be made no later than October 1, 2011.
    (f) Whenever a vacancy on the Commission exists, the State Board shall appoint a member for the remaining portion of the term.
    (g) Subject to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, the Commission is authorized to receive and expend gifts, grants, and donations of any kind from any public or private entity to carry out the purposes of this Article, subject to the terms and conditions under which they are given, provided that all such terms and conditions are permissible under law. Funds received under this subsection (g) must be deposited into the State Charter School Commission Fund.
    The State Charter School Commission Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. Until July 1, 2020, all money in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the State Board, acting on behalf and with the consent of the Commission, for operational and administrative costs of the Commission. Beginning on July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, all money in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the State Board for operational and administrative costs. On September 1, 2020, or as soon thereafter as practicable, in consultation with the State Board, the State Comptroller shall order transferred and the State Treasurer shall transfer all money in the State Charter School Commission Fund to the State Board of Education Special Purpose Trust Fund.
    Subject to appropriation, any funds appropriated for use by the State Board, acting on behalf and with the consent of the Commission, may be used for the following purposes, without limitation: personal services, contractual services, and other operational and administrative costs. The State Board is further authorized to make expenditures with respect to any other amounts deposited in accordance with law into the State Charter School Commission Fund.
    (g-5) Funds or spending authority for the operation and administrative costs of the Commission shall be appropriated to the State Board in a separate line item. The State Superintendent of Education may not reduce or modify the budget of the Commission or use funds appropriated to the Commission without the approval of the Commission.
    (h) The Commission shall operate with dedicated resources and staff qualified to execute the day-to-day responsibilities of charter school authorizing in accordance with this Article. The Commission may employ and fix the compensation of such employees and technical assistants as it deems necessary to carry out its powers and duties under this Article, without regard to the requirements of any civil service or personnel statute; and may establish and administer standards of classification of all such persons with respect to their compensation, duties, performance, and tenure and enter into contracts of employment with such persons for such periods and on such terms as the Commission deems desirable.
    (i) (Blank).
    (j) Until July 1, 2020, the Commission may charge a charter school that it authorizes a fee, not to exceed 3% of the revenue provided to the school, to cover the cost of undertaking the ongoing administrative responsibilities of the eligible chartering authority with respect to the school. This fee must be deposited into the State Charter School Commission Fund.
    Beginning on July 1, 2020, the State Board of Education may charge a charter school that it authorizes a fee not to exceed 3% of the revenue provided to the school to be used exclusively for covering the cost of authorizing activities. Authorizing activities may include, but are not limited to: (i) soliciting, reviewing, and taking action on charter school proposals; (ii) hiring, training, and supervising staff engaged in authorizing activities; (iii) developing and conducting oversight, including regular monitoring, of authorized charter schools; (iv) reporting on best practices and performances of charter schools; (v) applying for, managing, and distributing grants and funds appropriated for charter schools and authorizing activities; (vi) training members of the State Board on their authorizing roles; and (vii) training other employees of the State Board on how to work with charter schools as their own local education agencies.
    (k) On July 1, 2020, the State Charter School Commission is abolished and the terms of all members end. On that date, all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and pending business of the Commission are transferred to the State Board. For purposes of the Successor Agency Act and Section 9b of the State Finance Act, the State Board is declared to be the successor agency of the Commission. Beginning on July 1, 2020, references in statutes, rules, forms, and other documents to the Commission shall, in appropriate contexts, be deemed to refer to the State Board. Standards and procedures of the Commission in effect on July 1, 2020 shall be deemed standards and procedures of the State Board and shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by the State Board.
    Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the Commission may not enter into or renew a contract, other than a charter renewal, that expires after July 1, 2020.
    On July 1, 2020, any charter school authorized by the State Charter School Commission prior to July 1, 2020 shall have its authorization transferred to the State Board, which shall then become the school's authorizer for all purposes under this Article. On July 1, 2020, all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and pending business of the State Charter School Commission as the school's authorizer must be transferred to the State Board. At the end of its charter term, a charter school may reapply to the board or boards for authorization.
    On July 1, 2020, all rules of the State Board applicable to matters falling within the responsibility of the State Charter School Commission shall be applicable to the actions of the State Board.
    (l) In any appeal filed with the Commission under this Article, both the applicant and the school district in which the charter school plans to locate shall have the right to request a hearing before the Commission. If more than one entity requests a hearing, then the Commission may hold only one hearing, wherein the applicant and the school district shall have an equal opportunity to present their respective positions.
(Source: P.A. 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-7.10

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-7.10)
    Sec. 27A-7.10. Authorizer powers and duties; immunity; principles and standards.
    (a) Authorizers are responsible for executing, in accordance with this Article, all of the following powers and duties:
        (1) Soliciting and evaluating charter applications.
        (2) Approving quality charter applications that meet
    
identified educational needs and promote a diversity of educational choices.
        (3) Declining to approve weak or inadequate charter
    
applications.
        (4) Negotiating and executing sound charter contracts
    
with each approved charter school.
        (5) Monitoring, in accordance with charter contract
    
terms, the performance and legal compliance of charter schools.
        (6) Determining whether each charter contract merits
    
renewal, nonrenewal, or revocation.
    (b) An authorizing entity may delegate its duties to officers, employees, and contractors.
    (c) Regulation by authorizers is limited to the powers and duties set forth in subsection (a) of this Section and must be consistent with the spirit and intent of this Article.
    (d) An authorizing entity, members of the local school board, the State Board, and the Commission, in their official capacity, and employees of an authorizer are immune from civil and criminal liability with respect to all activities related to a charter school that they authorize, except for willful or wanton misconduct.
    (e) The State Board, the Commission, and all local school boards that have a charter school operating are required to develop and maintain chartering policies and practices consistent with recognized principles and standards for quality charter authorizing in all major areas of authorizing responsibility, including all of the following:
        (1) Organizational capacity and infrastructure.
        (2) Soliciting and evaluating charter applications
    
if applicable.
        (3) Performance contracting.
        (4) Ongoing charter school oversight and evaluation.
        (5) Charter renewal decision-making.
    Authorizers shall carry out all their duties under this Article in a manner consistent with nationally recognized principles and standards and with the spirit and intent of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-8

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-8)
    Sec. 27A-8. Evaluation of charter proposals.
    (a) This Section does not apply to a charter school established by referendum under Section 27A-6.5. In evaluating any charter school proposal submitted to it, the local school board shall give preference to proposals that:
        (1) demonstrate a high level of local pupil,
    
parental, community, business, and school personnel support;
        (2) set rigorous levels of expected pupil achievement
    
and demonstrate feasible plans for attaining those levels of achievement; and
        (3) are designed to enroll and serve a substantial
    
proportion of at-risk children; provided that nothing in the Charter Schools Law shall be construed as intended to limit the establishment of charter schools to those that serve a substantial portion of at-risk children or to in any manner restrict, limit, or discourage the establishment of charter schools that enroll and serve other pupil populations under a nonexclusive, nondiscriminatory admissions policy.
    (b) In the case of a proposal to establish a charter school by converting an existing public school or attendance center to charter school status, evidence that the proposed formation of the charter school has received majority support from certified teachers and from parents and guardians in the school or attendance center affected by the proposed charter, and, if applicable, from a local school council, shall be demonstrated by a petition in support of the charter school signed by certified teachers and a petition in support of the charter school signed by parents and guardians and, if applicable, by a vote of the local school council held at a public meeting. In the case of all other proposals to establish a charter school, evidence of sufficient support to fill the number of pupil seats set forth in the proposal may be demonstrated by a petition in support of the charter school signed by parents and guardians of students eligible to attend the charter school. In all cases, the individuals, organizations, or entities who initiate the proposal to establish a charter school may elect, in lieu of including any petition referred to in this subsection as a part of the proposal submitted to the local school board, to demonstrate that the charter school has received the support referred to in this subsection by other evidence and information presented at the public meeting that the local school board is required to convene under this Section.
    (c) Within 45 days of receipt of a charter school proposal, the local school board shall convene a public meeting to obtain information to assist the board in its decision to grant or deny the charter school proposal. A local school board may develop its own process for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis that follows the same timeframes as set forth in this Article. Final decisions of a local school board are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law.
    (d) Notice of the public meeting required by this Section shall be published in a community newspaper published in the school district in which the proposed charter is located and, if there is no such newspaper, then in a newspaper published in the county and having circulation in the school district. The notices shall be published not more than 10 days nor less than 5 days before the meeting and shall state that information regarding a charter school proposal will be heard at the meeting. Copies of the notice shall also be posted at appropriate locations in the school or attendance center proposed to be established as a charter school, the public schools in the school district, and the local school board office.
    (e) Within 30 days of the public meeting, the local school board shall vote, in a public meeting, to either grant or deny the charter school proposal.
    (f) Within 7 days of the public meeting required under subsection (e) of this Section, the local school board shall file a report with the State Board granting or denying the proposal. If the local school board has approved the proposal, within 30 days of receipt of the local school board's report, the State Board shall determine whether the approved charter proposal is consistent with the provisions of this Article and, if the approved proposal complies, certify the proposal pursuant to Section 27A-6.
    (g) (Blank).
    (h) (Blank).
    (i) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-9

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-9)
    Sec. 27A-9. Term of charter; renewal.
    (a) For charters granted before January 1, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-840), a charter may be granted for a period not less than 5 and not more than 10 school years. For charters granted on or after January 1, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-840), a charter shall be granted for a period of 5 school years. For charters renewed before January 1, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-840), a charter may be renewed in incremental periods not to exceed 5 school years. For charters renewed on or after January 1, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-840), a charter may be renewed in incremental periods not to exceed 10 school years; however, the State Board or Commission may renew a charter only in incremental periods not to exceed 5 years. Authorizers shall ensure that every charter granted on or after January 1, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-840) includes standards and goals for academic, organizational, and financial performance. A charter must meet all standards and goals for academic, organizational, and financial performance set forth by the authorizer in order to be renewed for a term in excess of 5 years but not more than 10 years. If an authorizer fails to establish standards and goals, a charter shall not be renewed for a term in excess of 5 years. Nothing contained in this Section shall require an authorizer to grant a full 10-year renewal term to any particular charter school, but an authorizer may award a full 10-year renewal term to charter schools that have a demonstrated track record of improving student performance.
    (b) A charter school renewal proposal submitted to the local school board or the State Board or Commission, as the chartering entity, shall contain:
        (1) a report on the progress of the charter school in
    
achieving the goals, objectives, pupil performance standards, content standards, and other terms of the initial approved charter proposal; and
        (2) a financial statement that discloses the costs of
    
administration, instruction, and other spending categories for the charter school that is understandable to the general public and that will allow comparison of those costs to other schools or other comparable organizations, in a format required by the State Board.
    (c) A charter may be revoked or not renewed if the local school board or the State Board or Commission, as the chartering entity, clearly demonstrates that the charter school did any of the following, or otherwise failed to comply with the requirements of this law:
        (1) Committed a material violation of any of the
    
conditions, standards, or procedures set forth in the charter.
        (2) Failed to meet or make reasonable progress toward
    
achievement of the content standards or pupil performance standards identified in the charter.
        (3) Failed to meet generally accepted standards of
    
fiscal management.
        (4) Violated any provision of law from which the
    
charter school was not exempted.
    In the case of revocation, the local school board or the State Board or Commission, as the chartering entity, shall notify the charter school in writing of the reason why the charter is subject to revocation. The charter school shall submit a written plan to the local school board, the State Board, or the Commission, whichever is applicable, to rectify the problem. The plan shall include a timeline for implementation, which shall not exceed 2 years or the date of the charter's expiration, whichever is earlier. If the local school board or the State Board or Commission, as the chartering entity, finds that the charter school has failed to implement the plan of remediation and adhere to the timeline, then the chartering entity shall revoke the charter. Except in situations of an emergency where the health, safety, or education of the charter school's students is at risk, the revocation shall take place at the end of a school year. Nothing in Public Act 96-105 shall be construed to prohibit an implementation timetable that is less than 2 years in duration. No local school board may arbitrarily or capriciously revoke or not renew a charter. Except for extenuating circumstances outlined in this Section, if a local school board revokes or does not renew a charter, it must ensure that all students currently enrolled in the charter school are placed in schools that are higher performing than that charter school, as defined in the State's federal Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan. In determining whether extenuating circumstances exist, a local school board must detail, by clear and convincing evidence, that factors unrelated to the charter school's accountability designation outweigh the charter school's academic performance.
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) Notice of a local school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter shall be provided to the Commission and the State Board. Until July 1, 2020, the Commission may reverse a local board's decision to not renew a charter if the Commission finds that the charter school or charter school proposal (i) is in compliance with this Article, and (ii) is in the best interests of the students it is designed to serve. The Commission may condition the granting of an appeal on the acceptance by the charter school of funding in an amount less than that requested in the proposal submitted to the local school board. Final decisions of the Commission shall be subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law.
    The State Board may reverse a local board's decision to revoke or, beginning on July 1, 2020, not renew a charter if the State Board finds that the charter school or charter school proposal (i) is in compliance with this Article and (ii) is in the best interests of the students it is designed to serve. The State Board may condition the granting of an appeal on the acceptance by the charter school of funding in an amount less than that requested in the proposal submitted to the local school board. The State Board must appoint and utilize a hearing officer for any appeals conducted under this subsection. Final decisions of the State Board are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law.
    (f) Notwithstanding other provisions of this Article, if the Commission on appeal reverses a local board's decision or if a charter school is approved by referendum, the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity for the charter school. The Commission shall approve the charter and shall perform all functions under this Article otherwise performed by the local school board. The State Board shall determine whether the charter proposal approved by the Commission is consistent with the provisions of this Article and, if the approved proposal complies, certify the proposal pursuant to this Article. The State Board shall report the aggregate number of charter school pupils resident in a school district to that district and shall notify the district of the amount of funding to be paid by the State Board to the charter school enrolling such students. The Commission shall require the charter school to maintain accurate records of daily attendance that shall be deemed sufficient to file claims under Section 18-8.15 notwithstanding any other requirements of that Section. The State Board shall withhold from funds otherwise due the district the funds authorized by this Article to be paid to the charter school and shall pay such amounts to the charter school.
    (g) For charter schools authorized by the Commission, the Commission shall quarterly certify to the State Board the student enrollment for each of its charter schools.
    (h) For charter schools authorized by the Commission, the State Board shall pay directly to a charter school any federal or State aid attributable to a student with a disability attending the school.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-10

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-10)
    Sec. 27A-10. Employees.
    (a) A person shall be deemed to be employed by a charter school unless a collective bargaining agreement or the charter school contract otherwise provides.
    (b) In all school districts, including special charter districts and districts located in cities having a population exceeding 500,000, the local school board shall determine by policy or by negotiated agreement, if one exists, the employment status of any school district employees who are employed by a charter school and who seek to return to employment in the public schools of the district. Each local school board shall grant, for a period of up to 5 years, a leave of absence to those of its teachers who accept employment with a charter school. At the end of the authorized leave of absence, the teacher must return to the school district or resign; provided, however, that if the teacher chooses to return to the school district, the teacher must be assigned to a position which requires the teacher's certification and legal qualifications. The contractual continued service status and retirement benefits of a teacher of the district who is granted a leave of absence to accept employment with a charter school shall not be affected by that leave of absence.
    (c) Charter schools shall employ in instructional positions, as defined in the charter, individuals who are certificated under Article 21 of this Code or who possess the following qualifications:
        (i) graduated with a bachelor's degree from an
    
accredited institution of higher learning;
        (ii) been employed for a period of at least 5 years
    
in an area requiring application of the individual's education;
        (iii) (blank); and
        (iv) demonstrate continuing evidence of professional
    
growth which shall include, but not be limited to, successful teaching experience, attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, additional credits earned at institutions of higher learning, travel specifically for educational purposes, and reading of professional books and periodicals.
    (c-5) Charter schools employing individuals without certification in instructional positions shall provide such mentoring, training, and staff development for those individuals as the charter schools determine necessary for satisfactory performance in the classroom.
    At least 50% of the individuals employed in instructional positions by a charter school that is operating in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 and that is established on or after April 16, 2003 shall hold teaching certificates issued under Article 21 of this Code.
    At least 75% of the individuals employed in instructional positions by a charter school that is operating in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 and that was established before April 16, 2003 shall hold teaching certificates issued under Article 21 of this Code.
    (c-10) Notwithstanding any provision in subsection (c-5) to the contrary, in any charter school established before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, at least 75% of the individuals employed in instructional positions by the charter school shall hold teaching certificates issued under Article 21 of this Code beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. In any charter school established after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, at least 75% of the individuals employed in instructional positions by a charter school shall hold teaching certificates issued under Article 21 of this Code by the beginning of the fourth school year during which a student is enrolled in the charter school. Charter schools may employ non-certificated staff in all other positions.
    (c-15) Charter schools are exempt from any annual cap on new participants in an alternative certification program. The second and third phases of the alternative certification program may be conducted and completed at the charter school, and the alternative teaching certificate is valid for 4 years or the length of the charter (or any extension of the charter), whichever is longer.
    (d) A teacher at a charter school may resign his or her position only if the teacher gives notice of resignation to the charter school's governing body at least 60 days before the end of the school term, and the resignation must take effect immediately upon the end of the school term.
(Source: P.A. 101-220, eff. 8-7-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-10.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-10.5)
    Sec. 27A-10.5. Educational or charter management organization.
    (a) In this Section:
    "CMO" means a charter management organization.
    "EMO" means an educational management organization.
    (b) All authorizers shall ensure that any charter school established on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly has a governing body that is separate and distinct from the governing body of any CMO or EMO. In reviewing charter applications and charter renewal applications, authorizers shall review the governance model proposed by the applicant to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest.
    (c) No charter school may employ a staff person who is simultaneously employed by an EMO or CMO.
(Source: P.A. 98-783, eff. 1-1-15.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-10.10

