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SELECT BILLS PERTAINING TO EDUCATION
PASSED IN THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY


PREPARED BY BEV JOHNS
(BEVJOHNS@JUNO.COM)

August 3, 2017


House Bill 213
LaShawn Ford.   Amends the Illinois Lottery Law. Provides that any money transferred from the State Lottery Fund to the Common School Fund shall be supplemental to, and not in lieu of, any other money due to be transferred to the Common School Fund by law or appropriation. Provides that the provisions concerning the transfer of money from the State Lottery Fund to the Common School Fund begin with Fiscal Year 2018 and every year thereafter.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-21-2017.

House Bill 261
Mussman. Amends the Transportation Article of the School Code. Provides that the allowable direct cost of transporting pupils includes expenditures for housing assistance and homeless prevention under certain provisions of the Education for Homeless Children Act that are not in excess of the school district's actual costs for providing transportation services, subject to certain restrictions. Amends the Education for Homeless Children Act. Provides that if a child is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless, a school district may provide rental or mortgage assistance; provide financial assistance for unpaid bills, loans, or other financial debts; or provide both types of assistance. Sets forth limitations and requirements for the assistance. Defines terms. Sets forth legislative intent. Effective immediately. Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-27-2017.

House Bill 370
Mayfield.  Amends the School Code. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services may, in cooperation with school officials, distribute appropriate materials in school buildings listing the toll-free telephone number established in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, including methods of making a report under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, to be displayed in a clearly visible location in each school building.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-21-2017.

House Bill 425
Welch.  Amends the Regional Superintendent of Schools Article of the School Code with respect to the Section concerning salaries. Removes certain provisions concerning the abolition of the office of regional superintendent of schools in educational services regions containing 2,000,000 or more inhabitants. Provides that references to "regional superintendent" shall also include a chief administrative officer of certain educational service centers. Provides that references to "assistant regional superintendent" shall include one assistant appointed by a chief administrative officer. Provides that for the purposes of calculating regional superintendent and assistant regional superintendent salaries for educational service centers, populations shall be established by subtracting from the total county population the population of a city with 500,000 or more inhabitants, divided by the number of educational service centers in the county.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-27-2017.

House Bill 655
Cavaletto.  Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. With respect to the renewal of a Professional Educator License, provides that if a license holder's electronic mail address is available, the State Board of Education shall send him or her notification electronically that his or her license will lapse if not renewed, to be sent no more than 6 months prior to the license lapsing. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-27-2017.

House Bill 768
Emanuel Chris Welch.  Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Removes provisions allowing the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board's decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter; makes related changes. Provides that if a charter school applicant submits a proposal to a school board outside of the process adopted by that school board for receiving charter school proposals on an annual basis, the applicant shall not have any right to submit its proposal to the State Charter School Commission as otherwise authorized. In a provision concerning a charter school proposed to be jointly authorized by 2 or more school districts and the school boards unanimously denying the charter school proposal with a statement that the school boards are not opposed to the charter school, but that they yield to the Commission in light of the complexities of joint administration, allows the charter applicant to submit the proposal to the Commission and requires the Commission to follow the same process and be subject to the same timelines for review as a school board. Allows the Commission to approve an application for a charter if certain conditions are met. Provide that the Commission may condition approval of an application on the acceptance of funding in an amount less than requested. Provides that final decisions of the Commission are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law. Provides that if the Commission approves an application for a charter school, then the Commission shall act as the authorized chartering entity. Provides that if the Commission is the authorized chartering entity, then the Commission shall execute a charter agreement (instead of approve the charter agreement). Provides that the Commission has no authority to approve a charter school proposal that has been denied by a school board. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses.

House Bill 826
Lilly. Amends the School Code. Provides that it is the power of a school board to hire school social workers. Sets forth qualifications to use the title of "school social worker". Provides that school districts may employ a sufficient number of school social workers to address the needs of their students and schools and may maintain the nationally recommended student-to-school social worker ration of 250 to 1. Prohibits school social workers from providing services outside their employment to any student in the district or districts that employ the school social worker. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  Makes changes concerning the title of "school social worker" and offering school social work services. Effective immediately. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-27-2017.

