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90_HB2640eng 105 ILCS 5/2-3.126 new Amends the School Code. Creates a student promotion policy grant program to be implemented and administered by the State Board of Education. Provides for the award of grants by the State Board of Education, from appropriations made for purposes of the program, to school districts that establish and implement a student promotion policy. Provides that a school district is not eligible to receive a grant unless its student promotion policy includes, for students who do not qualify for or may require remedial assistance in order to qualify for promotion to the next higher grade, a summer bridge program of no less than 90 hours or a program of increased instructional time under which students receiving remedial assistance receive more clock hours of instruction in a school day and school week than are required for non-remedial assistance students. Effective July 1, 1998. LRB9008993THpk HB2640 Engrossed LRB9008993THpk 1 AN ACT to amend the School Code by adding Section 2 2-3.126. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section 6 2-3.126 as follows: 7 (105 ILCS 5/2-3.126 new) 8 Sec. 2-3.126. Student promotion policy grant program. A 9 student promotion policy grant program is hereby created. 10 The program shall be implemented and administered by the 11 State Board of Education as provided in this Section. 12 From appropriations made for purposes of this Section the 13 State Board of Education shall award grants to school 14 districts that establish and implement a policy for student 15 promotion. 16 Grants shall be awarded pursuant to application. The 17 form and manner of applications and the criteria for the 18 award of grants shall be prescribed by the State Board of 19 Education. However, the grant criteria as so prescribed 20 shall provide that no school district is eligible for a grant 21 under this Section unless the student promotion policy, as 22 established, implemented, and enforced in the applicant 23 district for students who do not qualify for, or who may 24 require remedial assistance in order to qualify for, 25 promotion to the next higher grade, includes either (1) a 26 summer bridge program of no less than 90 hours, or (2) a 27 program of increased instructional time under which students 28 who are assigned to the program for remedial assistance 29 receive more clock hours of instruction during the school day 30 and school week than are required for non-program students of 31 the district, or (3) both of the programs described in items HB2640 Engrossed -2- LRB9008993THpk 1 (1) and (2) of this paragraph. 2 Grants awarded to eligible districts under this Section 3 shall be used and applied by the districts to defray the 4 costs and expenses of implementing and enforcing their 5 respective student promotion policies. 6 The State Board of Education shall adopt any rules, 7 consistent with the requirements of this Section, that are 8 necessary to implement and administer the student promotion 9 policy grant program. 10 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 11 1, 1998.
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