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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/13-44.1

    (105 ILCS 5/13-44.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-44.1)
    Sec. 13-44.1.
    All acts of school personnel, including the Board of Education, shall be acts in a governmental capacity, this includes personnel as set forth in Section 10-22.34 of this Act whose services the Board may utilize.
(Source: P.A. 77-1779.)

105 ILCS 5/13-44.2

    (105 ILCS 5/13-44.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-44.2)
    Sec. 13-44.2. There shall be no restriction as to the age of students in this program, and regardless of the age of its students, the district shall have all the benefits, financial and otherwise, that are accorded to other school districts, including State and Federal grants and aid, Common School Funds, and Vocational Rehabilitation Funds. In calculating such benefits, those inmates or wards who have not completed grade or high school and those taking vocational courses and advanced courses shall be included.
(Source: P.A. 86-1028.)

105 ILCS 5/13-44.3

    (105 ILCS 5/13-44.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-44.3)
    Sec. 13-44.3. In order to fully carry out the purpose of this Act, the School District through its Board or designated supervisory personnel, with the approval of the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice, may authorize field trips outside of the particular institution or facility where a school is established and may remove students therefrom or may with the approval of the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice transfer inmates and wards to other schools and other facilities where particular subject matter or facilities are more suited to or are needed to complete the inmates' or wards' education. The Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice may authorize an educational furlough for an inmate or ward to attend institutions of higher education, other schools, vocational or technical schools or enroll and attend classes in subjects not available within the School District, to be financed by the inmate or ward or any grant or scholarship which may be available, including school aid funds of any kind when approved by the Board and the Director of the Department.
    The Department of Juvenile Justice may extend the limits of the place of confinement of an inmate or ward under the above conditions and for the above purposes, to leave for the aforesaid reasons, the confines of such place, accompanied or unaccompanied, in the discretion of the Director of such Department by a custodial agent or educational personnel.
    The willful failure of an inmate or ward to remain within the extended limits of his or her confinement or to return within the time prescribed to the place of confinement designated by the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice in granting such extension or when ordered to return by the custodial personnel or the educational personnel or other departmental order shall be deemed an escape from the custody of such Department and punishable as provided in the Unified Code of Corrections as to the Department of Corrections inmates, and the applicable provision of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall apply to wards of the Department of Juvenile Justice who might abscond.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06.)

105 ILCS 5/13-44.4

    (105 ILCS 5/13-44.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-44.4)
    Sec. 13-44.4. Department of Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund; budget. All moneys received from the Common School Fund, federal aid and grants, vocational and educational funds and grants, and gifts and grants by individuals, foundations and corporations for educational purposes shall be deposited into the Department of Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund in the State Treasury. Moneys in the Department of Corrections Reimbursement and Education Fund may be used, subject to appropriation, to pay the expense of the schools and school district of the Department of Corrections together with and supplemental to regular appropriations to the Department for educational purposes, including, but not limited to, the cost of teacher salaries, supplies and materials, building upkeep and costs, transportation, scholarships, non-academic salaries, equipment and other school costs.
    Beginning in 1972, the Board of Education shall, by November 15, adopt an annual budget for the use of education moneys for the next school year which it deems necessary to defray all necessary expenses and liabilities of the district, and in such annual budget shall specify the objects and purposes of each item and the amount needed for each object or purpose. The budget shall contain a statement of cash on hand at the beginning of the fiscal year, an estimate of the cash expected to be received during such fiscal year from all sources, an estimate of the expenditure contemplated for such fiscal year, and a statement of the estimated cash expected to be on hand at the end of such year. Prior to the adoption of the annual educational budget, this budget shall be submitted to the Department of Corrections and the State Board of Education for incorporation.
(Source: P.A. 90-9, eff. 7-1-97; 90-587, eff. 7-1-98.)

105 ILCS 5/13-44.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13-44.5) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-44.5)
    Sec. 13-44.5. In all cases where an inmate or ward is to leave the institution or facility where he or she is confined for educational furloughs, vocational training, for field trips or for any other reason herein stated, authority must first be granted by the Department of Juvenile Justice and the said authority shall be discretionary with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The question of whether or not the said inmate or ward or group of inmates or wards shall be accompanied or not accompanied by security personnel, custodial agent or agents or only educational personnel shall be in the discretion of the Department of Juvenile Justice. All transfers must be approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06.)

