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Alliance Legislative Report 97-23

Distributed via Email: August 1, 2011


Governor Pat Quinn (D-Chicago) has been busy taking action on the various pieces of legislation that has reached his desk since the legislative session concluded. After a bill is approved by the legislature, the General Assembly has 30 days to send the bill to the governor. The governor, then, has 60 days to either sign or veto a bill.

Below is a list of bills that the governor has signed into law. Dozens of other education bills await the governor’s action.


Alliance members had been anxiously awaiting action on SB 1744 (Luechtefeld, R-Okawville), which removes provisions allowing days of attendance to be less than 5 clock hours on the opening and closing of the school term, and upon the first day of pupil attendance. The governor was sent the bill on June 3. The Alliance had asked the governor to issue an amendatory veto on the bill that sets the effective date back until the beginning of the school year in 2012. On Friday, Governor Pat Quinn did exactly that.

The governor’s amendatory veto changes the effective date of the bill from June 30, 2011 to July 1, 2012. The legislature, upon its return in October, must vote to accept the governor’s changes. Until then, the law is not effective. Text of the bill can be found here.


HB 12 (Cole, R-Lake Villa) allows school energy efficiency grants to be made available to special education cooperatives. The bill is now Public Act 97-0205, effective July 28, 2011.

HB 139 (Ford, D-Chicago) adds a provision to the remediation section of the State Goals and Assessments article that when a remediation program is developed for a student, the program may include an emphasis on reading and math if the student has performed below grade level for two consecutive school years. The bill is now Public Act 97-0086, effective January 1, 2012.

HB 200 (Cross, R-Oswego) requires school boards to adopt a policy that is in compliance with the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) protocol regarding student athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Information on the district policy must be provided to student athletes and their parents and the IHSA must provide concussion information to the school district for distribution to coaches, athletes, and parents. The bill is now Public Act 97-0204, effective July 28, 2011.

HB 1197 (Davis, M., D-Chicago) contains provisions regarding collective bargaining and strike provisions for the Chicago Public Schools as a follow-up to the education reform bill (SB 7). The bill is now Public Act 97-0007, effective June 13, 2011.

HB 1204 (Howard, D-Chicago) requires school districts to provide instruction in violence prevention and conflict resolution education for grades kindergarten through 12 (now grades 4 through 12). The bill is now Public Act 97-0087, effective July 8, 2011.

HB 1549 (Tracy, R-Mt. Sterling) amends provisions regarding the “Good Samaritan” Act to provide that any person trained (instead of certified) in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation not be liable for civil damages, unless the acts or omissions constitute willful and wanton misconduct. The bill is now Public Act 97-0150, effective July 15, 2011.

HB 1706 (Gabel, D-Evanston) , in provisions concerning personnel reimbursement for children in hospital or home instruction, provides that a child qualifies for home or hospital instruction if it is anticipated that, due to a medical condition, the child will be unable to attend school and instead must be instructed at home or in the hospital for a period of two or more consecutive weeks or on an ongoing intermittent basis. The bill is now Public Act 97-0123, effective July 14, 2011.

HB 2397 (Mayfield, D-Waukegan) provides that each school board shall promote at least 60 minutes of minimum reading opportunities daily for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade whose reading level is one grade level or lower than his or her current grade level according to current learning standards and the school district. The bill is now Public Act 97-0088, effective July 8, 2011.

HB 2401 (Mitchell, J., R-Sterling) provides that each campus of a Chicago charter school devoted exclusively to re-enrolled high school dropouts must be operated through a contract or payroll by the same legal entity as that for which the charter is approved and certified. The bill is now Public Act 97-0151, effective January 1, 2012.

HB 3171 (Cavaletto, R-Salem) adds the position of Assistant Principal in the School Code to assist the principal in the performance of various duties and responsibilities. The bill is now Public Act 97-0217, effective July 28, 2011.

HB 3179 (Cavaletto) defines habitual truant as a student that misses 5% (instead of 10%) of the previous 180 regular attendance days. The bill is now Public Act 97-0218, effective July 28, 2011.

SB 7 (Lightford, D-Maywood) contains the education reform provisions regarding teacher dismissals, layoff procedures, hiring practices, tenure, collective bargaining, and mandatory training for school board members. The bill is now Public Act 97-0008, effective June 13, 2011.

SB 79 (Steans, D-Chicago) establishes a State Charter School Commission as an independent state agency with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority. Any charter school authorized by a school board may seek approval from the Commission during its current term only with the approval of the school board, and provides that at the end of its charter term, a charter school authorized by a school board must reapply to that board before it may apply for authorization to the Commission. However, the Commission has the authority to reverse a school board’s decision to deny a charter school proposal based upon certain findings (now this power resides with the ISBE). The bill is now Public Act 97-0152, effective July 20, 2011.

SB 621 (Holmes, D-Aurora) allows four or more contiguous school districts with all or a portion of their territory located within the geographic boundaries of the same municipality to jointly operate, through an institution of higher education located in the municipality, a science and mathematics partnership school for serving some or all of grades kindergarten through 8. The bill is now Public Act 97-0097, effective January 1, 2012.

SB 1643 (Sullivan, D-Rushville) increases the amount a school district may charge as a driver education course fee from $50 to $250. A public hearing is required. The bill is now Public Act 97-0145, effective July 14, 2011.

SB 1669 (Holmes) provides that a school bus driver permit may not be issued to persons who have been placed under court supervision for certain offenses. It also provides that entities that have a contract to transport students, teachers, or other personnel of a school district for compensation shall not permit any person to operate a school bus or any first division vehicle, including a taxi, when used for a purpose that requires a school bus driver permit if the driver has not complied with requirements concerning school bus driver permit holders. The bill is now Public Act 97-0224, effective July 28, 2011.

SB 2143 (Sullivan) provides that a reorganized school district or cooperative high school may use a school construction grant application that was submitted by one of the consolidating school districts if that application has not been entitled for a project by the Illinois State Board Education and if specified conditions are met within the current or prior four (instead of two) fiscal years. The bill is now Public Act 97-0232, effective July 28, 2011.

This legislative report is 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 Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance.

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