State Legislation

BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

PERTAINING TO EDUCATION

PREPARED BY BEV JOHNS

APRIL 7, 2019



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.  Third Reading House.

 

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.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

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.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

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.  Reassigned to House Executive 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.  Second Reading House.

 

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.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 208—Flowers.  Amends the School Code. Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that a school’s comprehensive health education program must include instruction on the medical and legal ramifications of cannabis use. Makes technical corrections. Third Reading House.

 

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.  Second Reading House.

 

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.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 247—Crespo.  Amends the School Code. With regard to driver education course teachers, provides that a school district that contracts with a third party to teach a driver education course must ensure the teacher meets the educator licensure and endorsement requirements under the Code and must follow the same evaluation and observation requirements that apply to non-tenured teachers. Provides that the teacher evaluation must be conducted by a school administrator employed by the school district and must be submitted annually to the district superintendent and all school board members for oversight purposes. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.



House Bill 254—Guzzardi.   Amends the School Code. Provides that, no later than January 31, 2021, and annually thereafter, the State Board of Education must make available on its website information about actively employed teachers within each school district, pupil-teacher ratios for each school district, class instructors by grade level and subject in each school district, and class size in each school; defines terms. Requires each school district to report the information required for the State Board’s report no later November 16, 2021, and annually thereafter, and also make that information available on its website.  Second Reading House.

 

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.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 355—Batinick. Amends the School Code. Provides that an approved provider of professional development activities for the renewal of a Professional Educator License may make available a professional development opportunity that provides educators with 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. Passed House.  Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 424—Hernandez.  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules to establish the criteria, standards, and competencies for a bilingual language interpreter who attends an individualized education program meeting to assist a parent who has limited English proficiency. Passed House.  Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 817—E. Chris Welch.  Amends the School Code. Subject to appropriation or private donations, requires the State Board of Education to make available to school districts grants to support computer science education; defines “computer science education”. Requires a school district to use grant funds for educator salaries, professional development for educators, and the equipment needed to facilitate computer science education. Provides that the State Board shall prioritize the distribution of grants to Organizational Units assigned to Tier 1 or Tier 2 under the evidence-based funding formula. With regard to the State Board’s school report cards, provides that the curriculum information data must include data on computer science courses. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Now in Senate.

 

House Bill 822—Halpin.  Changes the definition of “undesignated glucagon medication” to “undesignated glucagon”; makes conforming changes. Removes a provision allowing a delegated care aide to carry undesignated glucagon on his or her person while in school or at a school-sponsored activity. Allows a school to maintain a supply of glucagon in any secure location that is immediately accessible to a school nurse or delegated care aide (rather than in any secure location that is accessible before, during, or after school where a student is most at risk). Provides that a school nurse or delegated care aide may administer undesignated glucagon if he or she is authorized to administer the undesignated glucagon through a student’s diabetes care plan and if the student’s prescribed glucagon is not available on-site or has expired. Provides that immediately (rather than within 24 hours) after the administration of undesignated glucagon, a school must notify the school nurse (unless the school nurse was the one administering it) and the student’s parent or guardian or emergency contact, if known, and health care provider of its use.  Passed House. Now in Senate.

 

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.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

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.  Third Reading House.

 

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. Passed House.  Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 1561—Crespo.  Amends the Counties Code. Provides that counties may impose a tax to be used exclusively for school facility purposes, school resources officers, or mental health professionals (rather than exclusively for school facility purposes). Adds referendum language to levy, reduce, or discontinue the tax. Amends the Innovation Development and Economy Act and the School Construction Law to make conforming changes. Amends the School Code to make conforming changes and to provide that if a school district having a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants determines that it is necessary for school security purposes and the related protection and safety of pupils and school staff to hire a school resource officer or that personnel costs for school counselors, mental health experts, or school resource officers are necessary, the district may levy a tax or issue bonds as provided under a provision in the Code authorizing a school board to levy a tax or to borrow money and issue bonds for fire prevention, safety, energy conservation, accessibility, school security, and specified repair purposes if funds are not needed for those other purposes. Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Requires each school district to implement a threat assessment procedure that may be part of a school board policy on targeted school violence and prevention and that must include the creation of a threat assessment team; provides for the team’s membership. Requires each school district, at its annual meeting to review each school building’s emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures, to review the procedures regarding its threat assessment team. Creates an exemption for the work of the threat assessment team in the Freedom of Information Act. Effective immediately. Third Reading House.



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. Restores current law prohibiting an institution of higher learning from requiring an applicant to complete the test of basic skills prior to the semester before student teaching or prior to the semester before starting the final semester of an internship (rather than prior to completing a semester of student teaching or of an internship). Effective immediately. Second Reading Short Debate.