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-10.10)
    Sec. 27A-10.10. Closure of charter school; unspent public funds; procedures for the disposition of property and assets.
    (a) Upon the closing of a charter school authorized by one or more local school boards, the governing body of the charter school or its designee shall refund to the chartering entity or entities all unspent public funds. The charter school's other property and assets shall be disposed of under the provisions of the charter application and contract. If the application and contract are silent or ambiguous as to the disposition of any of the school's property or assets, any property or assets of the charter school purchased with public funds shall be returned to the school district or districts from which the charter school draws enrollment, at no cost to the receiving district or districts, subject to each district's acceptance of the property or asset. Any unspent public funds or other property or assets received by the charter school directly from any State or federal agency shall be refunded to or revert back to that State or federal agency, respectively.
    (b) Upon the closing of a charter school authorized by the Commission, the governing body of the charter school or its designee shall refund all unspent public funds to the State Board of Education. The charter school's other property and assets shall be disposed of under the provisions of the charter application and contract. If the application and contract are silent or ambiguous as to the disposition of any of the school's property or assets, any property or assets of the charter school purchased with public funds shall be returned to the school district or districts from which the charter school draws its enrollment, at no cost to the receiving district or districts, subject to each district's acceptance of the property or asset. Any unspent public funds or other property or assets provided by a State agency other than the State Board of Education or by a federal agency shall be refunded to or revert back to that State or federal agency, respectively.
    (c) If a determination is made to close a charter school located within the boundaries of a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code for at least one school year, the charter school shall give at least 60 days' notice of the closure to all affected students and parents or legal guardians.
(Source: P.A. 100-179, eff. 8-18-17.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-11

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-11)
    Sec. 27A-11. Local financing.
    (a) For purposes of the School Code, pupils enrolled in a charter school shall be included in the pupil enrollment of the school district within which the pupil resides. Each charter school (i) shall determine the school district in which each pupil who is enrolled in the charter school resides, (ii) shall report the aggregate number of pupils resident of a school district who are enrolled in the charter school to the school district in which those pupils reside, and (iii) shall maintain accurate records of daily attendance that shall be deemed sufficient to file claims under Section 18-8 or 18-8.15 notwithstanding any other requirements of that Section regarding hours of instruction and teacher certification.
    (b) Except for a charter school established by referendum under Section 27A-6.5, as part of a charter school contract, the charter school and the local school board shall agree on funding and any services to be provided by the school district to the charter school. Agreed funding that a charter school is to receive from the local school board for a school year shall be paid in equal quarterly installments with the payment of the installment for the first quarter being made not later than July 1, unless the charter establishes a different payment schedule. However, if a charter school dismisses a pupil from the charter school after receiving a quarterly payment, the charter school shall return to the school district, on a quarterly basis, the prorated portion of public funding provided for the education of that pupil for the time the student is not enrolled at the charter school. Likewise, if a pupil transfers to a charter school between quarterly payments, the school district shall provide, on a quarterly basis, a prorated portion of the public funding to the charter school to provide for the education of that pupil.
    All services centrally or otherwise provided by the school district including, but not limited to, rent, food services, custodial services, maintenance, curriculum, media services, libraries, transportation, and warehousing shall be subject to negotiation between a charter school and the local school board and paid for out of the revenues negotiated pursuant to this subsection (b); provided that the local school board shall not attempt, by negotiation or otherwise, to obligate a charter school to provide pupil transportation for pupils for whom a district is not required to provide transportation under the criteria set forth in subsection (a)(13) of Section 27A-7.
    In no event shall the funding be less than 97% or more than 103% of the school district's per capita student tuition multiplied by the number of students residing in the district who are enrolled in the charter school.
    It is the intent of the General Assembly that funding and service agreements under this subsection (b) shall be neither a financial incentive nor a financial disincentive to the establishment of a charter school.
    The charter school may set and collect reasonable fees. Fees collected from students enrolled at a charter school shall be retained by the charter school.
    (c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this Section, the proportionate share of State and federal resources generated by students with disabilities or staff serving them shall be directed to charter schools enrolling those students by their school districts or administrative units. The proportionate share of moneys generated under other federal or State categorical aid programs shall be directed to charter schools serving students eligible for that aid.
    (d) The governing body of a charter school is authorized to accept gifts, donations, or grants of any kind made to the charter school and to expend or use gifts, donations, or grants in accordance with the conditions prescribed by the donor; however, a gift, donation, or grant may not be accepted by the governing body if it is subject to any condition contrary to applicable law or contrary to the terms of the contract between the charter school and the local school board. Charter schools shall be encouraged to solicit and utilize community volunteer speakers and other instructional resources when providing instruction on the Holocaust and other historical events.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) The Commission shall provide technical assistance to persons and groups preparing or revising charter applications.
    (g) At the non-renewal or revocation of its charter, each charter school shall refund to the local board of education all unspent funds.
    (h) A charter school is authorized to incur temporary, short term debt to pay operating expenses in anticipation of receipt of funds from the local school board.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-11.5

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-11.5)
    Sec. 27A-11.5. State financing. The State Board of Education shall make the following funds available to school districts and charter schools:
        (1) From a separate appropriation made to the State
    
Board for purposes of this subdivision (1), the State Board shall make transition impact aid available to school districts that approve a new charter school or that have funds withheld by the State Board to fund a new charter school that is chartered by the Commission. The amount of the aid shall equal 90% of the per capita funding paid to the charter school during the first year of its initial charter term, 65% of the per capita funding paid to the charter school during the second year of its initial term, and 35% of the per capita funding paid to the charter school during the third year of its initial term. This transition impact aid shall be paid to the local school board in equal quarterly installments, with the payment of the installment for the first quarter being made by August 1st immediately preceding the first, second, and third years of the initial term. The district shall file an application for this aid with the State Board in a format designated by the State Board. If the appropriation is insufficient in any year to pay all approved claims, the impact aid shall be prorated. However, for fiscal year 2004, the State Board of Education shall pay approved claims only for charter schools with a valid charter granted prior to June 1, 2003. If any funds remain after these claims have been paid, then the State Board of Education may pay all other approved claims on a pro rata basis. Transition impact aid shall be paid beginning in the 1999-2000 school year for charter schools that are in the first, second, or third year of their initial term. Transition impact aid shall not be paid for any charter school that is proposed and created by one or more boards of education, as authorized under the provisions of Public Act 91-405.
        (2) From a separate appropriation made for the
    
purpose of this subdivision (2), the State Board shall make grants to charter schools to pay their start-up costs of acquiring educational materials and supplies, textbooks, electronic textbooks and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks, furniture, and other equipment or materials needed during their initial term. The State Board shall annually establish the time and manner of application for these grants, which shall not exceed $250 per student enrolled in the charter school.
        (3) The Charter Schools Revolving Loan Fund is
    
created as a special fund in the State treasury. Federal funds, such other funds as may be made available for costs associated with the establishment of charter schools in Illinois, and amounts repaid by charter schools that have received a loan from the Charter Schools Revolving Loan Fund shall be deposited into the Charter Schools Revolving Loan Fund, and the moneys in the Charter Schools Revolving Loan Fund shall be appropriated to the State Board and used to provide interest-free loans to charter schools. These funds shall be used to pay start-up costs of acquiring educational materials and supplies, textbooks, electronic textbooks and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks, furniture, and other equipment or materials needed in the initial term of the charter school and for acquiring and remodeling a suitable physical plant, within the initial term of the charter school. Loans shall be limited to one loan per charter school and shall not exceed $750 per student enrolled in the charter school. A loan shall be repaid by the end of the initial term of the charter school. The State Board may deduct amounts necessary to repay the loan from funds due to the charter school or may require that the local school board that authorized the charter school deduct such amounts from funds due the charter school and remit these amounts to the State Board, provided that the local school board shall not be responsible for repayment of the loan. The State Board may use up to 3% of the appropriation to contract with a non-profit entity to administer the loan program.
        (4) A charter school may apply for and receive,
    
subject to the same restrictions applicable to school districts, any grant administered by the State Board that is available for school districts.
    If a charter school fails to make payments toward administrative costs, the State Board may withhold State funds from that school until it has made all payments for those costs.
(Source: P.A. 101-543, eff. 8-23-19.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-12

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-12)
    Sec. 27A-12. Evaluation; report. On or before September 30 of every odd-numbered year, all local school boards with at least one charter school, as well as the Commission, shall submit to the State Board any information required by the State Board pursuant to applicable rule. On or before the second Wednesday in January of every even-numbered year, the State Board shall issue a report to the General Assembly and the Governor on its findings for the previous 2 school years. The State Board's report shall summarize all of the following:
        (1) The authorizer's strategic vision for chartering
    
and progress toward achieving that vision.
        (2) The academic and financial performance of all
    
operating charter schools overseen by the authorizer, according to the performance expectations for charter schools set forth in this Article.
        (3) The status of the authorizer's charter school
    
portfolio, identifying all charter schools in each of the following categories: approved (but not yet open), operating, renewed, transferred, revoked, not renewed, voluntarily closed, or never opened.
        (4) The authorizing functions provided by the
    
authorizer to the charter schools under its purview, including the authorizer's operating costs and expenses detailed in annual audited financial statements, which must conform with generally accepted accounting principles.
    Further, in the report required by this Section, the State Board (i) shall compare the performance of charter school pupils with the performance of ethnically and economically comparable groups of pupils in other public schools who are enrolled in academically comparable courses, (ii) shall review information regarding the regulations and policies from which charter schools were released to determine if the exemptions assisted or impeded the charter schools in meeting their stated goals and objectives, and (iii) shall include suggested changes in State law necessary to strengthen charter schools.
    In addition, the State Board shall undertake and report on periodic evaluations of charter schools that include evaluations of student academic achievement, the extent to which charter schools are accomplishing their missions and goals, the sufficiency of funding for charter schools, and the need for changes in the approval process for charter schools.
    Based on the information that the State Board receives from authorizers and the State Board's ongoing monitoring of both charter schools and authorizers, the State Board has the power to remove the power to authorize from any authorizer in this State if the authorizer does not demonstrate a commitment to high-quality authorization practices and, if necessary, revoke the chronically low-performing charters authorized by the authorizer at the time of the removal. The State Board shall adopt rules as needed to carry out this power, including provisions to determine the status of schools authorized by an authorizer whose authorizing power is revoked.
(Source: P.A. 96-105, eff. 7-30-09; 97-152, eff. 7-20-11.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-13

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-13)
    Sec. 27A-13. Rules. The State Board of Education is authorized to adopt any rules not inconsistent with this Article that it deems necessary to implement and accomplish the purposes and provisions of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 89-450, eff. 4-10-96.)

105 ILCS 5/27A-14

    (105 ILCS 5/27A-14)
    Sec. 27A-14. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-105, eff. 7-30-09. Repealed internally, eff. 1-10-10.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 28

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 28 heading)
ARTICLE 28. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

105 ILCS 5/28-1

    (105 ILCS 5/28-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-1)
    Sec. 28-1. Copies and prices filed - Bond. No publisher or retail dealer shall offer any school instructional materials for adoption, sale, or exchange in the State until it has complied with the following conditions:
        1. The publisher or retail dealer shall publish on
    
its website by July 15 each year a sworn statement of the usual list price, the lowest net wholesale price, and the lowest net exchange price at which the material is sold or exchanged for old material on the same subject of like grade and kind but of a different series taken in part payment thereof.
        2. The publisher or retail dealer shall obtain a
    
bond payable to the People of the State of Illinois with a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Illinois as surety thereon of not less than $2,000 nor more than $10,000 conditioned as follows:
            (a) That the publisher or retail dealer will
        
furnish annually any of the materials listed on the sworn statement on its website to any school district and any school corporation in this State at the lowest net prices contained in the statements and that it will maintain said prices uniformly throughout the State.
            (b) That the publisher or retail dealer will
        
reduce such net prices in Illinois whenever they are reduced elsewhere in the United States, and shall publish on its website a sworn statement of reductions made elsewhere, so that at no time shall any instructional material so filed and listed by the publisher or retail dealer be sold in this State at a higher net price than is received for such material elsewhere in the United States.
            (c) The publisher or retail dealer shall not
        
enter into any understanding, agreement or combination to control the prices or to restrict competition in the sale of instructional materials.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/28-2

    (105 ILCS 5/28-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-2)
    Sec. 28-2. Approval of bond-Duration. The bond required by Section 28-1 shall be approved by the Attorney General and shall continue in force for 5 years after its filing, at or before the expiration of which period a new bond shall be given or the right to continue business within the State shall be forfeited.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/28-3

    (105 ILCS 5/28-3)
    Sec. 28-3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/28-4

    (105 ILCS 5/28-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-4)
    Sec. 28-4. Notice of violations - Proceedings for forfeiture of bond. The school board of each district wherein the instructional materials listed under the provisions of this Article have been adopted shall notify the State Board of Education of any violation of any of the conditions contained in said bond. The State Board of Education may thereupon notify the person guilty of the violation and if such person disregards the notification and fails to comply with the requirements of the contract, the State Board of Education may institute legal proceedings for the forfeiture of the bond.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/28-5

    (105 ILCS 5/28-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-5)
    Sec. 28-5. Inducement to teacher or officer forbidden.
    No person shall secure or attempt to secure the sale of any school instructional materials in any school district by rewarding or promising to reward any teacher or by securing for him any position in any other school. No person shall offer to give any emolument, money or other valuable thing, promise of work or any other inducement to any teacher or school officer for any vote or promise of vote or for the use of his influence for any school instructional materials to be used in this State.
    This section does not prevent any person from submitting, or any school officer or teacher from receiving, a reasonable number of copies of printed instructional materials for examination with a view to obtaining information as to the book or series of books for which such officer shall give his vote.
(Source: P.A. 77-2180.)

105 ILCS 5/28-6

    (105 ILCS 5/28-6)
    Sec. 28-6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-570, eff. 8-25-11.)

105 ILCS 5/28-7

    (105 ILCS 5/28-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-7)
    Sec. 28-7. Retail prices of books. It is unlawful for any retail dealer in textbooks to sell any books listed on the sworn statement published on the retail dealer's website at a price to exceed a 15% advance on the net prices as so listed.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/28-8

    (105 ILCS 5/28-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-8)
    Sec. 28-8. Purchase by districts for resale at cost. School districts may purchase textbooks and electronic textbooks and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks from the publishers and manufacturers at the prices listed on the sworn statement published on the retail dealer's website and sell them to the pupils at the listed prices or at such prices as will include the cost of transportation and handling.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/28-9

    (105 ILCS 5/28-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-9)
    Sec. 28-9. Purchase by districts - Designation of agent for sale. School districts may purchase out of contingent funds school textbooks or electronic textbooks, instructional materials, and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks from the publishers and manufacturers at the prices listed on the sworn statement published on the retail dealer's website and may designate a retail dealer or dealers to act as the agent of the district in selling them to pupils. Such dealers shall at stated times make settlement with the district for books sold. Such dealers shall not sell textbooks at prices which exceed a 10% advance on the net prices as listed on the sworn statement.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/28-10

    (105 ILCS 5/28-10)
    Sec. 28-10. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 97-570, eff. 8-25-11.)

105 ILCS 5/28-11

    (105 ILCS 5/28-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-11)
    Sec. 28-11. Penalties.
    Any dealer who violates the provisions of Sections 28--7 or 28--9 shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100.
    Whoever violates any of the provisions of the foregoing sections of this Article, except those of Sections 28--7 and 28--9, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/28-12

    (105 ILCS 5/28-12)
    Sec. 28-12. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 97-570, eff. 8-25-11.)

105 ILCS 5/28-13

    (105 ILCS 5/28-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-13)
    Sec. 28-13. Districts adopting provisions for free textbooks.
    The foregoing sections of this Article do not apply to school boards and school districts that have adopted the subsequent provisions of this Article.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/28-14

    (105 ILCS 5/28-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-14)
    Sec. 28-14. Free textbooks - Referendum - Ballot. Any school board may, and whenever petitioned so to do by 5% or more of the voters of such district shall order submitted to the voters thereof at a regular scheduled election the question of furnishing free school textbooks or electronic textbooks for the use of pupils attending the public schools of the district, and the secretary shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    FOR furnishing free textbooks or electronic textbooks in 
the public schools.
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    AGAINST furnishing free textbooks or electronic textbooks
in the public schools.
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    If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition is in favor of furnishing free textbooks or electronic textbooks, the governing body shall provide, furnish and sell them as provided in Section 28-15, but no such books shall be sold until at least 1 year after the election. The furnishing of free textbooks or electronic textbooks when so adopted shall not be discontinued within 4 years, and thereafter only by a vote of the voters of the district upon the same conditions and in substantially the same manner as the vote for the adoption of free textbooks or electronic textbooks. No textbook or electronic textbook furnished under the provisions of this Article shall contain any denominational or sectarian matter.
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10.)

