Education Law News

Implementation of Faith’s Law and Related Resources

On June 8, 2023, Brian R. Bare and Brittany Flaherty Theis presented “Legal Standards for the Management of School Personnel” in Bloomington as part of Illinois ASBO’s administrator academy offerings. A topic that received significant attention and discussion was Faith’s Law, including the trailer bill (Public Act 102-0702), which builds upon prior legislation designed to [...]

By | June 20th, 2023|Education Law News|

School is Out for Summer – Now it is the Administrators’ Turn

Student attendance for the 2022-2023 school year has wrapped up in most districts throughout Illinois. For some districts, summer school is in full swing. Every year, May and June bring a bustle of activity to end both the school year and the fiscal year. For many administrators and school boards, June will focus on contracts [...]

By | June 9th, 2023|Education Law News|

“Better School Lunches Act” Allows Districts to Consider Additional Factors When Awarding Contracts

Illinois school officials will have greater flexibility in choosing food service vendors other than just settling on the lowest bid under a bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week. Jehan Gordon-Booth, the 92nd District representative, introduced the bill in January of this year. The bill passed both houses in April and was [...]

By | July 8th, 2022|Education Law News|

COVID-19-Related Administrative Leave Legislation Signed Into Law

At the end of January, Governor Pritzker vetoed House Bill 2778, which was known as the School Employee and Wage Protection Bill. As discussed in a prior News & Knowledge post, the law would have required school districts to provide employees with as many administrative leave days as required to follow all public health guidance [...]

By | April 6th, 2022|Covid-19 Resources, Education Law News|

Tonight ISBE & IDPH Released Updated COVID-19 Guidance

Tonight, the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) updated its COVID-19 online portal to include several new and revised resources, including content from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”). The resources can be found here and include: Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools: Part 5 – Supporting the Full Return [...]

By | January 11th, 2022|Covid-19 Resources, Education Law News|

IDPH & ISBE Plan to Revise Existing Regulations and Guidance on Exclusion

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH") issued, and the Illinois State Board of Education ("ISBE") shared, a Health Alert regarding the State's intent to align with updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance the CDC issued earlier this week. IDPH and ISBE anticipate revising their regulations and guidance in accordance with the updated CDC guidance. [...]

By | January 7th, 2022|Covid-19 Resources, Education Law News|

Catch Up with Whitt Law at the 2021 Joint Annual Conference

We will not be hosting our annual hospitality suite at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference this year due to COVID-19. Instead, we invite you to connect with our attorneys in a number of ways at the conference and in the months to follow. For example, Attorneys Brittany Flaherty Theis and Brian Bare will be attending [...]

Section 18-233 Requires County Treasurers to Certify Aggregate Refunds by Today

Earlier this year, the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 508, which was signed into law as Public Act 102-0519. The legislation created Section 18-233 of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (“PTELL”) in the Property Tax Code. It creates a recoupment process for property tax revenue lost to property tax refunds. Section 18-233 provides [...]

By | November 15th, 2021|Education Law News, Property Tax Law News|