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Full Text of HB5566  99th General Assembly




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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 changing Section
522-45 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/22-45)
7    Sec. 22-45. Illinois P-20 Council.
8    (a) The General Assembly finds that preparing Illinoisans
9for success in school and the workplace requires a continuum of
10quality education from preschool through graduate school. This
11State needs a framework to guide education policy and integrate
12education at every level. A statewide coordinating council to
13study and make recommendations concerning education at all
14levels can avoid fragmentation of policies, promote improved
15teaching and learning, and continue to cultivate and
16demonstrate strong accountability and efficiency. Establishing
17an Illinois P-20 Council will develop a statewide agenda that
18will move the State towards the common goals of improving
19academic achievement, increasing college access and success,
20improving use of existing data and measurements, developing
21improved accountability, fostering innovative approaches to
22education, promoting lifelong learning, easing the transition
23to college, and reducing remediation. A pre-kindergarten



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1through grade 20 agenda will strengthen this State's economic
2competitiveness by producing a highly-skilled workforce. In
3addition, lifelong learning plans will enhance this State's
4ability to leverage funding.
5    (b) There is created the Illinois P-20 Council. The
6Illinois P-20 Council shall include all of the following
8        (1) The Governor or his or her designee, to serve as
9    chairperson.
10        (2) Four members of the General Assembly, one appointed
11    by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one
12    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
13    Representatives, one appointed by the President of the
14    Senate, and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the
15    Senate.
16        (3) Six at-large members appointed by the Governor as
17    follows, with 2 members being from the City of Chicago, 2
18    members being from Lake County, McHenry County, Kane
19    County, DuPage County, Will County, or that part of Cook
20    County outside of the City of Chicago, and 2 members being
21    from the remainder of the State:
22            (A) one representative of civic leaders;
23            (B) one representative of local government;
24            (C) one representative of trade unions;
25            (D) one representative of nonprofit organizations
26        or foundations;



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1            (E) one representative of parents' organizations;
2        and
3            (F) one education research expert.
4        (4) Five members appointed by statewide business
5    organizations and business trade associations.
6        (5) Six members appointed by statewide professional
7    organizations and associations representing
8    pre-kindergarten through grade 20 teachers, community
9    college faculty, and public university faculty.
10        (6) Two members appointed by associations representing
11    local school administrators and school board members. One
12    of these members must be a special education administrator.
13        (7) One member representing community colleges,
14    appointed by the Illinois Council of Community College
15    Presidents.
16        (8) One member representing 4-year independent
17    colleges and universities, appointed by a statewide
18    organization representing private institutions of higher
19    learning.
20        (9) One member representing public 4-year
21    universities, appointed jointly by the university
22    presidents and chancellors.
23        (10) Ex-officio members as follows:
24            (A) The State Superintendent of Education or his or
25        her designee.
26            (B) The Executive Director of the Board of Higher



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1        Education or his or her designee.
2            (C) The Executive Director of the Illinois
3        Community College Board or his or her designee.
4            (D) The Executive Director of the Illinois Student
5        Assistance Commission or his or her designee.
6            (E) The Co-chairpersons of the Illinois Workforce
7        Investment Board or their designee.
8            (F) The Director of Commerce and Economic
9        Opportunity or his or her designee.
10            (G) The Chairperson of the Illinois Early Learning
11        Council or his or her designee.
12            (H) The President of the Illinois Mathematics and
13        Science Academy or his or her designee.
14            (I) The president of an association representing
15        educators of adult learners or his or her designee.
16Ex-officio members shall have no vote on the Illinois P-20
18    Appointed members shall serve for staggered terms expiring
19on July 1 of the first, second, or third calendar year
20following their appointments or until their successors are
21appointed and have qualified. Staggered terms shall be
22determined by lot at the organizing meeting of the Illinois
23P-20 Council.
24    Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original
25appointments, and any member so appointed shall serve during
26the remainder of the term for which the vacancy occurred.



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1    (c) The Illinois P-20 Council shall be funded through State
2appropriations to support staff activities, research,
3data-collection, and dissemination. The Illinois P-20 Council
4shall be staffed by the Office of the Governor, in coordination
5with relevant State agencies, boards, and commissions. The
6Illinois Education Research Council shall provide research and
7coordinate research collection activities for the Illinois
8P-20 Council.
9    (d) The Illinois P-20 Council shall have all of the
10following duties:
11        (1) To make recommendations to do all of the following:
12            (A) Coordinate pre-kindergarten through grade 20
13        (graduate school) education in this State through
14        working at the intersections of educational systems to
15        promote collaborative infrastructure.
16            (B) Coordinate and leverage strategies, actions,
17        legislation, policies, and resources of all
18        stakeholders to support fundamental and lasting
19        improvement in this State's public schools, community
20        colleges, and universities.
21            (C) Better align the high school curriculum with
22        postsecondary expectations.
23            (D) Better align assessments across all levels of
24        education.
25            (E) Reduce the need for students entering
26        institutions of higher education to take remedial



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1        courses.
2            (F) Smooth the transition from high school to
3        college.
4            (G) Improve high school and college graduation
5        rates.
6            (H) Improve the rigor and relevance of academic
7        standards for college and workforce readiness.
8            (I) Better align college and university teaching
9        programs with the needs of Illinois schools.
10        (2) To advise the Governor, the General Assembly, the
11    State's education and higher education agencies, and the
12    State's workforce and economic development boards and
13    agencies on policies related to lifelong learning for
14    Illinois students and families.
15        (3) To articulate a framework for systemic educational
16    improvement and innovation that will enable every student
17    to meet or exceed Illinois learning standards and be
18    well-prepared to succeed in the workforce and community.
19        (4) To provide an estimated fiscal impact for
20    implementation of all Council recommendations.
21    (e) The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may
22authorize the creation of working groups focusing on areas of
23interest to Illinois educational and workforce development,
24including without limitation the following areas:
25        (1) Preparation, recruitment, and certification of
26    highly qualified teachers.



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1        (2) Mentoring and induction of highly qualified
2    teachers.
3        (3) The diversity of highly qualified teachers.
4        (4) Funding for highly qualified teachers, including
5    developing a strategic and collaborative plan to seek
6    federal and private grants to support initiatives
7    targeting teacher preparation and its impact on student
8    achievement.
9        (5) Highly effective administrators.
10        (6) Illinois birth through age 3 education,
11    pre-kindergarten, and early childhood education.
12        (7) The assessment, alignment, outreach, and network
13    of college and workforce readiness efforts.
14        (8) Alternative routes to college access.
15        (9) Research data and accountability.
16        (10) Community schools, community participation, and
17    other innovative approaches to education that foster
18    community partnerships.
19        (11) Tuition, financial aid, and other issues related
20    to keeping postsecondary education affordable for Illinois
21    residents.
22    The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may designate
23Council members to serve as working group chairpersons. Working
24groups may invite organizations and individuals representing
25pre-kindergarten through grade 20 interests to participate in
26discussions, data collection, and dissemination.



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1(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-719, eff. 1-1-15.)