Advocacy in Action (4/16/21) - Legislature Gets Down to Work After Spring Break

By Advocacy In Action posted 05-20-2021 16:08

  

April 16, 2021

Legislature Gets Down to Work After Spring Break 

This week saw a great deal of activity in both the Illinois House and Senate.  While the House focused its attention on floor debate, the Senate heard bills in committee.  Next week promises to be busy as well, with April 23rd being the deadline for all bills to advance out of their chamber of origin.  Those bills that pass either the House or Senate will switch chambers, and the process will begin again with bills being heard in committees. 

 

SB 2088 Would Mandate Instruction During Suspensions & Expulsions 

Senate Bill 2088 would require school districts to educate and provide academic credit for students who are suspended or expelled from school.  Specifically, the bill requires a continuity of education plan for students, regardless of the length of the exclusion.  Under a suspended or expelled student’s continuity of education plan, a school must provide 5 clock hours of instruction per day and guarantee at least 2 ½ hours of synchronous (live) instruction each day. 

 

We are obviously concerned about the feasibility and expense of this legislation.  School districts will likely need to hire additional staff to provide these services.  The bill advanced out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 8 to 3.  Senator Belt, the bill’s sponsor, has committed to working with IPA and other entities who are opposed to the measure. 

 

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Education Relief (ESSER) Resources 

The Illinois State Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education have recently released numerous documents and reports relative to ESSER funding. We believe that the following three resources provide a good overview of ESSER requirements for the use of these funds. 

 

U.S. Department of Education ESSER Fact Sheet📄 

ISBE Learning Renewal Resource Guide 

ISBE Learning Renewal Webinar 

 

Bill Action for the Week: 

 

This week, action was taken on the following key education bills. 

 

IL - HB24 SCH CD-SEX EDUCATION-SEXTING 

Last ActionThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 115-000-000 (April 15, 2021) 

Primary SponsorRepresentative Maurice A. West, II (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. Provides that sex education course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on sexting; defines "sexting". Provides that the discussion on sexting must include an exploration of: (i) the possible consequences of sexting, (ii) the identification of situations in which bullying or harassment result from sexting, (iii) the possible long-term consequences of sexting, (iv) the importance of using the Internet safely, (v) the identification of individuals in the school or community that may be contacted for assistance with issues, concerns, or problems, and (vi) the development of strategies for resisting peer pressure and for communicating in a positive manner. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - HB26 SCH CD-INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY 

Last ActionThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 114-000-000 (April 15, 2021) 

Primary SponsorRepresentative Theresa Mah (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. To ensure that the content available on any third-party online curriculum that is made available to enrolled students or the public by a school district through the Internet is readily accessible to persons with disabilities, provides that the State Board of Education shall require that the third party online curriculum comply with Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.  

 

IL - HB156 EDUC-MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT 

Last ActionHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools; 005-003-000 (April 15, 2021) 

Primary SponsorRepresentative Barbara Hernandez (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall make menstrual (rather than feminine) hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom of every school building (rather than in bathrooms of school buildings). Effective immediately.  

 

IL - HB577 SCH CD-PREVENT YOUTH SUICIDE 

Last ActionThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 114-000-000 (April 15, 2021) 

Primary SponsorRepresentative Lindsey LaPointe (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. Makes changes to provisions regarding youth suicide awareness and prevention. Sets forth some of the characteristics of students at an increased risk of suicide. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - HR24 TEACH U.S. EUGENICS MOVEMENT 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of Resolutions (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorRepresentative Mary E. Flowers (D) 

SummaryEncourages school curriculum to include the history of the eugenics movement in the United States.  

