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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/19a-4

    (105 ILCS 5/19a-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 19a-4)
    Sec. 19a-4. If the school board determines subsequent to the original issue of bonds under this Article that the income from the facility is insufficient to pay the principal and interest on those bonds, the board, after submitting the question to referendum in accordance with the general election law, may pay the deficit by issuing general obligation bonds in the manner prescribed by Article 19 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

105 ILCS 5/19a-5

    (105 ILCS 5/19a-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 19a-5)
    Sec. 19a-5. Members of a school board issuing bonds pursuant to this Article incur no personal liability thereby.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 2778.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 19b

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 19b heading)
ARTICLE 19b. SCHOOL ENERGY CONSERVATION AND SAVING MEASURES

105 ILCS 5/19b-1

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-1)
    Sec. 19b-1. Definitions. In this Article words and phrases have the meanings set forth in the following Sections preceding Section 19b-2.
(Source: P.A. 87-1106.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-1.05

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1.05)
    Sec. 19b-1.05. Area vocational center. "Area vocational center" means an area vocational center created by joint agreement between school districts.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-1.1

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-1.1)
    Sec. 19b-1.1. Energy conservation measure. "Energy conservation measure" means any improvement, repair, alteration, or betterment of any building or facility owned or operated by a school district or area vocational center or any equipment, fixture, or furnishing to be added to or used in any such building or facility, subject to the building code authorized in Section 2-3.12 of this Code, that is designed to reduce energy consumption or operating costs, and may include, without limitation, one or more of the following:
        (1) Insulation of the building structure or systems
    
within the building.
        (2) Storm windows or doors, caulking or
    
weatherstripping, multiglazed windows or doors, heat absorbing or heat reflective glazed and coated window or door systems, additional glazing, reductions in glass area, or other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption.
        (3) Automated or computerized energy control systems.
        (4) Heating, ventilating, or air conditioning system
    
modifications or replacements.
        (5) Replacement or modification of lighting fixtures
    
to increase the energy efficiency of the lighting system without increasing the overall illumination of a facility, unless an increase in illumination is necessary to conform to the applicable State or local building code for the lighting system after the proposed modifications are made.
        (6) Energy recovery systems.
        (7) Energy conservation measures that provide
    
long-term operating cost reductions.
(Source: P.A. 95-612, eff. 9-11-07.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-1.2

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-1.2)
    Sec. 19b-1.2. Guaranteed energy savings contract. "Guaranteed energy savings contract" means a contract for: (i) the implementation of an energy audit, data collection, and other related analyses preliminary to the undertaking of energy conservation measures; (ii) the evaluation and recommendation of energy conservation measures; (iii) the implementation of one or more energy conservation measures; and (iv) the implementation of project monitoring and data collection to verify post-installation energy consumption and energy-related operating costs. The contract shall provide that all payments, except obligations on termination of the contract before its expiration, are to be made over time and that the savings are guaranteed to the extent necessary to pay the costs of the energy conservation measures. Energy saving may include energy reduction and offsetting sources of renewable energy funds including renewable energy credits and carbon credits.
(Source: P.A. 96-1197, eff. 7-22-10.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-1.3

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-1.3)
    Sec. 19b-1.3. Qualified provider. "Qualified provider" means a person or business whose employees are experienced and trained in the design, implementation, or installation of energy conservation measures. The minimum training required for any person or employee under this Section shall be the satisfactory completion of at least 40 hours of course instruction dealing with energy conservation measures. A qualified provider to whom the contract is awarded shall give a sufficient bond to the school district or area vocational center for its faithful performance.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-1.4

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-1.4) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-1.4)
    Sec. 19b-1.4. Request for proposals. "Request for proposals" means a competitive selection achieved by negotiated procurement. The request for proposals shall be submitted to the administrators of the Capital Development Board Procurement Bulletin for publication and through at least one public notice, at least 30 days before the request date in a newspaper published in the district or vocational center area, or if no newspaper is published in the district or vocational center area, in a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the district or vocational center, from a school district or area vocational center that will administer the program, requesting innovative solutions and proposals for energy conservation measures. Proposals submitted shall be sealed. The request for proposals shall include all of the following:
        (1) The name and address of the school district or
    
area vocation center.
        (2) The name, address, title, and phone number of a
    
contact person.
        (3) Notice indicating that the school district or
    
area vocational center is requesting qualified providers to propose energy conservation measures through a guaranteed energy savings contract.
        (4) The date, time, and place where proposals must be
    
received.
        (5) The evaluation criteria for assessing the
    
proposals.
        (6) Any other stipulations and clarifications the
    
school district or area vocational center may require.
(Source: P.A. 95-612, eff. 9-11-07; 96-1197, eff. 7-22-10.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-2

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-2)
    Sec. 19b-2. Evaluation of proposal. Before entering into a guaranteed energy savings contract under Section 19b-3, a school district or area vocational center shall submit a request for proposals. The school district or area vocational center shall evaluate any sealed proposal from a qualified provider. The evaluation shall analyze the estimates of all costs of installations, modifications or remodeling, including, without limitation, costs of a pre-installation energy audit or analysis, design, engineering, installation, maintenance, repairs, debt service, conversions to a different energy or fuel source, or post-installation project monitoring, data collection, and reporting. The evaluation shall include a detailed analysis of whether either the energy consumed or the operating costs, or both, will be reduced. If technical assistance is not available by a licensed architect or registered professional engineer on the school district or area vocational center staff, then the evaluation of the proposal shall be done by a registered professional engineer or architect, who is retained by the school district or area vocational center. A licensed architect or registered professional engineer evaluating a proposal under this Section must not have any financial or contractual relationship with a qualified provider or other source that would constitute a conflict of interest. The school district or area vocational center may pay a reasonable fee for evaluation of the proposal or include the fee as part of the payments made under Section 19b-4.
(Source: P.A. 95-612, eff. 9-11-07.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-3

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-3)
    Sec. 19b-3. Award of guaranteed energy savings contract. Sealed proposals must be opened by a member or employee of the school board or governing board of the area vocational center, whichever is applicable, at a public opening at which the contents of the proposals must be announced. Each person or entity submitting a sealed proposal must receive at least 13 days notice of the time and place of the opening. The school district or area vocational center shall select the qualified provider that best meets the needs of the district or area vocational center. The school district or area vocational center shall provide public notice of the meeting at which it proposes to award a guaranteed energy savings contract of the names of the parties to the proposed contract and of the purpose of the contract. The public notice shall be made at least 10 days prior to the meeting. After evaluating the proposals under Section 19b-2, a school district or area vocational center may enter into a guaranteed energy savings contract with a qualified provider if it finds that the amount it would spend on the energy conservation measures recommended in the proposal would not exceed the amount to be saved in either energy or operational costs, or both, within a 20-year period from the date of installation, if the recommendations in the proposal are followed. Contracts let or awarded must be submitted to the administrators of the Capital Development Board Procurement Bulletin for publication.
(Source: P.A. 95-612, eff. 9-11-07; 96-1197, eff. 7-22-10.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-4

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-4)
    Sec. 19b-4. Guarantee. The guaranteed energy savings contract shall include a written guarantee of the qualified provider that either the energy or operational cost savings, or both, will meet or exceed within 20 years the costs of the energy conservation measures. The qualified provider shall reimburse the school district or area vocational center for any shortfall of guaranteed energy savings projected in the contract. A qualified provider shall provide a sufficient bond to the school district or area vocational center for the installation and the faithful performance of all the measures included in the contract. The guaranteed energy savings contract may provide for payments over a period of time, not to exceed 20 years from the date of final installation of the measures.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-5

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-5)
    Sec. 19b-5. Installment payment contract; lease purchase agreement. A school district or school districts in combination or an area vocational center may enter into an installment payment contract or lease purchase agreement with a qualified provider or with a third party, as authorized by law, for the funding or financing of the purchase and installation of energy conservation measures by a qualified provider. Every school district or area vocational center may issue certificates evidencing the indebtedness incurred pursuant to the contracts or agreements. Any such contract or agreement shall be valid whether or not an appropriation with respect thereto is first included in any annual or supplemental budget adopted by the school district or area vocational center. Each contract or agreement entered into by a school district or area vocational center pursuant to this Section shall be authorized by official action of the school board or governing board of the area vocational center, whichever is applicable. The authority granted in this Section is in addition to any other authority granted by law.
    If an energy audit is performed by an energy services contractor for a school district within the 3 years immediately preceding the solicitation, then the school district must publish as a reference document in the solicitation for energy conservation measures the following:
        (1) an executive summary of the energy audit provided
    
that the school district may exclude any proprietary or trademarked information or practices; or
        (2) the energy audit provided that the school
    
district may redact any proprietary or trademarked information or practices.
A school district may not withhold the disclosure of information related to (i) the school district's consumption of energy, (ii) the physical condition of the school district's facilities, and (iii) any limitations prescribed by the school district.
    The solicitation must include a written disclosure that identifies any energy services contractor that participated in the preparation of the specifications issued by the school district. If no energy services contractor participated in the preparation of the specifications issued by the school district, then the solicitation must include a written disclosure that no energy services contractor participated in the preparation of the specifications for the school district. The written disclosure shall be published in the Capital Development Board Procurement Bulletin with the Request for Proposal.
(Source: P.A. 96-1197, eff. 7-22-10; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-6

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-6)
    Sec. 19b-6. Term; budget and appropriations. Guaranteed energy savings contracts may extend beyond the fiscal year in which they become effective. The school district or area vocational center shall include in its annual budget and appropriations measures for each subsequent fiscal year any amounts payable under guaranteed energy savings contracts during that fiscal year. Sections 2-3.12, 3-14.20, and 10-22.36 of the School Code shall apply to this Article 19b.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-7

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-7)
    Sec. 19b-7. Operational and energy cost savings. The school district or area vocational center shall document the operational and energy cost savings specified in the guaranteed energy savings contract and designate and appropriate that amount for an annual payment of the contract. If the annual energy savings are less than projected under the guaranteed energy savings contract the qualified provider shall pay the difference as provided in Section 19b-4.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-8

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-8)
    Sec. 19b-8. Available funds. A school district or area vocational center may use funds designated for operating or capital expenditures for any guaranteed energy savings contract including purchases using installment payment contracts or lease purchase agreements. A school district or area vocational center that enters into such a contract or agreement may covenant in such contract or agreement that payments made thereunder shall be payable from the first funds legally available in each fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-9

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 19b-9)
    Sec. 19b-9. Funding. State aid and other amounts appropriated for distribution to or reimbursement of a school district or area vocational center shall not be reduced as a result of energy savings realized from a guaranteed energy savings contract or a lease purchase agreement for the purchase and installation of energy conservation measures.
(Source: P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-10

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-10)
    Sec. 19b-10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-397, eff. 8-20-95. Repealed by P.A. 92-767, eff. 8-6-02.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-15

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-15)
    Sec. 19b-15. Applicable laws. Other State laws and related administrative requirements apply to this Article, including, but not limited to, the following laws and related administrative requirements: the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Prevailing Wage Act, the Public Construction Bond Act, the Public Works Preference Act (repealed on June 16, 2010 by Public Act 96-929), the Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act, and the Contractor Unified License and Permit Bond Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

105 ILCS 5/19b-20

    (105 ILCS 5/19b-20)
    Sec. 19b-20. Historic preservation. In order to protect the integrity of historic buildings, no provision of this Article shall be interpreted to require the implementation of energy conservation measures that conflict with respect to any property eligible for, nominated to, or entered on the National Register of Historic Places, pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, or the Illinois Register of Historic Places, pursuant to the Illinois Historic Preservation Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-612, eff. 9-11-07.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 20

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20. WORKING CASH FUND

105 ILCS 5/20-1

    (105 ILCS 5/20-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-1)
    Sec. 20-1. Authority to create working cash fund. In each school district, whether organized under general law or special charter, having a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants, a fund to be known as a "Working Cash Fund" may be created and maintained consistent with the limitations of this Article, for the purpose of enabling the district to have in its treasury at all times sufficient money to meet demands thereon for expenditures for corporate purposes.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

105 ILCS 5/20-2

    (105 ILCS 5/20-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-2)
    Sec. 20-2. Indebtedness and bonds. For the purpose of creating, re-creating, or increasing a working cash fund, the school board of any such district may incur an indebtedness and issue bonds as evidence thereof in an amount or amounts not exceeding in the aggregate 85% of the taxes permitted to be levied for educational purposes for the then current year to be determined by multiplying the maximum educational tax rate or rates applicable to such school district by the last assessed valuation or assessed valuations as determined at the time of the issue of said bonds, plus 85% of the last known entitlement of such district to taxes as by law now or hereafter enacted or amended, imposed by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5, paragraph (c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, plus 85% of the most recent amount of funding received by the school district under Section 18-8.15. The bonds shall bear interest at not more than the maximum rate authorized by law and shall mature within 20 years from the date thereof. Subject to the foregoing limitations as to amount, the bonds may be issued in an amount including existing indebtedness which will not exceed the constitutional limitation as to debt, notwithstanding any statutory debt limitation to the contrary. The school board shall before or at the time of issuing the bonds provide for the collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the district sufficient to pay the principal thereof at maturity and to pay the interest thereon as it falls due, which tax shall be in addition to the maximum amount of all other taxes, either educational; transportation; operations and maintenance; or fire prevention and safety fund taxes, now or hereafter authorized and in addition to any limitations upon the levy of taxes as provided by Sections 17-2 through 17-9.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 101-416, eff. 8-16-19.)

105 ILCS 5/20-3

    (105 ILCS 5/20-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-3)
    Sec. 20-3. Tax levy. For the purpose of providing moneys for a working cash fund, the school board of any such school district may also levy annually upon all the taxable property of their district a tax, known as the "working cash fund tax," not to exceed 0.05% of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue; provided that no such tax shall be levied if bonds are issued in amount or amounts equal in the aggregate to the limitation set forth in Section 20-2 for the creation, re-creation, or increase of a working cash fund. The collection of the tax shall not be anticipated by the issuance of any warrants drawn against it. The tax shall be levied and collected, except as otherwise provided in this Section, in like manner as the general taxes of the district, and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes, either educational; transportation; operations and maintenance; or fire prevention and safety fund taxes, now or hereafter to be levied for school purposes. It may be levied by separate resolution by the last Tuesday in December in each year or it may be included in the certificate of tax levy filed under Section 17-11.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-4

    (105 ILCS 5/20-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-4)
    Sec. 20-4. Use and reimbursement of fund. This Section shall not apply in any school district which does not operate a working cash fund.
    Moneys derived from the issuance of bonds as authorized by Section 20-2, or from any tax levied pursuant to Section 20-3, shall be used only for the purposes and in the manner provided in this Article. Moneys in the fund shall not be regarded as current assets available for school purposes. The school board may appropriate moneys to the working cash fund up to the maximum amount allowable in the fund, and the working cash fund may receive such appropriations and any other contributions. Moneys in the fund may be used by the school board for any and all school purposes and may be transferred in whole or in part to the general funds or both of the school district and disbursed therefrom in anticipation of the collection of taxes lawfully levied for any or all purposes, in anticipation of such taxes as by law now or hereafter enacted or amended are imposed by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, or in anticipation of funding received by the school district under Section 18-8.15. Moneys so transferred to any other fund shall be deemed to be transferred in anticipation of the collection of that part of the taxes so levied or to be received which is in excess of the amount thereof required to pay any warrants or notes and the interest thereon theretofore and thereafter issued in anticipation of the collection thereof and such taxes when collected shall be applied to the payment of any such warrants and the interest thereon, the amount estimated to be required to satisfy debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as set forth in Section 12 of the State Revenue Sharing Act and then to the reimbursement of such working cash fund as hereinafter provided.
    Upon receipt by the school district of any taxes or State funding in anticipation of the collection whereof moneys of the working cash fund have been so transferred for disbursement, the fund shall immediately be reimbursed therefrom until the full amount so transferred has been retransferred to the fund. Unless the taxes so received and applied to the reimbursement of the working cash fund prior to the first day of the eighth month following the month in which due and unpaid real property taxes begin to bear interest are sufficient to effect a complete reimbursement of such fund for any moneys transferred therefrom in anticipation of the collection of such taxes, the working cash fund shall be reimbursed for the amount of the deficiency therein from any other revenues accruing to the educational fund, and the school board shall make provisions for the immediate reimbursement of the amount of any such deficiency in its next annual tax levy.
(Source: P.A. 101-416, eff. 8-16-19.)

105 ILCS 5/20-5

    (105 ILCS 5/20-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Transfer to other fund. This Section shall not apply in any school district which does not operate a working cash fund.
    Moneys in the working cash fund shall be transferred from the working cash fund to another fund of the district only upon the authority of the school board which shall from time to time by separate resolution direct the school treasurer to make transfers of such sums as may be required for the purposes herein authorized.
    The resolution shall set forth (a) the taxes and State funding in anticipation of which such transfer is to be made and from which the working cash fund is to be reimbursed; (b) the entire amount of taxes extended, or which the school board estimates will be extended or received, for any year in anticipation of the collection of all or part of which such transfer is to be made; (c) the aggregate amount of warrants or notes theretofore issued in anticipation of the collection of such taxes together with the amount of interest accrued and which the school board estimates will accrue thereon; (d) the aggregate amount of receipts from taxes imposed to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, which the corporate authorities estimate will be set aside for the payment of the proportionate amount of debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as required by Section 12 of the State Revenue Sharing Act; (e) the aggregate amount of money theretofore transferred from the working cash fund to the other fund in anticipation of the collection of such taxes and State funding; and (f) the aggregate amount of funding received by the school district under Section 18-8.15. The amount which any such resolution shall direct the treasurer so to transfer, in anticipation of the collection of taxes levied or to be received for any year, together with the aggregate amount of such anticipation tax warrants or notes theretofore drawn against such taxes and the amount of interest accrued and estimated to accrue thereon and the aggregate amount of such transfers to be made in anticipation of the collection of such taxes and the amount estimated to be required to satisfy debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as set forth in Section 12 of the State Revenue Sharing Act, shall not exceed 85% of the actual or estimated amount of such taxes extended or to be extended or to be received as set forth in such resolution. At any time moneys are available in the working cash fund they shall be transferred to such other funds of the district and used for any and all school purposes so as to avoid, whenever possible, the issuance of anticipation tax warrants or notes.
    Moneys earned as interest from the investment of the working cash fund, or any portion thereof, may be transferred from the working cash fund to another fund of the district that is most in need of the interest without any requirement of repayment to the working cash fund, upon the authority of the school board by separate resolution directing the school treasurer to make such transfer and stating the purpose in accordance with subsection (c) of Section 9 of the Local Government Debt Reform Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-416, eff. 8-16-19.)

105 ILCS 5/20-6

    (105 ILCS 5/20-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-6)
    Sec. 20-6. Willful violation of law. Any member of the school board of any school district to which this Article is applicable, or any other person holding any office, trust, or employment under such school district who wilfully violates any of the provisions of this Article shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not exceeding $10,000, and shall forfeit his right to his office, trust or employment and shall be removed therefrom. Any such member or other person shall be liable for any sum that may be unlawfully diverted from the working cash fund or otherwise used, to be recovered by such school district or by any taxpayer in the name and for the benefit of such school district in an appropriate civil action; provided that the taxpayer shall file a bond for all costs and be liable for all costs taxed against the school district in such suit, and judgment shall be rendered accordingly. Nothing herein shall bar any other remedies.
(Source: P.A. 79-1366.)

105 ILCS 5/20-7

    (105 ILCS 5/20-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-7)
    Sec. 20-7. Resolution for issuance of bonds - Submission to voters - Ballot. No school district may issue bonds under this Article unless it adopts a resolution declaring its intention to issue bonds for the purpose therein provided and directs that notice of such intention be published at least once in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the district, if there be one, but if there is no newspaper published in such district then by publishing such notice in a newspaper having a general circulation in the district. The notice shall set forth (1) the intention of the district to issue bonds in accordance with this Article; (2) the time within which a petition may be filed requesting the submission of the proposition to issue the bonds; (3) the specific number of voters required to sign the petition; and (4) the date of the prospective referendum. At the time of publication of the notice and for 30 days thereafter, the recording officer of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If within 30 days after the publication a petition is filed with the recording officer of the district, signed by the voters of the district equal to 10% or more of the registered voters of the district requesting that the proposition to issue bonds as authorized by this Article be submitted to the voters thereof, then the district shall not be authorized to issue such bonds until the proposition has been certified to the proper election authorities and has been submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition at a regular scheduled election in accordance with the general election law. If no such petition is so filed, or if any and all petitions filed are invalid, the district may issue the bonds. In addition to the requirements of the general election law the notice of the election shall set forth the intention of the district to issue bonds under this Article. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
OFFICIAL BALLOT
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the Board of ....
of School District number ....          YES
County, Illinois, be authorized
to issue bonds for a working       ---------------------------
cash fund as provided for
by Article 20 of the                    NO
School Code?
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(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-8

    (105 ILCS 5/20-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-8)
    Sec. 20-8. Abolishment of working cash fund. Any school district may abolish its working cash fund, upon the adoption of a resolution so providing, and direct the transfer of any balance in such fund to the educational fund at the close of the then current school year. Any outstanding loans to other funds of the district shall be paid or become payable to the educational fund at the close of the then current school year. Thereafter, all outstanding taxes of such school district levied pursuant to Section 20-3 shall be collected and paid into the educational fund.
    Any balance in any working cash fund that is created in any school district on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 (including all outstanding loans from any such working cash fund to other funds of the district and all outstanding taxes levied by the district under Section 20-3 to provide moneys for any such working cash fund) may, when such working cash fund is abolished, be used and applied for the purpose of reducing, by the balance in that working cash fund at the close of the school year in which the fund so created is abolished, the amount of the taxes that the school board of the school district otherwise would be authorized or required to levy for educational purposes for the immediately succeeding school year.
    Any obligation incurred by any school district pursuant to Section 20-2 shall be discharged as therein provided.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-9

    (105 ILCS 5/20-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 20-9)
    Sec. 20-9. A school district which has abolished or abated its working cash fund has the authority to again create a working cash fund at any time in the manner provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/20-10

    (105 ILCS 5/20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Abatement of working cash fund. Any school district may abate its working cash fund at any time, upon the adoption of a resolution so providing, and direct the transfer at any time of moneys in that fund to any fund or funds of the district most in need of the money, provided that the district maintains an amount to the credit of the working cash fund, including taxes levied pursuant to Section 20-3 and not yet collected and amounts transferred pursuant to Section 20-4 and to be reimbursed to the working cash fund, at least equal to 0.05% of the then current value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property in the district. If necessary to effectuate the abatement, any outstanding loans to other funds of the district may be paid or become payable to the fund or funds to which the abatement is made. Any abatement of a school district's working cash fund prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly that would have complied with the provisions of this Section is hereby validated.
(Source: P.A. 96-1277, eff. 7-26-10.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 21

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 21 heading)
ARTICLE 21. CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS

105 ILCS 5/21-0.01

    (105 ILCS 5/21-0.01)
    Sec. 21-0.01. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1)
    Sec. 21-1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-431, eff. 8-13-09. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1a) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-1a)
    Sec. 21-1a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-12.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1b) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-1b)
    Sec. 21-1b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-1c

    (105 ILCS 5/21-1c)
    Sec. 21-1c. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2)
    Sec. 21-2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2.1)
    Sec. 21-2.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-2a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2a) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-2a)
    Sec. 21-2a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13. )

105 ILCS 5/21-2b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-2b)
    Sec. 21-2b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-126. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-3

    (105 ILCS 5/21-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-3)
    Sec. 21-3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-4

    (105 ILCS 5/21-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-4)
    Sec. 21-4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-5)
    Sec. 21-5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5a)
    Sec. 21-5a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-862, eff. 1-15-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5b)
    Sec. 21-5b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-603, eff. 6-1-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5c

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5c)
    Sec. 21-5c. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-688, eff. 6-30-14. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5d

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5d)
    Sec. 21-5d. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 9-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-5e

    (105 ILCS 5/21-5e)
    Sec. 21-5e. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-862, eff. 1-15-10. Repealed by P.A. 102-894, eff. 5-20-22; 102-1071, eff. 6-10-22.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-7.1)
    Sec. 21-7.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed internally, 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.5

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.5)
    Sec. 21-7.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.6

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.6)
    Sec. 21-7.6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-903, eff. 7-1-10; 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.10

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.10)
    Sec. 21-7.10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-373, eff. 8-13-09. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-7.15

    (105 ILCS 5/21-7.15)
    Sec. 21-7.15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 94-1039, eff. 7-20-06. Repealed internally, eff. 7-2-07.)

105 ILCS 5/21-9

    (105 ILCS 5/21-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-9)
    Sec. 21-9. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-10

    (105 ILCS 5/21-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-10)
    Sec. 21-10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11)
    Sec. 21-11. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.1)
    Sec. 21-11.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.2

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.2)
    Sec. 21-11.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.3

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-11.3)
    Sec. 21-11.3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-11.4

    (105 ILCS 5/21-11.4)
    Sec. 21-11.4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 9-1-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-12

    (105 ILCS 5/21-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-12)
    Sec. 21-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-13

    (105 ILCS 5/21-13)
    Sec. 21-13. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-694. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-14

    (105 ILCS 5/21-14)
    Sec. 21-14. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-144, eff. 8-2-13. Repealed by P.A. 98-610, eff. 12-27-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-15

    (105 ILCS 5/21-15)
    Sec. 21-15. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-16

    (105 ILCS 5/21-16) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-16)
    Sec. 21-16. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-17

    (105 ILCS 5/21-17)
    Sec. 21-17. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-679, eff. 6-30-04. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-18

    (105 ILCS 5/21-18)
    Sec. 21-18. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-679, eff. 6-30-04. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/21-19

    (105 ILCS 5/21-19)
    Sec. 21-19. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 81-1508. Repealed by P.A. 95-496, eff. 8-28-07.)

105 ILCS 5/21-21

    (105 ILCS 5/21-21)
    Sec. 21-21. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-102, eff. 7-12-99. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-21.1

    (105 ILCS 5/21-21.1)
    Sec. 21-21.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-397, eff. 8-20-95. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-22

    (105 ILCS 5/21-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-22)
    Sec. 21-22. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23)
    Sec. 21-23. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-8, eff. 6-13-11. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23a

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23a)
    Sec. 21-23a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-23b

    (105 ILCS 5/21-23b)
    Sec. 21-23b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-1001. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-24

    (105 ILCS 5/21-24)
    Sec. 21-24. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-551. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21-25

    (105 ILCS 5/21-25) (from Ch. 122, par. 21-25)
    Sec. 21-25. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-413, eff. 8-16-13. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-26

    (105 ILCS 5/21-26)
    Sec. 21-26. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-126. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)

105 ILCS 5/21-27

    (105 ILCS 5/21-27)
    Sec. 21-27. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-13.)

105 ILCS 5/21-28

    (105 ILCS 5/21-28)
    Sec. 21-28. Special education teachers; certification.
    (a) In order to create a special education workforce with the broad-based knowledge necessary to educate students with a variety of disabilities, the State Board of Education and State Teacher Certification Board shall certify a special education teacher under one of the following:
        (1) Learning behavior specialist I.
        (2) Learning behavior specialist II.
        (3) Teacher of students who are blind or visually
    
impaired.
        (4) Teacher of students who are deaf or hard of
    
hearing.
        (5) Speech-language pathologist.
        (6) Early childhood special education teacher.
    (b) The State Board of Education is authorized to provide for the assignment of individuals to special education positions by short-term, emergency certification. Short-term, emergency certification shall not be renewed.
    (c) The State Board of Education is authorized to use peremptory rulemaking, in accordance with Section 5-50 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to place into the Illinois Administrative Code the certification policies and standards related to special education, as authorized under this Section, that the State Board has been required to implement pursuant to federal court orders dated February 27, 2001, August 15, 2001, and September 11, 2002 in the matter of Corey H., et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, et al.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-461, eff. 8-19-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

105 ILCS 5/21-29

    (105 ILCS 5/21-29)
    Sec. 21-29. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-938, eff. 8-29-08. Repealed by P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 21A

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 21A heading)
ARTICLE 21A. NEW TEACHER INDUCTION AND MENTORING

105 ILCS 5/21A-5

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-5)
    Sec. 21A-5. Definitions. In this Article:
    "New teacher" means the holder of a professional educator license, as set forth in Section 21B-20 of this Code, who is employed by a public school and who has not previously participated in a new teacher induction and mentoring program required by this Article, except as provided in Section 21A-25 of this Code.
    "Eligible applicant" or "eligible entity" means a regional office of education, an intermediate service center, an Illinois institution of higher education, a statewide organization representing teachers, a local education agency, or a public or private not-for-profit entity with experience providing professional learning, including mentoring, to early childhood educators.
    "Public school" means any school operating pursuant to the authority of this Code, including without limitation a school district, a charter school, a cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or board of control, and a school operated by a regional office of education or State agency.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-10

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-10)
    Sec. 21A-10. Development of program required.
    (a) Each eligible applicant shall develop a new teacher induction and mentoring program for first and second-year teachers that meets the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 to assist new teachers in developing the skills and strategies necessary for instructional excellence, provided that funding is made available by the State Board of Education from an appropriation made for this purpose.
    (b) A public school that has a new teacher induction and mentoring program in existence before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly that does not meet the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 may modify the program to meet the requirements of Section 21A-20 and may receive funding as described in Section 21A-25, provided that funding is made available by the State Board of Education from an appropriation made for this purpose.
    (c) Each school district shall decide, in conjunction with its exclusive bargaining representative, if any, whether to forgo modifications to a new teacher induction and mentoring program in existence before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
    If a district does not have a new teacher induction and mentoring program in existence before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly or if a district and the exclusive bargaining representative, if any, agree that an eligible entity would better serve the district's needs, the district and the exclusive bargaining representative, if any, shall jointly decide which eligible entity offers the most suitable program. The eligible entity shall include representatives from both the district and the exclusive bargaining representative in the program development discussions to ensure the program captures local need.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-15

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-15)
    Sec. 21A-15. Program establishment and implementation.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall establish a competitive State grant program to support new teacher induction and mentoring programs. The program shall be available to eligible entities not less than every 3 years, subject to appropriation. The State Board shall prioritize funding based on the needs of students and school districts as it relates to teacher retention.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, by no later than the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year or by no later than the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year for eligible applicants that have been given an extension of time to develop a program under Section 21A-10, each eligible entity or 2 or more eligible entities acting jointly shall establish and implement a new teacher induction and mentoring program required to be developed under Section 21A-10.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-20

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-20)
    Sec. 21A-20. Program requirements. Each new teacher induction and mentoring program must align with the standards established under Section 21A-20.5 and shall be based on a plan that at least does all of the following:
        (1) Assigns a mentor teacher to each new teacher for
    
a period of at least 2 school years.
        (2) Aligns with the Illinois Culturally Responsive
    
Teaching and Leading Standards in Part 24 of Title 23 of the Illinois Administrative Code, content area standards, and applicable local school improvement and professional development plans, if any.
        (3) (Blank).
        (4) Describes the role of mentor teachers, the
    
criteria and process for their selection, and how they will be trained, provided that each mentor teacher shall demonstrate the best practices in teaching his or her respective field of practice. A mentor teacher may not directly or indirectly participate in the evaluation of a new teacher pursuant to Article 24A of this Code or the evaluation procedure of the public school.
        (5) Is designed to be available for both in-person
    
and virtual participation.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-20.5

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-20.5)
    Sec. 21A-20.5. Program standards.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall establish standards for new teacher induction and mentoring programs. In establishing these standards, the State Board shall seek input and feedback from stakeholders, including parents, students, and educators, who reflect the diversity of this State.
    (b) Any changes made to the standards established under subsection (a) must be approved by the Teaching Induction and Mentoring Advisory Group pursuant to Section 21A-25.5.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-25

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-25)
    Sec. 21A-25. Funding.
    (a) From a separate appropriation made for the purposes of this Article, for each new teacher participating in a new teacher induction and mentoring program that meets the requirements set forth in Section 21A-20 of this Code or in an existing program that is in the process of transition to a program that meets those requirements, the State Board of Education shall pay the eligible entity for the duration of the grant for the purpose of providing the following:
        (1) Mentor teacher compensation and new teacher
    
compensation.
        (2) Mentor teacher professional learning or new
    
teacher learning or both.
        (3) (Blank).
    (b) Each school district shall decide, in conjunction with its exclusive bargaining representative, if any, which eligible applicant offers the most suitable program. If a mentor teacher receives release time to support a new teacher, the total workload of other teachers regularly employed by the public school shall not increase in any substantial manner. If the appropriation is not included in the State budget, the State Board of Education is not required to implement programs established by this Article.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-25.5

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-25.5)
    Sec. 21A-25.5. Teaching Induction and Mentoring Advisory Group.
    (a) The State Board of Education shall create a Teaching Induction and Mentoring Advisory Group. Members of the Advisory Group must represent the diversity of this State and possess the expertise needed to perform the work required to meet the goals of the programs set forth under Section 21A-20.
    (b) The members of the Advisory Group shall be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and shall include all of the following members:
        (1) Four members representing teachers recommended by
    
a statewide professional teachers' organization.
        (2) Four members representing teachers recommended by
    
a different statewide professional teachers' organization.
        (3) Two members representing principals recommended
    
by a statewide organization that represents principals.
        (4) One member representing district superintendents
    
recommended by a statewide organization that represents district superintendents.
        (5) One member representing regional superintendents
    
of schools recommended by a statewide association that represents regional superintendents of schools.
        (6) One member representing a State-approved educator
    
preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education recommended by the institution of higher education.
    The majority of the membership of the Advisory Group shall consist of practicing teachers.
    (c) The Advisory Group is responsible for approving any changes made to the standards established under Section 21A-20.5.
(Source: P.A. 102-521, eff. 8-20-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-30

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-30)
    Sec. 21A-30. Evaluation of programs. The State Board of Education shall contract with an independent party, using funds from the relevant appropriation for new teacher induction and mentoring programs, to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the new teacher induction and mentoring programs established pursuant to this Article. Reports from the evaluation shall be made available to stakeholders after 3 years of program implementation.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-521, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21A-35

    (105 ILCS 5/21A-35)
    Sec. 21A-35. Rules. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall adopt rules for the implementation of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 21B

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 21B heading)
ARTICLE 21B. EDUCATOR LICENSURE
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-5

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-5)
    Sec. 21B-5. Licensure powers of the State Board of Education.
    (a) Recognizing that the education of our citizens is the single most important influence on the prosperity and success of this State and recognizing that new developments in education require a flexible approach to our educational system, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall have the power and authority to do all of the following:
        (1) Set standards for teaching, supervising, or
    
otherwise holding licensed employment in the public schools of this State and administer the licensure process as provided in this Article.
        (2) Approve, evaluate, and sanction educator
    
preparation programs.
        (3) Enter into agreements with other states relative
    
to reciprocal approval of educator preparation programs.
        (4) Establish standards for the issuance of new types
    
of educator licenses.
        (5) Establish a code of ethics for all educators.
        (6) Maintain a system of licensure examination
    
aligned with standards determined by the State Board of Education.
        (7) Take such other action relating to the
    
improvement of instruction in the public schools as is appropriate and consistent with applicable laws.
    (b) Only the State Board of Education, acting in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Article and rules, shall have the authority to issue or endorse any license required for teaching, supervising, or otherwise holding licensed employment in the public schools; and no other State agency shall have any power or authority (i) to establish or prescribe any qualifications or other requirements applicable to the issuance or endorsement of any such license or (ii) to establish or prescribe any licensure or equivalent requirement that must be satisfied in order to teach, supervise, or hold licensed employment in the public schools.
(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-10

