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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/14-9.01
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/14-9.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-9.01)
Qualifications of teachers, other professional personnel
and necessary workers.
No person shall be employed to teach any class or
program authorized by this Article who does not hold a valid teacher's
license as provided by law and unless he has had such special training
as the State Board of Education may require. No special license or
endorsement to a special license issued under Section 21B-30 of this Code shall be valid for teaching students with visual
disabilities unless the person to whom the license or endorsement is issued
has attained satisfactory performance on an examination that is designed to
assess competency in Braille reading and writing skills according to standards
that the State Board of Education may adopt. Evidence of successfully
completing the examination of Braille reading and writing skills must be
submitted to the State Board of Education prior to an applicant's taking
of the content area test required under Section 21B-30 of this Code. In addition to other requirements, a candidate for a teaching
license in the area of the deaf and hard of hearing granted by the
Illinois State Board of Education for teaching deaf and hard of hearing
students in grades pre-school through grade 12 must demonstrate a minimum
proficiency in sign language as determined by the Illinois State Board of
Education. All other professional personnel employed in any class, service,
or program authorized by this Article shall hold such licenses and shall
have had such special training as the State Board of Education may require;
provided that in a school district organized under Article 34, the school
district may employ speech and language pathologists who are licensed under the
Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act but who do not
hold a license issued under this Code if the district certifies that
a chronic shortage of certified personnel exists. Nothing contained in this
Act prohibits the school board from employing necessary workers to assist the
teacher with the special educational facilities, except that all such necessary
workers must have had such training as the State Board of Education may
No later than January 1, 1993, the State Board of Education shall develop,
in consultation with the Advisory Council on the Education of Children with
Disabilities and the Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, rules governing
the qualifications for certification of teachers and school service personnel
providing services to English learners receiving special
education and related services.
The employment of any teacher in a special education program provided
for in Sections 14-1.01 to 14-14.01, inclusive, shall be subject to
the provisions of Sections 24-11 to 24-16, inclusive. Any teacher
employed in a special education program, prior to the effective date of
this amendatory Act of 1987, in which 2 or more districts
participate shall enter upon contractual continued service in each of
the participating districts subject to the provisions of Sections 24-11
to 24-16, inclusive.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)
105 ILCS 5/14-10.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-10.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-10.01)
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-228, eff. 7-1-94.)
105 ILCS 5/14-11.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-11.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-11.01)
Educational materials coordinating
The State Board
of Education shall maintain or contract for an educational materials
unit for children with disabilities to provide:
(1) Staff and resources for the coordination,
cataloging, standardizing, production, procurement, storage, and distribution of educational materials needed by children with visual disabilities and adults with disabilities.
(2) Staff and resources of an instructional materials
center to include library, audio-visual, programmed, and other types of instructional materials peculiarly adapted to the instruction of pupils with disabilities.
The educational materials coordinating unit shall have as its major purpose
the improvement of instructional programs for children with
disabilities and the
in-service training of all professional personnel associated with programs
of special education and to these ends is authorized to operate under rules
and regulations of the State Board of Education with the advice of the Advisory
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
105 ILCS 5/14-11.02
(105 ILCS 5/14-11.02)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-11.02)
Notwithstanding any other Sections of this Article, the
State Board of Education shall develop and operate or contract for the
operation of a service center for persons who are deaf-blind. For the
purpose of this Section, persons with deaf-blindness are persons who have
both auditory and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such
severe communication and other developmental, educational, vocational and
rehabilitation problems that such persons cannot be properly accommodated
in special education or vocational rehabilitation programs solely for
persons with both hearing and visual disabilities.
To be eligible for deaf-blind services, a person must have (i) a visual
impairment and an auditory impairment, or (ii) a condition in which there
is a progressive loss of hearing or vision or both that results in
concomitant vision and hearing impairments and that adversely affects
educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
For purposes of this paragraph and Section:
(A) A visual impairment is defined to mean one or
more of the following: (i) corrected visual acuity poorer than 20/70 in the better eye; (ii) restricted visual field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye; (iii) cortical blindness; (iv) does not appear to respond to visual stimulation, which adversely affects educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
(B) An auditory impairment is defined to mean one or
more of the following: (i) a sensorineural or ongoing or chronic conductive hearing loss with aided sensitivity of 30dB HL or poorer; (ii) functional auditory behavior that is significantly discrepant from the person's present cognitive and/or developmental levels, which adversely affects educational performance as determined by the multidisciplinary conference.
