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Public Act 099-0432





Public Act 099-0432
HB3197 EnrolledLRB099 09103 NHT 29296 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
2-3.163 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.163 new)
    Sec. 2-3.163. Attendance Commission.
    (a) The Attendance Commission is created within the State
Board of Education to study the issue of chronic absenteeism in
this State and make recommendations for strategies to prevent
chronic absenteeism. The Commission shall consist of all of the
following members:
        (1) The Director of the Department of Children and
    Family Services or his or her designee.
        (2) The Chairperson of the State Board of Education or
    his or her designee.
        (3) The Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education or
    his or her designee.
        (4) The Secretary of the Department of Human Services
    or his or her designee.
        (5) The Director of the Department of Public Health or
    his or her designee.
        (6) The Chairperson of the Illinois Community College
    Board or his or her designee.
        (7) The Chairperson of the State Charter School
    Commission or his or her designee.
        (8) An individual that deals with children's
    disabilities, impairments, and social emotional issues,
    appointed by the State Superintendent of Education.
        (9) One member from each of the following
    organizations, appointed by the State Superintendent of
            (A) A non-profit organization that advocates for
        students in temporary living situations.
            (B) An Illinois-focused, non-profit organization
        that advocates for the well-being of all children and
        families in this State.
            (C) An Illinois non-profit, anti-crime
        organization of law enforcement that researches and
        recommends early learning and youth development
        strategies to reduce crime.
            (D) An Illinois non-profit organization that
        conducts community-organizing around family issues.
            (E) A statewide professional teachers'
            (F) A different statewide professional teachers'
            (G) A professional teachers' organization in a
        city having a population exceeding 500,000.
            (H) An association representing school
            (I) An association representing school board
            (J) An association representing school principals.
            (K) An association representing regional
        superintendents of schools.
            (L) An association representing parents.
            (M) An association representing high school
            (N) An association representing large unit
            (O) An organization that advocates for healthier
        school environments in Illinois.
            (P) An organization that advocates for the health
        and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing
        capacity building services.
            (Q) A statewide association of local philanthropic
        organizations that advocates for effective
        educational, health, and human service policies to
        improve this State's communities.
            (R) A statewide organization that advocates for
        partnerships among schools, families, and the
        community that provide access to support and remove
        barriers to learning and development, using schools as
            (S) An organization representing statewide
        programs actively involved in truancy intervention.
    Attendance Commission members shall serve without
compensation but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses
from appropriations to the State Board of Education available
for that purpose and subject to the rules of the appropriate
travel control board.
    (b) The Attendance Commission shall meet initially at the
call of the State Superintendent of Education. The members
shall elect a chairperson at their initial meeting. Thereafter,
the Attendance Commission shall meet at the call of the
chairperson. The Attendance Commission shall hold hearings on a
periodic basis to receive testimony from the public regarding
    (c) The Attendance Commission shall identify strategies,
mechanisms, and approaches to help parents, educators,
principals, superintendents, and the State Board of Education
address and prevent chronic absenteeism and shall recommend to
the General Assembly and State Board of Education:
        (1) a standard for attendance and chronic absenteeism,
    defining attendance as a calculation of standard clock
    hours in a day that equal a full day based on instructional
    minutes for both a half day and a full day per learning
        (2) mechanisms to improve data systems to monitor and
    track chronic absenteeism across this State in a way that
    identifies trends from prekindergarten through grade 12
    and allows the identification of students who need
    individualized chronic absenteeism prevention plans;
        (3) mechanisms for reporting and accountability for
    schools and districts across this State, including
    creating multiple measure indexes for reporting;
        (4) best practices for utilizing attendance and
    chronic absenteeism data to create multi-tiered systems of
    support and prevention that will result in students being
    ready for college and career; and
        (5) new initiatives and responses to ongoing
    challenges presented by chronic absenteeism.
    (d) The State Board of Education shall provide
administrative support to the Commission. The Attendance
Commission shall submit an annual report to the General
Assembly and the State Board of Education no later than
December 15 of each year.
    (e) The Attendance Commission is abolished and this Section
is repealed on December 16, 2020.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/21/2015