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-10)
    Sec. 21B-10. State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    (a) The State Teacher Certification Board, which had been established under Section 21-13 of the School Code prior to this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, shall be renamed the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. References in law to the State Teacher Certification Board shall mean the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board shall consist of the State Superintendent of Education or a representative appointed by him or her, who shall be ex-officio chairperson, 5 administrative or faculty members of public or private colleges or universities located in this State, 3 administrators and 10 classroom teachers employed in the public schools (5 of whom must be members of and nominated by a statewide professional teachers' organization and 5 of whom must be members of and nominated by a different statewide professional teachers' organization), and one regional superintendent of schools, all of whom shall be appointed by the State Board of Education; provided that at least one of the administrators and at least 3 of the classroom teachers so appointed must be employees of a school district that is subject to the provisions of Article 34 of this Code. A statewide professional teachers' organization and a different statewide professional teachers' organization shall submit to the State Board of Education for consideration at least 3 names of accomplished teachers for every one vacancy or expiring term in a classroom teacher position. The nominations submitted to the State Board of Education under this Section to fill a vacancy or an expiring term shall be advisory. Nomination for State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board members must be submitted to the State Board of Education within 30 days after the vacancy or vacancies occur. Nominations to fill an expiring term must be submitted to the State Board of Education at least 30 days before the expiration of that term. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, if a sufficient number of nominations are not received by the State Board of Education for a vacancy or expiring term within the 30-day period, then the State Board of Education may appoint any qualified person, in the same manner as the original appointment, to fill the vacancy or expiring term. The regular term of each member is 3 years, and an individual may be appointed for no more than 2 consecutive terms. The term of an appointed member of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board shall expire on June 30 of his or her final year.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall appoint a secretary of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    (c) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board shall hold regular meetings at least quarterly and such other special meetings as may be necessary.
    (d) The necessary expenses of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board shall be provided through the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary for the administration of this Article.
    (e) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-15

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-15)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-713)
    Sec. 21B-15. Qualifications of educators.
    (a) No one may be licensed to teach or supervise or be otherwise employed in the public schools of this State who is not of good character and at least 19 years of age.
    In determining good character under this Section, the State Superintendent of Education shall take into consideration the disciplinary actions of other states or national entities against certificates or licenses issued by those states and held by individuals from those states. In addition, any felony conviction of the applicant may be taken into consideration; however, no one may be licensed to teach or supervise in the public schools of this State who has been convicted of (i) an offense set forth in subsection (b) of Section 21B-80 of this Code until 7 years following the end of the sentence for the criminal offense or (ii) an offense set forth in subsection (c) of Section 21B-80 of this Code. Unless the conviction is for an offense set forth in Section 21B-80 of this Code, an applicant must be permitted to submit character references or other written material before such a conviction or other information regarding the applicant's character may be used by the State Superintendent of Education as a basis for denying the application.
    (b) No person otherwise qualified shall be denied the right to be licensed or to receive training for the purpose of becoming an educator because of a physical disability, including, but not limited to, visual and hearing disabilities; nor shall any school district refuse to employ a teacher on such grounds, provided that the person is able to carry out the duties of the position for which he or she applies.
    (c) No person may be granted or continue to hold an educator license who has knowingly altered or misrepresented his or her qualifications, in this State or any other state, in order to acquire or renew the license. Any other license issued under this Article held by the person may be suspended or revoked by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, depending upon the severity of the alteration or misrepresentation.
    (d) No one may teach or supervise in the public schools nor receive for teaching or supervising any part of any public school fund who does not hold an educator license granted by the State Superintendent of Education as provided in this Article. However, the provisions of this Article do not apply to a member of the armed forces who is employed as a teacher of subjects in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of any school, nor to an individual teaching a dual credit course as provided for in the Dual Credit Quality Act.
    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the school board of a school district may grant to a teacher of the district a leave of absence with full pay for a period of not more than one year to permit the teacher to teach in a foreign state under the provisions of the Exchange Teacher Program established under Public Law 584, 79th Congress, and Public Law 402, 80th Congress, as amended. The school board granting the leave of absence may employ, with or without pay, a national of the foreign state wherein the teacher on the leave of absence is to teach if the national is qualified to teach in that foreign state and if that national is to teach in a grade level similar to the one that was taught in the foreign state. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt rules as may be necessary to implement this subsection (e).
    (f) No person shall be denied a license issued under this Article solely based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. The General Assembly finds and declares that this subsection (f) is a State law within the meaning of subsection (d) of Section 1621 of Title 8 of the United States Code. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the requirements to obtain a license that are not directly related to citizenship status or immigration status. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to grant eligibility for obtaining any public benefit other than a license issued under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 99-667, eff. 7-29-16; 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-1078, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-713)
    Sec. 21B-15. Qualifications of educators.
    (a) No one may be licensed to teach or supervise or be otherwise employed in the public schools of this State who is not of good character and at least 19 years of age, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (J) of subsection (2) of Section 21B-20.
    In determining good character under this Section, the State Superintendent of Education shall take into consideration the disciplinary actions of other states or national entities against certificates or licenses issued by those states and held by individuals from those states. In addition, any felony conviction of the applicant may be taken into consideration; however, no one may be licensed to teach or supervise in the public schools of this State who has been convicted of (i) an offense set forth in subsection (b) of Section 21B-80 of this Code until 7 years following the end of the sentence for the criminal offense or (ii) an offense set forth in subsection (c) of Section 21B-80 of this Code. Unless the conviction is for an offense set forth in Section 21B-80 of this Code, an applicant must be permitted to submit character references or other written material before such a conviction or other information regarding the applicant's character may be used by the State Superintendent of Education as a basis for denying the application.
    (b) No person otherwise qualified shall be denied the right to be licensed or to receive training for the purpose of becoming an educator because of a physical disability, including, but not limited to, visual and hearing disabilities; nor shall any school district refuse to employ a teacher on such grounds, provided that the person is able to carry out the duties of the position for which he or she applies.
    (c) No person may be granted or continue to hold an educator license who has knowingly altered or misrepresented his or her qualifications, in this State or any other state, in order to acquire or renew the license. Any other license issued under this Article held by the person may be suspended or revoked by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, depending upon the severity of the alteration or misrepresentation.
    (d) No one may teach or supervise in the public schools nor receive for teaching or supervising any part of any public school fund who does not hold an educator license granted by the State Superintendent of Education as provided in this Article. However, the provisions of this Article do not apply to a member of the armed forces who is employed as a teacher of subjects in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of any school, nor to an individual teaching a dual credit course as provided for in the Dual Credit Quality Act.
    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the school board of a school district may grant to a teacher of the district a leave of absence with full pay for a period of not more than one year to permit the teacher to teach in a foreign state under the provisions of the Exchange Teacher Program established under Public Law 584, 79th Congress, and Public Law 402, 80th Congress, as amended. The school board granting the leave of absence may employ, with or without pay, a national of the foreign state wherein the teacher on the leave of absence is to teach if the national is qualified to teach in that foreign state and if that national is to teach in a grade level similar to the one that was taught in the foreign state. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt rules as may be necessary to implement this subsection (e).
    (f) No person shall be denied a license issued under this Article solely based on his or her citizenship status or immigration status. The General Assembly finds and declares that this subsection (f) is a State law within the meaning of subsection (d) of Section 1621 of Title 8 of the United States Code. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the requirements to obtain a license that are not directly related to citizenship status or immigration status. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to grant eligibility for obtaining any public benefit other than a license issued under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 102-713, eff. 1-1-23.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-20

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-20)
    Sec. 21B-20. Types of licenses. The State Board of Education shall implement a system of educator licensure, whereby individuals employed in school districts who are required to be licensed must have one of the following licenses: (i) a professional educator license; (ii) an educator license with stipulations; (iii) a substitute teaching license; or (iv) until June 30, 2023, a short-term substitute teaching license. References in law regarding individuals certified or certificated or required to be certified or certificated under Article 21 of this Code shall also include individuals licensed or required to be licensed under this Article. The first year of all licenses ends on June 30 following one full year of the license being issued.
    The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary to govern the requirements for licenses and endorsements under this Section.
        (1) Professional Educator License. Persons who (i)
    
have successfully completed an approved educator preparation program and are recommended for licensure by the Illinois institution offering the educator preparation program, (ii) have successfully completed the required testing under Section 21B-30 of this Code, (iii) have successfully completed coursework on the psychology of, the identification of, and the methods of instruction for the exceptional child, including without limitation children with learning disabilities, (iv) have successfully completed coursework in methods of reading and reading in the content area, and (v) have met all other criteria established by rule of the State Board of Education shall be issued a Professional Educator License. All Professional Educator Licenses are valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the license being issued. The Professional Educator License shall be endorsed with specific areas and grade levels in which the individual is eligible to practice. For an early childhood education endorsement, an individual may satisfy the student teaching requirement of his or her early childhood teacher preparation program through placement in a setting with children from birth through grade 2, and the individual may be paid and receive credit while student teaching. The student teaching experience must meet the requirements of and be approved by the individual's early childhood teacher preparation program.
        Individuals can receive subsequent endorsements on
    
the Professional Educator License. Subsequent endorsements shall require a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework in the endorsement area and passage of the applicable content area test, unless otherwise specified by rule.
        (2) Educator License with Stipulations. An Educator
    
License with Stipulations shall be issued an endorsement that limits the license holder to one particular position or does not require completion of an approved educator program or both.
        An individual with an Educator License with
    
Stipulations must not be employed by a school district or any other entity to replace any presently employed teacher who otherwise would not be replaced for any reason.
        An Educator License with Stipulations may be issued
    
with the following endorsements:
            (A) (Blank).
            (B) Alternative provisional educator. An
        
alternative provisional educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who, at the time of applying for the endorsement, has done all of the following:
                (i) Graduated from a regionally accredited
            
college or university with a minimum of a bachelor's degree.
                (ii) Successfully completed the first phase
            
of the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers, as described in Section 21B-50 of this Code.
                (iii) Passed a content area test, as required
            
under Section 21B-30 of this Code.
        The alternative provisional educator endorsement is
    
valid for 2 years of teaching and may be renewed for a third year by an individual meeting the requirements set forth in Section 21B-50 of this Code.
            (C) Alternative provisional superintendent. An
        
alternative provisional superintendent endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations entitles the holder to serve only as a superintendent or assistant superintendent in a school district's central office. This endorsement may only be issued to an applicant who, at the time of applying for the endorsement, has done all of the following:
                (i) Graduated from a regionally accredited
            
college or university with a minimum of a master's degree in a management field other than education.
                (ii) Been employed for a period of at least
            
5 years in a management level position in a field other than education.
                (iii) Successfully completed the first phase
            
of an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program, as provided in Section 21B-55 of this Code.
                (iv) Passed a content area test required
            
under Section 21B-30 of this Code.
            The endorsement is valid for 2 fiscal years in
        
order to complete one full year of serving as a superintendent or assistant superintendent.
            (D) (Blank).
            (E) Career and technical educator. A career and
        
technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who has a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an accredited trade and technical institution and has a minimum of 2,000 hours of experience outside of education in each area to be taught.
            The career and technical educator endorsement on
        
an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed.
            An individual who holds a valid career and
        
technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations but does not hold a bachelor's degree may substitute teach in career and technical education classrooms.
            (F) Part-time provisional career and technical
        
educator or provisional career and technical educator. A part-time provisional career and technical educator endorsement or a provisional career and technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who has a minimum of 8,000 hours of work experience in the skill for which the applicant is seeking the endorsement. It is the responsibility of each employing school board and regional office of education to provide verification, in writing, to the State Superintendent of Education at the time the application is submitted that no qualified teacher holding a Professional Educator License or an Educator License with Stipulations with a career and technical educator endorsement is available and that actual circumstances require such issuance.
            The provisional career and technical educator
        
endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed for 5 years.
            A part-time provisional career and technical
        
educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued for teaching no more than 2 courses of study for grades 6 through 12. The part-time provisional career and technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed for 5 years if the individual makes application for renewal.
            An individual who holds a provisional or
        
part-time provisional career and technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations but does not hold a bachelor's degree may substitute teach in career and technical education classrooms.
            (G) Transitional bilingual educator. A
        
transitional bilingual educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued for the purpose of providing instruction in accordance with Article 14C of this Code to an applicant who provides satisfactory evidence that he or she meets all of the following requirements:
                (i) Possesses adequate speaking, reading, and
            
writing ability in the language other than English in which transitional bilingual education is offered.
                (ii) Has the ability to successfully
            
communicate in English.
                (iii) Either possessed, within 5 years
            
previous to his or her applying for a transitional bilingual educator endorsement, a valid and comparable teaching certificate or comparable authorization issued by a foreign country or holds a degree from an institution of higher learning in a foreign country that the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.
            A transitional bilingual educator endorsement
        
shall be valid for prekindergarten through grade 12, is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued, and shall not be renewed.
            Persons holding a transitional bilingual educator
        
endorsement shall not be employed to replace any presently employed teacher who otherwise would not be replaced for any reason.
            (H) Language endorsement. In an effort to
        
alleviate the shortage of teachers speaking a language other than English in the public schools, an individual who holds an Educator License with Stipulations may also apply for a language endorsement, provided that the applicant provides satisfactory evidence that he or she meets all of the following requirements:
                (i) Holds a transitional bilingual
            
endorsement.
                (ii) Has demonstrated proficiency in the
            
language for which the endorsement is to be issued by passing the applicable language content test required by the State Board of Education.
                (iii) Holds a bachelor's degree or higher
            
from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or, for individuals educated in a country other than the United States, holds a degree from an institution of higher learning in a foreign country that the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.
                (iv) (Blank).
            A language endorsement on an Educator License
        
with Stipulations is valid for prekindergarten through grade 12 for the same validity period as the individual's transitional bilingual educator endorsement on the Educator License with Stipulations and shall not be renewed.
            (I) Visiting international educator. A visiting
        
international educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an individual who is being recruited by a particular school district that conducts formal recruitment programs outside of the United States to secure the services of qualified teachers and who meets all of the following requirements:
                (i) Holds the equivalent of a minimum of a
            
bachelor's degree issued in the United States.
                (ii) Has been prepared as a teacher at the
            
grade level for which he or she will be employed.
                (iii) Has adequate content knowledge in the
            
subject to be taught.
                (iv) Has an adequate command of the English
            
language.
            A holder of a visiting international educator
        
endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations shall be permitted to teach in bilingual education programs in the language that was the medium of instruction in his or her teacher preparation program, provided that he or she passes the English Language Proficiency Examination or another test of writing skills in English identified by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
            A visiting international educator endorsement on
        
an Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 5 years and shall not be renewed.
            (J) Paraprofessional educator. A
        
paraprofessional educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who holds a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and either holds an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or has passed a paraprofessional competency test under subsection (c-5) of Section 21B-30. The paraprofessional educator endorsement is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed through application and payment of the appropriate fee, as required under Section 21B-40 of this Code. An individual who holds only a paraprofessional educator endorsement is not subject to additional requirements in order to renew the endorsement.
            (K) Chief school business official. A chief
        
school business official endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who qualifies by having a master's degree or higher, 2 years of full-time administrative experience in school business management or 2 years of university-approved practical experience, and a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in a program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of school business administrators and by passage of the applicable State tests, including an applicable content area test.
            The chief school business official endorsement
        
may also be affixed to the Educator License with Stipulations of any holder who qualifies by having a master's degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or public administration and who completes an additional 6 semester hours of internship in school business management from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and passes the applicable State tests, including an applicable content area test. This endorsement shall be required for any individual employed as a chief school business official.
            The chief school business official endorsement on
        
an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed if the license holder completes renewal requirements as required for individuals who hold a Professional Educator License endorsed for chief school business official under Section 21B-45 of this Code and such rules as may be adopted by the State Board of Education.
            The State Board of Education shall adopt any
        
rules necessary to implement Public Act 100-288.
            (L) Provisional in-state educator. A provisional
        
in-state educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to a candidate who has completed an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education and who has not successfully completed an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness but who meets all of the following requirements:
                (i) Holds at least a bachelor's degree.
                (ii) Has completed an approved educator
            
preparation program at an Illinois institution.
                (iii) Has passed an applicable content area
            
test, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code.
                (iv) Has attempted an evidence-based
            
assessment of teacher effectiveness and received a minimum score on that assessment, as established by the State Board of Education in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
            A provisional in-state educator endorsement on an
        
Educator License with Stipulations is valid for one full fiscal year after the date of issuance and may not be renewed.
            (M) (Blank).
            (N) Specialized services. A specialized services
        
endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued as defined and specified by rule.
        (3) Substitute Teaching License. A Substitute
    
Teaching License may be issued to qualified applicants for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12. Substitute Teaching Licenses are not eligible for endorsements. Applicants for a Substitute Teaching License must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for 5 years.
        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for substitute
    
teaching in every county of this State. If an individual has had his or her Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations suspended or revoked, then that individual is not eligible to obtain a Substitute Teaching License.
        A substitute teacher may only teach in the place of a
    
licensed teacher who is under contract with the employing board. If, however, there is no licensed teacher under contract because of an emergency situation, then a district may employ a substitute teacher for no longer than 30 calendar days per each vacant position in the district if the district notifies the appropriate regional office of education within 5 business days after the employment of the substitute teacher in the emergency situation. An emergency situation is one in which an unforeseen vacancy has occurred and (i) a teacher is unable to fulfill his or her contractual duties or (ii) teacher capacity needs of the district exceed previous indications, and the district is actively engaged in advertising to hire a fully licensed teacher for the vacant position.
        There is no limit on the number of days that a
    
substitute teacher may teach in a single school district, provided that no substitute teacher may teach for longer than 90 school days for any one licensed teacher under contract in the same school year. A substitute teacher who holds a Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations shall not teach for more than 120 school days for any one licensed teacher under contract in the same school year. The limitations in this paragraph (3) on the number of days a substitute teacher may be employed do not apply to any school district operating under Article 34 of this Code.
        A school district may not require an individual who
    
holds a valid Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations to seek or hold a Substitute Teaching License to teach as a substitute teacher.
        (4) Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. Beginning
    
on July 1, 2018 and until June 30, 2023, the State Board of Education may issue a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. A Short-Term Substitute Teaching License may be issued to a qualified applicant for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12. Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are not eligible for endorsements. Applicants for a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License must hold an associate's degree or have completed at least 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
        Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for
    
substitute teaching in every county of this State. If an individual has had his or her Professional Educator License or Educator License with Stipulations suspended or revoked, then that individual is not eligible to obtain a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License.
        The provisions of Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of
    
this Code apply to short-term substitute teachers.
        An individual holding a Short-Term Substitute
    
Teaching License may teach no more than 5 consecutive days per licensed teacher who is under contract. For teacher absences lasting 6 or more days per licensed teacher who is under contract, a school district may not hire an individual holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. An individual holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License must complete the training program under Section 10-20.67 or 34-18.60 of this Code to be eligible to teach at a public school. This paragraph (4) is inoperative on and after July 1, 2023.
(Source: P.A. 100-8, eff. 7-1-17; 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-288, eff. 8-24-17; 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-821, eff. 9-3-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19; 101-594, eff. 12-5-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-25

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-25)
    Sec. 21B-25. Endorsement on licenses. All licenses issued under paragraph (1) of Section 21B-20 of this Code shall be specifically endorsed by the State Board of Education for each content area, school support area, and administrative area for which the holder of the license is qualified. Recognized institutions approved to offer educator preparation programs shall be trained to add endorsements to licenses issued to applicants who meet all of the requirements for the endorsement or endorsements, including passing any required tests. The State Superintendent of Education shall randomly audit institutions to ensure that all rules and standards are being followed for entitlement or when endorsements are being recommended.
        (1) The State Board of Education, in consultation
    
with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall establish, by rule, the grade level and subject area endorsements to be added to the Professional Educator License. These rules shall outline the requirements for obtaining each endorsement.
        (2) In addition to any and all grade level and
    
content area endorsements developed by rule, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall develop the requirements for the following endorsements:
            (A) (Blank).
            (B) Principal endorsement. A principal
        
endorsement shall be affixed to a Professional Educator License of any holder who qualifies by having all of the following:
                (i) Successful completion of a principal
            
preparation program approved in accordance with Section 21B-60 of this Code and any applicable rules.
                (ii) At least 4 total years of teaching or 4
            
total years of working in the capacity of school support personnel in an Illinois public school or nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education, in a school under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, or in an out-of-state public school or out-of-state nonpublic school meeting out-of-state recognition standards comparable to those approved by the State Superintendent of Education; however, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall allow, by rules, for fewer than 4 years of experience based on meeting standards set forth in such rules, including without limitation a review of performance evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated qualifications.
                (iii) A master's degree or higher from a
            
regionally accredited college or university.
            (C) Chief school business official endorsement.
        
A chief school business official endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License of any holder who qualifies by having a master's degree or higher, 2 years of full-time administrative experience in school business management or 2 years of university-approved practical experience, and a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in a program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of school business administrators and by passage of the applicable State tests. The chief school business official endorsement may also be affixed to the Professional Educator License of any holder who qualifies by having a master's degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or public administration and who completes an additional 6 semester hours of internship in school business management from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and passes the applicable State tests. This endorsement shall be required for any individual employed as a chief school business official.
            (D) Superintendent endorsement. A superintendent
        
endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License of any holder who has completed a program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of superintendents of schools, has had at least 2 years of experience employed full-time in a general administrative position or as a full-time principal, director of special education, or chief school business official in the public schools or in a State-recognized nonpublic school in which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State and where a majority of the teachers are required to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in this State, and has passed the required State tests; or of any holder who has completed a program that is not an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education and that has recognition standards comparable to those approved by the State Superintendent of Education and holds the general administrative, principal, or chief school business official endorsement and who has had 2 years of experience as a principal, director of special education, or chief school business official while holding a valid educator license or certificate comparable in validity and educational and experience requirements and has passed the appropriate State tests, as provided in Section 21B-30 of this Code. The superintendent endorsement shall allow individuals to serve only as a superintendent or assistant superintendent.
            (E) Teacher leader endorsement. It shall be the
        
policy of this State to improve the quality of instructional leaders by providing a career pathway for teachers interested in serving in leadership roles, but not as principals. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may issue a teacher leader endorsement under this subdivision (E). Persons who meet and successfully complete the requirements of the endorsement shall be issued a teacher leader endorsement on the Professional Educator License for serving in schools in this State. Teacher leaders may qualify to serve in such positions as department chairs, coaches, mentors, curriculum and instruction leaders, or other leadership positions as defined by the district. The endorsement shall be available to those teachers who (i) hold a Professional Educator License, (ii) hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, (iii) have completed a program of study that has been approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and (iv) have successfully demonstrated competencies as defined by rule.
            A teacher who meets the requirements set forth in
        
this Section and holds a teacher leader endorsement may evaluate teachers pursuant to Section 24A-5 of this Code, provided that the individual has completed the evaluation component required by Section 24A-3 of this Code and a teacher leader is allowed to evaluate personnel under the respective school district's collective bargaining agreement.
            The State Board of Education, in consultation
        
with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish and implement the teacher leader endorsement program and to specify the positions for which this endorsement shall be required.
            (F) Special education endorsement. A special
        
education endorsement in one or more areas shall be affixed to a Professional Educator License for any individual that meets those requirements established by the State Board of Education in rules. Special education endorsement areas shall include without limitation the following:
                (i) Learning Behavior Specialist I;
                (ii) Learning Behavior Specialist II;
                (iii) Speech Language Pathologist;
                (iv) Blind or Visually Impaired;
                (v) Deaf-Hard of Hearing;
                (vi) Early Childhood Special Education; and
                (vii) Director of Special Education.
        Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the
        
contrary, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may add additional areas of special education by rule.
            (G) School support personnel endorsement. School
        
support personnel endorsement areas shall include, but are not limited to, school counselor, marriage and family therapist, school psychologist, school speech and language pathologist, school nurse, and school social worker. This endorsement is for individuals who are not teachers or administrators, but still require licensure to work in an instructional support position in a public or State-operated elementary school, secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or board of control or a charter school operating in compliance with the Charter Schools Law. The school support personnel endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License and shall meet all of the requirements established in any rules adopted to implement this subdivision (G). The holder of such an endorsement is entitled to all of the rights and privileges granted holders of any other Professional Educator License, including teacher benefits, compensation, and working conditions.
(Source: P.A. 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-267, eff. 8-22-17; 100-288, eff. 8-24-17; 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-780, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-30

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-30)
    Sec. 21B-30. Educator testing.
    (a) (Blank).
    (b) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall design and implement a system of examinations, which shall be required prior to the issuance of educator licenses. These examinations and indicators must be based on national and State professional teaching standards, as determined by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The State Board of Education may adopt such rules as may be necessary to implement and administer this Section.
    (c) (Blank).
    (c-5) The State Board must adopt rules to implement a paraprofessional competency test. This test would allow an applicant seeking an Educator License with Stipulations with a paraprofessional educator endorsement to obtain the endorsement if he or she passes the test and meets the other requirements of subparagraph (J) of paragraph (2) of Section 21B-20 other than the higher education requirements.
    (d) All applicants seeking a State license shall be required to pass a test of content area knowledge for each area of endorsement for which there is an applicable test. There shall be no exception to this requirement. No candidate shall be allowed to student teach or serve as the teacher of record until he or she has passed the applicable content area test.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) Except as otherwise provided in this Article, beginning on September 1, 2015, all candidates completing teacher preparation programs in this State and all candidates subject to Section 21B-35 of this Code are required to pass a teacher performance assessment approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. A candidate may not be required to submit test materials by video submission. Subject to appropriation, an individual who holds a Professional Educator License and is employed for a minimum of one school year by a school district designated as Tier 1 under Section 18-8.15 may, after application to the State Board, receive from the State Board a refund for any costs associated with completing the teacher performance assessment under this subsection.
    (g) The content area knowledge test and the teacher performance assessment shall be the tests that from time to time are designated by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and may be tests prepared by an educational testing organization or tests designed by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The test of content area knowledge shall assess content knowledge in a specific subject field. The tests must be designed to be racially neutral to ensure that no person taking the tests is discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, or other factors unrelated to the person's ability to perform as a licensed employee. The score required to pass the tests shall be fixed by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The tests shall be administered not fewer than 3 times a year at such time and place as may be designated by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    The State Board shall implement a test or tests to assess the speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills of applicants for an endorsement or a license issued under subdivision (G) of paragraph (2) of Section 21B-20 of this Code in the English language and in the language of the transitional bilingual education program requested by the applicant.
    (h) Except as provided in Section 34-6 of this Code, the provisions of this Section shall apply equally in any school district subject to Article 34 of this Code.
    (i) The rules developed to implement and enforce the testing requirements under this Section shall include without limitation provisions governing test selection, test validation and determination of a passing score, administration of the tests, frequency of administration, applicant fees, frequency of applicants taking the tests, the years for which a score is valid, and appropriate special accommodations. The State Board of Education shall develop such rules as may be needed to ensure uniformity from year to year in the level of difficulty for each form of an assessment.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19; 101-594, eff. 12-5-19; 102-301, eff. 8-26-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-35

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-35)
    Sec. 21B-35. Minimum requirements for educators trained in other states or countries.
    (a) Any applicant who has not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field or school support personnel area must meet the following requirements:
        (1) the applicant must:
            (A) hold a comparable and valid educator license
        
or certificate, as defined by rule, with similar grade level and content area credentials from another state, with the State Board of Education having the authority to determine what constitutes similar grade level and content area credentials from another state;
            (B) have a bachelor's degree from a regionally
        
accredited institution of higher education; and
            (C) (blank); or
        (2) the applicant must:
            (A) have completed a state-approved program for
        
the licensure area sought, including coursework concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners;
            (B) have a bachelor's degree from a regionally
        
accredited institution of higher education;
            (C) have successfully met all Illinois
        
examination requirements, except that:
                (i) (blank);
                (ii) an applicant who has successfully
            
completed a test of content, as defined by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state is not required to complete a test of content; and
                (iii) an applicant for a teaching endorsement
            
who has successfully completed an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness, as defined by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state is not required to complete an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness; and
            (D) for an applicant for a teaching endorsement,
        
have completed student teaching or an equivalent experience or, for an applicant for a school service personnel endorsement, have completed an internship or an equivalent experience.
    (b) In order to receive a Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field or school support personnel area, applicants trained in another country must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have completed a comparable education program in
    
another country.
        (2) Have had transcripts evaluated by an evaluation
    
service approved by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (3) Have a degree comparable to a degree from a
    
regionally accredited institution of higher education.
        (4) Have completed coursework aligned to standards
    
concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners.
        (5) (Blank).
        (6) (Blank).
        (7) Have successfully met all State licensure
    
examination requirements. Applicants who have successfully completed a test of content, as defined by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another country shall not be required to complete a test of content. Applicants for a teaching endorsement who have successfully completed an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness, as defined by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another country shall not be required to complete an evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness.
        (8) Have completed student teaching or an equivalent
    
experience.
        (9) (Blank).
    (b-5) All applicants who have not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education and applicants trained in another country applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed for principal or superintendent must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and hold a comparable and valid educator license or certificate with similar grade level and subject matter credentials, with the State Board of Education having the authority to determine what constitutes similar grade level and subject matter credentials from another state, or must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have completed an educator preparation program
    
approved by another state or comparable educator program in another country leading to the receipt of a license or certificate for the Illinois endorsement sought.
        (2) Have successfully met all State licensure
    
examination requirements, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code. Applicants who have successfully completed a test of content, as defined by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state or country shall not be required to complete a test of content.
        (2.5) Have completed an internship, as defined by
    
rule.
        (3) (Blank).
        (4) Have completed coursework aligned to standards
    
concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners.
        (4.5) (Blank).
        (5) Have completed a master's degree.
        (6) Have successfully completed teaching, school
    
support, or administrative experience as defined by rule.
    (b-7) All applicants who have not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed for Director of Special Education must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and must hold a comparable and valid educator license or certificate with similar grade level and subject matter credentials, with the State Board of Education having the authority to determine what constitutes similar grade level and subject matter credentials from another state, or must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have completed a master's degree.
        (2) Have 2 years of full-time experience
    
providing special education services.
        (3) Have successfully completed all examination
    
requirements, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code. Applicants who have successfully completed a test of content, as identified by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state or country shall not be required to complete a test of content.
        (4) Have completed coursework aligned to
    
standards concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners.
    (b-10) All applicants who have not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed for chief school business official must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and must hold a comparable and valid educator license or certificate with similar grade level and subject matter credentials, with the State Board of Education having the authority to determine what constitutes similar grade level and subject matter credentials from another state, or must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have completed a master's degree in school
    
business management, finance, or accounting.
        (2) Have successfully completed an internship in
    
school business management or have 2 years of experience as a school business administrator.
        (3) Have successfully met all State examination
    
requirements, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code. Applicants who have successfully completed a test of content, as identified by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state or country shall not be required to complete a test of content.
        (4) Have completed modules aligned to standards
    
concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners.
    (c) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-220, eff. 8-7-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-539, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-40

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-40)
    Sec. 21B-40. Fees.
    (a) Beginning with the start of the new licensure system established pursuant to this Article, the following fees shall be charged to applicants:
        (1) A $100 application fee for a Professional
    
Educator License or an Educator License with Stipulations.
        (1.5) A $50 application fee for a Substitute Teaching
    
License. If the application for a Substitute Teaching License is made and granted after July 1, 2017, the licensee may apply for a refund of the application fee within 18 months of issuance of the new license and shall be issued that refund by the State Board of Education if the licensee provides evidence to the State Board of Education that the licensee has taught pursuant to the Substitute Teaching License at least 10 full school days within one year of issuance.
        (1.7) A $25 application fee for a Short-Term
    
Substitute Teaching License. The Short-Term Substitute Teaching License must be registered in at least one region in this State, but does not require a registration fee. The licensee may apply for a refund of the application fee within 18 months of issuance of the new license and shall be issued that refund by the State Board of Education if the licensee provides evidence to the State Board of Education that the licensee has taught pursuant to the Short-Term Substitute Teaching License at least 10 full school days within one year of issuance. The application fee for a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License shall be waived when the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
        (2) A $150 application fee for individuals who have
    
not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education and are seeking any of the licenses set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection (a).
        (3) A $50 application fee for each endorsement or
    
approval.
        (4) A $10 per year registration fee for the course
    
of the validity cycle to register the license, which shall be paid to the regional office of education having supervision and control over the school in which the individual holding the license is to be employed. If the individual holding the license is not yet employed, then the license may be registered in any county in this State. The registration fee must be paid in its entirety the first time the individual registers the license for a particular validity period in a single region. No additional fee may be charged for that validity period should the individual subsequently register the license in additional regions. An individual must register the license (i) immediately after initial issuance of the license and (ii) at the beginning of each renewal cycle if the individual has satisfied the renewal requirements required under this Code.
        Beginning on July 1, 2017, at the beginning of each
    
renewal cycle, individuals who hold a Substitute Teaching License may apply for a reimbursement of the registration fee within 18 months of renewal and shall be issued that reimbursement by the State Board of Education from funds appropriated for that purpose if the licensee provides evidence to the State Board of Education that the licensee has taught pursuant to the Substitute Teaching License at least 10 full school days within one year of renewal.
        (5) The license renewal fee for an Educator License
    
with Stipulations with a paraprofessional educator endorsement is $25.
    (b) All application fees paid pursuant to subdivisions (1) through (3) of subsection (a) of this Section shall be deposited into the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund and shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the State Board of Education to provide the technology and human resources necessary for the timely and efficient processing of applications and for the renewal of licenses. Funds available from the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund may also be used by the State Board of Education to support the recruitment and retention of educators, to support educator preparation programs as they seek national accreditation, and to provide professional development aligned with the requirements set forth in Section 21B-45 of this Code. A majority of the funds in the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund must be dedicated to the timely and efficient processing of applications and for the renewal of licenses. The Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund is not subject to administrative charge transfers, authorized under Section 8h of the State Finance Act, from the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund into any other fund of this State, and moneys in the Teacher Certificate Fee Revolving Fund shall not revert back to the General Revenue Fund at any time.
    The regional superintendent of schools shall deposit the registration fees paid pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of this Section into the institute fund established pursuant to Section 3-11 of this Code.
    (c) The State Board of Education and each regional office of education are authorized to charge a service or convenience fee for the use of credit cards for the payment of license fees. This service or convenience fee shall not exceed the amount required by the credit card processing company or vendor that has entered into a contract with the State Board or regional office of education for this purpose, and the fee must be paid to that company or vendor.
    (d) If, at the time a certificate issued under Article 21 of this Code is exchanged for a license issued under this Article, a person has paid registration fees for any years of the validity period of the certificate and these years have not expired when the certificate is exchanged, then those fees must be applied to the registration of the new license.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-570, eff. 8-23-19; 102-867, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-45

