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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. 
College Campus Press act passed. PA 095-0580 May 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The College Campus Press Act has been enacted. 
Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Act Created. PA 095-0022. January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 A new program has been created at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Southern Illinois University to “expand their focus on enrolling, training, and graduating forensic mental health professionals.” 
Mentor program for new principals established December 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 632 The State Board of Education has implemented Section 2-3.53a of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.53a, which calls for a mentoring program between first-year principals and experienced principals. 23 Ill Adm Code   
Race-Based School Assignments After Parents Involved in Community Schools By Mark E. Wojcik October 2007 Article, Page 526 The Supreme Court struck down a pair of race-based plans for assigning students to public schools. So what kinds of plans do pass constitutional muster?
New Grant Program for Children Raised by Grandparents September 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 Pursuant to Public Act 94-0968, an amendment to the Higher Education Student Assistance Act, 110 ILCS 947/65.75, the Department of Education has added 23 Ill Adm Code 2738, titled "Grant Program for a Child Raised by Grandparent," effective July 1, 2007. 
Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program Implemented September 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 The Board of Education has created 23 Ill Adm Code 2758 to implement the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program, effective July 1, 2007. 
Public school services for special education students extended. PA 095-0014 September 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 460 The Illinois General Assembly has amended the School Code to provide extended access to public school education for special education students.
Physical education exemption for special education students - PA 094-1098 July 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 Section 27-6 of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-6, has been amended by the Illinois General Assembly to allow physical education exemptions for special education students.
Rules for nonscheduled bus inspections changed July 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 The Department of Transportation has amended Part 456, "Nonscheduled Bus Inspections," of Subchapter e, "Traffic Safety," to change the rules governing nonscheduled bus inspections. 92 Ill Adm Code 456.
Amendments made to the “Grow Your Own Teacher” initiative May 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Illinois State Board of Education (Board) has amended three sections and repealed one section of 23 Ill Adm Code 60. The changes correlate with Public Act 94-0979 and pertain specifically to the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act, 110 ILCS 48/1 et seq. 
Pilot program for lifelong learning accounts established for health-care workers -PA 094-1006 May 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Last summer, the Illinois General Assembly added Section 605-430 to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code. 20 ILCS 605/605-430. 
Tuition Waiver Rules Implemented May 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 The Board of Higher Education (Board) has implemented rules, effective February 7, 2007, that provide uniform guidelines, definitions, and limitations for the issuing of tuition and fee waivers by public universities to their students. 23 Ill Adm Code 1075.
New fellowship program created for nursing faculty members March 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Board of Education (Board) has adopted 23 Ill Adm Code 1105 in order to implement amendments made to the Board of Higher Education Act, 110 ILCS 205/0.01 et seq, that provide for the creation of a fellowship program for qualified nursing faculty working at eligible institutions of higher education. 
Students now eligible for awards under the new Monetary Award Program February 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Effective December 1, 2006, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended 23 Ill Adm Code 2734. 
Rule changes concerning the evaluation, recognition, and supervision of public schools December 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 650 The State Board of Education (Board) has made several changes to 23 Ill Adm Code 1, which governs public schools. The amendments became effective September 26, 2006.
Bully prevention education suggested for schools - PA 094-0937 October 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 526 The Illinois General Assembly has found that "bullying has a negative effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, and leads to other antisocial behavior." 
New guidelines for scholarship recipient information and post-secondary payment requests September 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 464 The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended part 2761 of title 23, 23 Ill Adm Code 2761.
School zone speed limit now applies to park and recreation facilities PA 094-0808 August 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 Recently the Illinois General Assembly concluded that since lower speed limits near schools have protected children for years and since many children also use parks and recreation facilities near schools, the speed limits should be lower near the parks as well. 
Smoking now prohibited in all college dorms : PA 094-0770 July 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 334 While some college dorms permitted certain floors to allow smoking, the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act (Act) now prohibits smoking in all student dorms. 
School Code amended to include bonds as exempt from indebtedness PA 094-0721 April 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 Section 19-1 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/19-1) has been revised to provide that bonds issued by school districts offering K-12 curriculum will not be considered indebtedness regardless of all previous law, including any limitations that may exist under this section. 
School Code amended for additional sources of revenue PA 094-0714 March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 On December 13, 2005, the "Contracts" section of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.21) was amended to better monitor contracts that generate supplementary revenue for school districts. 
The Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act is amended PA 094-0709 February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 In order to better provide medical schools with information regarding matriculants, the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, 20 ILCS 2605/2605, is amended by adding section 2605-327. 
New requirements to report teachers’ service and earnings credit November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 Effective August 9, 2005, the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) has added a new section to Part 1650 of Title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 1650. 
Participants in SURS benefit plans may elect to make contributions during military leave October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 In Part 1600 of Title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 1600, the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) has added a new section. 
Schools must provide public education regardless of immigration status October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 The State Board of Education recently amended Part 1 of Title 23, effective July 13, 2005.
Electronic signature for class attendance verification allowed July 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) recently amended Title 23, Part 1501, of the Illinois Administrative Code (23 Ill Adm Code 1501). 
New grievance procedure under Americans with Disabilities Act July 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 336 The Illinois State Board of Education (Board) recently added Part 1300 of Title 4 (4 Ill Adm Code 1300), effective April 25, 2005.
The Illinois Procurement Code amended June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 Effective on March 28, 2005, the Illinois State Board of Education amended subsections 4545 and 5520 of 44 Ill Adm Code 1100.