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 1        AN ACT to amend the School Code by adding Section 21-27.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The School Code is amended by adding  Section
 5    21-27 as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/21-27 new)
 7        Sec. 21-27.  Task Force on Paraprofessionals.
 8        (a)  In   this   Section,   "paraprofessional"  means  an
 9    employee, other  than  a  teacher,  in  a  school  (i)  whose
10    position  is  either  instructional in nature or who delivers
11    other direct services to students or their parents  and  (ii)
12    who  serves  in  a  position  for  which a teacher or another
13    professional has the ultimate responsibility for the  design,
14    implementation,   and   evaluation  of  individual  education
15    programs or related services and for student performance.
16        (b)  There is created the Task Force on Paraprofessionals
17    consisting of the following members:
18             (1)  Two members of  the  Senate  appointed  by  the
19        President of the Senate.
20             (2)  Two  members  of  the  House of Representatives
21        appointed by the Speaker of the House.
22             (3)  One teacher who is a  member  of  the  Illinois
23        Federation of Teachers and one teacher who is a member of
24        the Illinois Education Association, each appointed by the
25        State Superintendent of Education.
26             (4)  Eight  paraprofessionals appointed by the State
27        Superintendent  of  Education,  chosen  from  a  list  of
28        nominees provided by the Illinois Federation of  Teachers
29        and  the  Illinois Education Association in proportion to
30        the membership of each organization.
31             (5)  One   member   appointed   by   the    Illinois
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 1        Association of School Boards.
 2             (6)  One  member  appointed  by  the Illinois Parent
 3        Teacher Association.
 4             (7)  One   member   appointed   by   the    Illinois
 5        Association of School Administrators.
 6             (8)      One   member   from   the   State   Teacher
 7        Certification Board appointed by the State Superintendent
 8        of Education.
 9             (9)  One  member  representing  the higher education
10        community  appointed  by  the  State  Superintendent   of
11        Education.
12             (10)  One    member    representing   the   Illinois
13        Speech-Language-Hearing  Association  appointed  by   the
14        State Superintendent of Education.
15             (11)  One  member  representing  the  State Board of
16        Education's Staff Development Division appointed  by  the
17        State Superintendent of Education.
18             (12)  One member representing a statewide council of
19        special  education  administrators appointed by the State
20        Superintendent of Education.
21             (13)  One member  appointed  by  the  Governor,  who
22        shall serve as chairperson of the Task Force.
23        The  members  of  the  Task  Force  shall  serve  without
24    compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable and
25    necessary  expenses  from  funds  available for that purpose.
26    The State Board of Education shall provide staff  support  to
27    the Task Force.
28        (c)  The  Task Force shall study and make recommendations
29    to the Governor on the  licensure  of  paraprofessionals  who
30    work  with  children  in the public schools of Illinois.  The
31    Task Force shall determine entry  level  standards,  training
32    and   experience   requirements   for  entering  the  career,
33    guidelines for  education  and  experience  requirements  for
34    career  advancement,  structures  outlining appropriate roles
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 1    and responsibilities, and a mechanism to enhance job mobility
 2    within and between school districts.
 3        (d)  The Task Force shall report its  recommendations  to
 4    the  Governor  one  year  after  the  effective  date of this
 5    amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, and upon  filing
 6    its report the Task Force is dissolved.
 7        (e)  This  Section  is  repealed one year and a day after
 8    the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General
 9    Assembly.

10        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
11    becoming law.

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