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Full Text of SB1571  98th General Assembly


Sen. William Delgado

Filed: 4/15/2013





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1571, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
634-230 as follows:
7    (105 ILCS 5/34-230)
8    Sec. 34-230. School action public meetings and hearings.
9    (a) By October 1 of each year, the chief executive officer
10shall prepare and publish guidelines for school actions. The
11guidelines shall outline the academic and non-academic
12criteria for a school action. These guidelines shall be created
13with the involvement of local school councils, parents,
14educators, and community organizations. These guidelines, and
15each subsequent revision, shall be subject to a public comment
16period of at least 21 days before their approval.



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1    (b) The chief executive officer shall announce all proposed
2school actions to be taken at the close of the current academic
3year consistent with the guidelines by December 1 of each year.
4    (c) On or before December 1 of each year, the chief
5executive officer shall publish notice of the proposed school
7        (1) Notice of the proposal for a school action shall
8    include a written statement of the basis for the school
9    action, an explanation of how the school action meets the
10    criteria set forth in the guidelines, and a draft School
11    Transition Plan identifying the items required in Section
12    34-225 of this Code for all schools affected by the school
13    action. The notice shall state the date, time, and place of
14    the hearing or meeting.
15        (2) The chief executive officer or his or her designee
16    shall provide notice to the principal, staff, local school
17    council, and parents or guardians of any school that is
18    subject to the proposed school action.
19        (3) The chief executive officer shall provide written
20    notice of any proposed school action to the State Senator,
21    State Representative, and alderman for the school or
22    schools that are subject to the proposed school action.
23        (4) The chief executive officer shall publish notice of
24    proposed school actions on the district's Internet
25    website.
26        (5) The chief executive officer shall provide notice of



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1    proposed school actions at least 30 calendar days in
2    advance of a public hearing or meeting. The notice shall
3    state the date, time, and place of the hearing or meeting.
4    No Board decision regarding a proposed school action may
5    take place less than 60 days after the announcement of the
6    proposed school action.
7    (d) The chief executive officer shall publish a brief
8summary of the proposed school actions and the date, time, and
9place of the hearings or meetings in a newspaper of general
11    (e) The chief executive officer shall designate at least 3
12opportunities to elicit public comment at a hearing or meeting
13on a proposed school action and shall do the following:
14        (1) Convene at least one public hearing at the
15    centrally located office of the Board.
16        (2) Convene at least 2 additional public hearings or
17    meetings at a location convenient to the school community
18    subject to the proposed school action.
19    (f) Public hearings shall be conducted by a qualified
20independent hearing officer chosen from a list of independent
21hearing officers. The general counsel shall compile and publish
22a list of independent hearing officers by November 1 of each
23school year. The independent hearing officer shall have the
24following qualifications:
25        (1) he or she must be a licensed attorney eligible to
26    practice law in Illinois;



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1        (2) he or she must not be an employee of the Board; and
2        (3) he or she must not have represented the Board, its
3    employees or any labor organization representing its
4    employees, any local school council, or any charter or
5    contract school in any capacity within the last year.
6    The independent hearing officer shall issue a written
7report that summarizes the hearing and determines whether the
8chief executive officer complied with the requirements of this
9Section and the guidelines.
10    The chief executive officer shall publish the report on the
11district's Internet website within 5 calendar days after
12receiving the report and at least 15 days prior to any Board
13action being taken.
14    (g) Public meetings shall be conducted by a representative
15of the chief executive officer. A summary of the public meeting
16shall be published on the district's Internet website within 5
17calendar days after the meeting.
18    (h) If the chief executive officer proposes a school action
19without following the mandates set forth in this Section, the
20proposed school action shall not be approved by the Board
21during the school year in which the school action was proposed.
22    (i) No school actions, as defined in Section 34-200 of this
23Code, may be approved by the Board before the Board has adopted
24a 10-year educational facility master plan on or before October
251, 2013 (as required by Section 34-210 of this Code); nor may
26any school action be implemented prior to June 30, 2014.



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1(Source: P.A. 97-473, eff. 1-1-12; 97-474, eff. 8-22-11;
297-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-1133, eff. 11-30-12.)".