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Legislative Report June 13, 2024
Prepared by: Arabed Hernandez
Bill Information
STUDENT RECORDS-TRANSFER
(REP. RITA MAYFIELD)

Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Provides that when a student transfers to a new school, the school or school district last attended may not refuse the new school's request to provide a copy of the student's school student record on the grounds that the student owes a debt.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH/HIGHER ED-SEX SEGREGATION
(REP. CHRIS MILLER)

Creates the Safety and Opportunity for Girls Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no receipt of State funding may be contingent upon an educational institution forgoing the maintenance of sex-segregated spaces by the educational institution, including bathrooms and locker rooms. Provides that notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no receipt of State funding may be contingent upon an educational institution forgoing the maintenance of sex-segregated athletic or academic programs by the educational institution.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/12/2023 - Referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-STUDENT TRAUMA-PLAN
(REP. MAURICE WEST, II)

Amends the School Code. Requires a school district to develop and implement a plan to provide additional instructional services, support, or special accommodations to students who suffer from trauma related to experiencing the death of a sibling, parent, guardian, or household member by suicide or homicide or suffer from trauma caused by domestic violence or abuse and whom the school has determined require additional instructional services, support, or special accommodations but do not qualify for an individualized education program or for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Sets forth what the plan may include. Provides that the plan shall remain in place until the student (i) is no longer enrolled in the district or (ii) has made such significant and sustained academic progress that the student no longer requires the plan. In provisions relating to children with disabilities, provides that beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, the notice that a school board provides concerning who qualifies for services under Section 504 shall include that a child may qualify for those services if the child is a student who is at least 3 years old or older and under 22 years and who (i) has experienced the death of a sibling, parent, guardian, or household member by suicide or homicide or (ii) suffers from trauma caused by domestic violence or abuse. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-STUDENT ARREST DATA
(REP. TERRA COSTA HOWARD)

Amends the School Code. Each school year, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, requires a school board and charter school to collect data on student referrals to law enforcement and school-related arrests of students and on the reason for referring students to law enforcement and school-related arrests of students and submit that data annually to the State Board of Education. Requires the State Board to prepare a report (to be posted on the State Board's website) on student referrals to law enforcement and school-related arrests of students in all school districts and charter schools in this State for each school year, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. Sets forth what the report must include. Provides that, before July 1 following the posting of a report, the State Board of Education shall identify those public schools and charter schools that are within the top 20% of schools with respect to the number of student referrals to law enforcement and school-related arrests of students and require each of the identified schools to submit a referral and arrest improvement plan identifying the strategies the school will implement to reduce the use of student referrals to law enforcement and school-related arrests of students. Provides for a progress report to be submitted. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/23/2023 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons

SCH CD-ACADEMIC SUPPORT
(REP. LA SHAWN FORD)

Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, each school district must provide a parent or guardian of an at-risk student information about appropriate and available community-based or in-school academic support services; defines "at-risk student" and specifies what those services may include. Provides that a school district shall not be responsible for any costs or transportation associated with a student's participation in community-based academic support services. Effective July 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/31/2023 - FIRST READING

INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS-GENDER
(REP. DAVID FRIESS)

Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Provides that any athletic team or sport that is under the jurisdiction of an association or entity that provides for interscholastic athletics or athletic competition among schools and student must be expressly designated as (i) a male athletic team or sport, (ii) a female athletic team or sport, or (iii) a coeducational athletic team or sport. Provides that an athletic team or sport designated as being female is available only to participants who are female, based on their biological sex. Requires a school district or nonpublic school to obtain a written statement signed by a student's parent or guardian or the student verifying the student's age, biological sex, and that the student has not taken performance enhancing drugs; provides for a penalty for false or misleading statements. Prohibits a governmental entity or an association or entity that provides for interscholastic athletics or athletic competition among schools and students from entertaining a complaint, opening an investigation, or taking any other adverse action against a school district or nonpublic school for maintaining athletic teams or sports in accordance with these provisions.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/12/2024 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jed Davis

EDUCATION-HARASSMENT
(REP. MAURICE WEST, II)

Amends the School Code. Provides that each school district must create, implement, and maintain an age-appropriate policy on race-related harassment and discrimination. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, provides that the required policy on bullying shall also include age-appropriate information about the definitions of harassment and sexual harassment, the procedures for reporting harassment, and the protections and relief available under Illinois Human Rights Act. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that harassment by an elementary, secondary, or higher education representative or the failure of an institution of elementary, secondary, or higher education to take remedial action or appropriate disciplinary action against a student or an elementary, secondary, or higher education representative employed by the institution (if the institution knows that the student or representative committed or engaged in harassment) is a civil rights violation. Provides that each institution of elementary, secondary, or higher education shall establish, implement, and maintain a continuing race-related discrimination and harassment program. Sets forth requirements concerning policies and procedures, a model training program, and reporting. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/10/2023 - House Immigration & Human Rights

SCH CD-STUDENT ABSENCE-FAFSA
(REP. MARTIN MOYLAN)

Amends the Pupils and Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. Provides that a child in any of grades 9 through 12 may be absent from public school on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day for the purpose of filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or other higher education scholarship, grant, or financial aid application. Provides that a school board may require the parent or guardian of the child to give notice, not exceeding 5 days, of the child's absence to the school principal or other school personnel. Provides that the child may be absent from public school for a maximum of 2 school days per school year. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/15/2023 - Referred to House Rules