105 ILCS 5/28-15

    (105 ILCS 5/28-15) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-15)
    Sec. 28-15. Textbooks provided and loaned to pupils-Sale to pupils. The governing body of every school district having voted in favor of furnishing free textbooks or electronic textbooks under the provisions of Sections 28-14 through 28-19 shall provide, at the expense of the district, textbooks or electronic textbooks for use in the public schools and loan them free to the pupils. Textbooks so furnished shall remain the property of the school district. The governing body shall also provide for the sale of such textbooks or electronic textbooks at cost to pupils of the schools in the district wishing to purchase them for their own use.
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10.)

105 ILCS 5/28-16

    (105 ILCS 5/28-16)
    Sec. 28-16. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 97-570, eff. 8-25-11.)

105 ILCS 5/28-17

    (105 ILCS 5/28-17)
    Sec. 28-17. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-570, eff. 8-25-11.)

105 ILCS 5/28-18

    (105 ILCS 5/28-18) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-18)
    Sec. 28-18. Boards may jointly carry out law. School boards of two or more districts may jointly carry out the provisions of Sections 28-14 through 28-19.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/28-19

    (105 ILCS 5/28-19) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-19)
    Sec. 28-19. Penalty for demanding or receiving money, promise or thing of value. Whoever directly or indirectly, demands or receives any money, promise or thing of value from any pupil, parent, guardian or caretaker of a pupil for any book provided in this Article, except as provided in Section 28-15 shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/28-19.1

    (105 ILCS 5/28-19.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-19.1)
    Sec. 28-19.1. Any member of the public may inspect all text and instructional material used in the public schools.
(Source: P.A. 81-625.)

105 ILCS 5/28-19.2

    (105 ILCS 5/28-19.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-19.2)
    Sec. 28-19.2. (a) No discrimination or punishment of any kind, including the lowering of grades or exclusion from classes, may be exercised against a student whose parents or guardians are unable to purchase required textbooks or instructional materials or to pay required fees.
    (b) Any person who violates this Section is guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 83-573.)

105 ILCS 5/28-19.5

    (105 ILCS 5/28-19.5)
    Sec. 28-19.5. Funding for electronic format of textbooks. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school district may use funding received pursuant to this Code to purchase textbooks or instructional materials in an electronic format or hard-bound format and the technological equipment necessary to gain access to and use electronic textbooks or instructional materials if both of the following conditions are met:
        (1) It can ensure that each pupil will be provided
    
with a copy of the instructional materials to use at school and at home.
        (2) It will assist the pupil in comprehending the
    
material.
Providing access to the materials at school and at home does not require the school district to purchase 2 sets of materials.
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10.)

105 ILCS 5/28-20

    (105 ILCS 5/28-20) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-20)
    Sec. 28-20. Definitions.
    (a) For purposes of this Act the term instructional materials shall mean both print and non-print materials, including electronic textbooks, that are used in the educational process.
    (b) For purposes of this Article, "textbook" includes electronic or digital textbooks that are used for educational purposes.
(Source: P.A. 96-1403, eff. 7-29-10.)

105 ILCS 5/28-21

    (105 ILCS 5/28-21) (from Ch. 122, par. 28-21)
    Sec. 28-21. The State Board of Education shall require each publisher of any printed textbook or electronic textbook that is furnished at public expense under Sections 28-14 through 28-19 and is first published after July 19, 2006 to furnish, as provided in this Section, an accessible electronic file set of contracted print material to the National Instructional Materials Access Center, which shall then be available to the State Board of Education or its authorized user for the purpose of conversion to an accessible format for use by a child with a print disability and for distribution to local education agencies. An "accessible electronic file" means a file that conforms to specifications of the national file format adopted by the United States Department of Education. Other terms used in this Section shall be construed in compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and related regulations.
(Source: P.A. 101-17, eff. 6-14-19.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 28A

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 28A heading)
ARTICLE 28A. Education Purchasing Program.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)

105 ILCS 5/28A-5

    (105 ILCS 5/28A-5)
    Sec. 28A-5. Definitions. In this Article:
    "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
    "Education purchasing contract" means a contract negotiated by the State Board, a local, State, or federal governmental entity, or a not-for-profit, for-profit, or cooperative entity that is certified under Section 28A-15 of this Code and made available to school districts.
    "Master contract" means a contract designated as a statewide education master contract under Section 28A-15 of this Code.
    "Program" means the education purchasing program created under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)

105 ILCS 5/28A-10

    (105 ILCS 5/28A-10)
    Sec. 28A-10. Program created. The State Board shall create an education purchasing program. Under the program, the State Board shall designate itself or another entity to act as a State education purchasing entity to form and designate statewide education master contracts and to certify education purchasing contracts for key categories identified and defined by the State Board. The State education purchasing entity shall provide master contract and education purchasing contract information and pricing to school districts.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)

105 ILCS 5/28A-15

    (105 ILCS 5/28A-15)
    Sec. 28A-15. Powers of State education purchasing entity. The State education purchasing entity shall have all of the following powers:
        (1) To select vendors and form contracts in
    
accordance with the State's purchasing laws.
        (2) To designate a contract as a statewide education
    
master contract for purposes of subsection (c) of Section 10-20.21 of this Code.
        (3) To certify an education purchasing contract,
    
provided that the contract was entered into according to procedures and conditions that conform to applicable State purchasing laws, for purposes of subsection (d) of Section 10-20.21 of this Code.
        (4) To facilitate the inter-district sale or
    
transfer of excess inventory or equipment.
        (5) To select and subsidize e-procurement tools to
    
be implemented within school districts.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)

105 ILCS 5/28A-20

    (105 ILCS 5/28A-20)
    Sec. 28A-20. Rules. The State Board or other State agency designated by the State Board may adopt rules to implement the program.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 29

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 29 heading)
ARTICLE 29. TRANSPORTATION

105 ILCS 5/29-1

    (105 ILCS 5/29-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-1)
    Sec. 29-1. Free transportation of pupils. School boards may provide free transportation for pupils, as prescribed in Section 10-22.22.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/29-2

    (105 ILCS 5/29-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-2)
    Sec. 29-2. Transportation of pupils less than one and one-half miles from school. School boards may provide transportation for pupils living less than one and one-half miles as measured by the customary route of travel from the school attended and may make a charge for such transportation in an amount of not to exceed the cost thereof, which shall include a reasonable allowance for depreciation of the vehicles so used.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3)
    Sec. 29-3. Transportation in school districts. School boards of community consolidated districts, community unit districts, consolidated districts, consolidated high school districts, optional elementary unit districts, combined high school - unit districts, combined school districts if the combined district includes any district which was previously required to provide transportation, and any newly created elementary or high school districts resulting from a high school - unit conversion, a unit to dual conversion, or a multi-unit conversion if the newly created district includes any area that was previously required to provide transportation shall provide free transportation for pupils residing at a distance of one and one-half miles or more from any school to which they are assigned for attendance maintained within the district, except for those pupils for whom the school board shall certify to the State Board of Education that adequate transportation for the public is available.
    For the purpose of this Act 1 1/2 miles distance shall be from the exit of the property where the pupil resides to the point where pupils are normally unloaded at the school attended; such distance shall be measured by determining the shortest distance on normally traveled roads or streets.
    Such school board may comply with the provisions of this Section by providing free transportation for pupils to and from an assigned school and a pick-up point located not more than one and one-half miles from the home of each pupil assigned to such point.
    For the purposes of this Act "adequate transportation for the public" shall be assumed to exist for such pupils as can reach school by walking, one way, along normally traveled roads or streets less than 1 1/2 miles irrespective of the distance the pupil is transported by public transportation.
    In addition to the other requirements of this Section, each school board may provide free transportation for any pupil residing within 1 1/2 miles from the school attended where conditions are such that walking, either to or from the school to which a pupil is assigned for attendance or to or from a pick-up point or bus stop, constitutes a serious hazard to the safety of the pupil due to either (i) vehicular traffic or rail crossings or (ii) a course or pattern of criminal activity, as defined in Section 10 of the Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act. Such transportation shall not be provided if adequate transportation for the public is available.
    The determination as to what constitutes a serious safety hazard shall be made by the school board, in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding vehicular traffic or rail crossings or in accordance with guidelines regarding a course or pattern of criminal activity, as determined by the local law enforcement agency, in consultation with the State Superintendent of Education. A school board, on written petition of the parent or guardian of a pupil for whom adequate transportation for the public is alleged not to exist because the pupil is required to walk along normally traveled roads or streets where walking is alleged to constitute a serious safety hazard due to either (i) vehicular traffic or rail crossings or (ii) a course or pattern of criminal activity, or who is required to walk between the pupil's home and assigned school or between the pupil's home or assigned school and a pick-up point or bus stop along roads or streets where walking is alleged to constitute a serious safety hazard due to either (i) vehicular traffic or rail crossings or (ii) a course or pattern of criminal activity, shall conduct a study and make findings, which the Department of Transportation, with respect to vehicular traffic or rail crossings, or the State Board of Education, in consultation with the local law enforcement agency, with respect to a course or pattern of criminal activity, shall review and approve or disapprove as provided in this Section, to determine whether a serious safety hazard exists as alleged in the petition. The Department of Transportation shall review the findings of the school board concerning vehicular traffic or rail crossings and shall approve or disapprove the school board's determination that a serious safety hazard exists within 30 days after the school board submits its findings to the Department of Transportation. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the local law enforcement agency, shall review the findings of the school board concerning a course or pattern of criminal activity and shall approve or disapprove the school board's determination that a serious safety hazard exists within 30 days after the school board submits its findings to the State Board. The school board shall annually review the conditions and determine whether or not the hazardous conditions remain unchanged. The State Superintendent of Education may request that the Illinois Department of Transportation or the local law enforcement agency verify that the conditions have not changed. No action shall lie against the school board, the State Superintendent of Education, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the State Board of Education, or a local law enforcement agency for decisions made in accordance with this Section. The provisions of the Administrative Review Law and all amendments and modifications thereof and the rules adopted pursuant thereto shall apply to and govern all proceedings instituted for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department of Transportation, the State Board of Education, or a local law enforcement agency under this Section. At all points, except when otherwise mentioned in this Section, the local enforcement agency is authorized to determine what constitutes a course or pattern of criminal activity.
    The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly do not apply to a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 100-1142, eff. 11-28-18.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.1

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.1)
    Sec. 29-3.1. Transportation to and from school sponsored activities.
    The school board of any school district that provides transportation for pupils to and from the school attended may provide transportation for pupils to and from any school sponsored activities in which pupils of the district participate, whether during the school year or not, and may make a charge for such transportation in an amount not to exceed the cost thereof, which may include a reasonable allowance for depreciation of the vehicles so used. The school board may provide transportation for pupils on bona fide field trips in Illinois or adjacent states.
(Source: P.A. 85-1148; 85-1389; 85-1440.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.2

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.2)
    Sec. 29-3.2. Transportation to and from activities of private schools.
    The school board of any school district that provides transportation for pupils to and from the public schools may, by agreement with the officials of a non-public school, provide transportation, at times when the buses or other conveyances are not needed for public school student transportation, for students attending the non-public school to and from activities sponsored by that school. Such a school board providing transportation under this Section shall make a charge for furnishing that transportation in an amount not less than the cost thereof, including a reasonable allowance for the depreciation of each vehicle used in that transportation.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 1228.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.2a

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.2a) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.2a)
    Sec. 29-3.2a. Transportation to and from summer school sessions.) The school board of any school district that provides transportation for pupils to and from the school attended may provide transportation for pupils to and from school during that period of the calendar year not embraced with the regular school term in which courses are taught for any pupils of the district who might participate, and may make a charge for such transportation in an amount not to exceed the cost thereof, which may include a reasonable allowance for depreciation of the vehicles so used; provided no charge shall be made for transportation of the types of children defined in Sections 14-1.02 through 14-1.07 of this Act and school boards providing such transportation shall be reimbursed pursuant to Section 14-13.01 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 79-203.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.3

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.3)
    Sec. 29-3.3. Transportation for pupils of other districts.
    The school board of any school district that provides transportation for pupils to and from the public schools may, pursuant to agreement with the school board of any other school district, provide transportation for pupils of that district to and from activities sponsored by any public school in that district, at times when buses or other conveyances used in such transportation are not needed for transporting pupils of the school district so providing that transportation. In providing such transportation for pupils of another district, the school board shall charge an amount not less than the cost of furnishing that transportation, including a reasonable allowance for depreciation on each vehicle so used.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3480.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.4

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.4)
    Sec. 29-3.4. The school board of any school district may provide transportation services to children participating in or adults who are attending organized recreational, cultural, educational, and public service programs. The school board shall make a charge for such transportation in an amount equal to the cost thereof, which shall include a reasonable allowance for insurance premiums and depreciation of the vehicles so used. This Section shall not apply if such transportation services are offered by any public or private mass transit system engaged in the business of transporting people within the county or counties in which the school district is located in whole or in part and if such transit system has received or will receive funds provided by the "Mass Transportation Emergency Operating Assistance Act of 1973", adopted by the 78th General Assembly, or which receives or will receive funds from any other enactment of the General Assembly or from any unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 79-506.)

105 ILCS 5/29-3.5

    (105 ILCS 5/29-3.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-3.5)
    Sec. 29-3.5. Other use of school buses. The school board of any school district may provide transportation services to any non-profit organization for recreational, cultural, educational, and public service programs operated by the organization for the benefit of its members. Transportation shall be provided to non-profit organizations during times when the vehicles used are not needed for the transportation of students between school and their homes. The school board shall make a charge for such transportation in an amount equal to the cost thereof, which shall include a reasonable allowance for depreciation of the vehicles used. The school board is authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements covering the use of transportation by non-profit organizations. The school board shall add to the charges made for the use of transportation a reasonable amount to cover any increase in insurance premiums incident to the use of transportation by the organization. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to terminate, either permanently or temporarily, the status of the vehicles used by the organization as school buses.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to permit any school district to provide transportation services in competition with any mass transit carrier.
(Source: P.A. 79-656.)

105 ILCS 5/29-4

    (105 ILCS 5/29-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-4)
    Sec. 29-4. Pupils attending a charter school or nonpublic school. The school board of any school district that provides any school bus or conveyance for transporting pupils to and from the public schools shall afford transportation, without cost, for children who attend a charter school or any school other than a public school, who reside at least 1 1/2 miles from the school attended, and who reside on or along the highway constituting the regular route of such public school bus or conveyance, such transportation to extend from some point on the regular route nearest or most easily accessible to their homes to and from the school attended, or to or from a point on such regular route which is nearest or most easily accessible to the school attended by such children. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent high school districts from transporting public or non-public elementary school pupils on a regular route where deemed appropriate. The elementary district in which such pupils reside shall enter into a contractual agreement with the high school district providing the service, make payments accordingly, and make claims to the State in the amount of such contractual payments. The person in charge of any charter school or school other than a public school shall certify on a form to be provided by the State Superintendent of Education, the names and addresses of pupils transported and when such pupils were in attendance at the school. If any such children reside within 1 1/2 miles from the school attended, the school board shall afford such transportation to such children on the same basis as it provides transportation for its own pupils residing within that distance from the school attended.
    Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude a school district from operating separate regular bus routes, subject to the limitations of this Section, for the benefit of children who attend a charter school or any school other than a public school where the operation of such routes is safer, more economical and more efficient than if such school district were precluded from operating separate regular bus routes.
    If a school district is required by this Section to afford transportation without cost for any child who is not a resident of the district, the school district providing such transportation is entitled to reimbursement from the school district in which the child resides for the cost of furnishing that transportation, including a reasonable allowance for depreciation on each vehicle so used. The school district where the child resides shall reimburse the district providing the transportation for such costs, by the 10th of each month or on such less frequent schedule as may be agreed to by the 2 school districts.
(Source: P.A. 91-407, eff. 8-3-99.)

