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Top new education laws for Illinois in 2016


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Highlighting new education laws passed this year

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Top new education laws for Illinois in 2016

  1. 1. Top New Laws for 2016 Education
  2. 2. Illinois lawmakers passed several new laws this year to improve Illinois schools. Top New Laws for 2016 Education
  3. 3. The hottest issue for K-12 education in 2016 is reforming the school funding formula. Top New Laws for 2016 Education
  4. 4. Along with funding reform, we took on several other education issues. Top New Laws for 2016 Education
  5. 5. State Seal of Biliteracy State universities and community colleges will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as the equivalent of two years of foreign language learning taken during high school. The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school students demonstrating proficiency in English and at least one more other language. Sponsored by Senator Iris Y. Martinez. HB 4330 | Read more: Martinez passes bill to get students college credit for foreign language courses Top New Laws for 2016 Education
  6. 6. Laws apply to charter schools Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins’ House Bill 3199 requires charter schools, which are funded with public dollars, to comply with all state absenteeism and truancy laws applicable to traditional public schools. HB 3199 | Read more: Collins’ proposed education measures become law Top 5 New Laws for 2016 Education
  7. 7. School breakfast Breakfast will be available to more Illinois schoolchildren under a measure sponsored by Senator Don Harmon. Requires public elementary, middle and high schools with a student low-income rate of at least 70 percent to offer breakfast to students after the instructional day has begun. SB 2393 | Read more: Harmon school breakfast expansion signed into law Top 5 New Laws for 2016 Education
  8. 8. Top 5 New Laws for 2016 Legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Cunningham creates a grant fund to help school districts fund personnel costs for an agriculture education teacher. Agriculture education SB 2975 | Read more: Cunningham helps keep agriculture education strong in Illinois Education
  9. 9. Top 5 New Laws for 2016 Sen. Tony Munoz, former police officer, sponsored legislation to allow Illinois school districts to implement traffic safety cameras on buses. Vehicles ignoring the signals may hit pedestrians. School bus safety HB 208 | Read more: Munoz: remember to respect school bus stop signs Education
  10. 10. Top 5 New Laws for 2016 Illinois suspends more African-American students than any other state in the U.S. To address the overall frequency of out- of-school discipline, a new law from Sen. Kimberly Lightford will help ensure all students are in school and off the streets as much as possible. Racial disparity in school discipline SB 100 | Read more: New law addresses racial disparity in school discipline Education
  11. 11. Top New Laws for 2016 Education Summaries of all new Illinois laws are available on the Illinois General Assembly Homepage: