State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT regarding schools.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Section 10-19 as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/10-19) (from Ch. 122, par. 10-19)
 7        Sec.  10-19.   Length  of  school  term   -  experimental
 8    programs. Each school board shall annually prepare a calendar
 9    for the school term, specifying the opening and closing dates
10    and providing a minimum term of at least 185 days  to  ensure
11    insure  176 days of actual pupil attendance, computable under
12    Section 18-8.05, except that for the  1980-1981  school  year
13    only  175  days  of actual pupil attendance shall be required
14    because of the closing of schools pursuant to Section 24-2 on
15    January 29, 1981 upon the appointment  by  the  President  of
16    that  day  as  a  day  of thanksgiving for the freedom of the
17    Americans who had been held hostage in Iran. Any days allowed
18    by law for teachers' institute but not used as such  or  used
19    as parental institutes as provided in Section 10-22.18d shall
20    increase  the  minimum  term  by the school days not so used.
21    Except as provided in Section  10-19.1,  the  board  may  not
22    extend  the  school term beyond such closing date unless that
23    extension of term is necessary to provide the minimum  number
24    of  computable  days.   In  case  of such necessary extension
25    school employees shall be paid for such  additional  time  on
26    the  basis  of  their  regular contracts.  A school board may
27    specify a closing date earlier than that set  on  the  annual
28    calendar  when  the schools of the district have provided the
29    minimum number of computable days under this Section. Nothing
30    in  this  Section   prevents   the   board   from   employing
31    superintendents  of schools, principals and other nonteaching
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 1    personnel for a period of  12  months,  or  in  the  case  of
 2    superintendents  for  a  period  in  accordance  with Section
 3    10-23.8, or prevents the board from employing other personnel
 4    before or after the  regular  school  term  with  payment  of
 5    salary  proportionate  to  that  received for comparable work
 6    during the school term.
 7        A school board may make such changes in its calendar  for
 8    the  school  term  as  may  be required by any changes in the
 9    legal school holidays prescribed in Section 24-2.   A  school
10    board may make changes in its calendar for the school term as
11    may  be  necessary  to  reflect  the utilization of teachers'
12    institute days as parental  institute  days  as  provided  in
13    Section 10-22.18d.
14        With  the  prior approval of the State Board of Education
15    and subject to review by the State Board of Education every 3
16    years, any school board may, by resolution of its  board  and
17    in  agreement  with  affected exclusive collective bargaining
18    agents,   establish   experimental   educational    programs,
19    including  but  not  limited  to  programs  for self-directed
20    learning or outside of formal class periods,  which  programs
21    when  so  approved  shall  be  considered  to comply with the
22    requirements of this Section as respects numbers of  days  of
23    actual  pupil  attendance  and with the other requirements of
24    this Act as respects courses of instruction.
25    (Source: P.A. 91-96, eff. 7-9-99.)

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