105 ILCS 5/29-5

    (105 ILCS 5/29-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-5)
    Sec. 29-5. Reimbursement by State for transportation. Any school district, maintaining a school, transporting resident pupils to another school district's vocational program, offered through a joint agreement approved by the State Board of Education, as provided in Section 10-22.22 or transporting its resident pupils to a school which meets the standards for recognition as established by the State Board of Education which provides transportation meeting the standards of safety, comfort, convenience, efficiency and operation prescribed by the State Board of Education for resident pupils in kindergarten or any of grades 1 through 12 who: (a) reside at least 1 1/2 miles as measured by the customary route of travel, from the school attended; or (b) reside in areas where conditions are such that walking constitutes a hazard to the safety of the child when determined under Section 29-3; and (c) are transported to the school attended from pick-up points at the beginning of the school day and back again at the close of the school day or transported to and from their assigned attendance centers during the school day, shall be reimbursed by the State as hereinafter provided in this Section.
    The State will pay the cost of transporting eligible pupils less the prior year assessed valuation in a dual school district maintaining secondary grades 9 to 12 inclusive times a qualifying rate of .05%; in elementary school districts maintaining grades K to 8 times a qualifying rate of .06%; and in unit districts maintaining grades K to 12, including optional elementary unit districts and combined high school - unit districts, times a qualifying rate of .07%; provided that for optional elementary unit districts and combined high school - unit districts, prior year assessed valuation for high school purposes, as defined in Article 11E of this Code, must be used. To be eligible to receive reimbursement in excess of 4/5 of the cost to transport eligible pupils, a school district shall have a Transportation Fund tax rate of at least .12%. If a school district does not have a .12% Transportation Fund tax rate, the amount of its claim in excess of 4/5 of the cost of transporting pupils shall be reduced by the sum arrived at by subtracting the Transportation Fund tax rate from .12% and multiplying that amount by the district's prior year equalized or assessed valuation, provided, that in no case shall said reduction result in reimbursement of less than 4/5 of the cost to transport eligible pupils.
    The minimum amount to be received by a district is $16 times the number of eligible pupils transported.
    When calculating the reimbursement for transportation costs, the State Board of Education may not deduct the number of pupils enrolled in early education programs from the number of pupils eligible for reimbursement if the pupils enrolled in the early education programs are transported at the same time as other eligible pupils.
    Any such district transporting resident pupils during the school day to an area vocational school or another school district's vocational program more than 1 1/2 miles from the school attended, as provided in Sections 10-22.20a and 10-22.22, shall be reimbursed by the State for 4/5 of the cost of transporting eligible pupils.
    School day means that period of time during which the pupil is required to be in attendance for instructional purposes.
    If a pupil is at a location within the school district other than his residence for child care purposes at the time for transportation to school, that location may be considered for purposes of determining the 1 1/2 miles from the school attended.
    Claims for reimbursement that include children who attend any school other than a public school shall show the number of such children transported.
    Claims for reimbursement under this Section shall not be paid for the transportation of pupils for whom transportation costs are claimed for payment under other Sections of this Act.
    The allowable direct cost of transporting pupils for regular, vocational, and special education pupil transportation shall be limited to the sum of the cost of physical examinations required for employment as a school bus driver; the salaries of full-time or part-time drivers and school bus maintenance personnel; employee benefits excluding Illinois municipal retirement payments, social security payments, unemployment insurance payments and workers' compensation insurance premiums; expenditures to independent carriers who operate school buses; payments to other school districts for pupil transportation services; pre-approved contractual expenditures for computerized bus scheduling; expenditures for housing assistance and homeless prevention under Sections 1-17 and 1-18 of the Education for Homeless Children Act that are not in excess of the school district's actual costs for providing transportation services and are not otherwise claimed in another State or federal grant that permits those costs to a parent, a legal guardian, any other person who enrolled a pupil, or a homeless assistance agency that is part of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act's continuum of care for the area in which the district is located; the cost of gasoline, oil, tires, and other supplies necessary for the operation of school buses; the cost of converting buses' gasoline engines to more fuel efficient engines or to engines which use alternative energy sources; the cost of travel to meetings and workshops conducted by the regional superintendent or the State Superintendent of Education pursuant to the standards established by the Secretary of State under Section 6-106 of the Illinois Vehicle Code to improve the driving skills of school bus drivers; the cost of maintenance of school buses including parts and materials used; expenditures for leasing transportation vehicles, except interest and service charges; the cost of insurance and licenses for transportation vehicles; expenditures for the rental of transportation equipment; plus a depreciation allowance of 20% for 5 years for school buses and vehicles approved for transporting pupils to and from school and a depreciation allowance of 10% for 10 years for other transportation equipment so used. Each school year, if a school district has made expenditures to the Regional Transportation Authority or any of its service boards, a mass transit district, or an urban transportation district under an intergovernmental agreement with the district to provide for the transportation of pupils and if the public transit carrier received direct payment for services or passes from a school district within its service area during the 2000-2001 school year, then the allowable direct cost of transporting pupils for regular, vocational, and special education pupil transportation shall also include the expenditures that the district has made to the public transit carrier. In addition to the above allowable costs school districts shall also claim all transportation supervisory salary costs, including Illinois municipal retirement payments, and all transportation related building and building maintenance costs without limitation.
    Special education allowable costs shall also include expenditures for the salaries of attendants or aides for that portion of the time they assist special education pupils while in transit and expenditures for parents and public carriers for transporting special education pupils when pre-approved by the State Superintendent of Education.
    Indirect costs shall be included in the reimbursement claim for districts which own and operate their own school buses. Such indirect costs shall include administrative costs, or any costs attributable to transporting pupils from their attendance centers to another school building for instructional purposes. No school district which owns and operates its own school buses may claim reimbursement for indirect costs which exceed 5% of the total allowable direct costs for pupil transportation.
    The State Board of Education shall prescribe uniform regulations for determining the above standards and shall prescribe forms of cost accounting and standards of determining reasonable depreciation. Such depreciation shall include the cost of equipping school buses with the safety features required by law or by the rules, regulations and standards promulgated by the State Board of Education, and the Department of Transportation for the safety and construction of school buses provided, however, any equipment cost reimbursed by the Department of Transportation for equipping school buses with such safety equipment shall be deducted from the allowable cost in the computation of reimbursement under this Section in the same percentage as the cost of the equipment is depreciated.
    On or before August 15, annually, the chief school administrator for the district shall certify to the State Superintendent of Education the district's claim for reimbursement for the school year ending on June 30 next preceding. The State Superintendent of Education shall check and approve the claims and prepare the vouchers showing the amounts due for district reimbursement claims. Each fiscal year, the State Superintendent of Education shall prepare and transmit the first 3 vouchers to the Comptroller on the 30th day of September, December and March, respectively, and the final voucher, no later than June 20.
    If the amount appropriated for transportation reimbursement is insufficient to fund total claims for any fiscal year, the State Board of Education shall reduce each school district's allowable costs and flat grant amount proportionately to make total adjusted claims equal the total amount appropriated.
    For purposes of calculating claims for reimbursement under this Section for any school year beginning July 1, 1998, or thereafter, the equalized assessed valuation for a school district used to compute reimbursement shall be computed in the same manner as it is computed under paragraph (2) of subsection (G) of Section 18-8.05.
    All reimbursements received from the State shall be deposited into the district's transportation fund or into the fund from which the allowable expenditures were made.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any school district receiving a payment under this Section or under Section 14-7.02, 14-7.02b, or 14-13.01 of this Code may classify all or a portion of the funds that it receives in a particular fiscal year or from general State aid pursuant to Section 18-8.05 of this Code as funds received in connection with any funding program for which it is entitled to receive funds from the State in that fiscal year (including, without limitation, any funding program referenced in this Section), regardless of the source or timing of the receipt. The district may not classify more funds as funds received in connection with the funding program than the district is entitled to receive in that fiscal year for that program. Any classification by a district must be made by a resolution of its board of education. The resolution must identify the amount of any payments or general State aid to be classified under this paragraph and must specify the funding program to which the funds are to be treated as received in connection therewith. This resolution is controlling as to the classification of funds referenced therein. A certified copy of the resolution must be sent to the State Superintendent of Education. The resolution shall still take effect even though a copy of the resolution has not been sent to the State Superintendent of Education in a timely manner. No classification under this paragraph by a district shall affect the total amount or timing of money the district is entitled to receive under this Code. No classification under this paragraph by a district shall in any way relieve the district from or affect any requirements that otherwise would apply with respect to that funding program, including any accounting of funds by source, reporting expenditures by original source and purpose, reporting requirements, or requirements of providing services.
    Any school district with a population of not more than 500,000 must deposit all funds received under this Article into the transportation fund and use those funds for the provision of transportation services.
(Source: P.A. 100-332, eff. 8-25-17; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

105 ILCS 5/29-5.2

    (105 ILCS 5/29-5.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-5.2)
    Sec. 29-5.2. Reimbursement of transportation.
    (a) Reimbursement. A custodian of a qualifying pupil shall be entitled to reimbursement in accordance with procedures established by the State Board of Education for qualified transportation expenses paid by such custodian during the school year.
    (b) Definitions. As used in this Section:
        (1) "Qualifying pupil" means an individual referred
    
to in subsection (c), as well as an individual who:
            (A) is a resident of the State of Illinois; and
            (B) is under the age of 21 at the close of the
        
school year for which reimbursement is sought; and
            (C) during the school year for which
        
reimbursement is sought was a full-time pupil enrolled in a kindergarten through 12th grade educational program at a school which was a distance of 1 1/2 miles or more from the residence of such pupil; and
            (D) did not live within 1 1/2 miles from the
        
school in which the pupil was enrolled or have access to transportation provided entirely at public expense to and from that school and a point within 1 1/2 miles of the pupil's residence, measured in a manner consistent with Section 29-3.
        (2) "Qualified transportation expenses" means costs
    
reasonably incurred by the custodian to transport, for the purposes of attending regularly scheduled day-time classes, a qualifying pupil between such qualifying pupil's residence and the school at which such qualifying pupil is enrolled, as limited in subsection (e) of this Section, and shall include automobile expenses at the standard mileage rate allowed by the United States Internal Revenue Service as reimbursement for business transportation expense, as well as payments to mass transit carriers, private carriers, and contractual fees for transportation.
        (3) "School" means a public or nonpublic elementary
    
or secondary school in Illinois, attendance at which satisfies the requirements of Section 26-1.
        (4) One and one-half miles distance. For the purposes
    
of this Section, 1 1/2 miles distance shall be measured in a manner consistent with Section 29-3.
        (5) Custodian. The term "custodian" shall mean, with
    
respect to a qualifying pupil, an Illinois resident who is the parent, or parents, or legal guardian of such qualifying pupil.
    (c) An individual, resident of the State of Illinois, who is under the age of 21 at the close of the school year for which reimbursement is sought and who, during that school year, was a full time pupil enrolled in a kindergarten through 12th grade educational program at a school which was within 1 1/2 miles of the pupil's residence, measured in a manner consistent with Section 29-3, is a "qualifying pupil" within the meaning of this Section if (i) such pupil attends public school in a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code and must walk or otherwise travel along a safe passage route, as designated by the school board, to reach school or return home or (ii) such pupil did not have access to transportation provided entirely at public expense to and from that school and the pupil's residence and conditions were such that walking would have constituted a serious hazard to the safety of the pupil due to vehicular traffic. The determination of what constitutes a serious safety hazard within the meaning of this subsection shall in each case be made by the Department of Transportation in accordance with guidelines which the Department, in consultation with the State Superintendent of Education, shall promulgate. Each custodian intending to file an application for reimbursement under subsection (d) for expenditures incurred or to be incurred with respect to a pupil asserted to be a qualified pupil as an individual referred to in this subsection shall first file with the appropriate regional superintendent, on forms provided by the State Board of Education, a request for a determination that a serious safety hazard within the meaning of this subsection (c) exists with respect to such pupil. Custodians shall file such forms with the appropriate regional superintendents not later than February 1 of the school year for which reimbursement will be sought for transmittal by the regional superintendents to the Department of Transportation not later than February 15; except that any custodian who previously received a determination that a serious safety hazard exists need not resubmit such a request for 4 years but instead may certify on their application for reimbursement to the State Board of Education referred to in subsection (d), that the conditions found to be hazardous, as previously determined by the Department, remain unchanged. The Department shall make its determination on all requests so transmitted to it within 30 days, and shall thereupon forward notice of each determination which it has made to the appropriate regional superintendent for immediate transmittal to the custodian affected thereby. The determination of the Department relative to what constitutes a serious safety hazard within the meaning of subsection (c) with respect to any pupil shall be deemed an "administrative decision" as defined in Section 3-101 of the Administrative Review Law; and the Administrative Review Law and all amendments and modifications thereof and rules adopted pursuant thereto shall apply to and govern all proceedings instituted for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department of Transportation under this subsection.
    (d) Request for reimbursement. A custodian, including a custodian for a pupil asserted to be a qualified pupil as an individual referred to in subsection (c), who applies in accordance with procedures established by the State Board of Education shall be reimbursed in accordance with the dollar limits set out in this Section. Such procedures shall require application no later than June 30 of each year, documentation as to eligibility, and adequate evidence of expenditures; except that for reimbursement sought pursuant to subsection (c) for the 1985-1986 school year, such procedures shall require application within 21 days after the determination of the Department of Transportation with respect to that school year is transmitted by the regional superintendent to the affected custodian. In the absence of contemporaneous records, an affidavit by the custodian may be accepted as evidence of an expenditure. If the amount appropriated for such reimbursement for any year is less than the amount due each custodian, it shall be apportioned on the basis of the requests approved. Regional Superintendents shall be reimbursed for such costs of administering the program, including costs incurred in administering the provisions of subsection (c), as the State Board of Education determines are reasonable and necessary.
    (e) Dollar limit on amount of reimbursement. Reimbursement to custodians for transportation expenses incurred during the 1985-1986 school year, payable in fiscal year 1987, shall be equal to the lesser of (1) the actual qualified transportation expenses, or (2) $50 per pupil. Reimbursement to custodians for transportation expenses incurred during the 1986-1987 school year, payable in fiscal year 1988, shall be equal to the lesser of (1) the actual qualified transportation expenses, or (2) $100 per pupil. For reimbursements of qualified transportation expenses incurred in 1987-1988 and thereafter, the amount of reimbursement shall not exceed the prior year's State reimbursement per pupil for transporting pupils as required by Section 29-3 and other provisions of this Article.
    (f) Rules and regulations. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement this Section.
    (g) The provisions of this amendatory Act of 1986 shall apply according to their terms to the entire 1985-1986 school year, including any portion of that school year which elapses prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act, and to each subsequent school year.
    (h) The chief administrative officer of each school shall notify custodians of qualifying pupils that reimbursements are available. Notification shall occur by the first Monday in November of the school year for which reimbursement is available.
(Source: P.A. 98-1057, eff. 1-1-15.)

105 ILCS 5/29-6

    (105 ILCS 5/29-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-6)
    Sec. 29-6. Inter-district contracts for transportation.
    Any school district, including any non-high school district, may contract at actual cost with 1 or more school districts for the transportation of pupils to and from the school attended.
(Source: P.A. 78-1245.)

105 ILCS 5/29-6.1

    (105 ILCS 5/29-6.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-6.1)
    Sec. 29-6.1. Contracts for transportation. Subject to Section 6-106.11 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, school boards may enter into contracts for up to 3 years for transportation of pupils to and from school. Such contracts may be extended for up to 2 additional years by mutual agreement of the parties, and thereafter may be extended on a year-to-year basis by mutual agreement of the parties, however no such contract may be extended on a year-to-year basis if a school board receives a timely request from another interested contractor that a contract be let by bid.
(Source: P.A. 84-768.)

105 ILCS 5/29-6.3

    (105 ILCS 5/29-6.3)
    Sec. 29-6.3. Transportation to and from specified interscholastic or school-sponsored activities.
    (a) Any school district transporting students in grade 12 or below for an interscholastic, interscholastic athletic, or school-sponsored, noncurriculum-related activity that (i) does not require student participation as part of the educational services of the district and (ii) is not associated with the students' regular class-for-credit schedule or required 5 clock hours of instruction under Section 10-19.05 shall transport the students only in a school bus, a vehicle manufactured to transport not more than 10 persons, including the driver, or a multifunction school-activity bus manufactured to transport not more than 15 persons, including the driver.
    (a-5) A student in any of grades 9 through 12 may be transported in a multi-function school activity bus (MFSAB) as defined in Section 1-148.3a-5 of the Illinois Vehicle Code for any curriculum-related activity except for transportation on regular bus routes from home to school or from school to home, subject to the following conditions:
        (i) A MFSAB may not be used to transport students
    
under this Section unless the driver holds a valid school bus driver permit.
        (ii) The use of a MFSAB under this Section is subject
    
to the requirements of Sections 6-106.11, 6-106.12, 12-707.01, 13-101, and 13-109 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
    (b) Any school district furnishing transportation for students under the authority of this Section shall insure against any loss or liability of the district resulting from the maintenance, operation, or use of the vehicle.
    (c) Vehicles used to transport students under this Section may claim a depreciation allowance of 20% over 5 years as provided in Section 29-5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 101-12, eff. 7-1-19.)

