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105 ILCS 5/3-15.12a
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.12a)
Alternate route to high school diploma for adult learners.
(a) The purpose of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly is to provide eligible applicants that have been or are unable to establish agreements with a secondary or unit school district in the area in which the applicant is located with a process for attaining the authority to award high school diplomas to adult learners.
(a-5) In this Section:
"Adult learner" means a person ineligible for reenrollment under subsection (b) of Section 26-2 of this Code and 34 CFR 300.102.
"Board" means the Illinois Community College Board.
"Eligible applicant" means a community college established and operating under the authority of the Public Community College Act; a non-profit entity in partnership with a regional superintendent of schools; the chief administrator of an intermediate service center that has the authority, under rules adopted by the State Board of Education, to issue a high school diploma; or a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code. In order to be an eligible applicant, an entity under this definition, other than a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code, must provide evidence or other documentation that it is or has been unable to establish an agreement with a secondary or unit school district in which the eligible applicant is located to provide a program in which students who successfully complete the program can receive a high school diploma from their school district of residence.
"Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board.
"High school diploma program for adult learners" means a program approved to operate under this Section that provides a program of alterative study to adult learners leading to the issuance of a high school diploma.
(b) An eligible applicant is authorized to design a high school diploma program for adult learners, to be approved by the Board prior to implementation. A non-profit eligible applicant shall operate this program only within the jurisdictional authority of the regional superintendent of schools, the chief administrator of an intermediate service center, or a school district organized Article 34 of this Code with whom the non-profit eligible applicant has entered into a partnership. An approved program shall include, without limitation, all of the following:
(1) An administrative structure, program activities,
program staff, a budget, and a specific curriculum that is consistent with Illinois Learning Standards, as well as Illinois content standards for adults, but may be different from a regular school program in terms of location, length of school day, program sequence, multidisciplinary courses, pace, instructional activities, or any combination of these.
(2) Issuance of a high school diploma only if an
adult learner meets all minimum requirements under this Code and its implementing rules for receipt of a high school diploma.
(3) Specific academic, behavioral, and emotional
support services to be offered to adult learners enrolled in the program.
(4) Career and technical education courses that lead
to industry certifications in high growth and in-demand industry sectors or dual credit courses from a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution consistent with the Dual Credit Quality Act. The program may include partnering with a community college district to provide career and technical education courses that lead to industry certifications.
(5) Specific program outcomes and goals and metrics
to be used by the program to determine success.
(6) The requirement that all instructional staff must
hold an educator license valid for the high school grades issued under Article 21B of this Code.
(7) Any other requirements adopted by rule by the
(c) Eligible applicants shall apply for approval of a high school diploma program for adult learners to the Board on forms prescribed by the Board.
(1) Initial approval shall be for a period not to
(2) Renewal of approval shall be for a period not to
exceed 4 school years and shall be contingent upon at least specific documented outcomes of student progression, graduation rates, and earning of industry-recognized credentials.
(3) Program approval may be given only if the
Executive Director determines that the eligible applicant has provided assurance through evidence of other documentation that it will meet the requirements of subsection (b) of this Section and any rules adopted by the Board. The Board shall make public any evaluation criteria it uses in making a determination of program approval or denial.
(4) Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the
contrary, a non-profit eligible applicant shall provide the following to the Board:
(A) documentation that the non-profit entity will
fulfill the requirements of subsection (b) of this Section;
(B) evidence that the non-profit entity has the
capacity to fulfill the requirements of this Section;
(C) a description of the coordination and
oversight that the eligible entity will provide in the administration of the program by the non-profit entity;
(D) evidence that the non-profit entity has a
history of providing services to adults 18 years of age or older whose educational and training opportunities have been limited by educational disadvantages, disabilities, and challenges.
(5) If an eligible applicant that has been approved
fails to meet any of the requirements of subsection (b) of this Section and any rules adopted by the Board, the Executive Director shall immediately initiate a process to revoke the eligible applicant's approval to provide the program, pursuant to rules adopted by the Board.
