Hundreds of bills have been filed for the 2018 Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly. Below is a non-exhaustive list of just some of the school mandates filed that the IPA and the Alliance are monitoring and working with legislators to address. Curricular Mandates
- HB 1252/HB 4916 (Lilly) – Requires that every public elementary school shall include in it’s 6-8th grade curriculum, at least one semester of civics education.
- HB 4346 (Jones) – A student may not complete the 8th grade or graduate from high school without studying Black History material and may complete this requirement through an online program or course.
- HB 4442 (Gabel) – Requires a school district to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on parenting education in grades 9 through 12. This instruction is a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma.
- HB 4657 (Manley) – Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, requires every public elementary and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying emotional intelligence.
- HB 4799 (Harper) – Requires every public school serving grades kindergarten through 8, there shall be instruction, study, and discussion of effective methods for the prevention and avoidance of traffic injuries related to walking and biking. If a school board provides instruction on safety education, it shall include pedestrian and bicycling safety.
- HB 4685 (Connor) – Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, school districts shall incorporate in their curriculum a unit of instruction on skin cancer prevention.
- HB 5062 (Flowers) – Requires ISBE to develop and maintain a program aimed at facilitating education in advanced manufacturing skills. The program shall be implemented at no less than 12 public high schools, over the span of 3 years, where the youth unemployment rate is at least twice the national average. Requires state funding for at least one industry coordinator, tutoring, pre-employment and on-the-job mentoring, etc.
- HB 5096 (Hernandez) – Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, every public high school shall include a unit of instruction on media literacy.
- HB 5148 (Kifowit) – Requires that course material for sex education in grades 6-12 shall include discussion on what constitutes sexual consent and what may be considered sexual harassment or sexual assault.
- HB 5596 (Moeller)/SB 3249 (Steans) – Requires textbooks purchased as part of the Textbook Block Grant program to be non-discriminatory as to any characteristics of the Illinois Human Rights Act (race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to financial credit, and the availability of public accommodations); and must accurately portray the diversity of our society, including the role and contributions of all people protected in the Act above. Also adds a curricular mandate for every public elementary and high school to include a unit of instruction studying the significant role of LGBT individuals in society.
Staff Training Mandates
- HB 5600 (Conyears-Ervin) – Requires schools to provide daily recess for all students in grades kindergarten through 5, at least 20 minutes in length.
- HB 4281 (Gabel) – Requires at least every 2 years, a school board should conduct in-service training for all personnel on the identification of the signs of homelessness in adolescents and teens; and shall be taught appropriate referral techniques.
- HB 4524 (Davidsmeyer) – Requires at least every 2 years, a school board should conduct an in-service training program, or another appropriate time, for school personnel who work with pupils in grades kindergarten through 12 to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth, and appropriate intervention and referral techniques. (Current mandate is annual training for staff working with pupils in grades 7-12.)
- HB 4658 (Manley) – Requires a school board to adopt and implement a policy on how to recognize mental health issues and how to properly address them. Also requires a school board to require in-service training of licensed school personnel and administrators, training on the current best practices regarding the identification and recommended courses of action for mental health issues, at least once every 2 years.
- HB 5601 (Conyears-Ervin) – At least once every 2 years, a school board shall conduct an in-service training program for all school personnel on the identification of special needs in students and shall be taught appropriate referral techniques.
- HB 5786 (Mayfield) – Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year an in-school suspension program for any students in grades kindergarten through 12 must focus on promoting non-violent conflict resolution and positive interaction with other students and school personnel. A school district may employ a school social worker or licensed mental health professional to oversee such program.