105 ILCS 5/29-6.4

    (105 ILCS 5/29-6.4)
    Sec. 29-6.4. Non-contract transportation; bids; reimbursement. A school board of a school district that provides transportation of its pupils to and from school on buses that are owned by the district that are operated by drivers who are employed by the district shall, if it receives a timely request from an interested private school bus contractor that the district provide that transportation under contract, solicit sealed bids for that purpose. A district or special education cooperative is not required to respond to such a request more than once every 2 years. A request shall not be considered timely if it is made more than 24 months or less than 3 months before the expiration of the collective bargaining or other agreement that is in effect at the time the request is made and that governs the terms and conditions of employment of the school bus drivers employed by the district. All requests shall be made in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the school board of the district at the administrative offices or any school of the district. At the conclusion of the bidding process, the school board shall publicly announce the district's fully allocated costs of providing transportation of its pupils to and from school under its present system and thereupon may (i) elect to enter into a contract as provided in Section 29-6.1 with the lowest responsible bidder for transportation of the district's pupils to and from school or (ii) elect to continue providing transportation of its pupils to and from school under its present system. In the event the school board elects to continue providing transportation of the district's pupils to and from school under its present system even though the district's fully allocated costs of doing so exceed the amount of the lowest responsible bid received by the school board for transportation of the district's pupils to and from school, the school board shall publicly announce at a regularly scheduled meeting of the board held within 30 days after making its election to continue providing pupil transportation under its present system (i) the fully allocated costs of providing transportation of the district's pupils to and from school under its present system, and (ii) the amount of each of the sealed bids submitted to the school board, identifying which of the sealed bid amounts was the lowest responsible bid.
    As used in this Section the term "fully allocated costs" includes both the fixed and variable direct costs of the labor, capital, and material resources that are used by the school district exclusively for purposes of providing transportation of the district's pupils to and from school plus that portion of the district's shared costs as is fairly allocable to the products, services, and facilities necessary to provide transportation of the district's pupils to and from school. Direct costs of labor, capital, and material resources used exclusively to provide pupil transportation include the wages, payroll costs, and associated fringe benefits of school bus drivers, mechanics, and any supervisory or administrative personnel whose services relate exclusively to pupil transportation personnel or services, fuel, lubricants, tires, tubes, related material costs incurred in providing pupil transportation, depreciation costs associated with school buses and other vehicles, including spare vehicles, used to provide pupil transportation, and costs of facilities and equipment maintained exclusively to service, garage, or park vehicles used for pupil transportation purposes. "Shared costs" means the aggregate cost of the labor, capital, and material resources that are used in common by the district for a multiplicity of purposes, including the purpose of providing transportation of the district's pupils to and from school. The costs of the management, administration, and underlying infrastructure that support a multiplicity of services provided by the school district (including pupil transportation services) constitute shared costs within the meaning of this Section, and to the extent they are fairly allocable to pupil transportation services they are included within the term fully allocated costs as used in this Section. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules setting forth the manner in which a district's fully allocated costs of providing transportation of its pupils to and from school under a non-contractual system shall be determined and computed for purposes of this Section. However, those rules shall be consistent with the provisions of this paragraph and shall follow recognized principles of fully allocated costing analysis in the transit industry, including generally accepted methods of identifying and estimating the principal cost elements of maintaining and operating a pupil transportation system.
(Source: P.A. 93-953, eff. 1-1-05.)

105 ILCS 5/29-9

    (105 ILCS 5/29-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-9)
    Sec. 29-9. Liability insurance.
    Any school district, including any non-high school district, which provides transportation for pupils shall insure against any loss or liability of such district, its agents or employees, resulting from or incident to the ownership, maintenance or use of any school bus. Such insurance shall be carried only in companies duly licensed and authorized to write such coverage in this State and in compliance with the provisions of Section 12-707 of "The Illinois Vehicle Code", approved September 29, 1969, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 78-310.)

105 ILCS 5/29-15

    (105 ILCS 5/29-15) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-15)
    Sec. 29-15. Subject to the provisions of Section 10-22.8 of this Act, school districts, which own buses or other vehicular equipment for the transportation of pupils to or from school within such district, may sell or lease such buses or equipment to a Mass Transit District organized under the Local Mass Transit District Act or to an Urban Transportation District organized under the Urban Transportation District Act. Such districts may contract with a Mass Transit District or an Urban Transportation District for the transportation of pupils to and from the schools of such districts at a consideration to be determined by negotiation between the parties. Such contracts shall otherwise be subject to the provisions of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 77-1492.)

105 ILCS 5/29-16

    (105 ILCS 5/29-16) (from Ch. 122, par. 29-16)
    Sec. 29-16. The school board of any school district which owns buses or other vehicular equipment for the transportation of pupils may rent such buses or equipment to the county board of any county in which it is situated to provide public transportation services pursuant to the "Downstate Public Transportation Act". The school board may rent such buses and equipment to the county board only for use during times when such buses or equipment are not needed for transporting pupils of the school district. A school board renting school buses or other vehicular equipment under this Section shall make a charge for furnishing such buses or other vehicular equipment in an amount not less than the cost thereof, including a reasonable allowance for the depreciation of each vehicle used.
    This amendatory Act is not a limitation upon the contractual and associational powers granted by Section 10 of Article VII of the Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 78-1109.)

105 ILCS 5/29-17

    (105 ILCS 5/29-17)
    Sec. 29-17. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1010. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07; 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)

105 ILCS 5/29-18

    (105 ILCS 5/29-18)
    Sec. 29-18. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-756, eff. 8-14-98. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/29-20

    (105 ILCS 5/29-20)
    Sec. 29-20. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-907, eff. 8-15-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-16.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 30

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 30 heading)
ARTICLE 30. SCHOLARSHIPS

105 ILCS 5/30-1

    (105 ILCS 5/30-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-1)
    Sec. 30-1. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-2

    (105 ILCS 5/30-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-2)
    Sec. 30-2. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-3

    (105 ILCS 5/30-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-3)
    Sec. 30-3. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-4a

    (105 ILCS 5/30-4a) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-4a)
    Sec. 30-4a. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-4b

    (105 ILCS 5/30-4b) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-4b)
    Sec. 30-4b. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-4c

    (105 ILCS 5/30-4c) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-4c)
    Sec. 30-4c. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-4d

    (105 ILCS 5/30-4d) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-4d)
    Sec. 30-4d. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-4e

    (105 ILCS 5/30-4e) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-4e)
    Sec. 30-4e. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-6

    (105 ILCS 5/30-6)
    Sec. 30-6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 77-1311. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/30-9

    (105 ILCS 5/30-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-9)
    Sec. 30-9. General Assembly scholarship; conditions of admission; award by competitive examination.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-10

    (105 ILCS 5/30-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-10)
    Sec. 30-10. Filing nominations-Failure to accept or pass-Second nomination.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-11

    (105 ILCS 5/30-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-11)
    Sec. 30-11. Failure to use scholarship - Further nominations.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-12

    (105 ILCS 5/30-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-12)
    Sec. 30-12. Failure to begin or discontinuance of course because of military service.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-12.5

    (105 ILCS 5/30-12.5)
    Sec. 30-12.5. Waiver of confidentiality.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-13

    (105 ILCS 5/30-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-13)
    Sec. 30-13. Use of scholarship at public university.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-13.5

    (105 ILCS 5/30-13.5)
    Sec. 30-13.5. General Assembly scholarship program abolished. Before September 1, 2012, each member of the General Assembly may nominate persons to receive a scholarship or certificate of scholarship under Sections 30-9, 30-10, 30-11, 30-12, 30-12.5, and 30-13 of this Code as they existed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly. A person nominated to receive or awarded such a scholarship or certificate before September 1, 2012 is entitled to the scholarship under the terms of Sections 30-9, 30-10, 30-11, 30-12, 30-12.5, and 30-13 of this Code as they existed before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly and Section 30-14 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-772, eff. 7-11-12.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14)
    Sec. 30-14. Leaves of absence to holders of scholarships.
    Any student enrolled in a university to which he is holding a scholarship issued under this Article who satisfies the president of the university or someone designated by him, that he requires leave of absence for the purpose of earning funds to defray his expenses while in attendance or on account of illness or military service may be granted such leave and allowed a period of not to exceed 6 years in which to complete his course at the university. The university shall notify the county superintendent of the county from which the scholarship was issued of the granting of the leave. Time spent in the armed forces shall not be part of the 6 years.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.1

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.1)
    Sec. 30-14.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 77-1311. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.2

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.2)
    Sec. 30-14.2. MIA/POW scholarships.
    (a) Any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or step-child of an eligible veteran or serviceperson who possesses all necessary entrance requirements shall, upon application and proper proof, be awarded a MIA/POW Scholarship consisting of the equivalent of 4 calendar years of full-time enrollment including summer terms, to the state supported Illinois institution of higher learning of his choice, subject to the restrictions listed below.
    "Eligible veteran or serviceperson" means any veteran or serviceperson, including an Illinois National Guard member who is on active duty or is active on a training assignment, who has been declared by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war, be missing in action, have died as the result of a service-connected disability or have become a person with a permanent disability from service-connected causes with 100% disability and who (i) at the time of entering service was an Illinois resident, (ii) was an Illinois resident within 6 months after entering such service, or (iii) is a resident of Illinois at the time of application for the Scholarship and, at some point after leaving such service, was a resident of Illinois for at least 15 consecutive years.
    Full-time enrollment means 12 or more semester hours of courses per semester, or 12 or more quarter hours of courses per quarter, or the equivalent thereof per term. Scholarships utilized by dependents enrolled in less than full-time study shall be computed in the proportion which the number of hours so carried bears to full-time enrollment.
    Scholarships awarded under this Section may be used by a spouse or child without regard to his or her age. The holder of a Scholarship awarded under this Section shall be subject to all examinations and academic standards, including the maintenance of minimum grade levels, that are applicable generally to other enrolled students at the Illinois institution of higher learning where the Scholarship is being used. If the surviving spouse remarries or if there is a divorce between the veteran or serviceperson and his or her spouse while the dependent is pursuing his or her course of study, Scholarship benefits will be terminated at the end of the term for which he or she is presently enrolled. Such dependents shall also be entitled, upon proper proof and application, to enroll in any extension course offered by a State supported Illinois institution of higher learning without payment of tuition and approved fees.
    The holder of a MIA/POW Scholarship authorized under this Section shall not be required to pay any matriculation or application fees, tuition, activities fees, graduation fees or other fees, except multipurpose building fees or similar fees for supplies and materials.
    Any dependent who has been or shall be awarded a MIA/POW Scholarship shall be reimbursed by the appropriate institution of higher learning for any fees which he or she has paid and for which exemption is granted under this Section if application for reimbursement is made within 2 months following the end of the school term for which the fees were paid.
    (b) In lieu of the benefit provided in subsection (a), any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or step-child of an eligible veteran or serviceperson, which spouse or child has a physical, mental or developmental disability, shall be entitled to receive, upon application and proper proof, a benefit to be used for the purpose of defraying the cost of the attendance or treatment of such spouse or child at one or more appropriate therapeutic, rehabilitative or educational facilities. The application and proof may be made by the parent or legal guardian of the spouse or child on his or her behalf.
    The total benefit provided to any beneficiary under this subsection shall not exceed the cost equivalent of 4 calendar years of full-time enrollment, including summer terms, at the University of Illinois. Whenever practicable in the opinion of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, payment of benefits under this subsection shall be made directly to the facility, the cost of attendance or treatment at which is being defrayed, as such costs accrue.
    (c) The benefits of this Section shall be administered by and paid for out of funds made available to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. The amounts that become due to any state supported Illinois institution of higher learning shall be payable by the Comptroller to such institution on vouchers approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. The amounts that become due under subsection (b) of this Section shall be payable by warrant upon vouchers issued by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and approved by the Comptroller. The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs shall determine the eligibility of the persons who make application for the benefits provided for in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 101-334, eff. 8-9-19.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.3

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.3)
    Sec. 30-14.3. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.5

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.5)
    Sec. 30-14.5. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.6

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.6)
    Sec. 30-14.6. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.7

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.7) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.7)
    Sec. 30-14.7. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)

105 ILCS 5/30-14.8

    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.8)
    Sec. 30-14.8. Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that the Christa McAuliffe federal fellowship is an award expressly and exclusively for the benefit of one or more elementary or secondary teachers, provides funding for a sabbatical for the recipient of the fellowship, has no express relationship to post-secondary educational benefits under State and federal grant and loan programs administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (hereinafter in this Section sometimes referred to as the "Commission"), and therefore is a program that from and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 should be administered in this State by the State Board of Education.
    (b) There is hereby transferred to the State Board of Education from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission all authority and responsibility exercised by the Commission before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 with respect to the administration within this State of the Christa McAuliffe federal fellowship program. From and after the effective date of this amendatory Act, the State Board of Education shall administer on behalf of the State of Illinois and in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations the conduct and operation of the Christa McAuliffe federal fellowship program within this State.
    (c) The Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall transfer to the State Board of Education, as successor to the Commission for all purposes of administering the Christa McAuliffe federal fellowship program, all books, accounts, records, papers, documents, contracts, agreements, and pending business in the possession or under the control of the Commission and relating to its administration of the Christa McAuliffe fellowship program in this State. All pending applications made before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 for scholarship awards under the Christa McAuliffe fellowship program and all scholarships awarded under that program before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 shall be unaffected by the transfer to the State Board of Education of all responsibilities and authority formerly exercised by the Commission with respect to that program. The Commission shall furnish to the State Board of Education such other information as the State Board of Education may request to assist it in administering this Section.
(Source: P.A. 89-106, eff. 7-7-95.)

105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 30-15

 
    (105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 30-15 heading)
HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ASSISTANCE LAW

105 ILCS 5/30-15.25

    (105 ILCS 5/30-15.25) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-15.25)
    Sec. 30-15.25. (a) As used in this Section, the term "public institution of higher education" includes: the University of Illinois; Southern Illinois University; Chicago State University; Eastern Illinois University; Governors State University; Illinois State University; Northeastern Illinois University; Northern Illinois University; Western Illinois University; the public community colleges of the State; and any other public universities, colleges and community colleges now or hereafter established or authorized by the General Assembly. The term "nonpublic institution of higher education" includes any educational organization in this State, other than a public institution of higher education, which provides a minimum of an organized 2 year program at the private junior college level or higher and which operates not-for-profit and in conformity with standards substantially equivalent to those of public institutions of higher education.
    (b) Each public institution of higher education shall disclose the terms, restrictions and requirements attached to or made a part of any endowment, gift, grant, contract award or property of any kind or value in excess of $100,000 made to such institution, or to any school, college, division, branch or other organizational entity within or forming a part of such institution, by a foreign government or an individual who is neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, in any calendar or fiscal year. If the foreign government or individual donates more than one gift in any calendar or fiscal year, and the total value of those gifts exceeds $100,000, such institution shall report all the gifts received. This subsection shall not apply to funds that public institutions of higher education receive from grants and contracts through either the federal government or the State of Illinois.
    (c) The provisions of this subsection apply to each nonpublic institution of higher education: (i) which receives any grant or award under the Illinois Financial Assistance Act for Nonpublic Institutions of Higher Learning or under the Higher Education Cooperation Act, or (ii) which is a participant in a program of interinstitutional cooperation administered by a not-for-profit organization that is organized to administer such program under the Higher Education Cooperation Act and that receives any grant under and in furtherance of the purposes of that Act, or (iii) which receives any grant or distribution of grant moneys appropriated from the State Treasury or any fund therein to such institution or to the Board of Higher Education for distribution to nonpublic institutions of higher education for purposes of Section 4 of the Build Illinois Bond Act or for any other purpose authorized by law. Each nonpublic institution of higher education to which the provisions of this subsection apply shall disclose the terms, restrictions and requirements attached to or made a part of any endowment, gift, grant, contract award or property of any kind or value in excess of $250,000 made to such institution, or to any school, college, division, branch or other organizational entity within or forming a part of such institution, by a foreign government or an individual who is neither a citizen nor a resident of the United States, in any calendar or fiscal year. If the foreign government or individual donates more than one gift in any calendar or fiscal year, and the total value of those gifts exceeds $250,000, such institution shall report all the gifts received.
    (d) Such information shall be forwarded to the Attorney General no later than 30 days after the final day of each calendar or fiscal year of such institution, whichever type of year is used by the institution in accounting for the gifts received for the purposes of this Section. The information shall include:
        (1) the name of the foreign government in the case of
    
a gift by a government, or the name of the foreign country of which an individual donor is a citizen, in the case of a gift by an individual;
        (2) the amount and the date of the contribution or
    
contributions;
        (3) when the gift is conditional, matching or
    
designated for a particular purpose, full details of the conditions, matching provisions or designation; and
        (4) the purpose or purposes for which the
    
contribution will be used.
    Such information shall be a matter of public record.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.1

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.1)
    Sec. 30-16.1. Purpose. The General Assembly has found and hereby declares that it is essential for the national defense and for the defense of the State of Illinois that among those residents of this State receiving higher education, provisions should be made for Reserve Officer's Training Corps training, in order to provide officers for the several Armed Forces of the United States of America and to that end, that scholarships should be furnished to eligible residents, in order to encourage their participation in the Reserve Officer's Training Corps programs.
(Source: P.A. 79-768.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.2

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.2)
    Sec. 30-16.2. Eligible recipients. Those residents of the State of Illinois whose scholastic standing will enable them to enroll in the Reserve Officer's Training Corps programs of the several Armed Forces available at universities supported by the State of Illinois, are considered as eligible recipients for scholarships set forth in Section 30-16.3.
(Source: P.A. 79-768.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.3

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.3)
    Sec. 30-16.3. Availability of Scholarships. Scholarships shall be awarded on the following basis:
    (a) One scholastic scholarship to an eligible recipient from each private junior college and public community college which has a total enrollment of less than 500 students.
    (b) Two scholarships to eligible recipients from each private junior college and public community college which has an enrollment of 500 or more, but less than 1,000, students.
    (c) Three scholarships to eligible recipients from private junior colleges and public community colleges having an enrollment of 1,000, or more, students.
    (d) The equivalent of 10 scholarships per class, per branch of service, each academic year, to eligible recipients.
(Source: P.A. 91-503, eff. 8-13-99.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.4

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.4)
    Sec. 30-16.4. Privileges Conferred. The scholarships issued under Sections 30-16.1 through 30-16.6, inclusive, of this Article, may be used at those State supported universities where there are provided Reserve Officer's Training Corps programs of the several Armed Services over a period during which the eligible recipient is eligible for enrollment in the program. The scholarships exempt the holder from the payment of tuition, or any matriculation, graduation, activity, term or incidental fee, except any portion of a multi-purpose fee which is used for a purpose for which exemption is not granted under this Section. Exemption may not be granted for any other fees including book rental, service, laboratory, supply, Union Building, hospital and medical insurance fees and any fees established for the operation and maintenance of buildings, the income of which is pledged to the payment of interest and principal, or bonds issued by the governing board of the universities.
    Any student who has been or is awarded a scholarship shall be reimbursed by the appropriate university for any fees which he has paid and for which exemption is granted under this Section, if application for such reimbursement is made within 2 months following the school term for which the fees were paid.
    The holder of a scholarship is subject to all examinations, rules and requirements of the university in which he is enrolled, except as herein directed.
    The provisions of Sections 30-16.1 through 30-16.6 of this Act do not prohibit the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, and the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University from granting other scholarships.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.5

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.5)
    Sec. 30-16.5. Leaves of absence to holders of scholarships. Any student enrolled in a university to which he is requesting a scholarship issued under the provisions of Section 30-16.3 of this Act who satisfies the President of the University, or someone designated by him, that he requires leave of absence while in attendance, or on account of illness, or military service, may be granted such leave and allowed a period of not to exceed 6 years, in which to complete his course at the university. Time spent in the armed services is not a part of the 6 years.
(Source: P.A. 79-768.)

