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Full Text of SB0621  97th General Assembly


Sen. Linda Holmes

Filed: 4/8/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 621 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
510-22.22e as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-22.22e new)
7    Sec. 10-22.22e. Science and mathematics partnership
9    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
10contrary and subject to the provisions of this Section, 4 or
11more contiguous school districts with all or portion of their
12territory located within the geographic boundaries of the same
13municipality may, when in their judgment the interest of the
14districts and of the students therein will be best served,
15jointly operate, through an institution of higher education
16located in the municipality, a science and mathematics



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1partnership school for serving some or all of grades
2kindergarten through 8. The partnership school may (i) restrict
3attendance to pupils who reside within the geographic
4boundaries of the areas served by the school districts and (ii)
5select students for enrollment based on admission criteria that
6focuses on academic proficiency in science and mathematics
7established by the partnership school and approved by the
8districts' school boards; however, in no case may the
9partnership school discriminate on the basis of disability,
10race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion,
11ancestry, marital status, or need for special education
12services in the establishment of its attendance boundaries or
13in the selection of students for enrollment. The number of
14students enrolled from each school district shall be
15approximately equal in number. If there are more students
16eligible for enrollment in the partnership school from a school
17district than there are spaces available, eligible students
18must be selected by lottery.
19    (b) The school board of each school district shall, by
20proper resolution, enter into the joint operation of the
21partnership school. The school boards of the participating
22districts shall execute a partnership school contract with the
23institution of higher education for the joint operation,
24subject to the provisions of this Section. The agreement for
25joint operation of the partnership school shall include, but
26not be limited to, provisions for administration, staff,



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1programs, financing, facilities, and transportation.
2    (c) Each participating school district shall pay its per
3capita cost of educating the students residing in the district
4and attending the partnership school for the maintenance and
5operation of the partnership school. The manner of determining
6per capita cost must be set forth in the agreement. Each
7district shall pay the amount owed under the terms of the
8agreement from the fund that the district would have used if
9the district had incurred the costs directly and may levy taxes
10and issue bonds as otherwise authorized for these purposes in
11order to make payments.
12    (d) The teachers and other non-administrative, certified
13employees who work in the partnership school must be selected
14according to criteria established by the partnership school and
15agreed to by the school districts' school boards. The number of
16such employees selected from each school district must be
17approximately equal in number. Their selection must be for a
182-year or 4-year period, upon the completion of which they must
19be assigned to a comparable position in the school from which
20they were selected. While working in the partnership school,
21these employees shall remain employees of and be paid by the
22school district from which they were selected, and their wages
23and benefits must be the same as if they were teaching or
24otherwise working in that district, provided that additional
25wages and benefits may be provided to these teachers and other
26staff if the participating school districts and the exclusive



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1bargaining representatives of their teachers and other staff
2agree. The contractual continued service status of a teacher
3and the retirement benefits of those employees who accept work
4with the partnership school must not be affected. A school term
5worked in the partnership school must be considered a school
6term worked in the school district from which the employees
7were selected for contractual continued service attainment
8purposes. The time spent in employment with a participating
9district by any teacher who has not yet entered upon
10contractual continued service and accepts selection to work in
11the partnership school is not lost when computing the time
12necessary for the teacher to enter upon contractual continued