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.  Third Reading House.

 

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 approved by the school’s administration, including the student’s driver education teacher (rather than approved by the student’s driver education teacher), and the student’s parent or guardian.  Passed House. Now in Senate.

 

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.  Second Reading House.



House Bill 2165—M. Murphy. Amends the School Code. With regard to required high school courses as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, removes a provision specifying that the 3 years of mathematics must include one year of Algebra I and one year that includes geometry content and may include one year of an Advanced Placement computer science course; makes a conforming change.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2170—Chapa LaVia.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the State Seal of Biliteracy program, provides that if the State Board of Education establishes criteria that includes the use of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT college admissions test as an acceptable English language proficiency assessment to demonstrate English language proficiency, the minimum qualifying score for eligibility to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy must be 480. Effective immediately.  Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 2177—Unes. Amends the School Code. Provides that, upon request, the school board of a school district that maintains grades 10 through 12 may posthumously award a diploma to any service member who was killed in action while performing active military duty in the armed forces of the United States if he or she: (1) resided in an area currently within the district; (2) left high school before graduating to serve in the armed forces of the United States; and (3) did not receive a high school diploma. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 2188—Manley.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the required health examination, provides that the social and emotional screening must include questions on a child’s medical history that pertain to the mental health issues of his or her family and any other matter that could impact the child’s future mental health. Effective immediately.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2205—N. Smith.  Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. With regard to a proposed school closure, requires the chief executive officer to publish on the school district’s website a full financial report on the closure that includes an analysis of the closure’s costs and benefits to the district. Effective immediately.  Provides that the chief executive officer must post the full financial report on a school closure on the school district’s website 8 months after he or she publishes notice of the proposed school closure (rather than at the time he or she publishes notice of the proposed school closure). Effective immediately. Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 2234—Harper. 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.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2235—Caulkins.  Amends the Illinois Police Training Act to provide that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may offer a school resource officer course to a qualified retired law enforcement officer. Provides that nothing in the school resource officer course provision prohibits a school resource officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer from carrying a firearm. Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning January 1, 2021, a school or school district may employ a qualified retired law enforcement officer who obtains a certificate of completion or approved waiver under the Illinois Police Training Act to carry out the duties of a school resource officer. Makes a conforming change. Effective immediately.  House Judicial Criminal Committee.

 

House Bill 2258—Welter.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the prerequisites to receiving a high school diploma, provides that a pupil must complete one year chosen from music, art, foreign language, vocational education, or speech (rather than music, art, foreign language, or vocational education).  House Elementary and Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing and Charter School.

 

House Bill 2263—Lilly.  Amends the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. In provisions concerning postsecondary and career expectations, provides that, beginning in grade 6, students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts; sets forth what this introduction may include.  House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee

 

House Bill 2265—Lilly.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year (rather than the 2019-2020 school year), every public elementary school shall include in its 6th, 7th, or 8th grade curriculum at least one semester of civics education. Changes the effective date of the Act to July 1, 2020 (rather than July 1, 2019). Passed House.  Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 2272—Martwick. Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code to provide that the governing bodies of contract schools are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 2485—Severin.  Amends the School Code. Requires a school board to publish a notice that the district’s annual statement of affairs is available on the State Board of Education’s Internet website and in the district’s main administrative office (instead of requiring a summary of the statement of affairs to be published). Effective immediately.  Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 2543—Harper.  Amends the State Finance Act to create the Trauma Response Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the School Code. Requires school boards to develop a trauma response protocol that shall be implemented in response to a traumatic event at a school, including, but not limited to, a shooting at the school. Sets forth various requirements for the protocol, including response by hospitals, trauma intervention services, and community engagement. Provides that all moneys in the Trauma Response Fund shall be paid as grants to school districts to implement the trauma response protocol. Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act and Hospital Licensing Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act. Imposes a 1% surcharge on firearm ammunition, which shall be deposited into the Trauma Response Fund. Effective immediately.  Tabled.

