Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code and the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act. Requires the State Board of Education, regional superintendents of schools, school boards (and their schools), and nonpublic schools that receive funds for free or reduced-price lunches under the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act to agree in writing with the Department of Public Aid to share with the Department information on applicants for free or reduced-price lunches. Provides that the sharing of information shall be for the sole purpose of helping the Department identify and enroll children in the State Medical Assistance Program or the State Children's Health Insurance Program or both as allowed and under the restrictions set forth in federal law. Provides that before an entity shares with the Department of Public Aid information on an applicant, that entity must obtain the consent of the applicant's parent or legal guardian. Effective July 1, 2003.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting any rule that would prohibit a child from receiving any form of subsidy or benefit due to his or her parent or guardian withholding consent to the sharing of information. Prohibits the Department of Public Aid from seeking any punitive action against or withholding any benefit or subsidy from an applicant for a free or reduced-price lunch due to the applicant's parent or legal guardian withholding consent to the sharing of information. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act to permit the dissemination of school student record information to the Department of Public Aid in furtherance of the requirement that information on school lunch applicants be shared.