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Failure to Repair Sidewalk After Notice of Defect Does Not Necessarily Make Public Body Responsible for Resulting Injury12/19/2017
Terminating an Employee for Failure to Return to Work at End of FMLA Leave May Violate ADA12/12/2017
Bullying Prevention Notification Efforts Must Be Ongoing12/7/2017
Sexual Harassment11/21/2017
Evidence-Based School Funding is Here10/20/2017
Timeline for Responding to Student Record Requests Shortened from 15 School Days to 10 Business Days10/18/2017
Employee Cleared By Doctor to Return to Work Improperly Terminated By City Without Further Proper Medical Evaluation Or Reliable Evidence of Inability to Perform Essential Functions of Job9/14/2017
Steps to Consider to Limit Overtime Issues When Employees Can Work By Email, Laptop and Smartphone8/30/2017
AG Clarifies Basis for Closed Session for Probable or Imminent Litigation8/16/2017
School Board Has Right to Reduce Education Support Personnel From Full-Time to Part-Time6/6/2017
Court Finds Education Foundation of the College of DuPage Subject to FOIA5/18/2017
PAC Advises Certain Meeting Rules Limiting Public Comment Are Impermissible5/16/2017
Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Student-Led Prayer at School Board Meetings4/21/2017
Without Knowledge of Risk of Serious Harm, Failure to Provide Protective Eyewear While Playing Floor Hockey in Gym Class is Not Willful and Wanton Conduct.4/5/2017
No Change for Illinois Schools Based on Supreme Court Clarification of FAPE Standard3/31/2017
School Districts Can Make Certain “Robocalls” To Parents Without Prior Express Consent3/24/2017
Injury From Fall Out of Chair at Work Not “Within Scope of Employment”; No Workers’ Compensation Benefits Awarded3/2/2017
No Entitlement to Workers’ Compensation Benefits When Driving to Regular Workplace for Mandatory Training2/24/2017
Administration of Breathalyzer Tests to Group of Students at School Dance Found Lawful2/23/2017
Use of Personal Electronic Devices May Create Public Records2/15/2017
Public Body Not Entitled to Absolute Immunity From Liability for Injury Suffered by Cyclist on Area Bike Path2/10/2017
School District Not Liable for Alleged Injuries Due to Bullying When Making Discretionary Decisions; Bullying Policy and Handbook Not a “Contract” With Students or Parents2/7/2017
General Public Recitation of Item to be Voted Upon at Public Meeting Deemed Sufficient2/2/2017
School Liability for Student Death for Failure to Follow Policy and Procedure1/27/2017
Court Finds Public Body Failed to Properly Advise Public of the Matter Being Considered Before Taking Final Action12/9/2016
Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of New FLSA Overtime Rules11/30/2016
New Asthma Plan, Emergency Response and Training Requirements11/17/2016
Regional Superintendent of Schools Authorized to Review Residency Hearing Decisions10/7/2016
New Leave Rights Granted for Employees Child Bereavement and Sick Leave9/15/2016
Illinois Enacts New Requirements for Expense Reimbursement of Local Government Employees and Officials8/4/2016
Legal Alert Overtime Eligibility Expanded7/20/2016
Legal Alert re OMA-Access to Verbatim Recordings and Minutes of Closed Meetings7/14/2016
Current Federal Guidance Issued on Transgender Students5/19/2016
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs in on Issue of Restroom Access for Transgender Students4/22/2016
Student Discipline Upheld in Wake of Threatening Internet Posting11/13/2015
“Ann Marie’s Law” Establishes New Policy Requirements Regarding Suicide Awareness and Prevention11/5/2015
New IDOL Regulations Regarding the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.11/5/2015
Amendment to Illinois School Code Limits Petitions for School District Detachment and Annexation10/19/2015
Youth Sports Safety Act (Public Act 99-245)10/15/2015
Assessing the Current Property Tax Freeze Legislation9/29/2015
Public Access Counselor Opinion 15-003:A Reminder to Schools/Municipalities that Closed Meeting Discussions Need to be Limited to the Narrow Topic of Exemption4/23/2015
Staffing Decisions2/4/2015
Bullying Policy Amendments Due1/28/2015
General Assembly Overrides Governor's Veto And Passes FOIA Amendments12/12/2014
Illinois Attorney General Seeks Prompt Supreme Court Review of Circuit Court Ruling That New Pension Law Violates The Illinois Constitution12/9/2014