House Bill 2426
Currie. Amends the Block Grants for Chicago Article of the School Code. Provides that, beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, at least 25% of any additional Preschool Education, Parental Training, and Prevention Initiative program funding over and above the previous fiscal year's allocation shall be used to fund programs for children ages 0-3 and funding for Preschool Education, Parental Training, and Prevention Initiative programs above the allocation for these programs in Fiscal Year 2017 must be used solely as a supplement for these programs and may not supplant funds received from other sources. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-16-2017.

House Bill 2442
Bennett.  Amends the School Code. With respect to State assessments in high schools, provides that the assessment administered by the State Board of Education for the purpose of student application to or admissions consideration by institutions of higher education must be administered on a school day during regular student attendance hours. Effective July 1, 2017.  Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor 6-30-2017. Public Act 100-0007.

House Bill 2461
McAsey. Amends the School Code. Requires school report cards to include the most current data collected and maintained (rather than possessed) by the State Board of Education. Requires the State Board to include in the school report cards certain demographic information concerning gifted education and advanced academic programs, as well as information concerning the number of teachers a school has who hold a gifted education endorsement.  Defines "advanced academic program" and "gifted education.”  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

House Bill 2470
Walsh. With respect to a provisional career and technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations, removes a duplicate reference to a test of work proficiency and removes a provision requiring the completion of coursework. Removes provisions making changes to the Section of the School Code concerning educator testing.  Passed both Houses. Signed by the Governor 6-30-2017.  Public Act 100-0008.

House Bill 2540
Willis. Amends the School Code. With respect to a school district petitioning to withdraw from its special education joint agreement program, provides that if the petition for withdrawal is not approved by all of the remaining member districts and the petitioning member district is a part of a Class II county school unit outside of a city of 500,000 or more inhabitants (suburban Cook County), the petitioning member district may appeal the disapproval decision to its respective intermediate service center. Provides that if the chief administrative officer of the intermediate service center approves the petition for withdrawal, then the petitioning member district shall be withdrawn from the joint agreement effective the following July 1 and shall notify the State Board of Education of the approved withdrawal in writing. Effective immediately.  Provides for appeal of the disapproval decision to the trustees of schools of the township that has jurisdiction and authority over the withdrawing district or, if a withdrawing district is not under the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of a township, to a hearing panel established by the chief administrative officer of the intermediate service center having jurisdiction over the withdrawing district (instead of appealing to the respective intermediate service center). Sets forth provisions concerning the hearing panel members. Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-16-2017.

House Bill 2618
Gabel. Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Requires certain uniform notices concerning procedures available to parents under the School Code prepared by the State Superintendent to include information concerning "stay-put" provisions. Further amends the School Code. Requires the State Superintendent to revise the uniform notices to reflect current law and procedures at least once every 2 years. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

House Bill 2663
Stratton.  Amends the School Code. Provides that early childhood programs receiving State Board of Education grants for preschool educational programs shall prohibit the expulsion of children. Provides instead that when persistent and serious challenging behaviors emerge, the early childhood program shall document steps taken to ensure that the child can participate safely in the program and utilize a range of community resources. Sets forth provisions concerning the creation of a transition plan if there is documented evidence that all available interventions and supports recommended by a qualified professional have been exhausted; temporary removal of a child; the utilization of training, technical support, and professional development resources; and annually reporting to the State Board. Makes related changes. Amends the Child Care Act of 1969 to require the Department of Children and Family Services, in consultation with the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development and the State Board of Education, to adopt rules prohibiting the use of expulsion due to a child's persistent and serious challenging behaviors in licensed day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes.
In the provisions concerning grants for preschool educational programs, (i) changes how often the State Board of Education must report to the General Assembly on the results and progress of students from every 3 years to every 2 years, and (ii) with respect to the expulsion prohibition, makes changes concerning training and reporting data. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2018, early childhood programs shall annually report to the State Board of Education, and, beginning in fiscal year 2020, the State Board shall make available on a biennial basis, in an existing report, certain data for children from birth to age 5 who are served by the program (rather than providing that on or before July 1, beginning in 2018, early childhood programs shall annually report to the State Board and, on a biennial basis, the State Board shall make publicly available, in an existing annual report, certain data for children from birth to age 5 who are served by the program).Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-16-2017.

