Saturday, February 3, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-53

 COMMITTEE ACTION RESUMES NEXT WEEK

The Illinois General Assembly will return to the Capitol next week to continue considering bills in committees. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in session next Tuesday-Thursday. No legislation has surfaced as yet regarding another fix to the new evidence-based funding formula. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) last week stated that an additional technical change must be made to the formula before any of the new school funds can be distributed.

 
BILL ACTION FROM THIS WEEK

HB 1262 (Currie, D-Chicago) provides that a School Code mandate waiver request regarding tax rates, funds, or transfers shall not be reviewed by the panel of General Assembly members, but shall be submitted to the full General Assembly for consideration. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

HB 3792 (Lilly, D-Chicago) provides that students, beginning in 6th grade, should be introduced to developing and applying work ethic in a variety of contexts. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

HB 4242 (McSweeney, R-Cary) requires schools to report employee and contractor severance agreements on the school website no more than 72 hours from payment, and to report in the newspaper for seven days when the employee or contractor has been accused of sexual harassment. The report must contain the name, amount of payment, and state that the person has been accused of sexual harassment. The bill was approved by the House Cities and Villages Committee and was sent to the House floor for further consideration.

SB 444 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) makes technical corrections to the evidence-based funding legislation. The Amendatory Veto was overridden by both chambers and the bill is now Public Act 100-0578, effective immediately.

SB 863 (Bertino-Tarrant, D-Plainfield) allows for the issuance of a Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field or school support personnel area to an applicant who has not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education if he or she provides evidence of completing a comparable state-approved educator preparation program, as defined by the State Superintendent of Education. The Senate concurred in the House amendment and the bill will be sent to the governor for his consideration.

SB 2236 (Bertino-Tarrant) amends the Invest in Kids Act to provide that no income tax credits for private school tuition may be awarded for any taxable year for which the minimum statutory funding level is not met for public schools. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

SB 2260 (Tracy, R-Quincy) provides that, in Fiscal Year 2018, each school district having Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund (CPPRT) receipts totaling 13 percent or more of its total revenues in Fiscal Year 2016 shall receive an additional amount equal to 11 percent of the total amount distributed to the school district from the CPPRT fund. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee and will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.