 

House Bill 2605—Crespo.  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. With regard to the speech-language pathologist provision, provides that notwithstanding the requirements of the provision, a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement for non-teaching speech-language pathologist shall be issued to a speech-language pathologist who (i) holds a regular license as a speech-language pathologist pursuant to the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act and (ii) holds a current Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 2609–Amends the School Code to create the Office of School Safety within the State Board of Education. Provides for the Office’s duties. Requires the Office to create a grant program for expenditures related to improving school safety. Provides that grant funds must be used for school security improvements, including training and safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment (including metal detectors and x-ray machines), and facilities. Specifies the grant application requirements. Effective January 1, 2020. Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2627—Kifowit.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a student may not be questioned or detained at a school site at which students are detained in connection with criminal charges or allegations, taken into custody, or engaged with law enforcement personnel without the presence of the student’s parent or guardian, a school social worker, or a licensed mental health professional. Effective immediately.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2668—Robinson.  Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to develop child opportunity zones as a means to deliver comprehensive and coordinated social services at or near schools in this State that are related to specific community needs and that will ultimately increase student performance in schools in the community; defines “child opportunity zone”. Provides that a child opportunity zone must provide a means to integrate education, health, and social services into schools and link families to school and community resources. Provides that on or before August 1, 2020, and on or before each August 1 thereafter, the State Board must submit a report to the General Assembly on the number of children and families served by a child opportunity zone program and any other outcome data for each program. Requires the State Board to adopt rules.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2710—Willis and Conroy.  Creates the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act. Provides for licensure of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts. Creates the Advisory Board of Behavior Analysts. Provides qualifications for licensure application, including for those who have met certain requirements before the effective date of the Act. Establishes the powers and duties of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, including, but not limited to, adopting rules setting forth minimum standards for licensure, taking disciplinary or nondisciplinary actions, and authorizing examinations. Provides for grounds for disciplinary actions and for civil and criminal penalties for violations of the Act. Creates provisions concerning hearings, appointment of hearing officers, and rehearings. Provides for judicial review of all final administrative decisions of the Department. Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Provides that the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act is repealed on January 1, 2030. Effective immediately. Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2820—Williams and Howard.  Amends the School Code. With regard to a sex education course, provides that course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on the meaning of consent that includes discussion on recognizing that (i) consent is a freely given agreement to sexual activity, (ii) a person’s lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the use or threat of force does not constitute consent, (iii) a person’s manner of dress does not constitute consent, (iv) a person’s consent to past sexual activity does not constitute consent to future sexual activity, (v) a person’s consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not constitute consent to engage in sexual activity with another person, (vi) a person can withdraw consent at any time, and (vii) a person cannot consent to sexual activity if that person is unable to understand the nature of the activity or give knowing consent due to certain circumstances. Removes a provision requiring material and instruction to include, with an emphasis on workplace environment and life on a college campus, discussion on what constitutes sexual consent.  Tabled.

 

House Bill 2830—Stava-Murray.  Provides that an employer may not terminate an employee for an absence from work if the absence is due to the employee’s attendance at a school conference, behavioral meeting, or academic meeting (rather than a school conference or activity).  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 2840—Jay Hoffman.  Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board must (rather than may) appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate enrollment and transfer of records of students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. Provides that, for any student who is in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, a school board must inform the student’s caseworker of a parent-teacher conference or any other meeting concerning the student that would otherwise involve a parent and must, at the option of the caseworker, allow the caseworker to attend the conference or meeting. Makes related changes. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Provides that if a student is in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, his or her caseworker must be informed before a school student record is destroyed or any information in that record is deleted and shall have the right to inspect and copy all school student permanent and temporary records. Makes related changes. Effective immediately.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 2868—Scherer. Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to develop a work-based learning database to help facilitate relationships between school districts and businesses and expand work-based learning in this State; defines “work-based learning”. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Now in Senate.

 

