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Full Text of HB4591  98th 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
527A-11 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27A-11)
7    Sec. 27A-11. Local financing.
8    (a) For purposes of the School Code, pupils enrolled in a
9charter school shall be included in the pupil enrollment of the
10school district within which the pupil resides. Each charter
11school (i) shall determine the school district in which each
12pupil who is enrolled in the charter school resides, (ii) shall
13report the aggregate number of pupils resident of a school
14district who are enrolled in the charter school to the school
15district in which those pupils reside, and (iii) shall maintain
16accurate records of daily attendance that shall be deemed
17sufficient to file claims under Section 18-8 notwithstanding
18any other requirements of that Section regarding hours of
19instruction and teacher certification.
20    (b) Except for a charter school established by referendum
21under Section 27A-6.5, as part of a charter school contract,
22the charter school and the local school board shall agree on
23funding and any services to be provided by the school district



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1to the charter school. Agreed funding that a charter school is
2to receive from the local school board for a school year shall
3be paid in equal quarterly installments with the payment of the
4installment for the first quarter being made not later than
5July 1, unless the charter establishes a different payment
6schedule. However, if a charter school dismisses a pupil from
7the charter school after receiving a quarterly payment, the
8charter school shall return to the school district, on a
9quarterly basis, the prorated portion of public funding
10provided for the education of that pupil for the time the
11student is not enrolled at the charter school. Likewise, if a
12pupil transfers to a charter school between quarterly payments,
13the school district shall provide, on a quarterly basis, a
14prorated portion of the public funding to the charter school to
15provide for the education of that pupil.
16    All services centrally or otherwise provided by the school
17district including, but not limited to, rent, food services,
18custodial services, maintenance, curriculum, media services,
19libraries, transportation, and warehousing shall be subject to
20negotiation between a charter school and the local school board
21and paid for out of the revenues negotiated pursuant to this
22subsection (b); provided that the local school board shall not
23attempt, by negotiation or otherwise, to obligate a charter
24school to provide pupil transportation for pupils for whom a
25district is not required to provide transportation under the
26criteria set forth in subsection (a)(13) of Section 27A-7.



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1    In no event shall the funding be less than 75% or more than
2125% of the school district's per capita student tuition
3multiplied by the number of students residing in the district
4who are enrolled in the charter school.
5    It is the intent of the General Assembly that funding and
6service agreements under this subsection (b) shall be neither a
7financial incentive nor a financial disincentive to the
8establishment of a charter school.
9    The charter school may set and collect reasonable fees.
10Fees collected from students enrolled at a charter school shall
11be retained by the charter school.
12    (c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this Section, the
13proportionate share of State and federal resources generated by
14students with disabilities or staff serving them shall be
15directed to charter schools enrolling those students by their
16school districts or administrative units. The proportionate
17share of moneys generated under other federal or State
18categorical aid programs shall be directed to charter schools
19serving students eligible for that aid.
20    (d) The governing body of a charter school is authorized to
21accept gifts, donations, or grants of any kind made to the
22charter school and to expend or use gifts, donations, or grants
23in accordance with the conditions prescribed by the donor;
24however, a gift, donation, or grant may not be accepted by the
25governing body if it is subject to any condition contrary to
26applicable law or contrary to the terms of the contract between



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1the charter school and the local school board. Charter schools
2shall be encouraged to solicit and utilize community volunteer
3speakers and other instructional resources when providing
4instruction on the Holocaust and other historical events.
5    (e) (Blank).
6    (f) The State Board shall provide technical assistance to
7persons and groups preparing or revising charter applications.
8    (g) At the non-renewal or revocation of its charter, each
9charter school shall refund to the local board of education all
10unspent funds.
11    (h) A charter school is authorized to incur temporary,
12short term debt to pay operating expenses in anticipation of
13receipt of funds from the local school board.
14(Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 90-757, eff. 8-14-98;
1591-407, eff. 8-3-99.)
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
17becoming law.