School and campus safety grantsMarch 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 120Public 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 licensesJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16The 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.
The Right to Privacy in the School Setting ActOctober 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 504Under 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.
Schools no longer obligated to comply with unfunded mandates. PA 096-1441December 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 616The School Code has been amended to allow public school districts and private schools to choose not to comply with statutory or regulatory mandates enacted after the effective date of this amendment, unless the mandate is fully funded by the government for the relevant school year. 105 ILCS/22-60.