Monday, February 12, 2018

Information on 2018 new school laws available

IASB’s Governmental Relations Department has compiled and distributed the annual New School Laws publication. The 25-page booklet, released recently in coordination with the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance, informs school leaders about new statutes and changes to existing laws enacted in 2017 that will take effect this year.

The document highlights 88 new laws that impact school districts, including the much-publicized Evidence-Based Funding formula. Notable changes this year include a cursive writing requirement, sexual harassment policies, and the Teachers’ Retirement System federal fund rate.

Additional initiatives touch on the topics of educator licensure and recruitment, safety and security concerns, attendance and absenteeism tracking, and several property tax related public acts.

Also included is IASB policy service information regarding new legislation. If a new law requires action by the school board, the publication lists the corresponding policy or procedure reference number from IASB’s Policy Reference Educational Subscription Service (PRESS).

This publication has been mailed to district superintendents, school business officials, and principals, along with each school board’s president, and its legislative liaison.

The New School Laws 2018 document is also available on the IASB website.