State Legislation

BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

PERTAINING TO EDUCATION

PREPARED BY BEV JOHNS

FEBRUARY 5, 2019

House Bill 12—Flowers. Appropriates $1,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the State Board of Education for autism programs. Effective July 1, 2019.  House Special Issues Subcommittee.

House Bill 16—Flowers. Amends the School Code. Provides that, for the Chicago School District only, a Safe Passage route employee must help each pupil walk or otherwise travel through a crosswalk. Provides that the help must not be limited to the employee only observing the pupil walk or travel through the crosswalk. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 18—Flowers. Amends the School Code. Requires the instruction on character education to include the teaching of respect toward a person’s race or ethnicity or gender. With regard to the State Board of Education’s school report card, requires data collected on curriculum information to include information on a school’s instruction on character education.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 22—Flowers. Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. Requires the Chicago Board of Education to establish a school nurse pilot program. Provides that under the program, the Board shall require the top 20% of the lowest performing schools in the school district, as determined by the Board, to employ a school nurse in conformance with certain provisions of the Code concerning school nurses. Requires the Board to implement this program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 35—Mayfield.  Amends the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act. Makes changes to the definitions of “cohort”, “eligible school”, and “hard-to-staff school”, and defines “dual credit course”. Provides that Grown Your Own Illinois (rather than the Board of Higher Education) shall administer the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Initiative as a grant competition to fund consortia that will carry out Grow Your Own Teacher preparation programs. In provisions concerning selection of grantees, provides that the Board of Higher Education shall, subject to appropriation, allocate funds to Grow Your Own Illinois for the purpose of administering the program and awarding grants under the Act (rather than requiring the Board of Higher Education to award grants under the Act). Removes the language providing that the consortium shall consider whether a candidate has experienced an interruption in his or her college education when recruiting potential candidates for the program. Provides that, subject to the requirements under the Dual Credit Quality Act, an institution of higher education may offer a high school student a dual credit course under the program. Provides that the Board of Higher Education may not adopt rules regarding candidate eligibility that are more restrictive than those in the Act. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  Higher Education Committee.

House Bill 37—Mayfield.  Amends the State Board of Education – Powers and Duties Article of the School Code. Makes the State Seal of Biliteracy available to both public and non-public high school graduates (rather than public high school graduates only) who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more language in addition to English and have met the criteria to obtain the State Seal of Biliteracy. Makes conforming changes.   House Elementary and Secondary Education, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 40—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, each school board must provide free transportation to and from the assigned public school in the school district for any pupil who possesses a valid school identification card issued by that school. Makes legislative findings. Effective July 1, 2019.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 42—Flowers.  Amends the Election Code. Provides for the election of the Chicago Board of Education starting with the 2023 consolidated primary election. Makes related changes. Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. Provides that a person shall be a U.S. citizen and registered voter and shall have been a resident of the city and the electoral district for at least one year immediately preceding his or her election. Sets forth provisions concerning nominating petitions and ballots. Sets forth provisions providing that the City of Chicago shall be subdivided into 20 electoral districts by the Chicago City Council for seats on the Chicago Board of Education. Sets forth provisions providing that in the year following each decennial census, the Chicago Board of Education shall redistrict the electoral districts to reflect the results of each decennial census. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education School Curriculum and Policies.

House Bill 52—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State Board of Education shall develop and maintain a program aimed at facilitating education in advanced manufacturing technical skills. Provides that the program shall be implemented in no less than 12 public high schools, over the span of 3 years, where the youth unemployment rate is at least twice the national average. Specifies program requirements. Provides that the State Board shall ensure that each high school participating in the program has adequate funding for at least one industry coordinator, tutoring, pre-employment and on-the-job mentoring, professional and leadership development, and life and financial management instruction. Provides that the State Board shall use a program provider to help design, build, and accredit the training program. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 190—L. Ford.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a school board shall require its schools to connect at-risk students in need of academic support to either community-based or in-school academic support; defines “at-risk student”. Provides that each school district shall inform the parent or guardian of an at-risk student about the community-based or in-school academic support available in that school district or the community in which the school district is located. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 205—Conroy.  Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require the instruction on mental health and illness to evaluate the multiple dimensions of health by reviewing the relationship between physical and mental health so as to enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors that promote health, well-being, and human dignity.  House Mental Health Committee

