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Full Text of HB2719  101st General Assembly


Sen. Andy Manar

Filed: 5/17/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2719 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
522-85 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/22-85 new)
7    Sec. 22-85. Graduation requirements; Free Application for
8Federal Student Aid.
9    (a) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, in addition
10to any other requirements under this Code, as a prerequisite to
11receiving a high school diploma from a public high school, the
12parent or guardian of each student or, if a student is at least
1318 years of age or legally emancipated, the student must comply
14with either of the following:
15        (1) File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
16    with the United States Department of Education or, if



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1    applicable, an application for State financial aid.
2        (2) On a form created by the State Board of Education,
3    file a waiver with the student's school district indicating
4    that the parent or guardian or, if applicable, the student
5    understands what the Free Application for Federal Student
6    Aid and application for State financial aid are and has
7    chosen not to file an application under paragraph (1).
8    (b) Each school district with a high school must require
9each high school student to comply with this Section and must
10provide to each high school student and, if applicable, his or
11her parent or guardian any support or assistance necessary to
12comply with this Section. A school district must award a high
13school diploma to a student who is unable to meet the
14requirements of subsection (a) due to extenuating
15circumstances, as determined by the school district, if (i) the
16student has met all other graduation requirements under this
17Code and (ii) the principal attests that the school district
18has made a good faith effort to assist the student or, if
19applicable, his or her parent or guardian in filing an
20application or a waiver under subsection (a).
21    (c) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
22implement this Section.".