The State Board of Education is empowered to establish, maintain
and operate or contract for the operation of a permanent state-wide
service center known as the Philip J. Rock Center and School. The School
serves eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21; the Center serves
eligible persons of all ages. Services provided by the Center
include, but are not limited to:
(1) Identifying and case management of persons who
are auditorily and visually impaired;
(2) Providing families with appropriate counseling;
(3) Referring persons who are deaf-blind to
appropriate agencies for medical and diagnostic services;
(4) Referring persons who are deaf-blind to
appropriate agencies for educational, training and care services;
(5) Developing and expanding services throughout the
State to persons who are deaf-blind. This will include ancillary services, such as transportation so that the individuals can take advantage of the expanded services;
(6) Maintaining a residential-educational training
facility in the Chicago metropolitan area located in an area accessible to public transportation;
(7) Receiving, dispensing, and monitoring State and
Federal funds to the School and Center designated for services to persons who are deaf-blind;
(8) Coordinating services to persons who are
deaf-blind through all appropriate agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Human Services;
(9) Entering into contracts with other agencies to
provide services to persons who are deaf-blind;
(10) Operating on a no-reject basis. Any individual
referred to the Center for service and diagnosed as deaf-blind, as defined in this Act, shall qualify for available services;
(11) Serving as the referral clearinghouse for all
persons who are deaf-blind, age 21 and older; and
(12) Providing transition services for students of
Philip J. Rock School who are deaf-blind and between the ages of 14 1/2 and 21.
The Advisory Board for Services for Persons who are Deaf-Blind shall
provide advice to the State Superintendent of Education, the Governor, and
the General Assembly on all matters pertaining to policy concerning persons
who are deaf-blind, including the implementation of legislation enacted on
Regarding the maintenance, operation and education functions of the
Philip J. Rock Center and School, the Advisory Board shall also make
recommendations pertaining to but not limited to the following matters:
(1) Existing and proposed programs of all State
agencies that provide services for persons who are deaf-blind;
(2) The State program and financial plan for
deaf-blind services and the system of priorities to be developed by the State Board of Education;
(3) Standards for services in facilities serving
persons who are deaf-blind;
(4) Standards and rates for State payments for any
services purchased for persons who are deaf-blind;
(5) Services and research activities in the field of
deaf-blindness, including evaluation of services; and
(6) Planning for personnel/preparation, both
preservice and inservice.
The Advisory Board shall consist of 3 persons appointed by the Governor; 2
persons appointed by the State Superintendent of Education; 4 persons
appointed by the Secretary of Human Services; and 2 persons appointed by the Director of Children
and Family Services. The 3 appointments of the Governor shall consist
of a senior citizen 60 years of age or older, a consumer who is deaf-blind,
and a parent of a person who is deaf-blind; provided that if any
gubernatorial appointee serving on the Advisory Board on the effective date
of this amendatory Act of 1991 is not either a senior citizen 60 years of
age or older or a consumer who is deaf-blind or a parent of a person who is
deaf-blind, then whenever that appointee's term of office expires or a
vacancy in that appointee's office sooner occurs, the Governor shall make
the appointment to fill that office or vacancy in a manner that will
result, at the earliest possible time, in the Governor's appointments to
the Advisory Board being comprised of one senior citizen 60 years of age or
older, one consumer who is deaf-blind, and one parent of a person who is
deaf-blind. One person designated by each agency other than the Department
of Human Services may be an employee of that agency. Two persons
appointed by the Secretary of Human Services may be employees of the Department
of Human Services. The appointments
of each appointing authority other than the
Governor shall include at least one parent of an individual who is
deaf-blind or a person who is deaf-blind.
Vacancies in terms shall be filled by the original appointing authority.
After the original terms, all terms shall be for 3 years.
