(105 ILCS 5/2-3.164)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 16, 2020)
(a) The Attendance Commission is created within the State Board of Education to study the issue of chronic absenteeism in this State and make recommendations for strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism. The Commission shall consist of all of the following members:
(1) The Director of the Department of Children and
Family Services or his or her designee.
(2) The Chairperson of the State Board of Education
(3) The Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education
(4) The Secretary of the Department of Human Services
(5) The Director of the Department of Public Health
(6) The Chairperson of the Illinois Community College
Board or his or her designee.
(7) The Chairperson of the State Charter School
Commission or his or her designee.
(8) An individual that deals with children's
disabilities, impairments, and social emotional issues, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
(9) One member from each of the following
organizations, appointed by the State Superintendent of Education:
(A) A non-profit organization that advocates for
students in temporary living situations.
(B) An Illinois-focused, non-profit organization
that advocates for the well-being of all children and families in this State.
(C) An Illinois non-profit, anti-crime
organization of law enforcement that researches and recommends early learning and youth development strategies to reduce crime.
(D) An Illinois non-profit organization that
conducts community-organizing around family issues.
(E) A statewide professional teachers'
(F) A different statewide professional teachers'
(G) A professional teachers' organization in a
city having a population exceeding 500,000.
(H) An association representing school
(I) An association representing school board
(J) An association representing school principals.
(K) An association representing regional
superintendents of schools.
(L) An association representing parents.
(M) An association representing high school
(N) An association representing large unit
(O) An organization that advocates for healthier
school environments in Illinois.
(P) An organization that advocates for the health
and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing capacity building services.
(Q) A statewide association of local
philanthropic organizations that advocates for effective educational, health, and human service policies to improve this State's communities.
(R) A statewide organization that advocates for
partnerships among schools, families, and the community that provide access to support and remove barriers to learning and development, using schools as hubs.
(S) An organization representing statewide
programs actively involved in truancy intervention.
Attendance Commission members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses from appropriations to the State Board of Education available for that purpose and subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board.
(b) The Attendance Commission shall meet initially at the call of the State Superintendent of Education. The members shall elect a chairperson at their initial meeting. Thereafter, the Attendance Commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson. The Attendance Commission shall hold hearings on a periodic basis to receive testimony from the public regarding attendance.
(c) The Attendance Commission shall identify strategies, mechanisms, and approaches to help parents, educators, principals, superintendents, and the State Board of Education address and prevent chronic absenteeism and shall recommend to the General Assembly and State Board of Education:
(1) a standard for attendance and chronic
absenteeism, defining attendance as a calculation of standard clock hours in a day that equal a full day based on instructional minutes for both a half day and a full day per learning environment;
(2) mechanisms to improve data systems to monitor and
track chronic absenteeism across this State in a way that identifies trends from prekindergarten through grade 12 and allows the identification of students who need individualized chronic absenteeism prevention plans;
(3) mechanisms for reporting and accountability for
schools and districts across this State, including creating multiple measure indexes for reporting;
(4) best practices for utilizing attendance and
chronic absenteeism data to create multi-tiered systems of support and prevention that will result in students being ready for college and career; and
(5) new initiatives and responses to ongoing
challenges presented by chronic absenteeism.
(d) The State Board of Education shall provide administrative support to the Commission. The Attendance Commission shall submit an initial report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than March 15, 2016. The Attendance Commission shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than December 15, 2016 and each December 15 thereafter.
(e) The Attendance Commission is abolished and this Section is repealed on December 16, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 99-432, eff. 8-21-15; 99-601, eff. 7-22-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)