Priority Briefings

District to Pay for Multiple Bites at FOIA Exemption Apple

On October 3, 2012, an Illinois Appellate Court issued a decision which should serve as a warning to public school districts asserting questionable objections under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  In Rock River Times v. Rockford Public School District 205, the Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling denying the requestors’ prayer for […]

Student Criminal Reports to be Shared with Districts

Important changes to the parameters within which public schools may acquire and use information contained in law enforcement records about students who have been arrested and/or charged with criminal offenses are on the horizon.  Public Act 97-1104, which takes effect on January 1, 2013, amends the Illinois School Code and Juvenile Court Act to allow […]

School Code Provisions on Service Animals Amended to Include Miniature Horses

Governor Quinn has signed into law Public Act 97-0956, which amends Section 14-6.02 of the School Code to permit not only dogs, but also miniature horses, to act as service animals for students with disabilities. Effective immediately, a “service animal” is defined as a dog or miniature horse trained or being trained as a hearing […]

Hauser Izzo to Conduct School Board Leadership Training

We are proud and happy to report that Hauser Izzo, LLC has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide Leadership Training for Illinois school board members. Leadership Training is a new program required by the Education Reform Act. Pursuant to Section 10-16a of the School Code, all school board members elected […]

Use of Employee Social Media and E-Mail Accounts for Employment Decisions

On August 1, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law new provisions of the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act which significantly curtail an employer’s right to gain access to the private social media and e-mail accounts of employees and prospective employees. The new provisions of the Act, which take effect on January […]

Court Nixes Use of Church for Public School Graduation

Despite two earlier rulings allowing the practice in the same case, the United States Court of Appeals in Chicago, by a 7-3 vote last week, ruled that a Wisconsin high school district acted improperly in conducting its graduation ceremonies in an evangelical Christian church. In what is commonly referred to as the “Establishment Clause”, the […]

Open Meetings Act: New Agenda Requirements

Effective January 1, 2013, there are a few new provisions in the Open Meetings Act relating to board meeting agendas. The amendments are contained in Public Act 97-827, which adds new subsection (c) to Section 2.02. First, it is now mandated that the “general subject matter of any resolution or ordinance” must be set forth […]