SCH CD-DRESS CODE POLICY
(REP. AARON ORTIZ; SEN. KARINA VILLA)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school uniform or dress code policy adopted by a school board or local school council shall not prohibit the right of a student to wear or accessorize graduation attire with items associated with the student's cultural or ethnic identity or any protected characteristic or category identified in the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that the items used to accessorize graduation attire may include, but are not limited to, flags, pins, or any other relevant item. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/28/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SCH BREAKFAST/LUNCH-SUPP AID
(REP. MAURICE WEST, II; SEN. LAURA ELLMAN)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act. In provisions concerning reimbursement of sponsors, provides that the State Board of Education shall reimburse not less than $0.15 or the actual cost, whichever is less, to non-profit welfare centers for each free breakfast and lunch. Provides that the State Board of Education shall establish the Healthy School Meals for All Program to begin on July 1, 2023. Provides that each school board of a school district or governing body of a nonpublic school that chooses to participate in the Healthy School Meals for All Program shall offer eligible meals, without charge, to all students enrolled in schools that participate in the National School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Sets forth provisions regarding eligibility for the Healthy School Meals for All Program, program requirements, reimbursement (subject to appropriation), federal and other funding, State Board support and technical assistance, and the federal Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program. Provides that if the United States Department of Agriculture creates the option for the State, as a whole, to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, then the State Board of Education shall evaluate whether that option is anticipated to require less State funding than the Healthy School Meals for All Program and provide at least as many free meals to students. Sets forth requirements concerning that option. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Provides that the requirement that the State Board of Education establish the Healthy School Meals for All Program is subject to appropriation (instead of the requirement that a participating school board receive reimbursement is subject to appropriation).

  CURRENT STATUS

8/11/2023 - Effective Date August 11, 2023

SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(REP. CYRIL NICHOLS)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding suspension or expulsion of pupils, provides that, when expelling a student, the board shall notify the parents of the nature of the hearing and the option of retaining legal counsel. Provides that, when the suspension period is over, the pupil may return to school. Provides that for a pupil suspended due to gross disobedience or misconduct on a school bus, a written decision about whether the student can use a school bus shall be made within 15 days of the incident. Provides that a school shall offer written demonstration of remediation efforts excluding out of school suspensions. Provides that schools shall use data to track whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring both in the State and in the district with respect to the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary removals from placement, including suspensions and expulsions. Provides that, if it is determined that significant disproportionality is occurring, the school shall provide that determination for annual review and, if appropriate, revision of the policies, practices, and procedures used in disciplinary removals to ensure that the policies, practices, and procedures comply with the district's equity requirements. Provides that notice of suspension shall also include other evidence-based alternatives to suspension. Provides that when a student is suspended for more than 4 days, "appropriate and available support services" must include an option for automatically placing the student in an e-learning program or distance learning program through written materials if (1) the removal is for more than 5 consecutive school days; or (2) the child has been subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern, because the series of removals total more than 10 school days in a school year, because the child's behavior is substantially similar to the child's behavior in previous incidents that resulted in the series of removals, and because of the effects of additional factors such as the length of each removal, the total amount of time the child has been removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH BREAKFAST/LUNCH-REIMBURSE
(REP. LAKESIA COLLINS)

Amends the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act. Provides that the State Board of Education shall reimburse not less than the actual cost to school boards for each free lunch or breakfast supplied by them (instead of reimbursing school boards $0.15 or the actual cost, whichever is less, for each free lunch or breakfast), taking into consideration (rather than being in addition to) any federal contributions.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/19/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-NEW ARRIVAL GRANT
(REP. MARTIN MOYLAN)

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a program to make New Arrival Student Grants available to school districts, municipalities, townships, and not-for-profit organizations to support the needs of students who are undocumented immigrants, have entered the United States in refugee status, or have applied for asylum in the United States. Provides that to receive a grant under this program, a school district, municipality, township, or not-for-profit organization shall submit an application to the State Board of Education at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the State Board of Education may reasonably require. Provides that in awarding funds under this program, the State Board of Education may consider (i) the number of new arrival students enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary school within a school district, (ii) the needs of new arrival students in a school district, and (iii) the ability of the school district, municipality, township, or not-for-profit organization to meet the needs of a arrival students. to meet the needs of new arrival students. Effective July 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/16/2023 - Referred to House Rules

SCH CD-NEW ARRIVAL GRANT
(REP. FRED CRESPO)

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a program to make New Arrival Student Grants available to school districts to support the needs of students who are newly arriving immigrant students, regardless of immigration status. Provides that to receive a grant under this program, a school district shall submit an application to the State Board of Education at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the State Board of Education may reasonably require. Provides that in awarding funds under this program, the State Board of Education may consider (i) the number of new arrival students enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary school within the school district, (ii) the needs of new arrival students in the school district, and (iii) the ability of the school district to meet the needs of new arrival students. Effective July 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/31/2024 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-SUPP MENTAL HLTH GRANT
(REP. RYAN SPAIN)

Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to establish a School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program to award grants to schools for the purpose of providing supplemental mental health services to students, in addition to services provided by the employees of a school. Sets forth provisions concerning Program requirements, grant applications, awards, requirements, funding, and reporting. Provides for guidelines and rulemaking. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/26/2024 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Tony M. McCombie

SCH CD-STUDENT SOCIAL ASSESS
(REP. JACKIE HAAS)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. Provides that school boards shall require that each student is assessed by a teacher or school staff member no less than 3 times per year on social emotional learning utilizing a comprehensive, evidence-based, social emotional learning system.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-REFER STUDENT FOR FINE
(REP. LA SHAWN FORD)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. Provides that school personnel may not refer a student to any other local public entity, school public resource officer, or peace officer for the purpose of a local public entity issuing the child a fine or a fee for an incident or behavior that has been or can be pursued through the school district's available disciplinary interventions and consequences. Amends the School Board and Compulsory Attendance Articles of the School Code to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Changes certain references from "school public resource officer" to "school resource officer". Provides that the provisions of the School Code prohibiting fines or fees as a disciplinary consequence and referral of a student does not modify school disciplinary responses provided under specified provisions of the School Code that exist before the effective date of the amendatory Act nor responses to alleged delinquent or criminal conduct as set forth in the School Code, the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, or the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes grammatical and typographical corrections.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

MENTAL HLTH-SCHOOL STANDARDS
(REP. MATT HANSON)

Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. In a provision requiring the Illinois State Board of Education to develop and implement a plan to incorporate social and emotional development standards for the purpose of enhancing and measuring children's school readiness and ability to achieve academic success, provides that the plan shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the Board of Education at least once every 3 years. Requires the plan to include the teaching of grade-appropriate mental health topics, including, but not limited to, types of mental illness, how to find help for mental illness for peers and yourself, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, coping strategies, appropriate language to use surrounding mental health, and how to incorporate technology in a mental health crisis. In a provision requiring every Illinois school district to develop a policy for incorporating social and emotional development into the district's educational program, provides that the policy shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the school district to incorporate revised provisions of the Board of Education's social and emotional development standards.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

KOSHER & HALAL FOODS
(REP. ABDELNASSER RASHID)

Amends the School Code. Requires each school board to provide for a program by which both halal and kosher food options are offered in public school cafeterias by request. Provides further requirements concerning the provision of halal and kosher food in public schools. Amends the Halal Food Act. Defines "State-owned or State-operated facility". Provides that any State-owned or State-operated facility that provides food services or cafeteria services for which food products are provided or offered for sale also shall offer, upon request provided with reasonable notice, halal food options at the State-owned or State-operated facility. Provides that any halal food product offered shall be certified as halal by a State-approved organization or purchased from a State-approved halal-certified vendor. Provides that any person, organization, or vendor falsely representing a food product it provides as halal or falsely representing itself as a halal-certified vendor shall be subject to penalties under the Act. Provides for the adoption of rules. Provides that the amendatory provisions shall not infringe upon or affect any obligation in a contract entered into and in effect on or before the amendatory Act's effective date. Amends the Kosher Food Act. Makes substantially similar changes as to kosher food options at State facilities, defines "kosher", and provides that a violation of the provisions concerning State facility kosher food services is a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for the second and each subsequent offense. Effective June 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-EQUITY FOR AUTISTIC STU
(REP. HARRY BENTON)

Amends the State Board of Education Article of the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to create an Equity for Autistic Students Commission to research, recommend, and review policies that affect autistic students to ensure fair access to resources, therapies, education, and equity with a focused lens on historically marginalized groups. Provides that the Commission shall review different therapies and practices used or recommended for autistic students and, with the help of experts appointed to the Commission, decide if those therapies and practices are still the best therapies and practices. Provides that the Commission shall consist of members appointed by the State Board of Education and shall include experts in the field of autism in children and students. Provides that at least one member appointed to the Commission by the State Board of Education shall have autism. Provides that the State Board of Education shall provide administrative assistance and necessary staff support services. Provides for meetings and reporting.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/27/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-COLLEGE AND CAREER
(REP. MARY BETH CANTY)

Amends the School Board Article of the School Code. Provides that a school district that elects to implement College and Career Pathway Endorsements by July 1, 2025 is encouraged to provide job coaching to students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. Provides that duties of the job coaches may include teaching skills, such as resume preparation, career counseling and exploration, and acting as a liaison to the business community. Effective July 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-SCH REPORT CARD
(REP. JANET YANG ROHR)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning the school report card, provides that an indicator regarding class characteristics and student demographics of a given class shall be collected. Details what specific information regarding the class characteristics and student demographics of a given class shall be collected. Provides that student outcomes, including, where applicable, the percentage of students who earn a C or higher in the class, the percentage of students who take the advanced placement test in an advanced placement class broken down by race, the passing rate of the advanced placement test broken down by race shall be collected. Provides that any indicators collected shall be aggregated at the class level, department level, and school level, and the indicators shall be collected from each course.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-OPIOID ANTAGONIST
(REP. JANET YANG ROHR)

Amends the General Provisions Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning administration of an opioid antagonist, provides that a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose (instead of may maintain a supply of an opioid antagonist in any secure location where an individual may have an opioid overdose). Makes a conforming change.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/10/2023 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

BULLYING VICTIM PROTECTION ACT
(REP. MARGARET CROKE)

Creates the Bullying and Cyberbullying Victims Protection Act. Allows a minor who is the victim of bullying or cyberbullying, or a parent or person standing in parental relation to the minor, to seek injunctive relief against the individual who was bullying or cyberbullying the minor or, if the individual is younger than 18 years of age, against a parent or person standing in parental relation to the individual. Allows a court to issue a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction appropriate under the circumstances to prevent any further bullying or cyberbullying. Requires the Supreme Court to adopt forms for use as an application for initial injunctive relief by individuals representing themselves in suits involving bullying or cyberbullying and instructions for the proper use of each form or set of forms.

  CURRENT STATUS

1/16/2024 - Referred to House Rules

PHARMACY-STANDING ORDER-SCHOOL
(REP. JANET YANG ROHR)

Amends the Pharmacy Practice Act. Provides that, in accordance with a standing order by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a standing order by the Department of Public Health, a pharmacist may provide a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school with undesignated epinephrine injectors, asthma medication, glucagon, and opioid antagonists for the use by the school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school under the School Code. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall issue a standing order to provide a school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school with undesignated epinephrine injectors, asthma medication, glucagon, and opioid antagonists for use under the School Code. Provides that the standing order must be consistent with the current version of the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, guidelines of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or generally recognized evidence-based clinical guidelines. Sets forth provisions concerning liability and rulemaking.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CHILD ABUSE REPORTS TO SCHOOL
(REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS)

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter (rather than a copy of the Unit's final finding report) to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Provides that if an indicated finding is overturned in an appeal or hearing, the Department of Children and Family Services shall request that the notification letter (rather than final finding report) be purged from the student's record, and the school shall purge the notification letter (rather than final finding report) from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. Requires the notification letter to provide the date of expungement from the central register. Removes a provision requiring all reports made by mandated reporters to be confirmed in writing to the appropriate Child Protective Service Unit within 48 hours of any initial report.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes. Removes all amendatory changes requiring the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Instead provides that the Child Protective Service Unit shall send a copy of its final finding report to the school that the child, who is the indicated victim of child abuse (rather than the indicated victim of the report), attends. Requires the report to be sent during the summer to the last school that the child attended. Provides that the final finding report shall provide the date of expungement from the central register and the school shall purge the final finding report from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-MENTAL HEALTH-NOTIFY
(REP. DAGMARA AVELAR)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board shall require each school to notify students and the students' parents or guardians twice each year on how to access any mental health services offered in school or in the community where the school is located.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2024 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Janet Yang Rohr

