Advocacy in Action (3/26/21) - Slew of bills move out of committee

By Advocacy In Action posted 05-20-2021 16:06

  

March 26, 2021

Summary of this Week’s Legislative Action

This week the Illinois House and Senate spent most of their time hearing bills in committee. The House deadline for bills to pass out of committee is today, March 26th, while the Senate extended their committee passage deadline until April 16th.  Many of the bills passed out of committee were done so with the commitment of the bill’s sponsor to continue working with the IPA and other stakeholders. Additionally, several “shell bills” or non-substantive bills were advanced out of committee to be used for substantive language at a later date. The Legislature will take a two-week spring break and return to session on April 13th.

 

Bill Action for the Week:

 

The following key education bills advanced out of their respective committees this week.

 

IL - HB79 HEALTH ED-CANNABIS INSTRUCTION

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 023-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)

Summary: Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that a school's comprehensive health education program must include instruction on the medical and legal ramifications of cannabis use. Makes technical corrections. Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB81 SCH CD-CHARACTER EDUCATION

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 014-009-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)

Summary:  Amends the School Code. Requires the instruction on character education to include the teaching of respect toward a person's race or ethnicity or gender. With regard to the State Board of Education's school report card, requires data collected on curriculum information to include information on a school's instruction on character education.

 

IL - HB290 SCH CD-SPECIAL ED RESOURCES

Last Action: Do Pass as Amended / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 023-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Maura Hirschauer (D)

Summary:  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Requires a school district to provide notification to the parent or guardian of a student with an individualized education program (IEP) that the student may be eligible to receive additional specified services, benefits, or resources. Provides that the written notification must be provided no later than 30 days following the implementation of the initial IEP and once a year thereafter. Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB1975 PREVENTION CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 018-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Michelle Mussman (D)

Summary: Amends the School Code to require the State Board of Education to prepare a parent resource guide to provide a centralized source of the assistance, support, advocacy, and resources available to the parent or guardian of a student who is or may be the victim of sexual abuse. Provides for up to 2 teachers institute days for child abuse prevention training and sexual harassment prevention training, and requires training for school personnel on child sexual abuse. Provides for professional development opportunities concerning the well-being of students. Adds provisions concerning sexual misconduct in schools, including requiring a school district to develop a code of conduct, an employment history review, and what a sex education class must teach. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to add certain acts to the offenses of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and grooming. Effective immediately.

 

 

IL - HB2748 SCH CD-SPECIAL ED-MAXIMUM AGE

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 020-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Suzanne Ness (D)

Summary:  Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that if a student turns 22 during the time in which the student's in-person instruction is suspended for a period of 3 months or more during the school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, then the student is eligible for special education services through the end of the following school year (rather than being eligible for such services only until the day before the student's 22nd birthday). Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB2987 SCHOOLS-WORK ETHIC INSTRUCTION

Last Action: Do Pass / Consent Calendar Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 023-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D)

Summary:  Amends the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. In provisions concerning postsecondary and career expectations, provides that, beginning in grade 6, students should be introduced to the importance of developing and applying a work ethic in a variety of contexts; sets forth what this introduction may include.

 

IL - HB3071 SCH CD-SEX ED/FAMILY LIFE

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 014-009-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D)

Summary: Amends the School Code. Makes changes concerning sex education, including changing the name to sexual health and changing course requirements. Makes changes concerning family life course requirements. Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to make changes concerning the educational areas a comprehensive health education program must include. Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB3097 DRIVER EDUCATION-TRAFFIC STOPS

Last Action: Do Pass / Consent Calendar Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 023-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Sonya M. Harper (D)

Summary: Amends the Driver Education Act of the School Code. Changes the definition of "driver education course" to include a course of instruction in law enforcement procedures during traffic stops, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that every adult education course shall include instruction in law enforcement procedures during traffic stops, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers. Provides that the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Illinois State Police, shall include in the Illinois Rules of the Road publication a description of law enforcement procedures during traffic stops and the actions that a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers.

 

IL - HB3100 ANCRA-IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Adoption & Child Welfare Committee; 008-000-000 (March 22, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Delia C. Ramirez (D)

Summary: Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires mandated reporters to complete an initial implicit bias training within 3 months of their date of engagement in a professional or official capacity as a mandated reporter, with certain exceptions, and at least every 3 years thereafter. Provides that the implicit bias trainings shall be in-person or web-based and shall include, at a minimum, information on implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity. Requires the implicit bias trainings to provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately eliminate discriminatory behaviors. Provides that, during these trainings, mandated reporters shall complete a pretest to assess baseline implicit bias levels, an implicit bias training task, and a posttest to reevaluate bias levels after training. Provides that the implicit bias curriculum for mandated reporters shall be developed within one year after the effective date of the amendatory Act and shall be created in consultation with organizations demonstrating expertise and or experience in the areas of implicit bias, youth and adolescent developmental issues, prevention of child abuse, exploitation, and neglect, culturally diverse family systems, and the child welfare system. Provides that implicit bias training shall be provided through the Department of Children and Family Services, through authorized entities.

