Bill Text: IL HB2093 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Act. Provides that on or before December 15, 2019, and on or before each December 15 thereafter, the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board must review labor market data and projections in this State and must submit to the State Board of Education and the Illinois Community College Board a list of each career area, along with a designation of one of 3 categories. Amends the Vocational Academies Act. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2020, the State Board must allocate grants to vocational academies with consideration to certain factors. Provides that on or before December 15, 2020, and on or before each December 15 thereafter, the State Board must report to the General Assembly enrollment and completion data for each vocational academy and the number and type of pathway endorsements issued to students under a Community Partnership for Pathway Endorsement grant program. Amends the Public Community College Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation and allocation of matching grants through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the Illinois Community College Board must administer a program to provide Community Partnership for Pathway Endorsement grants to community college districts; specifies grant requirements. Provides that no more than 20 grants may be awarded each year and the grant amount must be at least $40,000 for a partnership that serves 5 high schools and may be up to $75,000 for a partnership that serves more than 5 high schools. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 38-5)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-08-16 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Anthony DeLuca [HB2093 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-HB2093-Introduced.html


101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
HB2093

Introduced , by Rep. Fred Crespo

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 3975/4.7 new
105 ILCS 433/15
105 ILCS 433/20 new
110 ILCS 805/2-16.02 from Ch. 122, par. 102-16.02

Amends the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Act. Provides that on or before December 15, 2019, and on or before each December 15 thereafter, the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board must review labor market data and projections in this State and must submit to the State Board of Education and the Illinois Community College Board a list of each career area, along with a designation of one of 3 categories. Amends the Vocational Academies Act. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2020, the State Board must allocate grants to vocational academies with consideration to certain factors. Provides that on or before December 15, 2020, and on or before each December 15 thereafter, the State Board must report to the General Assembly enrollment and completion data for each vocational academy and the number and type of pathway endorsements issued to students under a Community Partnership for Pathway Endorsement grant program. Amends the Public Community College Act. Provides that, subject to appropriation and allocation of matching grants through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the Illinois Community College Board must administer a program to provide Community Partnership for Pathway Endorsement grants to community college districts; specifies grant requirements. Provides that no more than 20 grants may be awarded each year and the grant amount must be at least $40,000 for a partnership that serves 5 high schools and may be up to $75,000 for a partnership that serves more than 5 high schools. Effective immediately.
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A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Act is
5amended by adding Section 4.7 as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 3975/4.7 new)
7 Sec. 4.7. Valuing career areas for educational purposes. On
8or before December 15, 2019, and on or before each December 15
9thereafter, the Board must review labor market data and
10projections in this State. The Board must submit to the State
11Board of Education and the Illinois Community College Board a
12list of each career area in this State, with each of these
13career areas being designated as one of the following:
14 (1) "High value", which means a career area that the
15 Board recognizes as having a high employment demand and a
16 high average wage level, a high employment demand and a
17 moderate average wage level, or a moderate employment
18 demand and a high average wage level.
19 (2) "Moderate value", which means a career area that
20 the Board recognizes as having a moderate employment demand
21 and a moderate average wage level, a high employment demand
22 and a low average wage level, or a low employment demand
23 and a high average wage level.

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1 (3) "Low value", which means a career area that the
2 Board recognizes as having a low employment demand and a
3 low average wage level, a moderate employment demand and a
4 low average wage level, or a low employment demand and a
5 moderate average wage level.
6For a particular career area, the list may specify different
7designations for different regions of this State.
8 Section 10. The Vocational Academies Act is amended by
9changing Section 15 and by adding Section 20 as follows:
10 (105 ILCS 433/15)
11 Sec. 15. Grants.
12 (a) Subject to appropriation or other available federal or
13private funding, the State Board of Education may provide
14grants to vocational academies that meet the requirements of
15this Act.
16 (b) Beginning July 1, 2020, the State Board must consider
17all of the following factors when allocating grants to
18vocational academies under this Section:
19 (1) The number and proportion of students served who
20 are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch under the
21 federal Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.
22 (2) The number of course enrollments in programs of
23 study that are designated by the Illinois Workforce
24 Innovation Board as "high value", "moderate value", or "low

