School Law Advisor Blog

FOIA Amended in Late-Session Override of Quinn's Total Veto

On Wednesday, December 3, the 98th General Assembly successfully completed an override of former Governor Pat Quinn's total veto of House Bill 3796.  HB 3796 was originally passed by both the Illinois House and Senate, but was vetoed by then Governor Quinn on June 27, who stated in his veto message that "House Bill 3796 is a bill that reduced government transparency by li

Update on Student Growth Rules

With new proposed rules for requirements for student growth (which have recently undergone proposed revisions), the Illinois State Board of Education has provided additional clarity on the implementation of student growth for schools that fail to reach agreement with their joint committees.  As the rules continue to be developed and modified, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller Ltd. is committed to keeping you posted on the developments.

ISBE Releases New Rules for Implementation of Student Growth

With the first districts now having been notified of required compliance with full Performance Evaluation Reform Act ("PERA") student growth-based evaluations, the Illinois State Board of Education has clarified the requirements with new rules.  According to the rules, a PERA-compliant evaluation must contain a Student Learning Objective Process, which organizes evidence of student growth over a defined p

Department of Justice and Department of Education Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, together with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, recently issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision or speech disabilities under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.