105 ILCS 5/30-16.6

    (105 ILCS 5/30-16.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-16.6)
    Sec. 30-16.6. Registration of eligible recipients; examination. The president or chairman of the board of each private junior college or public community college, and the President of each University in which a Reserve Officer's Training Corps program is available, or some individual or committee designated by such person, shall receive and register the names of all eligible recipients applying for the scholarships set forth in Section 30-16.3. Applicants shall take an examination each year according to the rules prescribed jointly by the President of the University of Illinois, the President of Southern Illinois University, the President of Chicago State University, the President of Eastern Illinois University, the President of Governors State University, the President of Illinois State University, the President of Northeastern Illinois University, the President of Northern Illinois University, and the President of Western Illinois University. The scholarships shall be awarded on a merit basis to those eligible recipients receiving the highest grades with evidence of leadership ability, and the number of scholarships to be awarded in any institution shall be as set forth in Section 30-16.3.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

105 ILCS 5/30-17

    (105 ILCS 5/30-17) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-17)
    Sec. 30-17. Revocation of Scholarship Because of Misconduct. If the holder of any scholarship funded in whole or in part by this State, whether granted by the State Scholarship Commission, granted pursuant to any of Sections 30-1 through 30-16.6 or otherwise granted by any State supported college or university and whether used at a State-supported institution of higher learning or at a private institution, participates in any disorderly disturbance or course of conduct directed against the administration or policies of such an institution using means which are not protected by the constitution of this State or of the United States, his scholarship is thereupon revoked and no further payments under that scholarship may be made to him or on his behalf, notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary.
    The initial determination as to whether the means employed in a course of conduct are not protected by the Constitution of this State or of the United States shall be made by the chief executive officer of the institution at which the scholarship recipient is enrolled. No revocation shall take place until the recipient of the scholarship to be revoked is afforded the opportunity to present evidence against revocation to the chief executive officer or his representatives, either in person, in writing, or by counsel of his choice.
(Source: P.A. 76-1580.)

105 ILCS 5/30-17.1

    (105 ILCS 5/30-17.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 30-17.1)
    Sec. 30-17.1. Scholarships-Draft Registration. Each applicant for any student financial aid funded in whole or in part by this State, whether granted by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, granted pursuant to any of Sections 30-1 through 30-16.6 or otherwise granted by any State supported college or university, and whether to be used at a State supported institution of higher learning or at a private institution, shall submit to the institution he or she is attending Selective Service registration compliance documentation as required by Part 668 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. If an applicant for or holder of any such student financial aid fails to submit documentation in the manner and within the time allowed, any pending application of such person for the award, grant, or renewal of any such student financial aid shall be denied, and any such student financial aid currently held by such person shall be revoked to the extent that no further payments under that student financial aid may be made. Procedures for notification and administrative review shall be consistent with Part 668 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(Source: P.A. 86-169.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 31

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 31 heading)
ARTICLE 31. FRATERNITIES--SORORITIES

105 ILCS 5/31-1

    (105 ILCS 5/31-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 31-1)
    Sec. 31-1. Definition.
    A public school fraternity, sorority or secret society, in this Article means any organization, composed wholly or in part of public school pupils, which seeks to perpetuate itself by taking in additional members from the pupils enrolled in such school on the basis of the decision of its membership rather than upon the free choice of any pupil in the school who is qualified by the rules of the school to fill the special aims of the organization.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/31-2

    (105 ILCS 5/31-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 31-2)
    Sec. 31-2. Inimical to public good.
    Any public school fraternity, sorority or secret society is inimical to the public good.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/31-3

    (105 ILCS 5/31-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 31-3)
    Sec. 31-3. Suspension or expulsion of members, pledges and solicitors.
    The governing body of any public school shall suspend or expel any pupil who is a member of or joins or promises to join, or who becomes pledged to become a member of, or who solicits any other person to join, promise to join or be pledged to become a member of any public school fraternity, sorority or secret society.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/31-4

    (105 ILCS 5/31-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 31-4)
    Sec. 31-4. Solicitation unlawful-Penalty.
    It is unlawful for any person not enrolled in any public school of this State to solicit any pupil enrolled therein to join or pledge himself or herself to become a member of any public school fraternity, sorority or secret society or to solicit any such pupil to attend a meeting thereof or any meeting where the joining of any such fraternity, sorority or secret society is encouraged. Whoever violates this section shall be guilty of a petty offense and fined not less than $25 nor more than $100.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/31-5

    (105 ILCS 5/31-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 31-5)
    Sec. 31-5. Not applicable to universities.
    The provisions of this Article do not apply to fraternities, sororities or secret societies in any State University nor to students thereof in their relations to such organizations in these institutions.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 32

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 32 heading)
ARTICLE 32. SPECIAL CHARTER DISTRICTS

105 ILCS 5/32-1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1)
    Sec. 32-1. May vote to organize under general law.
    (a) Any special charter district may, by vote of its electors, cease to control its school under the Act under which it was organized, and become part of the school township or townships in which it is situated. Upon petition of 50 voters of the district, presented to the board having the control and management of the schools, the board shall order submitted to the voters at an election to be held in the district, in accordance with the general election law, the question of "organizing under the general school law". The secretary of the board shall make certification to the proper election authority in accordance with the general election law. If, however, a majority of the votes cast at any such election in any school district subject to Sections 32-3 through 32-4.11 is against organizing the district under the general school law, the question may not again be submitted in the district for 22 months thereafter, and then only upon petition signed by at least 2% of the voters of the school district. Notice shall be given in accordance with the general election law, which notice shall be in the following form:
NOTICE OF REFERENDUM
    Notice is hereby given that on (insert date), a referendum will be held at.... for the purpose of deciding the question of organizing under the general school law. The polls will be opened at .... o'clock ..m and closed at .... o'clock ..m.
Signed .....

    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of organizing under the general school law, then the board having the control and management of schools in the district, shall declare the proposition carried.
    When such a proposition is declared to have so carried, the board of education shall continue to exercise its powers and duties under the general school law. Each member of the board of education selected under the provisions of the special charter shall continue in office until his term has expired. Before the term of each of these members expires, the board shall give notice of an election to be held on the date of the next regular school election, in accordance with the general election law to fill the vacancy which is created. Nomination papers filed under this Section are not valid unless the candidate named therein files with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located a receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Such receipt shall be so filed either previously during the calendar year in which his nomination papers were filed or within the period for the filing of nomination papers in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, any special charter district whose board is appointed by the mayor or other corporate authority of that municipality may, by resolution adopted by the corporate authorities of that municipality cease to control its school under the Act under which it was organized, become a part of the school township or townships in which it is situated and become organized under the general school law. If such a resolution is adopted, the board of education shall continue to exercise its powers and duties under the general school law. Each member of the board of education selected under the provisions of the special charter shall continue in office until his term has expired. Before the term of each of these members expires, the board shall give notice of an election to be held on the date of the next regular school election, in accordance with the general election law to fill the vacancy which is created.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.1)
    Sec. 32-1.1. Election and powers of board - No provision in special act. In all special charter districts maintaining schools under any general school laws, where there is no provision in the special Acts creating such districts for the election of boards of education as otherwise provided, there shall be elected, in lieu of the school directors as now provided, a board of education, to consist of 7 members to be elected at the time and in the manner as provided by the general election law for the election and qualification of boards of education in other cases. In any district having a population of more than 100,000 but less than 2,000,000 such board may be increased in size to 11 members upon adoption by a majority of electors residing in the district and voting on the question in a referendum as provided in this Section. Such question shall be submitted to the electors at an election upon a resolution adopted by the Board. Members shall be elected biennially in the school district, whose term of office shall be 4 years, and there shall also be elected in each odd-numbered year a president of the board. Following the first such election, those members elected, other than the president, shall, by lot, determine 3 to serve 2 years and 3 to serve 4 years; thereafter, all terms shall be 4 years. In other cases, however, if 4 members, other than the president, are elected in 1983, then those elected shall, by lot, determine one to serve for 2 years and 3 to serve 4 years; thereafter all terms shall be 4 years. In neither case shall such determinations affect the biennial selection of the president. At the first regular school election after the adoption by the district electors of a question as provided in this Section increasing the size of the board in those districts entitled to exercise an option for and elect an 11 member board, 4 additional members shall be elected and shall determine by lot 2 to serve for 2 years and 2 for 4 years. Their successors shall serve for a 4 year term. In case of an 11 member board already in existence, if 7 members, other than the president, are elected in 1983 then those members elected shall, by lot determine one to serve 2 years and 6 to serve 4 years. Terms thereafter shall be 4 years. The board of education shall have all the powers and duties of trustees of schools in school townships and the powers and duties of boards of education in districts having a population of not fewer than 1,000 and not more than 500,000 as provided by this Act.
    The day upon which the election provided for in this section is to be held is subject to the provisions of the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-225.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.2)
    Sec. 32-1.2. Powers of election boards.
    A school board of any special charter district that is elected by the voters shall have the powers and duties of school trustees.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.3)
    Sec. 32-1.3. Determination to elect-Election-Powers. Any special charter district having a population of not less than 1,000 and not over 20,000, may, by vote of its electors, determine to elect, instead of the directors or other governing or managing board now provided for by the special Act under which it was organized, a board of education which shall be elected at the time and in the manner and have the powers conferred upon boards of education of districts under this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.4

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.4)
    Sec. 32-1.4. Petition - referendum - election of board. Upon petition of 50 voters of any district as defined in Section 32-1.3 presented to the board having the control and management of schools, the board shall, at the next regularly scheduled election held in such district cause to be submitted to the voters thereof, in accordance with the general election law, the proposition of "electing a board of education having the powers conferred upon such boards in districts organized under The School Code". The board shall publish notice of such election, in the manner provided by the general election law, which notice may be in the following form:
    Public notice is hereby given that on (insert date), a referendum will be held at ...., between the hours of ... ..m. and ... ..m. of said day for the purpose of deciding the question of "electing a board of education having the powers conferred upon such boards in districts organized under the School Code".
    If a majority of the votes cast is in favor of the proposition, then at the time of the next regular election for boards of education, there shall be elected a board of education for the district.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.5)
    Sec. 32-1.5. Election of board of education. Any special charter district may, by vote of its electors, determine to elect, instead of the managing board provided for by its special charter, a board of education which shall be elected at the time and in the manner as boards of education under Article 10 of this Act; but such determination shall not affect any other powers or duties conferred or imposed by the special charter.
    Upon petition of 10% or 200 of the voters, whichever is less, of any such district requesting a referendum therefor, presented to the managing board thereof, the board shall, or upon its own initiative if no such petition has been presented the board may order submitted to the voters at the next regular election, in accordance with the general election law, a proposition to elect a board of education of 3 or 5 or 7 members, as the case may be. The proposition shall be substantially as follows:
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    Shall school district.... be governed
 by a board of education of.... members           YES
 to be elected at the time and in the manner  ----------------
 as boards of education under Article 10          NO
 of the School Code?
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    If more than one proposition is properly presented to the board, the one first presented shall be submitted to the electors.
    If such proposition receives a majority of all valid votes cast thereon, the change in membership shall be effectuated at the next succeeding regular school election. In the conduct of such election, the managing board shall take such measures as may be necessary to arrange for the election of a board of 3, 5, or 7 members, as the case may be. The new board shall be organized as provided in Article 10 of this Act, except that, if only 5 members are to be elected, 2 (instead of 3) shall be selected by lot for a 2 year term, and if only 3 members are to be elected, then one shall be selected by lot for a 2 year term. In case of a 5 member board already established, if 4 are elected in 1983, then those elected shall by lot determine 2 to serve 2 years and 2 to serve 4 years. All successors, except to fill vacancies, shall be elected for terms of 4 years. In the case of a 5 member board already established, on which the members serve 5 year terms, the member elected in 1981 shall serve a 6 year term. The 2 members elected in 1983 shall serve 6 year terms. The 2 members elected in 1985 shall also serve 6 year terms. All successors, except to fill vacancies, shall be elected for terms of 6 years. As soon as the first new board is organized, the terms of all members of the predecessor board shall terminate.
    In any such school district which determines to elect a new board of education as hereinabove authorized, the number of members on the board may thereafter be changed by following the procedure hereinabove set forth.
    At least 22 months must elapse after the date of an election under this section before any of the above propositions may be again submitted to the electors.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/32-1.6

    (105 ILCS 5/32-1.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-1.6)
    Sec. 32-1.6. School board districts.
    Section 9-22 applies to all special charter districts as well as those organized under the general school law.
(Source: P.A. 78-536.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.1)
    Sec. 32-2.1. Boards to which preceding section applicable. The provisions of Section 32-2 shall apply to the board of school inspectors of the City of Peoria and to all other boards of directors, boards of education, and boards of school inspectors existing under any special school charter heretofore granted by the State.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.5)
    Sec. 32-2.5. Election of board of education in lieu of appointive board. In all special charter districts having a population of over 35,000 by the last federal census, where the board of directors or board of education is elected or appointed by the city council of the city, of which school district such city may form the whole or a part, and where there are no provisions in the special charter creating such school district for the election of a board of directors or board of education, there shall be elected in lieu of the present governing body a board of education to consist of 7 members. Nomination of a candidate for member of the board of education shall be made by petitions signed in the aggregate by not less than 200 qualified voters residing in the school district, and also by filing with the petitions a statement of candidacy as provided in the general election law, which petitions and statements of candidacy shall be filed in the office of the board of education in accordance with the general election law.
    Nomination papers filed under this Section are not valid unless the candidate named therein files with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located a receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. Such receipt shall be so filed either previously during the calendar year in which his nomination papers were filed or within the period for the filing of nomination papers in accordance with the general election law.
    The county clerk or the county board of election commissioners shall make certification to the proper election authority in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.6

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.6)
    Sec. 32-2.6. Election - vacancies - names on ballots. All elections in school districts described in Section 32-2.5 shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the general election law. If any member of the board of education is disqualified to hold office, the board of education may, by resolution, declare the office vacant, and provide for an appointment to fill the vacancy until the next election for members of the board of education. The nomination and election of a candidate thereupon to fill the vacancy shall be made in the same manner as the nomination of a candidate for a regular term, as hereinbefore provided, except that there shall be printed on the ballot that the election is for a certain number of persons for a certain number of years to fill a vacancy. The names of all candidates for member of such board of education shall be printed on the ballot in alphabetical order according to their surnames.
(Source: P.A. 80-1469.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.10

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.10) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.10)
    Sec. 32-2.10. Application of law. In all special charter districts of this State having a population of not more than 50,000 lying wholly or in part within any city, village, or incorporated town, the school directors or members of the board of education, as provided in the special charter, shall be elected at elections held as provided by the general election law, and all propositions pertaining to said school districts required to be submitted to the voters thereof shall be voted upon at elections held as provided in the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.11

