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Public Act 095-0349




Public Act 095-0349
HB0018 Enrolled LRB095 03463 NHT 23634 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
27-23.7 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)
    Sec. 27-23.7. Bullying prevention education.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that bullying has a negative
effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate
of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, and
leads to other antisocial behavior. Bullying behavior has been
linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as
vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school,
fighting, using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and
sexual violence.
    (b) In this Section, "bullying prevention" means and
includes instruction in all of the following:
        (1) Intimidation.
        (2) Student victimization.
        (3) Sexual harassment.
        (4) Sexual violence.
        (5) Strategies for student-centered problem solving
    regarding bullying.
    (c) Each school district may make suitable provisions for
instruction in bullying prevention in all grades and include
such instruction in the courses of study regularly taught
therein. A school board may collaborate with a community-based
agency providing specialized curricula in bullying prevention
whose ultimate outcome is to prevent sexual violence. The State
Board of Education may assist in the development of
instructional materials and teacher training in relation to
bullying prevention.
    (d) Beginning 180 days after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, each school
district shall create and maintain a policy on bullying, which
policy must be filed with the State Board of Education. Each
school district must communicate its policy on bullying to its
students and their parent or guardian on an annual basis. The
policy must be updated every 2 years and filed with the State
Board of Education after being updated. The State Board of
Education shall monitor the implementation of policies created
under this subsection (d).
(Source: P.A. 94-937, eff. 6-26-06.)
    Section 90. The State Mandates Act is amended by adding
Section 8.31 as follows:
    (30 ILCS 805/8.31 new)
    Sec. 8.31. Exempt mandate. Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8
of this Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
implementation of any mandate created by this amendatory Act of
the 95th General Assembly.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/23/2007