(d) The Board may adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-514, eff. 9-22-17.)
105 ILCS 5/3-15.14
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.14)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3-15.14)
Cooperative Educational and Operational Programs.
To administer and direct a cooperative or joint educational or operational program
or project when 2 or more districts request and authorize him or her to provide
and administer these services. Each regional superintendent of schools is encouraged to offer school districts the opportunity to share in joint educational or operational programs and to urge school districts to participate in such programs when the school district determines that such participation is fiscally prudent. The regional superintendent of schools may provide and contract for the
staff, space, necessary materials, supplies, books and apparatus for
such agreements. The school boards of the respective districts shall pay
to the regional superintendent the pro rata share of the expenses of the
operation of such programs, and the regional superintendent shall use
such funds in payment of such operational expenses. The regional
superintendent shall collect and remit the required pension contributions
from the participating districts if the board of control of the program
participates in Article 7 of the Illinois Pension Code.
A board of control composed of one member from each cooperating
district and one member from the office of the regional superintendent
will set policy for the cooperative. The agreement establishing the
cooperative may provide that the cooperative shall act as its own
administrative district and shall be an entity separate and apart from the
Educational Service Region.
Each regional superintendent that is the administrator of a joint
agreement shall cause an annual financial statement to be submitted on
forms prescribed by the State Board of Education exhibiting
the financial condition of the program established pursuant to the joint
agreement for the fiscal year ending on the immediately preceding June
The regional superintendent may also administer, direct and account
for educational programs of single or multi-county educational service
region, or of multi-regional design which are sponsored and financed by
State or federal educational agencies, or by both such agencies.
In cases where funding for any such approved program is delayed, the
regional superintendent may borrow the funds required to begin operation of
the program in accordance with the terms of the grant; and the principal
amount so borrowed, together with the interest due thereon, shall be paid
from the grant moneys when received.
(Source: P.A. 97-357, eff. 1-1-12.)
105 ILCS 5/3-15.14a
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.14a)
The regional superintendent of schools may, at the request of a school district, present to the school district possible services and functions that multiple schools may share or consolidate. Such services and functions may include, but are not limited to, bidding and purchasing, office functions such as payroll and accounting, information technology, professional development, grant writing, food service management, or administrative positions. Regional superintendents of schools may share best financial practices with school districts that are exploring new methods to become more financially efficient.
(Source: P.A. 97-357, eff. 1-1-12.)
105 ILCS 5/3-15.15
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.15)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3-15.15)
Local education agency.
To apply as a local education
agency for any grant, loan, program authorization or other assistance
provided to local education agencies by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 87-1124; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)
105 ILCS 5/3-15.16
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.16)
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94. Repealed by P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)
105 ILCS 5/3-15.17
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.17)
Civic education advancement.
(a) The General Assembly finds that civic education and participation are fundamental elements of a healthy democracy, and schools are in need of support to identify civic learning opportunities and to implement new strategies to prepare and sustain high quality citizenship among their student body.
(b) Subject to appropriation, funding for civic education professional development for high school teachers must be provided by line item appropriation made to the State Board of Education for that purpose. When appropriated, the State Board of Education must provide this funding to each regional superintendent of schools based on high school enrollment as reported on the State Board of Education's most recent fall enrollment and housing report, except that 20% of each annual appropriation must be reserved for a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code.
(c) In order to establish eligibility for one or more of its schools to receive funding under this Section, a school district shall submit to its regional superintendent of schools an application, accompanied by a completed civic audit, for each school. A regional superintendent shall award funds to a district based on the number of teachers identified by the district to receive professional development multiplied by $250. A district must not be awarded more than $3,000 in any year, unless additional funds remain available after all eligible applicants have received funding. A district may not use funds authorized under this Section in any school more than once every 2 years. Funds provided under this Section must be used exclusively for professional development provided by entities that are approved providers for purposes of license renewal under Section 21B-45 of this Code.