105 ILCS 5/13-45

    (105 ILCS 5/13-45) (from Ch. 122, par. 13-45)
    Sec. 13-45. Other provisions of this Code shall not apply to the Department of Juvenile Justice School District being all of the following Articles and Sections: Articles 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, those Sections of Article 10 in conflict with any provisions of Sections 13-40 through 13-45, and Articles 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 19A, 20, 22, 24, 24A, 26, 31, 32, 33, and 34. Also Article 28 shall not apply except that this School District may use any funds available from State, Federal and other funds for the purchase of textbooks, apparatus and equipment.
(Source: P.A. 98-689, eff. 1-1-15.)

105 ILCS 5/13-50

    (105 ILCS 5/13-50)
    Sec. 13-50. Contract cancellation; Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education. All contracts between the Illinois Department of Corrections or the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education to provide educational services for the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice shall be canceled in accordance with the terms of those contracts. Upon cancellation, each employee of the Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education who had been providing educational services for the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice shall be offered certified employment status under the Personnel Code with the State of Illinois. To the extent that it is reasonably practicable, unless otherwise agreed to by the Department of Central Management Services and the collective bargaining representative, the position offered to each of these persons shall be at the same facility and shall consist of the same duties and hours as previously existed under the canceled contract or contracts.
(Source: P.A. 95-1021, eff. 6-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 13A

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 13A heading)
ARTICLE 13A. ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

105 ILCS 5/13A-0.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-0.5)
    Sec. 13A-0.5. This Article may be cited as the Safe Schools Law.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-1

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-1)
    Sec. 13A-1. Legislative Declaration. The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
    (a) The children of this State constitute its most important resource, and in order to enable those children to reach their full potential, the State must provide them the quality public education that the Constitution of the State of Illinois mandates.
    (b) The State cannot provide its children with the education they deserve and require unless the environment of the public schools is conducive to learning.
    (c) That environment cannot be achieved unless an atmosphere of safety prevails, assuring that the person of each student, teacher, and staff member is respected, and that none of those people are subjected to violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, or otherwise confrontational or inappropriate behaviors that disrupt the educational atmosphere.
    (d) In most schools, although the disruptive students who are the primary cause of inappropriate educational environments comprise a small percentage of the total student body, they nevertheless consume a substantial amount of the time and resources of teachers and school administrators who are required to address and contain that disruptive behavior.
    (e) Disruptive students typically derive little benefit from traditional school programs and may benefit substantially by being transferred from their current school into an alternative public school program, where their particular needs may be more appropriately and individually addressed and where they may benefit from the opportunity for a fresh start in a new educational environment. At those alternative school programs, innovative academic and school-to-work programs, including but not limited to the techniques of work based learning and technology delivered learning, can be utilized to best help the students enrolled in those schools to become productive citizens.
    (f) Students need an appropriate, constructive classroom atmosphere in order to benefit from the teacher's presentations. Students cannot afford the classroom disruptions and often become frustrated and angry at the inability of their teachers and schools to control disruptive students. As a result, they drop out of school too often. Furthermore, even if these students stay in school and graduate, they have been deprived by their disruptive classmates of the attention to their educational needs that their teachers would otherwise have provided, thereby diminishing their receiving the education and skills necessary to secure good jobs and become productive members of an increasingly competitive economic environment.
    (g) Parents of school children statewide have expressed their rising anger and concern at the failure of their local public schools to provide a safe and appropriate educational environment for their children and to deal appropriately with disruptive students, and the General Assembly deems their concerns to be understandable and justified.
    (h) Every school district in the State shall do all it can to ensure a safe and appropriate educational environment for all of its students, and the first, but not the only, step school districts must take to achieve that goal is to administratively transfer disruptive students from the schools they currently attend to the alternative school programs created by this Article. Those administrative transfers will also provide optional educational programs to best fit the needs of the transferred students.
    (i) Administrative transfers may prove more productive for dealing with disruptive students than out-of-school suspensions or expulsions, which have been the subject of much criticism.
    (j) Because of the urgency of the problems described in this Section, as well as their statewide impact, the State of Illinois bears the responsibility to establish and fully fund alternative schools as soon as possible, thereby providing school districts with an option for dealing with disruptive students that they do not now possess.
    (k) While school districts shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations, they should do so consistent with the goals and policies stated in this Article. Further, this Article is intended to be consistent with all applicable federal laws and regulations.
    (l) An alternative school program established under this Article is subject to the other provisions of this Code that apply generally in the public schools of this State and to the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, except as otherwise provided in this Article.
    (m) The provisions of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act apply to those alternative school programs that are created on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2)
    Sec. 13A-2. Definitions. In this Article words and phrases have the meanings set forth in the following Sections.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.5)
    Sec. 13A-2.5. Disruptive student. "Disruptive student" includes suspension or expulsion eligible students in any of grades 6 through 12. Suspension or expulsion eligible students are those students that have been found to be eligible for suspension or expulsion through the discipline process established by a school district.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.10

