(105 ILCS 5/2-3.47a)
(a) The State Board of Education shall develop and maintain a continuing 5-year comprehensive strategic plan for elementary and secondary education. The strategic plan shall include without limitation all of the following topic areas:
(1) Service and support to school districts to
improve student performance.
(2) Equity, adequacy, and predictability of
educational opportunities and resources for all schools.
(3) Program development and improvements, including
financial planning and support services.
(4) Efficient means of delivering services to
schools on a regional basis.
(5) Assistance to students at risk of academic
failure and the use of proven support programs and services to close the achievement gap.
(6) Educational research and development and access
and training in the use of a centralized student achievement data system.
(7) Recommendations for streamlining the School Code
to eliminate laws that interfere with local control, taking into account those foundational standards that have already been established.
(8) Streamlining certification of teachers and
administrators to provide quality personnel and ongoing professional development.
(9) Support services to enhance the capacity of
school districts to meet federal and State statutory standards.
(10) Enhanced technology for use in administration,
classroom, and nontraditional educational settings.
(11) Recognition of successful, exemplary schools.
(12) The unique needs of rural school districts.
(13) School reorganization issues.
(14) Attraction and retention of qualified teachers.
(15) Additional duties that should be assigned to
regional offices of education and regional administrative service centers to support local control of school districts and eliminate any duplication and inefficiency.
The State Board of Education shall consult with the educational community, hold public hearings, and receive input from all interested groups in drafting the strategic plan.
(b) To meet the requirements of this Section, the State Board of Education shall issue to the Governor and General Assembly a preliminary report within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly and a final 5-year strategic plan within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly. Thereafter, the strategic plan shall be updated and issued to the Governor and General Assembly on or before July 1 of each year.
(Source: P.A. 93-1036, eff. 9-14-04.)