(d) The civic audit form and its content must be designed and updated as deemed necessary by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition. Data from completed civic audits must be processed by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition. The civic audit must be made available by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition and must be designed to provide teachers and principals with a blueprint to better understand how current curriculum, service learning, and extracurricular activities are providing civic learning experiences for their students.
(Source: P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)
105 ILCS 5/3-16
(105 ILCS 5/3-16)
Grants to alternative schools, safe schools, and alternative learning opportunities programs.
The State Board of Education, subject to appropriation, shall award grants to alternative schools, safe schools, and alternative learning opportunities programs operated by a regional office of education. To calculate grant amounts to the programs operated by regional offices of education, the State Board shall calculate an amount equal to the greater of the regional program's best 3 months of average daily attendance for the 2016-2017 school year or the average of the best 3 months of average daily attendance for the 2014-2015 school year through the 2016-2017 school year, multiplied by the amount of $6,119. This amount shall be termed the "Regional Program Increased Enrollment Recognition". If the amount of the Regional Program Increased Enrollment Recognition is greater than the amount of the regional office of education program's Base Funding Minimum for fiscal year 2018, calculated under Section 18-8.15, then the State Board of Education shall pay the regional program a grant equal to the difference between the regional program's Regional Program Increased Enrollment Recognition and the Base Funding Minimum for fiscal year 2018. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to alter any payments or calculations under Section 18-8.15.
(Source: P.A. 100-587, eff. 6-4-18.)
105 ILCS 5/Art. 3A
(105 ILCS 5/Art. 3A heading)
EDUCATIONAL SERVICE REGIONS
105 ILCS 5/3A-1
(105 ILCS 5/3A-1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-1)
County or portion of county as educational service region.
county of the State shall, except as otherwise provided in this Article, be
designated as an educational service region, referred to in this Article as a
"region". Beginning the first Monday of August, 1995, that portion of a Class
II county outside a city of at least 500,000 shall constitute a region.
References in this Code to a county as a region shall also mean a portion of a
county as a region when appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 88-89.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-2
(105 ILCS 5/3A-2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-2)
Regional superintendent-County superintendent of schools.
administrative officer of an educational service region shall be
designated and referred to as "Regional Superintendent of Schools"
or "regional superintendent."
Such person shall, in his region, have the powers and duties and perform
the functions required of or exercisable by a county superintendent of
schools, except as otherwise provided by law.
Any reference to "county superintendent of schools" in The School Code
or any other Illinois statute means and refers to the regional superintendent
of schools for an
educational service region.
(Source: P.A. 79-1057.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-3
(105 ILCS 5/3A-3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-3)
Voluntary consolidation of educational service regions.
Any 2 or
more educational service regions may be consolidated into a single region in
the manner provided in this Section. All of the territory of any educational
service region shall be determined by county boundaries, but supervision and
control over school districts that are divided by a county line shall be
determined under Section 3-14.2 of this Act.
Each regional superintendent of a region that does not conform to the
population requirements of Section 3A-4 and seeks voluntary consolidation under
this Section shall appoint a nonpartisan citizens committee consisting of 5
members to consider the advisability of such a consolidation. Such regional
superintendent shall serve as ex officio secretary to the citizens committee.
This citizens committee may petition the regional board of school
trustees serving each of the regions involved for consolidation of those
regions into a single educational service region. When such a petition
is filed, the regional board of school trustees shall conduct a hearing
on the petition, after notice of the hearing has been published once,
not more than 15 nor less than 10 days before the day of the hearing, in
a newspaper having general circulation in the region. The secretary of
the regional board of school trustees shall also notify the secretary of
each school board affected by the proposed consolidation, the chairman of the
county board of each county affected thereby and the State Board of Education
that such petition has been filed. The notice shall state the date when
the petition was filed, the prayer of the petition and the date, time
and place of the hearing. Such hearing shall be held jointly by all of
the regional boards of school trustees affected by such petition and the
State Board of Education shall arrange for such joint
hearing and pay the expenses thereof. Evidence admissible at the hearing
shall include, but not be limited to, the school needs and conditions in
the territory affected by the proposed consolidation, whether or not
such area is compact and contiguous; and whether or not the proposed
consolidation would be in the best interests of the schools of the area
and the educational welfare of the pupils of such schools. At the
hearing each resident of the region shall have the rights provided for
residents under Section 7-6 and the final order of the regional board of
school trustees shall be subject to review as provided in Sections 7-6 and 7-7.
