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Full Text of SB2939  100th General Assembly




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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 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Law
5is amended by changing Sections 2 and 4 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 305/2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 1503-2)
7    Sec. 2. Establishment, Funding and Location. There is
8hereby created the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,
9which shall be a residential institution located in the Fox
10River Valley in close proximity to the national science
11laboratories based in Illinois. The Academy may develop
12additional campuses throughout the State, however, any
13additional campus does not need to serve as a residential
14institution. The Academy shall be a State agency, funded by
15State appropriations, private contributions and endowments.
16Minimal fees for residential students who are Illinois
17residents may be charged. Tuition, fees, and room and board
18costs shall be charged for students who are not Illinois
19residents, the totality of which must be sufficient to ensure
20that no State appropriations are used to fund the costs of
21those students attending the Academy. The Academy may admit
22those students (i) who are Illinois residents or who are not
23Illinois residents and (ii) who have completed the academic



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1equivalent of the 8th 9th grade. No more than 25% of the
2Academy's student body may be composed of students who are not
3Illinois residents. The Academy and may offer a program of
4secondary and postsecondary course work. Admission shall be
5determined by competitive examination.
6    In order to be eligible for State appropriations, the
7Academy shall submit to the Board of Higher Education not later
8than the 1st day of October of each year its budget proposal
9for the operation and capital needs of the Academy for its next
10fiscal year and information demonstrating that students who are
11not Illinois residents have paid and will pay tuition, fees,
12and room and board costs sufficient to ensure that no State
13appropriations were used or will be used to fund the costs of
14those students attending the Academy.
15(Source: P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)
16    (105 ILCS 305/4)  (from Ch. 122, par. 1503-4)
17    Sec. 4. Powers of the Board. The board is hereby authorized
19    (a) Accept donations, bequests, or other forms of financial
20assistance for educational purposes from any public or private
21person or agency and comply with rules and regulations
22governing grants from the federal government or from any other
23person or agency, which are not in contravention of the
24Illinois Constitution or the laws of the State of Illinois.
25    (b) Purchase equipment and make improvements to facilities



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1necessary for the use of the school, in accordance with
2applicable law.
3    (c) Adopt, amend, or repeal rules, regulations, and
4policies necessary or proper for the conduct of the business of
5the board.
6    (d) Award certificates and issue diplomas for successful
7completion of programs of study requirements.
8    (e) Select a Director who shall be the chief administrative
9officer of the Academy and who shall administer the rules,
10regulations, and policies adopted by the Board pursuant hereto.
11The Director shall also be the chief administrative officer of
12the Board and shall be responsible for all the administrative
13functions, duties, and needs of the Board.
14    (f) Determine faculty and staff positions necessary for the
15efficient operation of the school and select personnel for such
17    (g) Prepare and adopt an annual budget necessary for the
18continued operation of the school.
19    (h) Enter into contracts and agreements which have been
20recommended by the Director, in accordance with applicable law,
21and to the extent that funds are specifically appropriated
22therefor, with other public agencies with respect to
23cooperative enterprises and undertaking related to or
24associated with an educational purpose or program affecting
25education in the school. This shall not preclude the Board from
26entering into other such contracts and agreements that it may



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1deem necessary to carry out its duties and functions.
2    (i) Perform such other functions as are necessary to the
3supervision and control of those phases of education under its
4supervision and control.
5    (j) The Board shall delegate to the Director such of its
6administrative powers and duties as it deems appropriate to aid
7the Director in the efficient administration of his
8responsibility for the implementation of the policies of the
10    (k) The Academy shall be empowered to lease or purchase
11real and personal property on commercially reasonable terms for
12the use of the Academy. After July 1, 1988, any leases or
13purchases of real or personal property and any disposition
14thereof by the Academy must be in compliance with the
15provisions of The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the
16State Property Control Act. Personal property acquired for the
17use of the Academy shall be inventoried and disposed of in
18accordance with the State Property Control Act.
19    In addition to the authorities granted herein and any
20powers, duties, and responsibilities vested by any other
21applicable laws, the Board shall:
22        (1) Adopt rules, regulations, and policies necessary
23    for the efficient operation of the school.
24        (2) Establish criteria to be used in determining
25    eligibility of applicants for enrollment. Such criteria
26    shall ensure adequate geographic representation of this



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1    State and adequate , sexual and ethnic representation.
2        (3) Determine subjects and extracurricular activities
3    to be offered.
4        (4) Pay salaries and expenses, including but not
5    necessarily restricted to facilities, equipment, and
6    supplies of the faculty and staff of the Academy out of
7    funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the
8    operating and administrative expenses of the Board and the
9    Academy.
10        (5) Exercise budgetary responsibility and allocate for
11    expenditure by the Academy and programs under its
12    jurisdiction, all monies appropriated or otherwise made
13    available for purposes of the Board and of such Academy and
14    programs.
15        (6) Prescribe and select for use in the school free
16    school books and other materials of instruction for
17    children enrolled in the school and programs under its
18    jurisdiction for which the General Assembly provides
19    funds. However, free school books and other materials of
20    instruction need not be provided to students who are not
21    Illinois residents, and a fee may be charged to such
22    students for books and materials.
23        (7) Prepare and adopt or approve programs of study and
24    rules, bylaws, and regulations for the conduct of students
25    and for the government of the school and programs under its
26    jurisdiction.



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1        (8) Employ such personnel as may be needed, establish
2    policies governing their employment and dismissal, and fix
3    the amount of their compensation. In the employment,
4    establishment of policies and fixing of compensation the
5    board may make no discrimination on account of sex, race,
6    creed, color or national origin.
7    The Academy, its board of trustees, and its employees shall
8be represented and indemnified in certain civil law suits in
9accordance with "An Act to provide for representation and
10indemnification in certain civil law suits", approved December
113, 1977, as amended.
12    Neither the Academy, nor its officers, employees or board
13members shall participate in the creation of any corporation,
14joint venture, partnership, association, or other
15organizational entity which exercises, expands, or enhances
16the powers, duties, or responsibilities of the Academy unless
17specifically authorized by the General Assembly by law.
18    This Section does not restrict the Academy from creating
19any organization entity which is within or a part of the
21(Source: P.A. 86-109.)