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(105 ILCS 5/14-17)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2022)
High-Cost Special Education Funding Commission.
(a) The High-Cost Special Education Funding Commission is created for the purpose of making recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly for an alternative funding structure in this State for high-cost special education students that is aligned to the principles of the evidence-based funding formula in Section 18-8.15 in which school districts furthest away from adequacy receive the greatest amount of funding.
(b) The Commission shall consist of all of the following members:
(1) One representative appointed by the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, who shall serve as co-chairperson.
(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 July 23, 2021 (the effective date of Public Act 102-150), 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.
(C) One educator from a special education
cooperative, recommended by a statewide association that represents teachers.
(D) One educator from a school district that is not a
member of a special education cooperative, recommended by a different statewide association that represents teachers.
(E) One educator or administrator from a nonpublic
special education school.
(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 representative of a statewide association
that represents private special education schools in rural school districts.
(I) One representative from a residential program.
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
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 students.
(f) On or before November 30, 2021, the Commission shall report its recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly.
(g) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2022.
(Source: P.A. 102-150, eff. 7-23-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22; 102-894, eff. 5-20-22.)