SCH CD-MENTAL HEALTH-NOTIFY
(REP. ANNE STAVA-MURRAY; SEN. ADRIANE JOHNSON)

House Floor Amendment No. 2 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Provides that, beginning with the 2025-2026 school year, each school district shall: (1) notify the parents or guardians of each student enrolled in the school district about any mental health services available in the school in which the student is enrolled, in the school district, or in the community where the school is located; and (2) notify each student enrolled in the school district who is 12 years of age or older of specified information in an age and developmentally appropriate manner. Sets forth provisions concerning when and how the required notifications are provided.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/16/2024 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin

INS-SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER
(REP. DAGMARA AVELAR)

Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that an individual or group policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed in this State on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act shall provide coverage for health care services provided at a school-based health center at the same rate that would apply if those health care services were provided in a different health care setting.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ORG
(REP. JOE SOSNOWSKI)

Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Provides that an association or other entity that has as one of its purposes promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State shall adopt a policy that allows for a student to participate in interscholastic athletics immediately upon completing a transfer from one school to another school and enrolling in that other school. Provides that the policy may prohibit the student from participating in interscholastic athletics at that other school before the school transfer process is complete and the transfer has been accepted by the principal of the school from which the student is transferring and the principal of the school to which the student is transferring. Effective July 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

ELEC CD-HIGH SCHOOL REGISTER
(REP. CYRIL NICHOLS)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that, to encourage youth voter participation, each high school in the State shall hold at least 2 nonpartisan voter registration days per year: (i) one nonpartisan voter registration day shall be held on the second Tuesday in October or the first day thereafter that school is in session; and (ii) the other shall be held on the second Tuesday in February or the first day thereafter that school is in session.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - Referred to House Rules

ID CARD--SCHOOL PROGRAM
(REP. CYRIL NICHOLS)

Amends the Illinois Identification Card Act. Provides that the Secretary of State shall, subject to appropriation, develop and implement a program to provide a first Illinois Identification Card without cost, during school enrollment, to any child age 12 through 17 who is a resident of the State and is otherwise eligible for an Illinois Identification Card under the Act. Authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt rules necessary to implement the program. Specifies that no fee is to be charged for a first Illinois Identification Card issued to a child through the program. Effective June 1, 2024.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/6/2024 - Referred to House Rules

CHILDREN-MENTAL HEALTH
(REP. LINDSEY LAPOINTE)

Amends various Acts concerning children's mental health. Amends the School Code. Provides that on or before October 1, 2024, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team, the Office of the Governor, and relevant stakeholders as needed shall release a strategy that includes a tool for measuring capacity and readiness to implement universal mental health screening of students. Provides that the State Board of Education shall issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on school district readiness and plan for phased approach to universal mental health screening of students on or before April 1, 2025. Repeals the Wellness Checks in Schools Program Act. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall implement guidance to managed care organizations and similar care coordination entities contracted with the Department, so that the managed care organizations and care coordination entities respond to lead indicators with services and interventions that are designed to help stabilize the child. Amends the Children's Mental Health Act. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall advise the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative on designing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for children from birth to age 25 and their families with the goal of addressing children's mental health needs across a full continuum of care, including social determinants of health, prevention, early identification, and treatment. Provides that the Department of Public health (rather than the Department of Healthcare and Family Services) shall provide technical and administrative support for the Partnership. Deletes provision that the Partnership shall employ an Executive Director and set the compensation of the Executive Director and other such employees and technical assistance as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. Amends the Interagency Children's Behavioral Health Services Act. Provides that the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team in collaboration with the Department of Human Services shall develop a program to provide one-on-one in-home respite behavioral health aids to youth requiring intensive supervision due to behavioral health needs. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/4/2024 - House Mental Health & Addiction

STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS
(REP. KIMBERLY DU BUCLET)

Creates the Student Bill of Rights Act. Provides that the State Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education shall jointly establish, no later than January 1, 2025, a student bill of rights to outline that students in public schools and public institutions of higher education have a right to educational equity and to be free from discrimination based on race, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, and mental or physical ability. Provides that the State Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education shall publish the student bill of rights on their Internet websites and make a handout available. Provides that each public institution of higher education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall have on their Internet websites a link to the student bill of rights published on the Board of Higher Education's Internet website. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

2/8/2024 - Referred to House Rules

ELEC/SCH CD-HIGH SCH VOTE REG
(REP. DANIEL DIDECH)

Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that the fourth Tuesday in September shall be known as High School Voter Registration Day. Amends the Elections Code. In provisions concerning high school voter registration, provides that the one page document explaining the process to register to vote that every high school must provide to students shall be disseminated each year prior to the fourth Tuesday in September. Provides that the one page document prepared by the State Board of Elections must include a direct link to the State's online voter registration portal. Provides that the one page document shall also include sample ballot instructions and instructions for voting in the next election. Provides that a high school may adopt reasonable regulations restricting nonpartisan voter registration activities only if nonpartisan voter registration activities present a disruption to the school day or normal school operations. Provides that the board of each school district operating a high school shall allow each student who is at least 18 years of age, or 17 years of age on or before the date of the next primary election and turns 18 on or before the date of the general or consolidated election, and meets all other requirements of voter registration to register to vote during school hours on the fourth Tuesday in September of each year, or on the next school day if school is not in session on that the fourth Tuesday in September. Amends the School Code to make a conforming change.