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.10)
    Sec. 13A-2.10. Regional superintendent. "Regional superintendent" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 3A-2 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.15

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.15)
    Sec. 13A-2.15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95. Repealed by P.A. 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.20

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.20)
    Sec. 13A-2.20. Educational service region. "Educational service region" has the meaning ascribed to it in Article 3A of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.25

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.25)
    Sec. 13A-2.25. State board. "State board" means the State Board of Education, as defined in Section 1A-1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-2.30

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-2.30)
    Sec. 13A-2.30. District superintendent. "District superintendent" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 10-21.4 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-3

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-3)
    Sec. 13A-3. Alternative schools.
    (a) Except with respect to the Chicago public school system as provided in Section 13A-11, beginning with the 1996-97 school year, there is hereby created in this State a system of alternative school education programs. At least one alternative school program may be located within each educational service region or established jointly by more than one regional office of education to serve more than one educational service region.
    (b) Each regional superintendent shall hold a public hearing, by December 1 of the school year following the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995, to determine the need for an alternative school. The hearing shall be held before the regional board. The regional superintendent, after consulting with the district superintendent of each school district located within the regional superintendent's educational service region and the regional board, shall determine the location and the need of the alternative school within that region. In making this determination, the regional superintendent shall consider the following:
        (1) the possible utilization of existing buildings,
    
including but not limited to governmental buildings, that are, or could reasonably be made, usable as an alternative school;
        (2) which available option would be least costly; and
        (3) distances that administratively transferred
    
students would need to travel and the costs of that travel.
    (c) Upon determination of the need for establishment of an alternative school program, each school district located within the region shall provide the regional superintendent with a copy of the district's discipline policy and procedure for effecting the suspension or expulsion of the students of that district. Thereafter, the regional superintendent in cooperation with a representative from each school district in the region shall establish and each school district in the region shall adopt policies and procedures that shall guide each district in the identification and placement of students in the alternative school program.
    (d) The regional superintendent shall locate the alternative school program so that it is as far away from any other school buildings or school grounds in that educational service region as circumstances permit.
    (e) With the approval of the State board, additional alternative school programs may be established in an educational service region. If the regional superintendent determines that an additional alternative school is required in the regional superintendent's educational service region, he or she may petition the State board to authorize one or more additional alternative school programs in that region.
    (f) In determining whether an additional alternative school program is necessary and appropriate for an educational service region requesting it, the State board shall consider, among other factors, the following:
        (1) the geographic size of the educational service
    
region and distances that students within that region must travel in order to attend the existing alternative school program;
        (2) the student population of schools comprising the
    
educational service region and the likely student population of all alternative school programs within that region if the petition is granted;
        (3) any other logistical considerations; and
        (4) the costs necessitated by establishing an
    
additional alternative school in that educational service region.
    (g) In the event the State board grants a petition for an additional alternative school program, then the State board, after consulting the regional superintendent, shall decide where the additional alternative school program shall be located within that region.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-4

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-4)
    Sec. 13A-4. Administrative transfers. A student who is determined to be subject to suspension or expulsion in the manner provided by Section 10-22.6 (or, in the case of a student enrolled in the public schools of a school district organized under Article 34, in accordance with the uniform system of discipline established under Section 34-19) may be immediately transferred to the alternative program. At the earliest time following that transfer appropriate personnel from the sending school district and appropriate personnel of the alternative program shall meet to develop an alternative education plan for the student. The student's parent or guardian shall be invited to this meeting. The student may be invited. The alternative educational plan shall include, but not be limited to all of the following:
        (1) The duration of the plan, including a date after
    
