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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            (O) An organization that advocates for healthier
14        school environments in Illinois.
15            (P) An organization that advocates for the health
16        and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing
17        capacity building services.
18            (Q) A statewide association of local philanthropic
19        organizations that advocates for effective
20        educational, health, and human service policies to
21        improve this State's communities.
22            (R) A statewide organization that advocates for
23        partnerships among schools, families, and the
24        community that provide access to support and remove
25        barriers to learning and development, using schools as
26        hubs.



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1            (S) An organization representing statewide
2        programs actively involved in truancy intervention.
3    Attendance Commission members shall serve without
4compensation but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses
5from appropriations to the State Board of Education available
6for that purpose and subject to the rules of the appropriate
7travel control board.
8    (b) The Attendance Commission shall meet initially at the
9call of the State Superintendent of Education. The members
10shall elect a chairperson at their initial meeting. Thereafter,
11the Attendance Commission shall meet at the call of the
12chairperson. The Attendance Commission shall hold hearings on a
13periodic basis to receive testimony from the public regarding
15    (c) The Attendance Commission shall identify strategies,
16mechanisms, and approaches to help parents, educators,
17principals, superintendents, and the State Board of Education
18address and prevent chronic absenteeism and shall recommend to
19the General Assembly and State Board of Education:
20        (1) a standard for attendance and chronic absenteeism,
21    defining attendance as a calculation of standard clock
22    hours in a day that equal a full day based on instructional
23    minutes for both a half day and a full day per learning
24    environment;
25        (2) mechanisms to improve data systems to monitor and
26    track chronic absenteeism across this State in a way that



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1    identifies trends from prekindergarten through grade 12
2    and allows the identification of students who need
3    individualized chronic absenteeism prevention plans;
4        (3) mechanisms for reporting and accountability for
5    schools and districts across this State, including
6    creating multiple measure indexes for reporting;
7        (4) best practices for utilizing attendance and
8    chronic absenteeism data to create multi-tiered systems of
9    support and prevention that will result in students being
10    ready for college and career; and
11        (5) new initiatives and responses to ongoing
12    challenges presented by chronic absenteeism.
13    (d) The State Board of Education shall provide
14administrative support to the Commission. The Attendance
15Commission shall submit an annual report to the General
16Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than
17December 15 of each year.
18    (e) The Attendance Commission is abolished and this Section
19is repealed on December 16, 2020.
20    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
21becoming law.