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Full Text of SB1703  98th 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 School Code is amended by changing Section
524-2 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,
9nor, except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section,
10shall teachers or other school employees, other than
11noncertificated school employees whose presence is necessary
12because of an emergency or for the continued operation and
13maintenance of school facilities or property, be required to
14work on legal school holidays, which are January 1, New Year's
15Day; the third Monday in January, the Birthday of Dr. Martin
16Luther King, Jr.; February 12, the Birthday of President
17Abraham Lincoln; the first Monday in March (to be known as
18Casimir Pulaski's birthday); Good Friday; the day designated as
19Memorial Day by federal law; July 4, Independence Day; the
20first Monday in September, Labor Day; the second Monday in
21October, Columbus Day; November 11, Veterans' Day; the Thursday
22in November commonly called Thanksgiving Day; and December 25,
23Christmas Day. School boards may grant special holidays



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1whenever in their judgment such action is advisable. No
2deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a
3school employee on account of any legal or special holiday.
4    (b) A school board or other entity eligible to apply for
5waivers and modifications under Section 2-3.25g of this Code is
6authorized to hold school or schedule teachers' institutes,
7parent-teacher conferences, or staff development on the third
8Monday in January (the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King,
9Jr.); February 12 (the Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln);
10the first Monday in March (known as Casimir Pulaski's
11birthday); the second Monday in October (Columbus Day); and
12November 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
26patriotic, civic, cultural or historical persons, activities,



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



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1Saturday or Sunday, Mayors' Day shall be observed on the
2following Monday.
3(Source: P.A. 95-699, eff. 11-9-07; 96-640, eff. 8-24-09.)
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.