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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.
Representing Students and Parents in School Residency Challenges By Matt Keenan and Eleonora di Liscia January 2011 Article, Page 40 With public schools under increasing financial pressure, legitimate district residents are sometimes presented with a tuition bill. Here's what to do when it happens to your client.
Schools no longer obligated to comply with unfunded mandates. PA 096-1441 December 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 616 The 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.
Updated Illinois professional teaching standards adopted December 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 616 The State Board of Education recently amended regulations which set forth the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. 23 Ill Adm Code 24.130.
New requirements for students’ self-administration of asthma medication or epinephrine. PA 096-1460 November 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 The School Code has been amended to revise the authorization requirements for students' self-administration of asthma medication or epinephrine auto-injectors in schools. 105 ILCS 5/22-30.
Standards amended for state university employees’ disability claims September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The State Universities Retirement System (retirement system) recently amended rules which update and clarify requirements and procedures state university employees must satisfy to qualify for disability benefits.  
Illinois General Assembly provides support for community schools and programs. PA 096-0746 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the School Code to provide aid for children through Illinois community schools. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.148.
University of Illinois admission age eliminated. PA 096-0203 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The general assembly recently dropped a minimum age requirement for applicants to the University of Illinois. 
General Assembly creates program to support solar and wind generation projects. 096-0725 June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 A School Wind and Solar Generation Program has been created by the Illinois General Assembly. 20 ILCS 3501/825-100.
Illinois Interscholastic Association protected from defamation claims. PA 096-0723 June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Illinois lawmakers passed a bill protecting Interscholastic Associations from certain civil liabilities. According to the Interscholastic Association Defamation Act, associations with the purpose of "promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics" are immune from defamation claims, with the exception of claims involving actual malice.
Teachers’ retirement system adopts benefit eligibility & FOIA request rules June 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 The Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS) recently established a test to ensure that former teachers and other members sufficiently separate from employment prior to receiving benefits. 
Sports Injuries: High Liability Standard for Nonparticipants By Ray Rossi April 2010 Article, Page 200 In Illinois, nonparticipants (e.g., coaches and refs) in sporting events who cause injuries are liable only if their misconduct is at least willful and wanton.
Stiffer financial consequences for disorderly conduct in schools. PA 096-0413 April 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 Illinois lawmakers have amended the section of the Criminal Code treating disorderly conduct, creating stiffer fines for false reports or threats to schools.
New rules recognize and register non-public schools for block grant funding March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 The Illinois State Board of Education (the board) recently adopted new rules that set forth the requirements for recognition and registration of non-public schools with the state.
Protections extended to elementary and secondary schools. PA 096-0807 March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Criminal Code of 1961 (Code) to provide for stiffer penalties for those who commit crimes on school property. 
“Conversation” for the Eavesdropping Act includes teaching February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 On December 8, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Stephenson County, finding that the defendant's proposed policy of operating audio-recording equipment in special-education classrooms violated section 14-2(a)(1) of the Illinois Criminal Code (hereinafter the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or Act).
Rules adopted to govern American Recovery and Reinvestment Act education funds February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 The Illinois State Board of Education (the board) recently adopted rules to regulate funds distributed to Illinois school districts throughout the state through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Aggravated battery with a firearm law now protects students; Unlawful use of weapons law extends protection to public transportation facilities. Public Act 096-0041 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 State lawmakers amended the charge for aggravated battery with a firearm to include protection for students.
Amendments ease ID requirements for first-time college voters. PA 096-0317 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 College students voting for the first time now can prove their identity simply by producing a student identification card and proof of residence, under new amendments to the Election Code. 
Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 LawPulse, Page 490 Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.
School Code addresses bonded indebtedness. PA 095-1025 May 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The Illinois general Assembly amended the School Code by changing section 7-14 which addresses the "Bonded indebtedness-Tax rate." 105 ILCS 5/7-14. 
Act authorizes school districts to release juvenile truancy records. PA 095-1016 March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Municipal Code by changing Sections 1-2.2-20 and 11-5-9. 65 ILCS 5/1-2.2-20, 11-5-9. 
Amendments made to safety standards for construction of Types I and II school buses February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 To ensure that public and private agencies are cognizant of and meet minimum safety standards related to vehicle construction, the Department of Transportation made several amendments to Parts 440 and 442 of Title 92 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
School Code amended to require internet safety education. PA 095-0869 January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The School Code was amended by changing section 27-13.3 to add internet safety education to the required school curriculum. 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3.
Counties Code amended. PA 095-0805 December 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 The Counties Code has been amended by adding section 42000 dealing with county ownership of a wind farm. 55 ILCS 5/42000. This new section provides that a county may "own and operate a wind generation turbine farm [wind farm]." 
Using guardianship to change school districts? Be wary By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2008 LawPulse, Page 498 Your client wants his kid to go to New Trier schools? Then he'd better move there or be prepared to pony up $18,000-plus in tuition, an ISBA member advises.
Amendments made to Teacher Certification Criteria and a new Master Principal Program May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The State Board of Education added two new sections to 23 Ill Adm Code 25 and made changes to several sections. 23 Ill Adm Code 25.