In Brief

In Brief

Student Free Speech Examined by U.S. Supreme Court Case

On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court decided that suspension of a student from a school district’s junior varsity cheerleading team based upon two Snapchat stories posted by the student was improper under the First Amendment.

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ISBE RESOLUTION SUPPORTING IN-PERSON LEARNING

Upon their unanimous adoption of the Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning, the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) received numerous questions about the Resolution and its implications.

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Masks, No Masks and Other Things: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Governor Pritzker’s announcement yesterday that Illinois has aligned its mask guidance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised many questions, including what authority controls (federal, state, local), what phase Illinois is in, and whether Illinois is operating under a disaster proclamation. This publication will answer some of the more pressing questions for the educational, municipal, and private sector entities.

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Overview of Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law

On February 22, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-0652, which includes sweeping criminal justice reforms that will have a significant impact on law enforcement agencies and officers across the state

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Community Colleges to Face New Requirements for Student Placement and Developmental Education

On January 11, 2021, the Illinois legislature passed House Bill 2170, which will introduce sweeping educational reforms if Governor Pritzker signs the bill as expected.  While most of the bill focuses on education at the K-12 level, the bill also creates the higher education-focused Developmental Education Reform Act (“Act”), which aims to remedy the barrier…

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New Omnibus Legislation Has Broad Implications for Illinois K-12 Districts

On January 11, 2021, House Bill 2170 officially passed the Illinois legislature and is currently awaiting Governor Pritzker’s signature.  HB 2170, which was backed by the Black legislative caucus, was designed to address equity issues in education impacting minority students.  The bill makes significant changes to high school curriculum and graduation requirements to ensure more…

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2021 AMENDMENTS TO THE STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT

With school districts utilizing more software and remote learning tools than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure student data and personally identifiable student information is protected.

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COMING SOON: LIMITS ON EMPLOYERS’ USE OF CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORDS, EQUAL PAY REGISTRATION, AND EXTENDED PANDEMIC MEASURES

Last week the Illinois legislature passed two bills that may significantly impact many employers. If signed, SB 1480 will limit the use of criminal conviction records in employment decisions and create requirements for some private employers to obtain equal pay registration certificates.

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Extensive Law Enforcement Reform Bill Awaits Signature

Just before its two-year legislative cycle ended on Wednesday, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3653, a 764-page bill that is expected to make extensive changes to law enforcement throughout the state. Governor Pritzker has expressed support for HB 3653, and some provisions will go into effect as early as July 1, 2021 if he signs the bill.

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Educational Support Staff RIF Checklist

As school districts continue to confront the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they may also be facing unprecedented financial challenges. In response to these challenges, all options available to reduce costs, including workforce reductions, may need to be considered. School districts may determine it necessary to implement a reduction-in-force (“RIF”) of its educational support personnel (“ESPs”), including paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, bus drivers, payroll clerks, and custodial and maintenance employees.

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