House Bill 2740
E. C. Welch. Amends the School Code. Provides that the Illinois Community College Board shall establish alternative methods of credentialing for the issuance of high school equivalency certification throughout the State. Allows the Board to offer the credentialing on or after January 1, 2018 based on high school credit, post-secondary credit, foreign diplomas, and completion of a competency-based program as approved by the Board. Makes technical and conforming changes.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-21-2017.

House Bill 2898
Crespo and Pritchard. Amends the Educator Licensure Article of the School Code. Removes the date (of June 30, 2021) until which a principal endorsement may be affixed to the Professional Educator License of a person who has, among other qualifications, at least 4 total years of experience working in the capacity of school support personnel. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

House Bill 2950
Conyears-Ervin.  Amends the School Code. Requires the school policy concerning bullying to be provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty. Requires the school to make known school personnel available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying to parents or legal guardians, students, and school personnel. Removes language requiring each school, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school to provide specified information on a quarterly basis and to designate specified school personnel.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill  2977
ECWelch.  Amends the School Code. Requires public elementary schools, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, to offer at least one unit of instruction in cursive writing. Provides that school districts shall, by policy, determine at what grade level or levels students are to be offered cursive writing, provided that such instruction must be offered before students complete grade 5. Effective July 1, 2018.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-24-2017.

House Bill 2993
Slaughter. Provides that produce may be served if the produce was grown in school-owned facilities utilizing hydroponics or aeroponics. Provides that certain regulations only apply if applicable. Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 7-24-2017.

House Bill 3059
Pritchard. Amends the School Code. Amends the State aid formula provisions of the School Code. Provides that the average daily attendance figures submitted to the State Board of Education by a school district for each month of the school year shall be for each grade level served.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3139
Chapa LaVia. Provides that certain schools are encouraged to (rather than shall) provide a system of support to students who are at risk of reaching or exceeding chronic absence levels. Provides that schools are additionally encouraged to (rather than shall) make certain resources available to families to support and engage students and their families.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3298
Scherer. Amends the School Code. . Provides that a substitute teacher licensee may apply for a refund of the application fee for a new license within 18 months of issuance of the new license and the State Board of Education shall issue the refund if the licensee provides evidence to the State Board that the licensee has utilized the license at least 10 full school days within one year of issuance of the new license (rather than the fee shall be waived for a current license holder if he or she has taught at least 10 full school days in the year prior to submitting the application or shall receive a refund). Provides that at the beginning of each renewal cycle, individuals who hold a Substitute Teaching License may apply for a reimbursement of the registration fee within 18 months of renewal and shall be issued that reimbursement by the State Board from funds appropriated for that purpose if the licensee provides evidence to the State Board that the licensee has taught pursuant to the Substitute Teaching License at least 10 full school days within one year of renewal. Effective immediately. Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

House Bill 3368
Sims. Requires the State Board of Education to post resources regarding the teaching of entrepreneurial skills for use by school districts with secondary schools (instead of requiring the State Board to create a model curriculum for use by school districts with secondary schools for the teaching of entrepreneur skills). Requires the State Board to gather input from business groups and universities when developing the list of resources (instead of requiring the State Board to encourage the input of business groups and universities in the creation of the model curriculum).  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3369
Sims.  Requires the State Board of Education to post resources regarding the teaching of high-skilled manufacturing, to be used in high schools and vocational education programs (instead of requiring the State Board to establish guidelines for the creation of a high-skilled manufacturing curriculum to be used in vocational education programs). Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3394
Walsh.  Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Provides that the Department of Children and Family Services may recommend that a school district remove a school employee who is the subject of an investigation from his or her employment position pending the outcome of the investigation; however, all employment decisions regarding school personnel shall be the sole responsibility of the school district or employer. Provides that the Department may not require a school district to remove a school employee from his or her employment position or limit the school employee's duties pending the outcome of an investigation.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3437
Harper. Amends the Charter Schools Law of the School Code. Provides that if a determination is made to close a charter school located within the boundaries of the Chicago school district for at least one school year, the charter school shall give at least 60 days' notice of the closure to all affected students and parents or legal guardians. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3507
Greenwood. Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. Allows a child to be absent from school on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day for the reason that his or her parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support postings. Provides that such a student shall be granted 10 days of excused absences in any school year and, at the discretion of the school board, additional excused absences to visit the student's parent or legal guardian relative to such leave or deployment of the parent or legal guardian. Requires the student and parent or legal guardian to obtain assignments from the student's teacher prior to any period of excused absence and for ensuring that such assignments are completed by the student prior to his or her return to school from such period of excused absence. Reduces the number of excused absences in a school year granted to a student in order for the student to visit an active duty parent or legal guardian who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support posting from 10 school days to 5.Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-23-2017.