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2/8/2024 - Referred to House Rules

SCH CD-BULLYING PREVENTION-AGE
(REP. CHRISTOPHER DAVIDSMEYER; SEN. THOMAS BENNETT)

Amends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, provides that "policy on bullying" means a bullying prevention policy that is age and developmentally appropriate. Effective July 1, 2024.

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5/26/2024 - House Bills on Third Reading

SCHOOL STUDENT RECORDS-MISC
(REP. SUZANNE NESS)

Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Provides that the term "Student Permanent Record" may include reports of psychological evaluations, including information on intelligence and personality, academic information obtained through test administration, observation, or interviews, elementary and secondary achievement-level test results, special education records, and records associated with a plan developed under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. With respect to the term "Student Permanent Record", removes intelligence test scores, aptitude test scores, psychological and personality test results, teacher evaluations, and other information of clear relevance to the education of a student from the information allowed to be included. Provides that if consent is provided by a student or the student's parent or guardian, then a copy of the student's school student records shall be provided at no cost to the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, an independent service coordination agency, or Equip for Equality to establish access to adult disability services and related benefits.

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4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH SAFETY DRILL-CARDIAC PLAN
(REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS; SEN. ERICA HARRISS)

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that no later than 30 days after the first day of each school year, the school board of each public elementary and secondary school in the State shall provide all teachers, administrators, and other school personnel, as determined by school officials, with information regarding emergency procedures and techniques, including, without limitation, the Heimlich maneuver, hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and use of the school district's automatic external defibrillator, and identify the cardiac emergency response team (instead of providing that the school board of each public elementary and secondary school in the State shall encourage all teachers and other school personnel to acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to properly administer life-saving techniques, including, without limitation, the Heimlich maneuver and rescue breathing). Makes related changes. Provides that the annual review shall include reviewing procedures regarding the school district's cardiac emergency response plan. Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that school districts and private schools shall develop a cardiac emergency response plan in place in accordance with guidelines set forth by either the American Heart Association or other nationally recognized, evidence-based standards that addresses the appropriate response to incidents involving an individual experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or a similar life-threatening emergency while at a school or at a school-sponsored activity or event. Requires the plan to be distributed to all teachers, administrators, school support personnel, coaches, and other school staff identified by school administrators at each school. Sets forth what shall be included in the cardiac emergency response plan.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Changes references from "automatic external defibrillator" to "automated external defibrillator". Removes the requirement that a school board identify the cardiac emergency response team.

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5/25/2024 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary Beth Canty

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS-PRACTICE
(REP. JANET YANG ROHR)

Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Provides that, for the benefit of the physical and mental health of athletes, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, all practices, games, or contests by a State high school athletic program or team that is a part of an association or other entity that has, as one of its purposes, promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among high schools and high school students within this State shall meet all specified requirements. Provides that an association or other entity that has as one of its purposes promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State shall enforce a penalty for a State high school athletic program or team exceeding practice maximums, which may include, but are not limited to, a loss of a practice day or other sanctions determined by the Illinois High School Association for each violation and shall be imposed as appropriate to the level, extent, and duration of the penalty. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1 - Removes provisions requiring that an association or other entity that has as one of its purposes promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State enforce a penalty for a State high school athletic program or team exceeding practice maximums.

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4/19/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

REPORT STUDENTS TO LAW ENFORCE
(REP. LA SHAWN FORD)

Amends the State Board of Education Article of the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall require, in a manner and method determined by the State Board, that each school district report the number of student referrals to law enforcement. Provides that the disaggregated data shall include data on referrals to law enforcement required to be submitted by a school district and charter school under the Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall post the disaggregated data on the State Board's Internet website for the previous school year by October 31, starting with the 2023-2024 school year. Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning the suspension or expulsion of pupils, provides that school personnel may not issue a monetary fine, fee, or municipal ticket for school-based behavior as a disciplinary consequence, (instead of providing that a student may not be issued a monetary fine or fee as a disciplinary consequence). Sets forth provisions concerning disciplinary responses of schools. Provides that school personnel (instead of a school district) may not refer a truant, chronic truant, or truant minor to any other local public entity, school resource officer, or peace officer (instead of any other local public entity). Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

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4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH STUDENT RECORD-LAW ENFORCE
(REP. PATRICK WINDHORST)

Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. In provisions concerning exceptions allowing the release of student records, provides that school student records or information contained may be released, transferred, disclosed or otherwise disseminated to law enforcement officers for purposes of review, recording, or contemporaneous access to security or surveillance video, audio, or footage, to the extent that the release, transfer, disclosure, or dissemination is consistent with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Effective immediately.

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4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

FUTURE TEACHERS CLUB
(REP. SHARON CHUNG)

Urges schools across the state to pursue starting Future Teachers of America clubs.

House Floor Amendment No. 1 - Changes the name of the clubs from "Future Educators of America" to "Future Teachers of America" in several places.

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5/15/2023 - RESOLUTION ADOPTED

EDUCATION-TECH
(SEN. KIMBERLY LIGHTFORD; REP. EMANUEL WELCH)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall develop a school district-level Children's Adversity Index to measure community childhood trauma exposure for children by December 30, 2024. Requires teachers institutes to provide instruction on trauma-informed practices and certain defined terms. Adds information that must be included in the State Board of Education's school report cards. Requires in-service training to include certain defined terms. Provides that the State Superintendent of Education shall establish a committee of no more than 21 members to make recommendations to the State Board of Education to change the professional educator licensure requirements and Professional Educator License renewal requirements for teachers to include specified requirements. Sets forth the membership of the committee. Reestablishes the Whole Child Task Force created by Public Act 101-654. Provides that the Whole Child Task Force shall reconvene by March 2027 to review progress on a March 2022 report's recommendations and shall submit a new report on its assessment of the State's progress and any additional recommendations to the General Assembly, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the State Board of Education, and the Governor on or before December 31, 2027. Provides that the Whole Child Task Force provisions are repealed on February 1, 2029. Makes other changes.