 

IL - SB673 SCH CD-BULLYING PREVENTION 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D) 

SummaryAmends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, provides that the term "restorative measures" includes alternatives to exclusionary discipline that increase student accountability if the incident of bullying is based on religion, race, ethnicity, or any other category that is identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act. Requires the State Board of Education to provide funding for counselors to support mediation with regard to incidents of bullying that are based on religion, race, ethnicity, or any other category that is identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - SB696 CHILD LABOR-REMOTE APPLICATION 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Laura Fine (D) 

SummaryAmends the Child Labor Law to provide that a person authorized to issue employment certificates to minors may determine that a minor may utilize a remote application process. Provides that a minor shall be accompanied by his or her parent, guardian, or custodian, whether applying in person or remotely. Removes certain provisions allowing the City or County Superintendent of Schools to waive the in-person application requirement if a minor resides in another state. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - SB1989 PEN CD-TRS-RETURN TO SERVICE 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Patrick J. Joyce (D) 

Summary: Amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that through June 30, 2023 (instead of June 30, 2021), an annuitant may accept employment as a teacher without impairing his or her retirement status if that employment is not within the school year during which service was terminated and does not exceed 120 paid days or 600 paid hours in each school year. Makes a conforming change. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - SB2088 SCH CD-SUSPEND/EXPEL PUPIL 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Christopher Belt (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. Provides that a school district may adopt a policy providing that if a student is suspended or expelled for any reason from any public or private school in this or any other state, the student must complete the entire term of the suspension or expulsion before being allowed to attend the school district in person (rather than before being admitted into the school district). Provides that this policy must require the provision of an educational continuity plan for suspended or expelled students; sets forth requirements for the plan. Makes changes concerning the State Board of Education's standard form that Illinois school districts are required to provide to any student who is moving out of the school district. Makes other changes concerning the transfer of a student and the suspension or expulsion of a student.  

 

IL - SB2091 SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE DATA 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Christopher Belt (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. With regard to the State Board of Education's student discipline report, provides that, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the State Board must annually collect data on all of the data elements pertaining to school discipline, student seclusion, and student restraint collected by the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Civil Rights Data Collection. Provides that, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the State Board must collect data on all disciplinary incidents that result in office referrals but do not result in out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, disciplinary transfers to alternative schools, referrals to law enforcement, or school-based arrests. Sets forth the categories of data that must be collected by the State Board and included in the school discipline report. Sets forth provisions regarding a school discipline improvement plan. Requires the State Superintendent of Education to convene an Equitable and Restorative School Discipline Advisory Council to advise the State Board on the ongoing implementation of school discipline policies in this State. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - SB2296 SCH CD-TIME OUT & RESTRAINT 

Last ActionSenate Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Ann Gillespie (D) 

SummaryAmends the School Code. Makes changes concerning the adoption of rules by the State Board of Education governing time out and physical restraint in the public schools. Subject to appropriation, requires the State Board to create a grant program for school districts and special education cooperatives and charter schools to implement school-wide, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and restorative practices. Allows the State Board to contract with a third party to provide assistance with oversight and monitoring, and requires the State Board to establish reduction goals and a system of ongoing review, auditing, and monitoring. Makes changes in provisions concerning a school board's use of time out and physical restraint, including providing that isolated time out, time out, and physical restraint may be used only under certain circumstances, prohibiting the deprivation of necessities and prone, mechanical, and chemical restraint, and requiring a meeting with school personnel if requested by the parent or guardian, the provision of information to parents and guardians, and written procedures. Effective immediately.  

 

IL - SB2323 DCFS-PROHIBITED RESTRAINTS 

Last ActionPlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 15, 2021 (April 14, 2021) 

Primary SponsorSenator Sara Feigenholtz (D) 

SummaryAmends the Children and Family Services Act. Prohibits the use of restraints on youth in care, including chemical, manual, and mechanical restraints, during the provision of any transportation services provided or arranged by the Department of Children and Family Services or its contractual assigns. Provides that any known, alleged, or suspected violation of the prohibition shall immediately be reported to the Department's Office of the Inspector General, the court presiding over the youth's case in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, and the youth's attorney and guardian ad litem. Requires the Department to make a significant events report for any known, alleged, or suspected violation of the prohibition. Sets forth a list of circumstances that require the Department to prepare a written individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan for any youth in care. Requires the Department to obtain court approval of the transportation plan in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 as well as written approval of the transportation plan from the Department's Chief Deputy Director and the Chief Deputy Director of its Clinical Division. Contains provisions concerning information that must be included in a written individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan; and Department reporting requirements. Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Requires the Department to ensure the provision of trauma-sensitive transport to minors placed in its care. Contains provisions concerning factors a court must consider when determining whether to approve an individualized trauma-sensitive transportation plan submitted by the Department. Effective immediately.  

 

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