Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Provides that if a student that is a child of active duty military personnel is (i) placed with a non-custodial parent and (ii) as a result of placement, must attend a different school district, then the student must not be charged the tuition of the school that student attends as a result of placement with the non-custodial parent. Creates the Military Children School Transfer Law to require the State Board of Education to review the initial rulemakings of the Interstate Commission on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children and the Interstate Commission on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children each year thereafter and recommend changes, if necessary, to Illinois law that shall support the removal of barriers to educational success for children of military families in the State. Contains provisions concerning a special power of attorney for children of active duty military personnel. Contains provisions concerning immunization requirements for out-of-State transfer students. With respect to all transfer students, adds provisions to the Code concerning (1) transfer of required courses, (2) pre-requisite courses required for current courses, (3) the transfer of credits, and (4) graduation requirements and accommodations to ensure graduation of a student. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act to permit all out-of-State transfer students, including children of military personnel that transfer into this State, to use unofficial transcripts for admission to a school until official transcripts are obtained from his or her last school district. Effective immediately.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act. Provides that the General Assembly finds and declares that this State recognizes that there is created an Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children through the Council of State Governments, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Personnel and Readiness, for addressing the needs of students in transition. Provides that the Interstate Commission is a group of member states who have joined to create laws easing the transition of children of military families. Authorizes and directs the Governor to enter into a compact governed by the Act on behalf of this State with any of the United States legally joining therein. Sets forth provisions concerning tuition for transfer students; power of attorney for children of active duty military personnel; required courses for transfer students, pre-requisites, credit transfer, and graduation; state coordination; the creation of the Interstate Commission and its powers and duties; rulemaking of the Interstate Commission; the resolution of disputes; the financing of the Interstate Commission; withdrawal and dissolution of the compact; Act severability and construction; the binding effect of the Act and other laws; student health examinations and immunizations; and school student records. Provides that the Act is repealed on June 30, 2012. Effective immediately.