Except for those members of the Advisory Board who are compensated
for State service on a full-time basis, members shall be reimbursed for
all actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Each
member who is not compensated for State service on a full-time basis
shall be compensated at a rate of $50 per day which he spends on Advisory
Board duties. The Advisory Board shall meet at least 4 times per year and
not more than 12 times per year.
The Advisory Board shall provide for its own organization.
Six members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum. The
affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the Advisory Board
shall be necessary for any action taken by the Advisory Board.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-397, eff. 8-20-95; 89-507, eff.
105 ILCS 5/14-11.03
(105 ILCS 5/14-11.03)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-11.03)
Illinois Service Resource Center.
The State Board of
Education shall maintain, subject to appropriations for
Resource Center for children and adolescents through the age of 21 who are
deaf or hard-of-hearing and have an emotional or behavioral
disorder. For the purpose of this Section,
"children and adolescents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have an
emotional or behavioral disorder"
have an auditory impairment that is serious enough to warrant an array of
special services and special education programs in order to assist both
educationally and socially and the behavior is seriously disruptive and
unacceptable to peers, educational staff, and persons in the community, or
presents a danger to self or others.
The State Board shall operate or contract for
operation of the Illinois Service Resource Center for
children and adolescents through the age of 21 who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
and have an emotional or behavioral
disorder. The Illinois Service Resource Center shall function as the initial point of contact for students,
parents, and professionals. All existing and future services shall be
coordinated through the Center.
The Illinois Service Resource Center shall:
(a) Develop and maintain a directory of public and private resources,
including crisis intervention.
(b) Establish and maintain a Statewide identification and tracking system.
(c) Develop, obtain, and assure the consistency of screening instruments.
(d) Perform case coordination, referral, and consultation services.
(e) Provide technical assistance and training for existing programs and
(f) Track the allocation and expenditure of State and federal funds.
(g) Monitor, evaluate, and assess Statewide resources, identification of
services gaps, and the development and delivery of services.
(h) Identify by geographical areas the need for establishing evaluation and
crisis intervention services and establish a pilot in downstate Illinois. The
Service Resource Center shall provide for the coordination of services for
children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have an emotional or behavioral
disorder throughout the
and shall pilot a service delivery model to identify the capacity and need for
comprehensive evaluation, crisis management, stabilization, referral,
transition, family intervention, and follow-up services.
(i) Integrate the recommendations of the Interagency Board for Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and
have an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder regarding policies affecting
children who are
deaf or hard-of-hearing and have an emotional or behavioral
(j) Provide limited direct services as required.
The Center, if established, shall operate on a no-reject basis. Any child or
adolescent diagnosed as
deaf or hard-of-hearing and having an emotional or behavioral
disorder under this Act
who is referred to the Center for services shall qualify for services of the
Center. The requirement of the no-reject basis shall be paramount in
negotiating contracts and in supporting other agency services.
(Source: P.A. 88-663, eff. 9-16-94; 89-680, eff. 1-1-97.)
105 ILCS 5/14-12.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-12.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-12.01)
Account of expenditures - Cost report - Reimbursement.
Each school board shall keep an accurate, detailed and separate account
of all monies paid out by it for the maintenance of each of the types of
facilities, classes and schools authorized by this Article for the
instruction and care of pupils attending them and for the cost of their
transportation, and shall annually report thereon indicating the cost of
each such elementary or high school pupil for the school year ending
Applications for preapproval for reimbursement for costs of special
education must be first submitted through the office of the regional
superintendent of schools to the State Superintendent of Education on or
before 30 days after a special class or service is started.
Applications shall set forth a plan for special education established
and maintained in accordance with this Article. Such applications shall
be limited to the cost of construction and maintenance of special
education facilities designed and utilized to house instructional
programs, diagnostic services, other special education services for children with disabilities and reimbursement as provided in
Such application shall not include the cost of construction or
maintenance of any administrative facility separated from special
education facilities designed and utilized to house instructional
programs, diagnostic services, and other special education services for
children with disabilities. Reimbursement claims for
special education shall
be made as follows:
Each district shall file its claim computed in accordance with rules
prescribed by the State Board of Education
approval on forms prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education.
