Full Text of HB1165 102nd General Assembly
HB1165ham001 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 1165
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1165 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
34-18.68 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/34-18.68 new)
The Chicago Educational Governance Task
(a) The General Assembly makes the following findings:
(1) City of Chicago School District 299 is one of the
only school districts in this State with an appointed, not
an elected, school board.
(2) City of Chicago School District 299 is home to the
largest elected body in the country, local school
councils, charged with principal selection and approving
the local school budget.
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(3) For 15 years, City of Chicago School District 299
has implemented reforms, including the extension of the
school day, the expansion of access to full-day
kindergarten, probation, student retention, school
closings, the expansion of access to choice programs
(including science, technology, mathematics, and
engineering (STEM) programs, charter schools, and
International Baccalaureate programs), and turnarounds, to
increase student outcomes, including increased graduation
rates, increased college attendance, and improved
performance on State assessments.
(4) Many of these reforms have led to a robust
democratic discussion and decision-making process.
(5) All children must have access to a world-class
(b) The Chicago Educational Governance Task Force is
created for the purpose of recommending the best structure and
procedure for the governance of City of Chicago School
District 299 in order to ensure the best educational outcomes
for City of Chicago School District 299 students.
(c) The Task Force shall be composed of the following
(1) Three members appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives and 3 members appointed by the
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
(2) Three members appointed by the President of the
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Senate and 3 members appointed by the Minority Leader of
(3) The Chief Executive Officer of City of Chicago
School District 299 or her or his designee.
(4) The President of the Chicago Board of Education or
her or his designee.
(5) The president of a Chicago professional teachers'
organization or his or her designee.
(6) The president of the association representing
principals in the schools of the district or his or her
(7) The student representative from the Chicago Board
of Education or her or his designee.
(d) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall
appoint one of his or her appointees under subdivision (1) of
subsection (c) of this Section as a co-chairperson of the
Chicago Educational Governance Task Force. The President of
the Senate shall appoint one of his or her appointees under
subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this Section as a
co-chairperson of the Chicago Educational Governance Task
Force. Members appointed by the legislative leaders shall be
appointed for the duration of the Chicago Educational
Governance Task Force. In the event of a vacancy, the
appointment to fill the vacancy shall be made by the
legislative leader of the same chamber and party as the leader
who made the original appointment.
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(e) The Chicago Board of Education shall provide
administrative and other support to the Task Force.
(f) The members of the Task Force shall serve on a pro bono
basis. These members shall aid in the gathering of pertinent
information on the impact of various school governance
structures, including without limitation an elected
representative school board and mayoral control, as well as
gathering and analyzing data about the district's current
(g) The Task Force shall report its recommendation as to
which governance structure is best designed to serve the
students of the City of Chicago to the General Assembly on or
before May 1, 2022.
(h) The Task Force is abolished and this Section is
repealed on June 1, 2022.
This Act takes effect upon