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School districts not responsible for educational portion of delinquent minor’s residential placement December 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 620 On September 23, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's reversal of an order requiring a school district to fund the educational component of a minor's residential placement. D. D., a special education student.
School Technology Program extended to include funds for computer furniture December 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 620 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted amendments to the School Technology Program, 23 Ill Adm Code 575, effective on September 17, 2004.
Clarification of requirements for issuing, denying, canceling, suspending, and revoking driver training school licenses November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 The Illinois Secretary of State recently adopted amendments to 92 Ill Adm Code 1060. 
Charter Bus Driver Endorsements for transportation of students to and from school-related functions October 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 514 The Secretary of State recently adopted amendments to 92 Ill Adm Code 1030. 
Criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds is a Class 1 felony P.A. 093-0938 October 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 514 Criminal street gang recruitment on school grounds or on public property adjacent to school grounds is a Class 1 felony. 
Dormitory sprinkler systems required in all post-secondary educational institutions - P.A. 093-0887 October 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 514 Fire sprinkler systems are required in the dormitories of all post-secondary educational institutions by 2013.
College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program excludes exception for religious organizations September 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 456 The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recently adopted amendments to 23 Ill Adm Code 2775.20 and 2775.50. 
Amendments Adopted by the State Board of Education August 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted amendments to 23 Ill Adm Code 350 effective on May 3, 2004.
School Districts May Recover Costs for Payments Made to Various Public Transportation Units for Regular, Vocational, and Special Education Student Transport P.A. 93-0663 June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Each school year, school districts may recover expenditures made to a regional transportation authority, or any of its service boards, a mass transit district, or an urban transport district under intergovernmental agreements with the district to provide for transportation of pupils.
State Recognizes Non-Public Elementary and Secondary Schools on a Voluntary Basis P.A. 93-0018 June 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 292 Effective immediately, the State Board of Education will provide for the registration and recognition of non-public elementary and secondary schools. Such schools may voluntarily register with the Board of Education on an annual basis.
Charter Bus Contracts Must Have Specific Language P.A. 093-0644 April 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 All contracts for providing charter bus services for the sole purpose of transporting students regularly enrolled in grade 12 or below to or from interscholastic athletic or interscholastic or school sponsored activities.
Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program Amended April 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On January 25, 2004, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission adopted amendments to its Illinois Future Teacher Corps Program ("IFTC"). 
Board of Education Must Publish a List of “Persistently Dangerous” Schools P.A. 93-0633 March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 Effective immediately, the State Board of Education will maintain data and annually publish a list of persistently dangerous schools
Changes in Place for Special Education Certification March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted amendments to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27, governing the Standards for Certification in Specific Teaching Fields. 
Community College Board Adopts Amendments February 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 The Illinois Community College Board recently amended 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1501, governing the administration of the Illinois Public Community College Act.
State Board of Education Amends Certification Requirements January 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted amendments to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25. Effective October 20, 2003.
Board of Education Establishes Procedure for Public Comments November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 The Illinois State Board of Education implemented a new procedure for the consideration of public comments regarding potential new rulemaking.
Neglecting Mandatory Asbestos Reinspections Could Lead to Liability for Schools By Craig T. Liljestrand November 2003 Article, Page 571 A review of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act's mandatory reinspection requirements.
Funding procedure for Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs clarified September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 The Illinois State Board of Education recently adopted an amendment to 23 Ill Adm Code 240, governing Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOPs).
Changes in place for teacher and administrator certification July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 The Illinois State Board of Education recently amended 23 Ill Adm Code 25, related to administrator and teacher certification. The amendments, effective April 28, 2003, are designed to implement two major components of P.A. 92-796.
IHSA’s definition of “undue influence” not vague and ambiguous, yet summary judgment inappropriate where it is unclear whether definition applied in fair manner July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 On April 30, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, reversed and remanded the order of the circuit court of McLean County granting the defendant, IHSA, summary judgment.
Cellular radio regulations passed for school bus drivers P.A 92-0730 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 In an effort to ensure the safety of school bus drivers and their passengers, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding section 12-813.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-813.1.
Changes made to beneficiaries under Teachers’ Retirement System P.A. 92-0862 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 was amended recently by changing section 6.5.
School legal drug policy prohibits disciplinary action for refusal of psychostimulants P.A. 92-0663 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Effective January 1, 2003, Illinois school boards will be required to adopt and implement a policy that prohibits any disciplinary action that is based totally or in part on the refusal of a student's parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
Legislation authorizes students to voluntarily engage in individually-initiated prayer in public schools; P.A. 92-0832 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4117, amending the Silent Reflection Act.
College saving in Illinois; a new carrot and stick By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2002 Lawpulse, Page 506 Illinois residents have another incentive to invest in Illinois' Bright Start college savings program; and a disincentive to participate in plans offered by other states.
Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act shields school district from liability when shop teacher makes discretionary policy determination involving safety of saw October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 14, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed the holding of the circuit court of Vermilion County, and held that the school district was shielded from liability under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (Act), 745 ILCS 10/2-201.
Correspondence from Our Readers September 2002 Column, Page 442 Eaton's passionate presidency
System awarding grants to school districts for construction projects modified September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On July 1, 2002, the Capital Development Board (board) adopted amendments to section 40 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 71 Ill Adm Code 40.