which the student may be returned to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district. If the parent or guardian of a student who is scheduled to be returned to the regular education program in the public schools of the district files a written objection to the return with the principal of the alternative school, the matter shall be referred by the principal to the regional superintendent of the educational service region in which the alternative school program is located for a hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be given by the regional superintendent to the student's parent or guardian. After the hearing, the regional superintendent may take such action as he or she finds appropriate and in the best interests of the student. The determination of the regional superintendent shall be final.
        (2) The specific academic and behavioral components
    
of the plan.
        (3) A method and time frame for reviewing the
    
student's progress.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, if a student for whom an individualized educational program has been developed under Article 14 is transferred to an alternative school program under this Article 13A, that individualized educational program shall continue to apply to that student following the transfer unless modified in accordance with the provisions of Article 14.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-5

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-5)
    Sec. 13A-5. Alternative school program curriculum.
    (a) The regional superintendent shall implement, or contract with one or more school districts to implement, a multi-disciplinary curriculum, which may include work-based learning and community service work approved by the regional superintendent of schools in consultation with the State Board of Education for which academic credit is earned, for the alternative school program designed to address the individualized needs of the students of that program, with special emphasis toward making the educational experience of each student meaningful and worthwhile. In the design and implementation of that curriculum, the regional superintendent or school district shall give due consideration to the rules and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education for alternative schools and optional education programs. The regional superintendent or school district (i) may contract with third parties for any services otherwise performed by employees and (ii) may apply for waivers or modifications of mandates of this Code or of administrative rules as provided in Section 2-3.25g of this Code and as are necessary for the alternative school program.
    (b) An administratively transferred student who successfully completes the requirements for his or her high school graduation shall receive a diploma identifying the student as graduating from the transferring high school. In the event the student is administratively transferred before enrolling in a high school, then that student shall receive a diploma from the high school the student would have attended if the student had not attended an alternative school program.
(Source: P.A. 90-283, eff. 7-31-97; 91-318, eff. 7-29-99.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-6

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-6)
    Sec. 13A-6. Administration; contracts; waivers.
    (a) The regional superintendent shall administer, or contract with one or more school districts to administer, alternative school programs located within the educational service region. The regional superintendent or school district (i) may contract with third parties for any services otherwise performed by employees and (ii) may apply for waivers or modifications of mandates of this Code or of administrative rules as provided in Section 2-3.25g of this Code and as are necessary for the alternative school program.
    (b) The regional superintendent is responsible for the administrative and fiscal structure for the program.
(Source: P.A. 91-318, eff. 7-29-99.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-7

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-7)
    Sec. 13A-7. Employees. In all school districts, including special charter districts and districts located in cities having a population exceeding 500,000, the local school board shall grant, for a period of up to 5 years, a leave of absence to those of its employees who accept employment with an alternative school, provided that the employee shall satisfy any leave of absence provisions that may exist under a collective bargaining agreement or, if such an agreement does not exist, a school board policy. At the end of the authorized leave of absence, the employee must return to the school district in a comparable position or resign. The contractual continued service status and retirement benefits of an employee of the district who is granted a leave of absence to accept employment with an alternative school shall not be affected by that leave of absence.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-8

