Monday, March 13, 2017

New school laws info available

IASB’s Governmental Relations Department has announced the distribution of New School Laws 2017. This publication is a digest of state laws affecting Illinois public schools, enacted in 2016, that have taken effect or will take effect in 2017.

Developed annually, the publication informs school leaders about new laws and changes in existing laws. The 2017 edition, available online, was mailed to district superintendents, business officials, and principals, along with each school board’s legislative liaison and president.

Included in the document are 82 new laws affecting school districts, including the new School Board Expense Policy, The Verbatim Recording Access law that took effect in June of 2016, Open Meetings Act alterations, personnel law, and several laws relating to school finance. The publication includes new or updated legislation relating to school safety and student health, including lead testing.

Student-related laws of note include protections of the freedom of speech of student journalists.
Also included in this publication is IASB Policy Reference Educational Subscription Service (PRESS) information regarding new legislation, where applicable. If a new law requires action by the school board, the corresponding PRESS policy number is included with the public act information in New School Laws 2017.

The complete document is also available online; click here to access.