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-45)
    Sec. 21B-45. Professional Educator License renewal.
    (a) Individuals holding a Professional Educator License are required to complete the licensure renewal requirements as specified in this Section, unless otherwise provided in this Code.
    Individuals holding a Professional Educator License shall meet the renewal requirements set forth in this Section, unless otherwise provided in this Code. If an individual holds a license endorsed in more than one area that has different renewal requirements, that individual shall follow the renewal requirements for the position for which he or she spends the majority of his or her time working.
    (b) All Professional Educator Licenses not renewed as provided in this Section shall lapse on September 1 of that year. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, if a license holder's electronic mail address is available, the State Board of Education shall send him or her notification electronically that his or her license will lapse if not renewed, to be sent no more than 6 months prior to the license lapsing. Lapsed licenses may be immediately reinstated upon (i) payment by the applicant of a $500 penalty to the State Board of Education or (ii) the demonstration of proficiency by completing 9 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the content area that most aligns with one or more of the educator's endorsement areas. Any and all back fees, including without limitation registration fees owed from the time of expiration of the license until the date of reinstatement, shall be paid and kept in accordance with the provisions in Article 3 of this Code concerning an institute fund and the provisions in Article 21B of this Code concerning fees and requirements for registration. Licenses not registered in accordance with Section 21B-40 of this Code shall lapse after a period of 6 months from the expiration of the last year of registration or on January 1 of the fiscal year following initial issuance of the license. An unregistered license is invalid after September 1 for employment and performance of services in an Illinois public or State-operated school or cooperative and in a charter school. Any license or endorsement may be voluntarily surrendered by the license holder. A voluntarily surrendered license shall be treated as a revoked license. An Educator License with Stipulations with only a paraprofessional endorsement does not lapse.
    (c) From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, in order to satisfy the requirements for licensure renewal provided for in this Section, each professional educator licensee with an administrative endorsement who is working in a position requiring such endorsement shall complete one Illinois Administrators' Academy course, as described in Article 2 of this Code, per fiscal year.
    (c-5) All licenses issued by the State Board of Education under this Article that expire on June 30, 2020 and have not been renewed by the end of the 2020 renewal period shall be extended for one year and shall expire on June 30, 2021.
    (d) Beginning July 1, 2014, in order to satisfy the requirements for licensure renewal provided for in this Section, each professional educator licensee may create a professional development plan each year. The plan shall address one or more of the endorsements that are required of his or her educator position if the licensee is employed and performing services in an Illinois public or State-operated school or cooperative. If the licensee is employed in a charter school, the plan shall address that endorsement or those endorsements most closely related to his or her educator position. Licensees employed and performing services in any other Illinois schools may participate in the renewal requirements by adhering to the same process.
    Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the licensee's professional development activities shall align with one or more of the following criteria:
        (1) activities are of a type that engage participants
    
over a sustained period of time allowing for analysis, discovery, and application as they relate to student learning, social or emotional achievement, or well-being;
        (2) professional development aligns to the licensee's
    
performance;
        (3) outcomes for the activities must relate to
    
student growth or district improvement;
        (4) activities align to State-approved standards; and
        (5) higher education coursework.
    (e) For each renewal cycle, each professional educator licensee shall engage in professional development activities. Prior to renewal, the licensee shall enter electronically into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) the name, date, and location of the activity, the number of professional development hours, and the provider's name. The following provisions shall apply concerning professional development activities:
        (1) Each licensee shall complete a total of 120 hours
    
of professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in order to renew the license, except as otherwise provided in this Section.
        (2) Beginning with his or her first full 5-year
    
cycle, any licensee with an administrative endorsement who is not working in a position requiring such endorsement is not required to complete Illinois Administrators' Academy courses, as described in Article 2 of this Code. Such licensees must complete one Illinois Administrators' Academy course within one year after returning to a position that requires the administrative endorsement.
        (3) Any licensee with an administrative endorsement
    
who is working in a position requiring such endorsement or an individual with a Teacher Leader endorsement serving in an administrative capacity at least 50% of the day shall complete one Illinois Administrators' Academy course, as described in Article 2 of this Code, each fiscal year in addition to 100 hours of professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in accordance with this Code.
        (4) Any licensee holding a current National Board for
    
Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) master teacher designation shall complete a total of 60 hours of professional development per 5-year renewal cycle in order to renew the license.
        (5) Licensees working in a position that does not
    
require educator licensure or working in a position for less than 50% for any particular year are considered to be exempt and shall be required to pay only the registration fee in order to renew and maintain the validity of the license.
        (6) Licensees who are retired and qualify for
    
benefits from a State of Illinois retirement system shall notify the State Board of Education using ELIS, and the license shall be maintained in retired status. For any renewal cycle in which a licensee retires during the renewal cycle, the licensee must complete professional development activities on a prorated basis depending on the number of years during the renewal cycle the educator held an active license. If a licensee retires during a renewal cycle, the licensee must notify the State Board of Education using ELIS that the licensee wishes to maintain the license in retired status and must show proof of completion of professional development activities on a prorated basis for all years of that renewal cycle for which the license was active. An individual with a license in retired status shall not be required to complete professional development activities or pay registration fees until returning to a position that requires educator licensure. Upon returning to work in a position that requires the Professional Educator License, the licensee shall immediately pay a registration fee and complete renewal requirements for that year. A license in retired status cannot lapse. Beginning on January 6, 2017 (the effective date of Public Act 99-920) through December 31, 2017, any licensee who has retired and whose license has lapsed for failure to renew as provided in this Section may reinstate that license and maintain it in retired status upon providing proof to the State Board of Education using ELIS that the licensee is retired and is not working in a position that requires a Professional Educator License.
        (7) For any renewal cycle in which professional
    
development hours were required, but not fulfilled, the licensee shall complete any missed hours to total the minimum professional development hours required in this Section prior to September 1 of that year. Professional development hours used to fulfill the minimum required hours for a renewal cycle may be used for only one renewal cycle. For any fiscal year or renewal cycle in which an Illinois Administrators' Academy course was required but not completed, the licensee shall complete any missed Illinois Administrators' Academy courses prior to September 1 of that year. The licensee may complete all deficient hours and Illinois Administrators' Academy courses while continuing to work in a position that requires that license until September 1 of that year.
        (8) Any licensee who has not fulfilled the
    
professional development renewal requirements set forth in this Section at the end of any 5-year renewal cycle is ineligible to register his or her license and may submit an appeal to the State Superintendent of Education for reinstatement of the license.
        (9) If professional development opportunities were
    
unavailable to a licensee, proof that opportunities were unavailable and request for an extension of time beyond August 31 to complete the renewal requirements may be submitted from April 1 through June 30 of that year to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. If an extension is approved, the license shall remain valid during the extension period.
        (10) Individuals who hold exempt licenses prior to
    
December 27, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act 98-610) shall commence the annual renewal process with the first scheduled registration due after December 27, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act 98-610).
        (11) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
subsection (e), if a licensee earns more than the required number of professional development hours during a renewal cycle, then the licensee may carry over any hours earned from April 1 through June 30 of the last year of the renewal cycle. Any hours carried over in this manner must be applied to the next renewal cycle. Illinois Administrators' Academy courses or hours earned in those courses may not be carried over.
    (f) At the time of renewal, each licensee shall respond to the required questions under penalty of perjury.
    (f-5) The State Board of Education shall conduct random audits of licensees to verify a licensee's fulfillment of the professional development hours required under this Section. Upon completion of a random audit, if it is determined by the State Board of Education that the licensee did not complete the required number of professional development hours or did not provide sufficient proof of completion, the licensee shall be notified that his or her license has lapsed. A license that has lapsed under this subsection may be reinstated as provided in subsection (b).
    (g) The following entities shall be designated as approved to provide professional development activities for the renewal of Professional Educator Licenses:
        (1) The State Board of Education.
        (2) Regional offices of education and intermediate
    
service centers.
        (3) Illinois professional associations representing
    
the following groups that are approved by the State Superintendent of Education:
            (A) school administrators;
            (B) principals;
            (C) school business officials;
            (D) teachers, including special education
        
teachers;
            (E) school boards;
            (F) school districts;
            (G) parents; and
            (H) school service personnel.
        (4) Regionally accredited institutions of higher
    
education that offer Illinois-approved educator preparation programs and public community colleges subject to the Public Community College Act.
        (5) Illinois public school districts, charter schools
    
authorized under Article 27A of this Code, and joint educational programs authorized under Article 10 of this Code for the purposes of providing career and technical education or special education services.
        (6) A not-for-profit organization that, as of
    
December 31, 2014 (the effective date of Public Act 98-1147), has had or has a grant from or a contract with the State Board of Education to provide professional development services in the area of English Learning to Illinois school districts, teachers, or administrators.
        (7) State agencies, State boards, and State
    
commissions.
        (8) Museums as defined in Section 10 of the Museum
    
Disposition of Property Act.
    (h) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this Section shall make available professional development opportunities that satisfy at least one of the following:
        (1) increase the knowledge and skills of school and
    
district leaders who guide continuous professional development;
        (2) improve the learning of students;
        (3) organize adults into learning communities whose
    
goals are aligned with those of the school and district;
        (4) deepen educator's content knowledge;
        (5) provide educators with research-based
    
instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards;
        (6) prepare educators to appropriately use various
    
types of classroom assessments;
        (7) use learning strategies appropriate to the
    
intended goals;
        (8) provide educators with the knowledge and skills
    
to collaborate;
        (9) prepare educators to apply research to decision
    
making;
        (10) provide educators with training on inclusive
    
practices in the classroom that examines instructional and behavioral strategies that improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students, with or without disabilities, in a general education setting; or
        (11) beginning on July 1, 2022, provide educators
    
with training on the physical and mental health needs of students, student safety, educator ethics, professional conduct, and other topics that address the well-being of students and improve the academic and social-emotional outcomes of students.
    (i) Approved providers under subsection (g) of this Section shall do the following:
        (1) align professional development activities to the
    
State-approved national standards for professional learning;
        (2) meet the professional development criteria for
    
Illinois licensure renewal;
        (3) produce a rationale for the activity that
    
explains how it aligns to State standards and identify the assessment for determining the expected impact on student learning or school improvement;
        (4) maintain original documentation for completion of
    
activities;
        (5) provide license holders with evidence of
    
completion of activities;
        (6) request an Illinois Educator Identification
    
Number (IEIN) for each educator during each professional development activity; and
        (7) beginning on July 1, 2019, register annually with
    
the State Board of Education prior to offering any professional development opportunities in the current fiscal year.
    (j) The State Board of Education shall conduct annual audits of a subset of approved providers, except for school districts, which shall be audited by regional offices of education and intermediate service centers. The State Board of Education shall ensure that each approved provider, except for a school district, is audited at least once every 5 years. The State Board of Education may conduct more frequent audits of providers if evidence suggests the requirements of this Section or administrative rules are not being met.
        (1) (Blank).
        (2) Approved providers shall comply with the
    
requirements in subsections (h) and (i) of this Section by annually submitting data to the State Board of Education demonstrating how the professional development activities impacted one or more of the following:
            (A) educator and student growth in regards to
        
content knowledge or skills, or both;
            (B) educator and student social and emotional
        
growth; or
            (C) alignment to district or school improvement
        
plans.
        (3) The State Superintendent of Education shall
    
review the annual data collected by the State Board of Education, regional offices of education, and intermediate service centers in audits to determine if the approved provider has met the criteria and should continue to be an approved provider or if further action should be taken as provided in rules.
    (k) Registration fees shall be paid for the next renewal cycle between April 1 and June 30 in the last year of each 5-year renewal cycle using ELIS. If all required professional development hours for the renewal cycle have been completed and entered by the licensee, the licensee shall pay the registration fees for the next cycle using a form of credit or debit card.
    (l) Any professional educator licensee endorsed for school support personnel who is employed and performing services in Illinois public schools and who holds an active and current professional license issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or a national certification board, as approved by the State Board of Education, related to the endorsement areas on the Professional Educator License shall be deemed to have satisfied the continuing professional development requirements provided for in this Section. Such individuals shall be required to pay only registration fees to renew the Professional Educator License. An individual who does not hold a license issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall complete professional development requirements for the renewal of a Professional Educator License provided for in this Section.
    (m) Appeals to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board must be made within 30 days after receipt of notice from the State Superintendent of Education that a license will not be renewed based upon failure to complete the requirements of this Section. A licensee may appeal that decision to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board in a manner prescribed by rule.
        (1) Each appeal shall state the reasons why the State
    
Superintendent's decision should be reversed and shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the State Board of Education.
        (2) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure
    
Board shall review each appeal regarding renewal of a license within 90 days after receiving the appeal in order to determine whether the licensee has met the requirements of this Section. The State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board may hold an appeal hearing or may make its determination based upon the record of review, which shall consist of the following:
            (A) the regional superintendent of education's
        
rationale for recommending nonrenewal of the license, if applicable;
            (B) any evidence submitted to the State
        
Superintendent along with the individual's electronic statement of assurance for renewal; and
            (C) the State Superintendent's rationale for
        
nonrenewal of the license.
        (3) The State Educator Preparation and Licensure
    
Board shall notify the licensee of its decision regarding license renewal by certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than 30 days after reaching a decision. Upon receipt of notification of renewal, the licensee, using ELIS, shall pay the applicable registration fee for the next cycle using a form of credit or debit card.
    (n) The State Board of Education may adopt rules as may be necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-85, eff. 1-1-20; 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-676, eff. 12-3-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-50

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-50)
    Sec. 21B-50. Alternative Educator Licensure Program.
    (a) There is established an alternative educator licensure program, to be known as the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers.
    (b) The Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers may be offered by a recognized institution approved to offer educator preparation programs by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    The program shall be comprised of 4 phases:
        (1) A course of study that at a minimum includes
    
instructional planning; instructional strategies, including special education, reading, and English language learning; classroom management; and the assessment of students and use of data to drive instruction.
        (2) A year of residency, which is a candidate's
    
assignment to a full-time teaching position or as a co-teacher for one full school year. An individual must hold an Educator License with Stipulations with an alternative provisional educator endorsement in order to enter the residency and must complete additional program requirements that address required State and national standards, pass the State Board's teacher performance assessment no later than the end of the first semester of the second year of residency, as required under phase (3) of this subsection (b), and be recommended by the principal or qualified equivalent of a principal, as required under subsection (d) of this Section, and the program coordinator to continue with the second year of the residency.
        (3) A second year of residency, which shall include
    
the candidate's assignment to a full-time teaching position for one school year. The candidate must be assigned an experienced teacher to act as a mentor and coach the candidate through the second year of residency.
        (4) A comprehensive assessment of the candidate's
    
teaching effectiveness, as evaluated by the principal or qualified equivalent of a principal, as required under subsection (d) of this Section, and the program coordinator, at the end of the second year of residency. If there is disagreement between the 2 evaluators about the candidate's teaching effectiveness, the candidate may complete one additional year of residency teaching under a professional development plan developed by the principal or qualified equivalent and the preparation program. At the completion of the third year, a candidate must have positive evaluations and a recommendation for full licensure from both the principal or qualified equivalent and the program coordinator or no Professional Educator License shall be issued.
    Successful completion of the program shall be deemed to satisfy any other practice or student teaching and content matter requirements established by law.
    (c) An alternative provisional educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 2 years of teaching in the public schools, including without limitation a preschool educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code or charter school, or in a State-recognized nonpublic school in which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State and in which a majority of the teachers are required to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in this State, but may be renewed for a third year if needed to complete the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers. The endorsement shall be issued only once to an individual who meets all of the following requirements:
        (1) Has graduated from a regionally accredited
    
college or university with a bachelor's degree or higher.
        (2) (Blank).
        (3) Has completed a major in the content area if
    
seeking a middle or secondary level endorsement or, if seeking an early childhood, elementary, or special education endorsement, has completed a major in the content area of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, or one of the sciences. If the individual does not have a major in a content area for any level of teaching, he or she must submit transcripts to the State Board of Education to be reviewed for equivalency.
        (4) Has successfully completed phase (1) of
    
subsection (b) of this Section.
        (5) Has passed a content area test required for the
    
specific endorsement for admission into the program, as required under Section 21B-30 of this Code.
    A candidate possessing the alternative provisional educator endorsement may receive a salary, benefits, and any other terms of employment offered to teachers in the school who are members of an exclusive bargaining representative, if any, but a school is not required to provide these benefits during the years of residency if the candidate is serving only as a co-teacher. If the candidate is serving as the teacher of record, the candidate must receive a salary, benefits, and any other terms of employment. Residency experiences must not be counted towards tenure.
    (d) The recognized institution offering the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers must partner with a school district, including without limitation a preschool educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code or charter school, or a State-recognized, nonpublic school in this State in which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State and in which a majority of the teachers are required to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in this State. A recognized institution that partners with a public school district administering a preschool educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code must require a principal to recommend or evaluate candidates in the program. A recognized institution that partners with an eligible entity administering a preschool educational program under Section 2-3.71 of this Code and that is not a public school district must require a principal or qualified equivalent of a principal to recommend or evaluate candidates in the program. The program presented for approval by the State Board of Education must demonstrate the supports that are to be provided to assist the provisional teacher during the 2-year residency period. These supports must provide additional contact hours with mentors during the first year of residency.
    (e) Upon completion of the 4 phases outlined in subsection (b) of this Section and all assessments required under Section 21B-30 of this Code, an individual shall receive a Professional Educator License.
    (f) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish and implement the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers.
(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-822, eff. 1-1-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19; 101-570, eff. 8-23-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-55

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-55)
    Sec. 21B-55. Alternative route to superintendent endorsement.
    (a) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may approve programs designed to provide an alternative route to superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (b) Entities offering an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program must have the program approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    (c) All programs approved under this Section shall be comprised of the following 3 phases:
        (1) A course of study offered on an intensive basis
    
in education management, governance, organization, and instructional and district planning.
        (2) The person's assignment to a full-time position
    
for one school year as a superintendent.
        (3) A comprehensive assessment of the person's
    
performance by school officials and a recommendation to the State Board of Education that the person be issued a superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (d) In order to serve as a superintendent under phase (2) of subsection (c) of this Section, an individual must be issued an alternative provisional superintendent endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations, to be valid for only one year of serving as a superintendent. In order to receive the provisional alternative superintendent endorsement under this Section, an individual must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have graduated from a regionally accredited
    
college or university with a minimum of a master's degree in a management field.
        (2) Have been employed for a period of at least 5
    
years in a management level position other than education.
        (3) Have successfully completed phase (1) of
    
subsection (c) of this Section.
        (4) Have passed a content area test for admission
    
into the program, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code.
    (e) Successful completion of an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program shall be deemed to satisfy any other supervisory, administrative, or management experience requirements established by law, and, once completed, an individual shall be eligible for a superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (f) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be needed to establish and implement these alternative route to superintendent endorsement programs.
(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-60

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-60)
    Sec. 21B-60. Principal preparation programs.
    (a) It is the policy of this State that an essential element of improving student learning is supporting and employing highly effective school principals in leadership roles who improve teaching and learning and increase academic achievement and the development of all students.
    (b) No later than September 1, 2014, recognized institutions approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, to offer principal preparation programs must do all of the following:
        (1) Meet the standards and requirements for such
    
programs in accordance with this Section and any rules adopted by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
        (2) Prepare candidates to meet required standards for
    
principal skills, knowledge, and responsibilities, which shall include a focus on instruction and student learning and which must be used for principal professional development, mentoring, and evaluation.
        (3) Include specific requirements for (i) the
    
selection and assessment of candidates, (ii) training in the evaluation of staff, (iii) an internship, and (iv) a partnership with one or more school districts or State-recognized, nonpublic schools in which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State and in which a majority of the teachers are required to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in this State.
    (c) Candidates successfully completing a principal preparation program established pursuant to this Section shall obtain a principal endorsement on a Professional Educator License and are eligible to work as a principal or an assistant principal or in related or similar positions, as determined by the State Superintendent of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    (d) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be necessary to implement and administer principal preparation programs under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-58, eff. 7-16-15.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-65

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-65)
    Sec. 21B-65. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Individuals holding certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards shall be issued a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation on an existing Professional Educator License. The designation shall be issued automatically and added to an individual's Professional Educator License, and individuals need not submit an application.
    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation must be issued only for the same validity period as the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, and the designation must be removed from the Professional Educator License when the educator no longer holds the certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
    Beginning on July 1, 2013, individuals holding an Illinois National Board for Professional Teaching Standards endorsement issued pursuant to the requirements of Section 21-2 of this Code must have a current certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in order to maintain the Illinois National Board for Professional Teaching Standards endorsement.
    Any individual who, on or after July 1, 2012, has been issued a Master Certificate pursuant to Section 21-2 of this Code or a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation on a Professional Educator License pursuant to this Section may work as a teacher only in an area for which he or she holds the required Illinois endorsement. Any individual who, prior to June 30, 2012, has been issued an endorsement for a particular area on a Master Certificate may work as a teacher in that area even without having been issued the required Illinois endorsement.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-70

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-70)
    Sec. 21B-70. Illinois Teaching Excellence Program.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Diverse candidate" means a candidate who identifies with any of the ethnicities reported on the Illinois Report Card other than White.
    "National Board certified teacher candidate cohort facilitator" means a National Board certified teacher who collaborates to advance the goal of supporting all other candidate cohorts other than diverse candidate cohorts through the Illinois National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Comprehensive Support System.
    "National Board certified teacher diverse candidate cohort facilitator" means a National Board certified teacher who collaborates to advance the goal of supporting racially and ethnically diverse candidates through the Illinois National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Comprehensive Support System.
    "National Board certified teacher diverse liaison" means an individual or entity that supports the National Board certified teacher leading a diverse candidate cohort.
    "National Board certified teacher liaison" means an individual or entity that supports the National Board certified teacher leading candidate cohorts other than diverse candidate cohorts.
    "National Board certified teacher rural or remote or distant candidate cohort facilitator" means a National Board certified teacher who collaborates to advance the goal of supporting rural or remote candidates through the Illinois National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Comprehensive Support System.
    "National Board certified teacher rural or remote or distant liaison" means an individual or entity that supports the National Board certified teacher leading a rural or remote candidate cohort.
    "Qualified educator" means a teacher or school counselor currently employed in a school district who is in the process of obtaining certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or who has completed certification and holds a current Professional Educator License with a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation or a retired teacher or school counselor who holds a Professional Educator License with a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation.
    "Rural or remote" or "rural or remote or distant" means local codes 32, 33, 41, 42, and 43 of the New Urban-Centric Locale Codes, as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics.
    "Tier 1" has the meaning given to that term under Section 18-8.15.
    "Tier 2" has the meaning given to that term under Section 18-8.15.
    (b) Any funds appropriated for the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program must be used to provide monetary assistance and incentives for qualified educators who are employed by or retired from school districts and who have or are in the process of obtaining licensure through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The goal of the program is to improve instruction and student performance.
    The State Board of Education shall allocate an amount as annually appropriated by the General Assembly for the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program for (i) application or re-take fees for each qualified educator seeking to complete certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, to be paid directly to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and (ii) incentives under paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (c) for each qualified educator, to be distributed to the respective school district, and incentives under paragraph (5) of subsection (c), to be distributed to the respective school district or directly to the qualified educator. The school district shall distribute this payment to each eligible teacher or school counselor as a single payment.
    The State Board of Education's annual budget must set out by separate line item the appropriation for the program. Unless otherwise provided by appropriation, qualified educators are eligible for monetary assistance and incentives outlined in subsections (c) and (d) of this Section.
    (c) When there are adequate funds available, monetary assistance and incentives shall include the following:
        (1) A maximum of $2,000 towards the application or
    
re-take fee for teachers or school counselors in a Tier 1 school district who apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for National Board certification.
        (2) A maximum of $2,000 towards the application or
    
re-take fee for teachers or school counselors in a school district other than a Tier 1 school district who apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for National Board certification.
        (3) A maximum of $1,000 towards the National Board
    
for Professional Teaching Standards' renewal application fee.
        (4) (Blank).
        (5) An annual incentive of no more than $1,500
    
prorated at $50 per hour, which shall be paid to each qualified educator currently employed in a school district who holds both a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation and a current corresponding certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and who agrees, in writing, to provide up to 30 hours of mentoring or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards professional development or both during the school year to classroom teachers or school counselors, as applicable. Funds must be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to Tier 1 school districts. Mentoring shall include, either singly or in combination, the following:
            (A) National Board for Professional Teaching
        
Standards certification candidates.
            (B) National Board for Professional Teaching
        
Standards re-take candidates.
            (C) National Board for Professional Teaching
        
Standards renewal candidates.
            (D) (Blank).
    Funds may also be used for instructional leadership training for qualified educators interested in supporting implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards or teaching and learning priorities of the State Board of Education or both.
    (d) In addition to the monetary assistance and incentives provided under subsection (c), if adequate funds are available, incentives shall include the following incentives for the program in rural or remote schools or school districts or for programs working with diverse candidates, to be distributed to the respective school district or directly to the qualified educator or entity:
        (1) A one-time incentive of $3,000 payable to
    
National Board certified teachers teaching in Tier 1 or Tier 2 rural or remote school districts or rural or remote schools in Tier 1 or Tier 2 school districts, with priority given to teachers teaching in Tier 1 rural or remote school districts or rural or remote schools in Tier 1 school districts.
        (2) An annual incentive of $3,200 for National Board
    
certified teacher rural or remote or distant candidate cohort facilitators, diverse candidate cohort facilitators, and candidate cohort facilitators. Priority shall be given to rural or remote candidate cohort facilitators and diverse candidate cohort facilitators.
        (3) An annual incentive of $2,500 for National Board
    
certified teacher rural or remote or distant liaisons, diverse liaisons, and liaisons. Priority shall be given to rural or remote liaisons and diverse liaisons.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 101-333, eff. 1-1-20; 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-75

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-75)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-702)
    Sec. 21B-75. Suspension or revocation of license, endorsement, or approval.
    (a) As used in this Section, "teacher" means any school district employee regularly required to be licensed, as provided in this Article, in order to teach or supervise in the public schools.
    (b) The State Superintendent of Education has the exclusive authority, in accordance with this Section and any rules adopted by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, to initiate the suspension of up to 5 calendar years or revocation of any license, endorsement, or approval issued pursuant to this Article for abuse or neglect of a child, immorality, a condition of health detrimental to the welfare of pupils, incompetency, unprofessional conduct (which includes the failure to disclose on an employment application any previous conviction for a sex offense, as defined in Section 21B-80 of this Code, or any other offense committed in any other state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed in this State, would be punishable as a sex offense, as defined in Section 21B-80 of this Code), the neglect of any professional duty, willful or negligent failure to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, or other just cause. Negligent failure to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect occurs when a teacher personally observes an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect and reasonably believes, in his or her professional or official capacity, that the instance constitutes an act of child abuse or neglect under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and he or she, without willful intent, fails to immediately report or cause a report to be made of the suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services, as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Unprofessional conduct shall include the refusal to attend or participate in institutes, teachers' meetings, or professional readings or to meet other reasonable requirements of the regional superintendent of schools or State Superintendent of Education. Unprofessional conduct also includes conduct that violates the standards, ethics, or rules applicable to the security, administration, monitoring, or scoring of or the reporting of scores from any assessment test or examination administered under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code or that is known or intended to produce or report manipulated or artificial, rather than actual, assessment or achievement results or gains from the administration of those tests or examinations. Unprofessional conduct shall also include neglect or unnecessary delay in the making of statistical and other reports required by school officers. Incompetency shall include, without limitation, 2 or more school terms of service for which the license holder has received an unsatisfactory rating on a performance evaluation conducted pursuant to Article 24A of this Code within a period of 7 school terms of service. In determining whether to initiate action against one or more licenses based on incompetency and the recommended sanction for such action, the State Superintendent shall consider factors that include without limitation all of the following:
        (1) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
occurred prior to June 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-8).
        (2) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
occurred prior to or after the implementation date, as defined in Section 24A-2.5 of this Code, of an evaluation system for teachers in a school district.
        (3) Whether the evaluator or evaluators who performed
    
an unsatisfactory evaluation met the pre-licensure and training requirements set forth in Section 24A-3 of this Code.
        (4) The time between the unsatisfactory evaluation
    
ratings.
        (5) The quality of the remediation plans associated
    
with the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings and whether the license holder successfully completed the remediation plans.
        (6) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
were related to the same or different assignments performed by the license holder.
        (7) Whether one or more of the unsatisfactory
    
evaluation ratings occurred in the first year of a teaching or administrative assignment.
When initiating an action against one or more licenses, the State Superintendent may seek required professional development as a sanction in lieu of or in addition to suspension or revocation. Any such required professional development must be at the expense of the license holder, who may use, if available and applicable to the requirements established by administrative or court order, training, coursework, or other professional development funds in accordance with the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement entered into after June 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-8), unless that agreement specifically precludes use of funds for such purpose.
    (c) The State Superintendent of Education shall, upon receipt of evidence of abuse or neglect of a child, immorality, a condition of health detrimental to the welfare of pupils, incompetency (subject to subsection (b) of this Section), unprofessional conduct, the neglect of any professional duty, or other just cause, further investigate and, if and as appropriate, serve written notice to the individual and afford the individual opportunity for a hearing prior to suspension, revocation, or other sanction; provided that the State Superintendent is under no obligation to initiate such an investigation if the Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the same or substantially similar allegations and its child protective service unit has not made its determination, as required under Section 7.12 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. If the State Superintendent of Education does not receive from an individual a request for a hearing within 10 days after the individual receives notice, the suspension, revocation, or other sanction shall immediately take effect in accordance with the notice. If a hearing is requested within 10 days after notice of an opportunity for hearing, it shall act as a stay of proceedings until the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board issues a decision. Any hearing shall take place in the educational service region where the educator is or was last employed and in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and such rules shall include without limitation provisions for discovery and the sharing of information between parties prior to the hearing. The standard of proof for any administrative hearing held pursuant to this Section shall be by the preponderance of the evidence. The decision of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board is a final administrative decision and is subject to judicial review by appeal of either party.
    The State Board of Education may refuse to issue or may suspend the license of any person who fails to file a return or to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
    The exclusive authority of the State Superintendent of Education to initiate suspension or revocation of a license pursuant to this Section does not preclude a regional superintendent of schools from cooperating with the State Superintendent or a State's Attorney with respect to an investigation of alleged misconduct.
    (d) The State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee may initiate and conduct such investigations as may be reasonably necessary to establish the existence of any alleged misconduct. At any stage of the investigation, the State Superintendent may issue a subpoena requiring the attendance and testimony of a witness, including the license holder, and the production of any evidence, including files, records, correspondence, or documents, relating to any matter in question in the investigation. The subpoena shall require a witness to appear at the State Board of Education at a specified date and time and shall specify any evidence to be produced. The license holder is not entitled to be present, but the State Superintendent shall provide the license holder with a copy of any recorded testimony prior to a hearing under this Section. Such recorded testimony must not be used as evidence at a hearing, unless the license holder has adequate notice of the testimony and the opportunity to cross-examine the witness. Failure of a license holder to comply with a duly issued, investigatory subpoena may be grounds for revocation, suspension, or denial of a license.
    (e) All correspondence, documentation, and other information so received by the regional superintendent of schools, the State Superintendent of Education, the State Board of Education, or the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board under this Section is confidential and must not be disclosed to third parties, except (i) as necessary for the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee to investigate and prosecute pursuant to this Article, (ii) pursuant to a court order, (iii) for disclosure to the license holder or his or her representative, or (iv) as otherwise required in this Article and provided that any such information admitted into evidence in a hearing is exempt from this confidentiality and non-disclosure requirement.
    (f) The State Superintendent of Education or a person designated by him or her shall have the power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing conducted before the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board pursuant to this Section. The State Superintendent of Education or a person designated by him or her is authorized to subpoena and bring before the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition or by exhibit, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law in judicial proceedings in civil cases in circuit courts of this State.
    (g) Any circuit court, upon the application of the State Superintendent of Education or the license holder, may, by order duly entered, require the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers as part of any investigation or at any hearing the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board is authorized to conduct pursuant to this Section, and the court may compel obedience to its orders by proceedings for contempt.
    (h) The State Board of Education shall receive an annual line item appropriation to cover fees associated with the investigation and prosecution of alleged educator misconduct and hearings related thereto.
(Source: P.A. 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 102-552, eff. 1-1-22.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-702)
    Sec. 21B-75. Suspension or revocation of license, endorsement, or approval.
    (a) As used in this Section, "teacher" means any school district employee regularly required to be licensed, as provided in this Article, in order to teach or supervise in the public schools.
    (b) The State Superintendent of Education has the exclusive authority, in accordance with this Section and any rules adopted by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, to initiate the suspension of up to 5 calendar years or revocation of any license, endorsement, or approval issued pursuant to this Article for abuse or neglect of a child, sexual misconduct as defined in subsection (c) of Section 22-85.5 of this Code, immorality, a condition of health detrimental to the welfare of pupils, incompetency, unprofessional conduct (which includes the failure to disclose on an employment application any previous conviction for a sex offense, as defined in Section 21B-80 of this Code, or any other offense committed in any other state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed in this State, would be punishable as a sex offense, as defined in Section 21B-80 of this Code), the neglect of any professional duty, willful or negligent failure to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, or other just cause. Negligent failure to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect occurs when a teacher personally observes an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect and reasonably believes, in his or her professional or official capacity, that the instance constitutes an act of child abuse or neglect under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and he or she, without willful intent, fails to immediately report or cause a report to be made of the suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services, as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Unprofessional conduct shall include the refusal to attend or participate in institutes, teachers' meetings, or professional readings or to meet other reasonable requirements of the regional superintendent of schools or State Superintendent of Education. Unprofessional conduct also includes conduct that violates the standards, ethics, or rules applicable to the security, administration, monitoring, or scoring of or the reporting of scores from any assessment test or examination administered under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code or that is known or intended to produce or report manipulated or artificial, rather than actual, assessment or achievement results or gains from the administration of those tests or examinations. Unprofessional conduct shall also include neglect or unnecessary delay in the making of statistical and other reports required by school officers. Incompetency shall include, without limitation, 2 or more school terms of service for which the license holder has received an unsatisfactory rating on a performance evaluation conducted pursuant to Article 24A of this Code within a period of 7 school terms of service. In determining whether to initiate action against one or more licenses based on incompetency and the recommended sanction for such action, the State Superintendent shall consider factors that include without limitation all of the following:
        (1) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
occurred prior to June 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-8).
        (2) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
occurred prior to or after the implementation date, as defined in Section 24A-2.5 of this Code, of an evaluation system for teachers in a school district.
        (3) Whether the evaluator or evaluators who performed
    
an unsatisfactory evaluation met the pre-licensure and training requirements set forth in Section 24A-3 of this Code.
        (4) The time between the unsatisfactory evaluation
    
ratings.
        (5) The quality of the remediation plans associated
    
with the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings and whether the license holder successfully completed the remediation plans.
        (6) Whether the unsatisfactory evaluation ratings
    
were related to the same or different assignments performed by the license holder.
        (7) Whether one or more of the unsatisfactory
    
evaluation ratings occurred in the first year of a teaching or administrative assignment.
When initiating an action against one or more licenses, the State Superintendent may seek required professional development as a sanction in lieu of or in addition to suspension or revocation. Any such required professional development must be at the expense of the license holder, who may use, if available and applicable to the requirements established by administrative or court order, training, coursework, or other professional development funds in accordance with the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement entered into after June 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-8), unless that agreement specifically precludes use of funds for such purpose.
    (c) The State Superintendent of Education shall, upon receipt of evidence of abuse or neglect of a child, immorality, a condition of health detrimental to the welfare of pupils, incompetency (subject to subsection (b) of this Section), unprofessional conduct, the neglect of any professional duty, or other just cause, further investigate and, if and as appropriate, serve written notice to the individual and afford the individual opportunity for a hearing prior to suspension, revocation, or other sanction; provided that the State Superintendent is under no obligation to initiate such an investigation if the Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the same or substantially similar allegations and its child protective service unit has not made its determination, as required under Section 7.12 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. If the State Superintendent of Education does not receive from an individual a request for a hearing within 10 days after the individual receives notice, the suspension, revocation, or other sanction shall immediately take effect in accordance with the notice. If a hearing is requested within 10 days after notice of an opportunity for hearing, it shall act as a stay of proceedings until the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board issues a decision. Any hearing shall take place in the educational service region where the educator is or was last employed and in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and such rules shall include without limitation provisions for discovery and the sharing of information between parties prior to the hearing. The standard of proof for any administrative hearing held pursuant to this Section shall be by the preponderance of the evidence. The decision of the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board is a final administrative decision and is subject to judicial review by appeal of either party.
    The State Board of Education may refuse to issue or may suspend the license of any person who fails to file a return or to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied.
    The exclusive authority of the State Superintendent of Education to initiate suspension or revocation of a license pursuant to this Section does not preclude a regional superintendent of schools from cooperating with the State Superintendent or a State's Attorney with respect to an investigation of alleged misconduct.
    (d) The State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee may initiate and conduct such investigations as may be reasonably necessary to establish the existence of any alleged misconduct. At any stage of the investigation, the State Superintendent may issue a subpoena requiring the attendance and testimony of a witness, including the license holder, and the production of any evidence, including files, records, correspondence, or documents, relating to any matter in question in the investigation. The subpoena shall require a witness to appear at the State Board of Education at a specified date and time and shall specify any evidence to be produced. The license holder is not entitled to be present, but the State Superintendent shall provide the license holder with a copy of any recorded testimony prior to a hearing under this Section. Such recorded testimony must not be used as evidence at a hearing, unless the license holder has adequate notice of the testimony and the opportunity to cross-examine the witness. Failure of a license holder to comply with a duly issued, investigatory subpoena may be grounds for revocation, suspension, or denial of a license.
    (e) All correspondence, documentation, and other information so received by the regional superintendent of schools, the State Superintendent of Education, the State Board of Education, or the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board under this Section is confidential and must not be disclosed to third parties, except (i) as necessary for the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee to investigate and prosecute pursuant to this Article, (ii) pursuant to a court order, (iii) for disclosure to the license holder or his or her representative, or (iv) as otherwise required in this Article and provided that any such information admitted into evidence in a hearing is exempt from this confidentiality and non-disclosure requirement.
    (f) The State Superintendent of Education or a person designated by him or her shall have the power to administer oaths to witnesses at any hearing conducted before the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board pursuant to this Section. The State Superintendent of Education or a person designated by him or her is authorized to subpoena and bring before the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board any person in this State and to take testimony either orally or by deposition or by exhibit, with the same fees and mileage and in the same manner as prescribed by law in judicial proceedings in civil cases in circuit courts of this State.
    (g) Any circuit court, upon the application of the State Superintendent of Education or the license holder, may, by order duly entered, require the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers as part of any investigation or at any hearing the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board is authorized to conduct pursuant to this Section, and the court may compel obedience to its orders by proceedings for contempt.
    (h) The State Board of Education shall receive an annual line item appropriation to cover fees associated with the investigation and prosecution of alleged educator misconduct and hearings related thereto.
(Source: P.A. 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 102-552, eff. 1-1-22; 102-702, eff. 7-1-23.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-80