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-8)
    Sec. 13A-8. Funding.
    (a) The State of Illinois shall provide funding for the alternative school programs within each educational service region and within the Chicago public school system by line item appropriation made to the State Board of Education for that purpose. This money, when appropriated, shall be provided to the regional superintendent and to the Chicago Board of Education, who shall establish a budget, including salaries, for their alternative school programs. Each program shall receive funding in the amount of $30,000 plus an amount based on the ratio of the region's or Chicago's best 3 months' average daily attendance in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 to the statewide totals of these amounts. For purposes of this calculation, the best 3 months' average daily attendance for each region or Chicago shall be calculated by adding to the best 3 months' average daily attendance the number of low-income students identified in the most recently available federal census multiplied by one-half times the percentage of the region's or Chicago's low-income students to the State's total low-income students. The State Board of Education shall retain up to 1.1% of the appropriation to be used to provide technical assistance, professional development, and evaluations for the programs.
    (a-5) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, for the 1998-1999 fiscal year, the total amount distributed under subsection (a) for an alternative school program shall be not less than the total amount that was distributed under that subsection for that alternative school program for the 1997-1998 fiscal year. If an alternative school program is to receive a total distribution under subsection (a) for the 1998-1999 fiscal year that is less than the total distribution that the program received under that subsection for the 1997-1998 fiscal year, that alternative school program shall also receive, from a separate appropriation made for purposes of this subsection (a-5), a supplementary payment equal to the amount by which its total distribution under subsection (a) for the 1997-1998 fiscal year exceeds the amount of the total distribution that the alternative school program receives under that subsection for the 1998-1999 fiscal year. If the amount appropriated for supplementary payments to alternative school programs under this subsection (a-5) is insufficient for that purpose, those supplementary payments shall be prorated among the alternative school programs entitled to receive those supplementary payments according to the aggregate amount of the appropriation made for purposes of this subsection (a-5).
    (b) An alternative school program shall be entitled to receive general State aid as calculated in subsection (K) of Section 18-8.05 upon filing a claim as provided therein. Any time that a student who is enrolled in an alternative school program spends in work-based learning, community service, or a similar alternative educational setting shall be included in determining the student's minimum number of clock hours of daily school work that constitute a day of attendance for purposes of calculating general State aid.
    (c) An alternative school program may receive additional funding from its school districts in such amount as may be agreed upon by the parties and necessary to support the program. In addition, an alternative school program is authorized to accept and expend gifts, legacies, and grants, including but not limited to federal grants, from any source for purposes directly related to the conduct and operation of the program.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96; 89-636, eff. 8-9-96; 90-14, eff. 7-1-97; 90-283, eff. 7-31-97; 90-802, eff. 12-15-98.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-9

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-9)
    Sec. 13A-9. Transportation. Subject to the requirements of Article 29 and except as otherwise agreed by the parents, school and regional superintendent, the school from which a student is administratively transferred shall provide for any transportation that the transfer necessitates, if transportation is required pursuant to Section 29-3. The regional superintendent shall coordinate all transportation arrangements with transferring school districts. The regional superintendent may also arrange for cooperation between school districts in the regional superintendent's educational service region regarding the transportation needs of transferred students in order to reduce the costs of that transportation and to provide greater convenience for the students involved.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96; 89-636, eff. 8-9-96; 90-14, eff. 7-1-97.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-10

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-10)
    Sec. 13A-10. Alternative School Programs in Class II Counties. The executive director of educational service centers located in Class II counties outside a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants shall, for the educational service center area, perform the duties assigned by this Article to regional superintendents.
(Source: P.A. 89-383, eff. 8-18-95; 89-629, eff. 8-9-96.)

105 ILCS 5/13A-11

    (105 ILCS 5/13A-11)
    Sec. 13A-11. Chicago public schools.
    (a) The Chicago Board of Education may establish alternative schools within Chicago and may contract with third parties for services otherwise performed by employees, including those in a bargaining unit, in accordance with Sections 34-8.1, 34-18, and 34-49.
    (b) Alternative schools operated by third parties within Chicago shall be exempt from all provisions of this Code, except provisions concerning:
        (1) student civil rights;
        (2) staff civil rights;
        (3) health and safety;
        (4) performance and financial audits;
        (5) the assessments required under Section 2-3.64a-5
    
of this Code;
        (6) Chicago learning outcomes;
        (7) Sections 2-3.25a through 2-3.25j of this Code;
        (8) the Inspector General; and
        (9) Section 34-2.4b of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 13B

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 13B heading)
ARTICLE 13B. ALTERNATIVE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

105 ILCS 5/13B-1

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-1)
    Sec. 13B-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Alternative Learning Opportunities Law.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-5

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-5)
    Sec. 13B-5. Legislative findings and declarations. The General Assembly finds and declares the following:
        (1) It is the responsibility of each school district
    
to provide educational support for every student to meet Illinois Learning Standards.
        (2) School districts need flexibility and financial
    
support to assist local schools in their efforts to provide students with educational and other services needed for students to successfully master the curriculum.
        (3) Alternative education in this State has
    
traditionally provided student-centered curriculum, social services, and other support needed to help students succeed.
        (4) Standards-based reform requires a comprehensive
    
approach to alternative education to ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet the State's rigorous learning standards.
        (5) While school districts operating alternative
    
learning opportunities programs must comply with all applicable State and federal laws and rules, these districts should do so in a manner consistent with the goals and policies stated in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-10

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-10)
    Sec. 13B-10. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to specify the requirements for the operation of alternative learning opportunities programs, which are intended to provide students at risk of academic failure with the education and support services needed to meet Illinois Learning Standards and to complete their education in an orderly, safe, and secure learning environment. Services provided under this Article should be provided in a manner that addresses individual learning styles, career development, and social needs to enable students to successfully complete their education.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-15

