Amy Kosanovich Dickerson

Amy Kosanovich Dickerson

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Two Recent Decisions Provide Guidance on How School Districts Should Respond to Allegations of Sexual Assault

Two recent decisions from our neighbors in Indiana and Michigan provide guidance on what courts may expect from school districts responding to allegations of sexual assault. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of...more

6/22/2015 - DOE OCR Public Schools School Districts Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Title IX Title IX Coordinator

Court Reverses Board Decision Terminating Teacher for Blood Alcohol Test

An Illinois Appellate Court recently overturned the 2012 dismissal of a teacher who was terminated for being under the influence while at work. The opinion provides instructive guidance on how courts closely analyze a school...more

3/17/2015 - Board of Education Drug-Free Workplace Act Hiring & Firing Public School Boards Public Schools Teachers Termination Wrongful Termination

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

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

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

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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