New School Laws Available for 2020

  • Date Posted
    January 22, 2020
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New School Laws 2020, a digest of state laws affecting Illinois public schools and enacted in 2019, is now available online. The Illinois Assocation of School Boards (IASB) compiles and publishes the free booklet annually to inform school leaders about new statutes and changes to existing laws that will impact school districts.

Most of the new laws have a direct connection to public K-12 education. For example, HB 0246 (now Public Act 101-0227) requires schools to include in curriculum teaching about roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the history of the country and Illinois. It’s effective July 1, 2020. HB 2078 (now Public Act: 101-0443) establishes and sets the phase-in for the minimum teacher salary in Illinois, effective June 1, 2020. HB 3606 (now Public Act 101-0516) on student data privacy expands responsibilities for districts, ISBE, and education technology providers under the Student Online Personal Protection Act. It takes effect July 1, 2021.

Several personnel laws address the state’s teacher shortage. The modifications, which took place last summer, to the Evidence-Based Funding formula law are included.

Other new laws included in the booklet are not specifically school laws but impact school district policy and funding. For example, HB 1438 (now Public Act: 101-0027) legalizes the recreational use of cannabis for adults. Other such laws include the annual setting of income tax rates, revenues, and the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP).

Included with each law when applicable is the Policy Reference Educational Subscription Service (PRESS) information regarding new legislation. If a new law requires action by the school board, the corresponding PRESS sample policy number is included in its listing.

In addition to online availability, New School Laws 2020 is being mailed to IASB member school districts in the next few weeks.