House Bill 208—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, in every public school maintaining any of grades kindergarten through 12, there shall be instruction, study, and discussion on the side effects of cannabis when the use of cannabis is not authorized by the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Provides that each school board must develop and integrate a test on the use and side effects of cannabis into the instruction and require passage of the test by each student. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement by the State. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 218—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Provides for the waiver of tuition assessed by a school district on children whose parents are unable to afford them. With respect to summer school, provides that a school board must (instead of may) waive all or part of summer school charges if it determines that the family of a pupil is indigent or the educational needs of the pupil require his or her attendance. Amends the Chicago School District Article to provide that the summer kindergarten provisions are subject to the waiver of fees and tuition provisions. Requires the Chicago Board of Education, during that period of the calendar year not embraced within the regular school term, to provide and conduct courses in subject matters normally embraced in the program of the schools during the regular school term, fix and collect a charge for attendance at such courses in an amount not to exceed the per capita cost of the operation thereof, except that the board must waive all or part of such charges if it determines that the family of an individual pupil is indigent or that the educational needs of the pupil require his or her attendance at such courses, and give regular school credit for satisfactory completion by the student of such courses as may be approved for credit by the State Board of Education.  House House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 222—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, in addition to any reporting requirements under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, if a school district employee or volunteer receives a written, electronic, or verbal report alleging sexual abuse or sexual assault of a student by another school district employee or volunteer, the employee or volunteer who received the report must inform the student’s parent or guardian, the State Board of Education, the school board, and the local law enforcement agency. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 242—Flowers.  Creates the Lead in Schools Reporting Act. Provides that on an annual basis the Department of Public Health, in coordination with local departments of public health serving the City of Chicago, shall conduct specified lead testing at public school facilities within the City. Provides that the results from such testing shall be transmitted to the State Board of Education. Provides that the Department shall notify the Board if a detected lead level meets a level that the Department deems unsafe. Amends the School Code. Provides that school report cards for cities with populations in excess of 500,000 shall include lead testing results and that students in such districts may transfer from one attendance center to another attendance center within or outside of the district if any lead levels at his or her current attendance center meets a level that the Department deems unsafe. Makes other changes to provisions concerning transfers to specified attendance centers.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 246—Moeller.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the textbook block grant program, provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. Provides that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory. Provides that in public schools only, the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. Effective July 1, 2020.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 247—Crespo.  Amends the School Code. Provides that for a pupil of legal school age and in kindergarten or any of grades 1 through 12, a day of attendance shall be counted only for sessions of not less than 5 clock hours of school work per day under direct supervision of (i) teachers or (ii) non-teaching personnel or volunteer personnel when engaging in non-teaching duties and supervising in instances specified under the Code; provides for exceptions. Makes conforming changes, including in the Vocational Academies Act.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 254—Guzzardi.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, no later than day 60 of instruction in each school year, a school board shall report to the State Board of Education for kindergarten through grade 12 classes certain information about actively employed teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, class instructors, and class sections; defines terms. Requires the State Board of Education to publish the information contained in the reports on its Internet website no later than December 1, 2020 and annually thereafter. Sets forth class size goals to be achieved by the 2021-2022 school year.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee..