House Bill 2932—N. Smith.  Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, an applicant seeking a Professional Educator License or an Educator License with Stipulations who holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is not required to pass a test of basic skills to be issued that license. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 3053—Mayfield. Amends the School Code. Creates the School District Efficiency Commission. Provides for the membership and support of the Commission. Requires the Commission to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on the number of school districts in this State, the optimal amount of enrollment for a school district, and where reorganization and realignment of school districts would be beneficial in this State; specifies the topics on which the recommendations must focus. Provides that, on or before May 1, 2020, the Commission must vote on its recommendations and submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Provides that if the Commission adopts the report recommendations by an affirmative vote of at least 11 of its members, then the Commission’s recommendations for reorganization of school districts into unit school districts must be placed on the ballots of the designated school districts in the next general election in the same manner as petitions approved by a regional superintendent of schools, except without financial incentives. Provides that the Commission is dissolved the day after the report is filed with the Governor and the General Assembly. Repeals the provision on February 1, 2021. Makes a conforming change in the Conversion and Formation of School Districts Article. Effective immediately. Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 3144—Halbrook.  Amends the School Code. Requires a school district to allow the parent or guardian of twins or higher order multiples to request that his or her children be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms if the children are in the same grade level at the same school. Provides that the principal of the school may request a meeting with the parent or guardian to recommend classroom placement and if the parent or guardian and the principal, in consultation with the children’s assigned classroom teacher or teachers, do not agree on classroom placement after the meeting is held, the principal may request a school board hearing to determine classroom placement. Provides that if the principal does not request a meeting with the parent or guardian or does not request a school board hearing to determine classroom placement, the school must provide the classroom placement requested by the parent or guardian. Provides for the school board to make a classroom placement determination during the school year, after a hearing, if the principal determines that the original placement is disruptive to the classroom environment or is otherwise academically, behaviorally, or mentally not beneficial to the children. Effective immediately.  House Elementary and Secondary Education: Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 3213—Martwick. Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the definition of “teacher”, removes a provision specifying that an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity under the Chicago Teacher Article who is employed by a board of education or other employer as permitted under specified provisions is not a “teacher” for purposes of the Downstate Teacher Article. Provides that the board may also require reporting requirements that are different than those specified in a provision concerning employer reporting requirements and may require different reporting requirements for different benefits or purposes established under the Article, including, but not limited to, any optional benefit plan an employee chooses to participate in. Provides that if the governing body of an employer that is not a State agency fails to forward specified required contributions within a specified period, the System shall notify the employer of an additional amount due, equal to $50 per day for each day that elapses from the due date until the day the report and employee contributions are received by the System (instead of the greater of an amount representing the interest lost by the system due to late forwarding of contributions, calculated for the number of days which the employer is late in forwarding contributions at a rate of interest prescribed by the board or $50). Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 3302—Crespo.  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that, for the Chicago School District only, for complaints concerning delays and denials of special education services in the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year, a complainant has no less than 2 years following the creation of the State Board of Education’s compensatory education plan and notification of that plan to parents and guardians of impacted children to file a complaint if the complainant has not obtained relief through (i) the compensatory education plan, (ii) a due process claim, or (iii) mediation. Provides that the State Board’s notification of its compensatory education plan to parents and guardians must include notification of the extended timeframe to file complaints under this subsection. Effective July 1, 2019.  Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 3303.  Crespo. Amends the School Code. With regard to State assessments, provides that beginning no later than the 2020-2021 school year, the State Board of Education shall annually assess all students in reading and mathematics in kindergarten through grade 3 to meet the goals and standards of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and any related rules. Provides that the assessment must include a balanced system of interim and summative assessments that are instructionally relevant, student-centered, and timely delivered and that provide grade-level proficiency scores for accountability purposes, growth metrics, and instructional information purposes. Provides that the State Board, in accordance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, shall support assessments that measure academic grade-level proficiency and academic growth measured against a stable, grade-independent scale. Effective January 1, 2020.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 3304. Amends the Children’s Advocacy Center Act. Provides that schools in a county with an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center shall not proceed with interviews of a student regarding an alleged incident of sexual abuse, regardless of whether the student is a victim, witness, or alleged perpetrator, until the school receives written approval from an appropriate law enforcement agency or the Department of Children and Family Services. Allows a law enforcement agency or the Department to object to an interview allowed by the other entity and no interview may be done until both approve. Allows an investigating body of a school to view a forensic interview under specified circumstances. Includes legislative findings and defines a term. Amends the School Code making conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2019.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 3363—Caulkins.  Amends the School Code. Removes the exception for a school district in which there is only one school with fewer than 4 teachers to the requirement that each school district employ a superintendent. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 3550—Williams. Amends the School Code. With regard to a sex education course, provides that course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on the meaning of consent that includes discussion on recognizing that (i) consent is a freely given agreement to sexual activity, (ii) consent to one particular sexual activity does not constitute consent to other types of sexual activities, (iii) a person’s lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission resulting from the use or threat of force does not constitute consent, (iv) a person’s manner of dress does not constitute consent, (v) a person’s consent to past sexual activity does not constitute consent to future sexual activity, (vi) a person’s consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not constitute consent to engage in sexual activity with another person, (vii) a person can withdraw consent at any time, and (viii) a person cannot consent to sexual activity if that person is unable to understand the nature of the activity or give knowing consent due to certain circumstances. Removes a provision requiring material and instruction to include, with an emphasis on workplace environment and life on a college campus, discussion on what constitutes sexual consent. Makes other changes concerning the course material and instruction.  Passed House. Now in Senate Assignments.

