[9/17/2023] State of Illinois Legislative Update

Select Bills Introduced in the Illinois General Assembly Pertaining to Education

Prepared by Bev Johns, September 17, 2023

House Bill 1123—Costa Howard.

Amends the School Code. Requires school report cards prepared by the State Superintendent of Education to include the percentage of students with disabilities who have fulfilled the minimum State graduation requirements and have been issued a regular high school diploma and the percentage of students with disabilities who have fulfilled the minimum State graduation requirements but have not completed their individualized education program and are enrolled and receiving individualized education program services. 

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Removes provisions requiring the student outcome data on a school report card to include the percentage of students with disabilities who have fulfilled the minimum State graduation requirements but have not completed their individualized education program and are enrolled and receiving individualized education program services. Provides that for any school report card prepared after July 1, 2025, for all high school graduation completion rates that are reported on the school report card, the State Superintendent of Education shall also report the percentage of students who did not meet the requirements of high school graduation completion for any reason and, of those students, the percentage that are classified as students who fulfill the requirements of the participation in graduation provisions of the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Requires the State Superintendent to ensure that for the 2023-2024 school year there is a specific code for districts to report students who fulfill the requirements of those provisions. Provides that these reporting requirements shall be included on the school report card where high school graduation completion rates are reported, along with a brief explanation. Adds an immediate effective date. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-116.

House Bill 1273—Elik.

Amends the School Code. Provides that Constitution Day (September 17) shall also be a commemorative holiday. Effective July 1, 2023. Passed Both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-0015.

House Bill 1291—Stuart.

Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program, provides that the annual incentive shall be $2,250 (instead of $1,500) and that 45 hours of mentoring shall be required (instead of 30). Provides that funds may also be used for professional development training provided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or the National Board Resource Center. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that funds may be used for professional development training provided by the National Board Resource Center (instead of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or the National Board Resource Center). Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-122.

House Bill 1561—Lilly. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district may maintain an on-site trauma kit at each school of the district for bleeding emergencies. Defines “trauma kit”. Provides that products purchased for the on-site trauma kit shall be, wherever possible, products that are manufactured in the United States. Requires a school board to conduct in-service training for all school district employees on the methods to respond to trauma at least once every 2 years. Provides that a school board may satisfy the trauma response training requirements by using the training, including online training, available from the American College of Surgeons or any other similar organization. Provides that in all matters relating to trauma response training, school district employees are immune from civil liability in the use of a trauma kit unless the action constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that school district employees who are trained to respond to trauma pursuant to the specified in-service training shall be immune from civil liability in the use of a trauma kit (instead of in all matters relating to trauma response training, school district employees are immune from civil liability in the use of a trauma kit) unless the action constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-128.

House Bill 1633—West and Didech.

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Education Equity Committee shall include a member from an organization that works for economic, educational, and social progress for Native Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation. Requires the State Superintendent of Education to convene a Native American Curriculum Advisory Council. Creates the Native American Curriculum Task Force. Provides that the unit of instruction on the Holocaust and genocides shall include instruction on the Native American genocide in North America. Provides that, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, every public elementary school and high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the events of the Native American experience and Native American history within the Midwest and the State since time immemorial. Provides that the teaching of the history of the United States shall include the study of the role and contributions of Native Americans and teaching about Native Americans’ sovereignty and self-determination. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. In the provisions concerning the State Education Equity Committee, provides that as part of its report, by no later than December 15, 2024, the Committee shall provide recommendations that may assist the State Board of Education in identifying diverse subject matter experts to help inform policy through task forces, committees, and commissions the State Board oversees. Removes the provisions concerning the Native American Curriculum Advisory Council and the Native American Curriculum Task Force. In the provisions concerning instruction on Native American history, requires the instruction to be included in every social studies course pertaining to American History or Government. Provides that the study of the genocide of and discrimination against Native Americans, as well as tribal sovereignty, treaties made between tribal nations and the United States, and the circumstances around forced Native American relocation shall be taught in grades 6 through 12. Provides that the instruction may be integrated as part of other required units of instruction. In the provisions concerning the unit of instruction on the Holocaust and genocides and the teaching of the history of the United States, provides that instructional materials that include the addition of content related to Native Americans shall be prepared and made available to all school boards on State Board of Education’s website no later than January 1, 2025. Specifies who shall help develop the instructional materials. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that the State Education Equity Committee shall include a member who is either an individual with a disability or a statewide organization representing or advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0422.

House Bill 2156—Keicher. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that student identification cards shall also provide contact information for the Safe2Help Illinois helpline. Effective July 1, 2023.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Boards and the Chicago School District Articles of the School Code. In provisions concerning identification cards, and suicide prevention information, removes the option to have a local suicide prevention hotline number on the card. Repeals certain provisions concerning student identification cards. Effective July 1, 2023. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0143.

House Bill 2365—LaPointe.

Provides that a social work applicant who, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act or within 5 years before the effective date of the amendatory Act, has taken but has not successfully completed an examination to ascertain the qualifications and fitness of candidates for a license to engage in the independent practice of clinical social work (instead of only an applicant) may use an examination alternative to allow the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to ascertain the qualifications and fitness of candidates for a license to engage in the independent practice of clinical social work. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0433.

House Bill 2392—Scherer.

Amends the Evaluation of Certified Employees Article of the School Code. With respect to a school district’s teacher evaluation plan, provides that a teacher does not need to undergo the last evaluation cycle before the teacher retires if the teacher has notified the school district of the teacher’s intent to retire. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0308.

House Bill 2396—Canty.