House Bill 256—Guzzardi.  Amends the Educator Licensure Article of School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, in order to obtain a license under the Article, a student teacher candidate may not be required to videotape himself or herself or his or her students in a classroom setting. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 258—J. Hoffman.  Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes provisions allowing the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. Provides that if a charter school applicant submits a proposal to a school board outside of the process adopted by that school board for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis, the applicant shall not have any right to submit its proposal to the State Charter School Commission as otherwise authorized. In a provision concerning a charter school proposed to be jointly authorized by 2 or more school districts and the school boards unanimously denying the charter school proposal with a statement that the school boards are not opposed to the charter school but yield to the Commission in light of the complexities of joint administration, allows the charter applicant to submit the proposal to the Commission and requires the Commission to follow the same process and be subject to the same timelines for review as a school board. Allows the Commission to approve an application for a charter if certain conditions are met. Provides that the Commission may condition approval of an application on the acceptance of funding in an amount less than requested. Provides that final decisions of the Commission are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Provides that if the Commission approves an application for a charter school, then the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity. Provides that if the Commission is the authorized chartering entity, then the Commission shall execute a charter agreement (instead of approve the charter agreement). Makes other changes. Effective immediately. House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 276—Reick.  Amends the Downstate Teacher and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that none of the benefits provided for in either Article shall be paid to a person if the person first becomes a member after the effective date of the amendatory Act and a board, after an administrative hearing, determines that the person sexually abused a student. Provides that an employer must notify a board if a retiring member has been accused of sexually abusing a student. Provides that a board may, through an administrative hearing, review the claim of sexual abuse and may order that benefits be forfeited. Provides that the changes made by the amendatory Act shall not operate to impair any contract or vested right acquired before the effective date of the amendatory Act nor to preclude the right to a refund. Provides that all teachers entering service after the effective date of the amendatory Act shall be deemed to have consented to the provisions of the amendatory Act as a condition of membership. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  House Personnel and Pensions.

House Bill 277—Reick.  Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Superintendent of Education has the authority to initiate a suspension of or revoke the license of any educator licensed under the Educator Licensure Article of the Code if he or she negligently fails to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect. Provides that, except for an educator licensed under the Educator Licensure Article of the Code, if a school board determines that any school district employee has willfully or negligently failed to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect, as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, then the school board may dismiss that employee immediately upon that determination. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 278—E. Chris Welch.  Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that a charter school established on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act may not enter into a contract with a for-profit charter management organization or educational management organization. Sets forth provisions concerning property purchased with public funds. Provides that no chief executive officer of a charter school may receive compensation greater than 80% of the compensation of the superintendent of schools of the school district where the charter school is located. Provides that no charter school principal may receive compensation greater than 10% more than the average compensation for principals in the school district where the charter school is located. Provides that a charter school authorized under the Code must expend a minimum of 84% of the total revenues due from the authorizer on incurred expenses for instruction, instructional materials, operations and maintenance, transportation, and support services that may have been applicable prior to July 1, 2018, as identified by the State Board of Education. Provides that the remaining 16% of the total revenues may, subject to limitations, be expended by the charter school, at its discretion, on administrative or program support costs. House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 279—Guzzardi. Amends the School Code. Provides that there is a moratorium on the establishment of new charter schools in financially distressed school districts, including new campuses of existing charter schools, for such a time as the school district meets the definition of a financially distressed school district.   House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee..

House Bill 310—McSweeney.  Amends the School Code with respect to school districts other than the Chicago school district. Prohibits any post-retirement educator bonus not required by a valid contract entered into before the effective date of the amendatory Act, and prohibits a school district from entering into a contract on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act that provides for a post-retirement educator bonus or bonuses. Defines “post-retirement educator bonus” as any payment made by a school district to an educator licensed under the School Code who has commenced his or her retirement and is collecting a retirement annuity from the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois, other than compensation for current employment with the school district. Requires each school district to annually report to all residents of the school district the status of all contracts requiring the payment of a post-retirement educator bonus and all post-retirement educator bonuses paid during the previous school year. Sets forth what the report must contain. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 311—McSweeney.  Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide that in the case of sexual assault or sexual abuse by school district personnel, nothing in the Act prohibits a school district from disclosing disciplinary records of school district personnel. Amends the School Code to require a school board to report all credible cases of sexual assault or sexual abuse by a licensed educator to the State Board of Education, to establish a hearing procedure for student victims, and to ensure that a licensed educator under investigation by the State Superintendent of Education is reassigned to non-classroom duty. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State Board of Education must monitor all fingerprint-based criminal history records checks and any other database checks conducted by a school district or regional superintendent for applicants for employment with a school district. Makes changes concerning educator licensure and allegations of physical or sexual abuse. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to create the criminal offense of sexual conduct or sexual relations with a student by an authority figure. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 to require an arresting enforcement agency to share its reports pertaining to the arrest of a licensed educator with the superintendent of any school district that employs the educator (or, in the case of the arrest of a superintendent, with the school board of any school district that employs the superintendent). Amends the Personnel Record Review Act to provide that the Act does not prohibit a school district from divulging internal investigative findings and discipline to another school district. Effective immediately.  House Judiciary—Criminal Committee.

