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Schools may suspend or expel students for gross disobedience or misconduct committed online. PA 097-0340.

November
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 556
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to enable school boards to suspend or expel students for committing gross disobedience or misconduct using electronic means. (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6).

School districts may charge up to $250 for driver education courses. PA 097-0145

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Illinois School Code has been amended to allow school districts to increase driver education course fees to an amount not exceeding $250. (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2).

School districts must provide criminal record information upon request. PA 097-0248

October
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to require school districts to provide certain criminal record check results and Statewide Sex Offender Database check results that it obtained within the past year upon request. (105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, 5/34-18.5)

Correspondence from Our Readers

September
2011
Column
Page 430
And while you're figuring out Twitter…; Highest objective of legal education is preparing "educated citizens."

Educational programs to combat religious hate crimes. PA 097-0161.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Criminal Code to implement educational programs for certain hate crime offenders. (720 ILCS 5/12-7.1).

Liquor sale licenses may be issued for premises located near schools. PA 097-0009

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The Liquor Control Act of 1934 has been amended to allow the issuance or renewal of alcoholic liquor sale licenses for retail premises located within 100 feet of schools under certain conditions. 235 ILCS 5/6-11.

Medical schools may hire private entities to conduct criminal history record checks on matriculates. PA 096-1044.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Medical School Matriculate Criminal History Records Check Act to allow medical schools to hire private entities to check the criminal history records of matriculates. (110 ILCS 57/10; 110 ILCS 57/15).

School social workers must learn how to detect and prevent adolescent and teen suicide. PA 096-0951.

July
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The School Code has been amended to require school social workers who work with 7th through 12th graders to receive training for the detection and intervention of student suicide (105 ILCS 5/34-18.7).

Standards change for School Construction Program grant awards

March
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Capital Development Board recently changed standards used for awarding grants under the School Construction Program (20 ILCS 3105).

State grants for school districts to help homeless children. PA 096-1229

March
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Education for Homeless Children Act has been amended to establish a state grant program to support Illinois school districts in aiding school enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youths. 105 ILCS 45/1-50 new.

Substitute teachers can be required to fund inquiries into criminal history. PA 096-1489

March
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
Illinois lawmakers have amended the School Code to allow schools to require substitute teacher applicants to pay the full costs of their criminal history checks.

Representing Students and Parents in School Residency Challenges

By Matt Keenan and Eleonora di Liscia
January
2011
Article
Page 40
With public schools under increasing financial pressure, legitimate district residents are sometimes presented with a tuition bill. Here's what to do when it happens to your client.

Schools no longer obligated to comply with unfunded mandates. PA 096-1441

December
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 616
The School Code has been amended to allow public school districts and private schools to choose not to comply with statutory or regulatory mandates enacted after the effective date of this amendment, unless the mandate is fully funded by the government for the relevant school year. 105 ILCS/22-60.

Updated Illinois professional teaching standards adopted

December
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 616
The State Board of Education recently amended regulations which set forth the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. 23 Ill Adm Code 24.130.

New requirements for students’ self-administration of asthma medication or epinephrine. PA 096-1460

November
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
The School Code has been amended to revise the authorization requirements for students' self-administration of asthma medication or epinephrine auto-injectors in schools. 105 ILCS 5/22-30.

Standards amended for state university employees’ disability claims

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The State Universities Retirement System (retirement system) recently amended rules which update and clarify requirements and procedures state university employees must satisfy to qualify for disability benefits.  

Illinois General Assembly provides support for community schools and programs. PA 096-0746

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the School Code to provide aid for children through Illinois community schools. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.148.

University of Illinois admission age eliminated. PA 096-0203

July
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The general assembly recently dropped a minimum age requirement for applicants to the University of Illinois. 

General Assembly creates program to support solar and wind generation projects. 096-0725

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
A School Wind and Solar Generation Program has been created by the Illinois General Assembly. 20 ILCS 3501/825-100.

Illinois Interscholastic Association protected from defamation claims. PA 096-0723

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Illinois lawmakers passed a bill protecting Interscholastic Associations from certain civil liabilities. According to the Interscholastic Association Defamation Act, associations with the purpose of "promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics" are immune from defamation claims, with the exception of claims involving actual malice.

Teachers’ retirement system adopts benefit eligibility & FOIA request rules

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
The Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS) recently established a test to ensure that former teachers and other members sufficiently separate from employment prior to receiving benefits. 

Sports Injuries: High Liability Standard for Nonparticipants

By Ray Rossi
April
2010
Article
Page 200
In Illinois, nonparticipants (e.g., coaches and refs) in sporting events who cause injuries are liable only if their misconduct is at least willful and wanton.

Stiffer financial consequences for disorderly conduct in schools. PA 096-0413

April
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 180
Illinois lawmakers have amended the section of the Criminal Code treating disorderly conduct, creating stiffer fines for false reports or threats to schools.

New rules recognize and register non-public schools for block grant funding

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The Illinois State Board of Education (the board) recently adopted new rules that set forth the requirements for recognition and registration of non-public schools with the state.

Protections extended to elementary and secondary schools. PA 096-0807

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Criminal Code of 1961 (Code) to provide for stiffer penalties for those who commit crimes on school property. 

“Conversation” for the Eavesdropping Act includes teaching

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
On December 8, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Stephenson County, finding that the defendant's proposed policy of operating audio-recording equipment in special-education classrooms violated section 14-2(a)(1) of the Illinois Criminal Code (hereinafter the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or Act).

Rules adopted to govern American Recovery and Reinvestment Act education funds

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
The Illinois State Board of Education (the board) recently adopted rules to regulate funds distributed to Illinois school districts throughout the state through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Aggravated battery with a firearm law now protects students; Unlawful use of weapons law extends protection to public transportation facilities. Public Act 096-0041

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
State lawmakers amended the charge for aggravated battery with a firearm to include protection for students.

Amendments ease ID requirements for first-time college voters. PA 096-0317

January
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
College students voting for the first time now can prove their identity simply by producing a student identification card and proof of residence, under new amendments to the Election Code. 

Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.

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