Amy Kosanovich Dickerson

Amy Kosanovich Dickerson

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ISBE Publishes Proposed Rules on State Model Evaluation Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently published its proposed regulations containing the State Performance Evaluation Model required under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA). PERA specifically...more

7/24/2014 - Board of Education Performance Improvement Plans School Districts

ISBE Releases Non-Regulatory Guidance on Recall Rights for Honorably Dismissed Teachers in Group 2

As we reported last month, recently enacted Public Act 098-0648 gives limited recall rights to honorably dismissed teachers placed in Group 2 who have one “needs improvement” rating. Effective July 1, 2014, Public Act...more

7/24/2014 - Board of Education Public Schools Teachers

California Court Finds Teacher Tenure, Layoff, and Dismissal Laws Unconstitutional

School leaders across the country are buzzing about a California Superior Court’s recent tentative ruling that the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoff laws violate the equal protection clause of the California...more

6/12/2014 - Equal Protection Hiring & Firing Teachers Tenure Termination Vergara v State of California

Supreme Court Upholds Town’s Practice of Opening Board Meetings with Prayer

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York town’s practice of opening town board meetings with prayer did not violate the First Amendment. The decision provides guidance to school boards and other public bodies...more

6/6/2014 - Establishment Clause First Amendment Greece v Galloway Prayer Religion SCOTUS

Obama Administration Announces Voluminous Guidance Regarding Sexual Violence

Schools now have a substantial amount of additional guidance to review, process, and implement in their ongoing efforts to address sexual violence and achieve and maintain compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments...more

5/1/2014 - Colleges OCR Rape SAFE Act Sexual Assault Students Title IX Universities

U.S. Department Of Education Releases Guidance On Protecting Student Information While Using Online Educational Services

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance on the proper use, storage and security of student data being generated by new online educational resources. Published by the Department’s new Privacy Technical...more

3/19/2014 - Department of Education FERPA Right to Privacy Students

OCR Clarifies Dear Colleague Letter On Students With Disabilities In Extracurricular Athletics

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently replied to a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) seeking clarification on OCR’s January 25, 2013 Dear Colleague Letter on students...more

2/13/2014 - Athletes Disability OCR Public School Boards Students

Illinois State Police Releases Form For School Administrators To Use When Reporting Students Who Pose A “Clear And Present Danger”

As we previously reported in a FR Alert, the new School Administrator Reporting of Mental Health Clear and Present Danger Determinations Law requires public school principals and chief administrative officers of private...more

1/20/2014 - Public Schools School Safety Students

Effective January 1, 2014: Amendments To Tenure, RIF And Impasse Bargaining Provisions Of Senate Bill 7

On January 1, 2014, legislative changes made by Public Act 98-0513 (Act) to the tenure, layoff and impasse bargaining process originally set out in Senate Bill 7 will go into effect. - Tenure Portability. The Act...more

12/31/2013 - Collective Bargaining Layoffs Public Schools Teachers Tenure

CDC Releases Food Allergy Guidelines For Schools

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommended guidelines to schools on how to serve students with food allergies. The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and...more

12/5/2013 - CDC FDA Food Allergies Food Safety Public Schools

Schools Now Required To Report When A Student Poses A “Clear And Present Danger”

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act, Public Act 98-0063, which became effective July 9, 2013, contains a new reporting requirement for school principals of which all school districts and private schools should be aware. Under the...more

11/14/2013 - Concealed Carry Permit Firearms Gun Laws Public Schools Reporting Requirements School Shootings Students

Court Finds Board Of Education And District Employees Immune From Liability For Claims Related To District’s Response To Bullying

The Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a superintendent, principal, and board of education were immune from liability for a parent’s claims regarding the alleged bullying of her daughter. In Hascall v. Williams,...more

10/10/2013 - Bullying Governmental Immunity Public Employees Public School Boards Public Schools Students

DOE Releases “Dear Colleague Letter” On School District Responsibilities To Address Bullying Of Students With Disabilities

On August 20, 2013, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released a “Dear Colleague Letter” providing an overview of school districts’ responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities...more

8/28/2013 - Bullying Department of Education Disabled Children IDEA IEP Public Schools Students

New Law Requires School Boards To Adopt Teen Dating Violence Policy

Earlier this month, Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 098-0190, which amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require all school boards to develop and adopt a policy on teen...more

8/21/2013 - Public School Boards

Annual School Shooting Drills Now Required Under Amended School Safety Drills Act

Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 98-0048, amending the School Safety Drills Act to require schools to conduct a school shooting drill at least once a school year for each school building within a district that houses...more

8/1/2013 - New Legislation Public Schools School Safety School Shootings

General Assembly Calls For More Studies On Charter Schools

At the close of the last legislative session, the General Assembly passed two legislative actions calling for the development of new studies on charter schools. ...more

6/20/2013 - Charter Schools New Legislation Research Funding Students Virtual Schools

Recent PAC Rulings Find University And Park District In Violation Of Open Meetings Act

In a recent decision, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) ruled that Western Illinois University Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it voted to terminate a faculty member in closed session. According to...more

5/8/2013 - Fees Hiring & Firing Museums Open Meetings Act Termination

New OCR Guidance Lays Out School District Responsibilities To Serve Students With Disabilities In Athletics

On January 25, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” instructing school districts on their responsibilities to serve students with disabilities in...more

1/31/2013 - Athletes Disability IHSA OCR Reasonable Accommodation School Districts Sports Students

White House Gun Control Proposals Include School Safety And Mental Health Initiatives

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, President Obama has announced numerous executive actions and legislative proposals to address gun control, school safety, and mental health issues nationwide. The White...more

1/22/2013 - Background Checks Barack Obama Emergency Management Plans Gun Laws Mental Health Initiatives Project AWARE Safety Precautions Sandy Hook School Safety

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Schools Not Liable For Student Injury And Deaths In Two Separate Lawsuits

Last fall, the Illinois Appellate Court issued opinions on two different cases involving the tort immunity of school districts. In both cases, the court declined to find the schools liable....more

1/16/2013 - Charter Schools Drowning Deaths Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Immunity Public School Boards Public Schools Students

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