Public Act 100-1055
HB4768 EnrolledLRB100 19225 AXK 34491 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
10-16.5 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/10-16.5)
    Sec. 10-16.5. Oath of office. Each school board member,
before taking his or her seat on the board, shall take an oath
of office, administered as determined by the board, in
substantially the following form:
        I, (name of member or successful candidate), do
    solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge
    the duties of the office of member of the Board of
    Education (or Board of School Directors, as the case may
    be) of (name of school district), in accordance with the
    Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the
    State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois,
    to the best of my ability.
        I further swear (or affirm) that:
        I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a
    faithful protector of the school district's assets;
        I shall encourage and respect the free expression of
    opinion by my fellow board members and others who seek a
    hearing before the board, while respecting the privacy of
    students and employees;
        I shall recognize that a board member has no legal
    authority as an individual and that decisions can be made
    only by a majority vote at a public board meeting; and
        I shall abide by majority decisions of the board, while
    retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions
    through ethical and constructive channels; .
        As part of the Board of Education (or Board of School
    Directors, as the case may be), I shall accept the
    responsibility for my role in the equitable and quality
    education of every student in the school district;
        I shall foster with the board extensive participation
    of the community, formulate goals, define outcomes, and set
    the course for (name of school district);
        I shall assist in establishing a structure and an
    environment designed to ensure all students have the
    opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a
    sound organizational framework;
        I shall strive to ensure a continuous assessment of
    student achievement and all conditions affecting the
    education of our children, in compliance with State law;
        I shall serve as education's key advocate on behalf of
    students and our community's school (or schools) to advance
    the vision for (name of school district); and
        I shall strive to work together with the district
    superintendent to lead the school district toward
    fulfilling the vision the board has created, fostering
    excellence for every student in the areas of academic
    skills, knowledge, citizenship, and personal development.
(Source: P.A. 96-998, eff. 7-2-10.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2019