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-80)
    Sec. 21B-80. Conviction of certain offenses as grounds for disqualification for licensure or suspension or revocation of a license.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Drug offense" means any one or more of the following offenses:
        (1) Any offense defined in the Cannabis Control Act,
    
except those defined in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 4 and subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 5 of the Cannabis Control Act and any offense for which the holder of a license is placed on probation under the provisions of Section 10 of the Cannabis Control Act, provided that if the terms and conditions of probation required by the court are not fulfilled, the offense is not eligible for this exception.
        (2) Any offense defined in the Illinois Controlled
    
Substances Act, except any offense for which the holder of a license is placed on probation under the provisions of Section 410 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, provided that if the terms and conditions of probation required by the court are not fulfilled, the offense is not eligible for this exception.
        (3) Any offense defined in the Methamphetamine
    
Control and Community Protection Act, except any offense for which the holder of a license is placed on probation under the provision of Section 70 of that Act, provided that if the terms and conditions of probation required by the court are not fulfilled, the offense is not eligible for this exception.
        (4) Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed
    
in items (1) through (3) of this definition.
        (5) Any offense committed or attempted in any other
    
state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed or attempted in this State, would have been punishable as one or more of the offenses listed in items (1) through (4) of this definition.
The changes made by Public Act 96-431 to this definition are declaratory of existing law.
    "Sentence" includes any period of supervised release or probation that was imposed either alone or in combination with a period of incarceration.
    "Sex or other offense" means any one or more of the following offenses:
        (A) Any offense defined in Article 9 of the Criminal
    
Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; Sections 11-6, 11-9 through 11-9.5, inclusive, and 11-30 (if punished as a Class 4 felony) of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; Sections 11-14.1 through 11-21, inclusive, of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; Sections 11-23 (if punished as a Class 3 felony), 11-24, 11-25, and 11-26 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; Section 10-5.1, subsection (c) of Section 10-9, and Sections 11-6.6, 11-11, 12-3.05, 12-3.3, 12-6.4, 12-7.1, 12-34, 12-34.5, and 12-35 of the Criminal Code of 2012; and Sections 11-1.20, 11-1.30, 11-1.40, 11-1.50, 11-1.60, 12-13, 12-14, 12-14.1, 12-15, 12-16, 12-32, 12-33, 12C-45, and 26-4 (if punished pursuant to subdivision (4) or (5) of subsection (d) of Section 26-4) of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
        (B) Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed
    
in item (A) of this definition.
        (C) Any offense committed or attempted in any other
    
state that, if committed or attempted in this State, would have been punishable as one or more of the offenses listed in items (A) and (B) of this definition.
    (b) Whenever the holder of any license issued pursuant to this Article or applicant for a license to be issued pursuant to this Article has been convicted of any drug offense, other than as provided in subsection (c) of this Section, the State Superintendent of Education shall forthwith suspend the license or deny the application, whichever is applicable, until 7 years following the end of the sentence for the criminal offense. If the conviction is reversed and the holder is acquitted of the offense in a new trial or the charges against him or her are dismissed, the State Superintendent of Education shall forthwith terminate the suspension of the license.
    (b-5) Whenever the holder of a license issued pursuant to this Article or applicant for a license to be issued pursuant to this Article has been charged with attempting to commit, conspiring to commit, soliciting, or committing any sex or other offense, as enumerated under item (A) of subsection (a), first degree murder, or a Class X felony or any offense committed or attempted in any other state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed or attempted in this State, would have been punishable as one or more of the foregoing offenses, the State Superintendent of Education shall immediately suspend the license or deny the application until the person's criminal charges are adjudicated through a court of competent jurisdiction. If the person is acquitted, his or her license or application shall be immediately reinstated.
    (c) Whenever the holder of a license issued pursuant to this Article or applicant for a license to be issued pursuant to this Article has been convicted of attempting to commit, conspiring to commit, soliciting, or committing any sex or other offense, as enumerated under item (A) of subsection (a), first degree murder, or a Class X felony or any offense committed or attempted in any other state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed or attempted in this State, would have been punishable as one or more of the foregoing offenses, the State Superintendent of Education shall forthwith suspend the license or deny the application, whichever is applicable. If the conviction is reversed and the holder is acquitted of that offense in a new trial or the charges that he or she committed that offense are dismissed, the State Superintendent of Education shall forthwith terminate the suspension of the license. When the conviction becomes final, the State Superintendent of Education shall forthwith revoke the license.
(Source: P.A. 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 102-552, eff. 1-1-22.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-85

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-85)
    Sec. 21B-85. Conviction of felony.
    (a) Whenever the holder of any license issued under this Article is employed by the school board of a school district, including a special charter district or a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code, and is convicted, either after a bench trial, trial by jury, or plea of guilty, of any offense for which a sentence to death or a term of imprisonment in a penitentiary for one year or more is provided, the school board shall promptly notify the State Superintendent of Education, in writing, of the name of the license holder, the fact of the conviction, and the name and location of the court in which the conviction occurred.
    (b) Whenever the school board of a school district, including a special charter district or a school district organized under Article 34 of this Code, learns that any person who is a teacher, as that term is defined in Section 16-106 of the Illinois Pension Code, has been convicted, either after a bench trial, trial by jury, or plea of guilty, of any offense for which a sentence to death or a term of imprisonment in a penitentiary for one year or more is provided, the school board shall promptly notify, in writing, the board of trustees of the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois and the board of trustees of the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of the City of Chicago of the name of the license holder, the fact of the conviction, the name and location of the court in which the conviction occurred, and the number assigned in that court to the case in which the conviction occurred.
(Source: P.A. 102-552, eff. 1-1-22.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-90

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-90)
    Sec. 21B-90. Administrative Review Law. In this Section, "administrative decision" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    The provisions of the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted pursuant to the Administrative Review Law shall apply to and govern all proceedings instituted for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the State Board of Education, the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and the regional superintendent of schools under this Article. The commencement of any action for review shall operate as a stay of enforcement, and no action based on any decision of the State Board of Education, the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, or the regional superintendent of schools shall be taken pending final disposition of the review.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-95

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-95)
    Sec. 21B-95. Denial of recommendation for licensure. Each college or university providing an educator preparation program approved and recognized pursuant to the provisions of this Article shall establish procedures and standards to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to receive an institutional recommendation for licensure or entitlement for reasons that are not directly related to the candidate's anticipated performance as a licensed educator. These standards and procedures shall include the specific criteria used by the institution for admission, retention, and recommendation or entitlement for licensure; periodic evaluations of the candidate's progress towards an institutional recommendation; counseling and other supportive services to correct any deficiencies that are considered remedial; and provisions to ensure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, or a disability unrelated to the person's ability to perform as a licensed educator. Each institution shall also establish a grievance procedure for those candidates who are denied the institutional recommendation or entitlement for licensure. Within 10 days after notification of such a denial, the college or university shall notify the candidate, in writing, of the reasons for the denial of recommendation for licensure. Within 30 days after notification of the denial, the candidate may request the college or university to review the denial.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-100

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-100)
    Sec. 21B-100. Licensure officers at higher education institutions. Licensure officers at higher education institutions shall adhere to this Code and any administrative rules adopted to implement this Code when entitling candidates for licensure or when adding endorsements. Violations of this Code or implementing rules regarding the entitlement of candidates by a licensure officer shall place the employing institution's educator preparation program in jeopardy, specifically regarding the institution's right to offer programs and recommend or entitle candidates for licensure.
    Licensure officers are required to attend training conducted by the State Superintendent of Education and review new legislation and administrative rules as such become available. The State Superintendent of Education shall communicate any policy changes to licensure officers when such changes occur.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-105

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-105)
    Sec. 21B-105. Granting of recognition; regional accreditation; definitions.
    (a) "Recognized", as used in this Article in connection with the word "school" or "institution", means such college, university, or for-profit or not-for-profit entity that meets requirements set by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Application for recognition of the school or institution as an educator preparation institution must be made to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall set the criteria by which the school or institution is to be judged and, through the secretary of the State Board, arrange for an official inspection and shall grant recognition of such school or institution as may meet the required standards. If the standards include requirements with regard to education in acquiring skills in working with culturally distinctive students, as defined by the State Board of Education, then the rules of the State Board of Education shall include the criteria used to evaluate compliance with this requirement. No school or institution may make assignments of student teachers or teachers for practice teaching so as to promote segregation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
    Any for-profit or not-for-profit entity must also be approved by the Board of Higher Education.
    All recommendations or entitlements for educator licensure shall be made by a recognized institution operating a program of preparation for the license that is approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall have the power to define a major or minor when used as a basis for recognition and licensure purposes.
    (b) "Regionally accredited", or "accredited", as used in this Article in connection with a university or institution, means an institution of higher education accredited by the North Central Association or other comparable regional accrediting association.
(Source: P.A. 100-596, eff. 7-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-110

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-110)
    Sec. 21B-110. Public health emergency declaration.
    (a) This Section applies only during any time in which the Governor has declared a public health emergency under Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other requirements under this Article, the requirements under subsection (f) of Section 21B-30 are waived for an applicant seeking an educator license.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other requirements under this Article, during the implementation of remote learning days under Section 10-30, a candidate seeking an educator license may:
        (1) complete his or her required student teaching or
    
equivalent experience remotely; or
        (2) complete his or her required school business
    
management internship remotely.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-115

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-115)
    Sec. 21B-115. Spring 2020 student teaching or internship. Notwithstanding any other requirements under this Article, for the spring 2020 semester only, a candidate's requirement to complete student teaching or its equivalent or a school business management internship is waived.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/21B-200

    (105 ILCS 5/21B-200)
    Sec. 21B-200. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-860, eff. 1-1-15. Repealed by P.A. 100-1046, eff. 8-23-18.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 22

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 22 heading)
ARTICLE 22. GENERAL PROVISIONS--PENALTIES--LIABILITIES

105 ILCS 5/22-1

    (105 ILCS 5/22-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-1)
    Sec. 22-1. Trustees and similar officers-No pecuniary compensation.
    Trustees of schools, school directors or other school officers performing like duties shall receive no pecuniary compensation.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/22-2

    (105 ILCS 5/22-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-2)
    Sec. 22-2. Cost of official bonds.
    Every school district shall be subject to the provisions of "An Act relating to the payment of the cost of corporate suretyship and indemnity upon official bonds", approved June 7, 1897, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/22-3

    (105 ILCS 5/22-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-3)
    Sec. 22-3. Enforcement of judgments - Service of process - Costs. If judgment is obtained against any county board of school trustees, trustees of schools or school board, the party entitled to the benefit of the judgment may have enforcement thereof as follows: the court in which the judgment is entered or to which it may be removed by transcript from the circuit court shall enter an order commanding the directors, trustees and school treasurer to cause the amount thereof with interest and costs to be paid to the party entitled to the benefit of the judgment, out of any moneys of the township or district unappropriated, or if there are no such moneys, out of the first moneys applicable to the payment of the kind of services or indebtedness for which the judgment is entered which shall be received for the use of the township or district. The court may enforce obedience to such order by body attachment or by mandamus, requiring such board to levy a tax for the payment of the judgment. All judicial processes to enforce payment, shall be served either on the president or the clerk of the board.
    No official shall charge any costs in any action in which any school officer, school corporation or any agent of any school fund, suing for the recovery thereof, or any interest due thereon, is plaintiff, and is unsuccessful in the action; nor in case the costs cannot be recovered from the defendant by reason of his or her insolvency.
(Source: P.A. 83-346.)

105 ILCS 5/22-4

    (105 ILCS 5/22-4)
    Sec. 22-4. (Repealed).
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/22-5

    (105 ILCS 5/22-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-5)
    Sec. 22-5. Interest of officers or teachers in books, apparatus or furniture. No State, county, township, or district school officer or teacher shall be interested in the sale, proceeds or profits of any book, apparatus or furniture used or to be used in any school with which such officer or teacher may be connected, except when the interest of the teacher is based upon authorship or development of instructional materials listed with the State Board of Education in compliance with the provisions of Article 28 of this Act and adopted for use by a school board subject to Section 10-20.8 of this Act. Each teacher having an interest in instructional materials shall file an annual statement so certifying with the secretary of the board of the school district which employs him. Any such officer or teacher who violates the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/22-6

    (105 ILCS 5/22-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-6)
    Sec. 22-6. Conversion of funds by officers. If any county superintendent, trustee of schools, township treasurer, director or other person entrusted with the care, control, management or disposition of any school, college, seminary or township fund for the use of any county, township, district or school converts such funds, or any part thereof, to his own use he shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/22-6.5

    (105 ILCS 5/22-6.5)
    Sec. 22-6.5. False statement or material omission; Class A misdemeanor. Any person who applies for employment as a teacher, principal, superintendent, or other certificated employee of a school board of any school district, including a special charter district and a district organized under Article 34 of the School Code, who willfully makes a false statement on his or her application for employment, material to his or her qualifications for employment, which he or she does not believe to be true, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    If a person's employment history or current or prior employers are required to be furnished on an application for employment, a person who makes a statement which he or she does not believe to be true or who knowingly omits or fails to include any employment history or employer required to be furnished on the application which is material to his or her qualifications for employment shall be deemed to have made a false statement on his or her application within the meaning of this Section.
    Each application for employment for a certificated position used by a school district shall state that failure to provide requested employment or employer history which is material to the applicant's qualifications for employment or the provision of statements which the applicant does not believe to be true may be a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 88-102.)

105 ILCS 5/22-7

    (105 ILCS 5/22-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-7)
    Sec. 22-7. Liability for loss of funds. County superintendents, trustees of schools, township treasurers and directors, or either of them, or any other officer having charge of school funds or property, shall be pecuniarily responsible for all losses sustained by any county or township fund by reason of any failure on his or their part to perform the duties required of him or them by this Act or by any rule authorized to be made by this Act, and each of such officers shall be liable for any such loss sustained, the amount of which may be recovered in a civil action brought in the circuit court, at the suit of the State of Illinois, for the use of the county, township or fund injured. The amount of the judgment obtained in such suit shall, when collected, be paid to the proper officer for the benefit of the county, township or fund injured.
(Source: P.A. 79-1366.)

105 ILCS 5/22-8

    (105 ILCS 5/22-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-8)
    Sec. 22-8. Failure of officers to discharge duties.
    If any county superintendent, trustee, director, or other officer negligently or wilfully fails or refuses to make, furnish or communicate statistics and information, or fails to discharge any other duties enjoined upon him, at the time and in the manner required by this Act, he shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be liable to a fine of not less than $25, to be recovered before any circuit court at the suit of any person on complaint in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, and when collected the fine shall be paid to the county superintendent of schools.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/22-9

    (105 ILCS 5/22-9)
    Sec. 22-9. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 77-2267. Repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/22-10

    (105 ILCS 5/22-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-10)
    Sec. 22-10. Payments and grants in aid of church or sectarian purpose.
    No county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation shall make any appropriation, or pay from any school fund anything in aid of any church or sectarian purpose or to support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution controlled by any church or sectarian denomination; nor shall any grant or donation of money or other personal property be made by any such corporation to any church or for any sectarian purpose. Any officer or other person having under his charge or direction school funds or property who perverts the same in the manner forbidden in this section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/22-11

    (105 ILCS 5/22-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-11)
    Sec. 22-11. Exclusion of children on account of color.
    Any school officer or other person who excludes or aids in excluding from the public schools, on account of color, any child who is entitled to the benefits of such school shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $5 nor more than $100.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)

105 ILCS 5/22-12

    (105 ILCS 5/22-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-12)
    Sec. 22-12. Preventing or interfering with a child's attendance at school. Whoever by threat, menace, or intimidation prevents any child entitled to attend a public or nonpublic school in this State from attending such school or interferes with any such child's attendance at that school shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 92-96, eff. 1-1-02.)

105 ILCS 5/22-13

    (105 ILCS 5/22-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-13)
    Sec. 22-13. Use of Illinois mined coal.
    School boards shall comply with the provisions of "An Act concerning the use of Illinois mined coal in certain plants and institutions", filed July 13, 1937, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/22-14

    (105 ILCS 5/22-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-14)
    Sec. 22-14. Scholastic records of discontinued districts.
    If any school district is discontinued under this Act and is not made a distinct part of another school district that makes arrangements to safely keep all scholastic records of the former pupils of the discontinued district, the last governing authorities of the discontinued district shall turn over all scholastic records of its former pupils to the county superintendent of schools of the county in which the school building of the district is located; and such county superintendent of schools shall take possession of and arrange for the safekeeping of such records for the purpose of reference by said former pupils.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/22-15

    (105 ILCS 5/22-15) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-15)
    Sec. 22-15. Insurance on athletes.
    (a) In this Section, "IHSA" means the Illinois High School Association.
    (b) A public school district maintaining grades 9 through 12 shall provide catastrophic accident insurance coverage, with aggregate benefit limits of $3 million or 5 years, whichever occurs first, for eligible students in grades 9 through 12 who sustain an accidental injury while participating in school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic events sanctioned by the IHSA (including direct and uninterrupted travel to and from the athletic event as well as during a temporary stay at the location of an athletic event held away from the student's school) that results in medical expenses in excess of $50,000. These benefit limits are to be in excess of any and all other insurance, coverage or benefit, in whatever form or designation. Any public school that requires students participating in school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic events sanctioned by the IHSA (including direct and uninterrupted travel to and from the athletic event as well as during a temporary stay at the location of an athletic event held away from the student's school) to be covered under an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance is exempt from the requirements of this Section.
    Non-public schools maintaining grades 9 through 12 shall provide catastrophic accident insurance coverage, with aggregate benefit limits of $3 million or 5 years, whichever occurs first, for eligible students in grades 9 through 12 who sustain an accidental injury while participating in school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic tournaments sanctioned by the IHSA (including direct and uninterrupted travel to and from the athletic tournament as well as during a temporary stay at the location of an athletic tournament held away from the student's school) that results in medical expenses in excess of $50,000. These benefit limits are to be in excess of any and all other insurance, coverage or benefit, in whatever form or designation. Any non-public school that requires students participating in school-sponsored or school-supervised interscholastic athletic events sanctioned by the IHSA (including direct and uninterrupted travel to and from the athletic event as well as during a temporary stay at the location of an athletic event held away from the student's school) to be covered under an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance is exempt from the requirements of this Section.
    (c) The IHSA has the exclusive authority to promulgate a plan of coverage necessary to ensure compliance with this Section. The IHSA shall provide a group policy providing the coverage necessary to comply with this Section. Public school districts and non-public schools may purchase the coverage necessary to comply with this Section by participating in the group policy.
    Alternatively, public school districts or non-public schools that do not participate in the group policy may obtain the coverage necessary to comply with this Section from other coverage providers, but must submit to the IHSA, 60 days before the coverage inception, a certificate of insurance from the coverage provider stating that the insurance provided by the coverage provider is in compliance with the plan of coverage approved by the IHSA. A public school district that manages schools located within a city of over 500,000 inhabitants may provide the catastrophic accident insurance coverage required by this Section through a program of self-insurance, and the public school district must submit to the IHSA, 60 days before coverage inception, proof that the program is in compliance with the plan of coverage.
    (d) A public school district maintaining grades kindergarten through 8 may provide medical or hospital service, or both, through accident and health insurance on a group or individual basis, or through non-profit hospital service corporations or medical service plan corporations or both, for pupils of the district in grades kindergarten through 8 injured while participating in any athletic activity under the jurisdiction of or sponsored or controlled by the district or the authorities of any school thereof. The cost of such insurance or of subscriptions to such non-profit corporations, when paid from the funds of the district, shall, to the extent such moneys are sufficient, be paid from moneys derived from athletic activities. To the extent that moneys derived from athletic activities are insufficient, such cost may be paid from the educational fund of the district. Such insurance may be purchased from or such subscriptions may be taken in only such companies or corporations as are authorized to do business in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-166, eff. 8-5-13.)

105 ILCS 5/22-16

    (105 ILCS 5/22-16) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-16)
    Sec. 22-16. Acquisition of land outside school district. Whenever, in the opinion of the corporate authority of any school district, a lot or parcel of land situated not more than 2 miles outside of said school district or in the case of a building project under authority of Section 10-22.31b of this Act, within the boundaries of the joint agreement area or within 2 miles of the boundaries of any school district which is a party to the joint agreement, may be required for such school purposes, title to such lot or parcel of land may be acquired by such school district by purchase or in the manner provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain.
(Source: P.A. 80-270.)

105 ILCS 5/22-17

    (105 ILCS 5/22-17) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-17)
    Sec. 22-17. Leasing property from building commission.
    In addition to other powers and authority now possessed by it, the corporate authority of any school district, including any special charter district, shall have power:
    (1) To lease from any public building commission created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, and as amended from time to time, any real or personal property for the purpose of securing office or other space for its administrative or educational functions for a period of time not exceeding 40 years;
    (2) To pay for the use of this leased property in accordance with the terms of the lease; and
    (3) To enter into such lease without making a previous appropriation or provision in the budget for the expense thereby incurred.
(Source: P.A. 77-1351.)

105 ILCS 5/22-18

    (105 ILCS 5/22-18) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-18)
    Sec. 22-18. Apportionment of assets in district without property.
    Whenever there is no property within a school district subject to taxation for ordinary operating purposes, the county clerk shall so notify the trustees of the township or townships or county board of school trustees wherein the school district is located who shall apportion the assets of such district among the remaining school districts of such township or townships in proportion to the last preceding apportionment from the common school fund to such townships and shall notify the school treasurer to note such apportionment in the proper account of each district.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/22-19

    (105 ILCS 5/22-19) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-19)
    Sec. 22-19. Upon the filing of a complaint with the State Board of Education, executed in duplicate and subscribed with the names and addresses of at least 50 residents of a school district or 10% of the residents, whichever is less, alleging that any pupil has been excluded from or segregated in any school on account of his or her color, race, nationality, sex, religion or religious affiliation, or that any employee of or applicant for employment or assignment with any such school district has been questioned concerning his or her color, race, nationality, sex, religion or religious affiliation or subjected to discrimination by reason thereof, by or on behalf of the school board of such district, the State Board of Education shall promptly mail a copy of such complaint to the secretary or clerk of such school board.
    The State Board of Education shall fix a date, not less than 20 nor more than 30 days from the date of the filing of such complaint, for a hearing upon the allegations therein. The State Board of Education may also fix a date for a hearing whenever it has reason to believe that such discrimination may exist in any school district. Reasonable notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be mailed to the secretary or clerk of the school board and to the first signatory to such complaint.
    The State Board of Education may designate an assistant to conduct such hearing and receive testimony concerning the situation complained of. The complainants may be represented at such hearing by one of their number or by counsel. Each party shall have the privilege of cross examining witnesses. The State Board of Education or the hearing officer appointed by it shall have the power to subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, and require the production of evidence relating to any relevant matter under this Act. Any circuit court of this State, upon the application of the State Board of Education or the hearing officer appointed by it, may, in its or his or her discretion, compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books, papers, records or memoranda and the giving of testimony before the State Board of Education or the hearing officer appointed by it conducting an investigation or holding a hearing authorized by this Act, by an attachment for contempt, or otherwise, in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before the court. The State Board of Education or the hearing officer appointed by it may cause the depositions of witnesses within the State to be taken in the manner prescribed by law for like depositions in civil actions in courts of this State, and to that end compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records or memoranda. All testimony shall be taken under oath administered by the hearing officer, but the formal rules pertaining to evidence in judicial proceedings shall not apply. The State Board of Education shall provide a competent reporter to record all testimony. Either party desiring a transcript of the hearing shall pay for the cost of such transcript. A continuance may be granted provided both parties agree. The hearing officer shall report a summary of the testimony within 60 days after the hearing commences, unless a continuance is granted, to the State Board of Education who shall determine whether the allegations of the complaint are substantially correct. If a continuance is granted, the summary of testimony shall be reported to the State Board of Education within 60 days after the hearing recommences. The State Board of Education shall notify both parties of its decision within 30 days after it receives a summary of the testimony from the hearing officer. If the State Board of Education determines that a violation exists, it shall request the Attorney General to apply to the appropriate circuit court for such injunctive or other relief as may be necessary to rectify the practice complained of.
    The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof and the rules adopted pursuant thereto shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of any final decision rendered by the State Board of Education pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 84-126.)

105 ILCS 5/22-20

    (105 ILCS 5/22-20) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-20)
    Sec. 22-20. All courts and law enforcement agencies of the State of Illinois and its political subdivisions shall report to the principal of any public school in this State whenever a child enrolled therein is detained for proceedings under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, as heretofore and hereafter amended, or for any criminal offense, including illegal gang activity, or any violation of a municipal or county ordinance. The report shall include the basis for detaining the child, circumstances surrounding the events which led to the child's detention, and status of proceedings. The report shall be updated as appropriate to notify the principal of developments and the disposition of the matter.
    The information derived thereby shall be kept separate from and shall not become a part of the official school record of such child and shall not be a public record. Such information shall be used solely by the appropriate school official or officials whom the school has determined to have a legitimate educational or safety interest to aid in the proper rehabilitation of the child and to protect the safety of students and employees in the school.
(Source: P.A. 97-1104, eff. 1-1-13; 98-59, eff. 1-1-14.)

105 ILCS 5/22-21

    (105 ILCS 5/22-21) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-21)
    Sec. 22-21. Elections-Use of school buildings.
    (a) Every school board shall offer to the appropriate officer or board having responsibility for providing polling places for elections the use of any and all buildings under its jurisdiction for any and all elections to be held, if so requested by such appropriate officer or board.
    (b) Election officers shall place 2 or more cones, small United States national flags, or some other marker a distance of 100 horizontal feet from each entrance to the room used by voters to engage in voting, which shall be known as the polling room. If the polling room is located within a building that is a public or private school and the distance of 100 horizontal feet ends within the interior of the building, then the markers shall be placed outside of the building at each entrance used by voters to enter that building on the grounds adjacent to the thoroughfare or walkway. If the polling room is located within a public or private school building with 2 or more floors and the polling room is located on the ground floor, then the markers shall be placed 100 horizontal feet from each entrance to the polling room used by voters to engage in voting. If the polling room is located in a public or private school building with 2 or more floors and the polling room is located on a floor above or below the ground floor, then the markers shall be placed a distance of 100 feet from the nearest elevator or staircase used by voters on the ground floor to access the floor where the polling room is located. The area within where the markers are placed shall be known as a campaign free zone, and electioneering is prohibited pursuant to this subsection.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the area on polling place property beyond the campaign free zone, whether publicly or privately owned, is a public forum for the time that the polls are open on an election day. At the request of election officers any publicly owned building must be made available for use as a polling place. A person shall have the right to congregate and engage in electioneering on any polling place property while the polls are open beyond the campaign free zone, including but not limited to, the placement of temporary signs. This subsection shall be construed liberally in favor of persons engaging in electioneering on all polling place property beyond the campaign free zone for the time that the polls are open on an election day.
(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)

105 ILCS 5/22-22

    (105 ILCS 5/22-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-22)
    Sec. 22-22. Secondary Education. The term "secondary education" means the curriculum offered by a school district or an attendance center or centers serving grades 9 through 12 or grades 10 through 12.
(Source: P.A. 84-814.)

105 ILCS 5/22-23

    (105 ILCS 5/22-23) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-23)
    Sec. 22-23. Sprinkler systems.
    (a) The provisions of this Section apply to the school board, board of education, board of school directors, board of school inspectors or other governing body of each school district in this State, including special charter districts and districts organized under Article 34.
    (b) As used in this Section, the term "school construction" means (1) the construction of a new school building, or addition to an existing building, within any period of 30 months, having 7,200 or more square feet, and (2) any alteration, as defined in 71 Illinois Administrative Code, Section 400.210, within any period of 30 months, affecting one or more areas of a school building which cumulatively are equal to 50% or more of the square footage of the school building.
    (c) New areas or uses of buildings not required to be sprinklered under this Section shall be protected with the installation of an automatic fire detection system.
    (d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, no school construction shall be commenced in any school district on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 unless sprinkler systems are required by, and are installed in accordance with approved plans and specifications in the school building, addition or project areas which constitute school construction as defined in subsection (b). Plans and specifications shall comply with rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, and such rules and regulations shall be consistent so far as practicable with nationally recognized standards such as those established by the National Fire Protection Association.
(Source: P.A. 90-566, eff. 1-2-98.)

105 ILCS 5/22-24

    (105 ILCS 5/22-24) (from Ch. 122, par. 22-24)
    Sec. 22-24. IHSA Liaison. To facilitate communication and coordination between the General Assembly and the Illinois High School Association on matters relative to the continuing development of interscholastic athletic and activity participation among secondary school students in Illinois, the Governor shall appoint, from the membership of the General Assembly, liaison representatives to meet with the Board of Directors of the Illinois High School Association at regular meetings of that Board. The Governor shall appoint one member from each chamber of the General Assembly to serve as a liaison representative and one member from each chamber to serve as the liaison representative's alternate. The 2 liaison representatives shall not be members of the same political party, nor shall a liaison representative's alternate be a member of the same political party as the liaison representative for whom he or she is an alternate. The terms of the liaison representatives and alternate liaison representatives appointed by the Governor shall be 2 years, commencing on the second Wednesday of January in odd numbered years, except that the terms of the liaison representatives and alternate liaison representatives initially appointed by the Governor under this Section shall commence on the date of their appointment and expire on the second Wednesday of January, 1993. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Governor for the unexpired term, and the person appointed to fill a vacancy shall be a member of the same chamber of the General Assembly and the same political party as his or her predecessor in office. The liaison representatives, or their alternates who meet with the Board of Directors of the Illinois High School Association at any meetings of that Board which the liaison representatives are unable to attend, shall communicate to the members of the General Assembly information of importance to the cooperative relationship between the Illinois High School Association and the General Assembly. It shall be the responsibility of the Illinois High School Association to timely supply to both liaison representatives and both alternates all agenda materials and information that are customarily supplied by that Association to the members of its Board of Directors for use in connection with the meetings of that Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-239; 87-895.)

105 ILCS 5/22-25

    (105 ILCS 5/22-25)
    Sec. 22-25. High School Quality Guarantees. The school board of any district that maintains grades 9-12, including special charter districts and any district organized under Article 34, may enter into agreements that guarantee the academic skills and performance of graduates of their high schools in the workforce or in higher education. Any quality guarantee agreements established shall be subject to such qualifications and restrictions as the school board may determine.
(Source: P.A. 89-610, eff. 8-6-96.)

105 ILCS 5/22-26

    (105 ILCS 5/22-26)
    Sec. 22-26. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-491, eff. 8-13-99. Repealed internally, eff. 1-2-00; repealed by P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/22-27

    (105 ILCS 5/22-27)
    Sec. 22-27. World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam Conflict veterans; service member killed in action; diplomas.
    (a) Upon request, the school board of any district that maintains grades 10 through 12 may award a diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who:
        (1) served in the armed forces of the United States
    
during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict;
        (2) resided within an area currently within the
    
district;
        (3) left high school before graduating in order to
    
serve in the armed forces of the United States; and
        (4) has not received a high school diploma.
    (a-5) Upon request, the school board of a school district that maintains grades 10 through 12 may posthumously award a diploma to any service member who was killed in action while performing active military duty with the armed forces of the United States if all of the following criteria have been met:
        (1) He or she resided in an area currently within the
    
district.
        (2) He or she left high school before graduating to
    
serve in the armed forces of the United States.
        (3) He or she did not receive a high school diploma.
    (b) The State Board of Education and the Department of Veterans' Affairs may issue rules consistent with the provisions of this Section that are necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-131, eff. 7-26-19.)

