Articles on Education Law

New Education Public Acts By Phil Milsk Education Law, May 2022 Summaries of bills that were recently signed into law by Governor Pritzker.
Supreme Court Upholds Community College Board’s Censure of Fellow Board Member on First Amendment Grounds By Phyleccia Reed Cole Education Law, May 2022 In a unanimous decision issued on March 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's decision, holding that a community college board’s public censure of one of its elected trustees did not violate the trustee’s First Amendment rights.
2021 State Legislative Summary By Phil Milsk Education Law, August 2021 Summaries of new education laws signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker in summer 2021.
Supreme Court Rules on Student’s Off-Campus Speech Rights By Carley Kulenkamp & Roland R. Cross Education Law, August 2021 On June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court found in favor of B.L., a student, in the landmark school free speech case regarding off-campus speech.
Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies ‘Bumping Rights’ of Laid-off Tenured Faculty By Roland R. Cross Education Law, February 2021 In December 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a decision in Barrall v. The Board of Trustees of John A. Logan Community College, which focused on “the bumping rights” of laid-off tenured faculty members under the Illinois Public Community College Act.
Ocol v. Chicago Teachers Union, 982 F.3d 529, 532 (7th Cir. 2020) By Samantha Bobor Education Law, February 2021 A summary and analysis of Ocol v. Chicago Teachers Union.
Williams v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, No. 19-3152 (7th Cir. Dec. 8, 2020) By Mohammed Lakhani Education Law, February 2021 A summary and analysis of Williams v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago.
Appellate Court Upholds Tenured Teacher Dismissal for Misuse of Sick Leave By Robert P. Lyons Education Law, June 2020 In Crawley v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the appellate court upheld the dismissal of a tenured Chicago elementary school teacher for misuse of sick leave.
Illinois High School Students are Excused From School to Vote Under Public Act 101-0624 By Joshua Locke Education Law, June 2020 Beginning June 1, 2020, high school students in Illinois will be entitled to be absent from school to vote.
Newly Enacted ‘Betrayed Bill’ Seeks to Protect Students From Sex Abuse in Schools By Angela Brancato Education Law, January 2020 The 'Betrayed Bill,' which was signed into law in August 2019, establishes new policies and amends current law to address and prevent sexual abuse in schools.
Transgender Student Rights Updates By Roland R. Cross Education Law, October 2019 An overview of recent transgender student rights updates in Illinois and federal courts.
Addressing the Illinois teacher shortage By Robert P. Lyons Education Law, June 2019 An overview of the significant steps the Illinois legislature took in 2018 to address the state’s teacher shortage.
Legislative update By Phil Milsk Education Law, June 2019 Summaries of major bills relating to education that were recently signed into law.
New leadership at State Board of Education Education Law, June 2019 Two press releases from Governor Pritzker's office announcing the appointments of new members of the State Board of Education and a new state superintendent of education are reprinted below. 
New public acts (continued) By Phil Milsk Education Law, November 2018 An overview of bills that pertain to education that were recently signed into law in Illinois.
New public acts (continued) By Phil Milsk Education Law, September 2018 An overview of bills that pertain to education that were recently signed into law in Illinois.
Additional State Ethics Act Requirements Add to the Multitude of Sexual Harassment Regulatory Requirements for Illinois Public Colleges and Universities By Phyleccia Reed Cole Education Law, August 2018 With the enactment of Illinois Public Act 100-0554, state colleges and universities were included in the push for more accountability and transparency related to the reporting and handling of sexual harassment claims within Illinois state government.
New public acts By Phil Milsk Education Law, August 2018 An overview of bills that pertain to education that were recently signed into law in Illinois.
A.H. v. Illinois High School Association (7th Cir. 2018) By Jeffrey L. Terry Education Law, June 2018 An overview of A.H. v. Illinois High School Association, in which the appellate court affirmed the district court's granting of summary judgment to the Illinois High School Association in finding that a disabled student's requests for accommodations were not reasonable under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Fiscal Year 2019 budget signed into law Education Law, June 2018 Governor Rauner signed the budget bill for 2019 fiscal year into law on June 4, 2018.
Illinois State Board of Education public inquiry: Chicago Public Schools special education By Rupa Ramadurai Education Law, June 2018 The Illinois State Board of Education launched a public inquiry, a seldom-used tool that provides for the examination of issues in a transparent way without assuming any truths at outset, to resolve public concerns regarding the management of special education. 
Frakes v. Peoria School District No. 150 By Roland R. Cross Education Law, December 2017 On September 26, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s granting of summary judgment to the Peoria School District in finding that the employee failed to show that she engaged in any protected activity giving rise to a Section 504 claim.
Legislative update part II By Phil Milsk Education Law, November 2017 The second installment of bills of interest to education law practitioners.
2017 legislative update By Phil Milsk Education Law, September 2017 Bills of interest to education law practitioners.
New sick leave statute affects schools By Walter J. Zukowski & James S. Peters Education Law, May 2017 Public Act 99-0841, effective January 1, 2017, requires that Illinois employers, including public school districts, provide employees with expanded sick leave coverage.
Practice note: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 By Lyn Beekman, Deusdedi Merced, & Mark C. Weber Education Law, May 2017 An outline of this recent case, which was vacated and remanded bya unanimous Supreme Court.
Recent education law cases By Phil Milsk, Claudia E. Castro, & Rob Lyons Education Law, November 2016 Three recent cases of interest to education law practitioners.
Case summaries By Walter J. Zukowski & James S. Peters Education Law, September 2016 The case of Moore v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago may signal a similar limitation of discretion for all Illinois school districts faced with similar circumstances.
New Illinois Public Acts By Phil Milsk Education Law, September 2016 Recently signed legislation concerning education.
Texas judge puts temporary halt on recent transgender guidance By Jonathan Helwink Education Law, September 2016 Texas v. U.S., together with a nearly identical lawsuit filed in Nebraska, is the latest in a number of transgender rights cases across the country.

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