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Full Text of HB2527  100th General Assembly


Rep. Joe Sosnowski

Filed: 3/31/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2527 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
53-15.12a as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/3-15.12a new)
7    Sec. 3-15.12a. High school diploma for adult learners.
8    (a) In this Section:
9    "Adult learner" means a person ineligible for reenrollment
10under subsection (b) of Section 26-2 of this Code and 34 CFR
12    "Board" means the Illinois Community College Board.
13    "Eligible applicant" means a non-profit entity in
14partnership with a regional superintendent of schools; the
15chief administrator of an intermediate service center that has
16the authority, under rules adopted by the State Board of



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1Education, to issue a high school diploma; or a school district
2organized under Article 34 of this Code.
3    "Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the
4Illinois Community College Board.
5    "High school diploma program for adult learners" means a
6program approved to operate under this Section that provides a
7program of alterative study to adult learners leading to the
8issuance of a high school diploma.
9    (b) An eligible applicant is authorized to design a high
10school diploma program for adult learners, to be approved by
11the Board prior to implementation. An eligible applicant shall
12include, without limitation, all of the following in the
13application for approval under subsection (c) of this Section:
14        (1) Evidence of an administrative structure, program
15    activities, program staff, a budget, and a specific
16    curriculum that is consistent with Illinois Learning
17    Standards, as well as Illinois content standards for
18    adults, but may be different from a regular school program
19    in terms of location, length of school day, program
20    sequence, multidisciplinary courses, pace, instructional
21    activities, or any combination of these.
22        (2) Evidence or documentation that the program will
23    issue a high school diploma only if an adult learner meets
24    all minimum requirements under this Code and its
25    implementing rules for receipt of a high school diploma.
26        (3) A description of specific academic, behavioral,



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1    and emotional support services to be offered to adult
2    learners enrolled in the program.
3        (4) Evidence that the program will offer career and
4    technical education courses that lead to industry
5    certifications in high growth and in-demand industry
6    sectors or dual credit courses from a regionally accredited
7    post-secondary educational institution consistent with the
8    Dual Credit Quality Act. The program may include partnering
9    with a community college district to provide career and
10    technical education courses that lead to industry
11    certifications.
12        (5) A description of specific program outcomes and
13    goals and metrics to be used by the program to determine
14    success.
15        (6) An assurance that all instructional staff hold an
16    educator license valid for the high school grades issued
17    under Article 21B of this Code.
18        (7) Any other requirements adopted by rule by the
19    Board.
20    (c) Eligible applicants shall apply for approval of a high
21school diploma program for adult learners to the Board on forms
22prescribed by the Board.
23        (1) Initial approval shall be for a period not to
24    exceed 2 school years.
25        (2) Renewal of approval shall be for a period not to
26    exceed 4 school years and shall be contingent upon at least



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1    specific documented outcomes of student progression,
2    graduation rates, and earning of industry-recognized
3    credentials.
4        (3) Program approval may be given only if the Executive
5    Director determines that the eligible applicant has met the
6    requirements of subsection (b) of this Section and any
7    rules adopted by the Board.
8        (4) Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the
9    contrary, a non-profit eligible applicant shall provide
10    the following to the Board:
11            (A) documentation that the non-profit entity will
12        fulfill the requirements of subsection (b) of this
13        Section;
14            (B) evidence that the non-profit entity has the
15        capacity to fulfill the requirements of this Section;
16            (C) a description of the coordination and
17        oversight that the eligible entity will provide in the
18        administration of the program by the non-profit
19        entity;
20            (D) evidence that the non-profit entity has a
21        history of providing services to adults 18 years of age
22        or older whose educational and training opportunities
23        have been limited by educational disadvantages,
24        disabilities, and challenges.
25        Funding for the purposes of this paragraph (4) may
26    include federal pass-through revenues, private funding, or



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1    other funding sources the non-profit entity secures.
2    (d) The Board may adopt any rules necessary to implement
3this Section.
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.".