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Alliance Legislative Report 100-75

Distributed via Email: August 27, 2018


Governor Bruce Rauner, on Sunday, vetoed the bill which would set a statewide minimum teacher salary of $40,000 by the 2022-2023 school year. SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year by requiring beginning teacher salaries to be at least $32,000 per year, then increasing salaries incrementally over four school years. Each year thereafter, the minimum teacher salary would increase yearly by the rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Lawmakers will take up the bill again in the November veto session when the bill sponsor is certain to file a motion to override the veto.

The Alliance opposed the bill in the spring and urged the governor to veto the measure. The veto of the bill was largely due to the advocacy of school board members and other school leaders contacting the governor to urge a veto based on the new mandated costs to local school districts.

It is estimated that nearly half of the school districts in the state would be affected by such a new salary requirement. Any gains in funding due to the new Evidence-Based Funding Formula would be totally consumed by the new salary mandate in many school districts. Under such a law, the net result could actually hurt classroom teachers as school districts would be forced to reduce the teaching force in order to pay the higher salaries.


Two other bills being watched closely by the Alliance also saw gubernatorial action last week. SB 2572 (Holmes, D-Aurora) would establish a 150 minute per week standard for Physical Education. The bill would roll back the gains in flexibility for school districts that were put in place last year in the school funding bill provision that allows P.E. to be offered three days per week instead of five days per week. The governor vetoed the bill.

SB 2428 (Stadelman, D-Rockford) would allow students, regardless of ability to pay, to accumulate a minimum school lunch debt of $500 dollars. Once the $500 dollar threshold has been passed, schools would have to go through a state reimbursement and withholding process to attempt to recoup the money owed. The governor signed the bill into law and it is now Public Act 100-1092; effective August 26, 2018.


HB 1262 (Currie, D-Chicago) requires mandate waiver requests regarding tax rates, funds, or transfers to be submitted to the full General Assembly for consideration. Governor total veto.

HB 3792 (Lilly, D-Chicago) requires that students, beginning in sixth grade, be introduced to developing and applying work ethic in a variety of contexts. Governor total veto.

H B 4208 (Welch, D-Westchester) pushes to reallocate funding from Student Resource Officer’s (SROs) and law enforcement and use it for restorative justice, counselors, and psychologists. Governor amendatory veto.

HB 4284 (Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora) requires at least three members of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to be from the educator community, defined as a teacher, principal, superintendent, or school business official. Governor total veto.

HB 4514 (Pritchard, R-Sycamore ) provides that only individuals licensed and endorsed as a school counselor may use the title of school counselor. Governor amendatory veto.

HB 4658 (Manley , D-Joliet ) requires a school board to provide in-service training of licensed school personnel and administrators who work with children in kindergarten through grade 12 to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth. Public Act 100-0903; effective January 1, 2019.

HB 5195 (Greenwood, D-E. St. Louis) allows school boards to provide free transportation for any pupil residing within 1 1/2 miles from the school attended where conditions are such that walking, either to or from the school to which a pupil is assigned for attendance or to or from a pick-up point or bus stop, constitutes a serious hazard to the safety of the pupil due to a course or pattern of criminal activity. Governor amendatory veto, August 21, 2018.

HB 5247 (Pritchard) requires a rulemaking to allow high school students who are 16 years of age or older to participate in registered apprenticeship programs allowing them to earn postsecondary credit toward a certificate or degree. Public Act 100-992; effective August 20, 2018.

HB 5481 (Guzzardi, D-Chicago) requires school districts to report certain K-12 information about actively employed teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, class instructors, and class sections to ISBE. Governor Total Veto.

HB 5786 (Mayfield, D-Waukegan) requires in-school suspension programs for K-12 students to focus on promoting non-violent conflict resolution and positive interaction with other students and school personnel. Public Act 100-1035; effective August 22, 2018.

HB 5795 (Chapa LaVia) establishes a definition for truant students as a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause for more than 1 percent but less than 5 percent of the past 180 days. Public Act 100-0918; effective August 17, 2018.

SB 454 (Fine, D-Glenview) provides that if a child's individualized education program team determines that the child does not require assistive technology services or devices, the team shall include a statement in the child's program that informs the child's parent or guardian of the decision and the basis for the decision. Public Act 100-0993; effective August 20, 2018.

SB 2344 (Mulroe, R-Chicago) allows a student to continue to receive special education services at a school   outside of a district of residence even if the district of residence no longer has a joint agreement with district providing special education services. Governor total veto.

SB 2345 (Lightford, D-Westchester) requires ISBE to provide information for the school report card as to whether or not a school has participated in the Illinois Youth Survey. Governor total veto.

SB 2350 (Morrison, D-Deerfield) states that the law enforcement drill must address an active shooter and must be done when students are present. School personnel and students would participate in the drill with law enforcement observing. Public Act 100-0996; effective January 1, 2019.

SB 2654 (Hunter, D-Chicago) requires school boards to include information about influenza and influenza vaccinations when they provide information on school health issues to the parents or guardians. Public Act 100-0977; effective January 1, 2019.

SB 2838 (Link, D-Gurnee) provides that, by January 1, 2019, ISBE shall implement a program to allow school districts to supplement their substitute teacher recruitment for elementary and secondary schools with the use of recruiting firms. Public Act 100-1049; effective January 1, 2019.

SB 2925 (Lightford) codifies the role of   SRO’s in schools, establishes a training process for SRO ’ s, and requires any law enforcement agency providing SROs to schools must certify they have been trained beginning January 2021. Public Act 100-0984; effective January 1, 2019.

SB 3220 (Aquino, D-Chicago) provides that an institution of higher education that is denied a recommendation for recognition by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board to offer an educator preparation program may appeal the decision to ISBE.   Governor total veto, August 26, 2018.


The IASB 2018-2019 Annual School Calendar that includes statutory dates and deadlines for school districts has been posted to the IASB website. The calendar also includes dates and deadlines for the 2019 Consolidated Election, including important dates for school board members, candidates, referenda, and school board secretary responsibilities.

This legislative report was written and edited by the lobbyists of the Illinois Association of School Boards to provide information to the members of the organizations that comprise the Statewide School Management Alliance.

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