105 ILCS 5/22-30

    (105 ILCS 5/22-30)
    Sec. 22-30. Self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication and epinephrine injectors; administration of undesignated epinephrine injectors; administration of an opioid antagonist; administration of undesignated asthma medication; asthma episode emergency response protocol.
    (a) For the purpose of this Section only, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:
    "Asthma action plan" means a written plan developed with a pupil's medical provider to help control the pupil's asthma. The goal of an asthma action plan is to reduce or prevent flare-ups and emergency department visits through day-to-day management and to serve as a student-specific document to be referenced in the event of an asthma episode.
    "Asthma episode emergency response protocol" means a procedure to provide assistance to a pupil experiencing symptoms of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, or breathing difficulty.
    "Epinephrine injector" includes an auto-injector approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the administration of epinephrine and a pre-filled syringe approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and used for the administration of epinephrine that contains a pre-measured dose of epinephrine that is equivalent to the dosages used in an auto-injector.
    "Asthma medication" means quick-relief asthma medication, including albuterol or other short-acting bronchodilators, that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of respiratory distress. "Asthma medication" includes medication delivered through a device, including a metered dose inhaler with a reusable or disposable spacer or a nebulizer with a mouthpiece or mask.
    "Opioid antagonist" means a drug that binds to opioid receptors and blocks or inhibits the effect of opioids acting on those receptors, including, but not limited to, naloxone hydrochloride or any other similarly acting drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    "Respiratory distress" means the perceived or actual presence of wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, breathing difficulty, or any other symptoms consistent with asthma. Respiratory distress may be categorized as "mild-to-moderate" or "severe".
    "School nurse" means a registered nurse working in a school with or without licensure endorsed in school nursing.
    "Self-administration" means a pupil's discretionary use of his or her prescribed asthma medication or epinephrine injector.
    "Self-carry" means a pupil's ability to carry his or her prescribed asthma medication or epinephrine injector.
    "Standing protocol" may be issued by (i) a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, (ii) a licensed physician assistant with prescriptive authority, or (iii) a licensed advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority.
    "Trained personnel" means any school employee or volunteer personnel authorized in Sections 10-22.34, 10-22.34a, and 10-22.34b of this Code who has completed training under subsection (g) of this Section to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, an opioid overdose, or respiratory distress.
    "Undesignated asthma medication" means asthma medication prescribed in the name of a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school.
    "Undesignated epinephrine injector" means an epinephrine injector prescribed in the name of a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school.
    (b) A school, whether public, charter, or nonpublic, must permit the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication by a pupil with asthma or the self-administration and self-carry of an epinephrine injector by a pupil, provided that:
        (1) the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to
    
the school (i) written authorization from the parents or guardians for (A) the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication or (B) the self-carry of asthma medication or (ii) for (A) the self-administration and self-carry of an epinephrine injector or (B) the self-carry of an epinephrine injector, written authorization from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse; and
        (2) the parents or guardians of the pupil provide to
    
the school (i) the prescription label, which must contain the name of the asthma medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time at which or circumstances under which the asthma medication is to be administered, or (ii) for the self-administration or self-carry of an epinephrine injector, a written statement from the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse containing the following information:
            (A) the name and purpose of the epinephrine
        
injector;
            (B) the prescribed dosage; and
            (C) the time or times at which or the special
        
circumstances under which the epinephrine injector is to be administered.
The information provided shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, the school's administrator.
    (b-5) A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of a student-specific or undesignated epinephrine injector to a student or any personnel authorized under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form, or plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to administer an epinephrine injector to the student, that meets the student's prescription on file.
    (b-10) The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may authorize a school nurse or trained personnel to do the following: (i) provide an undesignated epinephrine injector to a student for self-administration only or any personnel authorized under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form, plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or individualized education program plan to administer to the student that meets the student's prescription on file; (ii) administer an undesignated epinephrine injector that meets the prescription on file to any student who has an Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form, plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or individualized education program plan that authorizes the use of an epinephrine injector; (iii) administer an undesignated epinephrine injector to any person that the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes is having an anaphylactic reaction; (iv) administer an opioid antagonist to any person that the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes is having an opioid overdose; (v) provide undesignated asthma medication to a student for self-administration only or to any personnel authorized under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan or asthma action plan, plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or individualized education program plan to administer to the student that meets the student's prescription on file; (vi) administer undesignated asthma medication that meets the prescription on file to any student who has an Individual Health Care Action Plan or asthma action plan, plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or individualized education program plan that authorizes the use of asthma medication; and (vii) administer undesignated asthma medication to any person that the school nurse or trained personnel believes in good faith is having respiratory distress.
    (c) The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must inform the parents or guardians of the pupil, in writing, that the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents, including a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse providing standing protocol and a prescription for school epinephrine injectors, an opioid antagonist, or undesignated asthma medication, are to incur no liability or professional discipline, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the administration of asthma medication, an epinephrine injector, or an opioid antagonist regardless of whether authorization was given by the pupil's parents or guardians or by the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. The parents or guardians of the pupil must sign a statement acknowledging that the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents are to incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the administration of asthma medication, an epinephrine injector, or an opioid antagonist regardless of whether authorization was given by the pupil's parents or guardians or by the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse and that the parents or guardians must indemnify and hold harmless the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton conduct, arising out of the administration of asthma medication, an epinephrine injector, or an opioid antagonist regardless of whether authorization was given by the pupil's parents or guardians or by the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse.
    (c-5) When a school nurse or trained personnel administers an undesignated epinephrine injector to a person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes is having an anaphylactic reaction, administers an opioid antagonist to a person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes is having an opioid overdose, or administers undesignated asthma medication to a person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes is having respiratory distress, notwithstanding the lack of notice to the parents or guardians of the pupil or the absence of the parents or guardians signed statement acknowledging no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents, and a physician, a physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse providing standing protocol and a prescription for undesignated epinephrine injectors, an opioid antagonist, or undesignated asthma medication, are to incur no liability or professional discipline, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the use of an undesignated epinephrine injector, the use of an opioid antagonist, or the use of undesignated asthma medication, regardless of whether authorization was given by the pupil's parents or guardians or by the pupil's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse.
    (d) The permission for self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication or the self-administration and self-carry of an epinephrine injector is effective for the school year for which it is granted and shall be renewed each subsequent school year upon fulfillment of the requirements of this Section.
    (e) Provided that the requirements of this Section are fulfilled, a pupil with asthma may self-administer and self-carry his or her asthma medication or a pupil may self-administer and self-carry an epinephrine injector (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property or while being transported on a school bus.
    (e-5) Provided that the requirements of this Section are fulfilled, a school nurse or trained personnel may administer an undesignated epinephrine injector to any person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes to be having an anaphylactic reaction (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property or while being transported on a school bus. A school nurse or trained personnel may carry undesignated epinephrine injectors on his or her person while in school or at a school-sponsored activity.
    (e-10) Provided that the requirements of this Section are fulfilled, a school nurse or trained personnel may administer an opioid antagonist to any person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes to be having an opioid overdose (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property. A school nurse or trained personnel may carry an opioid antagonist on his or her person while in school or at a school-sponsored activity.
    (e-15) If the requirements of this Section are met, a school nurse or trained personnel may administer undesignated asthma medication to any person whom the school nurse or trained personnel in good faith believes to be experiencing respiratory distress (i) while in school, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, (iii) while under the supervision of school personnel, or (iv) before or after normal school activities, including before-school or after-school care on school-operated property. A school nurse or trained personnel may carry undesignated asthma medication on his or her person while in school or at a school-sponsored activity.
    (f) The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine injectors in any secure location that is accessible before, during, and after school where an allergic person is most at risk, including, but not limited to, classrooms and lunchrooms. A physician, a physician assistant who has prescriptive authority in accordance with Section 7.5 of the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987, or an advanced practice registered nurse who has prescriptive authority in accordance with Section 65-40 of the Nurse Practice Act may prescribe undesignated epinephrine injectors in the name of the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school to be maintained for use when necessary. Any supply of epinephrine injectors shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
    The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose. A health care professional who has been delegated prescriptive authority for opioid antagonists in accordance with Section 5-23 of the Substance Use Disorder Act may prescribe opioid antagonists in the name of the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school, to be maintained for use when necessary. Any supply of opioid antagonists shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
    The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of asthma medication in any secure location that is accessible before, during, or after school where a person is most at risk, including, but not limited to, a classroom or the nurse's office. A physician, a physician assistant who has prescriptive authority under Section 7.5 of the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987, or an advanced practice registered nurse who has prescriptive authority under Section 65-40 of the Nurse Practice Act may prescribe undesignated asthma medication in the name of the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school to be maintained for use when necessary. Any supply of undesignated asthma medication must be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
    (f-3) Whichever entity initiates the process of obtaining undesignated epinephrine injectors and providing training to personnel for carrying and administering undesignated epinephrine injectors shall pay for the costs of the undesignated epinephrine injectors.
    (f-5) Upon any administration of an epinephrine injector, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student's parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known.
    Upon any administration of an opioid antagonist, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student's parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known.
    (f-10) Within 24 hours of the administration of an undesignated epinephrine injector, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must notify the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse who provided the standing protocol and a prescription for the undesignated epinephrine injector of its use.
    Within 24 hours after the administration of an opioid antagonist, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must notify the health care professional who provided the prescription for the opioid antagonist of its use.
    Within 24 hours after the administration of undesignated asthma medication, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must notify the student's parent or guardian or emergency contact, if known, and the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse who provided the standing protocol and a prescription for the undesignated asthma medication of its use. The district or school must follow up with the school nurse, if available, and may, with the consent of the child's parent or guardian, notify the child's health care provider of record, as determined under this Section, of its use.
    (g) Prior to the administration of an undesignated epinephrine injector, trained personnel must submit to the school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis that meets the requirements of subsection (h) of this Section. Training must be completed annually. The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must maintain records related to the training curriculum and trained personnel.
    Prior to the administration of an opioid antagonist, trained personnel must submit to the school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, which curriculum must meet the requirements of subsection (h-5) of this Section. Training must be completed annually. Trained personnel must also submit to the school's administration proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certification. The school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must maintain records relating to the training curriculum and the trained personnel.
    Prior to the administration of undesignated asthma medication, trained personnel must submit to the school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to respiratory distress, which must meet the requirements of subsection (h-10) of this Section. Training must be completed annually, and the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must maintain records relating to the training curriculum and the trained personnel.
    (h) A training curriculum to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, including the administration of an undesignated epinephrine injector, may be conducted online or in person.
    Training shall include, but is not limited to:
        (1) how to recognize signs and symptoms of an
    
allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis;
        (2) how to administer an epinephrine injector; and
        (3) a test demonstrating competency of the knowledge
    
required to recognize anaphylaxis and administer an epinephrine injector.
    Training may also include, but is not limited to:
        (A) a review of high-risk areas within a school and
    
its related facilities;
        (B) steps to take to prevent exposure to allergens;
        (C) emergency follow-up procedures, including the
    
importance of calling 9-1-1 or, if 9-1-1 is not available, other local emergency medical services;
        (D) how to respond to a student with a known
    
allergy, as well as a student with a previously unknown allergy;
        (E) other criteria as determined in rules adopted
    
pursuant to this Section; and
        (F) any policy developed by the State Board of
    
Education under Section 2-3.190.
    In consultation with statewide professional organizations representing physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, registered nurses, and school nurses, the State Board of Education shall make available resource materials consistent with criteria in this subsection (h) for educating trained personnel to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis. The State Board may take into consideration the curriculum on this subject developed by other states, as well as any other curricular materials suggested by medical experts and other groups that work on life-threatening allergy issues. The State Board is not required to create new resource materials. The State Board shall make these resource materials available on its Internet website.
    (h-5) A training curriculum to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including the administration of an opioid antagonist, may be conducted online or in person. The training must comply with any training requirements under Section 5-23 of the Substance Use Disorder Act and the corresponding rules. It must include, but is not limited to:
        (1) how to recognize symptoms of an opioid overdose;
        (2) information on drug overdose prevention and
    
recognition;
        (3) how to perform rescue breathing and resuscitation;
        (4) how to respond to an emergency involving an
    
opioid overdose;
        (5) opioid antagonist dosage and administration;
        (6) the importance of calling 9-1-1 or, if 9-1-1 is
    
not available, other local emergency medical services;
        (7) care for the overdose victim after administration
    
of the overdose antagonist;
        (8) a test demonstrating competency of the knowledge
    
required to recognize an opioid overdose and administer a dose of an opioid antagonist; and
        (9) other criteria as determined in rules adopted
    
pursuant to this Section.
    (h-10) A training curriculum to recognize and respond to respiratory distress, including the administration of undesignated asthma medication, may be conducted online or in person. The training must include, but is not limited to:
        (1) how to recognize symptoms of respiratory distress
    
and how to distinguish respiratory distress from anaphylaxis;
        (2) how to respond to an emergency involving
    
respiratory distress;
        (3) asthma medication dosage and administration;
        (4) the importance of calling 9-1-1 or, if 9-1-1 is
    
not available, other local emergency medical services;
        (5) a test demonstrating competency of the knowledge
    
required to recognize respiratory distress and administer asthma medication; and
        (6) other criteria as determined in rules adopted
    
under this Section.
    (i) Within 3 days after the administration of an undesignated epinephrine injector by a school nurse, trained personnel, or a student at a school or school-sponsored activity, the school must report to the State Board of Education in a form and manner prescribed by the State Board the following information:
        (1) age and type of person receiving epinephrine
    
(student, staff, visitor);
        (2) any previously known diagnosis of a severe
    
allergy;
        (3) trigger that precipitated allergic episode;
        (4) location where symptoms developed;
        (5) number of doses administered;
        (6) type of person administering epinephrine (school
    
nurse, trained personnel, student); and
        (7) any other information required by the State
    
Board.
    If a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school maintains or has an independent contractor providing transportation to students who maintains a supply of undesignated epinephrine injectors, then the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must report that information to the State Board of Education upon adoption or change of the policy of the school district, public school, charter school, nonpublic school, or independent contractor, in a manner as prescribed by the State Board. The report must include the number of undesignated epinephrine injectors in supply.
    (i-5) Within 3 days after the administration of an opioid antagonist by a school nurse or trained personnel, the school must report to the State Board of Education, in a form and manner prescribed by the State Board, the following information:
        (1) the age and type of person receiving the opioid
    
antagonist (student, staff, or visitor);
        (2) the location where symptoms developed;
        (3) the type of person administering the opioid
    
antagonist (school nurse or trained personnel); and
        (4) any other information required by the State
    
Board.
    (i-10) Within 3 days after the administration of undesignated asthma medication by a school nurse, trained personnel, or a student at a school or school-sponsored activity, the school must report to the State Board of Education, on a form and in a manner prescribed by the State Board of Education, the following information:
        (1) the age and type of person receiving the asthma
    
medication (student, staff, or visitor);
        (2) any previously known diagnosis of asthma for the
    
person;
        (3) the trigger that precipitated respiratory
    
distress, if identifiable;
        (4) the location of where the symptoms developed;
        (5) the number of doses administered;
        (6) the type of person administering the asthma
    
medication (school nurse, trained personnel, or student);
        (7) the outcome of the asthma medication
    
administration; and
        (8) any other information required by the State
    
Board.
    (j) By October 1, 2015 and every year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall submit a report to the General Assembly identifying the frequency and circumstances of undesignated epinephrine and undesignated asthma medication administration during the preceding academic year. Beginning with the 2017 report, the report shall also contain information on which school districts, public schools, charter schools, and nonpublic schools maintain or have independent contractors providing transportation to students who maintain a supply of undesignated epinephrine injectors. This report shall be published on the State Board's Internet website on the date the report is delivered to the General Assembly.
    (j-5) Annually, each school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall request an asthma action plan from the parents or guardians of a pupil with asthma. If provided, the asthma action plan must be kept on file in the office of the school nurse or, in the absence of a school nurse, the school administrator. Copies of the asthma action plan may be distributed to appropriate school staff who interact with the pupil on a regular basis, and, if applicable, may be attached to the pupil's federal Section 504 plan or individualized education program plan.
    (j-10) To assist schools with emergency response procedures for asthma, the State Board of Education, in consultation with statewide professional organizations with expertise in asthma management and a statewide organization representing school administrators, shall develop a model asthma episode emergency response protocol before September 1, 2016. Each school district, charter school, and nonpublic school shall adopt an asthma episode emergency response protocol before January 1, 2017 that includes all of the components of the State Board's model protocol.
    (j-15) Every 2 years, school personnel who work with pupils shall complete an in-person or online training program on the management of asthma, the prevention of asthma symptoms, and emergency response in the school setting. In consultation with statewide professional organizations with expertise in asthma management, the State Board of Education shall make available resource materials for educating school personnel about asthma and emergency response in the school setting.
    (j-20) On or before October 1, 2016 and every year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall submit a report to the General Assembly and the Department of Public Health identifying the frequency and circumstances of opioid antagonist administration during the preceding academic year. This report shall be published on the State Board's Internet website on the date the report is delivered to the General Assembly.
    (k) The State Board of Education may adopt rules necessary to implement this Section.
    (l) Nothing in this Section shall limit the amount of epinephrine injectors that any type of school or student may carry or maintain a supply of.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 102-413, eff. 8-20-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/22-33

    (105 ILCS 5/22-33)
    Sec. 22-33. Medical cannabis.
    (a) This Section may be referred to as Ashley's Law.
    (a-5) In this Section:
    "Designated caregiver", "medical cannabis infused product", "qualifying patient", and "registered" have the meanings given to those terms under Section 10 of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act.
    "Self-administration" means a student's discretionary use of his or her medical cannabis infused product.
    (b) Subject to the restrictions under subsections (c) through (g) of this Section, a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall authorize a parent or guardian or any other individual registered with the Department of Public Health as a designated caregiver of a student who is a registered qualifying patient to administer a medical cannabis infused product to the student on the premises of the child's school or on the child's school bus if both the student (as a registered qualifying patient) and the parent or guardian or other individual (as a registered designated caregiver) have been issued registry identification cards under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act. After administering the product, the parent or guardian or other individual shall remove the product from the school premises or the school bus.
    (b-5) Notwithstanding subsection (b) and subject to the restrictions under subsections (c) through (g), a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must allow a school nurse or school administrator to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a student who is a registered qualifying patient (i) while on school premises, (ii) while at a school-sponsored activity, or (iii) before or after normal school activities, including while the student is in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property or while the student is being transported on a school bus. A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may authorize the self-administration of a medical cannabis infused product by a student who is a registered qualifying patient if the self-administration takes place under the direct supervision of a school nurse or school administrator.
    Before allowing the administration of a medical cannabis infused product by a school nurse or school administrator or a student's self-administration of a medical cannabis infused product under the supervision of a school nurse or school administrator under this subsection, the parent or guardian of a student who is the registered qualifying patient must provide written authorization for its use, along with a copy of the registry identification card of the student (as a registered qualifying patient) and the parent or guardian (as a registered designated caregiver). The written authorization must specify the times at which or the special circumstances under which the medical cannabis infused product must be administered. The written authorization and a copy of the registry identification cards must be kept on file in the office of the school nurse. The authorization for a student to self-administer medical cannabis infused products is effective for the school year in which it is granted and must be renewed each subsequent school year upon fulfillment of the requirements of this Section.
    (b-10) Medical cannabis infused products that are to be administered under subsection (b-5) must be stored with the school nurse at all times in a manner consistent with storage of other student medication at the school and may be accessible only by the school nurse or a school administrator.
    (c) A parent or guardian or other individual may not administer a medical cannabis infused product under this Section in a manner that, in the opinion of the school district or school, would create a disruption to the school's educational environment or would cause exposure of the product to other students.
    (d) A school district or school may not discipline a student who is administered a medical cannabis infused product by a parent or guardian or other individual under this Section or who self-administers a medical cannabis infused product under the supervision of a school nurse or school administrator under this Section and may not deny the student's eligibility to attend school solely because the student requires the administration of the product.
    (e) Nothing in this Section requires a member of a school's staff to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a student.
    (f) A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may not authorize the use of a medical cannabis infused product under this Section if the school district or school would lose federal funding as a result of the authorization.
    (f-5) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, must develop a training curriculum for school nurses and school administrators on the administration of medical cannabis infused products. Prior to the administration of a medical cannabis infused product under subsection (b-5), a school nurse or school administrator must annually complete the training curriculum developed under this subsection and must submit to the school's administration proof of its completion. A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school must maintain records related to the training curriculum and of the school nurses or school administrators who have completed the training.
    (g) A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall adopt a policy to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-363, eff. 8-9-19; 101-370, eff. 1-1-20; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-35

    (105 ILCS 5/22-35)
    Sec. 22-35. Sharing information on school lunch applicants; consent. Before an entity shares with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services information on an applicant for free or reduced-price lunches under Section 2-3.131, 3-14.29, 10-28, or 34-18.26 of this Code or Section 10 of the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act, that entity must obtain, in writing, the consent of the applicant's parent or legal guardian. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may not seek any punitive action against or withhold any benefit or subsidy from an applicant for a free or reduced-price lunch due to the applicant's parent or legal guardian withholding consent.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

105 ILCS 5/22-40

    (105 ILCS 5/22-40)
    Sec. 22-40. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any power granted under this Code to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/22-45

    (105 ILCS 5/22-45)
    Sec. 22-45. Illinois P-20 Council.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that preparing Illinoisans for success in school and the workplace requires a continuum of quality education from preschool through graduate school. This State needs a framework to guide education policy and integrate education at every level. A statewide coordinating council to study and make recommendations concerning education at all levels can avoid fragmentation of policies, promote improved teaching and learning, and continue to cultivate and demonstrate strong accountability and efficiency. Establishing an Illinois P-20 Council will develop a statewide agenda that will move the State towards the common goals of improving academic achievement, increasing college access and success, improving use of existing data and measurements, developing improved accountability, fostering innovative approaches to education, promoting lifelong learning, easing the transition to college, and reducing remediation. A pre-kindergarten through grade 20 agenda will strengthen this State's economic competitiveness by producing a highly-skilled workforce. In addition, lifelong learning plans will enhance this State's ability to leverage funding.
    (b) There is created the Illinois P-20 Council. The Illinois P-20 Council shall include all of the following members:
        (1) The Governor or his or her designee, to serve as
    
chairperson.
        (2) Four members of the General Assembly, one
    
appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the President of the Senate, and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
        (3) Six at-large members appointed by the Governor as
    
follows, with 2 members being from the City of Chicago, 2 members being from Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, DuPage County, Will County, or that part of Cook County outside of the City of Chicago, and 2 members being from the remainder of the State:
            (A) one representative of civic leaders;
            (B) one representative of local government;
            (C) one representative of trade unions;
            (D) one representative of nonprofit organizations
        
or foundations;
            (E) one representative of parents' organizations;
        
and
            (F) one education research expert.
        (4) Five members appointed by statewide business
    
organizations and business trade associations.
        (5) Six members appointed by statewide professional
    
organizations and associations representing pre-kindergarten through grade 20 teachers, community college faculty, and public university faculty.
        (6) Two members appointed by associations
    
representing local school administrators and school board members. One of these members must be a special education administrator.
        (7) One member representing community colleges,
    
appointed by the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.
        (8) One member representing 4-year independent
    
colleges and universities, appointed by a statewide organization representing private institutions of higher learning.
        (9) One member representing public 4-year
    
universities, appointed jointly by the university presidents and chancellors.
        (10) Ex-officio members as follows:
            (A) The State Superintendent of Education or his
        
or her designee.
            (B) The Executive Director of the Board of Higher
        
Education or his or her designee.
            (C) The Executive Director of the Illinois
        
Community College Board or his or her designee.
            (D) The Executive Director of the Illinois
        
Student Assistance Commission or his or her designee.
            (E) The Co-chairpersons of the Illinois
        
Workforce Investment Board or their designee.
            (F) The Director of Commerce and Economic
        
Opportunity or his or her designee.
            (G) The Chairperson of the Illinois Early
        
Learning Council or his or her designee.
            (H) The President of the Illinois Mathematics and
        
Science Academy or his or her designee.
            (I) The president of an association representing
        
educators of adult learners or his or her designee.
Ex-officio members shall have no vote on the Illinois P-20 Council.
    Appointed members shall serve for staggered terms expiring on July 1 of the first, second, or third calendar year following their appointments or until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Staggered terms shall be determined by lot at the organizing meeting of the Illinois P-20 Council.
    Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments, and any member so appointed shall serve during the remainder of the term for which the vacancy occurred.
    (c) The Illinois P-20 Council shall be funded through State appropriations to support staff activities, research, data-collection, and dissemination. The Illinois P-20 Council shall be staffed by the Office of the Governor, in coordination with relevant State agencies, boards, and commissions. The Illinois Education Research Council shall provide research and coordinate research collection activities for the Illinois P-20 Council.
    (d) The Illinois P-20 Council shall have all of the following duties:
        (1) To make recommendations to do all of the
    
following:
            (A) Coordinate pre-kindergarten through grade 20
        
(graduate school) education in this State through working at the intersections of educational systems to promote collaborative infrastructure.
            (B) Coordinate and leverage strategies, actions,
        
legislation, policies, and resources of all stakeholders to support fundamental and lasting improvement in this State's public schools, community colleges, and universities.
            (C) Better align the high school curriculum with
        
postsecondary expectations.
            (D) Better align assessments across all levels of
        
education.
            (E) Reduce the need for students entering
        
institutions of higher education to take remedial courses.
            (F) Smooth the transition from high school to
        
college.
            (G) Improve high school and college graduation
        
rates.
            (H) Improve the rigor and relevance of academic
        
standards for college and workforce readiness.
            (I) Better align college and university teaching
        
programs with the needs of Illinois schools.
        (2) To advise the Governor, the General Assembly,
    
the State's education and higher education agencies, and the State's workforce and economic development boards and agencies on policies related to lifelong learning for Illinois students and families.
        (3) To articulate a framework for systemic
    
educational improvement and innovation that will enable every student to meet or exceed Illinois learning standards and be well-prepared to succeed in the workforce and community.
        (4) To provide an estimated fiscal impact for
    
implementation of all Council recommendations.
        (5) To make recommendations for short-term and
    
long-term learning recovery actions for public school students in this State in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois P-20 Council shall submit a report with its recommendations for a multi-year recovery plan by December 31, 2021 to the Governor, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the General Assembly that addresses all of the following:
            (A) Closing the digital divide for all students,
        
including access to devices, Internet connectivity, and ensuring that educators have the necessary support and training to provide high quality remote and blended learning to students.
            (B) Evaluating the academic growth and
        
proficiency of students in order to understand the impact of school closures and remote and blended remote learning conditions on student academic outcomes, including disaggregating data by race, income, diverse learners, and English learners, in ways that balance the need to understand that impact with the need to support student well-being and also take into consideration the logistical constraints facing schools and districts.
            (C) Establishing a system for the collection and
        
review of student data at the State level, including data about prekindergarten through higher education student attendance, engagement and participation, discipline, and social-emotional and mental health inputs and outcomes, in order to better understand the full impact of disrupted learning.
            (D) Providing students with resources and
        
programs for academic support, such as enrichment opportunities, tutoring corps, summer bridge programs, youth leadership and development programs, youth and community-led restorative and transformative justice programs, and youth internship and apprenticeship programs.
            (E) Providing students with resources and support
        
to ensure access to social-emotional learning, mental health services, and trauma responsive, restorative justice and anti-racist practices in order to support the growth of the whole child, such as investing in community schools and providing comprehensive year-round services and support for both students and their families.
            (F) Ensuring more time for students' academic,
        
social-emotional, and mental health needs by considering such strategies as: (i) extending planning time for teachers, (ii) extending the school day and school year, and (iii) transitioning to year-round schooling.
            (G) Strengthening the transition from secondary
        
education to postsecondary education in the wake of threats to alignment and affordability created by the pandemic and related conditions.
    (e) The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may authorize the creation of working groups focusing on areas of interest to Illinois educational and workforce development, including without limitation the following areas:
        (1) Preparation, recruitment, and certification of
    
highly qualified teachers.
        (2) Mentoring and induction of highly qualified
    
teachers.
        (3) The diversity of highly qualified teachers.
        (4) Funding for highly qualified teachers, including
    
developing a strategic and collaborative plan to seek federal and private grants to support initiatives targeting teacher preparation and its impact on student achievement.
        (5) Highly effective administrators.
        (6) Illinois birth through age 3 education,
    
pre-kindergarten, and early childhood education.
        (7) The assessment, alignment, outreach, and network
    
of college and workforce readiness efforts.
        (8) Alternative routes to college access.
        (9) Research data and accountability.
        (10) Community schools, community participation, and
    
other innovative approaches to education that foster community partnerships.
        (11) Tuition, financial aid, and other issues related
    
to keeping postsecondary education affordable for Illinois residents.
        (12) Learning recovery in the wake of the COVID-19
    
pandemic.
    The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may designate Council members to serve as working group chairpersons. Working groups may invite organizations and individuals representing pre-kindergarten through grade 20 interests to participate in discussions, data collection, and dissemination.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-50

    (105 ILCS 5/22-50)
    Sec. 22-50. Twice-exceptional children; recommendations. The State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children shall research and discuss best practices for addressing the needs of "twice-exceptional" children, those who are gifted and talented and have a disability. The Councils shall then jointly make recommendations to the State Board of Education with respect to the State Board of Education providing guidance and technical assistance to school districts in furthering improved educational outcomes for gifted and twice-exceptional children. Recommendations shall include strategies to (i) educate teachers and other providers about the unique needs of this population, (ii) train teachers in target, research-based, identification and pedagogical methods, and (iii) establish guidelines for unique programming for twice-exceptional students.
(Source: P.A. 96-382, eff. 8-13-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

105 ILCS 5/22-55

    (105 ILCS 5/22-55)
    Sec. 22-55. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-355, eff. 1-1-12.)

105 ILCS 5/22-60

    (105 ILCS 5/22-60)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-466)
    Sec. 22-60. Unfunded mandates prohibited.
    (a) No public school district or private school is obligated to comply with the following types of mandates unless a separate appropriation has been enacted into law providing full funding for the mandate for the school year during which the mandate is required:
        (1) Any mandate in this Code enacted after the
    
effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
        (2) Any regulatory mandate promulgated by the State
    
Board of Education and adopted by rule after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly other than those promulgated with respect to this Section or statutes already enacted on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
    (b) If the amount appropriated to fund a mandate described in subsection (a) of this Section does not fully fund the mandated activity, then the school district or private school may choose to discontinue or modify the mandated activity to ensure that the costs of compliance do not exceed the funding received.
    Before discontinuing or modifying the mandate, the school district shall petition its regional superintendent of schools on or before February 15 of each year to request to be exempt from implementing the mandate in a school or schools in the next school year. The petition shall include all legitimate costs associated with implementing and operating the mandate, the estimated reimbursement from State and federal sources, and any unique circumstances the school district can verify that exist that would cause the implementation and operation of such a mandate to be cost prohibitive.
    The regional superintendent of schools shall review the petition. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, he or she shall convene a public hearing to hear testimony from the school district and interested community members. The regional superintendent shall, on or before March 15 of each year, inform the school district of his or her decision, along with the reasons why the exemption was granted or denied, in writing. The regional superintendent must also send notification to the State Board of Education detailing which school districts requested an exemption and the results.
    If the regional superintendent grants an exemption to the school district, then the school district is relieved from the requirement to establish and implement the mandate in the school or schools granted an exemption for the next school year. If the regional superintendent of schools does not grant an exemption, then the school district shall implement the mandate in accordance with the applicable law or rule by the first student attendance day of the next school year. However, the school district or a resident of the school district may on or before April 15 appeal the decision of the regional superintendent to the State Superintendent of Education. The State Superintendent shall hear appeals on the decisions of regional superintendents of schools no later than May 15 of each year. The State Superintendent shall make a final decision at the conclusion of the hearing on the school district's request for an exemption from the mandate. If the State Superintendent grants an exemption, then the school district is relieved from the requirement to implement a mandate in the school or schools granted an exemption for the next school year. If the State Superintendent does not grant an exemption, then the school district shall implement the mandate in accordance with the applicable law or rule by the first student attendance day of the next school year.
    If a school district or private school discontinues or modifies a mandated activity due to lack of full funding from the State, then the school district or private school shall annually maintain and update a list of discontinued or modified mandated activities. The list shall be provided to the State Board of Education upon request.
    (c) This Section does not apply to (i) any new statutory or regulatory mandates related to revised learning standards developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative and assessments developed to align with those standards or actions specified in this State's Phase 2 Race to the Top Grant application if the application is approved by the United States Department of Education or (ii) new statutory or regulatory mandates from the Race to the Top Grant through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 imposed on school districts designated as being in the lowest performing 5% of schools within the Race to the Top Grant application.
    (d) In any instances in which this Section conflicts with the State Mandates Act, the State Mandates Act shall prevail.
(Source: P.A. 96-1441, eff. 8-20-10.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-466)
    Sec. 22-60. Unfunded mandates prohibited.
    (a) No public school district or private school is obligated to comply with the following types of mandates unless a separate appropriation has been enacted into law providing full funding for the mandate for the school year during which the mandate is required:
        (1) Any mandate in this Code enacted after the
    
effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
        (2) Any regulatory mandate promulgated by the State
    
Board of Education and adopted by rule after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly other than those promulgated with respect to this Section or statutes already enacted on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
    (b) If the amount appropriated to fund a mandate described in subsection (a) of this Section does not fully fund the mandated activity, then the school district or private school may choose to discontinue or modify the mandated activity to ensure that the costs of compliance do not exceed the funding received.
    Before discontinuing or modifying the mandate, the school district shall petition its regional superintendent of schools on or before February 15 of each year to request to be exempt from implementing the mandate in a school or schools in the next school year. The petition shall include all legitimate costs associated with implementing and operating the mandate, the estimated reimbursement from State and federal sources, and any unique circumstances the school district can verify that exist that would cause the implementation and operation of such a mandate to be cost prohibitive.
    The regional superintendent of schools shall review the petition. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, he or she shall convene a public hearing to hear testimony from the school district and interested community members. The regional superintendent shall, on or before March 15 of each year, inform the school district of his or her decision, along with the reasons why the exemption was granted or denied, in writing. The regional superintendent must also send notification to the State Board of Education detailing which school districts requested an exemption and the results.
    If the regional superintendent grants an exemption to the school district, then the school district is relieved from the requirement to establish and implement the mandate in the school or schools granted an exemption for the next school year. If the regional superintendent of schools does not grant an exemption, then the school district shall implement the mandate in accordance with the applicable law or rule by the first student attendance day of the next school year. However, the school district or a resident of the school district may on or before April 15 appeal the decision of the regional superintendent to the State Superintendent of Education. The State Superintendent shall hear appeals on the decisions of regional superintendents of schools no later than May 15 of each year. The State Superintendent shall make a final decision at the conclusion of the hearing on the school district's request for an exemption from the mandate. If the State Superintendent grants an exemption, then the school district is relieved from the requirement to implement a mandate in the school or schools granted an exemption for the next school year. If the State Superintendent does not grant an exemption, then the school district shall implement the mandate in accordance with the applicable law or rule by the first student attendance day of the next school year.
    If a school district or private school discontinues or modifies a mandated activity due to lack of full funding from the State, then the school district or private school shall annually maintain and update a list of discontinued or modified mandated activities. The list shall be provided to the State Board of Education upon request.
    (c) This Section does not apply to (i) any new statutory or regulatory mandates related to revised learning standards developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative and assessments developed to align with those standards or actions specified in this State's Phase 2 Race to the Top Grant application if the application is approved by the United States Department of Education, (ii) new statutory or regulatory mandates from the Race to the Top Grant through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 imposed on school districts designated as being in the lowest performing 5% of schools within the Race to the Top Grant application, or (iii) any changes made to this Code by this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
    (d) In any instances in which this Section conflicts with the State Mandates Act, the State Mandates Act shall prevail.
(Source: P.A. 102-466, eff. 7-1-25.)

105 ILCS 5/22-65

    (105 ILCS 5/22-65)
    Sec. 22-65. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12. Repealed by P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/22-70

    (105 ILCS 5/22-70)
    Sec. 22-70. Enrollment information; children of military personnel. At the time of annual enrollment or at any time during the school year, a school district or a recognized non-public school, except for sectarian non-public schools, serving any of grades kindergarten through 12 shall provide, either on its standard enrollment form or on a separate form, the opportunity for the individual enrolling the student to voluntarily state whether the student has a parent or guardian who is a member of a branch of the armed forces of the United States and who is either deployed to active duty or expects to be deployed to active duty during the school year. Each school district and recognized non-public school shall report this enrollment information as aggregate data to the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 97-505, eff. 8-23-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

105 ILCS 5/22-75

    (105 ILCS 5/22-75)
    Sec. 22-75. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13. Repealed by P.A. 99-30, eff. 7-10-15.)

105 ILCS 5/22-76

    (105 ILCS 5/22-76)
    Sec. 22-76. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13. Repealed internally, eff. 9-1-2013.)

105 ILCS 5/22-77

    (105 ILCS 5/22-77)
    Sec. 22-77. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-861, eff. 8-5-14. Repealed internally, eff. 7-1-14.)