Local Zoning Regulations Apply to School Construction12/5/2014
Dyslexia Defined; State Reading Advisory Group Created10/3/2014
New Concussion Online Training for High School Coaches and Students10/3/2014
ISAT Replaced As Assessment Tool9/12/2014
Local Governments Must Allow Public Communication with Public Officials on Their Website8/21/2014
“Undesignated” Epi-Pens Can Now Be Administered By Any Trained School Personnel8/4/2014
New Guidance Issued on Responsibilities of Schools to Address Forms of Sex Discrimination7/3/2014
Attorney General Madigan Opines that School Districts are Subject to Local Zoning Ordinances4/17/2014
U S Department of Justice Issues Guidance on School Disciplinary Practices3/17/2014
Department of Justice and Education Issues Guidance on Discrimination in Student Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies and Practices1/22/2014
Change to Election Code Removes Nominating Petitions and Electoral Board Responsibility from Local School Districts12/31/2013
Pension Reform -- Senate Bill 1 -- Public Act 98-59912/9/2013
Illinois Court Bolsters Authority of School Officials When Using Working Cash Fund11/20/2013
School Administrators Entitled to Broad Immunity Regarding Alleged Failure to Follow School Policy in Response to Bullying of Student10/25/2013
Recent Student Discipline Amendments to the Illinois School Code: Public Act 97-495 and Public Act 97-34010/10/2012
Multi-function School Activity Bus Can Transport For Curriculum – Related Activities (Other Than Regular Morning and Afternoon Home – School Routes)8/28/2012
Reminder: New School Whooping Cough Vaccination Requirements For Fall for Sixth and Ninth Grade Students8/21/2012
US Department of Justice Extends Compliance Deadline for Existing Pools Under the 2010 ADA Standards8/10/2012
Principal Evaluation Due in August8/9/2012
School Code and Regulatory Amendments to Part 226 (Special Education)7/31/2012
Public Act 097-0702 Amends School Code to Extend Alternative Teacher Certification Program and Alternative Educator Licensure Program7/13/2012
Middle Schools and High Schools Are Now Charged With Developing, Adapting or Updating Math Curriculum7/13/2012
CPR and AED Training For Junior High Students7/10/2012
Administrative Certificate Candidates In The “Pipeline” Before August 1, 20117/10/2012
Bussing For Non-Public School Students Not Required When Public School Not in Session7/10/2012
ISBE Proposes Amendment to Limit Personnel Qualified to Conduct Case Study Medical Reviews to Only Certified School Nurses and Doctors7/1/2012
Records Created By Use of a Personal Electronic Device by a Member of the Public Body During a Meeting of the Public Body May Be Public Records Under FOIA6/26/2012
Attorney General Sues IHSA Over Access to Interscholastics Athletics for the Disabled6/15/2012
Bullying Claim Brought Against School District Following Student Suicide Emphasizes Need For Policy, Training, and Appropriate Response To Complaints Of Harassment4/23/2012
Graduation With A Regular High School Diploma Terminates Education4/11/2012
Public Access Counselor Opines Legal Invoices Are Generally Not Exempt From FOIA3/30/2012
Back to Basics - Discipline of Disabled Students3/28/2012
Senate Bill 7 Reduction in Force Process3/22/2012
Pera Timelines3/22/2012
Senate Bill 7 New Vacant Positions3/22/2012
Harassment of Students with Special Needs The Special Need to Prevent and Intervene3/13/2012
New Rules for Student Record-Keeping3/5/2012
Legislature Creates New Mechanism For School Districts To Recover Debts2/28/2012
New Illinois School Report Card Becomes Law2/28/2012
In Performing Job Responsibilities, Public Employee's Speech Not Protected Under First Amendment2/22/2012
Illinois Department of Public Health Changes School Immunization Requirements2/22/2012
Performance Counts - Senate Bill7 (Public Act 97-0008)2/20/2012
Conducting Functional Behavior Assessment and Developing Behavior Intervention Plan2/20/2012
New Federal Guidance to Help Schools Implement ADA Amendments1/31/2012
Court Finds After School Cyberbullying Causes Substantial Disruption at School1/26/2012
Court Reinforces Position That Outside “One-Shot” Evaluations Do Not Trump Decision-Making Of School Professionals1/20/2012
ISBE Changes Records Categories of School Student Records to Address Electronic Communications, Records and Common School Practices1/3/2012