Special Education Funding Task Force - Closed October 2010
On July 26, 2007, House Joint Resolution 0024 (HJR 24) was adopted by the Illinois General Assembly. HJR 24 creates a Task Force to study special education funding needs and to make a recommendation as to how the State can increase special education funding and ease the financial burden on school districts.
The task force consists of the State Superintendent of Education (or designee), plus 16 legislatively appointed members to include public members representing the interests of special education, administrators and services, school districts non-public special education facilities and disability advocates.
The legislation also calls for the task force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2008 and provides that the task force shall be facilitated by the State Board of Education. In January, 2009, State Representative Sandra M. Pihos filed House Amendment No. 1 which changes the date by which the task force must report its findings and recommendations from January 1, 2008 to August 1, 2009.