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charter to the contrary notwithstanding, the directors of such district and the authorities of such village or city shall be authorized to levy a tax annually upon all the taxable property of the district, village or city not to exceed two and one-half per cent for educational and two and one-half per cent for building purposes (except to pay indebtedness contracted previous to the passage of this Act), the valuation to bc ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes: Provided, that in cities having a population exceeding one hundred thousand inhabitants the board of education may establish and maintain vacation schools and play grounds under such rules as it shall prescribe : And, provided, further, that nothing herein contained shall be held to repeal or modify the limitations contained in section forty-nine (49) of an Act entitled “An Act for the assessment of property and providing the means therefor, and to repeal a certain Act therein named,” approved February 25, 1908. And, provided, further, that in municipalities of less than 100,000 inhabitants the term incidental expenses as herein used shall not include any sum expended or obligation incurred for the improvement, repair or benefit of the school buildings, or property but all such sums and oblications (obligations] shall be paid from that portion of the tax levied for building purposes. And, provided, further, that no election or petition shall be necessary to authorize the levy of a tax for the ordinary repair and improvement of school buildings or grounds or for the payment of any special tax or special assessment levied upon such property.

APPROVED May 20, 1907.

ATTENDANCE REGULATED. $1. Amends sections 1, 4 and 5, Act of

$ 4. Penalty for making false 1897.

statement.

Fineshow recovered 1. Period of annual attend.

use of. ance—who excepted.

(SENATE BILL No. 237. APPROVED MAY 25, 1907.) An Act to amend sections 1 and 4 and 5 of an Act entitled, An Act to

promote attendance of children in schools and to prevent truancy," approved June 11, 1897, as amended by an Act approved May 13, 1903, in force July 1, 1903.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That sections 1, 4 and 5 of an Act entitled, “An Act to promote attendance of children in schools and to prevent truancy," approved June 11, 1897, as amended by an Act approved May 13, 1903, in force July 1, 1903, is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 1. Every person having control of any child between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16) years, shall annually cause such child to attend some public or private school for the entire time during which the school attended is in session, which period shall not be less than one hundred and ten (110) days of actual teaching: Provided, that this Act shall not apply in any case where the child has been or is being instructed for a like period of time in each and every year in the elementary branches of education by a person or persons competent to give such instruction, or where the child's physical or mental condition renders his or her attendance impractical or inexpedient, or where the child is excused for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which said child attends, or where the child is between the ages of fourteen (14) and sixteen (16) years and is necessarily and lawfully employed during the hours when the public school is in session.

§ 4. Any person having control of a child, who, with intent to evade the provisions of this Act, shall make a false statement concerning the age or the employment of such child or the time such child has attended school, shall for such offense forfeit a sum of not less than three dollars ($3.00) nor more than twenty dollars ($20.00) for the use of the public schools of such city, town, village or district.

8 5. Any fine, forfeiture or penalty mentioned in this Act may be imposed by any court of record, or justice of the peace of the proper county, and any fine, forfeiture or penalty mentioned in this Act may be recovered in the name of the People of the State of Illinois for the use of the public schools of the city, tov.n, village or district in which said child resides.

APPROVED May 25, 1907.

COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT-DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS. 1. Amends section 21, article 2, Act of

§ 21. Apportionment and dis1889.

tribution of principal, interest and profits on

public funds. (HOUSE BILL No. 860. APPROVED MAY 17, 1907.) An Act to amend section 21, article 2, of "An Act to establish and

maintain a system of free schools," approved and in force May 21, 1889.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 21, article 2, of “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools," approved and in force May 21, 1889, be, and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

$ 21. The county superintendent of schools shall apportion and distribute, under rules and regulations prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the principal of the county fund to the townships and parts of townships in his county, according to the number of persons under 21 years of age returned to him. The principal of the county fund so distributed shall be added to the principal of the township fund of the townships and parts of townships in his county. The interest, rents, issues and profits, arising and accruing from the principal of the county fund shall be distributed to the townships and parts of townships in his county as required by the provisions of this Act.

APPROVED May 17, 1907.

EASTERN STATE NORMAL SCHOOL-POWERS. § 1. Amends section 12, Act of 1895.

§ 12, Powers of board of trus

tees diplomas-profes

sional degrees. (SENATE BILL NO. 452. APPROVED JOne 1, 1907.) An Act to amend section 12 of an Act entitled, An Act to establish

and maintain the Eastern Illinois State Normal School," approved May 22, 1895, in force July 1, 1895.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 12 of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain the Eastern Illinois State Normal School," approved May 22, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, be amended so as to read as follows:

$ 12. The said board of trustees shall appoint instructors, together with such other officers as may be required in the said normal schools (school), fix their respective salaries and prescribe their several duties. They shall also have power to remove any of them for proper cause after having given ten days' notice of any charge which may be duly presented, and reasonable opportunity of defense. They shall also prescribe the text-books, apparatus and furniture to be used in the school and provide the same, and shall make all regulations necessary for this management. And the said board shall have the further power, on recommendation of the faculty of said Eastern Illinois State Normal School, to issue diplomas to such persons as shall have satisfactorily completed the required studies, and to confer such professional degrees as are usually conferred by other institutions of like character for similar or equivalent courses of study.

