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(105 ILCS 5/10-22.5a)
(from Ch. 122, par. 10-22.5a)
Attendance by dependents of United States military personnel, foreign exchange students, and certain
(a) To enter into written agreements with cultural exchange organizations,
or with nationally recognized eleemosynary institutions that promote excellence
in the arts, mathematics, or science. The written agreements may provide
for tuition free attendance at the local district school by foreign exchange
students, or by nonresident pupils of eleemosynary institutions. The local
board of education, as part of the agreement, may require that the cultural
exchange program or the eleemosynary institutions provide services to the
district in exchange for the waiver of nonresident tuition.
To enter into written agreements with adjacent school districts to provide
for tuition free attendance by a student of the adjacent district when
requested for the student's health and safety by the student or parent and both
districts determine that the student's health or safety will be served by such
attendance. Districts shall not be required to enter into such agreements nor
required to alter existing transportation services due to the attendance of
such non-resident pupils.
(a-5) If, at the time of enrollment, a dependent of United States military personnel is housed in temporary housing located outside of a school district, but will be living within the district within 6 months after the time of initial enrollment, the dependent must be allowed to enroll, subject to the requirements of this subsection (a-5), and must not be charged tuition. Any United States military personnel attempting to enroll a dependent under this subsection (a-5) shall provide proof that the dependent will be living within the district within 6 months after the time of initial enrollment. Proof of residency may include, but is not limited to, postmarked mail addressed to the military personnel and sent to an address located within the district, a lease agreement for occupancy of a residence located within the district, or proof of ownership of a residence located within the district.
(b) Nonresident pupils and foreign exchange students attending school on a
tuition free basis under such agreements and nonresident dependents of United States military personnel attending school on a tuition free basis may be counted for the purposes
of determining the apportionment of State aid provided under Section 18-8.05 or 18-8.15
of this Code. No organization
or institution participating in agreements authorized under this Section
may exclude any individual for participation in its program on account
of the person's race, color, sex, religion or nationality.
(Source: P.A. 102-126, eff. 7-23-21.)