Within 10 days after the conclusion of the joint hearing each
regional board of school trustees shall meet and render a decision with
regard to the hearing on the petition. A copy of the final order of each
regional board of school trustees shall be filed with the State Board of
Education within 30 days after the conclusion of the joint
hearing. If the regional board of school trustees in each of those
regions enters an order approving the consolidation, those regions shall
be consolidated into a single educational service region, and the
State Board of Education shall authorize the establishment
of such single educational service region and to notify all interested
parties, including the county clerks of the counties affected thereby
and the State Board of Elections.
(Source: P.A. 88-89.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-4
(105 ILCS 5/3A-4)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-4)
Mandatory consolidation of educational service regions.
(a) After July 1, 2015,
region must contain at least 61,000 inhabitants. Before June 30, 2013, regions may be consolidated
voluntarily under Section 3A-3 or by joint resolution of the county boards of
regions seeking to join a voluntary consolidation, effective July 1, 2015, to meet these population
requirements. The boundaries of regions already meeting these population
requirements on the effective date of Public Act 97-703 may not be
changed except to consolidate with another region or a whole county portion of
another region which does not meet these population requirements.
If, before November 1, 2013, locally determined consolidation decisions result in more than 35 regions of
population greater than 61,000 each, the State Board of Education shall, before November 23, 2013, direct
further consolidation, beginning with the region of lowest population, until
the number of 35 regions is achieved.
(c) If, within 90 days after the most recent certified federal census, a region does not meet the population requirements of this Section, then regions may be consolidated voluntarily under Section 3A-3 of this Code or by joint resolution of the county boards of regions seeking to join a voluntary consolidation to meet these population requirements. If locally determined consolidation decisions result in a region not meeting the population requirements of this Section or result in more than 35 regions, then the State Board of Education shall have the authority to impose further consolidation by order of the State Superintendent of Education. Such an order shall be a final order and is subject to the Administrative Review Law.
(d) All population determinations shall be based on the most recent
(Source: P.A. 97-703, eff. 6-25-12; 98-594, eff. 11-15-13.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-5
(105 ILCS 5/3A-5)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-5)
Effective date of consolidation.
Any consolidation of regions,
whether under Section 3A-3 or 3A-4, shall take effect at the expiration of
the terms of office of the regional superintendents in office at the time
the consolidation is approved under Section 3A-3 or directed under Section
3A-4. However, at the regular election immediately preceding
the effective date of the consolidation at which regional superintendents
are to be elected in accordance with the general election law, regional
superintendents shall not be elected from each of the regions comprising
the consolidated region, but one regional superintendent shall be elected
to take office on the effective date of the consolidation.
(Source: P.A. 88-89.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-6
(105 ILCS 5/3A-6)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-6)
Election of Superintendent for consolidated region - Bond -
Vacancies in any educational service region.
(a) The regional superintendent to be
elected under Section 3A-5 shall be elected at the time provided in the general
election law and must possess the qualifications described in Section 3-1 of
(b) The bond required under Section 3-2 shall be filed in the office of
county clerk in the county where the regional office is situated, and a
certified copy of that bond shall be filed in the office of the county clerk
in each of the other counties in the region.