105 ILCS 5/22-80

    (105 ILCS 5/22-80)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-1006)
    Sec. 22-80. Student athletes; concussions and head injuries.
    (a) The General Assembly recognizes all of the following:
        (1) Concussions are one of the most commonly reported
    
injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. A concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. The risk of catastrophic injuries or death is significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed.
        (2) Concussions are a type of brain injury that can
    
range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity and can result from a fall or from players colliding with each other, the ground, or with obstacles. Concussions occur with or without loss of consciousness, but the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
        (3) Continuing to play with a concussion or symptoms
    
of a head injury leaves a young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury and even death. The General Assembly recognizes that, despite having generally recognized return-to-play standards for concussions and head injuries, some affected youth athletes are prematurely returned to play, resulting in actual or potential physical injury or death to youth athletes in this State.
        (4) Student athletes who have sustained a concussion
    
may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or academic staff until the student is fully recovered. To that end, all schools are encouraged to establish a return-to-learn protocol that is based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and conduct baseline testing for student athletes.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Athletic trainer" means an athletic trainer licensed under the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act who is working under the supervision of a physician.
    "Coach" means any volunteer or employee of a school who is responsible for organizing and supervising students to teach them or train them in the fundamental skills of an interscholastic athletic activity. "Coach" refers to both head coaches and assistant coaches.
    "Concussion" means a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain caused by a traumatic physical force or impact to the head or body, which may include temporary or prolonged altered brain function resulting in physical, cognitive, or emotional symptoms or altered sleep patterns and which may or may not involve a loss of consciousness.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Game official" means a person who officiates at an interscholastic athletic activity, such as a referee or umpire, including, but not limited to, persons enrolled as game officials by the Illinois High School Association or Illinois Elementary School Association.
    "Interscholastic athletic activity" means any organized school-sponsored or school-sanctioned activity for students, generally outside of school instructional hours, under the direction of a coach, athletic director, or band leader, including, but not limited to, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country track, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, marching band, rugby, soccer, skating, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. All interscholastic athletics are deemed to be interscholastic activities.
    "Licensed healthcare professional" means a person who has experience with concussion management and who is a nurse, a psychologist who holds a license under the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act and specializes in the practice of neuropsychology, a physical therapist licensed under the Illinois Physical Therapy Act, an occupational therapist licensed under the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act, a physician assistant, or an athletic trainer.
    "Nurse" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a school and is licensed under the Nurse Practice Act as a registered nurse, practical nurse, or advanced practice registered nurse.
    "Physician" means a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
    "Physician assistant" means a physician assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987.
    "School" means any public or private elementary or secondary school, including a charter school.
    "Student" means an adolescent or child enrolled in a school.
    (c) This Section applies to any interscholastic athletic activity, including practice and competition, sponsored or sanctioned by a school, the Illinois Elementary School Association, or the Illinois High School Association. This Section applies beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
    (d) The governing body of each public or charter school and the appropriate administrative officer of a private school with students enrolled who participate in an interscholastic athletic activity shall appoint or approve a concussion oversight team. Each concussion oversight team shall establish a return-to-play protocol, based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, for a student's return to interscholastic athletics practice or competition following a force or impact believed to have caused a concussion. Each concussion oversight team shall also establish a return-to-learn protocol, based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, for a student's return to the classroom after that student is believed to have experienced a concussion, whether or not the concussion took place while the student was participating in an interscholastic athletic activity.
    Each concussion oversight team must include to the extent practicable at least one physician. If a school employs an athletic trainer, the athletic trainer must be a member of the school concussion oversight team to the extent practicable. If a school employs a nurse, the nurse must be a member of the school concussion oversight team to the extent practicable. At a minimum, a school shall appoint a person who is responsible for implementing and complying with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols adopted by the concussion oversight team. At a minimum, a concussion oversight team may be composed of only one person and this person need not be a licensed healthcare professional, but it may not be a coach. A school may appoint other licensed healthcare professionals to serve on the concussion oversight team.
    (e) A student may not participate in an interscholastic athletic activity for a school year until the student and the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student have signed a form for that school year that acknowledges receiving and reading written information that explains concussion prevention, symptoms, treatment, and oversight and that includes guidelines for safely resuming participation in an athletic activity following a concussion. The form must be approved by the Illinois High School Association.
    (f) A student must be removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition immediately if one of the following persons believes the student might have sustained a concussion during the practice or competition:
        (1) a coach;
        (2) a physician;
        (3) a game official;
        (4) an athletic trainer;
        (5) the student's parent or guardian or another
    
person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student;
        (6) the student; or
        (7) any other person deemed appropriate under the
    
school's return-to-play protocol.
    (g) A student removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition under this Section may not be permitted to practice or compete again following the force or impact believed to have caused the concussion until:
        (1) the student has been evaluated, using established
    
medical protocols based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, by a treating physician (chosen by the student or the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student), an athletic trainer, an advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant;
        (2) the student has successfully completed each
    
requirement of the return-to-play protocol established under this Section necessary for the student to return to play;
        (3) the student has successfully completed each
    
requirement of the return-to-learn protocol established under this Section necessary for the student to return to learn;
        (4) the treating physician, the athletic trainer, or
    
the physician assistant has provided a written statement indicating that, in the physician's professional judgment, it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn or the treating advanced practice registered nurse has provided a written statement indicating that it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn; and
        (5) the student and the student's parent or guardian
    
or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student:
            (A) have acknowledged that the student has
        
completed the requirements of the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols necessary for the student to return to play;
            (B) have provided the treating physician's,
        
athletic trainer's, advanced practice registered nurse's, or physician assistant's written statement under subdivision (4) of this subsection (g) to the person responsible for compliance with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols under this subsection (g) and the person who has supervisory responsibilities under this subsection (g); and
            (C) have signed a consent form indicating that
        
the person signing:
                (i) has been informed concerning and consents
            
to the student participating in returning to play in accordance with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols;
                (ii) understands the risks associated with
            
the student returning to play and returning to learn and will comply with any ongoing requirements in the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols; and
                (iii) consents to the disclosure to
            
appropriate persons, consistent with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191), of the treating physician's, athletic trainer's, physician assistant's, or advanced practice registered nurse's written statement under subdivision (4) of this subsection (g) and, if any, the return-to-play and return-to-learn recommendations of the treating physician, the athletic trainer, the physician assistant, or the advanced practice registered nurse, as the case may be.
    A coach of an interscholastic athletics team may not authorize a student's return to play or return to learn.
    The district superintendent or the superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school shall supervise an athletic trainer or other person responsible for compliance with the return-to-play protocol and shall supervise the person responsible for compliance with the return-to-learn protocol. The person who has supervisory responsibilities under this paragraph may not be a coach of an interscholastic athletics team.
    (h)(1) The Illinois High School Association shall approve, for coaches, game officials, and non-licensed healthcare professionals, training courses that provide for not less than 2 hours of training in the subject matter of concussions, including evaluation, prevention, symptoms, risks, and long-term effects. The Association shall maintain an updated list of individuals and organizations authorized by the Association to provide the training.
    (2) The following persons must take a training course in accordance with paragraph (4) of this subsection (h) from an authorized training provider at least once every 2 years:
        (A) a coach of an interscholastic athletic activity;
        (B) a nurse, licensed healthcare professional, or
    
non-licensed healthcare professional who serves as a member of a concussion oversight team either on a volunteer basis or in his or her capacity as an employee, representative, or agent of a school; and
        (C) a game official of an interscholastic athletic
    
activity.
    (3) A physician who serves as a member of a concussion oversight team shall, to the greatest extent practicable, periodically take an appropriate continuing medical education course in the subject matter of concussions.
    (4) For purposes of paragraph (2) of this subsection (h):
        (A) a coach, game official, or non-licensed
    
healthcare professional, as the case may be, must take a course described in paragraph (1) of this subsection (h);
        (B) an athletic trainer must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from an athletic trainer continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (C) a nurse must take a concussion-related continuing
    
education course from a nurse continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (D) a physical therapist must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from a physical therapist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (E) a psychologist must take a concussion-related
    
continuing education course from a psychologist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (F) an occupational therapist must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from an occupational therapist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department; and
        (G) a physician assistant must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from a physician assistant continuing education sponsor approved by the Department.
    (5) Each person described in paragraph (2) of this subsection (h) must submit proof of timely completion of an approved course in compliance with paragraph (4) of this subsection (h) to the district superintendent or the superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school.
    (6) A physician, licensed healthcare professional, or non-licensed healthcare professional who is not in compliance with the training requirements under this subsection (h) may not serve on a concussion oversight team in any capacity.
    (7) A person required under this subsection (h) to take a training course in the subject of concussions must complete the training prior to serving on a concussion oversight team in any capacity.
    (i) The governing body of each public or charter school and the appropriate administrative officer of a private school with students enrolled who participate in an interscholastic athletic activity shall develop a school-specific emergency action plan for interscholastic athletic activities to address the serious injuries and acute medical conditions in which the condition of the student may deteriorate rapidly. The plan shall include a delineation of roles, methods of communication, available emergency equipment, and access to and a plan for emergency transport. This emergency action plan must be:
        (1) in writing;
        (2) reviewed by the concussion oversight team;
        (3) approved by the district superintendent or the
    
superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school;
        (4) distributed to all appropriate personnel;
        (5) posted conspicuously at all venues utilized by
    
the school; and
        (6) reviewed annually by all athletic trainers, first
    
responders, coaches, school nurses, athletic directors, and volunteers for interscholastic athletic activities.
    (j) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this Section, including, but not limited to, rules governing the informal or formal accommodation of a student who may have sustained a concussion during an interscholastic athletic activity.
(Source: P.A. 100-309, eff. 9-1-17; 100-513, eff. 1-1-18; 100-747, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-1006)
    Sec. 22-80. Student athletes; concussions and head injuries.
    (a) The General Assembly recognizes all of the following:
        (1) Concussions are one of the most commonly reported
    
injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. A concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. The risk of catastrophic injuries or death is significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed.
        (2) Concussions are a type of brain injury that can
    
range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity and can result from a fall or from players colliding with each other, the ground, or with obstacles. Concussions occur with or without loss of consciousness, but the vast majority of concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
        (3) Continuing to play with a concussion or symptoms
    
of a head injury leaves a young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury and even death. The General Assembly recognizes that, despite having generally recognized return-to-play standards for concussions and head injuries, some affected youth athletes are prematurely returned to play, resulting in actual or potential physical injury or death to youth athletes in this State.
        (4) Student athletes who have sustained a concussion
    
may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or academic staff until the student is fully recovered. To that end, all schools are encouraged to establish a return-to-learn protocol that is based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and conduct baseline testing for student athletes.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Athletic trainer" means an athletic trainer licensed under the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act who is working under the supervision of a physician.
    "Coach" means any volunteer or employee of a school who is responsible for organizing and supervising students to teach them or train them in the fundamental skills of an interscholastic athletic activity. "Coach" refers to both head coaches and assistant coaches.
    "Concussion" means a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain caused by a traumatic physical force or impact to the head or body, which may include temporary or prolonged altered brain function resulting in physical, cognitive, or emotional symptoms or altered sleep patterns and which may or may not involve a loss of consciousness.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Game official" means a person who officiates at an interscholastic athletic activity, such as a referee or umpire, including, but not limited to, persons enrolled as game officials by the Illinois High School Association or Illinois Elementary School Association.
    "Interscholastic athletic activity" means any organized school-sponsored or school-sanctioned activity for students, generally outside of school instructional hours, under the direction of a coach, athletic director, or band leader, including, but not limited to, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country track, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, marching band, rugby, soccer, skating, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. All interscholastic athletics are deemed to be interscholastic activities.
    "Licensed healthcare professional" means a person who has experience with concussion management and who is a nurse, a psychologist who holds a license under the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act and specializes in the practice of neuropsychology, a physical therapist licensed under the Illinois Physical Therapy Act, an occupational therapist licensed under the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act, a physician assistant, or an athletic trainer.
    "Nurse" means a person who is employed by or volunteers at a school and is licensed under the Nurse Practice Act as a registered nurse, practical nurse, or advanced practice registered nurse.
    "Physician" means a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
    "Physician assistant" means a physician assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987.
    "School" means any public or private elementary or secondary school, including a charter school.
    "Student" means an adolescent or child enrolled in a school.
    (c) This Section applies to any interscholastic athletic activity, including practice and competition, sponsored or sanctioned by a school, the Illinois Elementary School Association, or the Illinois High School Association. This Section applies beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
    (d) The governing body of each public or charter school and the appropriate administrative officer of a private school with students enrolled who participate in an interscholastic athletic activity shall appoint or approve a concussion oversight team. Each concussion oversight team shall establish a return-to-play protocol, based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, for a student's return to interscholastic athletics practice or competition following a force or impact believed to have caused a concussion. Each concussion oversight team shall also establish a return-to-learn protocol, based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, for a student's return to the classroom after that student is believed to have experienced a concussion, whether or not the concussion took place while the student was participating in an interscholastic athletic activity.
    Each concussion oversight team must include to the extent practicable at least one physician. If a school employs an athletic trainer, the athletic trainer must be a member of the school concussion oversight team to the extent practicable. If a school employs a nurse, the nurse must be a member of the school concussion oversight team to the extent practicable. At a minimum, a school shall appoint a person who is responsible for implementing and complying with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols adopted by the concussion oversight team. At a minimum, a concussion oversight team may be composed of only one person and this person need not be a licensed healthcare professional, but it may not be a coach. A school may appoint other licensed healthcare professionals to serve on the concussion oversight team.
    (e) A student may not participate in an interscholastic athletic activity for a school year until the student and the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student have signed a form for that school year that acknowledges receiving and reading written information that explains concussion prevention, symptoms, treatment, and oversight and that includes guidelines for safely resuming participation in an athletic activity following a concussion. The form must be approved by the Illinois High School Association.
    (f) A student must be removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition immediately if one of the following persons believes the student might have sustained a concussion during the practice or competition:
        (1) a coach;
        (2) a physician;
        (3) a game official;
        (4) an athletic trainer;
        (5) the student's parent or guardian or another
    
person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student;
        (6) the student; or
        (7) any other person deemed appropriate under the
    
school's return-to-play protocol.
    (g) A student removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition under this Section may not be permitted to practice or compete again following the force or impact believed to have caused the concussion until:
        (1) the student has been evaluated, using established
    
medical protocols based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, by a treating physician (chosen by the student or the student's parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student), an athletic trainer, an advanced practice registered nurse, or a physician assistant;
        (2) the student has successfully completed each
    
requirement of the return-to-play protocol established under this Section necessary for the student to return to play;
        (3) the student has successfully completed each
    
requirement of the return-to-learn protocol established under this Section necessary for the student to return to learn;
        (4) the treating physician, the athletic trainer, or
    
the physician assistant has provided a written statement indicating that, in the physician's professional judgment, it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn or the treating advanced practice registered nurse has provided a written statement indicating that it is safe for the student to return to play and return to learn; and
        (5) the student and the student's parent or guardian
    
or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student:
            (A) have acknowledged that the student has
        
completed the requirements of the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols necessary for the student to return to play;
            (B) have provided the treating physician's,
        
athletic trainer's, advanced practice registered nurse's, or physician assistant's written statement under subdivision (4) of this subsection (g) to the person responsible for compliance with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols under this subsection (g) and the person who has supervisory responsibilities under this subsection (g); and
            (C) have signed a consent form indicating that
        
the person signing:
                (i) has been informed concerning and consents
            
to the student participating in returning to play in accordance with the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols;
                (ii) understands the risks associated with
            
the student returning to play and returning to learn and will comply with any ongoing requirements in the return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols; and
                (iii) consents to the disclosure to
            
appropriate persons, consistent with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191), of the treating physician's, athletic trainer's, physician assistant's, or advanced practice registered nurse's written statement under subdivision (4) of this subsection (g) and, if any, the return-to-play and return-to-learn recommendations of the treating physician, the athletic trainer, the physician assistant, or the advanced practice registered nurse, as the case may be.
    A coach of an interscholastic athletics team may not authorize a student's return to play or return to learn.
    The district superintendent or the superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school shall supervise an athletic trainer or other person responsible for compliance with the return-to-play protocol and shall supervise the person responsible for compliance with the return-to-learn protocol. The person who has supervisory responsibilities under this paragraph may not be a coach of an interscholastic athletics team.
    (h)(1) The Illinois High School Association shall approve, for coaches, game officials, and non-licensed healthcare professionals, training courses that provide for not less than 2 hours of training in the subject matter of concussions, including evaluation, prevention, symptoms, risks, and long-term effects. The Association shall maintain an updated list of individuals and organizations authorized by the Association to provide the training.
    (2) The following persons must take a training course in accordance with paragraph (4) of this subsection (h) from an authorized training provider at least once every 2 years:
        (A) a coach of an interscholastic athletic activity;
        (B) a nurse, licensed healthcare professional, or
    
non-licensed healthcare professional who serves as a member of a concussion oversight team either on a volunteer basis or in his or her capacity as an employee, representative, or agent of a school; and
        (C) a game official of an interscholastic athletic
    
activity.
    (3) A physician who serves as a member of a concussion oversight team shall, to the greatest extent practicable, periodically take an appropriate continuing medical education course in the subject matter of concussions.
    (4) For purposes of paragraph (2) of this subsection (h):
        (A) a coach, game official, or non-licensed
    
healthcare professional, as the case may be, must take a course described in paragraph (1) of this subsection (h);
        (B) an athletic trainer must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from an athletic trainer continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (C) a nurse must take a concussion-related continuing
    
education course from a nurse continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (D) a physical therapist must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from a physical therapist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (E) a psychologist must take a concussion-related
    
continuing education course from a psychologist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department;
        (F) an occupational therapist must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from an occupational therapist continuing education sponsor approved by the Department; and
        (G) a physician assistant must take a
    
concussion-related continuing education course from a physician assistant continuing education sponsor approved by the Department.
    (5) Each person described in paragraph (2) of this subsection (h) must submit proof of timely completion of an approved course in compliance with paragraph (4) of this subsection (h) to the district superintendent or the superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school.
    (6) A physician, licensed healthcare professional, or non-licensed healthcare professional who is not in compliance with the training requirements under this subsection (h) may not serve on a concussion oversight team in any capacity.
    (7) A person required under this subsection (h) to take a training course in the subject of concussions must complete the training prior to serving on a concussion oversight team in any capacity.
    (i) The governing body of each public or charter school and the appropriate administrative officer of a private school with students enrolled who participate in an interscholastic athletic activity shall develop a school-specific emergency action plan for interscholastic athletic activities to address the serious injuries and acute medical conditions in which the condition of the student may deteriorate rapidly. The plan shall include a delineation of roles, methods of communication, available emergency equipment, and access to and a plan for emergency transport. This emergency action plan must be:
        (1) in writing;
        (2) reviewed by the concussion oversight team;
        (3) approved by the district superintendent or the
    
superintendent's designee in the case of a public elementary or secondary school, the chief school administrator or that person's designee in the case of a charter school, or the appropriate administrative officer or that person's designee in the case of a private school;
        (4) distributed to all appropriate personnel;
        (5) posted conspicuously at all venues utilized by
    
the school; and
        (6) reviewed annually by all athletic trainers, first
    
responders (including, but not limited to, emergency medical dispatchers), coaches, school nurses, athletic directors, and volunteers for interscholastic athletic activities.
    (j) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this Section, including, but not limited to, rules governing the informal or formal accommodation of a student who may have sustained a concussion during an interscholastic athletic activity.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 102-1006, eff. 1-1-23.)

105 ILCS 5/22-81

    (105 ILCS 5/22-81)
    Sec. 22-81. Heroin and opioid prevention program. The State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services shall develop and establish a heroin and opioid drug prevention program that offers educational materials and instruction on heroin and opioid abuse to all school districts in the State for use at their respective public elementary and secondary schools. A school district's participation in the program shall be voluntary. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall reimburse a school district that decides to participate in the program for any costs it incurs in connection with its participation in the program. Each school district that participates in the program shall have the discretion to determine which grade levels the school district will instruct under the program.
    The program must use effective, research-proven, interactive teaching methods and technologies, and must provide students, parents, and school staff with scientific, social, and emotional learning content to help them understand the risk of drug use. Such learning content must specifically target the dangers of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse. The Department may contract with a health education organization to fulfill the requirements of the program.
(Source: P.A. 102-894, eff. 5-20-22.)

105 ILCS 5/22-82

    (105 ILCS 5/22-82)
    Sec. 22-82. Assessment reporting.
    (a) Before the 30th day of each school year, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, every school district shall report, for each of its schools, all of the following to the State Board of Education, using a form developed by the State Board of Education:
        (1) Every reliable assessment that measures a certain
    
group or subset of students in the same manner with the same potential assessment items; is scored by a non-district entity; is administered either statewide or beyond Illinois, such as assessments available from the Northwest Evaluation Association, Scantron Performance Series assessments, Renaissance Learning's STAR Reading Enterprise assessments, the College Board's SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations, or ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System tests; and will be administered by each school that school year.
        (2) The administration window for each of these
    
assessments.
        (3) Which entity is requiring the assessment (State,
    
school district, network, or principal).
        (4) Which grade levels will be taking the assessment.
        (5) Which subsets of students, such as English
    
Learners and special education students, will be taking the assessment.
        (6) An estimate of the average time it will take a
    
student to complete the assessment.
        (7) If the results of the assessment are to be used
    
for purposes other than for guiding instruction, what the results of the assessment will be used for, such as for promotion, course placement, graduation, teacher evaluation, or school performance ratings.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall compile the information reported under subsection (a) of this Section for each school year and make that information available to the public. Each school shall also make that information publicly available to the parents and guardians of its students through the school district's Internet website or distribution in paper form.
    (c) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-590, eff. 7-22-16.)

105 ILCS 5/22-83

    (105 ILCS 5/22-83)
    Sec. 22-83. Police training academy job training program.
    (a) In a county of 175,000 or more inhabitants, any school district with a high school may establish one or more partnerships with a local police department, county sheriff, or police training academy to establish a jobs training program for high school students. The school district shall establish its partnership or partnerships on behalf of all of the high schools in the district; no high school shall establish a partnership for this purpose separate from the school district's partnership under this Section. The jobs training program shall be open to all students, regardless of prior academic history. However, to encourage and maintain successful program participation and partnerships, the school districts and their partner agencies may impose specific program requirements.
    (b) The State Board of Education shall track participation and the success of students participating in the jobs training program established under this Section and annually publish a report on its website examining the program and its success.
(Source: P.A. 100-331, eff. 1-1-18.)

105 ILCS 5/22-85

    (105 ILCS 5/22-85)
    Sec. 22-85. Sexual abuse at schools.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that:
        (1) investigation of a child regarding an incident of
    
sexual abuse can induce significant trauma for the child;
        (2) it is desirable to prevent multiple interviews of
    
a child at a school; and
        (3) it is important to recognize the role of
    
Children's Advocacy Centers in conducting developmentally appropriate investigations.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Alleged incident of sexual abuse" is limited to an incident of sexual abuse of a child that is alleged to have been perpetrated by school personnel, including a school vendor or volunteer, that occurred (i) on school grounds or during a school activity or (ii) outside of school grounds or not during a school activity.
    "Appropriate law enforcement agency" means a law enforcement agency whose employees have been involved, in some capacity, with an investigation of a particular alleged incident of sexual abuse.
    (c) If a mandated reporter within a school has knowledge of an alleged incident of sexual abuse, the reporter must call the Department of Children and Family Services' hotline established under Section 7.6 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act immediately after obtaining the minimal information necessary to make a report, including the names of the affected parties and the allegations. The State Board of Education must make available materials detailing the information that is necessary to enable notification to the Department of Children and Family Services of an alleged incident of sexual abuse. Each school must ensure that mandated reporters review the State Board of Education's materials and materials developed by the Department of Children and Family Services and distributed in the school building under Section 7 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act at least once annually.
    (d) For schools in a county with an accredited Children's Advocacy Center, every alleged incident of sexual abuse that is reported to the Department of Children and Family Services' hotline or a law enforcement agency and is subsequently accepted for investigation must be referred by the entity that received the report to the local Children's Advocacy Center pursuant to that county's multidisciplinary team's protocol under the Children's Advocacy Center Act for investigating child sexual abuse allegations.
    (e) A county's local Children's Advocacy Center must, at a minimum, do both of the following regarding a referred case of an alleged incident of sexual abuse:
        (1) Coordinate the investigation of the alleged
    
incident, as governed by the local Children's Advocacy Center's existing multidisciplinary team protocol and according to National Children's Alliance accreditation standards.
        (2) Facilitate communication between the
    
multidisciplinary team investigating the alleged incident of sexual abuse and, if applicable, the referring school's (i) Title IX officer, or his or her designee, (ii) school resource officer, or (iii) personnel leading the school's investigation into the alleged incident of sexual abuse. If a school uses a designated entity to investigate a sexual abuse allegation, the multidisciplinary team may correspond only with that entity and any reference in this Section to "school" refers to that designated entity. This facilitation of communication must, at a minimum, ensure that all applicable parties have each other's contact information and must share the county's local Children's Advocacy Center's protocol regarding the process of approving the viewing of a forensic interview, as defined under Section 2.5 of the Children's Advocacy Center Act, by school personnel and a contact person for questions relating to the protocol.
    (f) After an alleged incident of sexual abuse is accepted for investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services or a law enforcement agency and while the criminal and child abuse investigations related to that alleged incident are being conducted by the local multidisciplinary team, the school relevant to the alleged incident of sexual abuse must comply with both of the following:
        (1) It may not interview the alleged victim regarding
    
details of the alleged incident of sexual abuse until after the completion of the forensic interview of that victim is conducted at a Children's Advocacy Center. This paragraph does not prohibit a school from requesting information from the alleged victim or his or her parent or guardian to ensure the safety and well-being of the alleged victim at school during an investigation.
        (2) If asked by a law enforcement agency or an
    
investigator of the Department of Children and Family Services who is conducting the investigation, it must inform those individuals of any evidence the school has gathered pertaining to an alleged incident of sexual abuse, as permissible by federal or State law.
    (g) After completion of a forensic interview, the multidisciplinary team must notify the school relevant to the alleged incident of sexual abuse of its completion. If, for any reason, a multidisciplinary team determines it will not conduct a forensic interview in a specific investigation, the multidisciplinary team must notify the school as soon as the determination is made. If a forensic interview has not been conducted within 15 calendar days after opening an investigation, the school may notify the multidisciplinary team that it intends to interview the alleged victim. No later than 10 calendar days after this notification, the multidisciplinary team may conduct the forensic interview and, if the multidisciplinary team does not conduct the interview, the school may proceed with its interview.
    (h) To the greatest extent possible considering student safety and Title IX compliance, school personnel may view the electronic recordings of a forensic interview of an alleged victim of an incident of sexual abuse. As a means to avoid additional interviews of an alleged victim, school personnel must be granted viewing access to the electronic recording of a forensic interview conducted at an accredited Children's Advocacy Center for an alleged incident of sexual abuse only if the school receives (i) approval from the multidisciplinary team investigating the case and (ii) informed consent by a child over the age of 13 or the child's parent or guardian. Each county's local Children's Advocacy Center and multidisciplinary team must establish an internal protocol regarding the process of approving the viewing of the forensic interview, and this process and the contact person must be shared with the school contact at the time of the initial facilitation. Whenever possible, the school's viewing of the electronic recording of a forensic interview should be conducted in lieu of the need for additional interviews.
    (i) For an alleged incident of sexual abuse that has been accepted for investigation by a multidisciplinary team, if, during the course of its internal investigation and at any point during or after the multidisciplinary team's investigation, the school determines that it needs to interview the alleged victim to successfully complete its investigation and the victim is under 18 years of age, a child advocate must be made available to the student and may be present during the school's interview. A child advocate may be a school social worker, a school or equally qualified psychologist, or a person in a position the State Board of Education has identified as an appropriate advocate for the student during a school's investigation into an alleged incident of sexual abuse.
    (j) The Department of Children and Family Services must notify the relevant school when an agency investigation of an alleged incident of sexual abuse is complete. The notification must include information on the outcome of that investigation.
    (k) The appropriate law enforcement agency must notify the relevant school when an agency investigation of an alleged incident of sexual abuse is complete or has been suspended. The notification must include information on the outcome of that investigation.
    (l) This Section applies to all schools operating under this Code, including, but not limited to, public schools located in cities having a population of more than 500,000, a school operated pursuant to an agreement with a public school district, alternative schools operated by third parties, an alternative learning opportunities program, a public school administered by a local public agency or the Department of Human Services, charter schools operating under the authority of Article 27A, and non-public schools recognized by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 101-531, eff. 8-23-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-85.5

    (105 ILCS 5/22-85.5)
    Sec. 22-85.5. Sexual misconduct in schools.
    (a) This Section applies beginning on July 1, 2022.
    (b) The General Assembly finds that:
        (1) the success of students in school relies on safe
    
learning environments and healthy relationships with school personnel;
        (2) it is important for staff to maintain a
    
professional relationship with students at all times and to define staff-student boundaries to protect students from sexual misconduct by staff and staff from the appearance of impropriety;
        (3) many breaches of staff-student boundaries do not
    
rise to the level of criminal behavior but do pose a potential risk to student safety;
        (4) repeated violations of staff–student boundaries
    
can indicate the grooming of a student for sexual abuse;
        (5) it is necessary to uphold the State Board of
    
Education's Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators and for each school district, charter school, or nonpublic school to have an employee code of professional conduct policy;
        (6) each school district, charter school, or
    
nonpublic school must have the ability to discipline educators for breaches of its employee code of professional conduct policy;
        (7) each school district, charter school, or
    
nonpublic school must have the ability to know if any of its educators have violated professional staff–student boundaries in previous employment; and
        (8) as bystanders, educators may have knowledge of
    
concerning behaviors that no one else is aware of, so they need adequate training on sexual abuse, the employee code of professional conduct policy, and federal and State reporting requirements.
    (c) In this Section, "sexual misconduct" means any act, including, but not limited to, any verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic communication or physical activity, by an employee or agent of the school district, charter school, or nonpublic school with direct contact with a student that is directed toward or with a student to establish a romantic or sexual relationship with the student. Such an act includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:
        (1) A sexual or romantic invitation.
        (2) Dating or soliciting a date.
        (3) Engaging in sexualized or romantic dialog.
        (4) Making sexually suggestive comments that are
    
directed toward or with a student.
        (5) Self-disclosure or physical exposure of a
    
sexual, romantic, or erotic nature.
        (6) A sexual, indecent, romantic, or erotic contact
    
with the student.
    (d) To prevent sexual misconduct with students, each school district, charter school, or nonpublic school shall develop an employee code of professional conduct policy that addresses all of the following:
        (1) Incorporates the Code of Ethics for Illinois
    
Educators.
        (2) Incorporates the definition of "sexual
    
misconduct" in this Section.
        (3) Identifies the expectations for employees and
    
agents of the school district, charter school, or nonpublic school regarding how to maintain a professional relationship with students, including the expectations for staff-student boundaries, recognizing the age and developmental level of the students served, and establishes guidelines for all of the following situations:
            (A) Transporting a student.
            (B) Taking or possessing a photo or a video of a
        
student.
            (C) Meeting with a student or contacting a
        
student outside of the employee's or agent's professional role.
        (4) References the employee reporting requirements
    
required under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and under Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972.
        (5) References required employee training that is
    
related to child abuse and educator ethics that are applicable under State and federal law.
    (e) The employee code of professional conduct policy must be posted on the website, if any, of each school district, charter school, or nonpublic school and must be included in any staff, student, or parent handbook provided by the school district, charter school, or nonpublic, nonsectarian elementary or secondary school.
    (f) A violation of the employee code of professional conduct policy may subject an employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment. Failure to report a violation of the employee code of professional conduct policy may subject an employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment.
(Source: P.A. 102-676, eff. 12-3-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-85.10

    (105 ILCS 5/22-85.10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-85.10. Parental notification of sexual misconduct.
    (a) The governing body of each school district, charter school, or nonpublic school shall implement a procedure under which notice is provided to the parents or guardians of an enrolled student, unless the student is at least 18 years of age or emancipated, with whom an employee, agent of the school, or a contractor of the school is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct as defined in subsection (c) of Section 22-85.5 of this Code. Notice provided to the parent or guardian of a student with a disability must not conflict with the student's individualized education plan or a Section 504 plan under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the requirements of applicable State or federal law. The procedure shall include:
        (1) Consideration of the time frame for providing
    
notice to the student and the student's parents or guardians if the alleged sexual misconduct is also being investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or law enforcement as described in Section 22-85 of this Code.
        (2) Prior to notification of the student's parents or
    
guardians, notification must first be provided to the student in a developmentally appropriate manner and include:
            (A) that notice will be given to the student's
        
parents or guardians;
            (B) what information will be included in the
        
notice to the student's parents or guardians;
            (C) available resources for the student within
        
the school and community in accordance with Article 26A of this Code and available counseling services under Section 3-550 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; and
            (D) beginning July 1, 2025, the name and
        
contact information for the domestic and sexual violence and parenting resource coordinator under Section 26A-35 of this Code.
        (3) After notification of the student as required
    
under paragraph (2), the student's parents or guardians shall be notified in writing:
            (A) of the alleged misconduct; and
            (B) of available resources for the student
        
within the school and the community in accordance with Article 26A of this Code and, beginning on July 1, 2025, the name and contact information for the domestic and sexual violence and parenting resource coordinator under Section 26A-35 of this Code.
        (4) Notification must be provided as soon as
    
feasible after the employing entity becomes aware that alleged misconduct may have occurred, subject to the requirements of subsection (f) of Section 22-85 of this Code.
    (b) The governing body of each school district, charter school, or nonpublic school shall implement a procedure under which notice is provided to the parents or guardians of a student, subject to subsection (a), when any formal action has been taken by the governing body relating to the employment of the alleged perpetrator following the investigation of sexual misconduct, including whether employment was terminated or whether the governing body accepted the resignation of the employee. Notice provided to the parents or guardians of a student with a disability must not conflict with the student's individualized education plan or a Section 504 plan under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the requirements of applicable State or federal law. The procedure shall include:
        (1) Consideration of the time frame for providing
    
notice to the student and the student's parents or guardians if the alleged sexual misconduct is also being investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or law enforcement as described in Section 22-85 of this Code.
        (2) Prior to notification of the student's parents or
    
guardians, notification must first be provided to the student in a developmentally appropriate manner and include:
            (A) that notice will be given to the student's
        
parent or guardian of the governing body's action;
            (B) what information will be included in the
        
notice to the student's parents or guardians;
            (C) available resources for the student within
        
the school and community in accordance with Article 26A of this Code and available counseling services under Section 3-550 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; and
            (D) beginning July 1, 2025, the name and contact
        
information for the domestic and sexual violence and parenting resource coordinator under Section 26A-35 of this Code.
        (3) After notification of the student as required
    
in paragraph (2), the student's parents or guardians shall be notified in writing:
            (A) of the governing body's action;
            (B) whether a report concerning the alleged
        
sexual misconduct was or will be submitted to the State Superintendent of Education and the applicable regional superintendent of schools pursuant to Section 10-21.9 of this Code; and
            (C) of available resources for the student
        
within the school and the community in accordance with Article 26A of this Code and, beginning on July 1, 2025, the name and contact information for the domestic and sexual violence and parenting resource coordinator under Section 26A-35 of this Code.
        (4) Notification must be provided as soon as feasible
    
after the board action is taken, subject to the requirements of subsection (f) of Section 22-85 of this Code.
        (5) For the purposes of subsection (b), if the
    
student is no longer enrolled at the time formal action is taken, sending written notice to the last known address in the student's file fulfills notification requirements.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, notification to the student prior to notification of the student's parents or guardians shall not be required to the extent an employee or agent of the school district, charter school, or nonpublic school deems it necessary to address an imminent risk of serious physical injury or death of a student or another person, including the victim. If prior notification to the student is not given, notification to the student shall be provided as soon as practicable and without delay following the notification to the student's parents or guardians.
    (d) Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply if the student's parent or guardian is the alleged perpetrator of the misconduct.
(Source: P.A. 102-702, eff. 7-1-23.)

