State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced , by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia


105 ILCS 5/2-3.163 new

    Amends the School Code. Creates the Attendance Commission within the State Board of Education to study chronic absenteeism and make recommendations for strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism. Sets forth provisions concerning the members of the Commission, meetings and hearings of the Commission, State Board support for the Commission, and duties of the Commission. Provides that the Attendance Commission shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than December 15 of each year. Provides that the Commission is abolished and these provisions are repealed on December 16, 2020. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.163 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.163 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.163. Attendance Commission.
8    (a) The Attendance Commission is created within the State
9Board of Education to study the issue of chronic absenteeism in
10this State and make recommendations for strategies to prevent
11chronic absenteeism. The Commission shall consist of all of the
12following members:
13        (1) The Director of the Department of Children and
14    Family Services or his or her designee.
15        (2) The Chairperson of the State Board of Education or
16    his or her designee.
17        (3) The Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education or
18    his or her designee.
19        (4) The Secretary of the Department of Human Services
20    or his or her designee.
21        (5) The Director of the Department of Public Health or
22    his or her designee.
23        (6) The Chairperson of the Illinois Community College



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1    Board or his or her designee.
2        (7) The Chairperson of the State Charter School
3    Commission or his or her designee.
4        (8) An individual that deals with children's
5    disabilities, impairments, and social emotional issues,
6    appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
7        (9) One member from each of the following
8    organizations, appointed by the State Superintendent of
9    Education:
10            (A) A non-profit organization that advocates for
11        students in temporary living situations.
12            (B) An Illinois-focused, non-profit organization
13        that advocates for the well-being of all children and
14        families in this State.
15            (C) An Illinois non-profit, anti-crime
16        organization of law enforcement that researches and
17        recommends early learning and youth development
18        strategies to reduce crime.
19            (D) An Illinois non-profit organization that
20        conducts community-organizing around family issues.
21            (E) A statewide professional teachers'
22        organization.
23            (F) A different statewide professional teachers'
24        organization.
25            (G) A professional teachers' organization in a
26        city having a population exceeding 500,000.



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1            (H) An association representing school
2        administrators.
3            (I) An association representing school board
4        members.
5            (J) An association representing school principals.
6            (K) An association representing regional
7        superintendents of schools.
8            (L) An association representing parents.
9            (M) An association representing high school
10        districts.
11            (N) An association representing large unit
12        districts.
13    Attendance Commission members shall serve without
14compensation but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses
15from appropriations to the State Board of Education available
16for that purpose and subject to the rules of the appropriate
17travel control board.
18    (b) The Attendance Commission shall meet initially at the
19call of the State Superintendent of Education. The members
20shall elect a chairperson at their initial meeting. Thereafter,
21the Attendance Commission shall meet at the call of the
22chairperson. The Attendance Commission shall hold hearings on a
23periodic basis to receive testimony from the public regarding
25    (c) The Attendance Commission shall identify strategies,
26mechanisms, and approaches to help parents, educators,



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1principals, superintendents, and the State Board of Education
2address and prevent chronic absenteeism and shall recommend to
3the General Assembly and State Board of Education:
4        (1) a standard for attendance and chronic absenteeism,
5    defining attendance as a calculation of standard clock
6    hours in a day that equal a full day based on instructional
7    minutes for both a half day and a full day per learning
8    environment;
9        (2) mechanisms to improve data systems to monitor and
10    track chronic absenteeism across this State in a way that
11    identifies trends from prekindergarten through grade 12
12    and allows the identification of students who need
13    individualized chronic absenteeism prevention plans;
14        (3) mechanisms for reporting and accountability for
15    schools and districts across this State, including
16    creating multiple measure indexes for reporting;
17        (4) best practices for utilizing attendance and
18    chronic absenteeism data to create multi-tiered systems of
19    support and prevention that will result in students being
20    ready for college and career; and
21        (5) new initiatives and responses to ongoing
22    challenges presented by chronic absenteeism.
23    (d) The State Board of Education shall provide
24administrative support to the Commission. The Attendance
25Commission shall submit an annual report to the General
26Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than



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1December 15 of each year.
2    (e) The Attendance Commission is abolished and this Section
3is repealed on December 16, 2020.
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.