Amends the School Code. In a Section concerning kindergartens, provides that, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, each school board must establish a kindergarten with full-day attendance (instead of allowing a school board to establish a kindergarten with half-day attendance or with full-day attendance); makes related changes. Repeals another Section concerning kindergartens on July 1, 2023. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that, beginning with the 2027-2028 school year (instead of the 2023-2024 school year), each school board must establish a kindergarten with full-day attendance. Provides that the full-day kindergarten should be developmentally appropriate and provide opportunities for play-based learning. Provides that an elementary or unit school district that does not offer full-day kindergarten as of October 1, 2022, may , by action of the State Board of Education, apply for an extension of the 2027-2028 school year implementation deadline for 2 additional years if one of the specified criteria are met. Creates the Full-Day Kindergarten Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall conduct a statewide audit to inform the planning an implementation of full-day kindergarten in the State and shall, at a minimum, collect, analyze, and report specified criteria. Provides that the Task Force may recommend for an additional criterion that the State Board of Education may consider in granting a waiver to establish a full-day kindergarten. Sets forth the members of the Task Force and requirements to b a member. Provides that the Task Force shall meet at the call of the State Superintendent of Education or their designee, who shall serve as the chairperson. Provides that the State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. Provides that the Task Force shall issue an interim report by April 15, 2024 and a final report to the General Assembly and Governor’s Office no later than November 15, 2024. Provides that upon issuing the final report, the Task Force is dissolved. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 2, 2023. Public Act 103-0410.

House Bill 2442—Guerrero-Cuellar. 

Amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code. Provides that subsequent endorsements may be granted to employees licensed under the Educator Licensure Article of the Code through entitlement by the school district for specific content areas and grade levels, and authorizes the school district to entitle educators for subsequent endorsements on Professional Educator Licenses issued to applicants who meet all of the requirements for the endorsement or endorsements, including passing any required content area knowledge tests. Sets forth provisions concerning professional development sequences. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that subsequent teaching endorsements may be granted to licensed employees for specific content areas and grade levels as part of a pilot program (instead of allowing subsequent endorsements to be granted to licensed employees through entitlement by the school district for specific content areas and grade levels); makes related changes. Requires the professional development sequences to be approved by the State Board of Education, in collaboration with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (instead of approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board). Provides that the sequences shall (Instead of may) include a comprehensive review. Removes the provision requiring the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board to approve the sequences or, within 10 business days after the Board’s meeting, return the sequences to the district with notes to amend the sequences. Provides that the State Board of Education shall adopt any rules necessary for implementation no later than June 30, 2024. Effective immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0157.

House Bill 2789—Stava-Murray.

Amends the Illinois Library System Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State to encourage the improvement of free public libraries and to encourage cooperation among all types of libraries in promoting the sharing of library resources, including digital resources, and to encourage and protect the freedom of public libraries and library systems to acquire material without external limitation and to be protected against attempts to ban, remove, or otherwise restrict access to books or other materials. Provides that the State Librarian shall prescribe rules concerning the development of a written policy declaring the inherent authority of the public library or library system to prohibit the practice of banning specific books or resources. Provides that, in order to be eligible for State grants, a public library or library system shall develop a written policy prohibiting the practice of banning books within the public library or library system. Makes other changes.

House Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: changes references to “public library or library system” to “library or library system”, provides that an alternative to the development of a written statement (rather than policy) prohibiting the practice of banning books to adopt the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights that indicates materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval; and provides that the written statement shall declare that an adequate collection (rather than stock) of books and other materials is needed in a sufficient size and varied in kind and subject matter to satisfy the library needs of the people of the State. Makes conforming changes. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 12, 2023. Public 103-100.

House Bill 3071—Crespo.

Amends the Data Governance and Organization to Support Equity and Racial Justice Act. Provides that the State Board of Education is not required to collect and report personally identifiable information on the categories of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity unless required for federal reporting. Amends the School Code. Makes changes regarding school district standards, recognition levels and annual summative designations, rewards, priority and focus districts, including changing the terminology to Targeted, Comprehensive, and Intensive schools, State interventions, and an independent Authority. In provisions regarding isolated time out, and physical restraint, changes certain references concerning schools and school districts to entities; defines “entities”. In various provisions regarding allergens, replaces references to the “Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form” with “allergy emergency action plan”. Makes changes concerning a direct support professional training program, residential placement in nonpublic special education facilities, evidence-based funding, parenting education, and charter schools, including removing references to the State Charter School Commission. Repeals provisions concerning visiting charitable institutions, 2 years as a priority school, a Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy study, and the Committee of Cooperative Services. Amends the Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act. Provides for additional members on the State Council. Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Makes changes concerning definitions, reporting, and a threat assessment procedure. makes other changes. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

In provisions concerning data governance and organization to support equity and racial justice, provides that the State Board of Education shall not be required (instead of is not required) to collect personally identifiable information and report statistical data on specified categories. In provisions concerning the rewards system implemented by the State Board of Education, provides that the State Board may recognize schools that have substantial growth (instead of substantial growth performance) over the 3 years immediately preceding the year in which recognition is awarded. In provisions concerning Targeted, Comprehensive, and Intensive schools, provides that a “comprehensive” school shall be a school that is among the lowest performing 5% of schools in this State based on the multi-measures accountability system defined in the State Plan with respect to the performance of the “all students” group (instead of the “all students” group for the percentage of students deemed proficient in English/language arts and mathematics combined and demonstrates a lack of progress as defined by the State Board of Education). Changes and additional reference to the Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan and Treatment Authorization Form. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0175.

House Bill 3086—Harper.

Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Increases various fees imposed under the Act beginning in 2024. Amends the Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act. Provides that the lawn care containment permit fee is $250 (rather than $100). Further amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that the Interagency Committee on Pesticides shall examine, with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, the possibility of using continuing education courses to satisfy pesticide applicator competency requirements required for existing licensees. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0441.

House Bill 3224—LaPointe.

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that, as part of transition planning, a school district shall provide a student and the parent or guardian of the student (instead of just the student) with information about the district’s career and technical education opportunities. Provides that a student and the parent or guardian of the student shall be provided with information about dual credit courses offered by the school district. Provides that if the student is enrolled in a dual credit course for dual credit or for high school credit only, the student’s participation in the course shall be included as part of the student’s transition Individualized Education Program activities. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0181

House Bill 3230—LaPointe.