House Bill 3745
Conyears-Ervin.  Amends the School Code. Requires a school board to permit community groups to advertise events and after-school programs pertinent to students' interests or involvement in a designated area of each school campus that is accessible and commonly used. Provides that all such advertisements are subject to and must be consistent with any procedures and guidelines established by the school board governing content, size, and any other reasonable limitations on advertising. Provides that on school campuses where there is a significant population of students whose primary language is not English, the school board may, as a condition of advertising on the school campus, require the community group to translate the advertisement into a language other than English.  Allows for advertising only if the event or after-school program is free.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 7-27-2017.

House Bill 3869
Wallace. Requires the in-service training to include training to develop cultural competency (rather than training on civil rights and in cultural diversity), including understanding and reducing implicit racial bias (rather than including racial and ethnic sensitivity and implicit racial bias). Defines "implicit racial bias". Effective July 1, 2017.  Passed both Houses.  Signed by the Governor 6-30-2017.  Public Act 100-0014.

Senate Bill 1
Cullerton.  Amends the School Code with Amendment 5 of 511 pages.  Includes the evidence based funding system to change all the school funding formulas, including eliminating Special Education Personnel Reimbursement.  Passed both Houses. Amendatory veto by the Governor.

Senate Bill 3
Thomas Cullerton.  Requires that resolutions and notices of hearings regarding consolidation or merger be published on the main page of the townships' websites, if any. In provisions concerning merger of townships, provides that no tax rate may be extended for any fund of the consolidated district for the first levy year of the consolidated district that exceeds any statutory maximum set forth for that fund, unless the referendum also conforms to the requirements of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or other statutory provision setting forth that limitation. Makes changes to provisions of the Illinois Highway Code related to abolishing a road district in Cook County, and specifies that the new provisions related to abolishing road districts do not apply to Cook County. Amends the Home Equity Assurance Act. Provides that beginning after the effective date of the amendatory Act, a home equity commission shall consist of 7 commissioners (rather than 9). Provides that a governing commission may employ full-time or part-time employees. Allows a governing commission to establish a Tax Reimbursement Program. Amends the Street Light District Act. Allows the consolidation of a street light district into the township in which the district sits if the entire district is located within the township. Effective on January 1, 2018.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-15-2017.

Senate Bill 6

John Cullerton.  Makes various appropriations and reappropriations for specified purposes. Amends Public Act 99-524 by changing various appropriations and other provisions. Provides that the appropriation authority granted in specified provisions does not supersede any court order directing the expenditure of funds for fiscal year 2016 or 2017 and shall be added to any amounts established under such court orders. Provides that specified appropriations are for fiscal year 2017 and specified appropriations are for are for fiscal year 2018. Provides that appropriations authorized in the Act shall be used for all costs incurred prior to July 1, 2018. Effective immediately.
Changes a reference to an Article number in House Amendment No. 3.  Passed both Houses.  Signed by the Governor 7-6-2017.   Public Act 100-0021.

