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greatest amount of funding.
(b) The Commission shall consist of all of the following
(1) One representative appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, who shall serve as
(2) One representative appointed by the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives.
(3) One senator appointed by the President of the
Senate, who shall serve as co-chairperson.
(4) One senator appointed by the Minority Leader of
(5) The State Superintendent of Education or a
(6) The Director of the Governor's Office of
Management and Budget or a designee.
(7) The Chairperson of the Advisory Council on the
Education of Children with Disabilities or a designee.
Additionally, within 60 days after the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly, the State
Superintendent of Education shall appoint all of the following
individuals to the Commission:
(A) One representative of a statewide association that
represents private special education schools.
(B) One representative of a statewide association that
represents special education cooperatives.
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(C) One educator from a special education cooperative,
recommended by a statewide association that represents
(D) One educator from a special education cooperative,
recommended by a different statewide association that
(E) One educator from a nonpublic special education
(F) One representative of a statewide association that
represents school administrators.
(G) One representative of a statewide association that
represents school business officials.
(H) One parent of a high-cost special education
Members appointed to the Commission must reflect the
racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of this State.
(c) Members of the Commission shall serve without
compensation, but may be reimbursed for their reasonable and
necessary expenses from funds appropriated to the State Board
of Education for that purpose.
(d) The State Board of Education shall provide
administrative support to the Commission.
(e) To ensure that high-quality services are provided to
ensure equitable outcomes for high-cost special education
students, the Commission shall do all the following:
(1) Review the current system of funding high-cost
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special education students in this State.
(2) Review the needs of high-cost special education
students in this State and the associated costs to ensure
high quality services are provided to these students.
(3) Review how other states fund high-cost special
(4) If available, review other proposals and best
practices for funding high-cost special education
(f) On or before November 30, 2021, the Commission shall
report its recommendations to the Governor and the General
(g) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2022.
This Act takes effect upon