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Changes in place for teacher and administrator certification July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 The Illinois State Board of Education recently amended 23 Ill Adm Code 25, related to administrator and teacher certification. The amendments, effective April 28, 2003, are designed to implement two major components of P.A. 92-796.
IHSA’s definition of “undue influence” not vague and ambiguous, yet summary judgment inappropriate where it is unclear whether definition applied in fair manner July 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 332 On April 30, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, reversed and remanded the order of the circuit court of McLean County granting the defendant, IHSA, summary judgment.
Cellular radio regulations passed for school bus drivers P.A 92-0730 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 In an effort to ensure the safety of school bus drivers and their passengers, the Illinois legislature amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding section 12-813.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-813.1.
Changes made to beneficiaries under Teachers’ Retirement System P.A. 92-0862 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 The State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 was amended recently by changing section 6.5.
School legal drug policy prohibits disciplinary action for refusal of psychostimulants P.A. 92-0663 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Effective January 1, 2003, Illinois school boards will be required to adopt and implement a policy that prohibits any disciplinary action that is based totally or in part on the refusal of a student's parent or guardian to administer or consent to the administration of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication to the student.
Legislation authorizes students to voluntarily engage in individually-initiated prayer in public schools; P.A. 92-0832 November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On August 22, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4117, amending the Silent Reflection Act.
College saving in Illinois; a new carrot and stick By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2002 LawPulse, Page 506 Illinois residents have another incentive to invest in Illinois' Bright Start college savings program; and a disincentive to participate in plans offered by other states.
Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act shields school district from liability when shop teacher makes discretionary policy determination involving safety of saw October 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 512 On August 14, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, affirmed the holding of the circuit court of Vermilion County, and held that the school district was shielded from liability under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (Act), 745 ILCS 10/2-201.
Correspondence from Our Readers September 2002 Column, Page 442 Eaton's passionate presidency
System awarding grants to school districts for construction projects modified September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On July 1, 2002, the Capital Development Board (board) adopted amendments to section 40 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 71 Ill Adm Code 40.
Correspondence from Our Readers July 2002 Column, Page 334 Put family first.
Correspondence from Our Readers June 2002 Column, Page 278 Medicare liens; a clarification.
An even brighter start for college savers By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2002 LawPulse, Page 168 Beginning last January 1, section 529 college savings plans allow contributions to grow tax-free.
Legislation prohibits alcohol on public school property P.A. 92-0507 April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 Legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Ryan amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934 by providing that any person in possession of alcoholic liquor on public school district property during school days or at events on public school district property when children are present is guilty of a petty offense.
New guidelines adopted for school discipline April 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 On January 16, 2002, the State Board of Education (board) adopted amendments to section 1 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 23 Ill Adm Code 1.
No honor in “redskins,” says Native American bar group By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2002 LawPulse, Page 168 "Redskins" is hate speech and not fit for use as a sports mascot, according to the Illinois Native American Bar Association.
School district immune from suit when exercising policymaking decisions under Tort Immunity Act December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On October 18, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court, holding that a school district enjoys immunity under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/2-201, when a principal's actions fall under the policymaking provisions of the Act.
Students with asthma now allowed to self-administer medication at school P.A. 92-402 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 Recent legislation gives students with asthma the ability to prevent or control asthma attacks at school.
Courts may notify schools and day-cares of orders of protection for children; P.A. 92-090 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 In July, Gov. Ryan signed legislation authorizing courts to notify schools (including public and private schools and colleges and universities) and day-care facilities if a child is the subject of an order of protection.
Zero-Tolerance Discipline in Illinois Public Schools By Scott F. Uhler and David J. Fish May 2001 Article, Page 256 The legal concerns raised by "one size fits all" disciplinary policies.
Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Programs April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 On January 25, 2001, the Illinois State Board of Education (board) adopted amendments and added a new section to section 205 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 23 Ill Adm Code 205.
School district not obligated under the IDEA to reimburse for student’s placement March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 On January 12, 2001, the seventh circuit held that the defendant was not obligated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA") to reimburse the plaintiff for her costs in placing her son, Dale M., in a private school.
“Eliminate the Digital Divide” Program February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 On November 6, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) adopted emergency rules to section 546 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Law requires expanded background checks for all potential employees of park and school districts; P. A. 91-885 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that mandates background checks of all applicants seeking employment at park districts or school districts.
Students can opt-out of classroom dissections under new law; P.A. 91-771 February 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 60 Students who do not want to take part in classroom dissections no longer have to under the newly created Dissection Alternatives Act.
Taxes levied under the Tort Immunity Act cannot be used to fund school district’s attempt to remedy desegregation December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 On October 26, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the judgment of the appellate court which held that article IX of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (Tort Immunity Act) (745 ILCS 10/9-101, et seq.) did not authorize the use of real estate taxes to fund equitable remedies ordered by the court.
Certain sex offenders prohibited from living near schools; P.A. 91-911 October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 Although no sex offender will be forced to move from his or her home, certain offenders will no longer be allowed to reside near certain protected areas under a new Illinois law signed by Gov. George H. Ryan.
Education expense credit October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 On July 26, 2000, the Illinois Department of Revenue adopted a new section to section 100 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 86 Ill Adm Code 100.
Commercial driver training schools September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 On June 2, 2000, the Illinois Secretary of State adopted emergency amendments to section 1060 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 92 Ill Adm Code 1060.