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under subsection (b) of Section 26-2 of this Code and 34 CFR
"Board" means the Illinois Community College Board.
"Eligible applicant" means a community college established
and operating under the authority of the Public Community
College Act; a non-profit entity in partnership with a regional
superintendent of schools; the chief administrator of an
intermediate service center that has the authority, under rules
adopted by the State Board of Education, to issue a high school
diploma; or a school district organized under Article 34 of
this Code. In order to be an eligible applicant, an entity
under this definition, other than a school district organized
under Article 34 of this Code, must provide evidence or other
documentation that it is or has been unable to establish an
agreement with a secondary or unit school district in which the
eligible applicant is located to provide a program in which
students who successfully complete the program can receive a
high school diploma from their school district of residence.
"Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the
Illinois Community College Board.
"High school diploma program for adult learners" means a
program approved to operate under this Section that provides a
program of alterative study to adult learners leading to the
issuance of a high school diploma.
(b) An eligible applicant is authorized to design a high
school diploma program for adult learners, to be approved by
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the Board prior to implementation. An approved program shall
include, without limitation, all of the following:
(1) An administrative structure, program activities,
program staff, a budget, and a specific curriculum that is
consistent with Illinois Learning Standards, as well as
Illinois content standards for adults, but may be different
from a regular school program in terms of location, length
of school day, program sequence, multidisciplinary
courses, pace, instructional activities, or any
combination of these.
(2) Issuance of a high school diploma only if an adult
learner meets all minimum requirements under this Code and
its implementing rules for receipt of a high school
(3) Specific academic, behavioral, and emotional
support services to be offered to adult learners enrolled
in the program.
(4) Career and technical education courses that lead to
industry certifications in high growth and in-demand
industry sectors or dual credit courses from a regionally
accredited post-secondary educational institution
consistent with the Dual Credit Quality Act. The program
may include partnering with a community college district to
provide career and technical education courses that lead to
(5) Specific program outcomes and goals and metrics to
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be used by the program to determine success.
(6) The requirement that all instructional staff must
hold an educator license valid for the high school grades
issued under Article 21B of this Code.
(7) Any other requirements adopted by rule by the
(c) Eligible applicants shall apply for approval of a high
school diploma program for adult learners to the Board on forms
prescribed by the Board.
(1) Initial approval shall be for a period not to
exceed 2 school years.
(2) Renewal of approval shall be for a period not to
exceed 4 school years and shall be contingent upon at least
specific documented outcomes of student progression,
graduation rates, and earning of industry-recognized
(3) Program approval may be given only if the Executive
Director determines that the eligible applicant has
provided assurance through evidence of other documentation
that it will meet the requirements of subsection (b) of
this Section and any rules adopted by the Board.
(4) Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the
contrary, a non-profit eligible applicant shall provide
the following to the Board:
(A) documentation that the non-profit entity will
fulfill the requirements of subsection (b) of this
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(B) evidence that the non-profit entity has the
capacity to fulfill the requirements of this Section;
(C) a description of the coordination and
oversight that the eligible entity will provide in the
administration of the program by the non-profit
(D) evidence that the non-profit entity has a
history of providing services to adults 18 years of age
or older whose educational and training opportunities
have been limited by educational disadvantages,
disabilities, and challenges.
(5) If an eligible applicant that has been approved
fails to meet any of the requirements of subsection (b) of
this Section and any rules adopted by the Board, the
Executive Director shall immediately initiate a process to
revoke the eligible applicant's approval to provide the
program, pursuant to rules adopted by the Board. If the
eligible applicant's approval is revoked, it shall be
liable to adult learners who participated in the program
for any damages they incur.
(d) The Board may adopt any rules necessary to implement
This Act takes effect upon