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Heightened bilingual education requirements in elementary schools December 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 572 The State Board of Education ("SBE") has adopted amendments to the regulations governing Transitional Bilingual Education in order to implement English language development standards in elementary education. 23 Ill. Adm. Code 228 (eff. Sept. 29, 2014).
Special education expenses require review board approval September 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 424 Section 5 of the School Code, regarding state approval of payment of tuition and related services for disabled children attending special education programs, has been revised to include approval instructions for certain special needs programs serving autistic children.
Educator licensure August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 The State Board of Education has amended Article 21 of the School Code to comply with new state law regarding educator certification. 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25 (eff. May 6, 2014).
More mentorship opportunities available in principal preparation programs August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 School superintendents, assistant superintendents, and directors of special education with at least two years of experience relevant to the role of a principal are now permitted to mentor principal candidates. 23 Ill. Adm. Code 30 (eff. May 6, 2014).
New rules apply to state educator licenses March 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 The School Code has been amended to add and change requirements for renewal and reinstatement of professional educator licenses.
School and campus safety grants March 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 Public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools are eligible to receive school safety grants through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. 29 Ill. Adm. Code 310 (eff. Dec. 19, 2013).
New requirements for educator licenses January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois State Board of Education adopted amendments effective October 2, 2013, that implement new requirements for individuals seeking endorsements for elementary and middle school education. 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.
Changes in the Illinois Special Education Program and Services October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 The Illinois Department of Human Services recently adopted amendments affecting Illinois special education programs and their accompanying services. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 765.
The Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act October 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 504 Under the Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, it is now unlawful for a post-secondary school to request a student's password or other account information for the purpose of accessing that student's social networking account or profile unless the school reasonably believes that the account contains evidence of a school disciplinary rule violation by the student.
Changes to law enforcement school drill requirements. PA 098-0048 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 Law enforcement drills involving evacuations or reverse-evacuations will now only consist of shooting incidents and will be geared towards preparing school personnel, and not students. 105 ILCS 128/20.
Moratorium for charter schools with a virtual schooling component. PA 098-0016 August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 The legislature has enacted a moratorium of one year, from April 1, 2013 until April 1, 2014, on "the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components" in school districts not organized under Article 34 of the Act. 105 ILCS 5/27.
New sex education requirement for schools. PA 097-1147 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require new sex education curricula in schools. 105 ILCS 110/3.
Public community colleges must meet new standards to receive state grants. PA 097-1160 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Starting July 1, 2013, public community colleges will need to maintain a lower in-district tuition and fee rate to qualify for state equalization grants. 110 ILCS 805/2-16.02.
Revised rules for reporting juvenile records to offenders’ schools. PA 097-1104 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 The Illinois School Code and Juvenile Court Act of 1987 have been amended to alter the requirements for reporting students' court records to their schools.
College students may be excused for religious-based absences. PA 097-1038 November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 The University Religious Observances Act has been amended to provide new allowances for religious students. 110 ILCS 110/1.5.
School immunization records shall be made publicly available. PA 097-0910 November 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 580 Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-8.1), requiring all public school districts and registered nonpublic schools to make immunization records publicly available by December 1 of each year.
Tort liability for school districts that hide former teachers’ sexual harassment By Adam W. Lasker October 2012 Lawpulse, Page 514 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a school district breaches its duty of care when it gives false information to another district about a teacher's sexual misconduct.
Schools to collect data on active duty parents. PA 097-0505 August 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 The General Assembly has amended the School Code to introduce a new school survey (105 ILCS 5/22-65 new).
State Board of Education to provide funding for K-12 textbooks. PA 097-0570 December 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 610 State lawmakers have amended the school code to establish the Textbook Block Grant Program (105 ILCS 5/2-3.153 new).
Schools may suspend or expel students for gross disobedience or misconduct committed online. PA 097-0340. November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to enable school boards to suspend or expel students for committing gross disobedience or misconduct using electronic means. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6).
School districts may charge up to $250 for driver education courses. PA 097-0145 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 The Illinois School Code has been amended to allow school districts to increase driver education course fees to an amount not exceeding $250. (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2).
School districts must provide criminal record information upon request. PA 097-0248 October 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to require school districts to provide certain criminal record check results and Statewide Sex Offender Database check results that it obtained within the past year upon request. (105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, 5/34-18.5)
Correspondence from Our Readers September 2011 Column, Page 430 And while you're figuring out Twitter…; Highest objective of legal education is preparing "educated citizens."
Educational programs to combat religious hate crimes. PA 097-0161. September 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 440 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Criminal Code to implement educational programs for certain hate crime offenders. (720 ILCS 5/12-7.1).
Liquor sale licenses may be issued for premises located near schools. PA 097-0009 August 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 388 The Liquor Control Act of 1934 has been amended to allow the issuance or renewal of alcoholic liquor sale licenses for retail premises located within 100 feet of schools under certain conditions. 235 ILCS 5/6-11.
Medical schools may hire private entities to conduct criminal history record checks on matriculates. PA 096-1044. July 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Medical School Matriculate Criminal History Records Check Act to allow medical schools to hire private entities to check the criminal history records of matriculates. (110 ILCS 57/10; 110 ILCS 57/15).
School social workers must learn how to detect and prevent adolescent and teen suicide. PA 096-0951. July 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The School Code has been amended to require school social workers who work with 7th through 12th graders to receive training for the detection and intervention of student suicide (105 ILCS 5/34-18.7).
Standards change for School Construction Program grant awards March 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Capital Development Board recently changed standards used for awarding grants under the School Construction Program (20 ILCS 3105).
State grants for school districts to help homeless children. PA 096-1229 March 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Education for Homeless Children Act has been amended to establish a state grant program to support Illinois school districts in aiding school enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youths. 105 ILCS 45/1-50 new.
Substitute teachers can be required to fund inquiries into criminal history. PA 096-1489 March 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to allow schools to require substitute teacher applicants to pay the full costs of their criminal history checks.