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5/1/2023 - Added Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Janet Yang Rohr

KOSHER & HALAL FOODS
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the School Code. Requires each school board to provide for a program by which both halal and kosher food options are offered in public school cafeterias by request. Provides further requirements concerning the provision of halal and kosher food in public schools. Amends the Halal Food Act. Defines "State-owned or State-operated facility". Provides that any State-owned or State-operated facility that provides food services or cafeteria services for which food products are provided or offered for sale also shall offer, upon request provided with reasonable notice, halal food options at the State-owned or State-operated facility. Provides that any halal food product offered shall be certified as halal by a State-approved organization or purchased from a State-approved halal-certified vendor. Provides that any person, organization, or vendor falsely representing a food product it provides as halal or falsely representing itself as a halal-certified vendor shall be subject to penalties under the Act. Provides for the adoption of rules. Provides that the amendatory provisions shall not infringe upon or affect any obligation in a contract entered into and in effect on or before the amendatory Act's effective date. Amends the Kosher Food Act. Makes substantially similar changes as to kosher food options at State facilities, defines "kosher", and provides that a violation of the provisions concerning State facility kosher food services is a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for the second and each subsequent offense. Effective June 1, 2024.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. In provisions concerning the School Code, provides that halal and kosher lunch options shall be available as lunch options as part of the school boards lunch program to student who submit a request at the time of registration (instead of having a halal or kosher food service program). Provides that the school board shall make accommodations to provide a halal or kosher lunch option upon finding a vendor or the school district itself is able to provide the lunch option. Removes provisions regarding certification of a vendor. Sets forth requirements for selecting a vendor, reimbursement, and compliance. In provisions concerning the Halal Food Act, provides that after an individual submits a request for a halal or kosher option, the state-owned or state-operated facility shall make accommodations for the request as soon as the state-owned or state-operated facility is able to provide the meals. Removes provisions regarding State-certification. Amends the Kosher Food Act. Makes substantially similar changes as to kosher food options at State facilities. Moves the definition of "kosher".

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5/11/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SCH CD-HEALTH EXAM
(SEN. TERRI BRYANT)

Amends the School Code. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall adopt a rule requiring informational material about testicular cancer to be provided as part of the health examination of any male child entering the ninth grade. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall develop the content of the informational material to be provided. Effective immediately.

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3/31/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

EDUCATION-TECH
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM; REP. KEVIN OLICKAL)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that, subject to appropriation, including funding for any administrative costs reasonably incurred by the State Board of Education, upon the execution of one or more required statewide master contracts entered by the State Board of Education and annually thereafter, the State Board of Education shall notify school districts of any prepackaged meal options, including, but not limited to, halal and kosher food options, available for purchase under a statewide master contract for the upcoming school year. Requires the State Board to enter into one or more statewide master contracts to purchase religious dietary food options, and sets forth provisions concerning the contracts. Amends the University of Illinois Hospital Act. Provides that the University of Illinois Hospital shall offer religious dietary food options that comply with federal and State nutritional guidelines. Amends the Halal Food Act. Provides that any halal food product offered by a State-owned or State-operated facility shall be purchased from a halal-certified vendor; defines "State-owned or State-operated facility". Provides that any person, organization, or vendor falsely representing a food product it provides as halal or falsely representing itself as a halal-certified vendor is subject to penalties under the Act. Amends the Kosher Food Act. Defines "kosher". Makes substantially similar changes as to kosher food products at State facilities. Provides that a violation of the provisions concerning State facility kosher food products is a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for the second and each subsequent offense. Amends the Facilities Article of the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that any Department of Corrections facility that provides food services or cafeteria services for which food products are provided or offered for sale shall also offer religious dietary food options that comply with federal and State nutritional guidelines. Provides that nothing in providing religious dietary food options is intended to expand any Department of Corrections facility's obligations beyond that required under federal law. Contains a severability clause. Effective June 1, 2024.

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5/31/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

EDUC-MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT
(SEN. JIL TRACY)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district may (instead of shall) make menstrual hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in bathrooms of every school building that are open for student use in grades 4 through 12 during the regular school day. Effective immediately.

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3/28/2023 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Karina Villa

SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(SEN. KIMBERLY LIGHTFORD; REP. MAURICE WEST, II)

Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning student discipline policies, provides that the State Board of Education shall draft and publish model policy guidelines for the development of reciprocal reporting systems and school bus safety protocols and for evidence-based early intervention procedures. In provisions concerning the suspension or expulsion of students, makes changes concerning a student's gross disobedience or misconduct posing an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or school personnel, when school exclusions should be used, the number and duration of expulsions and suspensions, the implementation of proactive evidence-based interventions that improve behavioral outcomes for all students, non-exclusionary discipline, out-of-school suspensions of 3 days or less, model policy guidelines for the re-engagement of students, professional development, and the removal of children with disabilities who violate the student discipline policies from their current placement. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 3 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as introduced with the following changes. Restores current law with respect to annually reviewing discipline policies. Requires the State Board of Education to consult with stakeholders in its drafted and published guidance, and requires the guidance to be drafted and published on or before July 1, 2025. Changes certain references from "early intervention" to "intervention". Makes changes concerning suspensions, school exclusions, and disciplinary removals to alternative schools. Effective immediately.

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5/24/2024 - Passed Both Houses

SCH CD-MENTAL HEALTH ABSENCE
(SEN. ROBERT MARTWICK)

Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding the compulsory school age, provides that a child whose absence is excused for up to 5 days for a mental or behavioral health reason shall be designated as taking a mental health day, which shall be equivalent to a day of compulsory attendance for purposes of reporting and calculating the child's absenteeism rate for the school year. In provisions concerning chronic absenteeism reporting and support, provides that the definition of "student" does not mean a student who is not present at school for up to 5 days for mental or behavioral health reasons.

