Bill Text: IL HB1254 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the State Board of Education.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 5-2)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-06-09 - Sent to the Governor [HB1254 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB1254-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
518-12 as follows:
6 (105 ILCS 5/18-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 18-12)
7 Sec. 18-12. Dates for filing State aid claims. The school
8board of each school district, a regional office of education,
9a laboratory school, or a State-authorized charter school shall
10require teachers, principals, or superintendents to furnish
11from records kept by them such data as it needs in preparing
12and certifying to the State Superintendent of Education its
13report of claims provided in Section 18-8.05 of this Code. The
14claim shall be based on the latest available equalized assessed
15valuation and tax rates, as provided in Section 18-8.05, shall
16use the average daily attendance as determined by the method
17outlined in Section 18-8.05, and shall be certified and filed
18with the State Superintendent of Education by June 21 for
19districts and State-authorized charter schools with an
20official school calendar end date before June 15 or within 2
21weeks following the official school calendar end date for
22districts, regional offices of education, laboratory schools,
23or State-authorized charter schools with a school year end date

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1of June 15 or later. Failure to so file by these deadlines
2constitutes a forfeiture of the right to receive payment by the
3State until such claim is filed. The State Superintendent of
4Education shall voucher for payment those claims to the State
5Comptroller as provided in Section 18-11.
6 Except as otherwise provided in this Section, if any school
7district fails to provide the minimum school term specified in
8Section 10-19, the State aid claim for that year shall be
9reduced by the State Superintendent of Education in an amount
10equivalent to 1/176 or .56818% for each day less than the
11number of days required by this Code.
12 If the State Superintendent of Education determines that
13the failure to provide the minimum school term was occasioned
14by an act or acts of God, or was occasioned by conditions
15beyond the control of the school district which posed a
16hazardous threat to the health and safety of pupils, the State
17aid claim need not be reduced.
18 If a school district is precluded from providing the
19minimum hours of instruction required for a full day of
20attendance due to (A) an adverse weather condition, (B) or a
21condition beyond the control of the school district that poses
22a hazardous threat to the health and safety of students, or (C)
23beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the utilization of
24the school district's facilities for not more than 2 school
25days per school year by local or county authorities for the
26purpose of holding a memorial or funeral services in

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1remembrance of a community member, then the partial day of
2attendance may be counted if (i) the school district has
3provided at least one hour of instruction prior to the closure
4of the school district, (ii) a school building has provided at
5least one hour of instruction prior to the closure of the
6school building, or (iii) the normal start time of the school
7district is delayed.
8 If, prior to providing any instruction, a school district
9must close one or more but not all school buildings after
10consultation with a local emergency response agency or due to a
11condition beyond the control of the school district, then the
12school district may claim attendance for up to 2 school days
13based on the average attendance of the 3 school days
14immediately preceding the closure of the affected school
15building or, if approved by the State Board of Education,
16utilize the provisions of an e-learning program for the
17affected school building as prescribed in Section 10-20.56 of
18this Code. The partial or no day of attendance described in
19this Section and the reasons therefore shall be certified
20within a month of the closing or delayed start by the school
21district superintendent to the regional superintendent of
22schools for forwarding to the State Superintendent of Education
23for approval.
24 Other than the utilization of any e-learning days as
25prescribed in Section 10-20.56 of this Code, no exception to
26the requirement of providing a minimum school term may be

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1approved by the State Superintendent of Education pursuant to
2this Section unless a school district has first used all
3emergency days provided for in its regular calendar.
4 If the State Superintendent of Education declares that an
5energy shortage exists during any part of the school year for
6the State or a designated portion of the State, a district may
7operate the school attendance centers within the district 4
8days of the week during the time of the shortage by extending
9each existing school day by one clock hour of school work, and
10the State aid claim shall not be reduced, nor shall the
11employees of that district suffer any reduction in salary or
12benefits as a result thereof. A district may operate all
13attendance centers on this revised schedule, or may apply the
14schedule to selected attendance centers, taking into
15consideration such factors as pupil transportation schedules
16and patterns and sources of energy for individual attendance
17centers.
18 Electronically submitted State aid claims shall be
19submitted by duly authorized district individuals over a secure
20network that is password protected. The electronic submission
21of a State aid claim must be accompanied with an affirmation
22that all of the provisions of Sections 18-8.05, 10-22.5, and
2324-4 of this Code are met in all respects.
24(Source: P.A. 99-194, eff. 7-30-15; 99-657, eff. 7-28-16.)
25 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
26becoming law.
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