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Jennifer M. Deutch

New Transition Laws Extend Services for Special Education Students

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On July 28, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 40 into law as Public Act 102-0172 and House Bill 2748 into law as Public Act 102-0173. The two bills, both effective immediately, extend transition services for eligible students based on when they turned 22 years old. Previously, transition services for eligible students went through age 21, ending the day before the student’s 22nd birthday, regardless of when that date fell during the school year.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Student in First Amendment Off-Campus Speech Case

By , , , Aimee LeBlanc, Events, Jen Deutch, Jessica Nguyen, Kaitlin Atlas, Michelle Todd, News

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in a landmark off-campus student speech case in favor of the student. The Court held that the student’s First Amendment rights were violated when she was removed from the cheerleading team due to inappropriate social media posts regarding the school. This ruling provides clarity to school districts in whether and to what extent off-campus speech may be regulated.

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