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Full Text of SB1223  100th General Assembly


Rep. Camille Y. Lilly

Filed: 5/23/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1223 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing the
5heading of Article 14A and Sections 14A-15, 14A-25, and 14A-35
6and by adding Sections 14A-17 and 14A-32 as follows:
7    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 14A heading)
10(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
11    (105 ILCS 5/14A-15)
12    Sec. 14A-15. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to
13provide encouragement, assistance, and guidance to school
14districts in the development and improvement of educational
15programs for gifted and talented children and children eligible



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1for accelerated placement as defined in Sections Section 14A-20
2and 14A-17 of this Code. School districts shall continue to
3have the authority and flexibility to design education programs
4for gifted and talented children in response to community
5needs, but these programs must comply with the requirements
6established in Section 14A-30 of this Code by no later than
7September 1, 2006 in order to merit approval by the State Board
8of Education in order to qualify for State funding for the
9education of gifted and talented children, should such funding
10become available.
11(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
12    (105 ILCS 5/14A-17 new)
13    Sec. 14A-17. Accelerated placement. For purposes of this
14Article, "accelerated placement" means the placement of a child
15in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually
16reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than
17the child. "Accelerated placement" under this Article or other
18school district-adopted policies shall include, but need not be
19limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance
20to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a child in a
21single subject, and grade acceleration.
22    (105 ILCS 5/14A-25)
23    Sec. 14A-25. Non-discrimination. Eligibility for
24participation in programs established pursuant to this Article



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1shall be determined solely through identification of a child as
2gifted, or talented, or eligible for accelerated placement. No
3program or placement shall condition participation upon race,
4religion, sex, disability, or any factor other than the
5identification of the child as gifted, or talented, or eligible
6for placement.
7(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
8    (105 ILCS 5/14A-32 new)
9    Sec. 14A-32. Accelerated placement; school district
11    (a) Each school district shall have a policy that allows
12for accelerated placement that includes or incorporates by
13reference the following components:
14        (1) a provision that provides that participation in
15    accelerated placement is not limited to those children who
16    have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is
17    open to all children who demonstrate high ability and who
18    may benefit from accelerated placement;
19        (2) a fair and equitable decision-making process that
20    involves multiple persons and includes a student's parents
21    or guardians;
22        (3) procedures for notifying parents or guardians of a
23    child of a decision affecting that child's participation in
24    an accelerated placement program; and
25        (4) an assessment process that includes multiple



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1    valid, reliable indicators.
2    (b) Further, a school district's accelerated placement
3policy may include or incorporate by reference, but need not be
4limited to, the following components:
5        (1) procedures for annually informing the community
6    at-large, including parents or guardians, about the
7    accelerated placement program and the methods used for the
8    identification of children eligible for accelerated
9    placement;
10        (2) a process for referral that allows for multiple
11    referrers, including a child's parents or guardians; other
12    referrers may include licensed education professionals,
13    the child, with the written consent of a parent or
14    guardian, a peer, through a licensed education
15    professional who has knowledge of the referred child's
16    abilities, or, in case of possible early entrance, a
17    preschool educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who
18    knows the child; and
19        (3) a provision that provides that children
20    participating in an accelerated placement program and
21    their parents or guardians will be provided a written plan
22    detailing the type of acceleration the child will receive
23    and strategies to support the child.
24    (c) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
25determine data to be collected regarding accelerated placement
26and a method of making the information available to the public.



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1    (105 ILCS 5/14A-35)
2    Sec. 14A-35. Administrative functions of the State Board of
3Education for gifted and talented children programs.
4    (a) The State Board of Education must designate a staff
5person who shall be in charge of educational programs for
6gifted and talented children. This staff person shall, at a
7minimum, (i) be responsible for developing an approval process
8for educational programs for gifted and talented children by no
9later than September 1, 2006, (ii) receive and maintain the
10written descriptions of all programs for gifted and talented
11children in the State, (iii) collect and maintain the annual
12growth in learning data submitted by a school, school district,
13or cooperative of school districts, (iv) identify potential
14funding sources for the education of gifted and talented
15children, and (v) serve as the main contact person at the State
16Board of Education for program supervisors and other school
17officials, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the
18education of gifted and talented children.
19    (b) Subject to the availability of funds for these
20purposes, the State Board of Education may perform a variety of
21additional administrative functions with respect to the
22education of gifted and talented children, including, but not
23limited to, supervision, quality assurance, compliance
24monitoring, and oversight of local programs, analysis of
25performance outcome data submitted by local educational



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1agencies, the establishment of personnel standards, and a
2program of personnel development for teachers and
3administrative personnel in the education of gifted and
4talented children.
5(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
6    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,