(105 ILCS 5/2-3.168)
Advisory Council on At-Risk Students.
(a) For purposes of this Section, "at-risk students" means students served by the
Department of Human Services who receive services through Medicaid, the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Children's Health Insurance Program,
or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as well as students under the legal
custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. Students may not be
counted more than once for receiving multiple services from the Department of Human
Services or if they receive those services and are under the legal custody of the
Department of Children and Family Services.
(b) The Advisory Council on At-Risk Students is created within the State Board of
Education. The Advisory Council shall consist of all of the following members:
(1) One member of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(2) One member of the House of Representatives
appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
(3) One member of the Senate appointed by the
(4) One member of the Senate appointed by the
Minority Leader of the Senate.
(5) The following members appointed by the State
Superintendent of Education:
(A) One member who is an educator representing a
statewide professional teachers' organization.
(B) One member who is an educator representing a
different statewide professional teachers' organization.
(C) One member who is an educator representing a
professional teachers' organization in a city having a population exceeding 500,000.
(D) One member from an organization that works
for economic, educational, and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.
(E) One member from an organization that
facilitates the involvement of Latino Americans at all levels of public decision-making.
(F) One member from an organization focused on
research-based education policy to support a school system that prepares all students for college, a career, and democratic citizenship.
(G) One member from an organization dedicated to
advocating for public policies to prevent homelessness.
(H) One member from the Illinois Student
(I) One member from an organization that works to
ensure the health and safety of Illinois youth and families by providing capacity building services.
(J) One member from an organization that provides
public high school students with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond.
(K) One member from an organization that promotes
the strengths and abilities of youth and families by providing community-based services that empower each to face life's challenges with confidence, competence, and dignity.
(L) One member from an organization that connects
former members of the foster care system with current children in the foster care system.
(M) One member who has experience with research
(N) Three members who are parents of at-risk
(O) One member from an organization that
optimizes the positive growth of at-risk youth and individuals working with at-risk youth through support services.
(P) One member from a statewide organization
representing regional superintendents of schools.
(Q) One member from an association representing
(R) One member from an organization representing
principals in a city having a population exceeding 500,000.
Members of the Council shall, to the extent possible, be selected on the basis of experience with or knowledge of various programs for at-risk students. The Council shall, to the extent possible, include diverse membership from a variety of socio-economic, racial, and
(c) Initial members of the Council shall serve terms determined by lot as follows:
(1) Seven members shall serve for one year.
(2) Seven members shall serve for 2 years.
(3) The remaining members shall serve for 3 years.
However, upon the appointment of the additional members under this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, terms for the initial members of the Council shall be redetermined, with the initial and additional members of the Council serving as follows:
(A) Members appointed under subdivisions (1) through
(4) of subsection (b) of this Section shall serve on the Council until their successors are appointed.
(B) Of the members appointed under subdivision (5)
of subsection (b) of this Section, 6 members shall serve for one year, 6 members shall serve for 2 years, and the remaining members shall serve for 3 years, as determined by lot.
(c-5) Successors to members appointed under subdivisions (1) through (4) of subsection (b) of this Section shall serve on the Council until their successors are appointed. Successors to members appointed under subdivision (5) of subsection (b) of this Section shall serve 3-year terms and must serve until their successors are appointed.
(d) Members of the Council shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for travel if funds are made available for that specific purpose.
(e) The Council shall initially meet at the call of the State Superintendent of
Education. The members shall elect a chairperson from among their
number at their initial meeting, with successor chairpersons being elected as determined by the Council. Thereafter, the Council shall meet at the
call of the chairperson.
(f) The State Board of Education and City of Chicago School District 299 shall provide administrative support to the Council.
(g) The Council shall operate under the provisions of the Open Meetings Act and accept and consider public comments.
(h) By no later than December 15, 2017, the Council shall submit a report to the State Board
of Education, the Governor, and the General Assembly addressing, at a
minimum, the following with respect to school districts where racial minorities comprise a majority of the student population:
(1) What are the barriers to success present for
(2) How much does socio-economic status impact
academic and career achievement?
(3) How do at-risk students perform academically?
(4) How do at-risk students perform academically
compared to students from higher socio-economic statuses?
(5) What programs are shown to help at-risk students
reach higher levels of academic and career achievement?
(6) What specific curriculums help the academic
success of at-risk students?
(7) Of curriculums that help at-risk students, which
of these need to be implemented within the Illinois Learning Standards?
(8) To what degree do school districts teach cultural
history, and how can this be improved?
(9) Specific policy recommendations to improve the
academic success of at-risk students.
(10) Any other information that the Council
determines will assist in the understanding of the barriers to success for or increase the academic performance of at-risk students.
The Council shall submit an annual report regarding barriers to
academic success and the academic progress of at-risk students by no later than December 31 of
each year beginning the year after the initial report is submitted.
(Source: P.A. 99-721, eff. 8-5-16; 99-929, eff. 1-20-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)