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-15)
    Sec. 13B-15. Definitions. In this Article, words and phrases have the meanings set forth in the following Sections preceding Section 13B-20 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-15.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-15.5)
    Sec. 13B-15.5. State Board. "State Board" means the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-15.10

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-15.10)
    Sec. 13B-15.10. Student at risk of academic failure. "Student at risk of academic failure" means a student at risk of not meeting the Illinois Learning Standards or not graduating from elementary or high school and who demonstrates a need for educational support or social services beyond that provided by the regular school program. Such students are eligible for services up to the age of 21.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-15.15

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-15.15)
    Sec. 13B-15.15. Student Success Plan. "Student Success Plan" means a plan based on an assessment of a student's educational and social functioning and skills and that establishes goals and objectives for satisfactory performance in an alternative learning opportunities program. The Plan must (i) specify the curriculum and instructional methods to be used in improving the student's educational performance, (ii) outline the support services needed to remove barriers to learning, (iii) specify, when appropriate, the career development experiences the student will receive to enhance his or her career awareness, (iv) set objectives to ensure a successful transition back to the regular school program or to post-secondary educational options, and (v) outline the student's responsibilities under the Plan.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-15.20

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-15.20)
    Sec. 13B-15.20. Support services. "Support services" include alcohol and drug rehabilitation; individual, group, and family counseling; mentoring; tutoring; school physicals; health and nutrition education; classroom aides; career counseling; child care; and any other social, health, or supplemental service approved as part of the Student Success Plan that is required by students for their academic success.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20)
    Sec. 13B-20. Alternative learning opportunities program. An alternative learning opportunities program shall provide a flexible standards-based learning environment, innovative and varied instructional strategies, a student-centered curriculum, social programs, and supplemental social, health, and support services to improve the educational achievement of students at risk of academic failure.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.5)
    Sec. 13B-20.5. Eligible activities and services. Alternative learning opportunities programs may include without limitation evening high school, in-school tutoring and mentoring programs, in-school suspension programs, high school completion programs to assist high school dropouts in completing their education, support services, parental involvement programs, and programs to develop, enhance, or extend the transition for students transferring back to the regular school program, an adult education program, or a post-secondary education program.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.10

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.10)
    Sec. 13B-20.10. Who may establish and operate programs. School districts may establish alternative learning opportunities programs or may contract with regional offices of education, intermediate service centers, public community colleges, non-profit or for-profit education providers, youth service agencies, community-based organizations, or other appropriate entities to establish alternative learning opportunities programs within the public school system and provide a range of alternative learning opportunities for those students in the State who do not meet Illinois Learning Standards. Districts may individually operate alternative learning opportunities programs or may collaborate with 2 or more districts or one or more regional offices of education or both or with intermediate service centers to create and operate alternative learning opportunities programs.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.15

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.15)
    Sec. 13B-20.15. Other eligible providers of alternative learning opportunities. School districts may contract with health, mental health, or human service organizations, workforce development boards or agencies, juvenile court services, juvenile justice agencies, juvenile detention programs, programs operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice, or other appropriate agencies or organizations to serve students whose needs are not being met in the regular school program by providing alternative learning opportunities.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.20

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.20)
    Sec. 13B-20.20. Enrollment in other programs. High school equivalency testing preparation programs are not eligible for funding under this Article. A student may enroll in a program approved under Section 18-8.05 of this Code, as appropriate, or attend both the alternative learning opportunities program and the regular school program to enhance student performance and facilitate on-time graduation.
(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.25

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.25)
    Sec. 13B-20.25. Eligible students. Students in grades 4 through 12 who meet enrollment criteria established by the school district and who meet the definition of "student at risk of academic failure" are eligible to participate in an alternative learning opportunities program funded under this Article. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, enrollment in a charter alternative learning opportunities program shall be open to any pupil who has been expelled or suspended for more than 20 days under Section 10-22.6 or 34-19 of this Code. All rights granted under this Article to a student's parent or guardian become exclusively those of the student upon the student's 18th birthday.
(Source: P.A. 97-495, eff. 1-1-12.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.30