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3/10/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SCH CD-BIO-RESTROOM ACCESS
(SEN. ANDREW CHESNEY)

Amends the School Code. Provides that school districts may regulate and restrict access to public restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and other similar places on the basis of biological sex and may also adopt a policy that provides for gender neutral or alternative facilities for students, staff, and members of the public, as the school district deems appropriate. Provides that school districts are not required to: (1) adopt a policy that restricts or regulates access to public restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and other similar places on the basis of biological sex; (2) adopt a policy that includes the facilitation of gender neutral or alternative facilities for students, staff, and members of the public; (3) limit access by a minor accompanied by an adult guardian of the opposite sex into a specified facility appropriate for the adult guardian; (4) prohibit a person with disabilities from using a specified facility appropriate to the biological sex of either the person with disabilities or of an adult caretaker providing assistance; (5) prohibit access to these facilities by custodial staff, school staff, or other persons in an emergency situation; or (6) alter their current policies on access to public restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and other similar places.

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2/8/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLET-SPEC ED
(SEN. LAURA MURPHY)

Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Requires an association or other entity that has as one of its purposes promoting, sponsoring, regulating, or in any manner providing for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within this State to allow a student for whom it is determined that special education services are needed under the School Code to participate in interscholastic athletics and other forms of athletic competition for as long as the student is eligible for such special education services, which, for purposes of the School Code, means through the day before the student's 22nd birthday.

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3/23/2023 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Karina Villa

MENTAL HEALTH-STUDENT ACCESS
(SEN. MIKE SIMMONS; REP. MARCUS EVANS)

Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that the Department of Human Resources shall partner with the State Board of Education to provide technical assistance for the provision of mental health care during school days with the goal of increasing the availability and accessibility of mental health resources for students. Provides that the Department shall report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the technical assistance provision no later than July 1, 2025. Provides for rulemaking by the Department and the State Board of Education.

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6/30/2023 - Effective Date January 1, 2024

SCH BREAKFAST/LUNCH-REIMBURSE
(SEN. LAURA ELLMAN)

Amends the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act. Provides that the State Board of Education shall reimburse not less than the actual cost to school boards for each free lunch or breakfast supplied by them (instead of reimbursing school boards $0.15 or the actual cost, whichever is less, for each free lunch or breakfast), taking into consideration (rather than being in addition to) any federal contributions.

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3/22/2023 - Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Javier L. Cervantes

SCH CD-SCH SHARE TABLE PROGRAM
(SEN. MARY EDLY-ALLEN)

Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to develop and implement a School Share Table Program, including guidelines for the use of share tables in schools for kindergarten through grade 12; defines "share tables". Provides that the Program shall be implemented as a part of any school-based child nutrition program administered by the State Board. Requires the guidelines for the use of share tables to be made available on the website of the State Board on or before January 1, 2024. Requires the use of share tables to comply with any applicable local and State health and food safety requirements. Provides for the adoption of rules. Effective immediately.

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3/31/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SCHOOLS-FOOD-SCOVILLE SCALE
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the School Code. Provides that, notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no person shall bring a food product with a Scoville rating of 100,000 SHUs or higher onto school property. Amends the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Provides that a food is misbranded if it contains a food product with a Scoville rating of 100,000 SHUs or higher without its labeling stating that the food product has a Scoville rating of at least 100,000 SHUs.

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2/9/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH CD-FFH/4H ABSENCES
(SEN. DORIS TURNER)

Amends the Pupils Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding compulsory school age, provides that a student absent from a school in which the student is regularly enrolled shall be considered as being in attendance if the reason for such absence is to participate in scheduled Future Farmers of America Organization and 4-H programs as part of organized competitions or exhibitions. Provides that the student and parent or legal guardian shall be responsible for obtaining assignments missed while the student was participating in such an activity from the student's teacher.

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3/6/2024 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III

ATHLETIC ORG-EQUAL PARTICIPATE
(SEN. TERRI BRYANT)

Amends the Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act. Provides that an association or other entity that promotes, sponsors, regulates, or in any manner provides for interscholastic athletics or any form of athletic competition among schools and students within the State may not adopt or maintain in effect any bylaw, rule, regulation, or policy which does not allow equal access for participation in interscholastic athletics or athletic competitions by a student based upon whether the student attends a public school, nonpublic school, or home school if the association or other entity receives any membership or other dues or fees from the governing body of any public elementary or public secondary school in the State. Effective immediately.

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3/31/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

STU DIABETES-GLUCAGON SUPPLY
(SEN. MEG LOUGHRAN CAPPEL)

Amends the Care of Students with Diabetes Act. Provides that a school shall maintain a supply of glucagon in any secure location that is immediately accessible to a school nurse or a delegated care aide if a student diagnosed with diabetes attends the school. Provides that schools shall obtain a prescription for glucagon, even if the school is not required to maintain the glucagon.

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4/16/2024 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Karina Villa

SCH CD-STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(SEN. ADRIANE JOHNSON)

Amends the School Boards Article of the School Code. In provisions regarding suspension or expulsion of pupils, provides that, when expelling a student, the board shall notify the parents of the nature of the hearing and the option of retaining legal counsel. Provides that, when the suspension period is over, the pupil may return to school. Provides that for a pupil suspended due to gross disobedience or misconduct on a school bus, a written decision about whether the student can use a school bus shall be made within 15 days of the incident. Provides that a school shall offer written demonstration of remediation efforts excluding out of school suspensions. Provides that schools shall use data to track whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring both in the State and in the district with respect to the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary removals from placement, including suspensions and expulsions. Provides that, if it is determined that significant disproportionality is occurring, the school shall provide that determination for annual review and, if appropriate, revision of the policies, practices, and procedures used in disciplinary removals to ensure that the policies, practices, and procedures comply with the district's equity requirements. Provides that notice of suspension shall also include other evidence-based alternatives to suspension. provides that when a student is suspended for more than 4 days, that options for automatically placing the student in an e-learning program or distance learning program through written materials if (1) the removal is for more than 5 consecutive school days; or (2) the child has been subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern, because the series of removals total more than 10 school days in a school year, because the child's behavior is substantially similar to the child's behavior in previous incidents that resulted in the series of removals, and the effects of additional factors such as the length of each removal, the total amount of time the child has been removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another shall be included.