 

House Bill 3560—Bristow. Amends the School Code. Provides that, after a home-schooling registration form is submitted, the State Board of Education must request a Child Protective Service Unit of the Department of Children and Family Services to investigate the home in which the home schooling will occur to ensure there is no suspected child abuse or neglect in the home. Provides that after the investigation by the Child Protective Service Unit is complete, the State Board must notify the school district in which the home is located that the child is being home-schooled. Provides that once every 2 school years, the State Board must inspect the academic records of a registered home-school student. Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to require a Child Protective Service Unit to investigate the home of a child upon a request from the State Board. Effective immediately.  Tabled.

 

House Bill 3586—Crespo. Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code.  Provides that the Chicago school district shall publish on the district’s publicly available website any proposed changes to its special education policies, directives, guidelines, or procedures that impact the provision of educational or related services for students with disabilities or the procedural safeguards afforded to students with disabilities or their parents or guardians (rather than any proposed changes to its special education policies, which must include any proposed policy changes made by the school district or school board); makes conforming changes. Provides that the State Board of Education may add additional reporting requirements for the school district if the State Board determines it is in the best interest of students enrolled in the district receiving special education services. Provides that local education agencies (rather than only the Chicago school district) must make related service logs (rather than service logs) that record (rather than detail) the types of related services (rather than services) administered under a child’s individualized education program and the minutes of each type of related service that has been administered. Provides that a local education agency must inform a child’s parent or guardian within 20 school days from the beginning of the school year or upon establishment of an individualized education program (rather than at least once per school year) of his or her ability to request those logs. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act to include in the definition of “Student Temporary Record” information contained in service logs maintained by a local education agency under the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Effective July 1, 2019. Third Reading House.

 

House Bill 3606—Martwick. Creates the Student Online Personal Protection Act of 2019. Provides for legislative intent and definitions. Provides for operator prohibitions, operator duties, school authority prohibitions, school authority duties, State Board of Education duties, and parent rights. Creates the Student Data Protection Oversight Committee and provides for the Committee’s membership and support. Requires the Committee to submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education with recommendations, if any, for policy revisions and legislative amendments that would carry out the intent of the Act. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Adds a definition of record. Requires written consent of a student’s parent to publish student directories that list student names, addresses, and other identifying information and similar publications. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to make a conforming change. Repeals the Student Online Personal Protection Act. Effective immediately.  Second Reading House.

 

House Bill 3652—Edly-Allen. Amends the School Code. Provides that, in assisting all students with a college or post-secondary education plan, a school counselor must include a discussion on all post-secondary education options, including 4-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and vocational schools. Effective immediately.  Passed House. Now in Senate.

 

House Bill 3687—Harper.  Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that upon commencement of a prosecution for a sex offense against a person known to be an employee of a school, the State’s Attorney shall immediately provide the superintendent of schools or school administrator that employs the employee with a copy of the complaint, information, or indictment. Provides that the notification shall not diminish the rights, privileges, or remedies of an employee under a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract. Defines “employee” and “sex offense”. Effective immediately.  Third Reading House.

 

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

 

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.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 28—Bertino-Tarrant.  . With regard to daily pupil attendance, provides that pupil participation in any of the following activities shall be counted toward the calculation of clock hours of school work per day: (i) instruction in a college course in which a student is dually enrolled for both high school credit and college credit, (ii) participation in a supervised career development experience in which student participation and learning outcomes are supervised by an educator licensed under the School Code, (iii) participation in a youth apprenticeship in which student participation and outcomes are supervised by an educator licensed under the School Code, or (iv) participation in a blended learning program in which course content, student evaluation, and instructional methods are supervised by an educator licensed under the School Code. With regard to the e-learning days program, removes a requirement limiting the program to 3 school districts and requiring the State Board of Education to report its recommendations for expansion, revision, or discontinuation of the program on or before June 1, 2019. Provides that a research-based program for e-learning days must be verified by the regional office of education or intermediate service center for the school district (rather than submitted to the State Superintendent of Education for approval); makes related changes. Requires the program to address the school district’s responsibility to ensure that all teachers and staff who may be involved in the provision of e-learning have access to any and all hardware and software that may be required for the program. Provides that a proposal for the program must include a provision that ensures that non-electronic materials are made available to students participating in the program who do not have access to the required technology or to participating teachers or students who are prevented from accessing the required technology and that ensures that the protocol regarding general expectations and responsibilities of the program is communicated to teachers, staff, and students at least 30 days prior to utilizing an e-learning day. Makes other and conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2019.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.

 

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.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.

 

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.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.

 

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.  Third Reading Senate.