Creates the Strengthening and Transforming Behavioral Health Crisis Care in Illinois Act. Requires the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, to use an independent third-party expert to conduct a cost analysis and determine actuarially sound costs associated with developing and maintaining a statewide initiative for the coordination and delivery of the continuum of behavioral health crisis response services in the State, including crisis call centers, mobile crisis response team services, crisis receiving and stabilization centers, and other acute behavioral health services. Contains provisions concerning recommendations on multiple sources of funding that could potentially be utilized to support a sustainable and comprehensive continuum of behavioral health crisis response services; a behavioral health crisis workforce; an action plan; a stakeholder working group to develop recommendations to coordinate programming and strategies to support a cohesive behavioral health crisis response system; and other matters. Effective Immediately. 

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill but with the following changes: Makes subject to appropriation the requirement that the Department of Human Services use an independent third-party expert to conduct a cost analysis on developing and maintaining a statewide initiative for the coordination and delivery of the continuum of behavioral health crisis response services in the State. Provides that the cost analysis shall include costs that are or can be reasonably attributed to: (i) staffing and technological infrastructure enhancements necessary to achieve operational and clinical standards and best practices set forth by the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (rather than costs that are or can be reasonably attributed to ensuring the efficient and effective routing of calls made to the 9-8-8 suicide prevention and behavioral health crisis hotline to the designated hotline center and community behavioral health centers); (ii) the need to develop staffing that is consistent with federal guidelines for (rather than staffing that is adequate for expedient) mobile crisis response times, based on call volume and the geography served; and (iii) the provision of call, text, and chat response; mobile crisis response; and follow-up and crisis stabilization services that are in response to the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Removes all references to “Program 590” with “the Division of Mental Health’s Crisis Care Continuum Program”. Makes other technical changes. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1

Requires the Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health to determine the sound costs (rather than the actuarially sound costs) associated with developing and maintaining a statewide initiative for the coordination and delivery of the continuum of behavioral health crisis response services in the State. Expands membership on the stakeholder working group to include labor unions that represent workers in the behavioral health workforce. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0337.

House Bill 3402—Chung. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that, when hiring or assigning physical education, music, and visual arts educators, school districts must prioritize the hiring or assigning of educators who hold a educator license and endorsement in those content areas. Provides that a professional educator licensure applicant must pass the licensure content area test for the content area he or she is assigned to teach or complete at least 9 semester hours of coursework in the content area prior to his or her employment start date. Provides that, in order to retain his or her employment for subsequent school years, the employee must complete the remaining hours of course work in the content area in which he or she is teaching and apply for a license endorsement within 3 calendar years after his or her employment start date. Provides that in case of a reduction in force, a school districts may follow its employee contract language for filling positions. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-0046.

House Bill 3425—Croke.

Amends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. In provisions relating to bullying prevention and the definition of “policy on bullying”, provides that bullying shall also include bullying based off of physical appearance, socioeconomic status, academic status, pregnancy, parenting status, homelessness. Provides that a bullying prevention policy must include procedures for informing parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident of bullying within 24 hours after the school’s administration is made aware of the incident (instead of procedures for promptly informing parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident of bullying). Provides that the bullying prevention policy shall also requires all individual instances of bullying, as well as all threats, suggestions, or instances of self-harm to be reported to the parents or legal guardians of those involved under the guidelines provided. Provides that the State Board of Education shall develop a template for a model bullying prevention policy. Provides that schools shall develop the bullying prevention policy for the school based on the model provided by the State Board of Education. Provides that school districts shall collect, maintain, and submit to the State Board of Education non-identifiable data regarding allegations and instances of bullying within the school district. Provides that upon the request of a parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in a school district within the State, the State Board of Education must provide non-identifiable data of the number of bullying allegations and incidents in a given year at the school district to the requesting parent or legal guardian. Amends the State Finance Act to make a conforming change. Makes other changes. 

House Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Makes changes concerning the definition of “policy on bullying”. Requires a policy to be based on the State Board of Education’s template for a model bullying preventing policy which includes the criteria set forth in the definition of “policy on bullying”. Provides that school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools must submit data in an annual report due to the State Board of Education no later than August 15 of each year starting with the 2024-2025 school year (instead of requiring school districts to submit data in an annual report due to the State Board no later than June 1 of each year). Provides that the State Board of Education shall adopt rules regarding the submission of data that includes, but is not limited to: (i) a record of each verified allegation of bullying and action taken; and (ii) whether the instance of bullying was based on certain actual or perceived characteristics and, if so, lists the relevant characteristics. Provides that the State Board of Education’s rules for the submission of data shall be consistent with Federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, including, but not limited to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Illinois School Student Records Act. Removes provisions concerning recommendations for out-of-school suspensions. expulsions. or referrals to law enforcement. Provides that the State Board of Education shall post on its Internet website a template for a model bullying prevention policy). Makes other changes.

House Floor Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as amended by House Amendment No. 1, with the following changes. Makes a change concerning professional development and youth programing. Provides that the data required to be submitted must regard verified allegations (rather than allegations and founded instances) o bullying. Provides that reporting is required though the 2030-2031 school year. Requires the posting of a template for a model bullying prevention policy by January 1, 2024; removes the rulemaking provision. Adds an immediate effective date. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-447.

House Bill 3428—Blair-Sherlock.

Amends the General Provisions Article of the School Code. Provides that a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall (instead of may) maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose. Makes a conforming change. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0348.

House Bill 3442—Crespo.

Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning Substitute Teaching Licenses, provides that if there is no licensed teacher under contract because of an emergency situation, then a district may employ a substitute teacher for no longer than 30 calendar days per each vacant position in the district if the district notifies the appropriate regional office of education within 5 business days after the employment of the substitute teacher in that vacant position (instead of employment of the substitute teacher in the emergency situation). Provides that a district may continue to employ that same substitute teacher in that same vacant position for one or more additional 30 calendar day periods if, prior to the expiration of the then-current 30 calendar day period, the district files a written request with the appropriate regional office of education for a 30 calendar day extension on the basis that the position remains vacant and the district continues to actively seek qualified candidates. Provides that each extension request shall be deemed granted unless denied in writing by the regional office of education. Provides that an emergency situation is one in which a vacancy has occurred (instead of an unforeseen vacancy has occurred) and (i) a teacher is unexpectedly unable to fulfill his or her contractual duties or (ii) teacher capacity needs of the district exceed previous indications or vacancies are unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates, and the district is actively engaged in advertising to hire a fully licensed teacher for the vacant position (instead of (i) a teacher is unable to fulfill his or her contractual duties or (ii) teacher capacity needs of the district exceed previous indications, and the district is actively engaged in advertising to hire a fully licensed teacher for the vacant position).

