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Legislative Highlights for Week Ending 5/17/24, Part 1 of 2

(via the IFT)

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn this Friday, May 24. While the House cancelled the session scheduled for this past weekend, it is anticipated that work on the budget will continue. Several committees are scheduled to advance cross chamber bills through the final legislative steps next week. And it is expected for budget drafts to surface at the middle to end of next week.


Bill action this week includes:

CTE Teachers Tenure

SB 463 (Hirschauer, D-West Chicago) is an IFT initiative that clarifies that educators holding career and technical educator endorsements and provisional career and technical educator endorsements are eligible to receive tenure under a bill passed last spring, PA 103-500. The bill also includes language to extend the work of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC) until December 31, 2024, and continues the work of the PEAC training committee going forward. SB 463 is pending on 2nd reading in the House; the bill will need to be returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote before moving on to the Governor.

Continuity of Care for Special Education Students Beyond Age 18

HB 4581 (Mussman, D-Schaumburg/Ventura, D-Joliet) passed the unanimously. This bill, an initiative of the Illinois Assistive Technology Project, provides that if a student who is 18 years of age or older with no legal guardian is placed residentially outside of the school district in which the student's parent lives and the placement is funded by a state agency or through private insurance, then the resident district is the school district in which the parent lives.

Financial Literacy Expansion

HB 1375 (Tarver, D-Chicago/Lightford, D-Hillside) refreshes the consumer education statute to add financial literacy requirements that are in alignment with the Illinois Social Science Learning Standards for Economics and Financial Literacy or other relevant career and technical education learning standards, as appropriate. The bill also requires ISBE, subject to appropriation, to prepare and make available instructional resources and professional learning opportunities for educators on these topics. The amendment was a positive development and moves away from the language in the introduced bill that would have added a new graduation mandate. HB 1375 passed the Senate unanimously.

Changes to Requirements for Township Treasurers

HB 305 (Katz Muhl, D- Northbrook/Harris, D-Homewood) allows (rather than mandates) school districts to withdraw from their arrangement with their Township Board of Trustees; leaving in-tact the current structure and access to the Treasurer’s office for other school districts. The bill is on 3rd reading in the Senate and will return to the House for a concurrence vote.

Transparency of District EBF Spending

HB 3446 (Bennett, R-Morris/W. Davis, D-East Hazel Crest) enhances transparency and will require a new report on ISBE’s website that encapsulates all district annual spending plans. The bill, an initiative of PEER Illinois. The bill is on concurrence in the House.

School Board Member Training

SB 2987 (Cappel, D-Joliet/Elik, R-Alton) expands school board members professional development and leadership training to include the topic of improving student outcomes within the scope of the duties of a school board member. SB 2987 passed both the House and Senate.

Child Abuse Reports to School

SB 2788 (Edly-Allen, D-Grayslake/Faver Dias, D-Grayslake) requires Child Protective Service Unit to send a copy of its final finding report to the school that the child, who is the indicated victim of child abuse attends. Requires the report to be sent during the summer to the last school that the child attended. Provides that the final finding report shall provide the date of expungement from the central register and the school shall purge the final finding report from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act.

Spirit Rule Book

SB 2861 (Morrison, D-Deerfield/Morgan, D-Highwood) is a bill to ensure all student athletes have an opportunity to enjoy healthy participation in cheerleading and spirit groups. The bill provides that an association or other entity that has, as one of its purposes, promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State shall adopt the Spirit Rules Book published by the National Federation of State High School Associations or a similar document as the safety standards for student cheerleaders, spirit groups, and their coaches who participate in any school activity or extracurricular student activity sponsored or sanctioned by that association or other entity. SB 2861 passed both the House and Senate.


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