 

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.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1213—Lightford Amends the School Code.  Amends the School Code. With regard to teacher evaluation ratings, provides that, beginning with the first school year following the effective date of the amendatory Act, each school district shall, in good faith cooperation with its teachers or, if applicable, through good faith bargaining with the exclusive bargaining representative of its teachers develop and implement an appeals process for “unsatisfactory” ratings that includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the original rating by a panel of qualified evaluators agreed to by a joint committee that has the power to reevaluate and re-rate a teacher who appeals. Requires the joint committee to determine the criteria for successful appeals. Effective immediately. Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1226—Holmes.  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.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1249—L. Murphy.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, upon knowledge of an incident of sexual assault by a student against another student, a school district shall report the incident to the State Board of Education; defines “sexual assault”. Provides that the State Board shall post on its website for each school year the total number of reported incidents statewide and in each school district. Provides that the State Board shall also report the data annually to the General Assembly no later than September 1 of each year.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1250—L. Murphy.  Amends the School Code. Provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, a school district must allow any student with an asthma action plan, an Individual Health Care Action Plan, an Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form, a plan pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or a plan pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to self-administer any medication required under those plans if the student’s parent or guardian provides the school district with (i) written permission for the student’s self-administration of medication and (ii) written authorization from the student’s physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse for the student to self-administer the medication. Requires a parent or guardian to also provide to the school district the prescription label for the medication, which must contain the name of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time or times at which or the circumstances under which the medication is to be administered. Provides that each school district must adopt an emergency action plan for a student who self-administers medication; specifies the plan’s requirements. Provides that a school district and its employees and agents shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by a student.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.



Senate Bill 1272—Rezin.  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that if a speech-language pathologist holds a regular State license as a speech-language pathologist, he or she does not need to meet other requirements to be issued a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement for non-teaching speech-language pathologist. Also changes outdated references regarding certification rather than licensure. Effective immediately.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1287—Rezin.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board shall, upon passage of a referendum after submission of a petition signed by no less than 5% of the school district’s voters in the last consolidated election, or may, by resolution, enter into a joint agreement with other school boards to share the services of a superintendent or other administrator. Provides that any savings realized by sharing services must be divided equally between classroom needs and property tax relief. Provides that a school district wishing to withdraw from the joint agreement shall obtain from its school board a written resolution approving the withdrawal and shall present a petition for withdrawal to the other member school districts within the timelines designated by the joint agreement if the school district entered into the joint agreement by resolution. Provides that a school district wishing to withdraw from the joint agreement shall submit to the voters of the district the question of whether the school district shall withdraw from the joint agreement if the school district entered into the joint agreement by a referendum vote (also provides for a referendum upon submission of a petition).  Excludes principals and assistant principals from joint agreements to share services with other school districts. Specifies what other administrators may be shared. Provides that the joint agreement must contain clear and equitable funding formulas covering each school district’s obligations and must be filed with each applicable regional office of education (rather than only the State Board of Education). Requires the State Board of Education to provide technical support as requested by the school districts or the regional office of education. Provides that shared administrator services may not alter an individual school board’s authority to make decisions on behalf of a school district. Provides that if, within 6 months after passage of a referendum or adoption of a resolution, the school boards who are parties to the joint agreement are unable to reach an agreement on how they will share the services of a superintendent or other administrator, the regional office of education that has supervision and control of the school districts that are sharing services or, if more than one, the regional office of education that has supervision and control of the largest portion of the affected school districts must assist in the development of the joint agreement. Provides that a petition to enter into or withdraw from a joint agreement must be filed with the school board’s secretary (rather than the applicable election authority or, in the case of multiple election authorities, with the State Board of Elections) no more than 92 days (rather than no more 10 months and no less 3 months) prior to the election at which the question is to be submitted to the voters. Makes conforming and other changes.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1371—Chapin Rose. Amends the School Code. Defines “temporary door locking device”. Provides that, upon submitting an application to the regional superintendent of schools, a school district may obtain a temporary door locking device for use on a school building. Specifies application requirements. Provides that an approved temporary door locking device shall be used only (i) by a staff member of a school district trained under the provision, (ii) during an emergency situation that threatens the health and safety of students and staff members or during an active shooter drill, and (iii) when law enforcement officials and the local fire department have been notified prior to use of the device. Provides that the device shall be engaged for a finite period of time in accordance with the school district’s school safety plan adopted under the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that a school district with an approved temporary door locking device shall conduct an in-service training program for staff members on the proper use of the device. Second Reading Senate.



