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Full Text of SB2354  103rd General Assembly


Sen. Rachel Ventura

Filed: 3/24/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2354, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
62-3.196 as follows:
7    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.196 new)
8    Sec. 2-3.196. Science in Elementary Schools Working Group.
9    (a) The State Board of Education shall create the Science
10in Elementary Schools Working Group. The State Board of
11Education shall appoint science and health education
12specialists, educators or former educators who teach or have
13taught the subject of science or health, medical doctors,
14doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine, parents,
15registered nurses, chiropractors, exercise physiologists, and
16physical therapists to the Working Group.



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1    The members of the Working Group shall serve without
3    (b) The State Board of Education shall provide
4administrative support to the Working Group.
5    (c) By June 1, 2024, the Working Group shall create a
6crosswalk and alignment of the current Illinois Learning
7Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by
8the State Board of Education and the Illinois Learning
9Standards for Science, with links to available resources so
10elementary teachers have access to high quality,
11age-appropriate, and free educational materials that are
12centered on anatomy, physiology and nutrition to empower
13students with the knowledge of their own bodies and to care for
14their own health and well-being throughout their lives.
15    (d) The Working Group shall focus its recommendations on
16how to empower students with the knowledge to adequately
17understand their own bodies and care for their own health and
18well-being throughout their lives, with the idea that science
19education is more human-centered. The Working Group shall
20additionally focus on connecting this human-centered science
21education with other sciences as students advance to other
22areas of their science education, such as chemistry, biology,
23and physics, taught at later grade levels.
24    (e) The Working Group shall make recommendations to the
25State Board of Education on updating its science standards by
26December 31, 2025. By December 31, 2030, the State Board of



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1Education shall review and provide updates as appropriate to
2the crosswalk and alignment documents and elementary
3storylines. The State Board of Education shall conduct these
4reviews and provide these updates, at a minimum, of every 5
5years thereafter.
6    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.".