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Full Text of HB0081  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 1/14/2021, by Rep. Mary E. Flowers


105 ILCS 5/10-17a  from Ch. 122, par. 10-17a
105 ILCS 5/27-12  from Ch. 122, par. 27-12

    Amends the School Code. Requires the instruction on character education to include the teaching of respect toward a person's race or ethnicity or gender. With regard to the State Board of Education's school report card, requires data collected on curriculum information to include information on a school's instruction on character education.

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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 Sections
510-17a and 27-12 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-17a)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-17a)
7    Sec. 10-17a. State, school district, and school report
9    (1) By October 31, 2013 and October 31 of each subsequent
10school year, the State Board of Education, through the State
11Superintendent of Education, shall prepare a State report
12card, school district report cards, and school report cards,
13and shall by the most economic means provide to each school
14district in this State, including special charter districts
15and districts subject to the provisions of Article 34, the
16report cards for the school district and each of its schools.
17    (2) In addition to any information required by federal
18law, the State Superintendent shall determine the indicators
19and presentation of the school report card, which must
20include, at a minimum, the most current data collected and
21maintained by the State Board of Education related to the
23        (A) school characteristics and student demographics,



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1    including average class size, average teaching experience,
2    student racial/ethnic breakdown, and the percentage of
3    students classified as low-income; the percentage of
4    students classified as English learners; the percentage of
5    students who have individualized education plans or 504
6    plans that provide for special education services; the
7    number and percentage of all students who have been
8    assessed for placement in a gifted education or advanced
9    academic program and, of those students: (i) the racial
10    and ethnic breakdown, (ii) the percentage who are
11    classified as low-income, and (iii) the number and
12    percentage of students who received direct instruction
13    from a teacher who holds a gifted education endorsement
14    and, of those students, the percentage who are classified
15    as low-income; the percentage of students scoring at the
16    "exceeds expectations" level on the assessments required
17    under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code; the percentage of
18    students who annually transferred in or out of the school
19    district; average daily attendance; the per-pupil
20    operating expenditure of the school district; and the
21    per-pupil State average operating expenditure for the
22    district type (elementary, high school, or unit);
23        (B) curriculum information, including, where
24    applicable, Advanced Placement, International
25    Baccalaureate or equivalent courses, dual enrollment
26    courses, foreign language classes, school personnel



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1    resources (including Career Technical Education teachers),
2    before and after school programs, extracurricular
3    activities, subjects in which elective classes are
4    offered, health and wellness initiatives (including the
5    average number of days of Physical Education per week per
6    student), approved programs of study, awards received,
7    community partnerships, instruction on character
8    education, and special programs such as programming for
9    the gifted and talented, students with disabilities, and
10    work-study students;
11        (C) student outcomes, including, where applicable, the
12    percentage of students deemed proficient on assessments of
13    State standards, the percentage of students in the eighth
14    grade who pass Algebra, the percentage of students who
15    participated in workplace learning experiences, the
16    percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary
17    institutions (including colleges, universities, community
18    colleges, trade/vocational schools, and training programs
19    leading to career certification within 2 semesters of high
20    school graduation), the percentage of students graduating
21    from high school who are college and career ready, and the
22    percentage of graduates enrolled in community colleges,
23    colleges, and universities who are in one or more courses
24    that the community college, college, or university
25    identifies as a developmental course;
26        (D) student progress, including, where applicable, the



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1    percentage of students in the ninth grade who have earned
2    5 credits or more without failing more than one core
3    class, a measure of students entering kindergarten ready
4    to learn, a measure of growth, and the percentage of
5    students who enter high school on track for college and
6    career readiness;
7        (E) the school environment, including, where
8    applicable, the percentage of students with less than 10
9    absences in a school year, the percentage of teachers with
10    less than 10 absences in a school year for reasons other
11    than professional development, leaves taken pursuant to
12    the federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, long-term
13    disability, or parental leaves, the 3-year average of the
14    percentage of teachers returning to the school from the
15    previous year, the number of different principals at the
16    school in the last 6 years, the number of teachers who hold
17    a gifted education endorsement, the process and criteria
18    used by the district to determine whether a student is
19    eligible for participation in a gifted education program
20    or advanced academic program and the manner in which
21    parents and guardians are made aware of the process and
22    criteria, 2 or more indicators from any school climate
23    survey selected or approved by the State and administered
24    pursuant to Section 2-3.153 of this Code, with the same or
25    similar indicators included on school report cards for all
26    surveys selected or approved by the State pursuant to



