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Full Text of HB5566  99th General Assembly


Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr.

Filed: 4/15/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5566 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1an Illinois P-20 Council will develop a statewide agenda that
2will move the State towards the common goals of improving
3academic achievement, increasing college access and success,
4improving use of existing data and measurements, developing
5improved accountability, fostering innovative approaches to
6education, promoting lifelong learning, easing the transition
7to college, and reducing remediation. A pre-kindergarten
8through grade 20 agenda will strengthen this State's economic
9competitiveness by producing a highly-skilled workforce. In
10addition, lifelong learning plans will enhance this State's
11ability to leverage funding.
12    (b) There is created the Illinois P-20 Council. The
13Illinois P-20 Council shall include all of the following
15        (1) The Governor or his or her designee, to serve as
16    chairperson.
17        (2) Four members of the General Assembly, one appointed
18    by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one
19    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
20    Representatives, one appointed by the President of the
21    Senate, and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the
22    Senate.
23        (3) Six at-large members appointed by the Governor as
24    follows, with 2 members being from the City of Chicago, 2
25    members being from Lake County, McHenry County, Kane
26    County, DuPage County, Will County, or that part of Cook



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1    County outside of the City of Chicago, and 2 members being
2    from the remainder of the State:
3            (A) one representative of civic leaders;
4            (B) one representative of local government;
5            (C) one representative of trade unions;
6            (D) one representative of nonprofit organizations
7        or foundations;
8            (E) one representative of parents' organizations;
9        and
10            (F) one education research expert.
11        (4) Five members appointed by statewide business
12    organizations and business trade associations.
13        (5) Six members appointed by statewide professional
14    organizations and associations representing
15    pre-kindergarten through grade 20 teachers, community
16    college faculty, and public university faculty.
17        (6) Two members appointed by associations representing
18    local school administrators and school board members. One
19    of these members must be a special education administrator.
20        (7) One member representing community colleges,
21    appointed by the Illinois Council of Community College
22    Presidents.
23        (8) One member representing 4-year independent
24    colleges and universities, appointed by a statewide
25    organization representing private institutions of higher
26    learning.



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1        (9) One member representing public 4-year
2    universities, appointed jointly by the university
3    presidents and chancellors.
4        (10) Ex-officio members as follows:
5            (A) The State Superintendent of Education or his or
6        her designee.
7            (B) The Executive Director of the Board of Higher
8        Education or his or her designee.
9            (C) The Executive Director of the Illinois
10        Community College Board or his or her designee.
11            (D) The Executive Director of the Illinois Student
12        Assistance Commission or his or her designee.
13            (E) The Co-chairpersons of the Illinois Workforce
14        Investment Board or their designee.
15            (F) The Director of Commerce and Economic
16        Opportunity or his or her designee.
17            (G) The Chairperson of the Illinois Early Learning
18        Council or his or her designee.
19            (H) The President of the Illinois Mathematics and
20        Science Academy or his or her designee.
21            (I) The president of an association representing
22        educators of adult learners or his or her designee.
23Ex-officio members shall have no vote on the Illinois P-20
25    Appointed members shall serve for staggered terms expiring
26on July 1 of the first, second, or third calendar year



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1following their appointments or until their successors are
2appointed and have qualified. Staggered terms shall be
3determined by lot at the organizing meeting of the Illinois
4P-20 Council.
5    Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original
6appointments, and any member so appointed shall serve during
7the remainder of the term for which the vacancy occurred.
8    (c) The Illinois P-20 Council shall be funded through State
9appropriations to support staff activities, research,
10data-collection, and dissemination. The Illinois P-20 Council
11shall be staffed by the Office of the Governor, in coordination
12with relevant State agencies, boards, and commissions. The
13Illinois Education Research Council shall provide research and
14coordinate research collection activities for the Illinois
15P-20 Council.
16    (d) The Illinois P-20 Council shall have all of the
17following duties:
18        (1) To make recommendations to do all of the following:
19            (A) Coordinate pre-kindergarten through grade 20
20        (graduate school) education in this State through
21        working at the intersections of educational systems to
22        promote collaborative infrastructure.
23            (B) Coordinate and leverage strategies, actions,
24        legislation, policies, and resources of all
25        stakeholders to support fundamental and lasting
26        improvement in this State's public schools, community



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1        colleges, and universities.
2            (C) Better align the high school curriculum with
3        postsecondary expectations.
4            (D) Better align assessments across all levels of
5        education.
6            (E) Reduce the need for students entering
7        institutions of higher education to take remedial
8        courses.
9            (F) Smooth the transition from high school to
10        college.
11            (G) Improve high school and college graduation
12        rates.
13            (H) Improve the rigor and relevance of academic
14        standards for college and workforce readiness.
15            (I) Better align college and university teaching
16        programs with the needs of Illinois schools.
17        (2) To advise the Governor, the General Assembly, the
18    State's education and higher education agencies, and the
19    State's workforce and economic development boards and
20    agencies on policies related to lifelong learning for
21    Illinois students and families.
22        (3) To articulate a framework for systemic educational
23    improvement and innovation that will enable every student
24    to meet or exceed Illinois learning standards and be
25    well-prepared to succeed in the workforce and community.
26        (4) To provide an estimated fiscal impact for



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1    implementation of all Council recommendations.
2    (e) The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may
3authorize the creation of working groups focusing on areas of
4interest to Illinois educational and workforce development,
5including without limitation the following areas:
6        (1) Preparation, recruitment, and certification of
7    highly qualified teachers.
8        (2) Mentoring and induction of highly qualified
9    teachers.
10        (3) The diversity of highly qualified teachers.
11        (4) Funding for highly qualified teachers, including
12    developing a strategic and collaborative plan to seek
13    federal and private grants to support initiatives
14    targeting teacher preparation and its impact on student
15    achievement.
16        (5) Highly effective administrators.
17        (6) Illinois birth through age 3 education,
18    pre-kindergarten, and early childhood education.
19        (7) The assessment, alignment, outreach, and network
20    of college and workforce readiness efforts.
21        (8) Alternative routes to college access.
22        (9) Research data and accountability.
23        (10) Community schools, community participation, and
24    other innovative approaches to education that foster
25    community partnerships.
26        (11) Tuition, financial aid, and other issues related



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1    to keeping postsecondary education affordable for Illinois
2    residents.
3    The chairperson of the Illinois P-20 Council may designate
4Council members to serve as working group chairpersons. Working
5groups may invite organizations and individuals representing
6pre-kindergarten through grade 20 interests to participate in
7discussions, data collection, and dissemination.
8(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-719, eff. 1-1-15.)".