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State & Local Law & Policy

Charter school law is a product of state lawmaking. The Illinois Charter Schools Law creates a set of parameters that affect how your school operates and its relationship with the local school district.

Anti-Bullying Requirements: Overview of Anti-bullying Bill requirements for all Illinois public schools.

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA): The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that outlines the requirements that ALL schools must adhere to while serving the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities. The IDEA is composed of Part B, years 3-21 and Part C, years 0-2. The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education provides guidance on elements of the law and its regulations to ensure that advocates, schools, and public agencies understand their responsibilities as it relates to early intervention and children with disabilities.

Illinois Charter School Code: Complete Illinois Charter School code as it appears on the Illinois General Assembly website.

Student Fees from Illinois School Code: Except as otherwise provided in the School Code, a charter school shall not charge tuition; provided that a charter school may charge reasonable fees for textbooks, instructional materials, and student activities.

Transportation from Illinois School Code: Pupils attending a charter school or nonpublic school. The school board of any school district that provides any school bus or conveyance for transporting pupils to and from the public schools shall afford transportation, without cost, for children who attend a charter school or any school other than a public school, who reside at least 1 1/2 miles from the school attended…

Illinois Licensure: Overview of Illinois Licensure system and process.

Approved Illinois Licensure programs listing: There are 59 teacher education institutions in Illinois that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

English Learners: Overview of Federal and state rules
Introduction to ELs Related Federal and State Rules for Charters
State and Federal Requirements

Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program: The TBE program is required when there are 20 or more English Learners of the same language classification.

Transitional Program of Instructor (TPI) Program: The TPI program is required when there are 19 or fewer English Learners of any single language classification.