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.11) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.11)
    Sec. 32-2.11. Election of board members. In every city whose schools have been operating under special Acts and are governed by a board of school inspectors where such city, together with territory added thereto for school purposes, includes 2 districts for the purpose of electing 6 inspectors (3 in each district) and 1 district for all other school purposes, there shall continue to be elected a board of school inspectors, consisting of 6 members (3 in each district) and 1 inspector at large who shall be chosen for a term of 4 years. If 4 inspectors, excluding the inspector at large, are elected in 1983, those selected shall by lot determine one inspector to serve for 2 years and 3 for 4 years. Thereafter all terms shall be for 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.12

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.12) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.12)
    Sec. 32-2.12. Time for election of board members. In all special charter districts, the regular election of members of such boards shall hereafter be held on the date set for school elections as provided in the general election law in odd numbered years.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/32-2.13

    (105 ILCS 5/32-2.13) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-2.13)
    Sec. 32-2.13. No annexation accomplished pursuant to Section 7-2.1 shall affect the method of selection of the board of the special charter district as otherwise provided by law excepting in those instances where the special charter has an appointive school board appointed solely within the boundaries of a municipality within such special charter school district; in those instances where there are voters living within the school district, but outside the municipality, the county superintendent of schools having supervision over the greatest portion of the territory of the special charter district shall appoint one additional member to the board of education of the special charter district effective with the date and for the term for which other appointments to the special charter board are effective; provided, further, that during any period the number of voters living within such school district but outside the municipality exceeds a quotient determined by dividing the total number of voters living in the municipality by the number of school board members appointed within said municipality, the county superintendent shall appoint one additional school board member for each time such quotient is equaled.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

105 ILCS 5/32-3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-3)
    Sec. 32-3. Law governing appointment. Where, by the provisions of any general or special law, the members of the city council of any city have been made ex-officio school directors or members of the board of education for the school district of which the city constitutes the whole or a part, the school directors or members of the board of education shall be appointed as provided in Section 32-3.1.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-3.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-3.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-3.1)
    Sec. 32-3.1. Nomination by mayor-President of board. The mayor of any city described in Section 32-3, at the first regular meeting of the city council, after each annual municipal election and after his installation into office, shall nominate and place before the council for confirmation as school directors or members of the board of education, as the case may be, 1 person from each ward of the city to serve for 2 years and 1 person from the city at large to serve for 1 year. If the persons so appointed are confirmed by a majority vote of the city council, to be entered of record, such persons shall constitute the board of education or school directors for the district. The person appointed from the city at large for 1 year shall be president of the board of education or school directors but shall have no vote except in case of a tie.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-3.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-3.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-3.2)
    Sec. 32-3.2. City of 45,000-Number of members-Nomination-Vacancy. In any city, however, having a population of 45,000 or more, constituting a school district to which Sections 32-3 to 32-4.11, inclusive, are applicable, the board of education shall consist of 11 persons who shall be nominated by the mayor from the city at large and confirmed by a majority vote of the city council, 1 of which persons shall be designated by the mayor as the president of the board of education. The president shall have no vote except in case of a tie. 5 Members of the board of education and such person as may be designated as the president thereof shall be nominated by the mayor and placed before the city council for confirmation at the first regular meeting of the city council after the mayor's installation into office, and upon confirmation by the council shall hold their offices for 2 years and until their successor shall be chosen as herein provided. The remaining 5 members of the board of education shall be nominated by the mayor and placed before the city council for confirmation at the first regular meeting of the city council next after 1 year from the date of the mayor's installation into office, and upon confirmation by the council shall hold their offices for 2 years and until their successors shall be chosen as herein provided. If a vacancy occurs in the board of education, the mayor shall nominate and place before the city council for confirmation at a regular meeting thereof some person to fill the vacancy, and upon confirmation by the city council, the person so nominated shall hold the office during the remainder of the term for which his predecessor was appointed.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-3.3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-3.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-3.3)
    Sec. 32-3.3. Organization and powers of board. The board members appointed under Section 32-3.1 to 32-3.2 shall, as soon as practicable after their appointment, organize by electing 1 of their number secretary, who shall hold his office for 1 year.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-3.5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-3.5)
    Sec. 32-3.5. Student board member. The governing board of a special charter district may appoint a student to the board to serve in an advisory capacity. The student member shall serve for a term as determined by the board. The board may not grant the student member any voting privileges, but shall consider the student member as an advisor. The student member may not participate in or attend any executive session of the board.
(Source: P.A. 94-231, eff. 7-14-05.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4)
    Sec. 32-4. Powers of board.
    The board of inspectors referred to in Section 32-2.11 may, in addition to the powers conferred upon it by special law and the applicable provisions of this Act, employ teachers, janitors and such other employees as it deems necessary and fix the amount of their compensation; buy or lease sites for schoolhouses, with the necessary grounds; build, erect, lease or purchase buildings suitable for school purposes; repair and improve buildings and furnish them with the necessary supplies, fixtures, apparatus, libraries and fuel; and may lease school property, when not needed for school purposes, for a term of not longer than 99 years from the date of the granting of the lease. All such leases shall provide for revaluation privileges at least once in every 20 years.
    In case the school board and the lessee cannot agree on revaluation and a new rent, the same shall be determined in the following manner: 3 arbitrators shall be appointed, 1 by the school board, 1 by the lessee, and 1 by the arbitrators appointed by the school board and the lessee. The 3 arbitrators, or a majority of them, shall fix and determine the revaluation and the new rent and their decision or a decision of a majority of them shall be final.
    When, in the opinion of the school board, a school site, building, or site with building thereon, or any other real estate of the district, has become unnecessary or unsuitable or inconvenient for a school, or unnecessary for the uses of the district and the school board decides to sell the same, unless the property is to be sold to a tenant that has leased the property for 10 or more years and that tenant is a non-profit agency, the school board shall give notice of the sale stating the time and place the sale is to be held, the terms of the sale and a description of the property to be sold. The notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, or if none, in the county in which the district is situated, such notice to be published once each week for 3 successive weeks, and the first publication to be at least 30 days prior to the day the sale is to be held. Unless the school board holds legal title to the property, the school board shall notify the trustees of schools of the terms upon which the school board desires the property to be conveyed. The school board or trustees of schools holding legal title to the property shall convey the property in accordance with the terms fixed by the school board. The deed of conveyance shall be executed by the president and secretary or clerk of the school board or trustees of the school holding legal title to the property and the proceeds if any shall be paid to the school treasurer for the benefit of the district.
    In the case of a sale of property to a tenant that has leased the property for 10 or more years and that is a non-profit agency, an appraisal is required prior to the sale. If the non-profit agency purchases the property for less than the appraised value and subsequently sells the property, the agency may retain only a percentage of the profits that is proportional to the percentage of the appraisal, plus any improvements made by the agency while the agency was the owner, that the agency paid in the initial sale. The remaining portion of the profits made by the non-profit agency shall revert to the school district.
(Source: P.A. 92-365, eff. 8-15-01.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.1)
    Sec. 32-4.1. Annual tax levy - Township treasurer custodian.
    The board of school inspectors of districts described in Section 32-2.11 may levy a tax, annually, upon all of the taxable property of the district, in the manner provided by Sections 17-2 through 17-9, and in accordance with the powers conferred by Section 32-4. All moneys raised by taxation for school purposes, or received from the common school fund or any other source, or held or collected for school purposes, shall be paid to and held by the school treasurer as a special fund for school purposes, subject to the order of the board of school inspectors upon warrants signed by the president and secretary thereof or a majority of the board.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.2)
    Sec. 32-4.2. Leasehold revenue bonds. The board of inspectors of districts described in Section 32-2.11 in addition to all other powers conferred upon it by special law and the applicable provisions of this Act, may borrow money for the purpose of building schoolhouses, or repairing, altering or building additions to any schoolhouses already erected, or purchasing schoolhouse sites, or purchasing land outside the school district pursuant to the provisions of Section 22-16 and as evidence of the indebtedness may issue revenue bonds in denominations of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 payable solely from rentals or other revenue to be derived from any lease of school property made by said board of inspectors in accordance with the power conferred by Section 32-4. Said bonds shall be negotiable instruments and shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable semi-annually, and shall mature at or prior to the expiration of the term of said lease, provided that in any event all such bonds shall mature within 40 years from the date of said bonds. Said bonds shall not constitute a general obligation of the school district and may be issued in addition to all other bonds which the school district is now or hereafter may be authorized to issue. Said bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness of the school district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.3)
    Sec. 32-4.3. Resolution.
    Said bonds shall be sold in such manner and upon such terms not inconsistent with the provisions hereof as the board of inspectors shall determine by resolution authorizing the issuance of said bonds. The resolution may contain such covenants and restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of the payment of all revenue bonds previously issued and secured by the rentals and other revenue from any lease upon the same school property. The resolution shall pledge the rentals and other revenue from said school property for the purpose of paying the cost of operation and maintenance of said school property, providing an adequate depreciation fund, and paying the principal of and interest on bonds issued pursuant thereto and shall provide for the deposit of all rentals and other revenue, as received, in a special fund to be used only for the purpose of paying the cost of operating and maintaining said school property, providing an adequate depreciation fund, and paying the principal of and interest on said bonds.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.4

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.4)
    Sec. 32-4.4. Publication - Referendum on petition. Within 10 days after this resolution has been adopted by the board of inspectors it shall be published at least once in 1 or more newspapers published in the school district, or if no newspaper is published in such school district, then in 1 or more newspapers with a general circulation therein. The publication of the resolution shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the resolution be submitted to the electors of the school district; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The secretary of the Board of inspectors shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If no petition is filed with the secretary of the board of inspectors as hereinafter provided in this Section within 30 days after the publication of the resolution, or if any and all petition filed are invalid, the resolution shall be in effect immediately upon the expiration of that 30 day period. But if within that 30 day period a petition is filed with the secretary, signed by voters residing within the school district equal to 10% or more of the number of registered voters in the district, asking that the question of issuing revenue bonds as provided in said resolution be submitted to the voters of the school district, the board of inspectors of the school district shall certify the proposition of issuing revenue bonds as described in said resolution to the proper election authorities for submission to the electors in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the voters voting upon the question voted in favor of the issuance of said revenue bonds, then the resolution shall be in effect, but if a majority of the voters voting upon the question are not in favor thereof, the resolution shall not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.5)
    Sec. 32-4.5. Signing, attestation, numbering and registration.
    All bonds issued pursuant to the authority of sections 32-4.2 to 32-4.5, inclusive, shall be signed, attested, countersigned, numbered, and registered and disposition thereof made pursuant to the provisions of section 32-5.9.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.6

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.6)
    Sec. 32-4.6. Title, care and custody of property; supervision and control. The title, care and custody of all schoolhouses and school sites belonging to districts that are described in Section 32-2.11 and that are not districts whose school boards under subsection (a) of Section 10-22.35B of this Code are to hold legal title to school buildings and school sites of the district shall be vested in the trustees of schools of the townships in which the districts are situated, but the supervision and control of such schoolhouses and sites shall be vested in the board of inspectors of the districts. In all other cases, the legal title, care, custody and control of school houses and school sites belonging to districts that are described in Section 32-2.11, together with the supervision and control of those school houses and sites, shall be vested in the board of inspectors of the districts.
(Source: P.A. 100-374, eff. 8-25-17.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.7

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.7) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.7)
    Sec. 32-4.7. Change of boundaries. The trustees of schools of townships in which districts described in Section 32-2.11 are situated may change the boundaries of such school districts when petitioned as provided by this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.8

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.8) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.8)
    Sec. 32-4.8. Powers of boards - Bond of treasurer.
    The board of education of a school district described in Section 32-2.5 shall have all the powers of trustees of schools in school townships and all the powers of boards of directors, and boards of education elected by virtue of this Act, and shall also have power to elect and appoint a secretary for such board, who shall attend all its meetings and keep an accurate record of all proceedings of the board and shall also have power to appoint a treasurer for the district whose term of office, duties and obligations shall be the same as a treasurer appointed by the trustees of schools, except that the treasurer appointed under this section shall not be obliged to keep a record of the proceedings of the board. The treasurer shall, before entering upon his duties, execute a bond in such amount and with such sureties to be approved by the board of education, and containing such provisions, as provided in Section 8-2 for the bonds of treasurers appointed by trustees of schools; provided, however, the board of education of a school district described in Section 32-2.5 shall not be required to submit to the voters the propositions of selecting school sites, purchasing school sites and building school buildings, as provided by any other section of this Act, but shall have power in its discretion to select and purchase school sites and build, repair, alter and build additions to any school buildings which is deemed necessary and in the interests of the district, and the power to issue bonds and the procedure to be followed in the issuance of bonds shall be governed by the provisions of Sections 32-5.6 to 32-5.9 inclusive.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.9

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.9) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.9)
    Sec. 32-4.9. Powers and duties of board members.
    All rights, powers and duties heretofore exercised by and devolved upon the members of the city council, as ex-officio member of the board of education, or school directors, shall devolve upon and be exercised by the members of the board of education and school directors appointed under the provisions of this Article.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.10

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.10) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.10)
    Sec. 32-4.10. Amount to be raised-Tax levy. In all school districts to which Sections 32-3 to 32-4.11, inclusive, apply the school boards shall annually, before August 1, certify to the city council under the signatures of the president and secretary of the board, the amount of money required to be raised by taxation for school purposes in the district for the ensuing year, and the city council shall thereupon cause the amount to be levied and collected in the manner now provided by law for the levy and collection of taxes for school purposes in the district, but the amount to be so levied and collected shall not exceed the amount now allowed to be collected for school purposes by this Act. When such taxes have been collected and paid over to the treasurer of the city or school district, as may be provided by the terms of the Act under which the district has been organized, such funds shall be paid out only on the order of the board of education or school directors, signed by the president and secretary.
(Source: P.A. 84-550.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.10a

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.10a)
    Sec. 32-4.10a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 77-4. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.11

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.11) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.11)
    Sec. 32-4.11. Tax anticipation warrants. Whenever there is no money in the hands of the treasurer of any school district to which Sections 32-2 to 32-4.11, inclusive, shall apply, to defray the necessary expenses of such district, including amounts necessary to pay maturing principal and interest of bonds, it is lawful for the school board of the district to draw and issue warrants against and in anticipation of any taxes already levied for the payment of the necessary expenses of the district, either for transportation, educational or for all operations, building and maintenance purposes, or for payments to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, or for the payment of maturing principal and interest of bonds, as the case may be, to the extent of 85% of the total amount of any such taxes levied. The warrants shall show upon their face that they are payable solely from said taxes when collected, and shall be received by any collector of taxes in payment of the taxes against which they are issued. The taxes against which the warrants are drawn shall be set apart and held for their payment. Every warrant shall bear interest, payable only out of the taxes against which it shall be drawn, at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, if issued before January 1, 1972 and not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, if issued after January 1, 1972, from the date of its issuance until paid, or until notice is given by publication in a newspaper or otherwise that the money for its payment is available and that it will be paid upon presentation.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.12

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.12) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.12)
    Sec. 32-4.12. Sale of real estate-Use of proceeds.
    The board of education of any special charter district may sell and dispose of any real estate conveyed to it by any city for school purposes and use the proceeds derived from the sale thereof for school building purposes or for the purchase of other real estate for such purposes.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.13

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.13) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.13)
    Sec. 32-4.13. Eminent domain.
    Whenever any school district existing by virtue of any special charter and governed by any or all such special charter or special school laws of this State, and having a population of fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, requires any lot or parcel of land situated within the district for a site for a school building or for an addition to any school building already erected and used for school purposes, or requires any lot or parcel of land situated within such school district for the purpose of a playground for school children, and the compensation for such lot or parcel of land cannot be agreed upon between the owner or owners of such lot or parcel of land and the corporate authority managing and controlling the public schools of such district it is lawful for the corporate authority of the district to acquire such lot or parcel of land and have the compensation to be paid therefor determined in the manner provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.14

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.14) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.14)
    Sec. 32-4.14. Issuance of orders.
    The corporate authorities of any special charter district having a population of less than 500,000 may issue and deliver at least once each month to the teachers and employees of the district orders on the treasurer of the district in payment of their salaries. Such orders shall state the rate of compensation and time for which the teacher or employee is paid and an order so issued, properly endorsed and paid in full shall be sufficient receipt for the purpose of this and the succeeding section. The corporate authorities shall issue no order except an order for the payment of wages of teachers and employees unless at the time of its issuance there are sufficient funds in the hands of the treasurer to pay it.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.15

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.15) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.15)
    Sec. 32-4.15. Form of orders.
    Every order issued by the corporate authorities of a district as described in Section 32-4.14 shall state for what purpose and on what account it is issued, and shall be in the following form:
STATE OF ILLINOIS
$.......                                            No. ....
    To the Treasurer of .... School District, .... County, Illinois.
    Pay to the order of .... the sum of .... Dollars ($....) for .....
    By order of the Board of Education (or Board of School Inspectors) of .... School District, .... County, Illinois.
....(President)
....(Clerk)
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-4.16