House Floor Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that a district may continue to employ that same substitute teacher in that same vacant position for 90 calendar days or until the end of the semester, whichever is greater, if, prior to the expiration of the 30-calendar-day period then current, the district files a written request with the appropriate regional office of education for a 30-calendar-day extension on the basis that the position remains vacant and the district continues to actively seek qualified candidates and provides documentation that it has provided training specific to the position, including training on meeting the needs of students with disabilities and English learners if applicable (instead of a district may continue to employ that same substitute teacher in that same vacant position for one or more additional 30 calendar day periods if, prior to the expiration of the then-current 30 calendar day period, the district files a written request with the appropriate regional office of education for a 30 calendar day extension on the basis that the position remains vacant and the district continues to actively seek qualified candidates). Provides that each extension request shall be granted in writing (instead of shall be deemed granted unless denied in writing) by the regional office of education. Restores current law to provide that an emergency situation is one in which an unforeseen vacancy (instead of a vacancy) has occurred. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0193.

House Bill 3559—Rohr. 

Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that a school building’s emergency and crisis response plan, protocol, and procedures shall include a plan for local law enforcement to rapidly enter a school building in the event of an emergency.  Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0194.

House Bill 3570—Dias. 

Amends the Evaluation of Certified Employees Article of the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Educations shall analyze and assess teacher evaluation data from each school in the State. Provides that the State Board analysis and assessment shall include: (1) rating data for the last evaluation cycle and current evaluation cycle for all probationary teachers and teachers in continued contractual service broken down by race and ethnicity of teachers, and (2) rating data for the last evaluation cycle and current evaluation cycle for all probationary teachers and teachers in continued contractual service broken down by race, ethnicity, and free and reduced-price lunch status of the students in the school where the teacher works. Provides that each probationary teacher and each teacher in continued contractual service rated “needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory” shall be provided a peer mentor or coach to assist in improving their practice as educators. Provides for a continuing appropriation for the teacher mentoring programs established under Article 21A of the School Code.

House Floor Amendment No.1

Provides that the rating assessments shall cover rating data for the last evaluation cycle prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act for which there is complete data as well as the first complete evaluation cycle after the effective date of the amendatory Act for all probationary teachers and teachers in continued contractual service (instead of rating data for the last evaluation cycle and current evaluation cycle for all probationary teachers and teachers in continued contractual service). Provides that peer mentors or coaches assigned to educators shall be employed in the same or substantially similar grade level, subject area, or clinical specialty, have at least 5 years’ experience as an educator, and complete a required training experience. Removes provisions concerning a continuing appropriation.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the engrossed bill with the following changes. Provides that the State Board of Education shall report (instead of analyze and assess) teacher evaluation data from each school in the State. Makes changes to what data is included in the report. Provides that the report shall contain data in an aggregate format and the report is not confidential pursuant to provisions of the School Code prohibiting disclosure of evaluations unless an individual teacher is personally identifiable in the report. With respect to the report, provides that the underlying data and any personally identifying information of a teacher is confidential. Provides that the State Board shall provide the data in a format that prevents identification of individual teachers. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0452.

House Bill 3613—Mason. 

Amends the General Provisions Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning medical prescriptions for schools, Provides that the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of undesignated oxygen tanks in any secure location that is accessible before, during, and after school where a person with developmental disabilities person is most at risk, including, but not limited to, classrooms and lunchrooms. Provides that a physician, a physician assistant who has prescriptive authority in accordance with the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987, or an advanced practice registered nurse who has prescriptive authority in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act may prescribe undesignated oxygen tanks in the name of the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school to be maintained for use when necessary. Provides that any supply of oxygen tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and with the local fire department’s rules.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that a school district that provides special educational facilities for children with disabilities under the School Code may maintain a supply of undesignated oxygen tanks (instead of the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of undesignated oxygen tanks). Makes a conforming change and a typographical correction. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0196.

House Bill 3680—Benton and Blair-Sherlock.

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that in the development of the individualized education program for a student, if the student needs extra accommodation during emergencies, including natural disasters or an active shooter situation, then that accommodation shall be taken into account when developing a student’s IEP plan. 

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that, when deciding whether to exempt a student from participating in a walk-through lockdown drill, the administrator and school support personnel shall include the student’s individualized education program team or federal Section 504 plan team in the decision to exempt the student from participating.

House Floor Amendment No. 2

Provides that extra accommodation during emergencies shall be taken into account when developing a student’s individualized education program or federal Section 504 plan (instead of a student’s IEP plan). Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0197.

House Bill 3924—Rohr. 

Amends the School Code and the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Beginning with 2024-2025 school year, provides that in every State-required health course for grades 9 through 12, a school district shall provide instruction, study, and discussion on the the dangers of fentanyl. Sets forth requirements for the instruction study, and discussion, and requires students to be assessed on the instruction. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0365.

House Bill 3932—Rohr. 

Amends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding safety education, provides that allergen safety for students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 shall be included in the definition of “safety instruction”. Provides that the allergen safety instruction shall include instruction on recognizing signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis; steps to take to prevent exposure to allergens, and safe emergency epinephrine administration.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that beginning with the 2024-2025 school year in grades 9 through 12, the Comprehensive Health Education Program shall include instruction, study and discussion on the dangers of allergies. Provides that information for the instruction, study, and discussion shall come from information provided by the Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sets forth what topics this instruction, study, and discussion shall include. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0212.

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 58—Fine.

Provides that after January 1, 2026, or at the renewal of its next contract, whichever occurs later, no vendor contracted through a State agency or department may provide customers with disposable food service containers that are composed in whole or in part from polystyrene foam at any site owned or leased by the State, and instead shall offer only compostable food ware or recyclable food ware for use at sites owned or leased by the State. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0470.

