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Full Text of HB1012  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 1/12/2023, 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 economical 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.
17Because of the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency
18during school year 2020-2021, the State Board of Education
19shall have until December 31, 2021 to prepare and provide the
20report cards that would otherwise be due by October 31, 2021.
21During a school year in which the Governor has declared a
22disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section
237 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, the report



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1cards for the school districts and each of its schools shall be
2prepared by December 31.
3    (2) In addition to any information required by federal
4law, the State Superintendent shall determine the indicators
5and presentation of the school report card, which must
6include, at a minimum, the most current data collected and
7maintained by the State Board of Education related to the
9        (A) school characteristics and student demographics,
10    including average class size, average teaching experience,
11    student racial/ethnic breakdown, and the percentage of
12    students classified as low-income; the percentage of
13    students classified as English learners, the number of
14    students who graduate from a bilingual or English learner
15    program, and the number of students who graduate from,
16    transfer from, or otherwise leave bilingual programs; the
17    percentage of students who have individualized education
18    plans or 504 plans that provide for special education
19    services; the number and percentage of all students who
20    have been assessed for placement in a gifted education or
21    advanced academic program and, of those students: (i) the
22    racial and ethnic breakdown, (ii) the percentage who are
23    classified as low-income, and (iii) the number and
24    percentage of students who received direct instruction
25    from a teacher who holds a gifted education endorsement
26    and, of those students, the percentage who are classified



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1    as low-income; the percentage of students scoring at the
2    "exceeds expectations" level on the assessments required
3    under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code; the percentage of
4    students who annually transferred in or out of the school
5    district; average daily attendance; the per-pupil
6    operating expenditure of the school district; and the
7    per-pupil State average operating expenditure for the
8    district type (elementary, high school, or unit);
9        (B) curriculum information, including, where
10    applicable, Advanced Placement, International
11    Baccalaureate or equivalent courses, dual enrollment
12    courses, foreign language classes, computer science
13    courses, school personnel resources (including Career
14    Technical Education teachers), before and after school
15    programs, extracurricular activities, subjects in which
16    elective classes are offered, health and wellness
17    initiatives (including the average number of days of
18    Physical Education per week per student), approved
19    programs of study, awards received, community
20    partnerships, instruction on character education, and
21    special programs such as programming for the gifted and
22    talented, students with disabilities, and work-study
23    students;
24        (C) student outcomes, including, where applicable, the
25    percentage of students deemed proficient on assessments of
26    State standards, the percentage of students in the eighth



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1    grade who pass Algebra, the percentage of students who
2    participated in workplace learning experiences, the
3    percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary
4    institutions (including colleges, universities, community
5    colleges, trade/vocational schools, and training programs
6    leading to career certification within 2 semesters of high
7    school graduation), the percentage of students graduating
8    from high school who are college and career ready, and the
9    percentage of graduates enrolled in community colleges,
10    colleges, and universities who are in one or more courses
11    that the community college, college, or university
12    identifies as a developmental course;
13        (D) student progress, including, where applicable, the
14    percentage of students in the ninth grade who have earned
15    5 credits or more without failing more than one core
16    class, a measure of students entering kindergarten ready
17    to learn, a measure of growth, and the percentage of
18    students who enter high school on track for college and
19    career readiness;
20        (E) the school environment, including, where
21    applicable, high school dropout rate by grade level, the
22    percentage of students with less than 10 absences in a
23    school year, the percentage of teachers with less than 10
24    absences in a school year for reasons other than
25    professional development, leaves taken pursuant to the
26    federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, long-term



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1    disability, or parental leaves, the 3-year average of the
2    percentage of teachers returning to the school from the
3    previous year, the number of different principals at the
4    school in the last 6 years, the number of teachers who hold
5    a gifted education endorsement, the process and criteria
6    used by the district to determine whether a student is
7    eligible for participation in a gifted education program
8    or advanced academic program and the manner in which
9    parents and guardians are made aware of the process and
10    criteria, the number of teachers who are National Board
11    Certified Teachers, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, 2
12    or more indicators from any school climate survey selected
13    or approved by the State and administered pursuant to
14    Section 2-3.153 of this Code, with the same or similar
15    indicators included on school report cards for all surveys
16    selected or approved by the State pursuant to Section
17    2-3.153 of this Code, the combined percentage of teachers
18    rated as proficient or excellent in their most recent
19    evaluation, and, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year,
20    data on the number of incidents of violence that occurred
21    on school grounds or during school-related activities and
22    that resulted in an out-of-school suspension, expulsion,
23    or removal to an alternative setting, as reported pursuant
24    to Section 2-3.162;
25        (F) a school district's and its individual schools'
26    balanced accountability measure, in accordance with



