Illinois Bar Journal

Subject Index Schools

School districts and community colleges shall ensure that students with disabilities have access to dual-credit courses

January
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Dual Credit Quality Act is amended to require each community college district, in partnership with area high schools, to ensure students with disabilities have access to dual-credit courses and relevant supplementary aids if they meet the entry criteria.

Updated education standards include Spanish and computer science in K-12 classrooms

January
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois State Board of Education amended Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision. The amendment modifies an existing computer science framework by introducing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, augmented reality, and robotics, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

Comparing report cards of two school districts may violate the School Code

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Sept. 20, 2021, the Fifth District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that student report cards of two school districts should not be compared in certain circumstances when reviewing a petition for detachment and annexation.

School district policies shall include definitions of prohibited grooming behaviors and boundary violations for school personnel

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The School Code is amended to mandate school districts to include in their policies a definition of prohibited grooming behaviors and how to report these behaviors.

Sex education course material and instruction must include an age-appropriate discussion of sexting

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The School Code is amended to include in the school curriculum an age-appropriate discussion about sexting.

Social science learning standards for grades K-12 clarified

November
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The State Board of Education updated the social science learning standards for K-12 students. For the 2022-23 school year, the social science learning standards will consist of inquiry standards and disciplinary standards.

Written notification to parent or guardian required when students commit misconduct

November
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The School Code was amended to require schools to provide written notifications to the parent or guardian when their student commits an act of misconduct.

Amendments to the school code to allow sports uniform modifications for cultural reasons

October
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
This Act amends the School Code and various other acts to give the governing boards of school districts the ability to modify sports uniforms.

Students can be restrained only in face-up positions

October
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The State Board of Education adopted amendments to Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision, effective June 24, 2021, concerning the use of restraints in special-needs situations when necessary for the safety of students and staff.

Postsecondary student-athletes eligible for compensation

September
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Illinois General Assembly adopted the Student-Athlete Endorsement Rights Act in response to the U.S. Supreme Court holding that the NCAA cannot restrict student athlete compensation.

New culturally responsive teaching and leading standards enacted for educators

June
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois State Board of Education adopted rules to incorporate culturally responsive teaching and leading (CRTL) standards into Illinois preparation programs.

Qualified interpreters now available at individualized education program meetings

May
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois State Board of Education adopted amendments to the Part titled Special Education. The rulemaking creates a “qualified interpreter” position to assist parents with limited English proficiency during individualized education program (IEP) meetings.

State superintendent may mandate use of remote learning during public health emergencies

May
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois State Board of Education adopted amendments establishing education protocols to be followed whenever the governor declares a disaster due to a public health emergency. Specifically, the rulemaking addresses the implementation of remote-learning days and “blended” remote-learning days, teacher performance evaluations, and certain graduation requirements.

2011 amendment to School Code does not diminish school board’s implied power to suspend teachers

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On Jan. 22, 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the 2011 amendment to section 34-85 of Illinois School Code does not diminish the Chicago Board of Education’s implied power to issue a suspension on a tenured teacher.

Day care centers may only expel children for behavioral reasons as a last resort and after developing a transition plan

December
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments to Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes, Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, and Licensing Standards for Group Day Care Homes.

It’s Time for Title IX: New Rule, New Regime

By Jackie Gharapour Wernz
September
2020
Article
, Page 28
What should Illinois attorneys know about the controversial new Title IX Rule?

Online learning requirements updated

September
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
Public Act 101-0643 amends the School Code. Grants for preschool education programs have been altered, and grantees may now serve the children of essential workers if the governor declares a disaster due to a public-health emergency.

Limits placed on teachers’ use of birth-related paid sick leave

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On April 16, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the Second District Appellate Court’s holding that section 24-6 of the Illinois School Code does not allow a teacher who gives birth at the end of the school year to use her accumulated paid sick leave at the start of the next school year.

Requirements raised for time-outs and physical restraint in schools

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The State Board of Education adopted amendments to the Part titled Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision, replacing the emergency rules previously in effect.

Board of Education not entitled to deduct pay when employee reinstated

March
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 20
On Dec. 23, 2019, the First District Appellate Court reversed the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to impose a 90-day-time-served suspension on a tenured elementary school teacher who was reinstated after disciplinary hearings.

Sexual harassment policies required in school districts

February
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The School Code now requires each school district to create, maintain, and implement an age-appropriate policy on sexual harassment.

Nondiscriminatory textbooks and LGBT education mandated for public schools

December
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
Textbooks authorized to be purchased under 105 ILCS 5/2-3.155 must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

School districts must adopt emergency plans for students who self-administer medication

November
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly amended the School Code to require school districts to allow students to self-administer medications if they have specialized health action plans including...

Teacher fired for using sick days to take a vacation

August
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
On May 10, 2019, the First District Appellate Court affirmed the Chicago Board of Education’s decision to dismiss a teacher based on irremediable conduct. Under 105 ILCS 5/34-85(a),

Laws of Behavior

By Pete Sherman
March
2019
LawPulse
, Page 16
Illinois Attorney General joins other states in opposition to U.S. Department of Education's Title IX proposals.

Amendment to the School Code creates Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force

February
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The School Code has been amended to create an Emotional Intelligence and Social and Emotional Learning Task Force. The task force is created to develop curriculum, create assessment guidelines, and establish best practices on emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning.

School boards must notify students with disabilities about qualification for federal services

November
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The School Code is amended by changing section 14-6.01 regarding the powers and duties of school boards. These new amendments establish how school boards must notify students with disabilities that they may qualify for federal services.

Medical marijuana products may now be administered in Illinois schools

October
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The School Code was amended to provide that a parent or guardian is now able to administer a medical cannabis-infused product to a student on school property as long as it is not disruptive to the school environment.

Alternative route to high school diploma for adult learners

June
2018
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
An extensive provision has been added to the School Code, providing an alternate route to a high school diploma for adult learners.

Chicago schools sue state over funding disparity

By Matthew Hector
April
2017
LawPulse
, Page 22
CPS argues that the school funding formula discriminates against African American and Hispanic students in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

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