Capitol Watch

Below you will find links to detailed information about the status of current education-related bills in the Legislature. Click on the bill number to access the Illinois General Assembly website containing full text and all actions associated with the bill.

Bill #DescriptionPositionTopicStatusFact Sheet
SB 1Evidence-based school fundingNo PositionOther Passed Senate 035-018-003 – Amended/Passed House 060-052-000 – Senate Concurs
SB 9Revenue, including income tax increaseNo PositionRevenue Passed Senate 032-026-000 – In House Held on Calendar Order of Second Reading
SB 11Unconstitutional pension reformOpposedPensions Failed 018-029-010
SB 13Privatizes public services, freezes local revenueOpposedOther 3rd Reading Deadline Established as 5/31/2017
SB 261Provides school districts the discretion to use their transportation funding to assist homeless students and their families with rental or mortgage insurance.SupportOther Referred to Assignments
HB 768This initiative would create a charter school application process where only locally elected school boards and parents could decide if a charter school is good for their community. The amendment allows a charter applicant to appeal to the courts under judicial review if it is believed the application review process was not performed as outlined in statute.SupportCharter Schools & Vouchers Passed House 061-046-000 – Passed Senate 033-017-002Fact Sheet
HB 3021Directs ISBE to implement a program and adopt rules to allow temporary staffing firms to contract with school districts to provide substitute teachers for elementary and secondary public schools. Prohits school districts from using temporary staffing firms to circumvent collective bargaining agreements or laws.No PositionOther Re-referred to Rules Committee
SB 1740Transitions from a four-rating evaluation system to a two-rating system (ineffective (UNS)/Effective (NI, PROF & EXC)). Converts prior evaluations to new two-rating system. Reduces the number of RIF groups from four to three. Eliminates the 4th group for "excellent" performing educators and subcategories in 2nd group. Removes the mandate that student growth be a part of a teacher's evaluation in 2018-19 school year. Allows it if district and union agree. Requires the PERA joint committee to meet at least once annually and changes its work from student growth to ongoing improvement of evaluation plans and development of PD opportunities. Requires each district to locally bargain an appeals process for teachers receiving an ineffective rating.No PositionPERA Re-referrerd to Assignments
HB 3022Transitions from a four-rating evaluation system to a two-rating system (ineffective (UNS)/Effective (NI, PROF & EXC)). Converts prior evaluations to new two-rating system. Reduces the number of RIF groups from four to three. Eliminates the 4th group for "excellent" performing educators and subcategories in 2nd group. Removes the mandate that student growth be a part of a teacher's evaluation in 2018-19 school year. Allows it if district and union agree. Requires the PERA joint committee to meet at least once annually and changes its work from student growth to ongoing improvement of evaluation plans and development of PD opportunities. Requires each district to locally bargain an appeals process for teachers receiving an ineffective rating.No PositionPERA Re-referred to Rules Committee
HR 27States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportOther Assigned to CommitteeFact Sheet
HR 38States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportOther Assigned to CommitteeFact Sheet
HR 304Encourages all officers and employees of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Illinois Department of Corrections to become informed regarding well-documented detrimental short-term and long-term impacts to children and adults from serious traumatic childhood experiences; and implement evidence-based interventions and practices that are proven to be successful in developing resiliency in children and adults currently suffering from trauma-related disorders to help them recover from their trauma and function at their full capacity and potential in school, the workplace, and community, family, and interpersonal relationships.SupportOther Resolution Adopted
SB 16Unconstitutional pension benefit cuts to IEA members in TRS and SURS - bill also impacts IMRFOpposedPensions Passed Senate 031-021-000 Referred to Committee in HouseFact Sheet
HB 4027Unconstitutional pension benefit cuts to IEA members in TRS and SURS - bill also impacts IMRFOpposedPensions Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd ReadingFact Sheet
HB 4045Unconstitutional pension benefit cuts to IEA members in TRS and SURS - bill also impacts IMRFOpposedPensions Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd ReadingFact Sheet
SR 545States the opinion that the proposed educational pension cost shift from the State of Illinois to local school districts, community colleges, and institutions of higher education is financially wrongSupportOther Referred to AssignmentsFact Sheet