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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
27-23.11 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.11 new)
Emotional Intelligence and Social and
Emotional Learning Task Force.
The Emotional Intelligence and
Social and Emotional Learning Task Force is created to develop
curriculum and assessment guidelines and best practices on
emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning. The
Task Force shall consist of the State Superintendent of
Education or his or her designee and all of the following
members, appointed by the State Superintendent:
(1) A representative of a school district organized
under Article 34 of this Code.
(2) A representative of a statewide organization
representing school boards.
(3) A representative of a statewide organization
representing individuals holding professional educator
licenses with school support personnel endorsements under
Article 21B of this Code, including school social workers,
school psychologists, and school nurses.
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(4) A representative of a statewide organization
representing children's mental health experts.
(5) A representative of a statewide organization
representing school principals.
(6) An employee of a school under Article 13A of this
(7) A school psychologist employed by a school district
in Cook County.
(8) Representatives of other appropriate State
agencies, as determined by the State Superintendent.
Members appointed by the State Superintendent shall serve
without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their
reasonable and necessary expenses from funds appropriated to
the State Board of Education for that purpose, including
travel, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control
board. The Task Force shall meet at the call of the State
Superintendent. The State Board of Education shall provide
administrative and other support to the Task Force.
The Task Force shall develop age-appropriate, emotional
intelligence and social and emotional learning curriculum and
assessment guidelines and best practices for elementary
schools and high schools. The guidelines shall, at a minimum,
include teaching how to recognize, direct, and positively
express emotions. The Task Force shall complete the guidelines
on or before January 1, 2019. Upon completion of the guidelines
the Task Force is dissolved.