November/December 2019

Journal Resources November/December 2019

Cannabis and new Illinois law: Assessing impacts to school districts

By Tony Sanders
The CRTA takes effect January 1 and has legal and policy implications for Illinois school districts.

"Controlled substances" means substances listed in Schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C., ¶ 812. Included are such illegal drugs as marijuana, cocaine, crack, or legally obtainable drugs which are not being used for prescribed purposes and/or not being taken according to prescribed dosages. Pursuant to federal law, marijuana remains an illegal controlled substance and, as such, is prohibited.
"Conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute" means a finding of guilt, a no contest plea, or plea of guilty, or an imposition of sentence by a judicial body.
LEGAL REF.: Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12114; Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §812; 21 C.F.R. 1308.11-1308.15; Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, 41 U.S.C. §701 et seq.; Safe and Drug-Free School and Communities Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. §7101 et seq.; Drug Free Workplace Act, 30 ILCS 580/1 et seq.


Additional Suggested Readings
Medical marijuana pushes boundaries in school district policies
By Emily Ann Brown, District Administration, October 25, 2018
State Marijuana Laws in 2019 Map
Governing, information is current as of June 25, 2019
Marijuana Overview
National Conference of State Legislatures, July 26, 2019
When Medical Marijuana Meets School Drug Policy, What Can States Do?
Tom Kelly, EdNote, January 29, 2019
Policy adviser recommends its Florida school district clients not adopt medical marijuana rules
By Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times, October 10, 2018
Teaching to the Drug Test
By Lauren Camera, U.S. News and World Report, February 8, 2019
Medical Marijuana in Schools: State legislation and policy considerations
By Hunter Railey, EdNote July 12, 2016
The Legalization of Medical/Recreational Marijuana: Implications for School Health Drug Education Programs.
J. Donnelley, American School Health Association, 2018
Why Illinois' Marijuana Legalization Law Is Different From All Others
Candice Norwood, Governing, June 25, 2019

What Every School Leader Needs to Know About English Learners

By Sonia Soltero, Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, and Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro
Discover the facts about “emerging bilinguals,” and the proficiency and sophistication needed by students acquiring a second language.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2010, Data Set, analyzed by the Latino Policy Forum; 2010-2011
Students Housed by grade, gender, race/ethnicity. Illinois State Board of Education (2011).
Illinois Policy Update, Social Impact Research Center, Heartland Alliance. Accessed on December 12, 2018:
Dual language education: Program design and implementation, Soltero, S. W. (2016), Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann.
Ten Common Fallacies about Bilingual Education, Crawford, 2008
Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learners, Espinosa, 2013
McLaughlin’ Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning 1992
Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs, Soltero, 2011
Bilingual Education in the 21st Century, A Global Perspective, Ofelia Garcia, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell, 2009.
Latino Policy Institute, The Handbook.


Q&A: Educational Equity

As answered by Bea Young Associates, LLC: Collaboration for Educational Equity
Compiled by Theresa Kelly Gegen

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IASB Pre-Conference Workshops: Equity: An Educational Imperative

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