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Twelfth-To pay no public money to any teacher unless such teacher at the time of his or her employment shall have held a certificate of qualification obtained under the provisions of this Act, and sha" have kept and furnished schedules as required by this Act, and shall have satisfactorily accounted for books, apparatus and other property of the district that he may have taken in charge.

Thirteenth-To cause a copy of the township treasurer's report of the financial condition of the district to be entered upon the records of the district, and to post the same at the front door of the building where the annual election of directors is held.

Fourteenth-To keep and maintain, in good repair, all division fences between school grounds and adjoining lands.

APPROVED June 21, 1919.

FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES AND SECRET SOCIETIES-PROHIBITED. $ 1. Definition.

§ 4. Penalty for person not enrolled i

school to solicit. $ 2. Declared inimical to the public good.

$5. When Act does not apply. $ 3. Penalty for being member of such society, etc.

(SENATE BILL No. 338. APPROVED JUNE 28, 1919.) An Act to prohibit fraternities, sororities and secret societies in the

public schools of the State, and to provide for the enforcement of the same.

SECTION 1:-Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That a public school fraternity, sorority or secret society, as contemplated by this Act, is hereby de fined to be any organization, composed wholly or in part of public school pupils, which seeks to perpetuate itself by taking in additional members from the pupils enrolled in such school on the basis of the decision of its membership rather than upon the free choice of an pupil in the school who is qualified by the rules of the school to fill the special aims of the organization. $ 2:

—That any public school fraternity, sorority or secret society. as defined in section 1 of this Act, is hereby declared to be an organization inimical to the public good.

$ 3:—That it shall be the duty of school directors, boards of education, school inspectors, and other corporate authority managing and controlling any of the public schools of this State, to suspend or expel from the schools under their control any pupil of such school who shall be or remain a member of or shall join or promise to join, of who shall become pledged to become a member of, or who shall solicit any other person to join, promise to join or be pledged to become & member of any such public school fraternity or sorority or secret society.

$ 4:-It shall be unlawful from and after the passage of this Act for any person not enrolled in any public school of this State to solicit any pupil enrolled in any such public school of this State to join or to pledge himself or herself to become a member of any such

inblic school fraternity or sorority or secret society or to solicit any dich pupil to attend a meeting thereof or any meeting where the joinny of any such public school fraternity, sorority or secret society shall He encouraged. Any person violating this section of this Act shall be ieemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than twenty-tive dollars ($25.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each and every offense.

§ 5. The provisions of this Act shall not apply to fraternities, sororities or secret societies in the University of Illinois or any of the State normal schools nor to students of these institutions in their relation to such organizations in these institutions.

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

FREE TEXT BOOKS.

1. Who may submit election, etc. $ 4. Governing body to make rules and form of ballot—who shall furn

regualtions. ish free text books,

$5. Provisions of Act may be carried Property of school district-may

out jointly. sell to pupils when requested.

$6.

Penalty for purchasing books exHow distribution shall be made.

cept as provided in Act. (HOUSE BILL No. 101. APPROVED JUNE 28, 1919.) AN ACT to authorize boards of education anl school directors to provide

text-books for the free use of the public schools, and to sell textbooks at cost to pupils who desire to purchase them, and prescribing penalties for the violation thereof.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois, represented in the General Assembly: That after the taking effect of this Act the board of education or school directors of any school district may and whenever petitioned so to do by five per cent or more of the roters of such district shall cause to be submitted to the voters thereof, at the next regular or special election, the question of furnishing free school text-books for the use of pupils attending the public schools of such district. In a district where no elections are held for school purposes, and the proposition for free text books is to be submitted to a referendum, the governing body, however designated, of such district, shall certify the question to the election commissioners or other officers charged with the holding and conducting of elections in such districts or in the major portion thereof; and it shall thereupon be the duty of such commissioners or other officers, to submit such proposition at the next regular or special election held in such district, or major portion thereof, in substantially the manner herein provided, canvass the vote cast, and certify the result thereof to such governing body. In case any portion of the district wherein the election herein provided for is to be held, shall not be under the jurisdiction of such board of election commissioners, or other officers charged with the holding and conducting of elections, such commissioners or other officers shall, for the purpose herein contemplated, be vested with such jurisdiction at such election. Upon such submission the ballot shall be in substantially the following

form:

FOR furnishing free text books in the Public

Schools

AGAINST furnishing free text books in the Public

Schools

If a majority of the votes cast at the election upon such proposition shall be in favor of furnishing free text books, it shall be the duty of the governing body, however designated, to provide and furnish free: text books as provided, in section two (2) hereof, and to sell text books) as provided in said section 2, provided that such books shall not be soli as provided for until at least one year has elapsed since said election. The furnishing of free text books when so adopted, shall not be discontinued within four (4) years, and thereafter only by a vote of the people of the district which may be had upon the same conditions and in substantially the same manner as the vote for the adoption of free text books. And, provided, further, no text book furnished under the provisions of this Act shall contain any denominational or sectarian matter.