House Bill 312—McSweeney. Amends the School Code. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a school board may immediately suspend or terminate the employment of any person employed by a school district or contracted to work for a school district who has been convicted of a sex offense; defines “sex offense”. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 334—Martwick.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a charter school operating within the City of Chicago shall be administered by a local school council. Provides that a local school council shall be established for each small school, contract school, and military school within the Chicago school district. Provides that in each attendance center enrolling students in 7th or 8th grade, one full-time student member shall be appointed, although no attendance center shall have more than one student member. Requires a supermajority of 8 votes by the local school council to veto any action proposed or approved regarding certain schools placed on probation and intervention actions by the Chicago Schools Academic Accountability Council. Creates the LSC Certification Commission to provide fundamental training to members of local school councils and certify each member, and sets forth its composition. Sets forth a mandatory training program for local school council members. Provides that the LSC Certification Commission may request and, upon such request, the Chicago Board of Education shall budget and distribute such funds as are equal to the total allocations for the certification of local school council members in the year immediately prior. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 341—Bailey.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board may allow the motto “In God We Trust” to be displayed in a conspicuous location inside or outside each school building.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Curriculum and School Policies.

House Bill 355—Batinick.  Amends the School Code. With regard to a Professional Educator License renewal, provides that, beginning with the next 5-year renewal cycle after the effective date of the amendatory Act, no less than 15 of the 120 required hours of professional development must include training on inclusive practices in the classroom that examines instructional and behavioral strategies that improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students, with or without disabilities, in a general education setting.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee..

House Bill 809—E. Chris Welch. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that the State Charter School Commission has no authority to renew a charter, and removes provisions allowing the Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. Provides that if a charter school applicant submits a proposal to a school board outside of the process adopted by that school board for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis, the applicant shall not have any right to submit its proposal to the Commission as otherwise authorized. Allows the Commission to approve an application for a charter if certain conditions are met. Provides that the Commission may condition approval of an application on the acceptance of funding in an amount less than requested. Provides that final decisions of the Commission are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Provides that if the Commission approves an application for a charter school, then the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity. Provides that if the Commission is the authorized chartering entity, then the Commission shall execute a charter agreement (instead of approve the charter agreement). Provides that the Commission has no authority to approve a charter school proposal that has been denied by a school board. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 811—Martwick. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that a charter school established on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act may not enter into a contract with a for-profit educational or charter management organization. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 817—E. Chris Welch.  Amends the School Code. Defines “computer science education”. Requires the State Board of Education to establish an Office of Computer Science Education and to select an Executive Director for that Office. Requires the Executive Director to work with a team of professionals assigned to the Office and with a variety of stakeholder groups toward ensuring that every student in kindergarten through grade 12 in this State is afforded an equal and equitable opportunity to obtain a world-class computer science education. Provides that from the amounts appropriated for its annual budget, the State Board must provide funding for computer science education that must be used exclusively for teacher salaries, ongoing professional development for teachers, and technology needed specifically for facilitating computer science education. With regard to the State Board’s school report cards, provides that the curriculum information data must include data on computer science courses, which must be disaggregated by every student subgroup identity recognized by the State Board, including race, gender identity, and free or reduced-price lunch program eligibility. Requires the report cards to also include data on the amount of money allocated annually for computer science education. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 822—Halpin.  Amends the Care of Students with Diabetes Act. Provides that a school may maintain a supply of glucagon medication in any secure location that is accessible before, during, or after school where a student is most at risk, including, but not limited to, a classroom or the nurse’s office; defines “glucagon medication” and “undesignated glucagon medication”. Provides that a physician, a physician assistant who has prescriptive authority, or an advanced practice registered nurse who has prescriptive authority may prescribe undesignated glucagon medication in the name of the school to be maintained for use when necessary. Allows a delegated care aide to carry undesignated glucagon medication. Provides that within 24 hours after the administration of undesignated glucagon medication, a school must notify the school nurse and the student’s parent or guardian or emergency contact, if known, and health care provider of its use. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee Curriculum and Policies.