Senate Bill 99—Fine.

Creates the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower Act. Requires a public institution of higher education to adopt a policy that makes certain documentation submitted by an enrolled or admitted student sufficient to establish that the student is an individual with a disability. Requires the policy to be transparent and explicit regarding information about the process by which the public institution of higher education determines eligibility for accommodations for an individual with a disability. Provides that each public institution of higher education shall disseminate such information to students, parents, and faculty in accessible formats and make the information readily available on a public website of the institution. Allows a public institution of higher education to establish less burdensome criteria to establish whether an enrolled or admitted student is an individual with a disability. Requires a public institution of higher education to engage in an interactive process to establish a reasonable accommodation for an individual pursuant to the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill but makes the following changes. Changes the name of the Act to the Removing Barriers to Higher Education Success Act. Makes changes concerning the types of documentation that can be provided to establish if a student has a disability. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-0058.

Senate Bill 183—Murphy. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that school officials shall limit the number and duration of transfers to alternative schools in place of discipline. Requires a school district to create an Alternative School Bill of Rights by which a pupil who is offered a transfer to an alternative school in place of disciplinary action shall be provided with certain information by the appropriate administrator. Provides that the Alternative School Bill of Rights shall constitute a contract between the school board and the educational rights holder by requiring a signature from either a representative, assignee, or other designated member of the school board and the educational rights holder. Provides that in no event may a school board extend the duration of a pupil’s transfer to an alternative school in place of discipline without written notice to the educational rights holder and an opportunity to be meaningfully heard before the school board. Makes related changes. Effective Immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that before the effective date of the transfer, the student’s parents or guardians shall receive information about the alternative school program including the specific nature of the curriculum, number of students in the program, any available services, the program’s disciplinary policies, a typical daily schedule, and extracurricular activities offered at the alternative school program. In provisions concerning the details of the alternative educational plan, provides that the duration of the plan, including the date the student will be returned to the regular educational program shall be included in the alternative shall be included in the alternative educational plan. Provides that a method and time frame for reviewing the student’s progress and for transitioning the student back to the regular education program in the public schools of the transferring district on a specified date shall be included in the alternative education plan. Provides that the date after which the student will return to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district shall not be extended over the objection of the student’s parent or guardian. Provides that the date after which the student will return to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district shall not be extended over the objection of the student’s parent or guardian. Provides that the date after which the student will return to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district may be extended upon written agreement by the transferring school district, alternative school program, and the student’s parent or guardian. Reorganizes and moves provisions to make conforming changes.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as amended by Senate Amendment No. 1, with the following changes. Provides that the information to be received by a student’s parents or guardians shall include any extracurricular activities that may be offered (instead of extracurricular activities). Provides that the student’s alternative educational plan shall include a transition meeting between the sending school district, the alternative school program, and the student’s parent or guardian at least 30 (instead of 3) days prior to the date after which the student will be returned to the regular educational program in the public schools of the transferring district. Corrects grammatical and typographical errors.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

In provisions relating to developing an alternative educational plan for a student transferring to an alternative school program, provides that, if the student or the student’s parents or guardians are unable to attend the alternative educational plan meeting, the appropriate personnel from the alternative school program shall offer a meeting within 30 days after the effective date of the transfer to the student and the student’s parents or guardians to discuss and provide input on the student’s alternative educational plan and shall provide a copy of the alternative educational plan to the student and the student’s parents or guardians prior to the meeting. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0473.

Senate Bill 724—Feigenholtz.

Creates the Interagency Children’s Behavioral Health Services Act. Provides that the Act establishes a Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Officer (Officer). Requires the Officer to lead the State’s comprehensive, interagency effort to ensure that youth with significant and complex behavioral health needs receive appropriate community and residential services and that the State-supported system is transparent and easier for youth and their families to navigate. Establishes the Interagency Children’s Behavioral Health Services Team to find appropriate services, residential treatment, and support for children identified by each participating agency as requiring enhance agency collaboration to identify and obtain treatment in a residential setting. Provides that the responsibilities of each participating agency shall be outlined in an interagency agreement. Requires the Department of Children of Family Services, and other specified agencies, to enter into an interagency agreement. Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Requires the Department of Children and Family Services to adopt rules to establish a process for all licensed residential providers to submit data if they contract or receive reimbursement for children’s mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services from specified State agencies. Contains provisions concerning temporary emergency placements for youth in crisis. Amends the School Code. Requires the Department of Human Services to expand its selection of individuals from the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database to include individuals who receive services through the Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities-Support Waiver. Contains provisions concerning mental health screenings for student in kindergarten through grade 12. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to obtain input from specified State agencies and providers on leading indicators of elevated behavioral health crisis risk for children. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that no minor who is taken into limited custody shall be sheltered in a temporary living arrangement for more than 21 days, with certain exceptions. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 4