Data used as a basis of reimbursement claims shall be for the school
year ended on June 30 preceding. Each school district shall transmit to the State Superintendent of
Education its claims on or before
August 15. The State Superintendent of Education before approving any
such claims shall determine their accuracy and whether they are based
upon services and facilities provided under approved programs. Upon
approval, vouchers for the amounts due the respective districts shall be prepared
and submitted during each fiscal year as follows: the first 3 vouchers
shall be prepared by the State Superintendent of Education and transmitted
to the Comptroller on the 30th day of September, December and March,
respectively, and the final voucher, no later than June 20. If, after
preparation and transmittal of the September 30 vouchers, any claim has
been redetermined by the State Superintendent of Education, subsequent
vouchers shall be adjusted in amount to compensate for any overpayment
or underpayment previously made. If the money appropriated by the General
Assembly for such purpose for any year is insufficient, it shall be
apportioned on the basis of the claims approved.
Claims received at the State Board of Education after August 15 shall
not be honored.
(Source: P.A. 94-1100, eff. 2-2-07.)
105 ILCS 5/14-12.02
(105 ILCS 5/14-12.02)
(Source: P.A. 85-1150. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)
105 ILCS 5/14-13.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-13.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-13.01)
Reimbursement payable by State; amounts for personnel and transportation.
(a) Through fiscal year 2017, for staff working on behalf of children who have not been identified as eligible for special
education and for eligible children with physical
disabilities, including all
eligible children whose placement has been determined under Section 14-8.02 in
hospital or home instruction, 1/2 of the teacher's salary but not more than
$1,000 annually per child or $9,000 per teacher, whichever is less.
(a-5) A child qualifies for home or hospital instruction if it is anticipated that, due to a medical condition, the child will be unable to attend school, and instead must be instructed at home or in the hospital, for a period of 2 or more consecutive weeks or on an ongoing intermittent basis. For purposes of this Section, "ongoing intermittent basis" means that the child's medical condition is of such a nature or severity that it is anticipated that the child will be absent from school due to the medical condition for periods of at least 2 days at a time multiple times during the school year totaling at least 10 days or more of absences. There shall be no requirement that a child be absent from school a minimum number of days before the child qualifies for home or hospital instruction. In order to establish eligibility for home or hospital services, a student's parent or guardian must submit to the child's school district of residence a written statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, a licensed physician assistant, or a licensed advanced practice registered nurse stating the existence of such medical condition, the impact on the child's ability to participate in education, and the anticipated duration or nature of the child's absence from school. Home or hospital instruction may commence upon receipt of a written physician's, physician assistant's, or advanced practice registered nurse's statement in accordance with this Section, but instruction shall commence not later than 5 school days after the school district receives the physician's, physician assistant's, or advanced practice registered nurse's statement. Special education and related services required by the child's IEP or services and accommodations required by the child's federal Section 504 plan must be implemented as part of the child's home or hospital instruction, unless the IEP team or federal Section 504 plan team determines that modifications are necessary during the home or hospital instruction due to the child's condition.
(a-10) Through fiscal year 2017, eligible children
to be included in any reimbursement under this paragraph must regularly
receive a minimum of one hour of instruction each school day, or in lieu
thereof of a minimum of 5 hours of instruction in each school week in
order to qualify for full reimbursement under this Section. If the
attending physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse for such a child has certified that the child should
not receive as many as 5 hours of instruction in a school week, however,
reimbursement under this paragraph on account of that child shall be
computed proportionate to the actual hours of instruction per week for
that child divided by 5.
(a-15) The State Board of Education shall establish rules governing the required qualifications of staff providing home or hospital instruction.
(b) For children described in Section 14-1.02, 80% of the cost of
transportation approved as a related service in the Individualized Education Program for each student
in order to take advantage of special educational facilities.
Transportation costs shall be determined in the same fashion as provided
in Section 29-5 of this Code. For purposes of this subsection (b), the dates for
processing claims specified in Section 29-5 shall apply.