House Bill 890—E. Chris Welch. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that the State Charter School Commission has no authority to renew a charter, and removes provisions allowing the Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. Provides that if a charter school applicant submits a proposal to a school board outside of the process adopted by that school board for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis, the applicant shall not have any right to submit its proposal to the Commission as otherwise authorized. Allows the Commission to approve an application for a charter if certain conditions are met. Provides that the Commission may condition approval of an application on the acceptance of funding in an amount less than requested. Provides that final decisions of the Commission are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Provides that if the Commission approves an application for a charter school, then the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity. Provides that if the Commission is the authorized chartering entity, then the Commission shall execute a charter agreement (instead of approve the charter agreement). Provides that the Commission has no authority to approve a charter school proposal that has been denied by a school board. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. House Elementary and Secondary Education, Administration, Licensing, and Charter School Committee.

House Bill 921—Stuart. Amends the School Code. Provides that if an educational support personnel employee is removed or dismissed as a result of a decision of the school board to decrease the number of educational support personnel employed by the board or to discontinue some particular type of educational support service and he or she accepts the tender of a vacancy within one calendar year from the beginning of the following school term, then that employee shall maintain any rights accrued during his or her previous service with the school district. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Curriculum and Policies.

House Bill 922—Chapa LaVia.  mends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom of every school building (rather than in bathrooms of school buildings). Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education Curriculum and Policies Committee.

House Bill 931—Conyears-Ervin.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board shall require that schools provide an active break for all students in kindergarten through grade 5. Provides that the active break must total at least 20 minutes in length. Provides that active break shall include unstructured play and may include organized games. Provides that if the principal determines that the weather is inclement, then the principal shall direct that the active break be held indoors. Provides that a school board may require that schools provide an active break for all students in grades 6 through 8. Requires a school board to prohibit the withholding of an active break as a disciplinary action. Effective July 1, 2019.  House Elementary and Secondary Education, School Curriculum and Policies.

House Bill 1462—Feigenholtz.  Creates the Children’s Mental Health Ombudsman Program Act. Provides that the Children’s Mental Health Ombudsman Program (Program) is created in the Office of the Governor for specified purposes, including for the purposes of advocating on behalf of children with mental health disorders, identifying barriers to effective mental health treatment and proposed solutions; monitoring and ensuring compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, rules, and policies pertaining to children’s behavioral health services; and investigating complaints that a State or a government agency has engaged in activities, practices, or omissions that constitute violations of applicable court orders, statutes, or regulations or that may have an adverse effect upon the health, safety, welfare, or rights of children. Provides that the Governor shall appoint the Children’s Mental Health Ombudsman (Ombudsman). Requires the Ombudsman, in consultation with other specified persons, to establish policies and procedures as needed to facilitate compliance with the provisions of the Program, including procedures for filing, investigating, and resolving complaints. Grants the Ombudsman subpoena powers. Requires the Ombudsman to: (i) monitor federal, State, and local statutes, rules, regulations, and policies regarding services and supports for children with mental health disorders; (ii) maintain complete records of complaints received; (iii) submit annual reports to the Governor and the General Assembly on the activities of the Program; (iv) adopt rules that are necessary for performing the required activities of the Program; and other matters. Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Exempts from disclosure all information and records acquired by the Ombudsman during the performance of his or her duties.  House Rules.

House Bill 1559—Hernandez.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, every public high school may include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy; defines “media literacy”. Provides requirements for the unit of instruction. Provides that the State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for the unit of instruction. Effective immediately.  House Rules.

House Bill 1561—Crespo.  Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Requires all school boards of school districts to develop threat assessment protocols and to create threat assessment teams. Provides that the threat assessment team shall include specified personnel and other members. Provides that a threat assessment protocol adopted by the school board shall be a public document and be posted on the school district’s website. Provides that a school board shall create the threat assessment team within 30 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act and adopt an initial threat assessment protocol within 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that a school district may share information concerning a clear and present danger with another school district and creates a conforming exemption in the Illinois School Student Records Act. Creates exemptions for the work of the threat assessment team in the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately.  House Rules.