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3/31/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

CHILD HUNGER-BREAKFAST GRANT
(SEN. CHRISTOPHER BELT)

Amends the Childhood Hunger Relief Act. Provides that for all schools operating a school breakfast program, the State Board of Education shall collect information about whether the school is operating a breakfast after the bell program and, if so, what breakfast after the bell model the school operates, including breakfast in the classroom, second chance breakfast, and grab and go breakfast. Provides that the State Board of Education shall make this data publicly available annually. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education shall award grants of up to $7,000 per school site on a competitive basis to eligible schools, school districts, or entities approved by the State Board of Education for nonrecurring expenses incurred in initiating a school breakfast after the bell program. Sets forth what the grants may be used for and who gets preference for a grant.

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10/19/2023 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Natalie Toro

STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL PROT
(SEN. ROBERT MARTWICK)

Amends the Student Online Personal Protection Act. Provides that "covered information" does not include de-identified or aggregate information from which all personally identifiable information of a student has been removed. Makes conforming changes. Provides that the covered information restrictions shall be included as part of the operator's terms of service agreement, privacy policy, or similar document (instead of requiring that an operator enter into a written agreement with the school, school district, or State Board before the covered information may be transferred) Removes provisions requiring that if the school maintains a website, a the operator shall provide a statement that the school must publish the written agreement on the school's website. Makes related changes. Provides that a statement that the operator will implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices that otherwise meet or exceed industry standards designed to protect covered information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure Provides that the business address of the operator and a link to the terms of service agreement, privacy policy, or similar document shall be provided. Provides that de-identified or aggregate information from which all personally identifiable information of a student has been removed are not prohibited for an operator to use. Removes restrictions prohibiting a school from sharing, transferring, disclosing, or providing access to a students covered information to an entity of individual. Makes other changes.

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2/10/2023 - Referred to Senate Assignments

SCH CD-CARDIAC ARREST EXAM
(SEN. LAURA ELLMAN)

Amends the Courses of Study Article of the School Code. Provides that a screening to determine risk of cardiac arrest shall be included in the required health examination.

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3/10/2023 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

CHILD ABUSE REPORTS TO SCHOOL
(SEN. MARY EDLY-ALLEN; REP. LAURA FAVER DIAS)

Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Requires the Child Protective Service Unit to send a notification letter (rather than a copy of the Unit's final finding report) to a child's school following an investigation and finding of physical or sexual abuse. Provides that if an indicated finding is overturned in an appeal or hearing, the Department of Children and Family Services shall request that the notification letter (rather than final finding report) be purged from the student's record, and the school shall purge the notification letter (rather than final finding report) from the student's record in accordance with the Illinois School Student Records Act. Requires the notification letter to provide the date of expungement from the central register. Removes a provision requiring all reports made by mandated reporters to be confirmed in writing to the appropriate Child Protective Service Unit within 48 hours of any initial report.

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6/13/2024 - Sent to Governor for Signature

SCH-MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCT
(SEN. JIL TRACY)

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district may (instead of shall) make menstrual hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in bathrooms of every school building that are open for student use in grades 4 through 12 during the regular school day. Effective immediately.

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2/9/2024 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Sue Rezin

CRIM CD-HAZING-CONSENT NO DEFN
(SEN. STEVE STADELMAN; REP. DAVE VELLA)

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that it is not a defense to a prosecution for hazing that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing.

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5/21/2024 - Added as Co-Sponsor Sen. Natalie Toro

SCHOOL STUDENT RECORDS-MISC
(SEN. DAVID KOEHLER; REP. SUZANNE NESS)

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois School Student Records Act. Provides that the term "Student Permanent Record" may include a special education summary of performance form. Provides that representatives of the Department of Human Services, for the sole purpose of assessing waiver services qualification of a student, shall have the right to inspect and copy the student's school student permanent record.

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5/10/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

CHILDREN-MENTAL HEALTH
(SEN. SARA FEIGENHOLTZ)

Amends various Acts concerning children's mental health. Amends the School Code. Provides that on or before October 1, 2024, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team, the Office of the Governor, and relevant stakeholders as needed shall release a strategy that includes a tool for measuring capacity and readiness to implement universal mental health screening of students. Provides that the State Board of Education shall issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly on school district readiness and plan for phased approach to universal mental health screening of students on or before April 1, 2025. Repeals the Wellness Checks in Schools Program Act. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall implement guidance to managed care organizations and similar care coordination entities contracted with the Department, so that the managed care organizations and care coordination entities respond to lead indicators with services and interventions that are designed to help stabilize the child. Amends the Children's Mental Health Act. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall advise the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative on designing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for children from birth to age 25 and their families with the goal of addressing children's mental health needs across a full continuum of care, including social determinants of health, prevention, early identification, and treatment. Provides that the Department of Public health (rather than the Department of Healthcare and Family Services) shall provide technical and administrative support for the Partnership. Deletes provision that the Partnership shall employ an Executive Director and set the compensation of the Executive Director and other such employees and technical assistance as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. Amends the Interagency Children's Behavioral Health Services Act. Provides that the Children's Behavioral Health Transformation Team in collaboration with the Department of Human Services shall develop a program to provide one-on-one in-home respite behavioral health aids to youth requiring intensive supervision due to behavioral health needs. Effective immediately.

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5/3/2024 - Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

SUPPORT-OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS
(SEN. NEIL ANDERSON)

Expresses support for Out of School Time programs in Illinois and recognizes that they serve as a key component to supporting violence prevention, academic achievement, social/emotional well-being, nutritional needs, and a strong workforce. Recognizes these programs' importance in a continuum of care for youth from birth to adulthood.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/19/2023 - RESOLUTION ADOPTED Adopted by Voice Vote.