Articles on Education Law

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.
Granite City High School: A democracy school with a proud tradition of service Law Related Education for the Public, August 2016 Granite City High School imparts a strong belief that civic engagement among its students prepares them to become productive and responsible citizens and it has a long-standing tradition of community service and civic engagement.
The growth of law-related education By Lauren Evans DeJong Law Related Education for the Public, August 2016 Illinois now requires one full semester of civics for all students enrolling in high school on or after July 1, 2016.
New Illinois Public Acts By Phil Milsk Education Law, August 2016 New laws of interest to education law practitioners.
O’Fallon Township High School: A democracy school focused on civics engagement Law Related Education for the Public, August 2016 O’Fallon Township High School, a school of 2,600 students in O’Fallon, Illinois (just east of St. Louis) was recently designated a Democracy School by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition.
Supreme Court provides guidance on the use of race as a factor in university admissions By Everett Nicholas Education Law, August 2016 A summary of in which a female applicant to the university was denied admission and sued, alleging that its consideration of race in regard to her application violated the Equal Protection Law.
Admissibility of school report cards By Kathleen M. Kraft Family Law, July 2016 A look at the two avenues available to utilizing the school report cards in trial.
Seventh Circuit finds that Chicago principal was not terminated due to his age By Phyleccia Cole Education Law, June 2016 A summary of the recent decision in Lionel Bordelon v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago.
Seventh Circuit rejects teacher’s challenge to district policy on use of racial epithets in classroom By Phil Milsk Education Law, June 2016 In Brown v. Chicago Board of Education, a sixth grade teacher challenged his suspension for violating a Board policy regarding the use of racially offensive words in class.
Taking on mandatory arbitration at for-profits and its effects By Hubert Zanczak Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2016 Currently, most for-profit higher education institutions require students to sign an arbitration agreement as a condition of enrollment. The weights of justice are tilted toward the institutions from the start by forcing students to give up their rights to litigation and rather to concede to arbitration of their claims.
Transgender issues in schools and the workplace: Personal records By Edward Druck, Jennifer Smith, & Brianne Dunn Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 The rights of transgender individuals and the application of those rights in the absence of specific laws leave schools and employers in unfamiliar territory on myriad issues. This article looks looks at the management of records with sensitive information regarding an individual’s gender transition.

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