Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Exempts contracts awarded to a local contractor who is not the lowest responsible bidder, but who is a qualified bidder who has submitted a bid that does not exceed 2% over the lowest responsible bid received by the school board, from the requirement that a school board award all contracts for the purchase of supplies and materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $25,000 to the lowest responsible bidder. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Exempts contracts awarded to a contractor located in the county where the school district or any portion of the school district is situated who is not the lowest bidder, but who is a responsible bidder who qualifies under the award of contract provisions and who has submitted a bid that does not exceed 2% over the lowest responsible bid received by the school board, from the requirement that a school board award all contracts for the purchase of supplies and materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $25,000 to the lowest responsible bidder. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Makes changes concerning a charter school admissions lottery, the admissions process, intake activities, and waitlists. Provides that any advertisement created after the effective date of the amendatory Act that is purchased by a school district or public school, including a charter school, with public funds must include a disclaimer stating that the advertisement was paid for using public funds. Provides that, to ensure financial accountability for the use of public funds, on or before December 1 of every year of operation, each charter school shall submit to its authorizer and the State Board of Education (instead of annually, by December 1, every charter school must submit to the State Board) a copy of its audit and a copy of the Form 990 the charter school filed that year with the federal Internal Revenue Service. Allows an authorizer to require quarterly financial statements from each charter school. Provides that all authorizers shall ensure that any charter school established on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act has a governing body that is separate and distinct from the governing body of any charter management organization (CMO) or educational management organization (EMO). Requires authorizers, in reviewing charter applications and charter renewal applications, to review the governance model proposed by the applicant to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest. Prohibits a charter school from employing a staff person who is simultaneously employed by an EMO or CMO. Adds provisions concerning the closing of a charter school.