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(105 ILCS 5/34-8.4)
The Chicago Schools Academic Accountability Council may recommend to the
Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees that any school placed on remediation
or probation under Section 34-8.3 or schools that for the 3 consecutive
school years of 1992-1993, 1993-1994, and 1994-1995 have met the State Board of
Education's category of "does not meet expectations" be made subject to
intervention under this Section 34-8.4. In addition to any powers created
under this Section, the Trustees shall have all powers created under Section
34-8.3 with respect to schools subjected to intervention.
Prior to subjecting a school to intervention, the Trustees shall conduct a
public hearing and make findings of facts concerning the recommendation of the
Chicago Schools Academic Accountability Council and the factors causing the
failure of the school to adequately perform. The Trustees shall afford an
opportunity at the hearing for interested persons to comment about the
intervention recommendation. After the hearing has been held and completion of
findings of fact,
the Trustees shall make a determination whether to subject the school to
If the Trustees determine that a school shall be subject to intervention
under this Section, the Trustees shall develop an intervention implementation
plan and shall cause a performance evaluation to be made of each employee at
the school. Upon consideration of such evaluations, and consistent with the
intervention implementation plan, the Trustees may reassign, layoff, or
dismiss any employees at the attendance center, notwithstanding the provisions
of Sections 24A-5 and 34-85.
The chief educational officer shall appoint a principal for the school and
shall set the terms and conditions of the principal's contract, which in no
case may be longer than 2 years. The principal shall select all teachers and
non-certified personnel for the school as may be necessary. Any provision of
Section 34-8.1 that conflicts with this Section shall not apply to a school
subjected to intervention under this Section.
If pursuant to this Section, the general superintendent, with the approval of
the board, orders new local school council elections, the general
superintendent shall carry out the responsibilities of the local school council
for a school subject to intervention until the new local school council members
are elected and trained.
Each school year, 5% of the supplemental general State aid
funds distributed to a school subject
to intervention during that school year under subsection 5(i)(1)(a)
of part A of Section 18-8 or subsection (H) of Section 18-8.05 shall be
used for employee performance incentives.
The Trustees shall prepare a report evaluating the results of any interventions
undertaken pursuant to this Section and shall make recommendations concerning
implementation of special programs for dealing with underperforming schools on
an ongoing basis. This report shall be submitted to the State Superintendent
of Education and Mayor of the City of Chicago by January 1, 1999.
(Source: P.A. 89-15, eff. 5-30-95; 89-698, eff. 1-14-97; 90-548, eff. 1-1-98.)