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.30)
    Sec. 13B-20.30. Location of program. A school district must consider offering an alternative learning opportunities program on-site in the regular school. An alternative learning opportunities program may be provided at facilities separate from the regular school or in classrooms elsewhere on school premises.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-20.35

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-20.35)
    Sec. 13B-20.35. Transportation of students. School districts that are required to provide transportation pursuant to Section 29-3 of this Code shall provide transportation for students enrolled in alternative learning opportunities programs. Other school districts shall provide transportation to the same extent that they provide transportation to other students. A school district may collaborate with the regional superintendent of schools to establish a cooperative transportation agreement among school districts in the region to reduce the costs of transportation and to provide for greater accessibility for students attending alternative learning opportunities programs.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25)
    Sec. 13B-25. Eligibility for funding. The criteria set forth in the following Sections preceding Section 13B-30 of this Code shall determine the eligibility of an alternative learning opportunities program for funding.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.5

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.5)
    Sec. 13B-25.5. General standards for eligibility for funding. To be eligible for funding, an alternative learning opportunities program must provide evidence of an administrative structure, program activities, program staff, a budget, and a specific curriculum that is consistent with Illinois Learning Standards but may be different from the regular school program in terms of location, length of school day, program sequence, pace, instructional activities, or any combination of these.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.10

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.10)
    Sec. 13B-25.10. District policies, guidelines, and procedures; notification. Before receiving State funds for an alternative learning opportunities program, a school district must adopt policies and guidelines for the admission and transfer of students to the program and for transitioning students as appropriate back to the regular school program in a manner consistent with guidelines provided by the State Board. A school district must adopt policies and procedures for the establishment of a new alternative learning opportunities program or for securing State approval for an existing program. Any district that plans to establish an alternative learning opportunities program must notify the State Superintendent of Education before enrolling students in the program.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.15

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.15)
    Sec. 13B-25.15. Planning process and district plan. To apply for funding to establish or maintain an alternative learning opportunities program, a school district must initiate a planning process to specify the type of program needed by the district. Before submission of the district plan, the school district or consortium may apply for a one-year planning grant. The planning process may involve key education and community stakeholders, such as teachers, administrators, parents, interested members of the community, and other agencies or organizations as appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.20

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.20)
    Sec. 13B-25.20. Requirements for the district plan. The district plan must be consistent with the school district's overall mission and goals and aligned with the local school improvement plans of each participating school. The district plan must include all of the following:
        (1) A description of the program, including the
    
students at risk of academic failure to be served, evidence of need, program goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes.
        (2) A staffing plan, including the experiences,
    
competency, and qualifications of certified and non-certificated staff and emphasizing their individual and collective abilities to work with students at risk of academic failure.
        (3) A description and schedule of support services
    
that will be available to students as part of their instructional program, including procedures for accessing services required for students on an as-needed basis.
        (4) How the district will use grant funds to improve
    
the educational achievement of students at risk of academic failure.
        (5) A detailed program budget that includes sources
    
of funding to be used in conjunction with alternative learning opportunities grant funds and a plan for allocating costs to those funds.
        (6) A plan that outlines how funding for alternative
    
learning opportunities will be coordinated with other State and federal funds to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the program.
        (7) A description of other sources of revenue the
    
district will allocate to the program.
        (8) An estimate of the total cost per student for the
    
program and an estimate of any gap between existing revenue available for the program and the total cost of the program.
        (9) A description of how parents and community
    
members will be involved in the program.
        (10) Policies and procedures used by the district to
    
grant credit for student work satisfactorily completed in the program.
        (11) How the district will assess students enrolled
    
in the program, including how statewide testing for students in alternative learning opportunities settings will be addressed.
        (12) How students will be admitted to the program and
    
how students will make an effective transition back to the regular school program, as appropriate.
        (13) All cooperative and intergovernmental agreements
    
and subcontracts with eligible entities.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.25

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.25)
    Sec. 13B-25.25. Testing and assessment. A district plan for an alternative learning opportunities program operated through a cooperative or intergovernmental agreement must provide procedures for ensuring that students are included in the administration of statewide testing programs. Students enrolled in an alternative learning opportunities program shall participate in State assessments under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-972, eff. 8-15-14.)

105 ILCS 5/13B-25.30

    (105 ILCS 5/13B-25.30)
    Sec. 13B-25.30. Annual update and submission of district plan. A district plan must be updated annually and submitted to the State Board.
(Source: P.A. 92-42, eff. 1-1-02.)