A frequent question school districts are posing is how to appropriately educate students who are transgendered. Since 2010, the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") has included transgender students in the class of individuals entitled to Title IX protection.
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
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.
On Monday, December 1, the Department of Education, through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued new guidance on the legality of single-sex elementary and secondary classes and extracurricular activities offered by recipients of funding from the Department.
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
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.
Public Act 098-0648 gives limited recall rights to honorably dismissed teachers placed in Grouping 2 who have one "needs improvement" rating.
Due to a number of conflicts in the fall this year, the Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd. Annual Legal Update and Firm Seminar will be held in the spring. Watch your email for an invitation in the coming weeks.