(c) When a vacancy occurs in the office of regional superintendent of
schools of any educational service region which is not located in a county
which is a home rule unit, such vacancy shall be filled within 60 days (i)
by appointment of the chairman of the county board, with the advice and
consent of the county board, when such vacancy occurs in a single county
educational service region; or (ii) by appointment of a committee composed
of the chairmen of the county boards of those counties comprising the
affected educational service region when such vacancy occurs in a
multicounty educational service region, each committeeman to be entitled to
one vote for each vote that was received in the county represented by such
committeeman on the committee by the regional superintendent of schools
whose office is vacant at the last election at which a regional
superintendent was elected to such office, and the person receiving the
highest number of affirmative votes from the committeemen for such vacant
office to be deemed the person appointed by such committee to fill the
vacancy. The appointee shall be a member of the same political party as the
regional superintendent of schools the appointee succeeds was at the time
such regional superintendent of schools last was elected. The appointee
for the remainder of the term. However, if more than 28 months remain
in that term, the appointment shall be until the next general election, at
which time the vacated office shall be filled by election for the remainder
of the term. Nominations shall be made and any vacancy in nomination
shall be filled as follows:
(1) If the vacancy in office occurs before the first
date provided in Section 7-12 of the Election Code for filing nomination papers for county offices for the primary in the next even-numbered year following commencement of the term of office in which the vacancy occurs, nominations for the election for filling the vacancy shall be made pursuant to Article 7 of the Election Code.
(2) If the vacancy in office occurs during the time
provided in Section 7-12 of the Election Code for filing nomination papers for county offices for the primary in the next even-numbered year following commencement of the term of office in which the vacancy occurs, the time for filing nomination papers for the primary shall not be more than 91 days nor less than 85 days prior to the date of the primary.
(3) If the vacancy in office occurs after the last
day provided in Section 7-12 of the Election Code for filing nomination papers for county offices for the primary in the next even-numbered year following commencement of the term of office in which the vacancy occurs, a vacancy in nomination shall be deemed to have occurred and the county central committee of each established political party (if the vacancy occurs in a single county educational service region) or the multi-county educational service region committee of each established political party (if the vacancy occurs in a multi-county educational service region) shall nominate, by resolution, a candidate to fill the vacancy in nomination for election to the office at the general election. In the nomination proceedings to fill the vacancy in nomination, each member of the county central committee or the multi-county educational service region committee, whichever applies, shall have the voting strength as set forth in Section 7-8 or 7-8.02 of the Election Code, respectively. The name of the candidate so nominated shall not appear on the ballot at the general primary election. The vacancy in nomination shall be filled prior to the date of certification of candidates for the general election.
(4) The resolution to fill the vacancy shall be duly
acknowledged before an officer qualified to take acknowledgments of deeds and shall include, upon its face, the following information: (A) the name of the original nominee and the office vacated; (B) the date on which the vacancy occurred; and (C) the name and address of the nominee selected to fill the vacancy and the date of selection. The resolution to fill the vacancy shall be accompanied by a statement of candidacy, as prescribed in Section 7-10 of the Election Code, completed by the selected nominee, a certificate from the State Board of Education, as prescribed in Section 3-1 of this Code, and a receipt indicating that the nominee has filed a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
The provisions of Sections 10-8 through 10-10.1 of the Election Code
relating to objections to nomination papers, hearings on objections, and
judicial review shall also apply to and govern objections to nomination papers
and resolutions for filling vacancies in nomination filed pursuant to this
Section. Unless otherwise specified in this Section, the nomination and
election provided for in this Section is governed by the general election
Except as otherwise provided by applicable county ordinance or by law, if
a vacancy occurs in the office of regional superintendent of schools of an
educational service region that is located in a county that is a home rule unit
and that has a population of less than 2,000,000 inhabitants, that vacancy
shall be filled by the county board of such home rule county.
Any person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of
regional superintendent of schools of any educational service region must
possess the qualifications required to be elected to the position of
regional superintendent of schools, and shall obtain a certificate of
eligibility from the State Superintendent of Education and file same with
the county clerk of the county in which the regional superintendent's office
If the regional superintendent of schools is called into the active military
service of the United States, his office shall not be deemed to be vacant,
but a temporary appointment shall be made as in the case of a vacancy.
