August 2023

Dear Extra Mile Readers:

Welcome back to the start to another school year...and apparently the hottest day of the year! Like you all, we're excited for the school year, and whether students are already back in session or will be returning in the next few weeks, we wish you a smooth start and a wonderful year ahead.

As a reminder, registration for our firm's annual school law seminar, "The Year in Review," is now open. This seminar is an invaluable resource for helping school leaders stay abreast of the latest legal updates and trends from the last year and for learning practical tips for navigating these ever-developing challenges. If you haven't already, register now for one of our 3 seminar locations:

Also, retainer clients and those who pre-ordered the 2023 edition of our publication, A School Board Member's Handbook, should have received your book(s) a few weeks ago. Didn't order? Or need more copies for your team? Feel free to place additional orders here. This is a resource you're not going to want to miss.

OMA Amended to Allow Remote Attendance Due to Unexpected Childcare Obligations and to Include a New Closed Session Exception

The Governor recently signed a bill amending the Open Meetings Act to make two key changes. First, there is a new closed session exception to hear evidence or testimony regarding the denial of access to school events or property. Second, board members now may attend a meeting by audio or video conference if their absence is due to "unexpected childcare obligations." Read more...

Steve Richart

Law on Last-Minute Teacher Resignations Amended by SB 1352

Earlier this month, the law on the timing of teacher resignations was modified. Instead of two different rules, one of which applied to tenured teachers only, the new law creates a single rule for all teachers. Teachers who don’t resign within the parameters of the law can have their professional educator license suspended. Read more...

Ellen Rothenberg

Seventh Circuit Upholds Injunctions Allowing Transgender Student Use of School Facilities

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld preliminary injunctions against two Indiana school districts, allowing the transgender students to continue to use the boys’ bathroom and locker room during the pendency of the litigation. Read more...

Jennifer Rosenberg

DOJ Proposes Rules on Web Accessibility Requirements

The U.S. Department of Justice recently released long-awaited proposed rules related to the ADA, including the adoption of specific technical standards for the accessibility of state and local government websites and mobile apps. The proposed rules would adopt the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.1 as the technical standard for web content and mobile app accessibility under Title II of the ADA. Comments are due October 3, 2023.

Kerry Pipal

Second Installment Cook County Property Tax Bill Issuance Date in 2023 Expected to Be Delayed Until November 1

Per Cook County officials’ reports, second installment property tax bills for Tax Year 2022 are expected to be available by November 1, 2023, with a due date of December 1, 2023. As with previous delays in property tax collections, school districts may seek short-term financing options as a bridge to future property tax revenues. Read more...

Tony Senagore


  • ISBE revised its Physical Restraint, Time Out and Isolated Time Out Form (ISBE Form 11-01). ISBE explained that the revised form requires schools to provide additional information regarding the use of a device during the implementation of a physical restraint, time out, or isolated time out that restricts a student’s movements (page 2). The form also now includes the required notice of a parent/guardian’s right to request a meeting after an RTO incident (page 4). 


Jessica Nguyen will be a panelist discussing transgender issues in schools for her fellow school attorneys on September 28 in an Illinois Council of School Attorneys webinar.

Hodges Loizzi will be presenting its annual "The Year in Review: Highlights and Lowlights of Illinois School Law" on October 5 in Collinsville, on October 12 in Peoria, and on October 26 in Itasca at the Westin Chicago Northwest. CPDU credits will be available. Registration is open, so don't miss out!

Michelle Todd and Jessica Nguyen will be presenting on Section 504 to their fellow school attorneys this October at the Council of School Attorneys 2023 Fall School Law Seminar.

At the IAASE 2023 Fall Conference in October:

  • Jennifer Rosenberg will be presenting “Student Discipline: Law and Practical Guidance” and “Managing Student Records Requests.”

  • Michelle Todd and Jessica Nguyen will be presenting “Legal and Practical Guidance for Supporting Transgender Students in the Classroom” and “Special Education Placements and Inclusion: Providing LRE while Meeting Students’ Needs."

Register now for the IAASE Fall Conference.

At the IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Annual Conference in November:

  • Barbara Erickson will be presenting with IASA’s Chad Watkins on “Superintendent Employment Contracts.”

Register now for the JAC.


  • Remember to present to your Board and file your District's administrator and teacher salary and benefits report with ISBE in August.

  • With your district's parent-teacher advisory committee, review your student discipline policies and implementation, and any other safety factors. Also consult with your PTAC and other community-based organizations to address aggressive behavior, including bullying, in your student behavior policy.


Latest figures: July 2023

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