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1    Section 2-3.25a of this Code;
2        (G) the total and per pupil normal cost amount the
3    State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System of
4    the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the
5    school's employees, which shall be reported to the State
6    Board of Education by the Teachers' Retirement System of
7    the State of Illinois;
8        (H) for a school district organized under Article 34
9    of this Code only, State contributions to the Public
10    School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago
11    and State contributions for health care for employees of
12    that school district;
13        (I) a school district's Final Percent of Adequacy, as
14    defined in paragraph (4) of subsection (f) of Section
15    18-8.15 of this Code;
16        (J) a school district's Local Capacity Target, as
17    defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section
18    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
19        (K) a school district's Real Receipts, as defined in
20    paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of Section 18-8.15 of this
21    Code, divided by a school district's Adequacy Target, as
22    defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section
23    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
24        (L) a school district's administrative costs;
25        (M) whether or not the school has participated in the
26    Illinois Youth Survey. In this paragraph (M), "Illinois



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1    Youth Survey" means a self-report survey, administered in
2    school settings every 2 years, designed to gather
3    information about health and social indicators, including
4    substance abuse patterns and the attitudes of students in
5    grades 8, 10, and 12; and
6        (N) whether the school offered its students career and
7    technical education opportunities.
8    The school report card shall also provide information that
9allows for comparing the current outcome, progress, and
10environment data to the State average, to the school data from
11the past 5 years, and to the outcomes, progress, and
12environment of similar schools based on the type of school and
13enrollment of low-income students, special education students,
14and English learners.
15    As used in this subsection (2):
16    "Administrative costs" means costs associated with
17executive, administrative, or managerial functions within the
18school district that involve planning, organizing, managing,
19or directing the school district.
20    "Advanced academic program" means a course of study to
21which students are assigned based on advanced cognitive
22ability or advanced academic achievement compared to local age
23peers and in which the curriculum is substantially
24differentiated from the general curriculum to provide
25appropriate challenge and pace.
26    "Computer science" means the study of computers and



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1algorithms, including their principles, their hardware and
2software designs, their implementation, and their impact on
3society. "Computer science" does not include the study of
4everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as
5keyboarding or accessing the Internet.
6    "Gifted education" means educational services, including
7differentiated curricula and instructional methods, designed
8to meet the needs of gifted children as defined in Article 14A
9of this Code.
10    For the purposes of paragraph (A) of this subsection (2),
11"average daily attendance" means the average of the actual
12number of attendance days during the previous school year for
13any enrolled student who is subject to compulsory attendance
14by Section 26-1 of this Code at each school and charter school.
15    (3) At the discretion of the State Superintendent, the
16school district report card shall include a subset of the
17information identified in paragraphs (A) through (E) of
18subsection (2) of this Section, as well as information
19relating to the operating expense per pupil and other finances
20of the school district, and the State report card shall
21include a subset of the information identified in paragraphs
22(A) through (E) and paragraph (N) of subsection (2) of this
23Section. The school district report card shall include the
24average daily attendance, as that term is defined in
25subsection (2) of this Section, of students who have
26individualized education programs and students who have 504



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



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1printed copy of the report card.
2    (6) Nothing contained in Public Act 98-648 repeals,
3supersedes, invalidates, or nullifies final decisions in
4lawsuits pending on July 1, 2014 (the effective date of Public
5Act 98-648) in Illinois courts involving the interpretation of
6Public Act 97-8.
7(Source: P.A. 101-68, eff. 1-1-20; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19;
8101-654, eff. 3-8-21; 102-16, eff. 6-17-21; 102-294, eff.
91-1-22; 102-539, eff. 8-20-21; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-594,
10eff. 7-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)
11    (105 ILCS 5/27-12)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-12)
12    Sec. 27-12. Character education. Every public school
13teacher shall teach character education, which includes the
14teaching of respect, including, but not limited to, respect
15toward a person's race or ethnicity or gender, responsibility,
16fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship, in order
17to raise pupils' honesty, kindness, justice, discipline,
18respect for others, and moral courage for the purpose of
19lessening crime and raising the standard of good character.
20(Source: P.A. 94-187, eff. 7-12-05.)