Special Education Services

House Joint Resolution 24

Special Education Funding Task Force - Closed October 2010

Task Force Members | Final Task Force Report | Meeting Archive | Resources | Contact Us


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.

Task Force Members

Facilitator: Thomas B. Parrish, Ed.D., Special Education Funding Expert American Institutes of Research (AIRS)

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Final Task Force Report—September 2010

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Meeting Archive

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General Information
Report Information

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Contact Information

Questions regarding the Special Education Funding Task Force should be directed to

Elizabeth Hanselman
Assistant Superintendent
Special Education and Support Services
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL  62777-0001
Phone:  217-782-4870
Fax:  217-782-9224

E-mail questions should be sent to: