State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  State's  objective  is  to  establish   an
 3    efficient   system   of   high   quality  public  educational
 4    institutions and services at  the  elementary  and  secondary
 5    school levels; therefore be it

 8    SENATE  CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that there is created the School
 9    Code Review Task Force, to consist of 10 members as  follows:
10    one   member   appointed   by   the   Governor,   the   State
11    Superintendent of Education or his or her designee, 2 members
12    of the House appointed by the Speaker of the House, 2 members
13    of the House appointed by the Minority Leader of the House, 2
14    members  of  the  Senate  appointed  by  the President of the
15    Senate, and 2 members of the Senate appointed by the Minority
16    Leader of the Senate; and be it further

17        RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall include  12  advisors
18    appointed one each by the following:
19             (1)  The   Illinois   Statewide   School  Management
20        Alliance.
21             (2)  The Illinois Education Association.
22             (3)  The Illinois Federation of Teachers.
23             (4)  ED-RED.
24             (5)  The Large Unit District Association.
25             (6)  The South Cooperative Organization  for  Public
26        Education.
27             (7)  The   Illinois   PTA   Congress  of  Parents  &
28        Teachers.
29             (8)  The Illinois Business Education Coalition.
30             (9)  The   Illinois    Association    of    Regional
31        Superintendents of Schools.
32             (10)  The Board of Higher Education.
33             (11)  The Chicago Board of Education.
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 1             (12)  The Catholic Conference of Illinois; and be it
 2        further

 3        RESOLVED, That the Task Force may, by an affirmative vote
 4    of  the majority of the members, add additional advisors; and
 5    be it further

 6        RESOLVED, That the chairperson of the Task Force shall be
 7    selected by the members from among  its  membership  and  the
 8    Task  Force shall meet at the call of the chairperson; and be
 9    it further

10        RESOLVED, That members of the Task Force shall be  voting
11    members and advisors may not vote; and be it further

12        RESOLVED,  That  members  and  advisors of the Task Force
13    must be appointed as soon as possible after  this  resolution
14    has  been  adopted  by  both houses and that a vacancy on the
15    Task Force must be filled  by  appointment  of  the  original
16    appointing authority; and be it further

17        RESOLVED,   That   the   Task  Force  shall  receive  the
18    assistance of the State Board  of  Education,  including  the
19    provision  of  staff,  and  that  the  Task Force may request
20    assistance from any other entity as necessary or  useful  for
21    the performance of its duties; and be it further

22        RESOLVED,  That  it  is  the  duty  of  the Task Force to
23    undertake  a  comprehensive  and  thorough  review  of  every
24    Article of  the  School  Code  and  related  laws  and  rules
25    impacting  Illinois'  K-12 schools, as well as the powers and
26    duties of the State Board of Education, with  the  intent  of
27    eliminating  unnecessary  and  burdensome  mandates on school
28    districts,  increasing  accountability  and   efficiency   in
29    schools,  returning  control  of  school districts to locally
30    elected  school  officials,  teachers,  administrators,   and
31    parents,   and   improving  the  educational  performance  of
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 1    students; and be it further

 2        RESOLVED, That  the  Task  Force  shall  issue  a  report
 3    detailing  specific  recommended  changes to the School Code,
 4    related laws and rules, and the  powers  and  duties  of  the
 5    State  Board  of  Education,  to  be  filed  with the General
 6    Assembly and the Governor on or before July 1, 2003, at which
 7    time the Task Force is dissolved; and be it further

 8        RESOLVED, That suitable  copies  of  this  resolution  be
 9    delivered  to  the  Governor,  the  State  Superintendent  of
10    Education,   and   each   of   the  entities  making  advisor
11    appointments.

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