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Introducing the Robbins Schwartz DEI Compliance Team

Challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices are currently sweeping the nation. Our newly formed DEI Compliance Team guides employers of all kinds through this ever evolving and challenging legal landscape. Read more here.

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2023 has brought a deluge of legislation, with 561 bills signed into law in Illinois so far. This publication summarizes more than 50 of those bills (and one federal bill) that are relevant to school districts. These new bills include some with major changes to procurement, student services, and personnel operations that will require substantial efforts by school administrators to update their policies, procedures, and practices.

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High School Teacher’s Free Speech Rights Were Not Violated When School District Terminated Her for Disruptive Social Media Posts

A Massachusetts federal district court recently ruled that a school district did not violate its teacher’s First Amendment rights when it fired her for posting, reposting, or sharing several memes on social media. Read more here.

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Municipal Design-Build Authorization Act Effective January 1, 2024

The Illinois General Assembly recently enacted the Municipal Design-Build Authorization Act. The Act will go into effect on January 1, 2023. Read more here.

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Magnet School’s Student Admissions Policy Revised, in Part, to Increase Diversity, Faces Legal Challenges and Might be the Next DEI Case Before the Supreme Court

A group of Virginia area parents asked the Supreme Court to hear their complaints regarding their recent revision surrounding the student admissions process. Read more here.

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Higher Education Happenings, September 2023

Higher Education Happenings is a complimentary newsletter published by our attorneys in the firm’s higher education practice group.

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Lorence H. Slutzky Quoted in Las Vegas Sun

Legal skirmish over flawed Harmon may never reveal defect blame…

Articles by Joseph Perkoski & Heidi Katz Published by Update Magazine

Partners Joseph Perkoski and Heidi Katz were featured contributors to the summer 2011 issue of IASBO’s Update magazine. Joe’s article on “Finding a New Way: Subcontracting Revisited” offered strategies for…

RSNLT Named as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago for Second Consecutive Year

This award was established to honor companies in each market that recognize employees as their greatest asset. These companies work with imagination and conviction to create organizational value and business…

An Overview of Public Act 97-0008 – 2011 Education Reform Act

On June 13, 2011, Governor Quinn signed SB 7 into law during a bill signing ceremony in Maywood, Illinois. A proper assessment of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) begins with…

Court Decision Raises Questions about Multi-year Administrator Contracts

A recent federal district court decision in Illinois has raised questions about the inclusion of performance goals and the enforceability of multi-year employment agreements for school superintendents. In Wynn v.…

Pension Reform Bill Stalls in the Illinois House of Representatives

A pension reform plan that was making its way through the Illinois General Assembly has stalled. Senate Bill 512 would have created a three-tiered retirement system for most state employees,…

Education Reform Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature

On May 12, 2011, the Illinois House of Representatives took final action to pass Senate Bill 7. This bill has been forwarded to the Governor for action and is currently…

The Incredible Shrinking Tax Base for 2011 Taxes

Public Act 096-1083 Could Give Rise to Increased Assessment Appeals For school districts and other units of local governments that rely upon property taxes for substantial portions of their funds,…

Appellate Court Ruling a Reminder to Public Officials: Certain Public Offices Are Incompatible and Cannot Be Held Simultaneously

The First District Appellate Court in the case of People ex rel. Anita Alvarez v. Keith Price, __ Ill. App. 3d __, 2011 WL 947130 (1st Dist. 2011), affirmed the holding…

FOIA UPDATE: Binding Opinions and Pre-Approval Letters Issued by the Public Access Counselor

It has been over one (1) year since the amended Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) took effect. While some of the initial questions and concerns about amended FOIA have been…