Guidance to School Districts
This document is intended to serve as non-regulatory guidance from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General (“OAG”) and the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) to assist public K12 schools in Illinois in meeting their obligations under state and federal civil rights laws to administer student discipline policies without discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected characteristics.
School Code Restrictions on Suspension and Expulsion
Formerly known as Senate Bill 100,
Public Act 99-0456 amends several provisions of the Illinois School Code in efforts to reduce exclusionary discipline practices by school districts. Sponsored bySenator Kimberly A. Lightford, this legislation is the culmination of the statewide efforts of student groups, parents, educators, administrators, community organizations, legislators, and other stakeholders. P.A. 99-0456 takes effect on September 16, 2016.
Data Reporting Requirements
Districts must continue to provide ISBE with data on the total number of suspensions, expulsions, and removals to alternative settings as previously required pursuant to
Data will continue to be collected and housed by ISBE at
Data Analysis – Expulsions, Suspensions, and Truants by District.
Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, ISBE will analyze the data collected over 3 consecutive school years, starting with the 2014-2015 school year, and identify any district in the top 20% for suspensions, expulsions, and removals to alternative settings. ISBE will require that each of these identified districts develop a plan identifying strategies to reduce exclusionary discipline rates and/or disproportionality.
Illinois Partnership for Disciplinary Equity
The Illinois State Board of Education has formed a partnership with the University of Illinois-Springfield and Loyola University Chicago with the aim of providing school districts with help and support necessary to make enduring changes to discipline and create more equitable, restorative, and empathic schools for children to thrive. This work is aligned with ISBE’s strategy 2.1.2, which is to “support district implementation of policy guidance to promote students’ safety and well-being, including non-discrimination and inclusion.
- Alternative Discipline Techniques: Restorative Justice
- Culturally Responsible Practices