$ 2. The governing body of every school district having adopted the provisions of this Act shall provide, at the expense of the district, text books for use in the public schools and loan the same free to the pupils of such district. All text books so furnished to pupils shall remain the property of the school district. They shall also make provisions for the sale of text books so provided, at cost, to pupils of the school or schools in the district, wishing to purchase them for their own use. § 3.

The distribution of all text books mentioned in this Act shall be made in such manner and in accordance with such methods as the school district boards hereinbefore mentioned shall from time to time determine. Provided, no books shall be distributed which have been in the possession of any person having a contagious or infectious disease.

§ 4. The governing body, however designated, of each district, shall make such legal rules and regulations as they deem proper for the care and preservation of text books so furnished at public expense.

$ 5. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent boards of education or board of directors of two or more school districts from jointly carrying out the provisions of this Act.

$ 6. Any person or persons who shall, directly or indirectly, demand or receive any money, promise or anything of value from any pupil, pupils, parent, guardian or caretaker of such pupil or pupils for any book or books provided in this Act, except as provided in section two (2) hereof, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be fined in any sum not less than twenty-five (25) dollars, nor more than one hundred (100) dollars, or be imprisoned in the common jail of the

county in which such misdemeanor is committed, not less than ten (10) days nor more than ninety (90) days for each offense, in the discretion of the court.

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

INSTRUCTION-ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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(HOUSE BILL No. 479. APPROVED JUNE 28, 1919.)

AN ACT to amend an Act entitled, An Act to establish and maintain

a system of free schools,approved and in force June 12, 1909, as subsequently amended, by amending section two hundred and seventyjour (374) thereof, and adding a new section to be known as section 2700:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools,” approved and in force June 12, 1909, as subsequently amended, be and the same is hereby amended, by amending section two hundred and seventy-four (274) thereof, and adding a new section to be known as section 276a, which said section 274 as amended, and said new section 276a so added, shall read as follows:

$ 274. Every person having control of any child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall annually cause such child to attend some public school (or some private school in which the instruction in the elementary branches of education is in the English language) for the entire time during which the school attended is in session, which shall not be less than seven months of actual teaching: Provided, however, that this Act shall not apply in case the child has been or is being instructed for a like period in each and every year in the elementary branches of education by a person or persons competent to give such instruction, which instruction of the child in the elementary branches of education shall be in the English language; or in case the child's physical or mental condition renders his or her attendance impracticable or inexpedient; or in case the child is excused for temproary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which the child attends; or in case the child is between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years and is necessarily and lawfully employed during the hours when the public school is in session. For every neglect of the duty prescribed by this section, the person so offending shall forfeit to the use of the public schools of the city, town, or district in which the child resides, a sum not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars and costs of suit, and shall stand committed until such fine and costs of suit are fully paid.

$ 276a. Because the English language is the common as well as official language of our country, and because it is essential to good citizenship that each citizen shall have or speedily acquire, as his nat

ural tongue, the language in which the laws of the land, the decree of the courts, and the proclamations and pronouncements of its oificials are made, and shall easily and naturally think in the language in which the obligations of his citizenship are defined, the instruction in the elementary branches of education in all schools in Illinois sha!! be in the English language. Provided, that this shall not apply to vacational schools where the pupils have already received the required instruction in English during the current school year.”

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR.

$ 1. Amends section 274, Act of 1909.

$ 274.

Length of time for at

tendance - when Act does not apply-penalty.

(HOUSE BILL No. 250.

APPROVED JUNE 28, 1919.) An Act to amend section 274 of an Act entitled, An Act to establish

and maintain a system of free schools, approved and in force June 12, 1909, as amended.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 274 of an Act entitled, “An Act to establish and maintain a system of free schools," approved and in force June 12, 1909, as amended, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

§ 274. Every person having control of any child between the ages of seven and sixteen 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 shall not be fewer than seven months of actual teaching: Provided, however, that this Act shall not apply in case the child has been or is being instructed for a like period in each and every year in the elementary branches of education by a person or persons competent to give such instruction, or in case the child's physical or mental condition renders his or her attendance impracticable or inexpedient, or in case the child is excused for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher of the school which said child attends, or in case the child is between the ages of fourteen and sixteen years and is necessarily and lawfully employed during the hours in which the public school is in session: And, provided, further, in all districts where part time continuation schools are established all children in employment between fourteen and sixteen years of age shall attend such continuation schools for at least eight hours each week during the period such schools are in session. For every neglect of the duty prescribed by this section, the person so offending shall forfeit to the use of the public schools of the city, town or district in which such child resides a sum not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars and costs of suit, and shall stand committed until such fine and costs of suit are paid.

APPROVED June 28, 1919.

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