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1 value" under Section 4.7 of the Illinois Workforce
2 Innovation Board Act.
3 (3) The number of course enrollments by sequence of
4 course, including introductory courses and secondary or
5 higher education courses, within a program of study.
6 (c) After receiving a list under Section 4.7 of the
7Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Act, the State Board must
8adopt a methodology by which the next school year's grants will
9be allocated under this Section. The methodology must
10incentivize completion of pathway sequences, enrollment in
11programs of study in high value career areas, and equity in
12enrollment in high value career area courses for low-income
13students.
14(Source: P.A. 94-220, eff. 7-14-05.)
15 (105 ILCS 433/20 new)
16 Sec. 20. Report. On or before December 15, 2020, and on or
17before each December 15 thereafter, the State Board of
18Education must report to the General Assembly enrollment and
19completion data for each vocational academy and the number and
20type of pathway endorsements issued to students under Section
212-16.02 of the Public Community College Act.
22 Section 15. The Public Community College Act is amended by
23changing Section 2-16.02 as follows:

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1 (110 ILCS 805/2-16.02) (from Ch. 122, par. 102-16.02)
2 Sec. 2-16.02. Grants. Any community college district that
3maintains a community college recognized by the State Board
4shall receive, when eligible, grants enumerated in this
5Section. Funded semester credit hours or other measures or both
6as specified by the State Board shall be used to distribute
7grants to community colleges. Funded semester credit hours
8shall be defined, for purposes of this Section, as the greater
9of (1) the number of semester credit hours, or equivalent, in
10all funded instructional categories of students who have been
11certified as being in attendance at midterm during the
12respective terms of the base fiscal year or (2) the average of
13semester credit hours, or equivalent, in all funded
14instructional categories of students who have been certified as
15being in attendance at midterm during the respective terms of
16the base fiscal year and the 2 prior fiscal years. For purposes
17of this Section, "base fiscal year" means the fiscal year 2
18years prior to the fiscal year for which the grants are
19appropriated. Such students shall have been residents of
20Illinois and shall have been enrolled in courses that are part
21of instructional program categories approved by the State Board
22and that are applicable toward an associate degree or
23certificate. Courses that are eligible for reimbursement are
24those courses for which the district pays 50% or more of the
25program costs from unrestricted revenue sources, with the
26exception of dual credit courses and courses offered by

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1contract with the Department of Corrections in correctional
2institutions. For the purposes of this Section, "unrestricted
3revenue sources" means those revenues in which the provider of
4the revenue imposes no financial limitations upon the district
5as it relates to the expenditure of the funds. Except for
6Fiscal Year 2012, base operating grants shall be paid based on
7rates per funded semester credit hour or equivalent calculated
8by the State Board for funded instructional categories using
9cost of instruction, enrollment, inflation, and other relevant
10factors. For Fiscal Year 2012, the allocations for base
11operating grants to community college districts shall be the
12same as they were in Fiscal Year 2011, reduced or increased
13proportionately according to the appropriation for base
14operating grants for Fiscal Year 2012.
15 Equalization grants shall be calculated by the State Board
16by determining a local revenue factor for each district by: (A)
17adding (1) each district's Corporate Personal Property
18Replacement Fund allocations from the base fiscal year or the
19average of the base fiscal year and prior year, whichever is
20less, divided by the applicable statewide average tax rate to
21(2) the district's most recently audited year's equalized
22assessed valuation or the average of the most recently audited
23year and prior year, whichever is less, (B) then dividing by
24the district's audited full-time equivalent resident students
25for the base fiscal year or the average for the base fiscal
26year and the 2 prior fiscal years, whichever is greater, and

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1(C) then multiplying by the applicable statewide average tax
2rate. The State Board shall calculate a statewide weighted
3average threshold by applying the same methodology to the
4totals of all districts' Corporate Personal Property Tax
5Replacement Fund allocations, equalized assessed valuations,
6and audited full-time equivalent district resident students
7and multiplying by the applicable statewide average tax rate.
8The difference between the statewide weighted average
9threshold and the local revenue factor, multiplied by the
10number of full-time equivalent resident students, shall
11determine the amount of equalization funding that each district
12is eligible to receive. A percentage factor, as determined by
13the State Board, may be applied to the statewide threshold as a
14method for allocating equalization funding. A minimum
15equalization grant of an amount per district as determined by
16the State Board shall be established for any community college
17district which qualifies for an equalization grant based upon
18the preceding criteria, but becomes ineligible for
19equalization funding, or would have received a grant of less
20than the minimum equalization grant, due to threshold
21prorations applied to reduce equalization funding. As of July
221, 2013, a community college district eligible to receive an
23equalization grant based upon the preceding criteria must
24maintain a minimum required combined in-district tuition and
25universal fee rate per semester credit hour equal to 70% of the
26State-average combined rate, as determined by the State Board,