Senate Bill 8
Harmon and Althoff. Amends the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act. Requires the ethics training of Executive Branch employees to include the duties and responsibilities of State employees under certain provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Makes changes to the applicability of the Code, including removing certain exemptions to the Code and adding certain exemptions pertaining to contracts for domestic or international trade shows and railroad or utility contracts for the relocation of utilities. Re-enacts and makes changes to provisions of the Code concerning the applicability of the Code to artistic and musical services and to public institutions of higher education. Requires State agencies to respond promptly in writing to all inquiries and comments of the Procurement Policy Board. Provides that State purchasing officers shall have the authority to review any contract, change order, or contract amendment prior to execution, and requires officers to report any known misconduct, waste, or inefficiency with respect to State procurement. Provides that the Executive Ethics Commission may (rather than shall) appoint procurement compliance monitors; makes changes to the terms of the monitors. Provides that chief procurement officers, State purchasing officers, and procurement compliance monitors owe a fiduciary duty to the State. Requires the Department of Central Management Services to furnish written instructions and information on how to register for the Illinois Procurement Bulletin to certain businesses. Allows for the usage of an electronic procurement system. Increases the small purchase threshold from $10,000 to $100,000, and makes corresponding changes. Requires a bidder or offeror to be a legal entity prior to submitting a bid, offer, or proposal. Requires a bidder or offeror to be authorized to conduct business in Illinois prior to execution of the contract (rather than prior to submitting the bid, offer, or proposal). Provides for the use of best value procurement methods by institutions of higher education, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources; sets forth requirements to use the method. Provides that the requirement to use soybean oil-based inks in State printing contracts only applies to offset printing services, and not digital printing services; allows the use of vegetable oil-based inks. Allows for the appointment of multiple small business specialists. Requires not less than 10% of the total amount dollar amount of State contracts to be established as a goal for awarding to small businesses. Makes changes to reporting and disclosure requirements. Repeals the Small Business Contracts Act. Amends the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act. Allows chief procurement officers to authorize the purchase or lease of supplies and services which have been procured through a competitive process. Allows a chief procurement officer to declare certain joint purchasing contracts void or ratified. Allows for other methods of joint purchases. Amends the State Prompt Payment Act. Requires contractors to pay lower-tiered subcontractors and material suppliers when payment is received, and sets forth grievance procedures. Amends the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act to create the Special Committee on Minority, Female, Persons with Disabilities, and Veterans Contracting. Requires the Special Committee to review State procurement laws to determine what changes should be made to increase participation of minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and veterans-owned businesses. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to make changes to the definition of "eligible bidder". Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3

Deletes reference to:
30 ILCS 525/4.3 new 

Adds reference to:
30 ILCS 500/1-15.20

In provisions amending the Illinois Procurement Code, provides that each State agency shall provide the chief procurement officer, on a monthly basis, with a list of contracts procured under an exception to the Code, with exceptions. Further amends the Illinois Procurement Code to define "construction support". In provisions amending the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, provides that chief procurement officers may authorize certain purchases through governmental or other entities with joint agreement of the respective agency or institution; sets forth requirements to authorize those purchases. Removes provisions concerning suspension or disbarment under the Act.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-29-2017.

Senate Bill 9
Hutchinson.  Creates the State Tax Lien Registration Act. Requires the Department of Revenue to create and maintain a public registry for filing notices of tax liens. Provides that Department of Revenue may file a notice of tax lien in the registry within 3 years from the date of the final tax liability. Provides that the lien is perfected upon filing in the registry. Contains provisions concerning the format of the registry, and sets forth information that must be included in the registry. Creates the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Establishes rules to determine if property is abandoned and establishes rules for the disposition of unclaimed property and related matters. Repeals the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act, the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tax Act, and the Title Insurance Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2017, the rate of tax is (i) 4.95% for individuals, trusts, and estates and (ii) 7% for corporations. Increases the earned income tax credit. Provides that the education expense credit, the credit for residential real property taxes, and the standard exemption are subject to certain income limitations. Reinstates the research and development credit. Creates a credit for instructional materials and supplies. Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that the incentive for gasohol sunsets on July 1, 2017 (instead of December 31, 2018). Provides that the incentives for majority blended ethanol fuel and certain biodiesel blends apply through December 31, 2023 (instead of December 31, 2018). Makes changes to the graphic arts exemption. Effective immediately, except that certain provisions take effect on January 1, 2018.  Passed both Houses.  Signed by the Governor 7-6-2017.  Public Act 100-0022.

