100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the School Code. Authorizes eligible applicants (defined as a
non-profit entity in partnership with a regional superintendent of schools,
the chief administrator of an intermediate service center that has the
authority to issue a high school diploma, or the Chicago school district)
to design a high school diploma program for adult learners. Requires
eligible applicants to apply for approval of a program to the State
Superintendent of Education. Sets forth other requirements. Effective
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
3-15.12a as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/3-15.12a new)
High school diploma for adult learners.
(a) In this Section:
"Adult learner" means a person ineligible for reenrollment
under subsection (b) of Section 26-2 of this Code and 34 CFR
"Eligible applicant" means a non-profit entity in
partnership with a regional superintendent of schools; the
chief administrator of an intermediate service center that has
the authority, under rules adopted by the State Board, to issue
a high school diploma; or a school district organized under
Article 34 of this Code.
"High school diploma program for adult learners" means a
program approved to operate under this Section that provides a
program of alterative study to adult learners leading to the
issuance of a high school diploma.
"State Board" means the State Board of Education.
"State Superintendent" means the State Superintendent of
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(b) An eligible applicant is authorized to design a high
school diploma program for adult learners, to be approved by
the State Superintendent prior to implementation. An eligible
applicant shall include, without limitation, all of the
following in the application for approval under subsection (c)
of this Section:
(1) Evidence of an administrative structure, program
activities, program staff, a budget, and a specific
curriculum that is consistent with Illinois Learning
Standards but may be different from a regular school
program in terms of location, length of school day, program
sequence, multidisciplinary courses, pace, instructional
activities, or any combination of these.
(2) Evidence or documentation that the program will
issue a high school diploma only if an adult learner meets
all minimum requirements under this Code and its
implementing rules for receipt of a high school diploma.
(3) A description of specific academic, behavioral,
and emotional support services to be offered to adult
learners enrolled in the program.
(4) Evidence that the program will offer career
education courses that lead to industry certifications in
high growth and in-demand industry sectors or dual college
credits from an accredited post-secondary educational
entity or community college. The program may include
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partnering with a public community college district to
provide career and occupational education courses that
lead to industry certifications.
(5) A description of specific program outcomes and
goals and metrics to be used by the program to determine
(6) An assurance that all instructional staff hold an
educator license valid for the high school grades issued
under Article 21B of this Code.
(7) Any other requirements adopted by rule by the State
(c) Eligible applicants shall apply for approval of a high
school diploma program for adult learners to the State
Superintendent on forms prescribed by the State
(1) Initial approval shall be for a period not to
exceed 2 school years.
(2) Renewal of approval shall be for a period not to
exceed 4 school years and shall be contingent upon at least
specific documented outcomes of student progression,
graduation rates, and earning of industry-recognized
(3) Program approval may be given only if the State
Superintendent determines that the eligible applicant has
met the requirements of subsection (b) of this Section and
any rules adopted by the State Board.
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(4) Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the
contrary, a non-profit eligible applicant shall provide
the following to the State Superintendent:
(A) documentation that the non-profit entity will
fulfill the requirements of subsection (b) of this
(B) evidence that the non-profit entity has the
capacity to fulfill the requirements of this Section;
(C) a description of the coordination and
oversight that the eligible entity will provide in the
administration of the program by the non-profit
(D) evidence that the non-profit entity has a
history of providing services to adults 18 years of age
or older whose educational and training opportunities
have been limited by educational disadvantages,
disabilities, and challenges.
Funding for the purposes of this paragraph (4) is
subject to appropriation, private funding, or other
funding sources the non-profit entity secures.
This Act takes effect upon