School Law Advisor Blog

Back to School Reminder: An Update on Principal Evaluation Plans

As the start of school quickly approaches, keep in mind some of the new requirements of the regulations promulgated by ISBE regarding principal and assistant principal evaluations which must be met prior to the first day of student attendance, along with the other requirements must be met early in the school year.

IMRF "Penalty" for Compensation Increases; Open Meetings Act Amendment

Public Act 97-0609, which will be fully effective after January 1, 2012, provides for an "accelerated payment" of pension costs which are attributable to compensation increases over the greater of six percent (6%) or 1.5 times the increase in the Consumer Price Index-Urban (CPI-U) for IMRF employees.  If an IMRF employee receives compensation of more than six percent (6%) or 1.5 times the increase in CPI-U in the period used to determine the employee's pension compared to the immediately preceding twelve- (12-) month period, the "accelerated paym

November Newsletter - Joint Committee Updates, Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation, and Reclassification


As we begin to work with the new laws and proposals we are seeing at the bargaining tables, we wanted to offer our thoughts about some of our changed perspectives, as well as some of the issues we have begun to see during bargaining.  As with any major change in law, the implications of PERA and the Education Reform Act and follow-up legislation are still being examined, and we continue to uncover new challenges and creative solutions for the new procedures before us.  


Education Reform Act

On June 13, Senate Bill 7 became Public Act 97-8, now known as the Education Reform Act, when Governor Quinn signed it into law.  The Act follows the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) of 2010 by connecting teachers’ hiring and dismissal (including reductions in force) to teacher performance evaluation tools required by PERA.  In order to accomplish these goals, the law makes major revisions to seven areas of school process.

Court of Appeals Affirms Lower Court’s Ruling That High School Coach Was a Volunteer under FLSA

On March 10, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that a School Board in Virginia did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) when it deemed its golf coach a volunteer within the meaning of the FLSA.  Purdham v. Fairfax County Public Schools, 629 F. Supp. 2d 544 (E.D. Va.