(c) Through fiscal year 2017, for each qualified worker, the annual sum of
(d) Through fiscal year 2017, for one full-time qualified director of the special education
program of each school district which maintains a fully approved program
of special education, the annual sum of $9,000. Districts participating in a joint agreement special
education program shall not receive such reimbursement if reimbursement is made
for a director of the joint agreement program.
(g) Through fiscal year 2017, for readers working with blind or partially seeing children, 1/2
of their salary but not more than $400 annually per child. Readers may
be employed to assist such children and shall not be required to be
certified but prior to employment shall meet standards set up by the
State Board of Education.
(h) Through fiscal year 2017, for non-certified employees, as defined by rules promulgated by the State Board of Education, who deliver services to students with IEPs, 1/2 of the salary paid or
$3,500 per employee, whichever is less.
(i) The State Board of Education shall set standards and prescribe rules
for determining the allocation of reimbursement under this section on
less than a full time basis and for less than a school year.
When any school district eligible for reimbursement under this
Section operates a school or program approved by the State
Superintendent of Education for a number of days in excess of the
adopted school calendar but not to exceed 235 school days, such
reimbursement shall be increased by 1/180 of the amount or rate paid
hereunder for each day such school is operated in excess of 180 days per
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
29-5 of this Code may classify all or a portion of the funds that it receives
in a particular fiscal year or from evidence-based funding pursuant to Section 18-8.15
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
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 evidence-based funding
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.
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,
or requirements of providing services.
No funding shall be provided to school districts under this Section after fiscal year 2017. In fiscal year 2018 and each fiscal year thereafter, all funding received by a school district from the State pursuant to Section 18-8.15 of this Code that is attributable to personnel reimbursements for special education pupils must be used for special education services authorized under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)
105 ILCS 5/14-14.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-14.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-14.01)
Warrants for reimbursement.
The State Comptroller shall draw his warrants on the State Treasurer on
or before September 30 of each year for the respective sums for
reimbursement for special education reported to him on presentation of
vouchers approved by the State Superintendent of Education.
(Source: P.A. 83-729
105 ILCS 5/14-15.01
(105 ILCS 5/14-15.01)
(from Ch. 122, par. 14-15.01)
Community and Residential Services Authority.
(a) (1) The Community and Residential Services Authority is
hereby created and shall consist of the following members:
A representative of the State Board of Education;
Four representatives of the Department of Human Services appointed by the Secretary of Human Services,
with one member from the Division of Community Health and
Prevention, one member from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, one member
from the Division of Mental Health, and one member from the Division of
A representative of the Department of Children and Family Services;
A representative of the Department of Juvenile Justice;
A representative of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services;
A representative of the Attorney General's Disability Rights Advocacy
The Chairperson and Minority Spokesperson of the House and Senate
Committees on Elementary and Secondary Education or their designees; and
Six persons appointed by the Governor. Five of such
appointees shall be experienced or knowledgeable relative to
provision of services for individuals with a behavior
or a severe emotional disturbance
and shall include representatives of
both the private and public sectors, except that no more than 2 of those 5
appointees may be from the public sector and at least 2 must be or have been
directly involved in provision of services to such individuals. The remaining
member appointed by the Governor shall be or shall have been a parent of an
individual with a
behavior disorder or a severe emotional disturbance, and
that appointee may be from either the private or the public sector.
(2) Members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed for terms
of 4 years and shall continue to serve until their respective successors are
appointed; provided that the terms of the original
appointees shall expire on August 1, 1990. Any vacancy in the office of a
member appointed by the Governor shall be filled by appointment of the
Governor for the remainder of the term.
A vacancy in the office of a member appointed by the Governor exists when
one or more of the following events occur:
(i) An appointee dies;
(ii) An appointee files a written resignation with
(iii) An appointee ceases to be a legal resident of
the State of Illinois; or
(iv) An appointee fails to attend a majority of
regularly scheduled Authority meetings in a fiscal year.
Members who are representatives of an agency shall serve at the will
of the agency head. Membership on the Authority shall cease immediately
upon cessation of their affiliation with the agency. If such a vacancy
occurs, the appropriate agency head shall appoint another person to represent
If a legislative member of the Authority ceases to be Chairperson or
Minority Spokesperson of the designated Committees, they shall
automatically be replaced on the Authority by the person who assumes the
position of Chairperson or Minority Spokesperson.