APPROVED June 1, 1907.

EMINENT DOMAIN.

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§ 1. School authorities may exercise right of eminent domain.

(SENATE BILL No. 550. APPROVED MAY 24, 1907.)'. An Act enabling trustees, boards of education, and other corporate

authorities of universities, colleges, township high schools, and all other educational institutions established and supported by this State, or by a township, to exercise the right of eminent domain.

SECTION I. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That whenever any lot or parcel of land shall be needed as a site for a building to be erected for any university, college, township high school, or other educational institution, established and supported by this State or by a township therein, and compensation for such lot or parcel of ground cannot be agreed upon between the owner or owners thereof and the trustees, board of education or other corporate authority of such university, college, township high school, or other educational institution so needing such lot or parcel of land for such site, then such trustees, board of education or other corporate authority of such university, college, township

high school or other educational institution shall have the power and it shall be their duty to proceed to have such compensation determined in the matter which may be at the time provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain.

APPROVED May 24, 1907.

HIGH SCHOOL PRIVILEGES FOR GRADUATES OF EIGHTH GRADE. $ 1. Admission-consent of board-tuition-selection of high school.

(HOUSE BILL No. 857. APPROVED MAY 25, 1907.) An Act to provide free high school privileges for graduates of the

eighth grade.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the graduates of the eighth grade in any school district in this State, in which no high school is maintained, shall, upon the payment of tuition, be admitted to the high school of any district in the county in which such pupils reside, or in any adjoining county by and with the consent of the school board of such district where such high school is located. The tuition in cases where the parent or guardian of such pupil is unable to pay tuition, the same shall be paid by the school board of the district in which such pupils reside, from the funds of the district. But the tuition in no case shall exceed the per capita cost of maintaining the high school selected. The parent or guardian, with the approval of the school board of the home district and the consent of the school board of the district in which the high school is situated, shall be authorized to select the high school to be attended by such pupils : Provided, however, that the high school selected shall offer a program of studies extending through four school years: And, provided, further, that the application of this Act shall not relate to districts that offer work in the ninth and tenth grades, except to pupils that have completed the work in such grades.

APPROVED May 25, 1907.

NORMAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATES OF EIGHTH GRADE. $1. Amends section 3, Act of 1905. § 2. Dmergency. $ 3. When examinations shall

be held.

(HOUSE BILL No. 332. APPROVED APRIL 19, 1907.) An Act to amend section 3 of an Act entitled, "An Act to provide for

scholarships for graduates of the eighth grade," approved May 12, 1905.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 3 of an Act entitled, "An Act to provide for scholarships for graduates of the eighth grade,” approved May 12, 1905, be, and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

§ 3. All examinations shall be held on any Saturday between the first day of March and the fifteenth day of May in each year, according to rules and regulations prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the pupil found to possess the highest qualifications shall be entitled to such scholarship: Provided, however, that such pupil shall be a resident of the township in which such examination is held: And, provided, further, that where no application is received from any township, the county superintendent of schools shall assign the pupil found to possess the next highest qualifications to that township.

§ 2. WHEREAS, An emergency exists, therefore this Act shall ake effect and be in force from after its passage.

APPROVED April 19, 1907.

-POWERS.

NORTHERN STATE NORMAL SCHOOL$ 1. Amends section 12, Act of 1895.

$ 12. Powers of board of trus.

tees---diplomas-profes

sional degrees. (SENATE BILL No. 454. APPROVED JUNE 1, 1907.) An Act to amend section 12 of an Act entitled, An Act to establish

and to maintain the Northern Illinois State Normal School," approved May 22, 1895, in force July 1, 1895.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 12 of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and to maintain the Northern Illinois State Normal School," approved May 22, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, be amended so as to read as follows:

$ 12. The said board of trustees shall appoint instructors, together with such other officers as may be required in the said normal school, fix their respective salaries and prescribe their several duties. They shall also have power to remove any of them for proper cause after having given ten days' notice of any charge which may be duly presented, and reasonable opportunity for defense. They shall also prescribe the text-books, apparatus and furniture to be used in the school and provide the same, and shall make all regulations necessary for this management. And the said board shall have the further power, on recommendation of the faculty of said Northern Illinois State Normal School, to issue diplomas to such persons as shall have satisfactorily completed the required studies, and to confer such professional degrees as are usually conferred by other institutions of like character for similar or equivalent courses of study.

APPROVED June 1, 1907.

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