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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.

College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program participants will benefit from expansion of eligible institutions

March
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 28
This rulemaking implements Public Act 99-842, which expands institutional eligibility for the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program by removing certain criteria previously required by the State.

Fire Protection Code amendments change qualifications and responsibilities of school fire inspectors

August
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Fire Protection Code underwent significant changes in regards to how the Office of the State Fire Marshal ("OSFM") qualifies and provides oversight for public school fire inspectors. 41 Ill. Adm. Code 111 (eff. May 20, 2016).

Hearing officer’s findings given deference in teacher dismissal hearings despite amendment giving downstate education boards authority

June
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
On December 3, 2015, the Fifth District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that a public school teacher should be reinstated after the Board of Education of Murphysboro Community Unit School District No. 186 (the "Board") dismissed her.

Elementary and secondary schools may not request students’ passwords to social media sites; students may be required to share content with schools during course of investigation

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 26
The Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act has been amended to require students to provide their passwords to social media sites when certain violations are suspected.

Background checks required for state-recognized non-public schools employing student teachers

December
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The School Code has been amended to provide for mandatory background checks at state-recognized non-public schools employing student teachers.

Board of education to calculate school district pro-rata share for use on special education services and facilities

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
For schools receiving payments from the General State Aid Fund, the State Board of Education is to calculate each district's pro-rata share of the minimum $13,600,000 available.

Low-performing public school districts to be designated as ‘priority districts’

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The School Code has been amended to add a section laying out criteria for low-performing school districts to be considered "priority districts" that qualify for further assistance and resources.

School support personnel may participate in principal preparation programs

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
A new rulemaking by the State Board of Education allows school support personnel to enter principal preparation programs, so long as they enroll by June 30, 2019.

State Seals of Biliteracy to be added to eligible student transcripts

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On August 27, 2013, the General Assembly passed Pub. Act 98-0560, which allows school districts to voluntarily participate in the State Seal of Biliteracy Program.

Nonpublic schools: proof of nonprofit status, emergency response procedures, and the Pledge of Allegiance

April
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective January 22, 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education ("ISBE") made three changes that relate to nonpublic schools (including private and charter schools).

Fundraising food sales at Illinois schools must now comply with federal nutrition guidelines

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Beginning on July 1, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture now requires that food products sold on school property during the school day meet federal nutrition guidelines.

Changes to disciplinary procedures at DHS schools

January
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Human Services has adopted amendments to the Part concerning the conduct and disciplinary policies at its residential school facilities.

Heightened bilingual education requirements in elementary schools

December
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 572
The 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 approval

September
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 424
Section 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 licensure

August
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 372
The 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).

More mentorship opportunities available in principal preparation programs

August
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 372
School superintendents, assistant superintendents, and directors of special education with at least two years of experience relevant to the role of a principal are now permitted to mentor principal candidates. 23 Ill. Adm. Code 30 (eff. May 6, 2014).

New rules apply to state educator licenses

March
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
The School Code has been amended to add and change requirements for renewal and reinstatement of professional educator licenses.

School and campus safety grants

March
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
Public 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 licenses

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The 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.

Changes in the Illinois Special Education Program and Services

October
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
The Illinois Department of Human Services recently adopted amendments affecting Illinois special education programs and their accompanying services. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 765.

The Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act

October
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
Under 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.

Changes to law enforcement school drill requirements. PA 098-0048

September
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
Law enforcement drills involving evacuations or reverse-evacuations will now only consist of shooting incidents and will be geared towards preparing school personnel, and not students. 105 ILCS 128/20.

Moratorium for charter schools with a virtual schooling component. PA 098-0016

August
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 392
The legislature has enacted a moratorium of one year, from April 1, 2013 until April 1, 2014, on "the establishment of charter schools with virtual-schooling components" in school districts not organized under Article 34 of the Act. 105 ILCS 5/27.

New sex education requirement for schools. PA 097-1147

April
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require new sex education curricula in schools. 105 ILCS 110/3.

Public community colleges must meet new standards to receive state grants. PA 097-1160

April
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
Starting July 1, 2013, public community colleges will need to maintain a lower in-district tuition and fee rate to qualify for state equalization grants. 110 ILCS 805/2-16.02.

Revised rules for reporting juvenile records to offenders’ schools. PA 097-1104

April
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
The Illinois School Code and Juvenile Court Act of 1987 have been amended to alter the requirements for reporting students' court records to their schools.

College students may be excused for religious-based absences. PA 097-1038

November
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 580
The University Religious Observances Act has been amended to provide new allowances for religious students. 110 ILCS 110/1.5.

School immunization records shall be made publicly available. PA 097-0910

November
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 580
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-8.1), requiring all public school districts and registered nonpublic schools to make immunization records publicly available by December 1 of each year.

Tort liability for school districts that hide former teachers’ sexual harassment

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2012
LawPulse
Page 514
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a school district breaches its duty of care when it gives false information to another district about a teacher's sexual misconduct.

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