(b) The Community and Residential Services Authority shall have the
following powers and duties:
(1) To conduct surveys to determine the extent of
need, the degree to which documented need is currently being met and feasible alternatives for matching need with resources.
(2) To develop policy statements for interagency
cooperation to cover all aspects of service delivery, including laws, regulations and procedures, and clear guidelines for determining responsibility at all times.
(3) To recommend policy statements and provide
information regarding effective programs for delivery of services to all individuals under 22 years of age with a behavior disorder or a severe emotional disturbance in public or private situations.
(4) To review the criteria for service eligibility,
provision and availability established by the governmental agencies represented on this Authority, and to recommend changes, additions or deletions to such criteria.
(5) To develop and submit to the Governor, the
General Assembly, the Directors of the agencies represented on the Authority, and the State Board of Education a master plan for individuals under 22 years of age with a behavior disorder or a severe emotional disturbance, including detailed plans of service ranging from the least to the most restrictive options; and to assist local communities, upon request, in developing or strengthening collaborative interagency networks.
(6) To develop a process for making determinations in
situations where there is a dispute relative to a plan of service for individuals or funding for a plan of service.
(7) To provide technical assistance to parents,
service consumers, providers, and member agency personnel regarding statutory responsibilities of human service and educational agencies, and to provide such assistance as deemed necessary to appropriately access needed services.
(c) (1) The members of the Authority shall receive no compensation for
their services but shall be entitled to reimbursement of reasonable
expenses incurred while performing their duties.
(2) The Authority may appoint special study groups to operate under
the direction of the Authority and persons appointed to such groups shall
receive only reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred in the
performance of their duties.
(3) The Authority shall elect from its membership a chairperson,
vice-chairperson and secretary.
(4) The Authority 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 Act. Staff assistance for the Authority
shall be provided by the State Board of Education.
(5) Funds for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Authority
shall be appropriated to the State Board of Education in a separate line item.
(d) (1) The Authority shall have power to promulgate rules and
regulations to carry out its powers and duties under this Act.
(2) The Authority may accept monetary gifts or grants from the federal
government or any agency thereof, from any charitable foundation or
professional association or from any other reputable source for
implementation of any program necessary or desirable to the carrying out of
the general purposes of the Authority. Such gifts and grants may be
held in trust by the Authority and expended in the exercise of its powers
and performance of its duties as prescribed by law.
(3) The Authority shall submit an annual report of its activities and
expenditures to the Governor, the General Assembly, the
directors of agencies represented on the Authority, and the State
Superintendent of Education.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)
105 ILCS 5/14-16
(105 ILCS 5/14-16)
Participation in graduation ceremony.
(a) This Section may be referred to as Brittany's Law. The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) Each year, school districts across this State
celebrate their students' accomplishments through graduation ceremonies at which high school diplomas are bestowed upon students who have completed their high school requirements.
(2) There are children with disabilities in this
State who have finished 4 years of high school, but whose individualized education programs prescribe the continuation of special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services beyond the completion of 4 years of high school.
(3) It is well-established that the awarding of a
high school diploma to and the high school graduation of a child with a disability is tantamount to the termination of eligibility for special education and related services for the student under applicable federal law.
(4) Many children with disabilities who will
continue their public education in accordance with their individualized education programs after finishing 4 years of high school wish to celebrate their accomplishments by participating in a graduation ceremony with their classmates.
(5) The opportunity for classmates with disabilities
and those without disabilities to celebrate their accomplishments together only occurs once, and the opportunity to celebrate the receipt of a diploma several years after one's classmates have graduated diminishes the experience for students whose age peers have left high school several years earlier.
(b) Beginning March 1, 2005, each school district that operates a high school must have a policy and procedures that allow a child with a disability who will have completed 4 years of high school at the end of a school year to participate in the graduation ceremony of the student's high school graduating class and receive a certificate of completion if the student's individualized education program prescribes special education, transition planning, transition services, or related services beyond the student's 4 years of high school. The policy and procedures must require timely and meaningful written notice to children with disabilities and their parents or guardians about the school district's policy and procedures adopted in accordance with this Section.
