Further amends the School Code. Makes changes in Sections concerning criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database. With respect to employees of person or firms holding contracts with more than one school district, adds a reference to the Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database. Removes provisions concerning fingerprint-based criminal history records check and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database for student teachers in the public schools. Provides instead that, beginning on January 1, 2012, the provisions of these Sections shall apply to all student teachers assigned to public schools or nonpublic schools recognized by the State Board of Education. Provides that student teachers must undergo a Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint-based criminal history records check, with authorization to conduct the criminal history records check furnished by the student teacher to the school to which the student teacher is assigned. Provides that the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall furnish, pursuant to a fingerprint-based criminal history records check, records of convictions, until expunged, to the president of the school board for the school district that requested the check or the chief administrative officer of the nonpublic school that requested the check. Provides that the Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the check, which fee must be deposited into the State Police Services Fund and must not exceed the cost of the inquiry. Provides that the student teacher shall be required to pay all fees associated with conducting the criminal history records check, as well as any other application fees as established by rule. Provides that results of the check must also be furnished by the school district or nonpublic school to the higher education institution where the student teacher is enrolled. Provides that no one may begin student teaching until the results of the criminal history records check have been returned to the school district or nonpublic school.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code and the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades 6 through 12 shall include instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS (instead of instruction on the prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS). Provides that all classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual intercourse in grades 6 through 12 shall emphasize that abstinence from sexual intercourse is a responsible and positive decision and is the only protection that is 100% effective against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually (instead of providing that all public elementary, junior high, and senior high school classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual intercourse shall emphasize that abstinence is the expected norm in that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only protection that is 100% effective against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually). Provides that all classes that teach sex education and discuss sexual intercourse in grades 6 through 12 shall satisfy specified criteria (instead of all sex education courses that discuss sexual intercourse shall satisfy specified criteria); makes changes to that criteria. Provides that an opportunity shall be afforded to individuals (not just parents or guardians) to examine the instructional materials to be used in the class or course. Provides that the State Board of Education shall make available resource materials for educating children regarding sex education and may take into consideration the curriculum on this subject developed by other states, as well as any other curricular materials suggested by education experts and other groups that work on sex education issues. Provides that materials may include without limitation model sex education curriculums and sexual health education programs. Requires the State Board to make these resource materials available on its Internet website. Provides that school districts that do not currently provide sex education are not required to teach sex education. Provides that if a sex education class or course is offered in any of grades 6 through 12, the school district may choose and adapt the developmentally and age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based, and complete sex education curriculum that meets the specific needs of its community. Provides that the Comprehensive Health Education Program shall include the educational area of evidence-based and medically accurate information regarding sexual abstinence (instead of the area of sexual abstinence until marriage).
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3 Makes a technical correction and changes a reference concerning the criteria by which the State Board of Education shall make available resource materials.