 

IL - HB3114 SCH CD-EDUCATION EQUITY COMM

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 023-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Eva Dina Delgado (D)

Summary:  Amends the School Code to create the State Education Equity Committee within the State Board of Education. Provides that the purpose of the committee is to strive to ensure equity in education for all children from birth through grade 12. Sets forth the membership of the task force. Contains provisions concerning meetings, duties, and reporting. Repeals a Section concerning the Advisory Council on At-Risk Students. Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB3223 SCHOOL STUDENT-PARENT/VICTIM

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 014-009-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Anna Moeller (D)

Summary:  Amends the School Code and the Illinois School Student Records Act. In provisions concerning the suspension or expulsion of a pupil, adds references to guardians (rather than just parents). Provides that a student may disclose mitigating factors, such as the student's status as a parent, expectant parent, or victim of domestic or sexual violence, in suspension or expulsion hearings. Provides that home instruction or correspondence courses must be made available to students who are unable to attend school because of pregnancy-related conditions, parenting obligations related to the health of a child, or health and safety concerns arising from domestic or sexual violence. Includes attendance at a medical or therapeutic appointment and appointments with a victim services provider as a valid cause for absence from school. Adds provisions to the Code concerning children and students who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence, the purpose of which is to ensure that Illinois schools have policies, procedures, and protocols in place that ensure children and students who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence are identified by schools in a manner respectful of their privacy and safety, treated with dignity and regard, and provided the protection, instruction, and related accommodations and services necessary to enable them to meet State educational standards and successfully attain a school diploma. Makes changes to the Chicago School District Article of the School Code concerning the transfer of students. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2022.

 

IL - HB3254 SCH CD-DIVERSITY IN LITERATURE

Last Action: Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 016-007-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D)

Summary: Amends the Instructional Materials Article of the School Code. Provides that a school district (including a charter school) shall require that books that are included as a part of any course, material, instruction, reading assignment, or other school curricula related to literature during the school year or that appear on summer reading lists must include books that are written by diverse authors, including, but not limited to, authors who are African American, women, Native American, LatinX, and Asian. Provides that reading material may not perpetuate bias against persons based on specified categories. Provides that for any school district utilizing federal funds under Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the selection of each book to be included in a reading assignment, course material and instruction, or other school curricula related to literature must first receive prior approval from the school board before the book may be included. Provides that the criteria for the approval or denial of a book shall be determined by school board policy, but the minimum requirement is that the book may not be approved by the school board if the book contains language or material that is derogatory or racist or incites hate against any persons. Provides for rulemaking and guidelines. Effective immediately.

 

IL - HB3573 SCH CD-REMOTE LEARNING DAY

Last Action: Do Pass / Consent Calendar Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School; 008-000-000 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Representative Thomas M. Bennett (R)

Summary: Amends the School Code. Allows a school district to utilize a remote learning day instead of an emergency day provided for in the school calendar. Provides that the number of remote learning days used in a school year may not exceed the number of emergency days provided for in the school calendar and the district superintendent must approve a remote learning plan for the district before the district may utilize a remote learning day. Sets forth what the plan must address, the term of approval, and how the plan must be posted. Sets forth district requirements. Allows statutory and regulatory curricular mandates and offerings to be administered via remote learning, allows for electronic communication for instruction and interaction between educators and students, and provides for rulemaking. Makes related changes. Effective July 1, 2021.

 

IL - SB564 SCH CD-HOLIDAY-MUHAMMAD ALI

Last Action: Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 25, 2021 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Senator Laura Ellman (D)

Summary: Amends the School Code. In the provisions relating to holidays, adds January 17 (the birthday of Muhammad Ali) to the list of commemorative holidays. In the provisions relating to courses of study, provides that the teaching of history of the United States shall include the study of the contributions made by Muslims and Muslim Americans to society.

 

IL - SB1821 SCH CD-TRANSITION ELIGIBILITY

Last Action: Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 25, 2021 (March 24, 2021)

Primary Sponsor: Senator David Koehler (D)

Summary: Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that eligible students who reached or will reach their 22nd birthday between March 17, 2020 and the end of the 2021-2022 school year shall be afforded the option of extending the student's eligibility through the end of the 2021-2022 school year to provide the student with an opportunity to participate in post-secondary transition activities and services and pursue the goals under the student's most recent individualized education program. Sets forth provisions regarding the extension of eligibility. Requires each school district to provide written notification of options, including the required waiver of compensatory services claims, to each student to whom these provisions apply or to the student's guardian or designated representative within 30 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Sets forth the written notification form. Effective immediately.

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