Hundreds of bills are introduced in Springfield every session. Here's the bills we're tracking the most closely during the current session of the 100th IL General Assembly.
- HB5481: Class Size Goals Requires districts to report data on class sizes to ISBE as well as sets targets for class sizes for K-12 classrooms. Read more here. Mobile-friendly version here.
- HB5721: Facilities and School Actions CPS continues to make decisions about opening and closing schools without adhering to a long-term facilities plan or engaging with communities. This bill requires public input and more transparency for capital spending. It reduces the need for school actions through increased supports for under enrolled schools. And it provides additional assistance to students and school communities subjected to school actions. Read our HB5721 fact sheet here. Mobile-friendly version here.
- SB3592: Elected School Board Last spring, an elected school board bill, HB1774 passed both chambers with overwhelming majorities, but was blocked from being sent to the Governor's desk by the Senate and House leadership. This new bill is intended to resolve those issues. More here. Mobile-friendly version here.
Other bills we support
- HB4208: Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Intended to mitigate factors, like suspensions, expulsions and in-school arrests, leading to the school-to-prison pipeline via targeted matching grants. More here. Mobile friendly version here.
- SB2236: Limits any allocation to the tax credit scholarship program until after the minimum statutory funding level is achieved for districts. Read more here. Mobile-friendly version here.
- SB2468: Requires that if a student’s IEP team determines a student does not need an assistive device they must notify parents of the decision and the basis for the decision.
Bills we oppose
- SB3183: LSC Disempowerment/Principal Evaluation Seeks to reduce the current authority LSCs have to not renew a principal’s four year contract with the school, thereby diminishing the single most important power LSCs have in shaping the direction of their schools. Local School Councils are currently the only democratically-elected bodies of governance within CPS. The strongest power they are afforded is discretion in selecting a principal and renewing their contract. Reducing that power effectively waters down an LSC’s ability to enact change. Read more here. Mobile-friendly version here.
- SB3099: Allows sale of student data after obtaining written consent from the student or parent/guardian of the student in some cases as well as allowing for more cases of use of data outside of research. More here.
- HB4227: Expands the schools eligible for grants under the tax credit program to schools not currently under “recognized” status from ISBE.
- HB4563: Expands tax credits to include donations to school foundations and reduces funding from the evidence based funding model by the same amount.
- HB4376: Allows the use of BrightStart 529 funds for use for K-12 schools.
- SB2855: Would prohibit IL State Board of Education from establishing class sizes for special ed unless full funding were provided to cover costs of class size limitations. Would end any existing rules and regulations of class sizes for special ed.