Senate Bill 757
Morrison. Amends the School Code. Removes the requirement that the scores attained by a student on the State assessment that includes a college and career ready determination be entered on the student's transcript (instead of requiring that these scores be removed from the student's transcript if the student's parent or legal guardian requests such removal). Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-22-2017.

Senate Bill 764
Morrison.    Permits the Department of Children and Family Services, in cooperation with school officials, to distribute appropriate materials in school buildings listing the toll-free telephone number established in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, including methods of making a report under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, to be displayed in a clearly visible location in each school building.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-29-2017.

Senate Bill 771
Martinez.  In provisions amending the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, makes changes to the definitions of "the practice of audiology" and "neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring". Provides that the Act does not prohibit the performance of neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring of the seventh and eighth cranial nerve by an individual with specified certification only if authorized and supervised by the physician performing the surgical procedure. Provides that a licensee may be disciplined for violating provisions concerning basic health screenings. Makes changes to the terms, titles, abbreviations, or symbols a licensee may use for advertisements. Makes other changes.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-28-2017.

Senate Bill 865
Manar.  Amends the School Code. Requires a school report card (rather than a school district report card) to include information concerning the total and per pupil normal cost amount the State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the school's (rather than district's) employees. For the Chicago school district only, requires a school report card to include State contributions to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago and State contributions for health care for employees of the school district. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-29-2017.

Senate Bill 1483
Althoff.  Extends the time by which a request to inspect and copy a student's records must be granted from 5 business days to 10 business days. Sets forth provisions for additional time to grant the request in certain circumstances. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 7-28-2017.

Senate Bill 1486
Weaver. Amends the School Code and the School Safety Drill Act. In provisions concerning home or hospital instruction, adds references to advanced practice nurses. In provisions concerning required high school courses, removes obsolete language. Provides that private schools that do not utilize a bus to transport students are exempt from conducting bus evacuation drills, with conditions. Effective July 1, 2017.  In provisions concerning home or hospital instruction, adds references to physician assistants. Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

Senate Bill 1692
Raoul and Steans. Amends the School Code to make changes to provisions concerning student athletes and concussions and head injuries. Provides that a school may appoint a physician assistant to serve on its concussion oversight team. With respect to a student who has been removed from practice or competition practicing or competing again, provides for evaluation by an advanced practice nurse working under the supervision of a physician or by a physician assistant working under the supervision of a physician; makes related changes. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

Senate Bill 1796
Hastings. Creates the Student Online Personal Protection Act. Prohibits the operator of an Internet website, online service, online application, or mobile application (with actual knowledge that the site, service, or application is used primarily for K through 12 school purposes and was designed and marketed for K through 12 school purposes) from knowingly (1) engaging in targeted advertising on the operator's site, service, or application or targeting advertising on any other site, service, or application if the targeting of the advertising is based on any information that the operator has acquired because of the use of that operator's site, service, or application for K through 12 school purposes; (2) using information created or gathered by the operator's site, service, or application to amass a profile about a student, except in furtherance of K through 12 school purposes; (3) selling or renting a student's information; or (4) disclosing certain information, except for specified purposes. Sets forth an operator's duties, permissive uses or disclosure, those operator actions that are not prohibited, and what the Act does not do. Provides that the violation of the Act shall constitute an unlawful practice under which the Attorney General may take appropriate action under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.  Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

Senate Bill 1846
Hunter.  Amends the School Code. Requires the Department of Public Health to promulgate rules and regulations to include asthma in the standard school health examination. Makes conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Health Statistics Act. Requires the Department of Public Health to collect and maintain data on the extent, nature, and impact of asthma, and the determinants of asthma. Makes conforming changes.  Passed both Houses.  Sent to the Governor 6-20-2017.

Senate Bill 1991

Bennett. . Creates the Agriculture Education Shortage Task Force. Sets forth requirements for membership of the Task Force. Requires the Task Forth to submit a report by January 1, 2019 concerning specified subjects. Sets forth requirements for meetings and recommendations. Repeals the provisions on February 1, 2019. Effective immediately. Passed both Houses. Sent to the Governor 6-28-2017.

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