The Extra Mile - Education Edition

A monthly newsletter of laws and cases affecting Illinois schools

The Extra Mile (March 2016)

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  • The Extra Mile is Going Green
  • Department of Education Proposes Amended IDEA Rules Governing Equity
  • ISBE Issues New Guidance Document 15-9 Regarding IDEA Proportionate Share Services for Parentally Placed Nonpublic Students with Disabilities
  • SEC Begins Pursuing "MCDC Initiative" Settlements with Public Bond Issuers Including School Districts
  • Federal Court Holds Dismissed Teacher Cannot Show "Liberty Interest" Due Process Violation After Securing Another Teaching Position One School Year Later

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The Extra Mile (February 2016)

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  • Every Student Succeeds Act Adopted/Dear Colleague Letter Issued
  • New Special Education “Medical Review” Rules and School Nurse Rules Take Effect July 1, 2016
  • Illinois School District Liability for Attorneys’ Fees Awards in FOIA Lawsuits Increased (again) By Appellate Court
  • Public Body Violated OMA By Requiring Members of the Public to Submit Questions for Public Comment On a Specific Form Hours Before a Meeting

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The Extra Mile (January 2016)

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  • School  Board Authority to Terminate Employment of Tenured Teacher Limited in First Appellate Court Decision Under SB7
  • School Board Did Not Violate OMA By Signing Separation Agreement During Closed Session Because of Subsequent Approval During Open Session
  • Chicago Board of Education Not Required to Arbitrate Do-Not-Hire Policy for Dismissed Non-Tenured Teachers

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The Extra Mile (November 2015)

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  • HLERK at the IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Conference
  • Board Violates OMA By Failing to List Action Item on Agenda and By Discussing Services Contract During Closed Session
  • Southern Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Bullying Case Against School District
  • U.S. DOE "Dear Colleague" Letter Clarifies that IDEA Does Not Prohibit the Use of the Terms Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia

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