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1     AN ACT concerning education.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
5 24-2 as follows:
6     (105 ILCS 5/24-2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 24-2)
7     Sec. 24-2. Holidays.
8     (a) Teachers shall not be required to teach on Saturdays, ;
9 nor, except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section,
10 shall teachers or other school employees, other than
11 noncertificated school employees whose presence is necessary
12 because of an emergency or for the continued operation and
13 maintenance of school facilities or property, be required to
14 work on legal school holidays, which are January 1, New Year's
15 Day; the third Monday in January, the Birthday of Dr. Martin
16 Luther King, Jr.; February 12, the Birthday of President
17 Abraham Lincoln; the first Monday in March (to be known as
18 Casimir Pulaski's birthday); Good Friday; the day designated as
19 Memorial Day by federal law; July 4, Independence Day; the
20 first Monday in September, Labor Day; the second Monday in
21 October, Columbus Day; November 11, Veterans' Veteran's Day;
22 the Thursday in November commonly called Thanksgiving Day; and
23 December 25, Christmas Day. School boards may grant special



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1 holidays whenever in their judgment such action is advisable.
2 No deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a
3 school employee on account of any legal or special holiday.
4     (b) A school board or other entity eligible to apply for
5 waivers and modifications under Section 2-3.25g of this Code is
6 authorized to hold school or schedule teachers' institutes,
7 parent-teacher conferences, or staff development on the third
8 Monday in January (the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King,
9 Jr.); February 12 (the Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln);
10 the first Monday in March (known as Casimir Pulaski's
11 birthday); the second Monday in October (Columbus Day); and
12 November 11 (Veterans' Day), provided that:
13         (1) the person or persons honored by the holiday are
14     recognized through instructional activities conducted on
15     that day or, if the day is not used for student attendance,
16     on the first school day preceding or following that day;
17     and
18         (2) the entity that chooses to exercise this authority
19     first holds a public hearing about the proposal. The entity
20     shall provide notice preceding the public hearing to both
21     educators and parents. The notice shall set forth the time,
22     date, and place of the hearing, describe the proposal, and
23     indicate that the entity will take testimony from educators
24     and parents about the proposal.
25     (c) Commemorative holidays, which recognize specified
26 patriotic, civic, cultural or historical persons, activities,



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1 or events, are regular school days. Commemorative holidays are:
2 January 28 (to be known as Christa McAuliffe Day and observed
3 as a commemoration of space exploration), February 15 (the
4 birthday of Susan B. Anthony), March 29 (Viet Nam War Veterans'
5 Veterans Day), September 11 (September 11th Day of
6 Remembrance), the school day immediately preceding Veterans'
7 Veteran's Day (Korean War Veterans' Veterans Day), October 1
8 (Recycling Day), December 7 (Pearl Harbor Veterans' Veterans
9 Day) and any day so appointed by the President or Governor.
10 School boards may establish commemorative holidays whenever in
11 their judgment such action is advisable. School boards shall
12 include instruction relative to commemorated persons,
13 activities, or events on the commemorative holiday or at any
14 other time during the school year and at any point in the
15 curriculum when such instruction may be deemed appropriate. The
16 State Board of Education shall prepare and make available to
17 school boards instructional materials relative to commemorated
18 persons, activities, or events which may be used by school
19 boards in conjunction with any instruction provided pursuant to
20 this paragraph.
21     (d) City of Chicago School District 299 shall observe March
22 4 of each year as a commemorative holiday. This holiday shall
23 be known as Mayors' Day which shall be a day to commemorate and
24 be reminded of the past Chief Executive Officers of the City of
25 Chicago, and in particular the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and
26 the late Mayor Harold Washington. If March 4 falls on a



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1 Saturday or Sunday, Mayors' Day shall be observed on the
2 following Monday.
3 (Source: P.A. 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)
4     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
5 2009.