105 ILCS 5/22-86

    (105 ILCS 5/22-86)
    Sec. 22-86. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 101-531, eff. 8-23-19. Repealed internally, eff. 3-15-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-87

    (105 ILCS 5/22-87)
    Sec. 22-87. Graduation requirements; Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
    (a) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, in addition to any other requirements under this Code, as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma from a public high school, the parent or guardian of each student or, if a student is at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated, the student must comply with either of the following:
        (1) File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    
with the United States Department of Education or, if applicable, an application for State financial aid.
        (2) On a form created by the State Board of
    
Education, file a waiver with the student's school district indicating that the parent or guardian or, if applicable, the student understands what the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and application for State financial aid are and has chosen not to file an application under paragraph (1).
    (b) Each school district with a high school must require each high school student to comply with this Section and must provide to each high school student and, if applicable, his or her parent or guardian any support or assistance necessary to comply with this Section. A school district must award a high school diploma to a student who is unable to meet the requirements of subsection (a) due to extenuating circumstances, as determined by the school district, if (i) the student has met all other graduation requirements under this Code and (ii) the principal attests that the school district has made a good faith effort to assist the student or, if applicable, his or her parent or guardian in filing an application or a waiver under subsection (a).
    (c) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-180, eff. 6-1-20; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-88

    (105 ILCS 5/22-88)
    Sec. 22-88. Parental notification of law enforcement detainment and questioning on school grounds.
    (a) In this Section, "school grounds" means the real property comprising an active and operational elementary or secondary school during the regular hours in which school is in session and when students are present.
    (b) Before detaining and questioning a student on school grounds who is under 18 years of age and who is suspected of committing a criminal act, a law enforcement officer, a school resource officer, or other school security personnel must do all of the following:
        (1) Ensure that notification or attempted
    
notification of the student's parent or guardian is made.
        (2) Document the time and manner in which the
    
notification or attempted notification under paragraph (1) occurred.
        (3) Make reasonable efforts to ensure that the
    
student's parent or guardian is present during the questioning or, if the parent or guardian is not present, ensure that school personnel, including, but not limited to, a school social worker, a school psychologist, a school nurse, a school counselor, or any other mental health professional, are present during the questioning.
        (4) If practicable, make reasonable efforts to ensure
    
that a law enforcement officer trained in promoting safe interactions and communications with youth is present during the questioning. An officer who received training in youth investigations approved or certified by his or her law enforcement agency or under Section 10.22 of the Police Training Act or a juvenile police officer, as defined under Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, satisfies the requirement under this paragraph.
    (c) This Section does not limit the authority of a law enforcement officer to make an arrest on school grounds. This Section does not apply to circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to believe that urgent and immediate action is necessary to do any of the following:
        (1) Prevent bodily harm or injury to the student or
    
any other person.
        (2) Apprehend an armed or fleeing suspect.
        (3) Prevent the destruction of evidence.
        (4) Address an emergency or other dangerous
    
situation.
(Source: P.A. 101-478, eff. 8-23-19; 102-197, eff. 7-30-21; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

105 ILCS 5/22-89

    (105 ILCS 5/22-89)
    Sec. 22-89. Graduates during the 2019-2020 school year. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any diploma conferred during the 2019-2020 school year, including during the summer of 2020, under graduation requirements that were modified by an executive order, emergency rulemaking, or school board policy prompted by a gubernatorial disaster proclamation as a result of COVID-19 is deemed valid and is not subject to challenge or review due to a failure to meet minimum requirements otherwise required by this Code, administrative rule, or school board policy.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)

105 ILCS 5/22-90

    (105 ILCS 5/22-90)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on February 1, 2023)
    Sec. 22-90. Whole Child Task Force.
    (a) The General Assembly makes all of the following findings:
        (1) The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic
    
inequities in American society. Students, educators, and families throughout this State have been deeply affected by the pandemic, and the impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come. The negative consequences of the pandemic have impacted students and communities differently along the lines of race, income, language, and special needs. However, students in this State faced significant unmet physical health, mental health, and social and emotional needs even prior to the pandemic.
        (2) The path to recovery requires a commitment from
    
adults in this State to address our students cultural, physical, emotional, and mental health needs and to provide them with stronger and increased systemic support and intervention.
        (3) It is well documented that trauma and toxic
    
stress diminish a child's ability to thrive. Forms of childhood trauma and toxic stress include adverse childhood experiences, systemic racism, poverty, food and housing insecurity, and gender-based violence. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and brought them into focus.
        (4) It is estimated that, overall, approximately 40%
    
of children in this State have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience and approximately 10% have experienced 3 or more adverse childhood experiences. However, the number of adverse childhood experiences is higher for Black and Hispanic children who are growing up in poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the number of students who have experienced childhood trauma. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted preexisting inequities in school disciplinary practices that disproportionately impact Black and Brown students. Research shows, for example, that girls of color are disproportionately impacted by trauma, adversity, and abuse, and instead of receiving the care and trauma-informed support they may need, many Black girls in particular face disproportionately harsh disciplinary measures.
        (5) The cumulative effects of trauma and toxic stress
    
adversely impact the physical health of students, as well as their ability to learn, form relationships, and self-regulate. If left unaddressed, these effects increase a student's risk for depression, alcoholism, anxiety, asthma, smoking, and suicide, all of which are risks that disproportionately affect Black youth and may lead to a host of medical diseases as an adult. Access to infant and early childhood mental health services is critical to ensure the social and emotional well-being of this State's youngest children, particularly those children who have experienced trauma.
        (6) Although this State enacted measures through
    
Public Act 100-105 to address the high rate of early care and preschool expulsions of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and the disproportionately higher rate of expulsion for Black and Hispanic children, a recent study found a wide variation in the awareness, understanding, and compliance with the law by providers of early childhood care. Further work is needed to implement the law, which includes providing training to early childhood care providers to increase their understanding of the law, increasing the availability and access to infant and early childhood mental health services, and building aligned data collection systems to better understand expulsion rates and to allow for accurate reporting as required by the law.
        (7) Many educators and schools in this State have
    
embraced and implemented evidenced-based restorative justice and trauma-responsive and culturally relevant practices and interventions. However, the use of these interventions on students is often isolated or is implemented occasionally and only if the school has the appropriate leadership, resources, and partners available to engage seriously in this work. It would be malpractice to deny our students access to these practices and interventions, especially in the aftermath of a once-in-a-century pandemic.
    (b) The Whole Child Task Force is created for the purpose of establishing an equitable, inclusive, safe, and supportive environment in all schools for every student in this State. The task force shall have all of the following goals, which means key steps have to be taken to ensure that every child in every school in this State has access to teachers, social workers, school leaders, support personnel, and others who have been trained in evidenced-based interventions and restorative practices:
        (1) To create a common definition of a
    
trauma-responsive school, a trauma-responsive district, and a trauma-responsive community.
        (2) To outline the training and resources required to
    
create and sustain a system of support for trauma-responsive schools, districts, and communities and to identify this State's role in that work, including recommendations concerning options for redirecting resources from school resource officers to classroom-based support.
        (3) To identify or develop a process to conduct an
    
analysis of the organizations that provide training in restorative practices, implicit bias, anti-racism, and trauma-responsive systems, mental health services, and social and emotional services to schools.
        (4) To provide recommendations concerning the key
    
data to be collected and reported to ensure that this State has a full and accurate understanding of the progress toward ensuring that all schools, including programs and providers of care to pre-kindergarten children, employ restorative, anti-racist, and trauma-responsive strategies and practices. The data collected must include information relating to the availability of trauma responsive support structures in schools as well as disciplinary practices employed on students in person or through other means, including during remote or blended learning. It should also include information on the use of, and funding for, school resource officers and other similar police personnel in school programs.
        (5) To recommend an implementation timeline,
    
including the key roles, responsibilities, and resources to advance this State toward a system in which every school, district, and community is progressing toward becoming trauma-responsive.
        (6) To seek input and feedback from stakeholders,
    
including parents, students, and educators, who reflect the diversity of this State.
        (7) To recommend legislation, policies, and practices
    
to prevent learning loss in students during periods of suspension and expulsion, including, but not limited to, remote instruction.
    (c) Members of the Whole Child Task Force shall be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education. Members of this task force must represent the diversity of this State and possess the expertise needed to perform the work required to meet the goals of the task force set forth under subsection (a). Members of the task force shall include all of the following:
        (1) One member of a statewide professional teachers'
    
organization.
        (2) One member of another statewide professional
    
teachers' organization.
        (3) One member who represents a school district
    
serving a community with a population of 500,000 or more.
        (4) One member of a statewide organization
    
representing social workers.
        (5) One member of an organization that has specific
    
expertise in trauma-responsive school practices and experience in supporting schools in developing trauma-responsive and restorative practices.
        (6) One member of another organization that has
    
specific expertise in trauma-responsive school practices and experience in supporting schools in developing trauma-responsive and restorative practices.
        (7) One member of a statewide organization that
    
represents school administrators.
        (8) One member of a statewide policy organization
    
that works to build a healthy public education system that prepares all students for a successful college, career, and civic life.
        (9) One member of a statewide organization that
    
brings teachers together to identify and address issues critical to student success.
        (10) One member of the General Assembly recommended
    
by the President of the Senate.
        (11) One member of the General Assembly recommended
    
by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
        (12) One member of the General Assembly recommended
    
by the Minority Leader of the Senate.
        (13) One member of the General Assembly recommended
    
by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
        (14) One member of a civil rights organization that
    
works actively on issues regarding student support.
        (15) One administrator from a school district that
    
has actively worked to develop a system of student support that uses a trauma-informed lens.
        (16) One educator from a school district that has
    
actively worked to develop a system of student support that uses a trauma-informed lens.
        (17) One member of a youth-led organization.
        (18) One member of an organization that has
    
demonstrated expertise in restorative practices.
        (19) One member of a coalition of mental health and
    
school practitioners who assist schools in developing and implementing trauma-informed and restorative strategies and systems.
        (20) One member of an organization whose mission is
    
to promote the safety, health, and economic success of children, youth, and families in this State.
        (21) One member who works or has worked as a
    
restorative justice coach or disciplinarian.
        (22) One member who works or has worked as a social
    
worker.
        (23) One member of the State Board of Education.
        (24) One member who represents a statewide
    
principals' organization.
        (25) One member who represents a statewide
    
organization of school boards.
        (26) One member who has expertise in
    
pre-kindergarten education.
        (27) One member who represents a school social
    
worker association.
        (28) One member who represents an organization that
    
represents school districts in the south suburbs.
        (29) One member who is a licensed clinical
    
psychologist who (A) has a doctor of philosophy in the field of clinical psychology and has an appointment at an independent free-standing children's hospital located in Chicago, (B) serves as associate professor at a medical school located in Chicago, and (C) serves as the clinical director of a coalition of voluntary collaboration of organizations that are committed to applying a trauma lens to their efforts on behalf of families and children in the State.
        (30) One member who represents a west suburban school
    
district.
        (31) One member from a governmental agency who has
    
expertise in child development and who is responsible for coordinating early childhood mental health programs and services.
        (32) One member who has significant expertise in
    
early childhood mental health and childhood trauma.
        (33) One member who represents an organization that
    
represents school districts in the collar counties.
        (34) One member who represents an organization
    
representing regional offices of education.
    (d) The Whole Child Task Force shall meet at the call of the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee, who shall serve as the chairperson. The State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the task force. Members of the task force shall serve without compensation.
    (e) The Whole Child Task Force shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the State Board of Education, and the Governor on or before March 15, 2022. Upon submitting its report, the task force is dissolved.
    (f) This Section is repealed on February 1, 2023.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21; 102-209, eff. 11-30-21 (See Section 5 of P.A. 102-671 for effective date of P.A. 102-209); 102-635, eff. 11-30-21 (See Section 10 of P.A. 102-671 for effective date of P.A. 102-635); 102-671, eff. 11-30-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/22-91

    (105 ILCS 5/22-91)
    Sec. 22-91. Modification of athletic or team uniform; nonpublic schools.
    (a) A nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of Education must allow a student athlete to modify his or her athletic or team uniform for the purpose of modesty in clothing or attire that is in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion or his or her cultural values or modesty preferences. The modification of the athletic or team uniform may include, but is not limited to, the wearing of a hijab, an undershirt, or leggings. If a student chooses to modify his or her athletic or team uniform the student is responsible for all costs associated with the modification of the uniform and the student shall not be required to receive prior approval from the school for such modification. However, nothing in this Section prohibits a school from providing the modification to the student.
    (b) At a minimum, any modification of the athletic or team uniform must not interfere with the movement of the student or pose a safety hazard to the student or to other athletes or players. The modification of headgear is permitted if the headgear:
        (1) is black, white, the predominant color of the
    
uniform, or the same color for all players on the team;
        (2) does not cover any part of the face;
        (3) is not dangerous to the player or to the other
    
players;
        (4) has no opening or closing elements around the
    
face and neck; and
        (5) has no parts extruding from its surface.
(Source: P.A. 102-51, eff. 7-9-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/22-92

    (105 ILCS 5/22-92)
    Sec. 22-92. Absenteeism and truancy policy.
    (a) Each school district, charter school, or alternative school or any school receiving public funds shall develop and communicate to its students and their parent or guardian, on an annual basis, an absenteeism and truancy policy, including at least the following elements:
        (1) A definition of a valid cause for absence in
    
accordance with Section 26-2a of this Code.
        (2) A description of diagnostic procedures to be used
    
for identifying the causes of unexcused student absenteeism, which shall, at a minimum, include interviews with the student, his or her parent or guardian, and any school officials who may have information about the reasons for the student's attendance problem.
        (3) The identification of supportive services to be
    
made available to truant or chronically truant students. These services shall include, but need not be limited to, parent conferences, student counseling, family counseling, and information about existing community services that are available to truant and chronically truant students and relevant to their needs.
        (4) Incorporation of the provisions relating to
    
chronic absenteeism in accordance with Section 26-18 of this Code.
    (b) The absenteeism and truancy policy must be updated every 2 years and filed with the State Board of Education and the regional superintendent of schools.
(Source: P.A. 102-157, eff. 7-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/22-93

    (105 ILCS 5/22-93)
    Sec. 22-93. School guidance counselor; gift ban.
    (a) In this Section:
    "Guidance counselor" means a person employed by a school district and working in a high school to offer students advice and assistance in making career or college plans.
    "Prohibited source" means any person who is employed by an institution of higher education or is an agent or spouse of or an immediate family member living with a person employed by an institution of higher education.
    "Relative" means an individual related to another as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, great-aunt, great-uncle, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister or the father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother of the individual's spouse or the individual's fiance or fiancee.
    (b) A guidance counselor may not intentionally solicit or accept any gift from a prohibited source or solicit or accept a gift that would be in violation of any federal or State statute or rule. A prohibited source may not intentionally offer or make a gift that violates this Section.
    (c) The prohibition in subsection (b) does not apply to any of the following:
        (1) Opportunities, benefits, and services that are
    
available on the same conditions as for the general public.
        (2) Anything for which the guidance counselor pays
    
the market value.
        (3) A gift from a relative.
        (4) Anything provided by an individual on the basis
    
of a personal friendship, unless the guidance counselor has reason to believe that, under the circumstances, the gift was provided because of the official position or employment of the guidance counselor and not because of the personal friendship. In determining whether a gift is provided on the basis of personal friendship, the guidance counselor must consider the circumstances in which the gift was offered, including any of the following:
            (A) The history of the relationship between the
        
individual giving the gift and the guidance counselor, including any previous exchange of gifts between those individuals.
            (B) Whether, to the actual knowledge of the
        
guidance counselor, the individual who gave the gift personally paid for the gift or sought a tax deduction or business reimbursement for the gift.
            (C) Whether, to the actual knowledge of the
        
guidance counselor, the individual who gave the gift also, at the same time, gave the same or a similar gift to other school district employees.
        (5) Bequests, inheritances, or other transfers at
    
death.
        (6) Any item or items from any one prohibited source
    
during any calendar year having a cumulative total value of less than $100.
        (7) Promotional materials, including, but not limited
    
to, pens, pencils, banners, posters, and pennants.
    Each exception listed under this subsection is mutually exclusive and independent of one another.
    (d) A guidance counselor is not in violation of this Section if he or she promptly takes reasonable action to return the gift to the prohibited source or donates the gift or an amount equal to its value to an appropriate charity that is exempt from income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
    A guidance counselor or prohibited source who intentionally violates this Section is guilty of a business offense and is subject to a fine of at least $1,001 and up to $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 102-327, eff. 1-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 23

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 23 heading)
ARTICLE 23. SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATIONS

105 ILCS 5/22-94

    (105 ILCS 5/22-94)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-94. Employment history review.
    (a) This Section applies to all permanent and temporary positions for employment with a school or a contractor of a school involving direct contact with children or students.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Contractor" means firms holding contracts with any school including, but not limited to, food service workers, school bus drivers and other transportation employees, who have direct contact with children or students.
    "Direct contact with children or students" means the possibility of care, supervision, guidance, or control of children or students or routine interaction with children or students.
    "School" means a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school.
    "Sexual misconduct" has the meaning ascribed to it in subsection (c) of Section 22-85.5 of this Code.
    (c) Prior to hiring an applicant to work directly with children or students, a school or contractor must ensure that the following criteria are met:
        (1) the school or contractor has no knowledge or
    
information pertaining to the applicant that would disqualify the applicant from employment;
        (2) the applicant swears or affirms that the
    
applicant is not disqualified from employment;
        (3) using the template developed by the State Board
    
of Education, the applicant provides all of the following:
            (A) a list, including the name, address,
        
telephone number, and other relevant contact information of the following:
                (i) the applicant's current employer;
                (ii) all former employers of the applicant
            
that were schools or school contractors, as well as all former employers at which the applicant had direct contact with children or students;
            (B) A written authorization that consents to
        
and authorizes disclosure by the applicant's current and former employers under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph (3) of the information requested under paragraph (4) of this subsection (c) and the release of related records and that releases those employers from any liability that may arise from such disclosure or release of records pursuant to subsection (e).
            (C) A written statement of whether the
        
applicant:
                (i) has been the subject of a sexual
            
misconduct allegation, unless a subsequent investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated;
                (ii) has ever been discharged from, been
            
asked to resign from, resigned from, or otherwise been separated from any employment, has ever been disciplined by an employer, or has ever had an employment contract not renewed due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated; or
                (iii) has ever had a license or
            
certificate suspended, surrendered, or revoked or had an application for licensure, approval, or endorsement denied due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated.
        (4) The school or contractor shall initiate a
    
review of the employment history of the applicant by contacting those employers listed by the applicant under subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of this subsection (c) and, using the template developed by the State Board of Education, request all of the following information:
            (A) the dates of employment of the applicant;
            (B) a statement as to whether the applicant:
                (i) has been the subject of a sexual
            
misconduct allegation, unless a subsequent investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated;
                (ii) was discharged from, was asked to
            
resign from, resigned from, or was otherwise separated from any employment, was disciplined by the employer, or had an employment contract not renewed due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated; or
                (iii) has ever had a license or
            
certificate suspended, surrendered, or revoked due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated.
            (C) The template shall include the following
        
option: if the employer does not have records or evidence regarding the questions in items (i) through (iii) of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (4) of subsection (c), the employer may state that there is no knowledge of information pertaining to the applicant that would disqualify the applicant from employment.
        (5) For applicants licensed by the State Board of
    
Education, the school district, charter school, or nonpublic school shall verify the applicant's reported previous employers with previous employers in the State Board of Education's educator licensure database to ensure accuracy.
    (d) An applicant who provides false information or willfully fails to disclose information required in subsection (c) shall be subject to discipline, up to and including termination or denial of employment.
    (e) No later than 20 days after receiving a request for information required under paragraph (4) of subsection (c), an employer who has or had an employment relationship with the applicant shall disclose the information requested. If the employer has an office of human resources or a central office, information shall be provided by that office. The employer who has or had an employment relationship with the applicant shall disclose the information on the template developed by the State Board of Education. For any affirmative response to items (i) through (iii) of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (4) or subsection (c), the employer who has or had an employment relationship with the applicant shall provide additional information about the matters disclosed and all related records.
    A school shall complete the template at time of separation from employment, or at the request of the employee, and maintain it as part of the employee's personnel file. If the school completes an investigation after an employee's separation from employment, the school shall update the information accordingly.
    Information received under this Section shall not be deemed a public record.
    A school or contractor who receives information under this subsection (e) may use the information for the purpose of evaluating an applicant's fitness to be hired or for continued employment and may report the information, as appropriate, to the State Board of Education, a State licensing agency, a law enforcement agency, a child protective services agency, another school or contractor, or a prospective employer.
    An employer, school, school administrator, or contractor who provides information or records about a current or former employee or applicant under this Section is immune from criminal and civil liability for the disclosure of the information or records, unless the information or records provided were knowingly false. This immunity shall be in addition to and not a limitation on any other immunity provided by law or any absolute or conditional privileges applicable to the disclosure by virtue of the circumstances or the applicant's consent to the disclosure and shall extent to any circumstances when the employer, school, school administrator, or contractor in good faith shares findings of sexual misconduct with another employer.
    Unless the laws of another state prevent the release of the information or records requested or disclosure is restricted by the terms of a contract entered into prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, and notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, an employer, school, school administrator, contractor, or applicant shall report and disclose, in accordance with this Section, all relevant information, records, and documentation that may otherwise be confidential.
    (f) A school or contractor may not hire an applicant who does not provide the information required under subsection (c) for a position involving direct contact with children or students.
    (g) Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, a school or contractor may not enter into a collective bargaining agreement, an employment contract, an agreement for resignation or termination, a severance agreement, or any other contract or agreement or take any action that:
        (1) has the effect of suppressing information
    
concerning a pending investigation or a completed investigation in which an allegation was substantiated related to a report of suspected sexual misconduct by a current or former employee;
        (2) affects the ability of the school or contractor
    
to report suspected sexual misconduct to the appropriate authorities; or
        (3) requires the school or contractor to expunge
    
information about allegations or findings of suspected sexual misconduct from any documents maintained by the school or contractor, unless, after an investigation, an allegation is found to be false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated.
    (h) Any provision of an employment contract or agreement for resignation or termination or a severance agreement that is executed, amended, or entered into on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly and that is contrary to this Section is void and unenforceable.
    (i) For substitute employees, all of the following apply:
        (1) The employment history review required by this
    
Section is required only prior to the initial hiring of a substitute employee or placement on a school's approved substitute list and shall remain valid as long as the substitute employee continues to be employed by the same school or remains on the school's approved substitute list.
        (2) A substitute employee seeking to be added to
    
another school's substitute list shall undergo an additional employment history review under this Section. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection (i) or in subsection (k), the appearance of a substitute employee on one school's substitute list does not relieve another school from compliance with this Section.
        (3) An employment history review conducted upon
    
initial hiring of a substitute employee by contractor or any other entity that furnishes substitute staffing services to schools shall satisfy the requirements of this Section for all schools using the services of that contractor or other entity.
        (4) A contractor or any other entity furnishing
    
substitute staffing services to schools shall comply with paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (j).
    (j) For employees of contractors, all of the following apply:
        (1) The employment history review required by this
    
Section shall be performed, either at the time of the initial hiring of an employee or prior to the assignment of an existing employee to perform work for a school in a position involving direct contact with children or students. The review shall remain valid as long as the employee remains employed by the same contractor, even if assigned to perform work for other schools.
        (2) A contractor shall maintain records documenting
    
employment history reviews for all employees as required by this Section and, upon request, shall provide a school for whom an employee is assigned to perform work access to the records pertaining to that employee.
        (3) Prior to assigning an employee to perform work
    
for a school in a position involving direct contact with children or students, the contractor shall inform the school of any instance known to the contractor in which the employee:
            (A) has been the subject of a sexual misconduct
        
allegation unless a subsequent investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated;
            (B) has ever been discharged, been asked to
        
resign from, resigned from, or otherwise been separated from any employment, been removed from a substitute list, been disciplined by an employer, or had an employment contract not renewed due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated; or
            (C) has ever had a license or certificate
        
suspended, surrendered, or revoked due to an adjudication or finding of sexual misconduct or while an allegation of sexual misconduct was pending or under investigation, unless the investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation was false, unfounded, or unsubstantiated.
        (4) The contractor may not assign an employee to
    
perform work for a school in a position involving direct contact with children or students if the school objects to the assignment after being informed of an instance listed in paragraph (3).
    (k) An applicant who has undergone an employment history review under this Section and seeks to transfer to or provide services to another school in the same school district, diocese, or religious jurisdiction, or to another school established and supervised by the same organization is not required to obtain additional reports under this Section before transferring.
    (l) Nothing in this Section shall be construed:
        (1) to prevent a prospective employer from
    
conducting further investigations of prospective employees or from requiring applicants to provide additional background information or authorizations beyond what is required under this Section, nor to prevent a current or former employer from disclosing more information than what is required under this Section;
        (2) to relieve a school, school employee,
    
contractor of the school, or agent of the school from any legal responsibility to report sexual misconduct in accordance with State and federal reporting requirements;
        (3) to relieve a school, school employee,
    
contractor of the school, or agent of the school from any legal responsibility to implement the provisions of Section 7926 of Chapter 20 of the United States Code; or
        (4) to prohibit the right of the exclusive
    
bargaining representative under a collective bargaining agreement to grieve and arbitrate the validity of an employee's termination or discipline for just cause.
    (m) The State Board of Education shall develop the templates required under paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (c).
(Source: P.A. 102-702, eff. 7-1-23.)

105 ILCS 5/23-1

    (105 ILCS 5/23-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-1)
    Sec. 23-1. Purpose of article.
    This Article has for its purpose the education of school board members as to their duties and responsibilities so as to improve the management of the public schools, through associations of school boards. The activities of any association which complies with this Article are hereby declared to constitute a public purpose.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-2

    (105 ILCS 5/23-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-2)
    Sec. 23-2. Boards may form or join associations.
    School boards are authorized to form, join and provide for the expenses of associations of Illinois school boards formed for the purpose of conducting county or regional school board institutes and otherwise disseminating and interchanging information regarding school board problems, duties and responsibilities, provided such associations comply with the requirements of this Article.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-3

    (105 ILCS 5/23-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-3)
    Sec. 23-3. Filing copy of constitution, by-laws and amendments.
    Within 30 days after the adoption by any such association of its constitution or by-laws or any amendment thereto, it shall file a copy thereof, certified by its president and executive director, with the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the county superintendent of schools of each county in which it has any membership.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-4

    (105 ILCS 5/23-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-4)
    Sec. 23-4. Election of officers and governing body.
    The constitution or by-laws of any such association shall provide for the election of its officers and governing body at an annual meeting of the association, or in some other manner which will insure that all member boards have an equal opportunity to participate in the election.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-5

    (105 ILCS 5/23-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-5)
    Sec. 23-5. Membership.
    Any such association shall admit to its membership any school board whose district lies wholly or in part within the area covered by the association.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-6

    (105 ILCS 5/23-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-6)
    Sec. 23-6. Annual report. Each association shall make an annual report within 60 days after the close of its fiscal year to the Governor, the State Board of Education and the regional superintendent of schools of each region in which it has members, setting forth the activities of the association for the preceding fiscal year, the institutes held, the subjects discussed, and the attendance, and shall furnish the Governor, the State Board of Education and such regional superintendents with copies of all publications sent to its members.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/23-7

    (105 ILCS 5/23-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-7)
    Sec. 23-7. Compensation and expenses.
    No school board member shall receive any compensation for service rendered to any such association, whether as an officer or otherwise, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in the work of such association.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/23-8

    (105 ILCS 5/23-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 23-8)
    Sec. 23-8. Powers and duties.
    Each association shall perform such duties and exercise such powers as if it were a state institution for the purposes of Article 16 of the "Illinois Pension Code", approved March 18, 1963, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3746.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 24

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 24 heading)
ARTICLE 24. EMPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS--TENURE--DUTIES OF TEACHERS

105 ILCS 5/24-1

    (105 ILCS 5/24-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-1)
    Sec. 24-1. Appointment-Salaries-Payment-School month-School term.) School boards shall appoint all teachers, determine qualifications of employment and fix the amount of their salaries subject to limitation set forth in this Act. They shall pay the wages of teachers monthly, subject, however, to the provisions of Section 24-21. The school month shall be the same as the calendar month but by resolution the school board may adopt for its use a month of 20 days, including holidays. The school term shall consist of at least the minimum number of pupil attendance days required by Section 10-19, any additional legal school holidays, days of teachers' institutes, or equivalent professional educational experiences, and one or two days at the beginning of the school term when used as a teachers' workshop.
(Source: P.A. 80-249.)

105 ILCS 5/24-1.1

    (105 ILCS 5/24-1.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-1.1)
    Sec. 24-1.1. Employment of public school employees by nonpublic schools. Employees of public schools may be employed on a part-time or temporary basis by private or parochial schools, providing that such employment is in no way connected with or subsidized by their public school employment, and provided further that such private or parochial employment does not conflict or interfere with an employee's public school duties.
(Source: P.A. 80-287.)

105 ILCS 5/24-1.5

    (105 ILCS 5/24-1.5)
    Sec. 24-1.5. New or vacant teaching positions. A school district's selection of a candidate for a new or vacant teaching position not otherwise required to be filled pursuant to Section 24-12 of this Code must be based upon the consideration of factors that include without limitation certifications, qualifications, merit and ability (including performance evaluations, if available), and relevant experience, provided that the length of continuing service with the school district must not be considered as a factor, unless all other factors are determined by the school district to be equal. A school district's decision to select a particular candidate to fill a new or vacant position is not subject to review under grievance resolution procedures adopted pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 10 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, provided that, in making such a decision, the district does not fail to adhere to procedural requirements in a collective bargaining agreement relating to the filling of new or vacant teaching positions. Provisions regarding the filling of new and vacant positions in a collective bargaining agreement between a school district and the exclusive bargaining representative of its teachers in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall remain in full force and effect for the term of the agreement, unless terminated by mutual agreement.
    Nothing in this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly (i) limits or otherwise impacts school districts' management right to hire new employees, (ii) affects what currently is or may be a mandatory subject of bargaining under the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, or (iii) creates a statutory cause of action for a candidate or a candidate's representative to challenge a school district's selection decision based on the school district's failure to adhere to the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-8, eff. 6-13-11.)

105 ILCS 5/24-2

    (105 ILCS 5/24-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-2)
    Sec. 24-2. Holidays.
    (a) Teachers shall not be required to teach on Saturdays, nor, except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section, shall teachers or other school employees, other than noncertificated school employees whose presence is necessary because of an emergency or for the continued operation and maintenance of school facilities or property, be required to work on legal school holidays, which are January 1, New Year's Day; the third Monday in January, the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; February 12, the Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln; the first Monday in March (to be known as Casimir Pulaski's birthday); Good Friday; the day designated as Memorial Day by federal law; June 19, Juneteenth National Freedom Day; July 4, Independence Day; the first Monday in September, Labor Day; the second Monday in October, Columbus Day; November 11, Veterans' Day; the Thursday in November commonly called Thanksgiving Day; and December 25, Christmas Day. School boards may grant special holidays whenever in their judgment such action is advisable. No deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee on account of any legal or special holiday.
    (b) A school board or other entity eligible to apply for waivers and modifications under Section 2-3.25g of this Code is authorized to hold school or schedule teachers' institutes, parent-teacher conferences, or staff development on the third Monday in January (the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.); February 12 (the Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln); the first Monday in March (known as Casimir Pulaski's birthday); the second Monday in October (Columbus Day); and November 11 (Veterans' Day), provided that:
        (1) the person or persons honored by the holiday are
    
recognized through instructional activities conducted on that day or, if the day is not used for student attendance, on the first school day preceding or following that day; and
        (2) the entity that chooses to exercise this
    
authority first holds a public hearing about the proposal. The entity shall provide notice preceding the public hearing to both educators and parents. The notice shall set forth the time, date, and place of the hearing, describe the proposal, and indicate that the entity will take testimony from educators and parents about the proposal.
    (c) Commemorative holidays, which recognize specified patriotic, civic, cultural or historical persons, activities, or events, are regular school days. Commemorative holidays are: January 17 (the birthday of Muhammad Ali), January 28 (to be known as Christa McAuliffe Day and observed as a commemoration of space exploration), February 15 (the birthday of Susan B. Anthony), March 29 (Viet Nam War Veterans' Day), September 11 (September 11th Day of Remembrance), the school day immediately preceding Veterans' Day (Korean War Veterans' Day), October 1 (Recycling Day), October 7 (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Remembrance Day), December 7 (Pearl Harbor Veterans' Day), and any day so appointed by the President or Governor. School boards may establish commemorative holidays whenever in their judgment such action is advisable. School boards shall include instruction relative to commemorated persons, activities, or events on the commemorative holiday or at any other time during the school year and at any point in the curriculum when such instruction may be deemed appropriate. The State Board of Education shall prepare and make available to school boards instructional materials relative to commemorated persons, activities, or events which may be used by school boards in conjunction with any instruction provided pursuant to this paragraph.
    (d) City of Chicago School District 299 shall observe March 4 of each year as a commemorative holiday. This holiday shall be known as Mayors' Day which shall be a day to commemorate and be reminded of the past Chief Executive Officers of the City of Chicago, and in particular the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and the late Mayor Harold Washington. If March 4 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Mayors' Day shall be observed on the following Monday.
    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of State law to the contrary, November 3, 2020 shall be a State holiday known as 2020 General Election Day and shall be observed throughout the State pursuant to this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. All government offices, with the exception of election authorities, shall be closed unless authorized to be used as a location for election day services or as a polling place.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of State law to the contrary, November 8, 2022 shall be a State holiday known as 2022 General Election Day and shall be observed throughout the State under Public Act 102-15.
(Source: P.A. 101-642, eff. 6-16-20; 102-14, eff. 1-1-22; 102-15, eff. 6-17-21; 102-334, eff. 8-9-21; 102-411, eff. 1-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/24-3

    (105 ILCS 5/24-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-3)
    Sec. 24-3. Attendance at teachers' institute. The days in any school year spent by a teacher or educational support personnel during the term time spent in attendance upon a teachers' institute or equivalent professional educational experiences held under the direction of the county superintendent of schools shall be considered time expended in the service of the district and no deduction of wages shall be made for such attendance. The board may make a pro-rata deduction from the salary of any teacher or educational support personnel who fail or refuse to attend such institute, unless, in the case of educational support personnel, they are exempt from attending. The boards shall close the schools for county institute.
(Source: P.A. 97-525, eff. 1-1-12.)

105 ILCS 5/24-4

    (105 ILCS 5/24-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-4)
    Sec. 24-4. The color, race, sex, nationality, religion or religious affiliation of any applicant seeking employment either as a superintendent, principal, teacher or otherwise in the public elementary or high schools, shall not be considered either a qualification or disqualification for any such employment. Nor shall color, race, sex, nationality, religion or religious affiliation be considered in assigning any person to an office or position or to any school in the school system. If any member of a school board, superintendent, principal or other school officer violates the foregoing provision or directly or indirectly requires, asks or seeks information concerning the color, race, sex, nationality, religion or religious affiliation of any person in connection with his employment or assignment, or if any person, agency, bureau, corporation or association employed or maintained to obtain or aid in obtaining employment of the kind described, directly or indirectly requires, asks, seeks, indicates or transmits orally or in writing information concerning the color, race, sex, nationality, religion or religious affiliation of an applicant for such employment, with the intent to influence such appointment, he shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $500, to be recovered by the person aggrieved thereby in any court of competent jurisdiction, and he shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

105 ILCS 5/24-4.1

    (105 ILCS 5/24-4.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-4.1)
    Sec. 24-4.1. Residence requirements.) Residency within any school district shall not be considered in determining the employment or the compensation of a teacher or whether to retain, promote, assign or transfer that teacher.
(Source: P.A. 82-381.)