House Bill 2056—Parkhurst. Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. With regard to applicants seeking a Professional Educator License or an Educator License with Stipulations provides that all applicants completing Illinois-approved, teacher education or school service personnel preparation programs shall be required to pass the State Board of Education’s recognized test of basic skills (rather than requiring passage of the test prior to starting their student teaching or starting the final semester of their internship). Provides that if an applicant completing a teacher education or school service personal preparation program fails the test of basic skills the first time he or she takes the test, the applicant may complete a full school year of student teaching or of an internship instead of being required to pass the test. Provides that an institution of higher learning may not require an applicant to complete the test of basic skills prior to completing a semester of student teaching or of an internship (rather than prior to the semester before student teaching or prior to the semester before starting the final semester of an internship). Provides that an individual who completes a full school year of student teaching or of an internship is not required to pass the test of basic skills again for subsequent endorsements or other educator licenses. Effective immediately.  House Rules.

House Bill 2078—Stuart and Hoffman.  Amends the School Code. Provides that in fixing the salaries of teachers, a school board shall pay those who serve on a full-time basis a rate not less than (i) $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, (ii) $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, (iii) $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year, and (iv) $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year. Provides that the minimum salary rate for each school year thereafter, subject to review by the General Assembly, shall equal the minimum salary rate for the previous school year increased by a percentage equal to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers for all items published by the United States Department of Labor for the previous school year.  House Rules.

House Bill 2087—Carroll.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district’s decision to allow a student to take a portion of a driver education course through a distance learning program must be determined on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the student’s driver education teacher and the student’s parent or guardian; defines “distance learning program”. Provides that under no circumstances may the student take the entire driver education course through a distance learning program. Effective immediately.  House Rules.

House Bill 2100—Welch. Amends the State Finance Act and the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that on July 1, 2020, the State Charter School Commission is abolished and the terms of all members end. Provides that all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, contracts, property, records, and pending business of the Commission are transferred to the State Board of Education on that date. Provides for transfer of authorization to a local school board or boards. Makes related changes. Removes the appeal process, and provides that final decisions of a local school board are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law.  House Rules.

House Resolution 10—Stuart.  Encourages the State Board of Education to stop using edTPA as the teacher certification for licensure.

House Resolution 27—McSweeney.  States the opinion of the Illinois House of Representatives that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrong.

House Joint Resolution 13—Bennett.  Creates the School and Law Enforcement Coordination Task Force to study the use of security cameras in schools in Illinois in coordination with local law enforcement.

Senate Bill 10—Manar.  Amends the School Code. Provides that in fixing the salaries of teachers, a school board shall pay those who serve on a full-time basis a rate not less than (i) $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year, (ii) $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year, (iii) $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year, and (iv) $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year. Provides that the minimum salary rate for each school year thereafter, subject to review by the General Assembly, shall equal the minimum salary rate for the previous school year increased by a percentage equal to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers for all items published by the United States Department of Labor for the previous school year.  Second Reading Senate.

Senate Bill 28—Bertino-Tarrant.  Amends the School Code. Provides that for a pupil of legal school age and in kindergarten or any of grades 1 through 12, a day of attendance shall be counted only for sessions of not less than 5 clock hours of school work per day under direct supervision of (i) teachers or (ii) non-teaching personnel or volunteer personnel when engaging in non-teaching duties and supervising in instances specified under the Code; provides for exceptions. Makes conforming changes, including in the Vocational Academies Act.  Second Reading Senate.

Senate Bill 60—Bertino-Tarrant.  Amends the Downstate Teachers and State Universities Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires an employer to make an additional employer contribution for a participant whose earnings for any academic year used to determine the final rate of earnings exceed the amount of his or her earnings with the same employer for the previous academic year by more than 6% (instead of 3%). Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  Senate Appropriations I.

Senate Bill 78—Steans.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the textbook block grant program, provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. Provides that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory. Provides that in public schools only, the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. Effective July 1, 2020.  Senate Education.

