On August 27, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed legislation that requires Illinois school districts to create an appeals process for teachers who receive “unsatisfactory” ratings on their performance evaluations. Governor Pritzker lauded this legislation, stating that it bolsters every teacher’s right to a fair evaluation. The legislation requires that districts, “in good faith cooperation” with its teachers or through “good faith bargaining” with its teachers’ unions, develop and implement an appeals process. The appeals process is to be implemented the first school year following August 27, 2019.
Robbins Schwartz will provide additional updates on the requirement of this new law.