2011 Education Legislation Summary

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The following is a summary of the 2011 legislative changes affecting school districts. Click here for a pdf of the entire summary or click the links below to review the specific topics. To discuss these changes in more detail, contact any Franczek Radelet education attorney.

Administration: Assistant Principals; Academic Watch List; Shared Services; Safe School Zones; Good Samaritan Act; District Realignment & Consolidation; and Chief School Business Official Endorsement.

Board of Education: FOIA Amendments; Open Meetings Act Training; Open Meetings Act Exemption - Auditors; ISBE Reports at Board Meetings; and Press Box Accessibility.

Curriculum: State Charter School Commission; Remote Educational Programs; Transitional Bilingual Education; Remedial Education; Science & Math Partnerships; Promotion of Reading; and Drivers Education Fees.

Employment: Educational Labor Relations Act; Salary Increases For IMRF Employees; Sex Offender Registration; Personal Information Protection; Pregnancy Discrimination; Sex Offender Database; Teachers’ Licenses; and Special Education Teacher Certification.

Finance: School Facilities Occupation Tax and Prevailing Wage Act.

Special Education: Percentage of Classroom IEPs.

Student Health Issues: Care for Students with Diabetes; Home or Hospital Instruction; Concussions; and Access to Emergency Epinephrine.

Student Issues: Alternative Learning Opportunities; Chronic or Habitual Truants; Students with Military Parents; Illinois Dream Act; Off Campus Electronic Speech; Stalking No Contact Orders; and Violence Prevention.

Transportation:Drug Testing Bus Drivers; School Bus Driver Permits; and Multi-Function School Buses.

Please see full Summary below for more information and links.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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