Heightened bilingual education requirements in elementary schoolsDecember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 572The 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 approvalSeptember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 424Section 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 licensureAugust 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 372The 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).
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.