Senate Bill 82—McConchie.  Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that beginning in fiscal year 2021 and each year thereafter, the System shall calculate the projected amount of the increase in the employer normal cost of benefits, expressed as a percentage of salary and reflecting separate amounts for Tier 1 and Tier 2 benefits, resulting from any increase in salary over the preceding school year, expressed as a percentage of salary. Provides that except for a teacher who first becomes a teacher on or after the implementation date of certain benefits, if the amount of a teacher’s salary for any school year beginning on or after July 1, 2020 exceeds the member’s annual full-time salary rate with the same employer for the previous school year, then the teacher’s employer shall pay to the System the projected amount of the increase in the employer normal cost of benefits, as determined by the System and reflecting whether the teacher will receive Tier 1 or Tier 2 benefits, resulting from the increase in the member’s salary over the previous school year. Excludes earnings increases paid to members under contracts or collective bargaining agreements entered into, amended, or renewed before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Excludes earning increases paid to members who first become members on or after the implementation date of certain benefits. Defines “Tier 1 benefits” and “Tier 2 benefits”. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.  Senate Appropriations I.

Senate Bill 106—Holmes.  Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that the State Charter School Commission has no authority to renew a charter, and removes provisions allowing the Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. Provides that if a charter school applicant submits a proposal to a school board outside of the process adopted by that school board for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis, the applicant shall not have any right to submit its proposal to the Commission as otherwise authorized. Allows the Commission to approve an application for a charter if certain conditions are met. Provides that the Commission may condition approval of an application on the acceptance of funding in an amount less than requested. Provides that final decisions of the Commission are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Provides that if the Commission approves an application for a charter school, then the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity. Provides that if the Commission is the authorized chartering entity, then the Commission shall execute a charter agreement (instead of approve the charter agreement). Provides that the Commission has no authority to approve a charter school proposal that has been denied by a school board. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.  Senate Education.

Senate Bill 116—Weaver.  Amends the Charter Schools Article of the School Code. Removes provisions providing that the total number of charter schools operating under this Article at any one time shall not exceed 120. Removes a provision limiting the number of charter schools to 70 in any city having a population exceeding 500,000. Removes a provision limiting the number of charter schools to 45 in the remainder of the State. Removes a provision providing that the State Board of Education shall assign a number to each charter submission it receives for its review and certification, based on the chronological order in which the submission is received by it.  Senate Education.

Senate Bill 117—Barickman.  Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Provides that if the rights and privileges accorded to a parent under the Act have been transferred to a student, a school must give reasonable prior notice to the student (rather than the parent) before any school student record is destroyed or any information is deleted from that record. Provides that a school may provide reasonable prior notice to a parent or student through (i) notice in the school’s parent or student handbook, (ii) publication in a newspaper, (iii) U.S. mail delivered to the last known address of the parent or student, or (iv) other means provided the notice is confirmed to have been received.  Senate Education.

Senate Bill 142—T. Cullerton and Rezin.  Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide that in the case of sexual assault or sexual abuse by a school district employee or volunteer, nothing in the Act prohibits a school district from disclosing the disciplinary records of that person. Amends the School Code to require a school board to report all credible cases of sexual assault or sexual abuse by a licensed educator to the State Board of Education, to establish a hearing procedure for student victims, and to ensure that a licensed educator under investigation by the State Superintendent of Education is reassigned to non-classroom duty. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the State Board of Education must monitor all fingerprint-based criminal history records checks and any other database checks conducted by a school district or regional superintendent for applicants for employment with a school district. Makes changes concerning educator licensure and allegations of physical or sexual abuse. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to create the criminal offense of sexual conduct or sexual relations with a student by an authority figure. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 to require an arresting enforcement agency to share its reports pertaining to the arrest of a licensed educator with the superintendent of any school district that employs the educator (or, in the case of the arrest of a superintendent, with the school board of any school district that employs the superintendent). Amends the Personnel Record Review Act to provide that the Act does not prohibit a school district from divulging internal investigative findings and discipline to another school district. Effective immediately.  Senate Assignments.

Senate Bill 164—Schimpf.  Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Allows a member to establish optional credit for up to 2 years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, provided that the teacher (i) was certified under the law governing the certification of teachers at the time the service was rendered, (ii) applies in writing on or before June 30, 2022, (iii) supplies satisfactory evidence of the employment, (iv) completes at least 10 years of contributing service as a teacher, and (v) pays the required contribution. Effective immediately.  Senate Assignments.

