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IFT Legislative Highlights for the Week of March 15

This week, the Illinois House and Senate continued their focus on committee action. Friday, March 26 is the deadline in both chambers for bills to pass out of their respective committees. The Senate returns for floor action on March 23 and the House returns for floor action on April 13.

Highlights of this week’s action include:

IFT initiatives advance from committees

HB 18 (Rep. Scherer, D-Decatur) extends evaluation cycles for educators rated Excellent and Proficient to three years.

HB 375 (Rep. Smith, D-Chicago) establishes a notice period of 60 days for adjunct faculty employment.

SB 1831 (Sen. Loughran Cappel, D-Plainfield) expands the options for showing growth as part of a teacher evaluation.

Legislation acted on by committees this week includes:

Sick leave use for adoption

The House Labor and Commerce Committee passed HB 816, legislation that broadens the ability to use sick leave for adoptions. The legislation would allow teachers and other employees to use up to 30 days of paid sick leave for adoption or placement for adoption.

Uses of time outs and restraints in school settings

HB 219, sponsored by Rep. Carroll (D-Northbrook), passed 20-3 out of the House Curriculum Committee. Among the provisions of the bill are changes concerning a school board's use of time out and physical restraint, including providing that isolated time out, time out, and physical restraint may be used only under certain circumstances.