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School Code addresses bonded indebtedness. PA 095-1025

May
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 226
The Illinois general Assembly amended the School Code by changing section 7-14 which addresses the "Bonded indebtedness-Tax rate." 105 ILCS 5/7-14. 

Act authorizes school districts to release juvenile truancy records. PA 095-1016

March
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 122
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Municipal Code by changing Sections 1-2.2-20 and 11-5-9. 65 ILCS 5/1-2.2-20, 11-5-9. 

Amendments made to safety standards for construction of Types I and II school buses

February
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 70
To ensure that public and private agencies are cognizant of and meet minimum safety standards related to vehicle construction, the Department of Transportation made several amendments to Parts 440 and 442 of Title 92 of the Illinois Administrative Code.

School Code amended to require internet safety education. PA 095-0869

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The School Code was amended by changing section 27-13.3 to add internet safety education to the required school curriculum. 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3.

Counties Code amended. PA 095-0805

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
The Counties Code has been amended by adding section 42000 dealing with county ownership of a wind farm. 55 ILCS 5/42000. This new section provides that a county may "own and operate a wind generation turbine farm [wind farm]." 

Using guardianship to change school districts? Be wary

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2008
LawPulse
Page 498
Your client wants his kid to go to New Trier schools? Then he'd better move there or be prepared to pony up $18,000-plus in tuition, an ISBA member advises.

Amendments made to Teacher Certification Criteria and a new Master Principal Program

May
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The State Board of Education added two new sections to 23 Ill Adm Code 25 and made changes to several sections. 23 Ill Adm Code 25. 

College Campus Press act passed. PA 095-0580

May
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The College Campus Press Act has been enacted. 

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Act Created. PA 095-0022.

January
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
A new program has been created at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Southern Illinois University to “expand their focus on enrolling, training, and graduating forensic mental health professionals.” 

Mentor program for new principals established

December
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 632
The State Board of Education has implemented Section 2-3.53a of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.53a, which calls for a mentoring program between first-year principals and experienced principals. 23 Ill Adm Code   

Race-Based School Assignments After Parents Involved in Community Schools

By Mark E. Wojcik
October
2007
Article
Page 526
The Supreme Court struck down a pair of race-based plans for assigning students to public schools. So what kinds of plans do pass constitutional muster?

New Grant Program for Children Raised by Grandparents

September
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
Pursuant to Public Act 94-0968, an amendment to the Higher Education Student Assistance Act, 110 ILCS 947/65.75, the Department of Education has added 23 Ill Adm Code 2738, titled "Grant Program for a Child Raised by Grandparent," effective July 1, 2007. 

Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program Implemented

September
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
The Board of Education has created 23 Ill Adm Code 2758 to implement the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program, effective July 1, 2007. 

Public school services for special education students extended. PA 095-0014

September
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the School Code to provide extended access to public school education for special education students.

Physical education exemption for special education students - PA 094-1098

July
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
Section 27-6 of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-6, has been amended by the Illinois General Assembly to allow physical education exemptions for special education students.

Rules for nonscheduled bus inspections changed

July
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 348
The Department of Transportation has amended Part 456, "Nonscheduled Bus Inspections," of Subchapter e, "Traffic Safety," to change the rules governing nonscheduled bus inspections. 92 Ill Adm Code 456.

Amendments made to the “Grow Your Own Teacher” initiative

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Illinois State Board of Education (Board) has amended three sections and repealed one section of 23 Ill Adm Code 60. The changes correlate with Public Act 94-0979 and pertain specifically to the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act, 110 ILCS 48/1 et seq. 

Pilot program for lifelong learning accounts established for health-care workers -PA 094-1006

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
Last summer, the Illinois General Assembly added Section 605-430 to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code. 20 ILCS 605/605-430. 

Tuition Waiver Rules Implemented

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Board of Higher Education (Board) has implemented rules, effective February 7, 2007, that provide uniform guidelines, definitions, and limitations for the issuing of tuition and fee waivers by public universities to their students. 23 Ill Adm Code 1075.

New fellowship program created for nursing faculty members

March
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Board of Education (Board) has adopted 23 Ill Adm Code 1105 in order to implement amendments made to the Board of Higher Education Act, 110 ILCS 205/0.01 et seq, that provide for the creation of a fellowship program for qualified nursing faculty working at eligible institutions of higher education. 

Students now eligible for awards under the new Monetary Award Program

February
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Effective December 1, 2006, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended 23 Ill Adm Code 2734. 

Rule changes concerning the evaluation, recognition, and supervision of public schools

December
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 650
The State Board of Education (Board) has made several changes to 23 Ill Adm Code 1, which governs public schools. The amendments became effective September 26, 2006.

Bully prevention education suggested for schools - PA 094-0937

October
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 526
The Illinois General Assembly has found that "bullying has a negative effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, and leads to other antisocial behavior." 

New guidelines for scholarship recipient information and post-secondary payment requests

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended part 2761 of title 23, 23 Ill Adm Code 2761.

School zone speed limit now applies to park and recreation facilities PA 094-0808

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
Recently the Illinois General Assembly concluded that since lower speed limits near schools have protected children for years and since many children also use parks and recreation facilities near schools, the speed limits should be lower near the parks as well. 

Smoking now prohibited in all college dorms : PA 094-0770

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
While some college dorms permitted certain floors to allow smoking, the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act (Act) now prohibits smoking in all student dorms. 

School Code amended to include bonds as exempt from indebtedness PA 094-0721

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Section 19-1 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/19-1) has been revised to provide that bonds issued by school districts offering K-12 curriculum will not be considered indebtedness regardless of all previous law, including any limitations that may exist under this section. 

School Code amended for additional sources of revenue PA 094-0714

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
On December 13, 2005, the "Contracts" section of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.21) was amended to better monitor contracts that generate supplementary revenue for school districts. 

The Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act is amended PA 094-0709

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
In order to better provide medical schools with information regarding matriculants, the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, 20 ILCS 2605/2605, is amended by adding section 2605-327. 

New requirements to report teachers’ service and earnings credit

November
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 564
Effective August 9, 2005, the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) has added a new section to Part 1650 of Title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 1650. 

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