September 22, 2017: Important Change to Student Records Timeline

Effective September 22, 2017, the timeline has changed for responding to requests for student records in Illinois.   Under longstanding previous law, school districts had 15 school days following receipt of a request for records to provide the requested records.  Public Act 100-0532 (formerly known as Senate Bill 1483) – revises the Illinois School Student Records … Read more…

February 22, 2017: Feds Rescind Guidance on Transgender Students

Today, a “Dear Colleague” letter (“DCL”) issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education rescinded the much-debated guidance on transgender students in schools issued by the Departments in May 2016.  In a two-page letter, the Departments state that states and local school districts have the primary role in establishing … Read more…

February 22, 2017: U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision In Service Dog/Exhaustion Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 8-0 decision that may make it easier for students with disabilities to file lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 immediately, rather than first pursuing claims through the IDEA’s  administrative process. The decision comes in a case – … Read more…

August 24, 2016: Court Upholds $2.5M Verdict in Case Where Teacher Failed to Follow District Policy

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, has upheld a $2.5 million jury verdict awarded to the family of an 18-year-old student who collapsed and died during a class at Oswego Community High School. See In re Estate of Jeffrey Stewart, 2016 IL App (2d) 151117 (August 24, 2016). When Jeffrey Stewart collapsed, his teacher … Read more…