Senate Bill 188—Villivalam. Amends the School Code. Provides that a charter school operating within the City of Chicago shall be administered by a local school council. Provides that a local school council shall be established for each small school, contract school, and military school within the Chicago school district. Provides that in each attendance center enrolling students in 7th or 8th grade, one full-time student member shall be appointed, although no attendance center shall have more than one student member. Requires a supermajority of 8 votes by the local school council to veto any action proposed or approved regarding certain schools placed on probation and intervention actions by the Chicago Schools Academic Accountability Council. Creates the LSC Certification Commission to provide fundamental training to members of local school councils and certify each member, and sets forth its composition. Sets forth a mandatory training program for local school council members. Provides that the LSC Certification Commission may request and, upon such request, the Chicago Board of Education shall budget and distribute such funds as are equal to the total allocations for the certification of local school council members in the year immediately prior. Makes other changes. Effective immediately. Senate Assignments.

Senate Bill 197—J. Collins.  Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that a charter school established on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act may not enter into a contract with a for-profit charter management organization or educational management organization. Sets forth provisions concerning property purchased with public funds. Provides that no chief executive officer of a charter school may receive compensation greater than 80% of the compensation of the superintendent of schools of the school district where the charter school is located. Provides that no charter school principal may receive compensation greater than 10% more than the average compensation for principals in the school district where the charter school is located. Provides that a charter school authorized under the Code must expend a minimum of 84% of the total revenues due from the authorizer on incurred expenses for instruction, instructional materials, operations and maintenance, transportation, and support services that may have been applicable prior to July 1, 2018, as identified by the State Board of Education. Provides that the remaining 16% of the total revenues may, subject to limitations, be expended by the charter school, at its discretion, on administrative or program support costs.  Senate Assignments.

Senate Bill 209—Bertino-Tarrant.  Amends the School Code. With regard to special education joint agreements, provides that under no circumstances may a petition for withdrawal from a joint agreement be presented to other member districts less than 18 months from the date of the proposed withdrawal. Provides that if a petition for withdrawal is not approved by the other member districts, any petitioning member district (rather than only a petitioning member district that is part of a Class II county school unit outside of a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants) may appeal the disapproval. Provides that the trustees of schools of the township having jurisdiction and authority over the withdrawing district or the hearing panel established by the chief administrative officer of the intermediate service center having jurisdiction over the withdrawing district shall convene and hear testimony to determine whether the withdrawing district has presented sufficient evidence that the district, standing alone, will provide a full continuum of services and support to all its students with disabilities in the foreseeable future; specifies requirements for the withdrawing district prior to the hearing. Provides that each withdrawing district shall develop a comprehensive plan that includes the administrative policies and procedures outlined in specified special education rules of the State Board of Education and all relevant portions of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Provides that the withdrawing district must also demonstrate its ability to provide education for a wide range of students with disabilities, including a full continuum of support and services. Effective immediately.  Senate Assignments.

Senate Bill 1189—Holmes.  Amends the School Code. Provides that an approved waiver from or modification to a physical education mandate may remain in effect for a period not to exceed 2 school years (rather than 5 school years like other mandate waivers) and may be renewed no more than 2 times upon application by an eligible applicant. Provides that an approved waiver from or modification to a physical education mandate may be changed within the 2-year period by the school board or regional superintendent of schools, whichever is applicable, following the procedure set forth in the Code for the initial waiver or modification request. Provides that a school board may determine the schedule or frequency of physical education courses, provided that an elementary school pupil engage in a course of physical education for a minimum of 150 minutes per week and a middle school, junior high school, or high school pupil engage in a course of physical education for a minimum of 225 minutes per week (rather than engage in a course of physical education for a minimum of 3 days per 5-day week). Provides that if a student non-attendance day is scheduled for a day that would otherwise include a physical education class or if the school building is not otherwise open to students on a day that would otherwise include a physical education class, a student is not required to make up the minutes from that class; defines “student non-attendance day”. Effective July 1, 2019.