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As authorized in Section 2-3.25g of the School Code [105 ILCS 5], an eligible applicant, as defined in 2-3.25g(a), or any Independent Authority established under Section 2-3.25f-5 of the School Code may petition for:

  1. Approval of waivers or modifications of State Board of Education rules and of modifications of School Code mandates, which may be requested to meet the intent of the rule or mandate in a more effective, efficient or economical manner or when necessary to stimulate innovation or to improve student performance (Section 2-3.25g(b) of the School Code);or​

  2. Approval of waivers of School Code mandates, which may be requested when necessary to stimulate innovation or to improve student performance or the intent of the mandate in a more effective, efficient or economical manner (Section 2-3.25g(b) of the School Code).
"The School Code" comprises only those statutes compiled at 105 ILCS 5.

Posting Requirements

The following posting requirements must be met in order for a request to be processed:

  • Notice of the hearing must be posted on the district website at least 14 days prior to the hearing. 
  • Notice of the hearing must be published in a newspaper of general circulation at least 7 days prior to the hearing​.
  • Notice of the hearing must be sent to the district's local bargaining unit at least 7 days prior to the hearing. 
  • Notice of the hearing must be sent to the district's legislators at least 7 days prior to the hearing.
The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted via certified mail, postmarked within 15 days of board approval. 

​Waivers for driver's education fees

Applicants for waivers of the fee to be charged for driver’s education must include the proposed amount of the fee in all public notices.

Click here for a detailed description of Public Act 100-465 and the changes it created in the waiver process.

Application Deadlines for school code requests to be submitted to the General Assembly:*

  • The application deadline (postmark date) for the Fall 2022​ Waiver Report is August 15, 2022.
  • The application deadline (postmark date) for the Spring 2023 Waiver Report isJanuary 15, 202​3..

*EXCEPTIONS:

  • Applications for modifications of the School Code, or for waivers or modifications of the State Board’s administrative rules are not subject to the August 15 and January 15 postmark deadlines for waivers of the School Code. However, in all cases approvals for any of these requests must be granted before the request can be implemented.
  • Please Note: The process for applying for a modification of the School Code, a waiver of State Board rules, or a modification of State Board rules is exactly the same process as the one used in applying for a waiver of a School Code mandate.
  • If you have any questions about the type of request you will be submitting, please call the Department of Legislative Affairs at (217) 782-6510, or email them at waivers@isbe.net.​​​​​​​​​​

 Getting Started

​​​​Before starting the waiver process, each applicant should carefully review requirements outlined in the “Overview for Waiver Process”.

Any application not meeting all of the requirements of the law will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant as ineligible.

Use the documents below to understand the waiver process and prepare a complete application. Simply click on the hyperlink below to go to the desired web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of ​Legislative Affairs at (217) 782-6510​ or by email at waivers@isbe.net.

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