    (105 ILCS 5/32-4.16) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-4.16)
    Sec. 32-4.16. Cities, villages and towns-Levy made by board of education. Where a school district was organized as a special charter district of a city, village, or town, and where such district has an elective board of education of either 5 or 7 members, and of which board the mayor of the city, village or town is not ex officio a member, it is not necessary for such board of education to present an annual financial report to the city, village or town council, or board of trustees, nor a statement as to the amount of money necessary to be raised by taxation for school purposes for the ensuing school year and the council or board of trustees, as the case may be, shall not make the levy for school purposes but the board of education shall make the levy for school purposes for such district.
    The certificate of such levy shall be made at the time and, as near as may be, in the form and manner provided in Section 17-11.
(Source: P.A. 77-490.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5)
    Sec. 32-5. Bond issues - district boundaries coextensive with city. For the purpose of building or repairing schoolhouses or purchasing or improving school sites, including the purchase of school sites outside the boundaries of the school district and building school buildings thereon as provided by Section 10-20.10 of this Act, any special charter district governed by a special charter, and special or general school laws, whose boundaries are coextensive with or greater than the boundaries of any incorporated city, town or village, where authorized by a majority of all the votes cast on the proposition may borrow money and as evidence of the indebtedness, may issue bonds in denominations of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, for a term not to exceed 20 years bearing interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable annually, semi-annually, or quarterly, signed by the president and secretary of the school board of the district; provided, that the amount borrowed shall not exceed, including existing indebtedness, 5% of the taxable property of such school district, as ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes previous to incurring such indebtedness.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after June 6, 1989 (the effective date of Public Act 86-4), it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.1)
    Sec. 32-5.1. Registration, numbering and countersigning. All bonds authorized by Section 32-5, before being issued, negotiated and sold, shall be registered, numbered and countersigned by the treasurer of the school district. The registration shall be made in a book in which shall be entered the record of the election authorizing the school district to issue bonds, and a description of the bonds issued, including the number, date, amount, rate of interest and when payable.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.2)
    Sec. 32-5.2. Moneys paid into treasury - Delivery of bonds - Records. All moneys borrowed by virtue of Section 32-5 shall be paid into the treasury of the school district. Upon receiving the moneys, the treasurer shall deliver the bonds issued therefor to the persons entitled to receive them, and shall credit the amount received to the district. The treasurer shall record the amount received for each bond issued, and when any bond is paid the treasurer shall cancel it and enter in the register opposite the record of the bond the words "paid and cancelled" and the date of the payment.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.3)
    Sec. 32-5.3. Election - Notice - Judges. Whenever it is desired to hold a referendum for the purpose of borrowing money as provided by Section 32-5, the school board of the district in which the proposition is to be held shall adopt a resolution ordering the referendum and shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities who shall submit the proposition at a regular scheduled election in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.5

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.5)
    Sec. 32-5.5. Issue of new bonds. When any school district described in Section 32-5 has heretofore issued bonds or other evidences of indebtedness, on account of any public school building, or for any other purpose, which are now binding and subsisting obligations against such school district and remaining outstanding, such school district may, upon the surrender of any such bonds or any part thereof, or other evidences of indebtedness, issue in lieu thereof, to the holders of the bonds, or to any persons, for money with which to take them up, new bonds in accordance with the provisions of Sections 32-5 to 32-5.4, inclusive; provided, such bonds shall not be issued so as to increase the aggregate indebtedness of such school district to exceed, including existing indebtedness, 5% of the taxable property of such school district, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes previous to incurring such indebtedness.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.6

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.6) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.6)
    Sec. 32-5.6. Special charter districts with population less than 500,000 - Authority to borrow money and issue bonds. The corporate authorities of any special charter district having a population of less than 500,000 governed by a special charter, or special charter and general law, may borrow money for the purpose of building schoolhouses, or repairing, altering and building additions to any schoolhouse already erected, or purchasing schoolhouse sites or purchasing grounds adjoining any schoolhouse site, or separated therefrom only by a public street or way, and shall also include the purchase of school sites outside the boundaries of the school district and building school buildings thereon as provided by Sections 10-22.35 and 10-22.36 of this Act, and may issue its negotiable coupon bonds therefor in such form and such denominations, payable at such place and at such time or times (not exceeding 20 years from date of issuance) and bearing interest at such rate as the corporate authorities may by resolution prescribe. The bonds shall be in denominations of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000, and shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, if issued before January 1, 1972 and not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, if issued after January 1, 1972, payable semi-annually. No money may be borrowed or bonds issued, however, unless the proposition to borrow money and issue bonds for the purpose or purposes and in the amount prescribed in the resolution is certified to the proper election authorities and submitted to the voters of the school district at a regular scheduled election in accordance with the general election law, and the majority of all the votes cast on the proposition is in favor thereof. The corporate authorities may not incur any indebtedness under this Section, which together with all other outstanding indebtedness, exceeds in the aggregate the indebtedness limitation under Section 19-1 of this Act that would be applicable if the district were not a special charter district.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.7

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.7) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.7)
    Sec. 32-5.7. Submission to voters - Notice of election. Whenever it is desired to submit to the voters of any school district to which Section 32-5.6 applies the proposition to borrow money and issue bonds for any or all of the purposes specified in Section 32-5.6, the school board of such school district shall adopt a resolution directing that such proposition be submitted to referendum and the secretary of the board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission to the electors in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.8

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.8) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.8)
    Sec. 32-5.8. Ballots. The proposition submitted to the voters of any school district to which Sections 32-5.6 to 32-5.9, inclusive, apply shall specify the total amount of the bonds sought to be issued, and the specific purpose or purposes for which the bonds shall be issued, and shall be substantially in the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall bonds or obligations for
the purpose of (state specific               YES
purpose) in the sum of $.... be
issued by (state whether to be          ----------------------
issued by the board of education
or board of school inspectors)               NO
of....?
--------------------------------------------------------------
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.9

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.9) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.9)
    Sec. 32-5.9. Signature and attestation - Numbering and registration - Delivery of bonds.
    All bonds authorized to be issued under Sections 32-5.6 to 32-5.9, inclusive, before being issued, negotiated and sold shall be signed by the president of the school board and attested by the secretary and countersigned by the treasurer of the school board or of the school district. All of the bonds shall be numbered by such treasurer and registered in a book. All moneys borrowed under Section 32-5.6 to 32-5.9, inclusive, shall be paid into the treasury of the school board, or of the school district, and thereupon the treasurer thereof shall deliver the bonds therefor to the persons entitled to receive them. The treasurer shall record the amount for which each bond is issued, negotiated and sold, and when any bond is paid, he shall cancel it and enter in the register opposite the record of the bond the date, month and year when it was paid.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-5.10

    (105 ILCS 5/32-5.10) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-5.10)
    Sec. 32-5.10. Assumption of indebtedness of city for school purposes.
    Whenever any city is by special law made a school district, or whenever any school district created by special law is coterminous with any city, the directors of the district may, at the request of the city council, assume and provide for, by borrowing and taxation, any indebtedness created by the authorities of the city for school purposes.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-6.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-6.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-6.1)
    Sec. 32-6.1. Territory disconnected from city or village.
    Whenever the territorial limits of any special charter district governed by any or all of the provisions of the special charter coincide with the territorial limits of (1) any township which is wholly surrounded by any school district, and (2) any city, town, or village from which any land has been heretofore or is hereafter disconnected under the provisions of Section 7-3-6 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended, as the territorial limits of such city, town or village existed immediately prior to such disconnection, the land disconnected from such city, town or village shall also be deemed to be disconnected from such school district and annexed to a school district in the township it adjoins.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 923.)

105 ILCS 5/32-6.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-6.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-6.2)
    Sec. 32-6.2. Bonded indebtedness. The disconnection of any land under Section 32-6.1 shall not exempt it from taxation for the purpose of paying any bonded indebtedness contracted prior to the disconnection, but such land shall be assessed and taxed for this purpose until such indebtedness is completely paid, the same as though not disconnected. After the disconnection the county clerk of the county in which such land is situated shall not include such land within the limits of such school district for any purpose, except as stated herein, but shall include it within the adjoining district.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-7

    (105 ILCS 5/32-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-7)
    Sec. 32-7. Form of bond. The form of bond to be given by any treasurer who has the custody of funds belonging to any special charter district shall be substantially in the following form:
    We, (AB), principal, and (CD and EF), sureties, all of the County of .... and State of Illinois, are obligated to the People of the State of Illinois, for the use of the .... (name of school district) in the penal sum of $...., for the payment of which to be made, we obligate ourselves, and each of us, our heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns.
    Dated (insert date).
    The condition of the above bond is that if the above obligated (AB) shall perform all the duties which are, or may be required by law to be performed by him as treasurer of the school district in the time and manner prescribed, or to be prescribed by law, and when he shall be succeeded in office and surrender and deliver over to his successor in office all books, papers, moneys, and other things belonging to the school district and pertaining to his office, then the above bond to be void; otherwise, to remain in full force.
    It is expressly understood and intended that the obligation of the above named sureties shall not extend to any loss sustained by the insolvency, failure, or closing of any bank or savings and loan association organized and operating either under the laws of the State of Illinois or the United States wherein such treasurer has placed the funds in his custody or control, or any part thereof, provided, such depository has been approved by the (board of education, board of school inspectors or other governing body of the particular district) of the .... (name of district).
A B ....
C D ....
E F ....
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

105 ILCS 5/32-7.1

    (105 ILCS 5/32-7.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-7.1)
    Sec. 32-7.1. Amount of bond. The amount of the bond prescribed by Section 32-7 shall be fixed by the governing body of the district but shall not be less than 1/10 of the maximum amount of all moneys which came into the hands or control of such treasurer or his predecessors during any fiscal year in the preceding 5 years nor less than 1 1/2 times the largest amount estimated by such governing body will be in his hands or control at any one time if individuals act as sureties nor less than the largest amount estimated by such governing body will be in his hands or control at any one time if the surety is a surety company authorized to do business in this State.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/32-7.2

    (105 ILCS 5/32-7.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-7.2)
    Sec. 32-7.2. Teachers' orders. The school treasurer of any special charter district having a population of less than 500,000 shall pay out no funds of the district except on an order of the corporate authorities thereof, signed by the president and clerk, or by a majority of the board. When an order issued for the wages of any teacher or employee of such district is presented to the treasurer and is not paid for want of funds, the treasurer shall endorse it over his signature "not paid for want of funds", with the date of presentation, and shall make and keep a record of such endorsement. The order shall thereafter bear interest at the rate established by the school board of the district, payable annually, not exceeding the rate authorized from time to time under the Bond Authorization Act until the treasurer of such district notifies the clerk in writing that he has funds to pay it, and the treasurer shall keep a record of such notices and hold the funds necessary to pay such order until it is presented. The order shall draw no interest after notice is given to the clerk. Orders presented within 10 days after the notice is mailed to the clerk shall be payable in the numerical order of their issuance.
(Source: P.A. 86-715; 86-1161.)

105 ILCS 5/32-7.3

    (105 ILCS 5/32-7.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 32-7.3)
    Sec. 32-7.3. Depositaries. The governing body of any special charter district, when requested by the treasurer or custodian of the funds of the district, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds in the custody of the treasurer or custodian may be kept. A bank or savings and loan association designated as a depositary shall continue as such until 10 days have elapsed after a new depositary is designated and has qualified by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities as is required by this Section. When a new depositary is designated, the board of education or other governing body shall notify the sureties of the treasurer or custodian of that fact, in writing, at least 5 days before the transfer of funds. The treasurer or custodian shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds which he deposits in a depositary so designated while such funds are so deposited.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 33

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 33 heading)
ARTICLE 33. DISTRICTS FROM 100,000 TO NOT MORE THAN 500,000 INHABITANTS

105 ILCS 5/33-1

    (105 ILCS 5/33-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 33-1)
    Sec. 33-1. Board of Education - Election - Terms. In all school districts, including special charter districts having a population of 100,000 and not more than 500,000, which adopt this Article, as hereinafter provided, there shall be maintained a system of free schools in charge of a board of education, which shall be a body politic and corporate by the name of "Board of Education of the City of....". The board shall consist of 7 members elected by the voters of the district. Except as provided in Section 33-1b of this Act, the regular election for members of the board shall be held at the consolidated election in odd numbered years and at the general primary election in even numbered years. The law governing the registration of voters for the primary election shall apply to the regular election. At the first regular election 7 persons shall be elected as members of the board. The person who receives the greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term of 5 years. The 2 persons who receive the second and third greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term of 4 years. The person who receives the fourth greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term of 3 years. The 2 persons who receive the fifth and sixth greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term of 2 years. The person who receives the seventh greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term of 1 year. Thereafter, at each regular election for members of the board, the successors of the members whose terms expire in the year of election shall be elected for a term of 5 years. All terms shall commence on July 1 next succeeding the elections. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board shall be filled by appointment until the next regular election for members of the board.
    In any school district which has adopted this Article, a proposition for the election of board members by school board district rather than at large may be submitted to the voters of the district at the regular school election of any year in the manner provided in Section 9-22. If the proposition is approved by a majority of those voting on the propositions, the board shall divide the school district into 7 school board districts as provided in Section 9-22. At the regular school election in the year following the adoption of such proposition, one member shall be elected from each school board district, and the 7 members so elected shall, by lot, determine one to serve for one year, 2 for 2 years, one for 3 years, 2 for 4 years, and one for 5 years. Thereafter their respective successors shall be elected for terms of 5 years. The terms of all incumbent members expire July 1 of the year following the adoption of such a proposition.
    Any school district which has adopted this Article may, by referendum in accordance with Section 33-1a, adopt the method of electing members of the board of education provided in that Section.
    Reapportionment of the voting districts provided for in this Article or created pursuant to a court order, shall be completed pursuant to Section 33-1c.
    A board of education may appoint a student to the board to serve in an advisory capacity. The student member shall serve for a term as determined by the board. The board may not grant the student member any voting privileges, but shall consider the student member as an advisor. The student member may not participate in or attend any executive session of the board.
(Source: P.A. 94-231, eff. 7-14-05; 95-6, eff. 6-20-07.)

105 ILCS 5/33-1a

    (105 ILCS 5/33-1a) (from Ch. 122, par. 33-1a)
    Sec. 33-1a. Board of Education-Alternative Method of Election-Terms. The board of education may, on its own motion, or shall upon the petition of the lesser of 2,500 or 5% of the voters registered in the district, submit to the voters of the district at a regular school election held in an even-numbered year a proposition for the election of 4 board members from school board districts and 3 board members at large. If the proposition is approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition, the board shall divide the school district into 4 school board districts, each of which must be compact and contiguous and substantially equal in population to each other district. At the school election in the following year, one member shall be elected from each school board district and 3 members shall be elected at large. They shall commence their terms on July 1, at which time the terms of the incumbent board members expire. Those members first elected under this Section shall determine by lot which member at large and which 2 district members shall serve for 2 years; the other 2 members at large and the other 2 district members shall serve for a 4 year term. Their respective successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years.
    The regular election for members of the board of education shall be held on the same day as the regular township or municipal election. Terms shall commence on July 1 following the election. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board shall be filled by appointment of the board until the next regular election for members of such board at which election the office shall be filled.
(Source: P.A. 80-1469.)

105 ILCS 5/33-1b

    (105 ILCS 5/33-1b) (from Ch. 122, par. 33-1b)
    Sec. 33-1b. Whenever the date designated in Section 33-1 for the election of members of boards of education conflicts with the celebration of Passover, that election shall be postponed to the first Tuesday following the last day of Passover.
(Source: P.A. 82-1014.)

105 ILCS 5/33-1c

    (105 ILCS 5/33-1c) (from Ch. 122, par. 33-1c)
    Sec. 33-1c. Reapportionment of board voting districts. In the year following each decennial census, the Board of Education shall reapportion the board voting districts to reflect the results of such census. The board voting districts shall be compact, contiguous and have substantially the same ratio of population to the total population of the school district as the ratio of the board members elected from that board voting district has to the total number of members of the Board of Education. The reapportionment plan shall be completed and formally approved by a majority of the members of the board not less than 90 days before the last date established by law for the filing of nominating petitions for the second school board election after the decennial census year. If by reapportionment a board member no longer resides within the board voting district from which the member was elected, the member shall continue to serve in office until the expiration of the member's regular term. All new members shall be elected from the board voting districts as reapportioned.
(Source: P.A. 86-1331.)

105 ILCS 5/33-2

    (105 ILCS 5/33-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 33-2)
    Sec. 33-2. Eligibility. To be eligible for election to the board, a person shall be a citizen of the United States, shall have been a resident of the district for at least one year immediately preceding his or her election, and shall not be a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the Criminal Code of 2012. Permanent removal from the district by any member constitutes a resignation from and creates a vacancy in the board. Board members shall serve without compensation.
    Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in any special charter, petitions nominating candidates for the board of education shall be signed by at least 200 voters of the district; and the polls, whether they be located within a city lying in the district or outside of a city, shall remain open during the hours specified in the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)