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Public Act 102-0296


 

Public Act 0296 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0296
 
SB0652 EnrolledLRB102 15818 CMG 21186 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
34-2.2 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/34-2.2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.2)
    Sec. 34-2.2. Local school councils - Manner of operation.
    (a) The annual organizational meeting of each local school
council shall be held at the attendance center or via
videoconference or teleconference if guidance from the
Department of Public Health or Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention limits the size of in-person meetings at the time
of the meeting. At the annual organization meeting, which
shall be held no sooner than July 1 and no later than July 14,
a parent member of the local school council shall be selected
by the members of such council as its chairperson, and a
secretary shall be selected by the members of such council
from among their number, each to serve a term of one year.
However, an organizational meeting held by members elected to
a local school council under subsection (c-5) of Section
34-2.1 may be held no sooner than January 11, 2021 and no later
than January 31, 2021. Whenever a vacancy in the office of
chairperson or secretary of a local school council shall
occur, a new chairperson (who shall be a parent member) or
secretary, as the case may be, shall be elected by the members
of the local school council from among their number to serve as
such chairperson or secretary for the unexpired term of office
in which the vacancy occurs. At each annual organizational
meeting, the time and place of any regular meetings of the
local school council shall be fixed. Special meetings of the
local school council may be called by the chairperson or by any
4 members by giving notice thereof in writing, specifying the
time, place and purpose of the meeting. Public notice of
meetings shall also be given in accordance with the Open
Meetings Act.
    (b) Members and officers of the local school council shall
serve without compensation and without reimbursement of any
expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, except
that the board of education may by rule establish a procedure
and thereunder provide for reimbursement of members and
officers of local school councils for such of their reasonable
and necessary expenses (excluding any lodging or meal
expenses) incurred in the performance of their duties as the
board may deem appropriate.
    (c) A majority of the full membership of the local school
council shall constitute a quorum, except as provided in
subsection (c-5), and whenever a vote is taken on any measure
before the local school council, a quorum being present, the
affirmative vote of a majority of the votes of the full
membership then serving of the local school council shall
determine the outcome thereof; provided that whenever the
measure before the local school council is (i) the evaluation
of the principal, or (ii) the renewal of his or her performance
contract or the inclusion of any provision or modification of
the contract, or (iii) the direct selection by the local
school council of a new principal (including a new principal
to fill a vacancy) to serve under a 4 year performance
contract, or (iv) the determination of the names of candidates
to be submitted to the general superintendent for the position
of principal, the principal and student member of a high
school council shall not be counted for purposes of
determining whether a quorum is present to act on the measure
and shall have no vote thereon; and provided further that 7
affirmative votes of the local school council shall be
required for the direct selection by the local school council
of a new principal to serve under a 4 year performance contract
but not for the renewal of a principal's performance contract.
    (c-5) If the number of members serving on the local school
council falls below 7 members due to vacancies, then 4 serving
members of whom at least 2 are elected members of the local
school council shall constitute a quorum for the sole purpose
of convening a meeting to fill vacancies through appointments
in accordance with the process set forth in Section 34-2.1 of
this Code. For such purposes, the affirmative vote of a
majority of those present shall be required to fill a vacancy
through appointment by the local school council.
    (d) Student members of high school councils shall not be
eligible to vote on personnel matters, including but not
limited to principal evaluations and contracts and the
allocation of teaching and staff resources.
    (e) The local school council of an attendance center which
provides bilingual education shall be encouraged to provide
translators at each council meeting to maximize participation
of parents and the community.
    (f) Each local school council of an attendance center
which provides bilingual education shall create a Bilingual
Advisory Committee or recognize an existing Bilingual Advisory
Committee as a standing committee. The Chair and a majority of
the members of the advisory committee shall be parents of
students in the bilingual education program. The parents on
the advisory committee shall be selected by parents of
students in the bilingual education program, and the committee
shall select a Chair. The advisory committee for each
secondary attendance center shall include at least one
full-time bilingual education student. The Bilingual Advisory
Committee shall serve only in an advisory capacity to the
local school council.
    (g) Local school councils may utilize the services of an
arbitration board to resolve intra-council disputes.
(Source: P.A. 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/6/2021