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Full Text of SB2391  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.152 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.152)
7    Sec. 2-3.152. Community schools.
8    (a) This Section applies beginning with the 2024-2025
92009-2010 school year.
10    (b) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
11        (1) All children are capable of success.
12        (2) Schools are the centers of vibrant communities.
13        (3) Strong families build strong educational
14    communities.
15        (4) Children succeed when adults work together to
16    foster positive educational outcomes.
17        (5) Schools work best when families take active roles
18    in the education of children.
19        (6) Schools today are limited in their ability to
20    dedicate time and resources to provide a wide range of
21    educational opportunities to students because of the focus
22    on standardized test outcomes.
23        (7) By providing learning opportunities outside of



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1    normal school hours, including programs on life skills and
2    health, students are more successful academically, more
3    engaged in their communities, safer, and better prepared
4    to make a successful transition from school to adulthood.
5        (8) A community school is a public school or nonpublic
6    school that establishes a set of strategic partnerships
7    between the school and other community resources that
8    promote student achievement, positive learning conditions,
9    and the well-being of students by providing wraparound
10    services and traditional school that actively partners
11    with its community to leverage existing resources and
12    identify new resources to support the transformation of
13    the school to provide enrichment and additional life skill
14    opportunities for students, parents, and community members
15    at-large. Each community school is unique because its
16    programming is designed by and for the school staff, in
17    partnership with parents, community stakeholders, and
18    students.
19        (9) Community schools currently exist in this State in
20    urban, rural, and suburban communities.
21        (10) Research shows that community schools have a
22    powerful positive impact on students, as demonstrated by
23    increased academic success, a positive change in attitudes
24    toward school and learning, and decreased behavioral
25    problems.
26        (11) After-school and evening programs offered by



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1    community schools provide academic enrichment consistent
2    with the Illinois Learning Standards and general school
3    curriculum; an opportunity for physical fitness activities
4    for students, fine arts programs, structured learning
5    "play" time, and other recreational opportunities; a safe
6    haven for students; and work supports for working
7    families.
8        (12) Community schools are cost-effective because they
9    leverage existing resources provided by local, State,
10    federal, and private sources and bring programs to the
11    schools, where the students are already congregated.
12    Community schools have been shown to leverage between $5
13    to $8 in existing programming for every $1 spent on a
14    community school.
15    (c) Subject to an appropriation or the availability of
16State or federal funding for such purposes, the State Board of
17Education shall make grants available to fund community
18schools and to enhance programs at community schools. A
19request-for-proposal process must be used in awarding grants
20under this subsection (c). Proposals may be submitted on
21behalf of a school, a school district, or a consortium of 2 or
22more schools or school districts. Proposals must be evaluated
23and scored on the basis of criteria consistent with this
24Section and other factors developed and adopted by the State
25Board of Education. Technical assistance in grant writing must
26be made available to schools, school districts, or consortia



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1of school districts through the State Board of Education
2directly or through a resource and referral directory
3established and maintained by the State Board of Education.
4    (d) As used in this subsection (d), "trauma-informed
5intervention" means a method for understanding and responding
6to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma
7or traumatic stress.
8    In order to qualify for a community school grant under
9this Section, a school may must, at a minimum, provide the
10following have the following components:
11        (1) Before and after-school programming each school
12    day to meet the identified needs of students.
13        (2) Weekend programming.
14        (3) Summer At least 4 weeks of summer programming.
15        (4) A local advisory group comprised of school
16    leadership, parents, and community stakeholders that
17    establishes school-specific programming goals, assesses
18    program needs, and oversees the process of implementing
19    expanded programming.
20        (5) A program director, or resource coordinator, or
21    community school coordinator who is responsible for
22    establishing a local advisory group, assessing the needs
23    of students and community members, identifying programs to
24    meet those needs, developing the before and after-school,
25    weekend, and summer programming and overseeing the
26    implementation of programming to ensure high quality,



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1    efficiency, and robust participation.
2        (6) Programming that includes academic excellence
3    aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, life skills,
4    healthy minds and bodies, parental support,
5    trauma-informed intervention, and community engagement and
6    that promotes staying in school and non-violent behavior
7    and non-violent conflict resolution.
8        (7) Maintenance of attendance records in all
9    programming components.
10        (8) Maintenance of measurable data showing annual
11    participation and the impact of programming on the
12    participating children and adults.
13        (9) Documentation of true collaboration between the
14    school and community stakeholders, including local
15    governmental units, civic organizations, families,
16    businesses, and social service providers.
17        (10) A non-discrimination policy ensuring that the
18    community school does not condition participation upon
19    race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or disability.
20        (11) Wraparound services, including:
21            (A) safe transportation to school;
22            (B) vision and dental care services;
23            (C) established or expanded school-based health
24        center services;
25            (D) additional social workers, mentors,
26        counselors, psychologists, and restorative practice



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1        coaches and enhancing physical wellness, including
2        providing healthy food for in-school and out-of-school
3        time and linkages to community providers;
4            (E) enhanced behavioral health services, including
5        access to mental health practitioners and providing
6        professional development to school staff to provide
7        trauma-informed interventions;
8            (F) family and community engagement and support,
9        including informing parents of academic course
10        offerings, language classes, workforce development
11        training, opportunities for children, and available
12        social services, as well as educating families on how
13        to monitor a child's learning;
14            (G) student enrichment experiences; and
15            (H) professional development for teachers and
16        school staff to quickly identify students who are in
17        need of these resources.
18(Source: P.A. 96-746, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect June 1,