(c) The State Board of Education shall monitor and enforce compliance with the provisions of this Section and is authorized to adopt rules for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 93-1079, eff. 1-21-05.)
105 ILCS 5/Art. 14A
(105 ILCS 5/Art. 14A heading)
GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN AND CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR ACCELERATED PLACEMENT
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/14A-5
(105 ILCS 5/14A-5)
This Article applies beginning with the 2006-2007 school year.
(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
105 ILCS 5/14A-10
(105 ILCS 5/14A-10)
The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) that gifted and talented children (i) exhibit
high performance capabilities in intellectual, creative, and artistic areas, (ii) possess an exceptional leadership potential, (iii) excel in specific academic fields, and (iv) have the potential to be influential in business, government, health care, the arts, and other critical sectors of our economic and cultural environment;
(2) that gifted and talented children require
services and activities that are not ordinarily provided by schools; and
(3) that outstanding talents are present in children
and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
105 ILCS 5/14A-15
(105 ILCS 5/14A-15)
The purpose of this Article is to provide encouragement, assistance, and guidance to school districts in the development and improvement of educational programs for gifted and talented children and children eligible for accelerated placement as defined in Sections 14A-20 and 14A-17 of this Code. School districts shall continue to have the authority and flexibility to design education programs for gifted and talented children in response to community needs, but these programs must comply with the requirements established in Section 14A-30 of this Code by no later than September 1, 2006 in order to merit approval by the State Board of Education in order to qualify for State funding for the education of gifted and talented children, should such funding become available.
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/14A-17
(105 ILCS 5/14A-17)
For purposes of this Article, "accelerated placement" means the placement of a child in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the child. "Accelerated placement" under this Article or other school district-adopted policies shall include, but need not be limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a child in a single subject, and grade acceleration.
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/14A-20
(105 ILCS 5/14A-20)
Gifted and talented children.
For purposes of this Article, "gifted and talented children" means
children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other children and youth of their age, experience, and environment. A child shall be considered gifted and talented in any area of aptitude, and, specifically, in language arts and mathematics, by scoring in the top 5% locally in that area of aptitude.
(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
105 ILCS 5/14A-25
(105 ILCS 5/14A-25)
Eligibility for participation in programs established pursuant to this Article shall be determined solely through identification of a child as gifted, talented, or eligible for accelerated placement. No program or placement shall condition participation upon race, religion, sex, disability, or any factor other than the identification of the child as gifted, talented, or eligible for placement.
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/14A-30
(105 ILCS 5/14A-30)
Funding of local gifted education programs.
A local program for the education of gifted and talented children may be approved for funding by the State Board of Education, pursuant to a request for proposals process, if funds for that purpose are available and, beginning with the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, if the local program submits an application for funds that includes a comprehensive plan (i) showing that the applicant is capable of meeting a portion of the following requirements, (ii) showing the program elements currently in place and a timeline for implementation of other elements, and (iii) demonstrating to the satisfaction of the State Board of Education that the applicant is capable of implementing a program of gifted education consistent with this Article:
(1) The use of assessment instruments, such as
nonverbal ability tests and tests in students' native languages, and a selection process that is equitable to and inclusive of underrepresented groups, including low-income students, minority students, students with disabilities, twice-exceptional students, and English learners.
(2) A priority emphasis on language arts and
(3) The use of multiple valid assessments that assess
both demonstrated achievement and potential for achievement, including cognitive ability tests and general or subject specific achievement tests, applied universally to all students, and appropriate for the content focus of the gifted services that will be provided. School districts and schools may add other local, valid assessments, such as portfolios. Assessments and selection processes must ensure multiple pathways into the program.
(4) The use of score ranges on assessments that are
appropriate for the school or district population, including the use of local norms for achievement to identify high potential students.
(5) A process of identification of gifted and
talented children that is of equal rigor in each area of aptitude addressed by the program.