Adds reference to : 20 ILCS 1705/11.4 new

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill with the following changes: In the Interagency Children’s Behavioral Health Services Act, removes a provision requiring the behavioral health interagency agreement to require the contracting State agencies to identify children with significant and complex behavioral health needs who meet certain criteria. Instead provides that the interagency agreement shall set criteria to identify children whose cases will be presented to the Interagency Children’s Behavioral Health Services Team for prioritized review. Lists certain criteria that shall be included in the interagency agreement. Provides that all information collected, shared, or stored pursuant to the Act shall be handled in accordance with all State and federal privacy laws and accompanying regulations and rules, including without limitation the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. Provides that nothing in the Act shall be construed or applied in a manner that would conflict with, diminish, or infringe upon, any State agency’s obligation to comply fully with requirements imposed under a court order or State or federal consent decree applicable to that agency. Further amends the Children and Family Services Act. In a provision requiring the Department of Children and Family Services to adopt rules to establish a process for all licensed residential providers in Illinois to submit data, if they contract or receive reimbursement for children’s mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services, provides that all information collected, shared, or stored pursuant to that provision shall be handled in accordance with all State and federal privacy laws and accompanying regulations and rules, including without limitation the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. In a provision requiring the Department of Human Services to develop a Youth and Community Services Program, provides that the program is to ensure that youth who come into contact or may come into contact with either the child welfare system or the juvenile justice system (rather than who come into contact or may come into contact with the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems) have access to needed community, prevention, diversion, emergency and independent living services. In provisions listing the Department’s duties under the program, removes the duty to develop a statewide adoption awareness campaign aimed at pregnant teenagers. Adds the duty to establish temporary emergency placements for youth in crisis as defined by the Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Team (rather than the Department) through comprehensive community-based youth services provider grants. Sets forth certain requirements that such temporary emergency placements must meet. Provides that, once sufficient capacity has been developed, temporary emergency placements must also include temporary emergency placement shelters provided under the Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services program, shall be managed by Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services provider organizations, and shall be available to house youth receiving interim 24/7 crisis intervention services. Provides that nothing in the amendatory Act shall be construed or applied in a manner that would conflict with, diminish, or infringe upon, any State agency’s obligation to comply fully with requirements imposed under a court order or State or federal consent decree applicable to that agency. Further amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that no minor shall be sheltered in a temporary living arrangement for more than 21 business days (rather than 21 days). Provides that if at any time during the crisis intervention there is a concern that the minor has experienced abuse or neglect, the Comprehensive Community Based-Youth Services provider shall contact the Department of Children and Family Services as provided in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish and maintain a public-facing Care Portal to serve as a centralized resource for families with children who have significant and complex behavioral health needs. Effective Immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 5

Further amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that temporary emergency placements for youth in crisis must be licensed through the Department of Children and Family Services or, in the case of a foster home or host home (rather than in the case of a foster home), by the supervising child welfare agency. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 11, 2023. Public Act 103-0546.

Senate Bill 1351—Lightford.

Amends the Evaluation of Certified Employees Article of the School Code. Provides that in a teacher evaluation plan, teachers who are due to be evaluated the year they are set to retire shall be offered the opportunity to waive their evaluation and to retain their most recent rating, unless the teacher was last rated as “needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory”. Provides that the school district may still reserve the right to evaluate a retired teacher provided the district gives notice to the retired teacher at least 14 days before the evaluation and a reason for evaluating the retired teacher. Effective Immediately. 

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that teachers who are due to be evaluated in the last year before (instead of the year) they are set to retire shall be offered the opportunity to waive their evaluation and retain their ratings unless they receive a “needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory” rating. Changes certain references from “retired teacher” to “teacher”. Further amends the Chicago School District Article of the School Code to make corresponding changes in that Article. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-0085.

Senate Bill 1352—Lightford. 

Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning the termination of contractual continued service by a teacher, provides that a resignation submitted after the completion of the school year must be submitted a minimum of 30 calendar days prior to the first student attendance day of the following school year. With respect to the referral of a teacher to the State Superintendent of Education for terminating service not in accordance with these provisions, provides that if a school district intends to submit a referral to the State Superintendent, the district shall submit the referral to the State Superintendent within 10 business days after the school board denies acceptance of the resignation. Provides that the district shall notify the teacher that it submitted the referral to the State Superintendent within 5 business days after submitting the referral to the State Superintendent. Provides that the teacher shall receive a summary of the State Superintendent’s evidentiary hearing no later than 14 days after the hearing is completed. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 11, 2023. Public Act 103-0549.

Senate Bill 1446—Hilton. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that any residential facility that is on the approval list of another State agency or that contracts with another State agency shall be considered approved on the State Board of Education’s approved residential facility list.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill but removes provisions concerning nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 3

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that, by no later than July 1, 2024, the State Board of Education shall make available to schools resource materials developed in consultation with stakeholders regarding a student wearing or accessorizing the student’s graduation attire with general items that may be used by the student to associate with, identify, or declare their cultural, ethnic, or religious identity or any other protected characteristic or category identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act. (instead of resource materials regarding a student wearing any articles of clothing or items that have cultural or religious significance to the student if those articles of clothing or items are not obscene or derogatory toward others and the right of a student to wear or accessorize graduation attire with certain items). Provides that a school uniform or dress code policy adopted by a school board or local school council shall not prohibit the right of a student to wear or accessorize the student’s graduation attire with items associated with the student’s cultural, ethnic, or religious identity or any other protected characteristic or category identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act (instead of may not prohibit the right of a student to wear or accessorize the student’s graduation attire with items associated with the student’s cultural or ethnic identity or any protected characteristic or category identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act, including, but not limited to, Native American items of cultural significance). Removes provisions providing that a school board or local school council may not prohibit a student from wearing any articles of clothing or items that have cultural or religious significance to the student if those articles of clothing or items are not obscene or derogatory toward others. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0463.

Senate Bill 1468—Bennett and Chapin Rose.

Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that during the period between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2026, an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his or her retirement status if that employment is not within the school year during which service was terminated and does not exceed 150 paid days or 750 paid hours in each school year. Provides that beginning July 1, 2026 (instead of July 1, 2023), an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his or her retirement status if that employment is not within the school year during which service was terminated and does not exceed 100 paid days or 500 paid hours in each school year. Effective Immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that through June 30, 2026 (instead of June 30, 2023), an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his or her retirement status if that employment is not within the school year during which service was terminated and does not exceed 120 paid days or 600 paid hours in each school year. Deletes language concerning an additional 20 days or 100 paid hours that an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his or her retirement status for the period between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 9, 2023. Public Act 103-0088.

Senate Bill 1488—Bennett. 

Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning educator testing, removes the provision that requires the teacher performance assessment to be approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. Provides instead that each teacher preparation program in this State may use any evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness that aligns to current State teaching standards. Effective July 1, 2023.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 2.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning educator testing, provides that beginning on the effective date of the amendatory Act through August 31, 2025, no candidate completing a teacher preparation program or other candidate is required to pass a teacher performance assessment. Makes conforming changes. Creates the Teacher Performance Assessment Task Force to evaluate potential teacher performance assessment systems for implementation in this State, with the intention of supporting a thoughtful and well-rounded licensure system that is performance-based and has consistency across programs and objectivity. Sets forth the membership of the Task Force. Provides that members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. Provides that the State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that on or before August 1, 2024, the Task Force shall report on its work, including recommendations on a teacher performance assessment system in this State, to the State Board of Education and General Assembly. Provides that the Task Force is dissolved upon submission of this report. Effective Immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 3.

