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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
2-3.182 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/2-3.182 new)
State Education Equity Committee.
(a) The General Assembly finds that this State has an
urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational
equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices
affirm the strengths that each and every child brings with
diverse backgrounds and life experiences and by delivering the
comprehensive support, programs, and educational opportunities
children need to succeed.
(b) The State Education Equity Committee is created within
the State Board of Education to strive toward ensuring equity
in education for all children from birth through grade 12.
(c) The Committee shall consist of the State
Superintendent of Education or the State Superintendent's
designee, who shall serve as chairperson, and one member from
each of the following organizations appointed by the State
(1) At least 2 educators who each represent a
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different statewide professional teachers' organization.
(2) A professional teachers' organization located in a
city having a population exceeding 500,000.
(3) A statewide association representing school
(4) A statewide association representing regional
superintendents of schools.
(5) A statewide association representing school board
(6) A statewide association representing school
(7) A school district serving a community with a
population of 500,000 or more.
(8) A parent-led organization.
(9) A student-led organization.
(10) One community organization that works to foster
safe and healthy environments through advocacy for
immigrant families and ensuring equitable opportunities
for educational advancement and economic development.
(11) An organization that works for economic,
educational, and social progress for African Americans and
promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy,
collaboration, and innovation.
(12) One statewide organization whose focus is to
narrow or close the achievement gap between students of
color and their peers.
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(13) An organization that advocates for healthier
school environments in this State.
(14) One statewide organization that advocates for
partnerships among schools, families, and the community,
provides access to support, and removes barriers to
learning and development, using schools as hubs.
(15) One organization that advocates for the health
and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing
capacity building services.
(16) An organization dedicated to advocating for
public policies to prevent homelessness.
(17) Other appropriate State agencies as determined by
the State Superintendent.
Members appointed to the Committee must reflect, as much
as possible, the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of
(d) Members appointed by the State Superintendent shall
serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for
reasonable and necessary expenses, including travel, from
funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for that
purpose, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel
(e) The Committee shall meet at the call of the
chairperson, but shall meet no less than 3 times a year.
(f) The Committee shall recognize that, while progress has
been made, much remains to be done to address systemic
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inequities and ensure each and every child is equipped to
reach the child's fullest potential and shall:
(1) guide its work through the principles of equity,
equality, collaboration, and community;
(2) focus its work around the overarching goals of
student learning, learning conditions, and elevating
educators, all underpinned by equity;
(3) identify evidence-based practices or policies
around these goals to build on this State's progress of
ensuring educational equity for all its students in all
aspects of birth through grade 12 education; and
(4) seek input and feedback on identified
evidence-based practices or policies from stakeholders,
including, but not limited to, parents, students, and
educators that reflect the rich diversity of Illinois
(g) The Committee shall submit its recommendations to the
General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later
than January 31, 2022. By no later December 15, 2023 and each
year thereafter, the Committee shall report to the General
Assembly and the State Board of Education about the additional
progress that has been made to achieve educational equity.
(105 ILCS 5/2-3.168 rep.)
The School Code is amended by repealing