Proposed Amendments to Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools)

The amendments incorporate recent legislation affecting the School Safety Drill Act and changes to the rules of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) into requirements for nonpublic school recognition.  The remaining proposed amendments add a requirement for nonpublic schools to provide evidence of their non-profit status when seeking registration with the State Board, and clarify that only students in recognized nonpublic schools supported in whole or in part by public funds are required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Staff members in the Divisions of Data Analysis and Accountability and Title Grant Administration have reported an increase in the number of nonpublic, for-profit schools that attempt to seek "registration" status through the State Board of Education.  Since the law [105 ILCS 5/2-3.25(o) (Registration and recognition of non-public elementary and secondary schools)] prohibits for-profit schools from seeking registration, language is proposed for Section 425.20(a) that would require nonpublic schools to provide evidence of their non-profit status when applying for registration.

In response to concerns expressed by representatives of recognized nonpublic schools that are privately funded, insertion of statutory language in Section 425.30(b)(2) will clarify that only those nonpublic schools supported or maintained in whole or in part by public funds shall be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which will bring the rules in line with the statutory requirement [105 ILCS 5/27-3].

The requirement in Section 425.30(c)(2) for new employees to show freedom from tuberculosis is being amended to conform to changes to rules of the Illinois Department of Public Health [77 Ill. Adm. Code 696].  The proposed language states that new or existing employees may be subject to additional health examinations, which could include screening for tuberculosis, in accordance with IDPH rules.

Section 425.30(d)(5) is being amended to reflect Public Act 98-663, which added to the School Safety Drill Act [105 ILCS 128] the requirement that recognized nonpublic schools must hold an annual meeting for review of each building's emergency and crisis response plans.

Initial Review by State Board of Education:  September 2014

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