Provides that the members of the Task Force representing different public universities and 4-year nonpublic universities or colleges shall be a current faculty member in an approved educator preparation program.

House Floor Amendment No. 2

Makes changes concerning the purpose of the Teacher Performance Assessment Task Force. Provides that members appointed to the Task Force must reflect the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of this State. Makes changes concerning the membership of the Task Force. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 0488.

Senate Bill 1709—Simmons.

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the Department of Human Resources shall partner with the State Board of Education to provide technical assistance for the provision of mental health care during school days with the goal of increasing the availability and accessibility of mental health resources for students. Provides that the Department shall report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the technical assistance provision no later than July 1, 2025. Provides for rulemaking by the Department and the State Board of Education. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 30, 2023. Public Act 103-0222.

Senate Bill 1772—Morrison. 

Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that beginning July 1, 2024, no person shall spray a pesticide at a school serving students grades kindergarten through 8th grade on areas of the property where children may be present during normal school hours or within 24 hours of students’ arrival on school grounds for a normal school day. Provides that the provisions shall not apply to areas of school grounds where children are not typically present. Effective Immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Pesticide Act. Provides that beginning July 1, 2024, no person shall spray a pesticide at a school serving students grades kindergarten through 8th grade on areas of the property where children may be present during normal school hours or within 24 hours of students’ arrival on school grounds for a normal school day. Provides that the provisions shall not apply to areas of school grounds where children are not typically present. Effective Immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Pesticide Application at Schools Act. Sets forth legislative findings and definitions. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2024, a school serving students grades kindergarten through 8th grade is prohibited from scheduling pesticide applications on school grounds during the school day, including during a partial day, when students are in attendance at school for instructional purposes. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0496.

Senate Bill 1787—Koehler.

Amends the School Code to create the Rural Education Advisory Council. Provides that the purpose of the council is to exchange thoughtful dialogue concerning the needs, challenges, and opportunities of rural districts and to provide policy recommendations to the State. Sets forth the functions and membership of the council. Contains provisions concerning expenses, meetings, and administrative support.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the engrossed bill with the following changes. Make changes concerning the functions and membership of the council. Specifies that the expense reimbursement is subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board. Provides that the State Board of Education shall provide administrative and other support to the council as needed (instead of requiring the State Board and the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools to provide administrative and other support and specifying the categories of support). Provides that the council is dissolved and the amendatory provisions are repealed on December 31, 2031. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0497.

Senate Bill 1872–

Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. Makes changes to the probationary periods pertaining to attaining contractual continued service. For the first probationary period, requires the teacher to be employed for 3 (rather than 4) consecutive school terms of service in which the teacher receives overall annual evaluation ratings of at least “Proficient” in the second and third school terms (rather than overall annual evaluation ratings of at least “Proficient” in the last school term and at least “Proficient” in either the second or third school term). For the second probationary period, requires the teacher to serve for 2 (rather than 3) consecutive school terms of service in which the teacher receives 2 (rather than 3) overall annual evaluations of “Excellent”. Effective July 1, 2023. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-500.

Senate Bill 1924—Halpin.

Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a provision concerning service credit for accumulated unused sick leave, provides that if the employee was in the service of more than one employer or regional office of education (instead of more than one employer), then sick leave days from all such employers shall be credited. Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning July 1, 2023, all regional superintendents of schools shall receive the same salary regardless of the population of the region they serve. Provides that the salary for all regional superintendents shall be equal to the middle annual salary tier. Makes a change concerning the posting of information on the institute fund. Repeals a provision of the Code that prohibits regional superintendents from practicing or from holding themselves out as practicing any other profession. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 29, 2023. Public Act 103-0110.

Senate Bill 2017—Holmes.

Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. Provides that teachers and educational support personnel employees shall not be required to teach or otherwise work on Saturdays (instead of providing that teachers shall not be required to teach on Saturdays). Prohibits teacher, educational support personnel employees, and other school employees (instead of teachers and other school employees) from being required to work on legal school holidays, with exceptions. Provides that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee, including an educational support personnel employee, on account of any legal or special holiday in which that employee would have otherwise been scheduled to work but for the legal or special holiday (instead of providing that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee on account of any legal or special holiday).

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. Provides that teachers and educational support personnel employees shall not be required to teach or otherwise work on Saturdays (instead of providing that teachers shall not be required to teach on Saturdays). Prohibits teachers, educational support personnel employees, and other school employees (instead of teachers and other school employees) from being required to work on legal school holidays, with exceptions. Provides that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee, including an educational support personnel employee, on account of any legal or special holiday in which that employee would have otherwise been scheduled to work but for the legal or special holiday (instead of providing that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee on account of any legal or special holiday).

House Floor Amendment No. 2

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that educational support personnel employees shall not be required to work on a legal school holiday. Provides that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee, including an educational support personnel employee, on account of any legal or special holiday in which that employee would have otherwise been scheduled to work but for the legal or special holiday (instead of providing that no deduction shall be made from the time or compensation of a school employee on account of any legal or special holiday). Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0395.

Senate Bill 2031—Lightford. 