(6) The use of identification procedures that
appropriately correspond with the planned programs, curricula, and services.
(7) A fair and equitable decision-making process.
(8) The availability of a fair and impartial appeal
process within the school, school district, or cooperative of school districts operating a program for parents or guardians whose children are aggrieved by a decision of the school, school district, or cooperative of school districts regarding eligibility for participation in a program.
(9) Procedures for annually informing the community
at-large, including parents, about the program and the methods used for the identification of gifted and talented children.
(10) Procedures for notifying parents or guardians of
a child of a decision affecting that child's participation in a program.
(11) A description of how gifted and talented
children will be grouped and instructed in order to maximize the educational benefits the children derive from participation in the program, including curriculum modifications and options that accelerate and add depth and complexity to the curriculum content.
(12) An explanation of how the program emphasizes
higher-level skills attainment, including problem-solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, and research skills, as embedded within relevant content areas.
(13) A methodology for measuring academic growth for
gifted and talented children and a procedure for communicating a child's progress to his or her parents or guardian, including, but not limited to, a report card.
(14) The collection of data on growth in learning for
children in a program for gifted and talented children and the reporting of the data to the State Board of Education.
(15) The designation of a supervisor responsible for
overseeing the educational program for gifted and talented children.
(16) A showing that the certified teachers who are
assigned to teach gifted and talented children understand the characteristics and educational needs of children and are able to differentiate the curriculum and apply instructional methods to meet the needs of the children.
(17) Plans for the continuation of professional
development for staff assigned to the program serving gifted and talented children.
(Source: P.A. 99-706, eff. 7-29-16.)
105 ILCS 5/14A-32
(105 ILCS 5/14A-32)
Accelerated placement; school district responsibilities.
(a) Each school district shall have a policy that allows for accelerated placement that includes or incorporates by reference the following components:
(1) a provision that provides that participation in
accelerated placement is not limited to those children who have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is open to all children who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement;
(2) a fair and equitable decision-making process that
involves multiple persons and includes a student's parents or guardians;
(3) procedures for notifying parents or guardians of
a child of a decision affecting that child's participation in an accelerated placement program; and
(4) an assessment process that includes multiple
valid, reliable indicators.
(b) Further, a school district's accelerated placement policy may include or incorporate by reference, but need not be limited to, the following components:
(1) procedures for annually informing the community
at-large, including parents or guardians, about the accelerated placement program and the methods used for the identification of children eligible for accelerated placement;
(2) a process for referral that allows for multiple
referrers, including a child's parents or guardians; other referrers may include licensed education professionals, the child, with the written consent of a parent or guardian, a peer, through a licensed education professional who has knowledge of the referred child's abilities, or, in case of possible early entrance, a preschool educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who knows the child; and
(3) a provision that provides that children
participating in an accelerated placement program and their parents or guardians will be provided a written plan detailing the type of acceleration the child will receive and strategies to support the child.
(c) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to determine data to be collected regarding accelerated placement and a method of making the information available to the public.
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/14A-35
(105 ILCS 5/14A-35)
Administrative functions of the State Board of Education for gifted and talented children programs.
(a) The State Board of Education must designate a staff person who shall be in charge of educational programs for gifted and talented children. This staff person shall, at a minimum, (i) be responsible for developing an approval process for educational programs for gifted and talented children by no later than September 1, 2006, (ii) receive and maintain the written descriptions of all programs for gifted and talented children in the State, (iii) collect and maintain the annual growth in learning data submitted by a school, school district, or cooperative of school districts, (iv) identify potential funding sources for the education of gifted and talented children, and (v) serve as the main contact person at the State Board of Education for program supervisors and other school officials, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the education of gifted and talented children.
(b) Subject to the availability of funds for these purposes, the State Board of Education may perform a variety of additional administrative functions with respect to the education of gifted and talented children, including, but not limited to, supervision, quality assurance, compliance monitoring, and oversight of local programs, analysis of performance outcome data submitted by local educational agencies, the establishment of personnel standards, and a program of personnel development for teachers and administrative personnel in the education of gifted and talented children.
(Source: P.A. 100-421, eff. 7-1-18