SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
As if finally admitting that the SBE (and Governor) lacks power to revoke recognition of schools, Illinois State Representative Edgar Gonzalez, Jr. (D), introduced HB4135, entitled “School-Public Health Emergency.”
If passed, this Bill would grant the Illinois State Board of Education the powers to issue, refuse to issue, or revoke the recognition for schools…Allows the State Board of Education to revoke recognition for schools that fail to comply with the public health requirements.
Synopsis as introduced:
“Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education may issue, refuse to issue, or revoke recognition for schools. Amends certain provisions of the School Code with respect to public health requirements issued by the Department of Public Health when a public health emergency is declared by the Governor. Allows the State Board to revoke recognition for schools that fail to comply with the public health requirements. In provisions concerning the registration and recognition of nonpublic schools, requires a nonpublic school to comply with public health requirements. Prohibits a school board from passing any resolution that contravenes any of the public health requirements. Makes similar changes to provisions concerning the licensure powers of the State Board of Education. Requires schools to investigate complaints of noncompliance with the public health requirements; sets forth complaint procedures. Provides that the State Superintendent of Education may require a school to operate fully remotely if the public health requirements are not followed. Sets forth penalty provisions. Provides for rulemaking by the State Board of Education. Makes a corresponding change in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.”
- Prohibits a school board from passing any resolution that is in contravention of any requirement established by the department of Public Health.
- Authorizes action to be taken to sanction any educator or individual licensed under this code who implements any practice that is in contravention of any public health requirement established by the DPH when the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Act.
Another case of “get caught breaking the law? – Change the law”