Senate Bill 1460—Manar.    Amends the School Code. With regard to the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program, provides that if adequate funds are available, incentives under the Program must include (i) a one-time incentive of $3,000 payable to National Board certified teachers teaching in Tier 1 rural or remote school districts, (ii) an annual incentive of $3,200 for National Board certified teacher rural or remote candidate cohort facilitators, and (iii) an annual incentive of $2,500 for National Board certified teacher rural or remote liaisons; defines terms. Makes the program applicable to qualified educators who are employed by or retired from schools districts (rather than just employed by school districts) and who are in the process of obtaining licensure through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Changes references of poverty or low-performing schools to Tier 1 school districts. Makes other changes.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.

Senate Bill 1569—Rezin.  Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, each school district must include in each course in its curriculum instruction on speech communication. Third Reading Senate.



Senate Bill 1601—Sims. mends the School Code. With regard to the required history of the United States course, provides that, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the course must also include instruction on the history of Illinois.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1626—Weaver.  Amends the School Code. Provides that a qualified student may take any online course for academic credit if the course (i) aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards, (ii) meets or exceeds the same standards as course offerings of the school district, and (iii) is taught by an instructor who holds a Professional Educator License. Provides that a school district retains the right to deny credit for an online course based on course appropriateness, alignment with the high school curriculum, cost, or student academic progress. Effective immediately.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1658—Munoz.  Amends the School Code to create the Office of School Safety within the State Board of Education. Provides for the Office’s duties. Requires the Office to create a grant program for expenditures related to improving school safety. Provides that grant funds must be used for school security improvements, including training and safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment (including metal detectors and x-ray machines), and facilities. Specifies the grant application requirements. Effective January 1, 2020.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1694—Bush.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the prerequisites to receiving a high school diploma, provides that each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2020-2021 school year or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete one year of workplace preparation studies that cover legal protections in the workplace, including protection against sexual harassment and racial and other forms of discrimination and other protections for employees.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1746—Belt.  Amends the School Code. With regard to issuing bonds not to exceed a certain amount for the purpose of creating, recreating, or increasing a working cash fund, adds to that amount 85% of the most recent amount of funding received by the school district under the evidence-based funding formula. Provides that moneys in the working cash fund may be used by a school board for any and all school purposes and may be transferred in whole or in part to the general funds or both of the school district and disbursed in anticipation of funding received by the school district under the evidence-based funding formula. Makes related changes. Effective immediately.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1757—Bertino-Tarrant.  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides after June 30, 2024, no payments may be made by a school district for amounts in excess of $4,500 for children who have been placed in a program in which the actual per pupil costs of tuition for special education and related services based on program enrollment exceed $4,500. With regard to funding for children requiring special education services, provides that for individual students with disabilities whose program costs exceed 2 (rather than 4) times the district’s per capita tuition rate, the costs in excess of 2 (rather than 4) times the district’s per capita rate must be paid by the State Board of Education from funds made available under a provision in the Code regarding special education facilities (rather than from unexpended IDEA discretionary funds). With regard to the supervision of special education buildings and facilities, provides that beginning with Fiscal Year 2020 through Fiscal Year 2025, the State must fund all necessary expenses related to educating children with excess costs who attend certain public schools and for Fiscal Year 2026 and each fiscal year thereafter, all costs in excess of 2 times a district’s per capita tuition charge for educating children who attend certain schools and programs must be reimbursed by the State. Effective July 1, 2019.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1798—Chapin Rose.  Amends the School Code. Requires each school district to create, maintain, and implement an age-appropriate policy on sexual harassment that must be included in the district’s student code of conduct handbook. Provides that a school district’s or charter school’s policy on bullying must be included in the student code of conduct handbook in an age-appropriate manner.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1838—T. Cullerton.  Amends the School Code. Creates the School District Efficiency Commission. Provides for the membership and support of the Commission. Requires the Commission to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on the number of school districts in this State, the optimal amount of enrollment for a school district, and where reorganization and realignment of school districts would be beneficial in this State; specifies the topics on which the recommendations must focus. Provides that, on or before May 1, 2020, the Commission must vote on its recommendations and submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Provides that if the Commission adopts the report recommendations by an affirmative vote of at least 11 of its members, then the Commission’s recommendations for reorganization of school districts into unit school districts must be placed on the ballots of the designated school districts in the next general election in the same manner as petitions approved by a regional superintendent of schools, except without financial incentives. Provides that the Commission is dissolved the day after the report is filed with the Governor and the General Assembly. Repeals the provision on February 1, 2021. Makes a conforming change in the Conversion and Formation of School Districts Article. Effective immediately.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1941—Lightford.  Amends the School Code. With respect to school discipline improvement plans, makes changes to how the State Board of Education determines the top 20% of school districts, when notification is given that a plan must be submitted, which school districts are required to submit a plan, the timeframe for school board approval of a plan and submission of that plan to the State Board, and when additional annual progress reports are required. Establishes the Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant Program and grants under the program. Sets forth requirements for grant applicants and provisions for the distribution of funds appropriated for the program. Requires the State Board of Education to issue a yearly report on the results of the program in cooperation with school districts participating in the program. Provides that the State Board may adopt any rules necessary for the program. Effective July 1, 2019.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 1952—Manar.  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. Amends the School Code. Allows each school district to provide a salary to a student teacher employed by the district and fix the amount of that salary. Removes the requirement of the passage of a test of basic skills for obtaining certain Professional Educator Licenses and Educator Licenses with Stipulations. Effective immediately.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 2025—Koehler.  Amends the School Code. Requires each school district to inform a student’s parent or guardian if his or her child is beginning to receive tiered Response to Intervention support that is more intensive than the universal level of instruction and must allow the parent or guardian to participate in the process; defines “Response to Intervention”. Provides that the information provided to the parent or guardian must include the problem or problems being addressed for the student, the student’s performance goal or goals, the reason why the student is being moved to a more intense level of intervention, and how the parent or guardian may obtain a copy of any progress reports and data being collected for the student. Provides that a school district must inform a parent or guardian with a child who is receiving Response to Intervention support above the universal level of instruction of the parent’s or guardian’s right to request a special education evaluation at any time. Requires a school district to request parental or guardian consent to conduct a case study evaluation of a student to determine if the student is in need of special education services if the student has been in the highest level of Response to Intervention support for 45 consecutive school days and has not shown meaningful, measurable progress under the performance goal or goals established for the student. Effective immediately.  Provides that a Response to Intervention may be utilized as a component of an evaluation to determine if a child is eligible for special education services due to a disability (rather than a specific learning disability). Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 2046—Wm. Brady.  Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district that maintains a secondary school must offer an early college high school program for its secondary school students to be completed by the student within 2 school years; defines “early college high school program”. Provides that a student enrolled in an early college high school program is exempt from the payment of any registration, tuition, or laboratory fees charged by an institution of higher learning and the school district is responsible for all costs associated with the program.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 2075—Lightford.  Amends the School Code. Lowers the compulsory school age from 6 to 5 years of age beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Requires all school districts to establish kindergarten for the instruction of children who are 5 years of age or older.  Third Reading Senate.

 

Senate Bill 2096—Manar.  Amends the School Code. With regard to the textbook block grant program, removes a provision requiring the State Board of Education to preapprove and designate textbooks authorized to be purchased under the program; makes a related change. With regard to special education classes for children from orphanages, foster family homes, children’s homes, or State residential units, removes a provision requiring each school district claiming reimbursement for a program operated as a group program to have an approved budget on file with the State Board prior to the initiation of the program’s operation; makes a related change and other changes regarding claims and reimbursements. With regard to the evidence-based funding formula, removes a provision requiring the State Superintendent of Education to certify the actual amounts of the New State Funds payable for each eligible Organizational Unit based on the equitable distribution calculation to the unit’s treasurer and publish a yearly distribution schedule at its meeting in June. Provides that no publisher or retail dealer (rather than person) shall offer any school instructional materials for adoption, sale, or exchange in this State until it has complied with certain conditions; makes related changes. Makes other changes with regard to instructional materials.  Passed Senate. Now in House Rules.

 

Senate Bill 2124—Chapin Rose.  Amends the School Code. Adds pneumatic guns, spring guns, paint ball guns, and B-B guns that have specified features and that are brought to school, any school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school to the list of objects for which a student shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year. Provides that expulsion for these types of guns may be modified by the superintendent and the superintendent’s determination may be modified by the school board on a case-by-case basis. Effective immediately.  Second Reading Senate.

 

Senate Resolution 99—Morrison.  Urges policy decisions enacted by the Illinois State Legislature to acknowledge and take into account the principles of early childhood brain development and should, whenever possible, consider the concepts of toxic stress, early adversity, and buffering relationships, and note the role of early intervention and investment in early childhood years as important strategies to achieve a lasting foundation for a more prosperous and sustainable state through investing in human capital. Declares May 15, 2019 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day in Illinois. Encourages all officers, agencies and employees of the State of Illinois whose responsibilities impact children and adults to become informed regarding will-documented short-term, long-term and generational impacts of adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress and structural violence on children, adults and communities and to become aware of evidence-based and evidence-informed trauma-informed care practices, tools and interventions that promote healing and resiliency in children, adults and communities so that people, systems and community, family and interpersonal relationships.  Senate Resolution adopted.