The appointee shall perform all the duties of the regional superintendent
of schools during the time the regional superintendent of schools is in
the active military service of the United States, and shall be paid the
same compensation apportioned as to the time of service, and such appointment
and all authority thereunder shall cease upon the discharge of the regional
superintendent of schools from such active military service. The appointee
shall give the same bond as is required of a regularly elected regional
superintendent of schools.
(Source: P.A. 96-893, eff. 7-1-10.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-7
(105 ILCS 5/3A-7)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-7)
Expenses of regional office - Budget.
When 2 or more regions have been consolidated into a single educational
service region, the costs of secretarial service, office space and other
expenses necessarily incurred in the operation of the office of the regional
superintendent shall be allocated to and
borne by the counties comprising the region in the proportion that the
equalized and assessed value of the taxable property in the county bears to
the total equalized and assessed value of all taxable property in the
region. For the purposes of calculating equalized assessed valuation
of taxable property under this Section for any tax year beginning January
1, 1981 or thereafter, the equalized assessed valuation for a county shall
be determined by adding to the real property equalized assessed valuation
for the county an amount computed by dividing the amount of money received
by the county under the provisions of "An Act in relation to the abolition
of ad valorem personal property tax and the replacement of revenues lost
thereby, and amending and repealing certain Acts and parts of Acts in connection
therewith", certified August 14, 1979, as amended, by the total tax rate
for the county.
By October 1 annually, the regional superintendent shall prepare a
budget, setting out the anticipated income for his educational service
region and a statement of the costs of secretarial services, office space
and other expenses to be incurred in the operation of his office, and shall
submit that budget to the county board of each of the counties in his
region for approval. No such costs or expenses may be incurred except
pursuant to that budget as approved by each of the county boards concerned.
The budget may be amended, modified or supplemented upon the vote of a 2/3
majority of each of those county boards.
(Source: P.A. 82-646.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-8
(105 ILCS 5/3A-8)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-8)
The location of the office for a multi-county educational service
region, which has been consolidated pursuant to the terms of this Article,
shall be determined by a committee composed of the chairmen of the county
boards of all counties in the region. In the event of a tie vote
by such committee, the chairman
of the regional board of school trustees shall cast the deciding vote.
(Source: P.A. 86-1028.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-9
(105 ILCS 5/3A-9)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-9)
An educational service region, consisting
of 2 or more counties, may be restructured by the disconnection of a
county from the educational service region as provided in this Article.
However, no educational service region involved in the disconnection may
contain less than 33,000 inhabitants after the disconnection, unless it
is a region which after the disconnection contains an area that was
formed from the consolidation of 3 or more regions.
Disconnection may be initiated by a petition requesting an election
on whether the county should be disconnected from the present
educational service region and whether the county should be consolidated
with a different specified educational service region. A petition shall
be signed by 10% of the legal resident voters of the county to which the
petition refers; the petitioners' addresses shall be included.
A petition shall be filed with the regional superintendent of the
educational service region of which the county is a part not more than
99 nor less than 92 days prior to a regular scheduled election. The
regional superintendent and the county clerk shall
determine the sufficiency of the petition. If the petition is deemed
sufficient by the regional superintendent and the county clerk, the
regional superintendent shall call an election at the next regular scheduled
election for the purpose
of presenting a public measure, in accord with the petition, to the
voters of the county to be disconnected as specified in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)
105 ILCS 5/3A-10
(105 ILCS 5/3A-10)
(from Ch. 122, par. 3A-10)
Notice of Election.
A notice of the election shall be
given in accordance with the general election law. In addition to
the requirements of the general election law the notice shall
be in substantially the following form:
NOTICE OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICE REGION ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that on (insert date) an
election will be held in ............... County, Illinois, for the purpose of
voting upon this question:
Shall ............. County be disconnected from the Educational
Service Region for the Counties of ................ and .............
and shall the regional board of school trustees for ............. County
be requested to approve the consolidation of the counties into a single
educational service region?
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)