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1or the total revenue received by the community college district
2from combined in-district tuition and universal fees must be at
3least 30% of the total revenue received by the community
4college district, as determined by the State Board, for
5equalization funding. As of July 1, 2004, a community college
6district must maintain a minimum required operating tax rate
7equal to at least 95% of its maximum authorized tax rate to
8qualify for equalization funding. This 95% minimum tax rate
9requirement shall be based upon the maximum operating tax rate
10as limited by the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.
11 Subject to appropriation and allocation of matching grants
12through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical
13Education Act of 2006, the State Board must administer a
14program, in coordination with Northern Illinois University, to
15provide Community Partnership for Pathway Endorsement grants
16to community college districts. To qualify for a grant, a
17community college district must submit an application to the
18State Board that includes all of the following:
19 (1) An agreement between the community college
20 district and other entities, including school districts in
21 the region, employers or employer associations, a local
22 workforce innovation board, at least one State university,
23 and community-based organizations, setting forth the
24 approach of the partnership and which entity will manage
25 the grant funds.
26 (2) Identification of at least 2 regional economic

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1 development priority areas in which the partners will
2 develop endorsements.
3 (3) A commitment from employer and postsecondary
4 partners to establish recognition of and incentives for
5 endorsements.
6No more than 20 grants may be awarded each year. The grant
7amount must be at least $40,000 for a partnership that serves 5
8high schools and may be up to $75,000 for a partnership that
9serves more than 5 high schools. The State Board may retain up
10to 5% of the appropriation for grants to support implementation
11and to conduct semiannual conventions bringing together
12partners from different regions of this State.
13 The State Board shall distribute such other grants as may
14be authorized or appropriated by the General Assembly.
15 Each community college district entitled to State grants
16under this Section must submit a report of its enrollment to
17the State Board not later than 30 days following the end of
18each semester or term in a format prescribed by the State
19Board. These semester credit hours, or equivalent, shall be
20certified by each district on forms provided by the State
21Board. Each district's certified semester credit hours, or
22equivalent, are subject to audit pursuant to Section 3-22.1.
23 The State Board shall certify, prepare, and submit monthly
24vouchers to the State Comptroller setting forth an amount equal
25to one-twelfth of the grants approved by the State Board for
26base operating grants and equalization grants. The State Board

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1shall prepare and submit to the State Comptroller vouchers for
2payments of other grants as appropriated by the General
3Assembly. If the amount appropriated for grants is different
4from the amount provided for such grants under this Act, the
5grants shall be proportionately reduced or increased
6accordingly.
7 For the purposes of this Section, "resident student" means
8a student in a community college district who maintains
9residency in that district or meets other residency definitions
10established by the State Board, and who was enrolled either in
11one of the approved instructional program categories in that
12district, or in another community college district to which the
13resident's district is paying tuition under Section 6-2 or with
14which the resident's district has entered into a cooperative
15agreement in lieu of such tuition. Students shall be classified
16as residents of the community college district without meeting
17the 30-day residency requirement of the district if they are
18currently residing in the district and are youth (i) who are
19currently under the legal guardianship of the Illinois
20Department of Children and Family Services or have recently
21been emancipated from the Department and (ii) who had
22previously met the 30-day residency requirement of the district
23but who had a placement change into a new community college
24district. The student, a caseworker or other personnel of the
25Department, or the student's attorney or guardian ad litem
26appointed under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall provide

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1the district with proof of current in-district residency.
2 For the purposes of this Section, a "full-time equivalent"
3student is equal to 30 semester credit hours.
4 The Illinois Community College Board Contracts and Grants
5Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury. Items of income
6to this fund shall include any grants, awards, endowments, or
7like proceeds, and where appropriate, other funds made
8available through contracts with governmental, public, and
9private agencies or persons. The General Assembly shall from
10time to time make appropriations payable from such fund for the
11support, improvement, and expenses of the State Board and
12Illinois community college districts.
13(Source: P.A. 99-845, eff. 1-1-17; 100-884, eff. 1-1-19.)
14 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.
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