A school or district shall be placed on probation if it:
- exhibits deficiencies that present a health hazard or a danger to students or staff;
- fails to offer required coursework;
- employs personnel who lack the required qualifications and who are not in the process of attaining such qualifications;
- fails or refuses to serve students according to relevant legal and/or regulatory requirements; and/or
- prolongs or repeats instances of noncompliance to a degree that indicates an intention not to comply with relevant requirements
[23 IAC 1.20 (b) (2)].
The State Superintendent shall schedule a conference with the superintendent of a district that is placed on probation, or in which one or more schools are placed on probation, at which representatives of the district will discuss compliance issues with representatives of the State Board of Education. Within 60 days following this conference, the school district shall submit to the regional superintendent of schools and the State Superintendent of Education a corrective plan that conforms to the requirements of subsection (f) of this Section.
- If the plan is required to relate to areas of noncompliance at the district level, the plan shall be signed by the secretary of the local board of education as evidence that the board adopted a resolution authorizing its submission.
- If the plan is required to relate to areas of noncompliance at one or more schools, the plan shall be signed by the district superintendent and each affected principal
[23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (e)].
The State Superintendent of Education shall respond to the submission of a plan within 15 days after receiving it and may consult with the regional superintendent of schools to determine the appropriateness of the actions proposed by the district to correct the cited deficiencies. The State Superintendent shall approve a plan if it:
- specifies steps to be taken by the district that are directly related to the area or areas of noncompliance cited;
- provides evidence that the district has the resources and the ability to take the steps described without giving rise to other issues of compliance that would lead to probationary status; and
- specifies a timeline for correction of the cited deficiencies that is demonstrably linked to the factors leading to noncompliance and is no longer than needed to correct the identified problems
[23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (f)].