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1    Section 2-3.153 of this Code, and the combined percentage
2    of teachers rated as proficient or excellent in their most
3    recent evaluation;
4        (F) a school district's and its individual schools'
5    balanced accountability measure, in accordance with
6    Section 2-3.25a of this Code;
7        (G) the total and per pupil normal cost amount the
8    State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System of
9    the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the
10    school's employees, which shall be reported to the State
11    Board of Education by the Teachers' Retirement System of
12    the State of Illinois;
13        (H) for a school district organized under Article 34
14    of this Code only, State contributions to the Public
15    School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago
16    and State contributions for health care for employees of
17    that school district;
18        (I) a school district's Final Percent of Adequacy, as
19    defined in paragraph (4) of subsection (f) of Section
20    18-8.15 of this Code;
21        (J) a school district's Local Capacity Target, as
22    defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section
23    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
24        (K) a school district's Real Receipts, as defined in
25    paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of Section 18-8.15 of this
26    Code, divided by a school district's Adequacy Target, as



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1    defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section
2    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
3        (L) a school district's administrative costs; and
4        (M) whether or not the school has participated in the
5    Illinois Youth Survey. In this paragraph (M), "Illinois
6    Youth Survey" means a self-report survey, administered in
7    school settings every 2 years, designed to gather
8    information about health and social indicators, including
9    substance abuse patterns and the attitudes of students in
10    grades 8, 10, and 12; and
11        (N) whether the school offered its students career and
12    technical education opportunities.
13    The school report card shall also provide information that
14allows for comparing the current outcome, progress, and
15environment data to the State average, to the school data from
16the past 5 years, and to the outcomes, progress, and
17environment of similar schools based on the type of school and
18enrollment of low-income students, special education students,
19and English learners.
20    As used in this subsection (2):
21    "Administrative costs" means costs associated with
22executive, administrative, or managerial functions within the
23school district that involve planning, organizing, managing,
24or directing the school district.
25    "Advanced academic program" means a course of study to
26which students are assigned based on advanced cognitive



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1ability or advanced academic achievement compared to local age
2peers and in which the curriculum is substantially
3differentiated from the general curriculum to provide
4appropriate challenge and pace.
5    "Gifted education" means educational services, including
6differentiated curricula and instructional methods, designed
7to meet the needs of gifted children as defined in Article 14A
8of this Code.
9    For the purposes of paragraph (A) of this subsection (2),
10"average daily attendance" means the average of the actual
11number of attendance days during the previous school year for
12any enrolled student who is subject to compulsory attendance
13by Section 26-1 of this Code at each school and charter school.
14    (3) At the discretion of the State Superintendent, the
15school district report card shall include a subset of the
16information identified in paragraphs (A) through (E) of
17subsection (2) of this Section, as well as information
18relating to the operating expense per pupil and other finances
19of the school district, and the State report card shall
20include a subset of the information identified in paragraphs
21(A) through (E) and paragraph (N) of subsection (2) of this
22Section. The school district report card shall include the
23average daily attendance, as that term is defined in
24subsection (2) of this Section, of students who have
25individualized education programs and students who have 504
26plans that provide for special education services within the



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1school district.
2    (4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this
3Section, in consultation with key education stakeholders, the
4State Superintendent shall at any time have the discretion to
5amend or update any and all metrics on the school, district, or
6State report card.
7    (5) Annually, no more than 30 calendar days after receipt
8of the school district and school report cards from the State
9Superintendent of Education, each school district, including
10special charter districts and districts subject to the
11provisions of Article 34, shall present such report cards at a
12regular school board meeting subject to applicable notice
13requirements, post the report cards on the school district's
14Internet web site, if the district maintains an Internet web
15site, make the report cards available to a newspaper of
16general circulation serving the district, and, upon request,
17send the report cards home to a parent (unless the district
18does not maintain an Internet web site, in which case the
19report card shall be sent home to parents without request). If
20the district posts the report card on its Internet web site,
21the district shall send a written notice home to parents
22stating (i) that the report card is available on the web site,
23(ii) the address of the web site, (iii) that a printed copy of
24the report card will be sent to parents upon request, and (iv)
25the telephone number that parents may call to request a
26printed copy of the report card.



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1    (6) Nothing contained in Public Act 98-648 repeals,
2supersedes, invalidates, or nullifies final decisions in
3lawsuits pending on July 1, 2014 (the effective date of Public
4Act 98-648) in Illinois courts involving the interpretation of
5Public Act 97-8.
6(Source: P.A. 100-227, eff. 8-18-17; 100-364, eff. 1-1-18;
7100-448, eff. 7-1-19; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17; 100-807, eff.
88-10-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 100-1121, eff. 1-1-19; 101-68,
9eff. 1-1-20; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; revised 9-9-19.)
10    (105 ILCS 5/27-12)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-12)
11    Sec. 27-12. Character education. Every public school
12teacher shall teach character education, which includes the
13teaching of respect, including, but not limited to, respect
14toward a person's race or ethnicity or gender, responsibility,
15fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship, in order
16to raise pupils' honesty, kindness, justice, discipline,
17respect for others, and moral courage for the purpose of
18lessening crime and raising the standard of good character.
19(Source: P.A. 94-187, eff. 7-12-05.)