105 ILCS 5/24-5

    (105 ILCS 5/24-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-5)
    Sec. 24-5. Physical fitness and professional growth.
    (a) In this Section, "employee" means any employee of a school district, a student teacher, an employee of a contractor that provides services to students or in schools, or any other individual subject to the requirements of Section 10-21.9 or 34-18.5 of this Code.
    (b) This subsection (b) does not apply to substitute teacher employees. School boards shall require of new employees evidence of physical fitness to perform duties assigned and freedom from communicable disease. Such evidence shall consist of a physical examination by a physician licensed in Illinois or any other state to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed physician assistant not more than 90 days preceding time of presentation to the board, and the cost of such examination shall rest with the employee. A new or existing employee may be subject to additional health examinations, including screening for tuberculosis, as required by rules adopted by the Department of Public Health or by order of a local public health official. The board may from time to time require an examination of any employee by a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed physician assistant and shall pay the expenses thereof from school funds.
    (b-5) School boards may require of new substitute teacher employees evidence of physical fitness to perform duties assigned and shall require of new substitute teacher employees evidence of freedom from communicable disease. Evidence may consist of a physical examination by a physician licensed in Illinois or any other state to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed physician assistant not more than 90 days preceding time of presentation to the board, and the cost of such examination shall rest with the substitute teacher employee. A new or existing substitute teacher employee may be subject to additional health examinations, including screening for tuberculosis, as required by rules adopted by the Department of Public Health or by order of a local public health official. The board may from time to time require an examination of any substitute teacher employee by a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed physician assistant and shall pay the expenses thereof from school funds.
    (c) School boards may require teachers in their employ to furnish from time to time evidence of continued professional growth.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18; 100-855, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)

105 ILCS 5/24-6

    (105 ILCS 5/24-6)
    Sec. 24-6. Sick leave. The school boards of all school districts, including special charter districts, but not including school districts in municipalities of 500,000 or more, shall grant their full-time teachers, and also shall grant such of their other employees as are eligible to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund under the "600-Hour Standard" established, or under such other eligibility participation standard as may from time to time be established, by rules and regulations now or hereafter promulgated by the Board of that Fund under Section 7-198 of the Illinois Pension Code, as now or hereafter amended, sick leave provisions not less in amount than 10 days at full pay in each school year. If any such teacher or employee does not use the full amount of annual leave thus allowed, the unused amount shall be allowed to accumulate to a minimum available leave of 180 days at full pay, including the leave of the current year. Sick leave shall be interpreted to mean personal illness, quarantine at home, or serious illness or death in the immediate family or household. The school board may require a certificate from a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, a chiropractic physician licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, a licensed physician assistant, or, if the treatment is by prayer or spiritual means, a spiritual adviser or practitioner of the teacher's or employee's faith as a basis for pay during leave after an absence of 3 days for personal illness or as the school board may deem necessary in other cases. If the school board does require a certificate as a basis for pay during leave of less than 3 days for personal illness, the school board shall pay, from school funds, the expenses incurred by the teachers or other employees in obtaining the certificate.
    Sick leave shall also be interpreted to mean birth, adoption, placement for adoption, and the acceptance of a child in need of foster care. Teachers and other employees to which this Section applies are entitled to use up to 30 days of paid sick leave because of the birth of a child that is not dependent on the need to recover from childbirth. Paid sick leave because of the birth of a child may be used absent medical certification for up to 30 working school days, which days may be used at any time within the 12-month period following the birth of the child. The use of up to 30 working school days of paid sick leave because of the birth of a child may not be diminished as a result of any intervening period of nonworking days or school not being in session, such as for summer, winter, or spring break or holidays, that may occur during the use of the paid sick leave. For paid sick leave for adoption, placement for adoption, or the acceptance of a child in need of foster care, the school board may require that the teacher or other employee to which this Section applies provide evidence that the formal adoption process or the formal foster care process is underway, and such sick leave is limited to 30 days unless a longer leave has been negotiated with the exclusive bargaining representative. Paid sick leave for adoption, placement for adoption, or the acceptance of a child in need of foster care need not be used consecutively once the formal adoption process or the formal foster care process is underway, and such sick leave may be used for reasons related to the formal adoption process or the formal foster care process prior to taking custody of the child or accepting the child in need of foster care, in addition to using such sick leave upon taking custody of the child or accepting the child in need of foster care.
    If, by reason of any change in the boundaries of school districts, or by reason of the creation of a new school district, the employment of a teacher is transferred to a new or different board, the accumulated sick leave of such teacher is not thereby lost, but is transferred to such new or different district.
    For purposes of this Section, "immediate family" shall include parents, spouse, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents, grandchildren, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and legal guardians.
(Source: P.A. 102-275, eff. 8-6-21.)

105 ILCS 5/24-6.1

    (105 ILCS 5/24-6.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-6.1)
    Sec. 24-6.1. Sabbatical leave. Every school board may grant a sabbatical leave of absence to a teacher, principal or superintendent performing contractual continued service, for a period of at least 4 school months but not in excess of one school term, for resident study, research, travel or other purposes designed to improve the school system. The grant of a sabbatical leave by a school board shall constitute a finding that the leave is deemed to benefit the school system by improving the quality and level of experience of the teaching force.
    This leave may be granted after completion of at least 6 years of satisfactory service as a full time teacher, principal or superintendent and may again be granted after completion of a subsequent period of 6 years of such service. However, 2 sabbatical leaves, each consisting of at least 4 months but totaling no more than the equivalent of one school year, may be granted within a 6 year period. A leave granted for a period of one school year or less shall bar a further sabbatical leave until completion of 6 years additional satisfactory service, except that 2 leaves which total no more than the equivalent of one school year shall bar a further sabbatical leave only until the completion of 6 years additional satisfactory service following the completion of the first such leave. The leave shall be conditional upon a plan for resident study, research, travel or other activities proposed by the applicant and deemed by the board to benefit the school system, which plan shall be approved by the board and not thereafter modified without the approval of the board.
    Before a leave is granted pursuant to this Section, the applicant shall agree in writing that if at the expiration of such leave he does not return to and perform contractual continued service in the district for at least one school year after his return, all sums of money received from the board during his sabbatical leave will be refunded to the board unless such return and performance is prevented by illness or incapacity.
    During absence pursuant to such leave, such teacher, principal or superintendent shall receive the same basic salary as if in actual service, except that there may be deducted therefrom an amount equivalent to the amount payable for substitute service. However, such salary after deduction for substitute service shall in no case be less than the minimum provided by Section 24-8 of this Act or 1/2 of the basic salary, whichever is greater. The person on leave shall not engage in any activity for which salary or compensation is paid unless the activity is directly related to the purpose for which the leave is granted and is approved by the board. A sabbatical leave may be granted to enable the applicant, if otherwise eligible, to accept scholarships for study or research. Unless justified by illness or incapacity, failure of any person granted a leave under this Section to devote the entire period to the purposes for which the leave was granted shall constitute a cause for removal from teaching service.
    Upon expiration of a leave granted pursuant to this Section, and upon presentation of evidence satisfactory to the board showing compliance with the conditions of the leave, the teacher, principal or superintendent shall be returned to a position equivalent to that formerly occupied. The contractual continued service status of the person on sabbatical leave shall not be affected.
    Absence during a leave granted pursuant to this Section shall not be construed as a discontinuance of service for any purpose, including progression on the salary schedule if one is in effect in the district. The board shall pay the contribution to the Teachers' Retirement System required of the person on leave computed on the annual full-time salary rate under which the member last received earnings immediately prior to the leave or a proportionate part of such rate for a partial year of sabbatical leave credit.
    This Section in no way limits the power of the board to grant leaves for other purposes.
(Source: P.A. 83-186.)

105 ILCS 5/24-6.2

    (105 ILCS 5/24-6.2) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-6.2)
    Sec. 24-6.2. Association president leave. Each school board shall grant paid leaves of absence to the local association president of a state teacher association that is an exclusive bargaining agent in the district, or his or her teacher designee, for the purpose of attending meetings, workshops or seminars designated by the State Board of Education, the regional superintendent of schools, the general superintendent of schools in a school district subject to the provisions of Article 34, or the superintendent of schools in any school district having a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants to deal with issues arising from the education reform legislation of the 84th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-1401.)

105 ILCS 5/24-6.3

    (105 ILCS 5/24-6.3) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-6.3)
    Sec. 24-6.3. Retirement trustee leave.
    (a) Each school board employing a teacher who is an elected trustee of the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois shall make available to the elected trustee at least 20 days of paid leave of absence per year for the purpose of attending meetings of the System's Board of Trustees, committee meetings of such Board, and seminars regarding issues for which such Board is responsible. The Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois shall reimburse affected school districts for the actual cost of hiring a substitute teacher during such leaves of absence.
    (b) Each school board employing an employee who is an elected trustee of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund shall make available to the elected trustee at least 20 days of paid leave of absence per year for the purpose of attending meetings of the Fund's Board of Trustees, committee meetings of the Board of Trustees, and seminars regarding issues for which the Board of Trustees is responsible. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund may reimburse affected school districts for the actual cost of hiring a substitute employee during such leaves of absence.
(Source: P.A. 96-357, eff. 8-13-09.)

105 ILCS 5/24-6.4

    (105 ILCS 5/24-6.4)
    Sec. 24-6.4. Family and medical leave coverage. A school district employee who has been employed by the school district for at least 12 months and who has worked at least 1,000 hours in the previous 12-month period shall be eligible for family and medical leave under the same terms and conditions as leave provided to eligible employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
(Source: P.A. 102-335, eff. 1-1-22.)

105 ILCS 5/24-7

    (105 ILCS 5/24-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-7)
    Sec. 24-7. Discrimination on account of sex.
    In fixing salaries of certificated employees school boards shall make no discrimination on account of sex.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/24-8

    (105 ILCS 5/24-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-8)
    Sec. 24-8. Minimum salary. In fixing the salaries of teachers, school boards shall pay those who serve on a full-time basis not less than a rate for the school year that is based upon training completed in a recognized institution of higher learning, as follows: for the school year beginning July 1, 1980 and until the 2020-2021 school year, less than a bachelor's degree, $9,000; 120 semester hours or more and a bachelor's degree, $10,000; 150 semester hours or more and a master's degree, $11,000. In fixing the salaries of teachers, a school board shall pay those who serve on a full-time basis a rate not less than (i) $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, (ii) $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, (iii) $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year, and (iv) $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year. The minimum salary rate for each school year thereafter, subject to review by the General Assembly, shall equal the minimum salary rate for the previous school year increased by a percentage equal to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for all items published by the United States Department of Labor for the previous school year.
    On or before January 31, 2020, the Professional Review Panel created under Section 18-8.15 must submit a report to the General Assembly on how State funds and funds distributed under the evidence-based funding formula under Section 18-8.15 may aid the financial effects of the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly.
    Based upon previous public school experience in this State or any other state, territory, dependency or possession of the United States, or in schools operated by or under the auspices of the United States, teachers who serve on a full-time basis shall have their salaries increased to at least the following amounts above the starting salary for a teacher in such district in the same classification: with less than a bachelor's degree, $750 after 5 years; with 120 semester hours or more and a bachelor's degree, $1,000 after 5 years and $1,600 after 8 years; with 150 semester hours or more and a master's degree, $1,250 after 5 years, $2,000 after 8 years and $2,750 after 13 years.
    For the purpose of this Section a teacher's salary shall include any amount paid by the school district on behalf of the teacher, as teacher contributions, to the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois.
    If a school board establishes a schedule for teachers' salaries based on education and experience, not inconsistent with this Section, all certificated nurses employed by that board shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of such schedule.
    For purposes of this Section, a teacher who submits a certificate of completion to the school office prior to the first day of the school term shall be considered to have the degree stated in such certificate.
(Source: P.A. 101-443, eff. 6-1-20.)

105 ILCS 5/24-8.5

    (105 ILCS 5/24-8.5)
    Sec. 24-8.5. Student teacher; salary. Each school district may provide a salary to a student teacher employed by the district. A school district may fix the amount of salary to pay a student teacher under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-220, eff. 8-7-19.)

105 ILCS 5/24-9

    (105 ILCS 5/24-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-9)
    Sec. 24-9. Teachers duty free lunch period.
    Every teacher in any school house where 2 or more teachers are employed whose duties require attendance at the school for 4 or more clock hours in any school day shall be entitled to and be allowed a duty free lunch period equal to the regular local school lunch period but not less than 30 minutes in each school day.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/24-11

    (105 ILCS 5/24-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-11)
    Sec. 24-11. Boards of Education - Boards of School Inspectors - Contractual continued service.
    (a) As used in this and the succeeding Sections of this Article:
    "Teacher" means any or all school district employees regularly required to be licensed under laws relating to the licensure of teachers.
    "Board" means board of directors, board of education, or board of school inspectors, as the case may be.
    "School term" means that portion of the school year, July 1 to the following June 30, when school is in actual session.
    "Program" means a program of a special education joint agreement.
    "Program of a special education joint agreement" means instructional, consultative, supervisory, administrative, diagnostic, and related services that are managed by a special educational joint agreement designed to service 2 or more school districts that are members of the joint agreement.
    "PERA implementation date" means the implementation date of an evaluation system for teachers as specified by Section 24A-2.5 of this Code for all schools within a school district or all programs of a special education joint agreement.
    (b) This Section and Sections 24-12 through 24-16 of this Article apply only to school districts having less than 500,000 inhabitants.
    (c) Any teacher who is first employed as a full-time teacher in a school district or program prior to the PERA implementation date and who is employed in that district or program for a probationary period of 4 consecutive school terms shall enter upon contractual continued service in the district or in all of the programs that the teacher is legally qualified to hold, unless the teacher is given written notice of dismissal by certified mail, return receipt requested, by the employing board at least 45 days before the end of any school term within such period.
    (d) For any teacher who is first employed as a full-time teacher in a school district or program on or after the PERA implementation date, the probationary period shall be one of the following periods, based upon the teacher's school terms of service and performance, before the teacher shall enter upon contractual continued service in the district or in all of the programs that the teacher is legally qualified to hold, unless the teacher is given written notice of dismissal by certified mail, return receipt requested, by the employing board at least 45 days before the end of any school term within such period:
        (1) 4 consecutive school terms of service in which
    
the teacher receives overall annual evaluation ratings of at least "Proficient" in the last school term and at least "Proficient" in either the second or third school term;
        (2) 3 consecutive school terms of service in which
    
the teacher receives 3 overall annual evaluations of "Excellent"; or
        (3) 2 consecutive school terms of service in which
    
the teacher receives 2 overall annual evaluations of "Excellent" service, but only if the teacher (i) previously attained contractual continued service in a different school district or program in this State, (ii) voluntarily departed or was honorably dismissed from that school district or program in the school term immediately prior to the teacher's first school term of service applicable to the attainment of contractual continued service under this subdivision (3), and (iii) received, in his or her 2 most recent overall annual or biennial evaluations from the prior school district or program, ratings of at least "Proficient", with both such ratings occurring after the school district's or program's PERA implementation date. For a teacher to attain contractual continued service under this subdivision (3), the teacher shall provide official copies of his or her 2 most recent overall annual or biennial evaluations from the prior school district or program to the new school district or program within 60 days from the teacher's first day of service with the new school district or program. The prior school district or program must provide the teacher with official copies of his or her 2 most recent overall annual or biennial evaluations within 14 days after the teacher's request. If a teacher has requested such official copies prior to 45 days after the teacher's first day of service with the new school district or program and the teacher's prior school district or program fails to provide the teacher with the official copies required under this subdivision (3), then the time period for the teacher to submit the official copies to his or her new school district or program must be extended until 14 days after receipt of such copies from the prior school district or program. If the prior school district or program fails to provide the teacher with the official copies required under this subdivision (3) within 90 days from the teacher's first day of service with the new school district or program, then the new school district or program shall rely upon the teacher's own copies of his or her evaluations for purposes of this subdivision (3).
    If the teacher does not receive overall annual evaluations of "Excellent" in the school terms necessary for eligibility to achieve accelerated contractual continued service in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection (d), the teacher shall be eligible for contractual continued service pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection (d). If, at the conclusion of 4 consecutive school terms of service that count toward attainment of contractual continued service, the teacher's performance does not qualify the teacher for contractual continued service under subdivision (1) of this subsection (d), then the teacher shall not enter upon contractual continued service and shall be dismissed. If a performance evaluation is not conducted for any school term when such evaluation is required to be conducted under Section 24A-5 of this Code, then the teacher's performance evaluation rating for such school term for purposes of determining the attainment of contractual continued service shall be deemed "Proficient", except that, during any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, this default to "Proficient" does not apply to any teacher who has entered into contractual continued service and who was deemed "Excellent" on his or her most recent evaluation. During any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and unless the school board and any exclusive bargaining representative have completed the performance rating for teachers or mutually agreed to an alternate performance rating, any teacher who has entered into contractual continued service, whose most recent evaluation was deemed "Excellent", and whose performance evaluation is not conducted when the evaluation is required to be conducted shall receive a teacher's performance rating deemed "Excellent". A school board and any exclusive bargaining representative may mutually agree to an alternate performance rating for teachers not in contractual continued service during any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, as long as the agreement is in writing.
    (e) For the purposes of determining contractual continued service, a school term shall be counted only toward attainment of contractual continued service if the teacher actually teaches or is otherwise present and participating in the district's or program's educational program for 120 days or more, provided that the days of leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act that the teacher is required to take until the end of the school term shall be considered days of teaching or participation in the district's or program's educational program. A school term that is not counted toward attainment of contractual continued service shall not be considered a break in service for purposes of determining whether a teacher has been employed for 4 consecutive school terms, provided that the teacher actually teaches or is otherwise present and participating in the district's or program's educational program in the following school term.
    (f) If the employing board determines to dismiss the teacher in the last year of the probationary period as provided in subsection (c) of this Section or subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (d) of this Section, but not subdivision (3) of subsection (d) of this Section, the written notice of dismissal provided by the employing board must contain specific reasons for dismissal. Any full-time teacher who does not receive written notice from the employing board at least 45 days before the end of any school term as provided in this Section and whose performance does not require dismissal after the fourth probationary year pursuant to subsection (d) of this Section shall be re-employed for the following school term.
    (g) Contractual continued service shall continue in effect the terms and provisions of the contract with the teacher during the last school term of the probationary period, subject to this Act and the lawful regulations of the employing board. This Section and succeeding Sections do not modify any existing power of the board except with respect to the procedure of the discharge of a teacher and reductions in salary as hereinafter provided. Contractual continued service status shall not restrict the power of the board to transfer a teacher to a position which the teacher is qualified to fill or to make such salary adjustments as it deems desirable, but unless reductions in salary are uniform or based upon some reasonable classification, any teacher whose salary is reduced shall be entitled to a notice and a hearing as hereinafter provided in the case of certain dismissals or removals.
    (h) If, by reason of any change in the boundaries of school districts, by reason of a special education cooperative reorganization or dissolution in accordance with Section 10-22.31 of this Code, or by reason of the creation of a new school district, the position held by any teacher having a contractual continued service status is transferred from one board to the control of a new or different board, then the contractual continued service status of the teacher is not thereby lost, and such new or different board is subject to this Code with respect to the teacher in the same manner as if the teacher were its employee and had been its employee during the time the teacher was actually employed by the board from whose control the position was transferred.
    (i) The employment of any teacher in a program of a special education joint agreement established under Section 3-15.14, 10-22.31 or 10-22.31a shall be governed by this and succeeding Sections of this Article. For purposes of attaining and maintaining contractual continued service and computing length of continuing service as referred to in this Section and Section 24-12, employment in a special educational joint program shall be deemed a continuation of all previous licensed employment of such teacher for such joint agreement whether the employer of the teacher was the joint agreement, the regional superintendent, or one of the participating districts in the joint agreement.
    (j) For any teacher employed after July 1, 1987 as a full-time teacher in a program of a special education joint agreement, whether the program is operated by the joint agreement or a member district on behalf of the joint agreement, in the event of a reduction in the number of programs or positions in the joint agreement in which the notice of dismissal is provided on or before the end of the 2010-2011 school term, the teacher in contractual continued service is eligible for employment in the joint agreement programs for which the teacher is legally qualified in order of greater length of continuing service in the joint agreement, unless an alternative method of determining the sequence of dismissal is established in a collective bargaining agreement. For any teacher employed after July 1, 1987 as a full-time teacher in a program of a special education joint agreement, whether the program is operated by the joint agreement or a member district on behalf of the joint agreement, in the event of a reduction in the number of programs or positions in the joint agreement in which the notice of dismissal is provided during the 2011-2012 school term or a subsequent school term, the teacher shall be included on the honorable dismissal lists of all joint agreement programs for positions for which the teacher is qualified and is eligible for employment in such programs in accordance with subsections (b) and (c) of Section 24-12 of this Code and the applicable honorable dismissal policies of the joint agreement.
    (k) For any teacher employed after July 1, 1987 as a full-time teacher in a program of a special education joint agreement, whether the program is operated by the joint agreement or a member district on behalf of the joint agreement, in the event of the dissolution of a joint agreement, in which the notice to teachers of the dissolution is provided during the 2010-2011 school term, the teacher in contractual continued service who is legally qualified shall be assigned to any comparable position in a member district currently held by a teacher who has not entered upon contractual continued service or held by a teacher who has entered upon contractual continued service with a shorter length of contractual continued service. Any teacher employed after July 1, 1987 as a full-time teacher in a program of a special education joint agreement, whether the program is operated by the joint agreement or a member district on behalf of the joint agreement, in the event of the dissolution of a joint agreement in which the notice to teachers of the dissolution is provided during the 2011-2012 school term or a subsequent school term, the teacher who is qualified shall be included on the order of honorable dismissal lists of each member district and shall be assigned to any comparable position in any such district in accordance with subsections (b) and (c) of Section 24-12 of this Code and the applicable honorable dismissal policies of each member district.
    (l) The governing board of the joint agreement, or the administrative district, if so authorized by the articles of agreement of the joint agreement, rather than the board of education of a school district, may carry out employment and termination actions including dismissals under this Section and Section 24-12.
    (m) The employment of any teacher in a special education program authorized by Section 14-1.01 through 14-14.01, or a joint educational program established under Section 10-22.31a, shall be under this and the succeeding Sections of this Article, and such employment shall be deemed a continuation of the previous employment of such teacher in any of the participating districts, regardless of the participation of other districts in the program.
    (n) Any teacher employed as a full-time teacher in a special education program prior to September 23, 1987 in which 2 or more school districts participate for a probationary period of 2 consecutive years shall enter upon contractual continued service in each of the participating districts, subject to this and the succeeding Sections of this Article, and, notwithstanding Section 24-1.5 of this Code, in the event of the termination of the program shall be eligible for any vacant position in any of such districts for which such teacher is qualified.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-552, eff. 1-1-22; 102-854, eff. 5-13-22.)

105 ILCS 5/24-12

    (105 ILCS 5/24-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-12)
    Sec. 24-12. Removal or dismissal of teachers in contractual continued service.
    (a) This subsection (a) applies only to honorable dismissals and recalls in which the notice of dismissal is provided on or before the end of the 2010-2011 school term. If a teacher in contractual continued service is removed or dismissed as a result of a decision of the board to decrease the number of teachers employed by the board or to discontinue some particular type of teaching service, written notice shall be mailed to the teacher and also given the teacher either by certified mail, return receipt requested or personal delivery with receipt at least 60 days before the end of the school term, together with a statement of honorable dismissal and the reason therefor, and in all such cases the board shall first remove or dismiss all teachers who have not entered upon contractual continued service before removing or dismissing any teacher who has entered upon contractual continued service and who is legally qualified to hold a position currently held by a teacher who has not entered upon contractual continued service.
    As between teachers who have entered upon contractual continued service, the teacher or teachers with the shorter length of continuing service with the district shall be dismissed first unless an alternative method of determining the sequence of dismissal is established in a collective bargaining agreement or contract between the board and a professional faculty members' organization and except that this provision shall not impair the operation of any affirmative action program in the district, regardless of whether it exists by operation of law or is conducted on a voluntary basis by the board. Any teacher dismissed as a result of such decrease or discontinuance shall be paid all earned compensation on or before the third business day following the last day of pupil attendance in the regular school term.
    If the board has any vacancies for the following school term or within one calendar year from the beginning of the following school term, the positions thereby becoming available shall be tendered to the teachers so removed or dismissed so far as they are legally qualified to hold such positions; provided, however, that if the number of honorable dismissal notices based on economic necessity exceeds 15% of the number of full-time equivalent positions filled by certified employees (excluding principals and administrative personnel) during the preceding school year, then if the board has any vacancies for the following school term or within 2 calendar years from the beginning of the following school term, the positions so becoming available shall be tendered to the teachers who were so notified and removed or dismissed whenever they are legally qualified to hold such positions. Each board shall, in consultation with any exclusive employee representatives, each year establish a list, categorized by positions, showing the length of continuing service of each teacher who is qualified to hold any such positions, unless an alternative method of determining a sequence of dismissal is established as provided for in this Section, in which case a list shall be made in accordance with the alternative method. Copies of the list shall be distributed to the exclusive employee representative on or before February 1 of each year. Whenever the number of honorable dismissal notices based upon economic necessity exceeds 5, or 150% of the average number of teachers honorably dismissed in the preceding 3 years, whichever is more, then the board also shall hold a public hearing on the question of the dismissals. Following the hearing and board review, the action to approve any such reduction shall require a majority vote of the board members.
    (b) This subsection (b) applies only to honorable dismissals and recalls in which the notice of dismissal is provided during the 2011-2012 school term or a subsequent school term. If any teacher, whether or not in contractual continued service, is removed or dismissed as a result of a decision of a school board to decrease the number of teachers employed by the board, a decision of a school board to discontinue some particular type of teaching service, or a reduction in the number of programs or positions in a special education joint agreement, then written notice must be mailed to the teacher and also given to the teacher either by electronic mail, certified mail, return receipt requested, or personal delivery with receipt at least 45 days before the end of the school term, together with a statement of honorable dismissal and the reason therefor, and in all such cases the sequence of dismissal shall occur in accordance with this subsection (b); except that this subsection (b) shall not impair the operation of any affirmative action program in the school district, regardless of whether it exists by operation of law or is conducted on a voluntary basis by the board.
    Each teacher must be categorized into one or more positions for which the teacher is qualified to hold, based upon legal qualifications and any other qualifications established in a district or joint agreement job description, on or before the May 10 prior to the school year during which the sequence of dismissal is determined. Within each position and subject to agreements made by the joint committee on honorable dismissals that are authorized by subsection (c) of this Section, the school district or joint agreement must establish 4 groupings of teachers qualified to hold the position as follows:
        (1) Grouping one shall consist of each teacher who is
    
not in contractual continued service and who (i) has not received a performance evaluation rating, (ii) is employed for one school term or less to replace a teacher on leave, or (iii) is employed on a part-time basis. "Part-time basis" for the purposes of this subsection (b) means a teacher who is employed to teach less than a full-day, teacher workload or less than 5 days of the normal student attendance week, unless otherwise provided for in a collective bargaining agreement between the district and the exclusive representative of the district's teachers. For the purposes of this Section, a teacher (A) who is employed as a full-time teacher but who actually teaches or is otherwise present and participating in the district's educational program for less than a school term or (B) who, in the immediately previous school term, was employed on a full-time basis and actually taught or was otherwise present and participated in the district's educational program for 120 days or more is not considered employed on a part-time basis.
        (2) Grouping 2 shall consist of each teacher with a
    
Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory performance evaluation rating on either of the teacher's last 2 performance evaluation ratings.
        (3) Grouping 3 shall consist of each teacher with a
    
performance evaluation rating of at least Satisfactory or Proficient on both of the teacher's last 2 performance evaluation ratings, if 2 ratings are available, or on the teacher's last performance evaluation rating, if only one rating is available, unless the teacher qualifies for placement into grouping 4.
        (4) Grouping 4 shall consist of each teacher whose
    
last 2 performance evaluation ratings are Excellent and each teacher with 2 Excellent performance evaluation ratings out of the teacher's last 3 performance evaluation ratings with a third rating of Satisfactory or Proficient.
    Among teachers qualified to hold a position, teachers must be dismissed in the order of their groupings, with teachers in grouping one dismissed first and teachers in grouping 4 dismissed last.
    Within grouping one, the sequence of dismissal must be at the discretion of the school district or joint agreement. Within grouping 2, the sequence of dismissal must be based upon average performance evaluation ratings, with the teacher or teachers with the lowest average performance evaluation rating dismissed first. A teacher's average performance evaluation rating must be calculated using the average of the teacher's last 2 performance evaluation ratings, if 2 ratings are available, or the teacher's last performance evaluation rating, if only one rating is available, using the following numerical values: 4 for Excellent; 3 for Proficient or Satisfactory; 2 for Needs Improvement; and 1 for Unsatisfactory. As between or among teachers in grouping 2 with the same average performance evaluation rating and within each of groupings 3 and 4, the teacher or teachers with the shorter length of continuing service with the school district or joint agreement must be dismissed first unless an alternative method of determining the sequence of dismissal is established in a collective bargaining agreement or contract between the board and a professional faculty members' organization.
    Each board, including the governing board of a joint agreement, shall, in consultation with any exclusive employee representatives, each year establish a sequence of honorable dismissal list categorized by positions and the groupings defined in this subsection (b). Copies of the list showing each teacher by name and categorized by positions and the groupings defined in this subsection (b) must be distributed to the exclusive bargaining representative at least 75 days before the end of the school term, provided that the school district or joint agreement may, with notice to any exclusive employee representatives, move teachers from grouping one into another grouping during the period of time from 75 days until 45 days before the end of the school term. Each year, each board shall also establish, in consultation with any exclusive employee representatives, a list showing the length of continuing service of each teacher who is qualified to hold any such positions, unless an alternative method of determining a sequence of dismissal is established as provided for in this Section, in which case a list must be made in accordance with the alternative method. Copies of the list must be distributed to the exclusive employee representative at least 75 days before the end of the school term.
    Any teacher dismissed as a result of such decrease or discontinuance must be paid all earned compensation on or before the third business day following the last day of pupil attendance in the regular school term.
    If the board or joint agreement has any vacancies for the following school term or within one calendar year from the beginning of the following school term, the positions thereby becoming available must be tendered to the teachers so removed or dismissed who were in grouping 3 or 4 of the sequence of dismissal and are qualified to hold the positions, based upon legal qualifications and any other qualifications established in a district or joint agreement job description, on or before the May 10 prior to the date of the positions becoming available, provided that if the number of honorable dismissal notices based on economic necessity exceeds 15% of the number of full-time equivalent positions filled by certified employees (excluding principals and administrative personnel) during the preceding school year, then the recall period is for the following school term or within 2 calendar years from the beginning of the following school term. If the board or joint agreement has any vacancies within the period from the beginning of the following school term through February 1 of the following school term (unless a date later than February 1, but no later than 6 months from the beginning of the following school term, is established in a collective bargaining agreement), the positions thereby becoming available must be tendered to the teachers so removed or dismissed who were in grouping 2 of the sequence of dismissal due to one "needs improvement" rating on either of the teacher's last 2 performance evaluation ratings, provided that, if 2 ratings are available, the other performance evaluation rating used for grouping purposes is "satisfactory", "proficient", or "excellent", and are qualified to hold the positions, based upon legal qualifications and any other qualifications established in a district or joint agreement job description, on or before the May 10 prior to the date of the positions becoming available. On and after July 1, 2014 (the effective date of Public Act 98-648), the preceding sentence shall apply to teachers removed or dismissed by honorable dismissal, even if notice of honorable dismissal occurred during the 2013-2014 school year. Among teachers eligible for recall pursuant to the preceding sentence, the order of recall must be in inverse order of dismissal, unless an alternative order of recall is established in a collective bargaining agreement or contract between the board and a professional faculty members' organization. Whenever the number of honorable dismissal notices based upon economic necessity exceeds 5 notices or 150% of the average number of teachers honorably dismissed in the preceding 3 years, whichever is more, then the school board or governing board of a joint agreement, as applicable, shall also hold a public hearing on the question of the dismissals. Following the hearing and board review, the action to approve any such reduction shall require a majority vote of the board members.
    For purposes of this subsection (b), subject to agreement on an alternative definition reached by the joint committee described in subsection (c) of this Section, a teacher's performance evaluation rating means the overall performance evaluation rating resulting from an annual or biennial performance evaluation conducted pursuant to Article 24A of this Code by the school district or joint agreement determining the sequence of dismissal, not including any performance evaluation conducted during or at the end of a remediation period. No more than one evaluation rating each school term shall be one of the evaluation ratings used for the purpose of determining the sequence of dismissal. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection for any performance evaluations conducted during or at the end of a remediation period, if multiple performance evaluations are conducted in a school term, only the rating from the last evaluation conducted prior to establishing the sequence of honorable dismissal list in such school term shall be the one evaluation rating from that school term used for the purpose of determining the sequence of dismissal. Averaging ratings from multiple evaluations is not permitted unless otherwise agreed to in a collective bargaining agreement or contract between the board and a professional faculty members' organization. The preceding 3 sentences are not a legislative declaration that existing law does or does not already require that only one performance evaluation each school term shall be used for the purpose of determining the sequence of dismissal. For performance evaluation ratings determined prior to September 1, 2012, any school district or joint agreement with a performance evaluation rating system that does not use either of the rating category systems specified in subsection (d) of Section 24A-5 of this Code for all teachers must establish a basis for assigning each teacher a rating that complies with subsection (d) of Section 24A-5 of this Code for all of the performance evaluation ratings that are to be used to determine the sequence of dismissal. A teacher's grouping and ranking on a sequence of honorable dismissal shall be deemed a part of the teacher's performance evaluation, and that information shall be disclosed to the exclusive bargaining representative as part of a sequence of honorable dismissal list, notwithstanding any laws prohibiting disclosure of such information. A performance evaluation rating may be used to determine the sequence of dismissal, notwithstanding the pendency of any grievance resolution or arbitration procedures relating to the performance evaluation. If a teacher has received at least one performance evaluation rating conducted by the school district or joint agreement determining the sequence of dismissal and a subsequent performance evaluation is not conducted in any school year in which such evaluation is required to be conducted under Section 24A-5 of this Code, the teacher's performance evaluation rating for that school year for purposes of determining the sequence of dismissal is deemed Proficient, except that, during any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, this default to Proficient does not apply to any teacher who has entered into contractual continued service and who was deemed Excellent on his or her most recent evaluation. During any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and unless the school board and any exclusive bargaining representative have completed the performance rating for teachers or have mutually agreed to an alternate performance rating, any teacher who has entered into contractual continued service, whose most recent evaluation was deemed Excellent, and whose performance evaluation is not conducted when the evaluation is required to be conducted shall receive a teacher's performance rating deemed Excellent. A school board and any exclusive bargaining representative may mutually agree to an alternate performance rating for teachers not in contractual continued service during any time in which the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, as long as the agreement is in writing. If a performance evaluation rating is nullified as the result of an arbitration, administrative agency, or court determination, then the school district or joint agreement is deemed to have conducted a performance evaluation for that school year, but the performance evaluation rating may not be used in determining the sequence of dismissal.
    Nothing in this subsection (b) shall be construed as limiting the right of a school board or governing board of a joint agreement to dismiss a teacher not in contractual continued service in accordance with Section 24-11 of this Code.
    Any provisions regarding the sequence of honorable dismissals and recall of honorably dismissed teachers in a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or before January 1, 2011 and in effect on June 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-8) that may conflict with Public Act 97-8 shall remain in effect through the expiration of such agreement or June 30, 2013, whichever is earlier.
    (c) Each school district and special education joint agreement must use a joint committee composed of equal representation selected by the school board and its teachers or, if applicable, the exclusive bargaining representative of its teachers, to address the matters described in paragraphs (1) through (5) of this subsection (c) pertaining to honorable dismissals under subsection (b) of this Section.
        (1) The joint committee must consider and may agree
    
to criteria for excluding from grouping 2 and placing into grouping 3 a teacher whose last 2 performance evaluations include a Needs Improvement and either a Proficient or Excellent.
        (2) The joint committee must consider and may agree
    
to an alternative definition for grouping 4, which definition must take into account prior performance evaluation ratings and may take into account other factors that relate to the school district's or program's educational objectives. An alternative definition for grouping 4 may not permit the inclusion of a teacher in the grouping with a Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory performance evaluation rating on either of the teacher's last 2 performance evaluation ratings.
        (3) The joint committee may agree to including within
    
the definition of a performance evaluation rating a performance evaluation rating administered by a school district or joint agreement other than the school district or joint agreement determining the sequence of dismissal.
        (4) For each school district or joint agreement that
    
administers performance evaluation ratings that are inconsistent with either of the rating category systems specified in subsection (d) of Section 24A-5 of this Code, the school district or joint agreement must consult with the joint committee on the basis for assigning a rating that complies with subsection (d) of Section 24A-5 of this Code to each performance evaluation rating that will be used in a sequence of dismissal.
        (5) Upon request by a joint committee member
    
submitted to the employing board by no later than 10 days after the distribution of the sequence of honorable dismissal list, a representative of the employing board shall, within 5 days after the request, provide to members of the joint committee a list showing the most recent and prior performance evaluation ratings of each teacher identified only by length of continuing service in the district or joint agreement and not by name. If, after review of this list, a member of the joint committee has a good faith belief that a disproportionate number of teachers with greater length of continuing service with the district or joint agreement have received a recent performance evaluation rating lower than the prior rating, the member may request that the joint committee review the list to assess whether such a trend may exist. Following the joint committee's review, but by no later than the end of the applicable school term, the joint committee or any member or members of the joint committee may submit a report of the review to the employing board and exclusive bargaining representative, if any. Nothing in this paragraph (5) shall impact the order of honorable dismissal or a school district's or joint agreement's authority to carry out a dismissal in accordance with subsection (b) of this Section.
    Agreement by the joint committee as to a matter requires the majority vote of all committee members, and if the joint committee does not reach agreement on a matter, then the otherwise applicable requirements of subsection (b) of this Section shall apply. Except as explicitly set forth in this subsection (c), a joint committee has no authority to agree to any further modifications to the requirements for honorable dismissals set forth in subsection (b) of this Section. The joint committee must be established, and the first meeting of the joint committee each school year must occur on or before December 1.