Amends the School Code. Adds specified information concerning high schools that must be included in the school report cards prepared by the State Superintendent of Education. For the school district report cards prepared by the State Superintendent, provides that indicators from the school report card shall be aggregated at the course level, department level, and school level, and the course-level indicators shall be collected from each course.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. By October 31, 2024 and October 31 each subsequent year, requires the State Board of Education, through the State Superintendent of Education, to prepare a report covering school districts and schools, to be referred to as the Expanded School Snapshot Report. Sets forth how the Report is to be made available. Requires the Report to include (i) a listing of all standard coursework or programs offered by a school, (ii) a listing of all advanced-track coursework or programs offered by a school, (iii) a listing of all English learner coursework or programs offered by a school, (iv) a listing of all special education coursework or programs offered by a school, (v) data tables and graphs comparing advanced-track coursework or programs with standard coursework or programs according to specified parameters, and (vi) specified data for each race and ethnicity category and gender category, as defined by the most recent federal decennial census.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of Senate Amendment No. 1 but changes the name of the report of “Expanded School Snapshot Report” to “Expanded High School Snapshot Report”. Makes conforming changes by changing references of “school” to “high school” and other related changes.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that the State Board of Education shall prepare the initial Expanded High School Snapshot Report by October 31, 2027 (instead of October 31, 2025). Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0503.

Senate Bill 2039—Pacione-Zayas. 

Amends the School Code. Provides that at least one designated employee in every public school shall ensure the opportunity to enroll in the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database is made available during annual individualized education program meetings.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services Database, makes changes to the findings, title, and changes references of “Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services” to “PUNS”. Provides that the State Board of Education shall work in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and with school districts to ensure that all students with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians are informed about the PUNS database (instead of the State Board of Education may work with school districts to inform all students with developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians about the Prioritization of Urgency or Need for Services database). Makes changes regarding the computer-based training program and the annual IEP review conference. Removes a provision requiring the Department of Human Services to consider the length of time spent on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting list, in addition to other factors considered, when selecting individuals on the list for services.

Senate Floor Amendments No. 3.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database, makes changes to the findings, and changes references from “Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services” to “PUNS”. Provides that the State Board of Education shall work in consultation with the Department of Human Services and with school districts to ensure that all students with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians are informed about the PUNS database (instead of the State Board of Education may work with school districts to inform all students with developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians about the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database). Makes changes regarding the computer-based training program. Provides that during the student’s annual individualized education program (“IEP”) review meeting, if the student has an intellectual disability or a developmental disability, the student’s IEP team shall determine the student’s PUNS database registration status based upon information provided by the student’s parents or guardian or by the student. Sets forth related requirements. Removes a provision requiring the Department of Human Services to consider the length of time spent on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting list, in addition to other factors considered, when selecting individuals on the list for services. Makes other changes.

House Committee Amendment No. 1

Provides that the State Board of Education may (instead of shall) work in consultation with the Department of Human Services and with school districts to ensure that all students with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities and their parents or guardians are informed about the PUNS database. Provides that the Department of Human Service’s development and implementation of an online, computer-based training program shall be in consultation with the State Board of Education. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor August 4, 2023. Public Act 103-0504.

Senate Bill 2218—Preston.

Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. Provides that a school board’s sequence of honorable dismissal list shall include the race or ethnicity of a teacher if provided by the teacher. Effective January 1, 2024. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0398.

Senate Bill 2243—Lightford.

Amends the School Code. Provides that, in consultation with education stakeholders, the State Board of Education shall develop and adopt a comprehensive literacy plan for the State on or before October 1, 2023. Effective Immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the content of the bill, but changes the date for the State Board of Education to develop and adopt a comprehensive literacy plan from on or before October 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024. Effective Immediately.

House Amendment

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall adopt and make available to school districts, by July 1, 2024, a rubric by which districts may evaluate curricula and select and implement evidence-based, culturally inclusive core reading instruction programs, a template to support districts when developing literacy plans, and guidance on practices for effective structures for training and deploying literacy coaches. Requires the State Board of Education to develop and make available training opportunities for educators in teaching reading on or before January 1, 2025. Provides that, in consultation with education stakeholders, the Board of Education shall develop and adopt a comprehensive literacy plan for the State on or before January 31, 2024. Sets forth requirements for the comprehensive literacy plan. In the Educator Licensure Article of the Code, makes changes concerning educator testing and the requirements for educators trained in other states or counties. Effective Immediately. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 28, 2023. Public Act 103-0402.

Senate Bill 2390—Pacione-Zayas.

Amends the School Code. Requires a non-public school to perform a check of the Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database (in addition to the Statewide Sex Offender Database) of applicants and once every 5 years and persons employed by the school to determine whether the applicant has been adjudicated a sex offender, of a sex offense, or of a murder or other violent crime against youth. Extends the grants for preschool educational programs 2028-2029 school year (rather than the 2023-2024 school year). Provides that a school district may adopt a policy to waive tuition costs for a non-resident pupil if the pupil is a child of a district employee. Provides that, until June 30, 2028 (rather than June 30, 2023), applicants may apply to the State Board of Education for issuance of a 5-year Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. Makes conforming changes. Modifies the Alternative Educator Licensure Program by removing the requirement for a second year of residency (changing to only if recommended by the principal and program coordinator). Provides that, if the residency period is to be less than 2-years in length, the partner school districts must provide assurances that the district will provide intensive mentoring and supports through at least the end of the second full year of teaching for educators who completed the Program in less than 2 years. Effective Immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment

Provides that the residency program for alternative educator licensure shall be comprised of 3 phases (instead of 4). Provides that in residency, the candidate must: be assigned an effective, fully licensed teacher by the principal or principal equivalent to act as a mentor and coach the candidate through residency. In provisions concerning the alternative educator endorsement, provides that the individual may complete a major in the content area of early childhood reading (instead of reading). Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor June 29, 2023. Public Act 103-0111.

Senate Bill 2391—Pacione-Zayas.

Amends the School Code. Provides that the provisions concerning community schools apply beginning with the 2024-2025 (rather than 2009-2010) school year. Makes changes to the legislative findings, including replacing a description of a community school. Provides that grants for community schools are subject to the availability of State or federal funding (rather than the availability of funding). Removes certain grant proposal provisions. Changes the requirements to qualify for a grant. Effective June 1, 2024.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1.

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that a community school may also be a nonpublic school. Restores provisions describing what a community school is in the legislative findings. Restores certain grant proposal provisions. Provides that a school may (instead of must) provide certain items to qualify for a grant. Restores language concerning the provision of a program director or resource coordinator. Effective June 1, 2024. Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor July 5, 2023. Public Act 103-0265.

Illinois State Legislation