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New Illinois Employment-Related Laws Affecting Educational Employers; Department Of Labor Opinion Letter States Attendance at IEP Meetings is a FMLA Qualifying Event (September 3, 2019)

NEW ILLINOIS EMPLOYMENT-RELATED LAWS AFFECTING EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYERS Unsatisfactory Teacher Ratings Subject to an Appeals Procedure On August 27, 2019, the Governor signed SB 1213 (Public Act 101-0591) creating an appeals process for teachers who receive unsatisfactory summative ratings.  Public Act 101-0591 requires that school districts and special education cooperatives must develop and implement an appeals … Read more…

New Illinois Laws Establish Additional Requirements for School Districts and Special Education Cooperatives (September 3, 2019)

As you are likely aware, Governor Pritzker has recently signed several pieces of legislation that will have an immediate impact on school districts and special education cooperatives throughout Illinois. The following are summaries of three of the significant new laws that are now in effect, as well as our recommended compliance activities.  This will be … Read more…

Legislation Expands Provisions for Administration of Medical Cannabis (August 15, 2019)

An amendment to the Illinois School Code specifies that schools must allow school nurses and school administrators to administer medical cannabis products to students. The measure, signed by the Governor on Monday, also provides that school districts may authorize students to self-administer medical cannabis under the direct supervision of a school nurse or school administrator. … Read more…

ISBE Publishes Updated Recommended Practices for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois Schools (July 9, 2019)

The Illinois State Board of Education has published updated guidance on Recommended Practices for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois Schools.  The OT & PT Coordinator Consortium of Northern Illinois, which is a group of leaders in school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy, undertook a rigorous review of the original 2003 guidance published by … Read more…

New Law Allows Medical Cannabis in Illinois Schools (August 1, 2018)

On August 1, 2018, the Governor signed HB4870, which amends the School Code and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to allow the use of medical cannabis in schools. Specifically, for any student who is a “qualifying patient,” the new law requires schools to authorize a parent/guardian (or any other individual registered … Read more…

ED Issues Questions and Answers on Endrew F. (December 7, 2017)

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) issued a Q&A document entitled “Questions and Answers (Q&A) on U.S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1.” The Q&A interprets the Endrew F. case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the standards for determining when students with disabilities … Read more…

Important Change to Student Records Timeline (September 22, 2017)

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…