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Full Text of SB2391  103rd General Assembly


Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas

Filed: 3/1/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2391 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.152 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.152)
7    Sec. 2-3.152. Community schools.
8    (a) This Section applies beginning with the 2024-2025
92009-2010 school year.
10    (b) The General Assembly finds all of the following:
11        (1) All children are capable of success.
12        (2) Schools are the centers of vibrant communities.
13        (3) Strong families build strong educational
14    communities.
15        (4) Children succeed when adults work together to
16    foster positive educational outcomes.



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1        (5) Schools work best when families take active roles
2    in the education of children.
3        (6) Schools today are limited in their ability to
4    dedicate time and resources to provide a wide range of
5    educational opportunities to students because of the focus
6    on standardized test outcomes.
7        (7) By providing learning opportunities outside of
8    normal school hours, including programs on life skills and
9    health, students are more successful academically, more
10    engaged in their communities, safer, and better prepared
11    to make a successful transition from school to adulthood.
12        (8) A community school is a public school or nonpublic
13    school that establishes a set of strategic partnerships
14    between the school and other community resources that
15    promote student achievement, positive learning conditions,
16    and the well-being of students by providing wraparound
17    services and traditional school that actively partners
18    with its community to leverage existing resources and
19    identify new resources to support the transformation of
20    the school to provide enrichment and additional life skill
21    opportunities for students, parents, and community members
22    at-large. Each community school is unique because its
23    programming is designed by and for the school staff, in
24    partnership with parents, community stakeholders, and
25    students.
26        (9) Community schools currently exist in this State in



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1    urban, rural, and suburban communities.
2        (10) Research shows that community schools have a
3    powerful positive impact on students, as demonstrated by
4    increased academic success, a positive change in attitudes
5    toward school and learning, and decreased behavioral
6    problems.
7        (11) After-school and evening programs offered by
8    community schools provide academic enrichment consistent
9    with the Illinois Learning Standards and general school
10    curriculum; an opportunity for physical fitness activities
11    for students, fine arts programs, structured learning
12    "play" time, and other recreational opportunities; a safe
13    haven for students; and work supports for working
14    families.
15        (12) Community schools are cost-effective because they
16    leverage existing resources provided by local, State,
17    federal, and private sources and bring programs to the
18    schools, where the students are already congregated.
19    Community schools have been shown to leverage between $5
20    to $8 in existing programming for every $1 spent on a
21    community school.
22    (c) Subject to an appropriation or the availability of
23State or federal funding for such purposes, the State Board of
24Education shall make grants available to fund community
25schools and to enhance programs at community schools. A
26request-for-proposal process must be used in awarding grants



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1under this subsection (c). Proposals may be submitted on
2behalf of a school, a school district, or a consortium of 2 or
3more schools or school districts. Proposals must be evaluated
4and scored on the basis of criteria consistent with this
5Section and other factors developed and adopted by the State
6Board of Education. Technical assistance in grant writing must
7be made available to schools, school districts, or consortia
8of school districts through the State Board of Education
9directly or through a resource and referral directory
10established and maintained by the State Board of Education.
11    (d) As used in this subsection (d), "trauma-informed
12intervention" means a method for understanding and responding
13to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma
14or traumatic stress.
15    In order to qualify for a community school grant under
16this Section, a school may must, at a minimum, provide the
17following have the following components:
18        (1) Before and after-school programming each school
19    day to meet the identified needs of students.
20        (2) Weekend programming.
21        (3) Summer At least 4 weeks of summer programming.
22        (4) A local advisory group comprised of school
23    leadership, parents, and community stakeholders that
24    establishes school-specific programming goals, assesses
25    program needs, and oversees the process of implementing
26    expanded programming.



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1        (5) A program director, or resource coordinator, or
2    community school coordinator who is responsible for
3    establishing a local advisory group, assessing the needs
4    of students and community members, identifying programs to
5    meet those needs, developing the before and after-school,
6    weekend, and summer programming and overseeing the
7    implementation of programming to ensure high quality,
8    efficiency, and robust participation.
9        (6) Programming that includes academic excellence
10    aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, life skills,
11    healthy minds and bodies, parental support,
12    trauma-informed intervention, and community engagement and
13    that promotes staying in school and non-violent behavior
14    and non-violent conflict resolution.
15        (7) Maintenance of attendance records in all
16    programming components.
17        (8) Maintenance of measurable data showing annual
18    participation and the impact of programming on the
19    participating children and adults.
20        (9) Documentation of true collaboration between the
21    school and community stakeholders, including local
22    governmental units, civic organizations, families,
23    businesses, and social service providers.
24        (10) A non-discrimination policy ensuring that the
25    community school does not condition participation upon
26    race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or disability.



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1        (11) Wraparound services, including:
2            (A) safe transportation to school;
3            (B) vision and dental care services;
4            (C) established or expanded school-based health
5        center services;
6            (D) additional social workers, mentors,
7        counselors, psychologists, and restorative practice
8        coaches and enhancing physical wellness, including
9        providing healthy food for in-school and out-of-school
10        time and linkages to community providers;
11            (E) enhanced behavioral health services, including
12        access to mental health practitioners and providing
13        professional development to school staff to provide
14        trauma-informed interventions;
15            (F) family and community engagement and support,
16        including informing parents of academic course
17        offerings, language classes, workforce development
18        training, opportunities for children, and available
19        social services, as well as educating families on how
20        to monitor a child's learning;
21            (G) student enrichment experiences; and
22            (H) professional development for teachers and
23        school staff to quickly identify students who are in
24        need of these resources.
25(Source: P.A. 96-746, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect June 1,