Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code in provisions concerning bullying prevention. Makes changes concerning the legislative findings. Provides that, on or before January 1, 2013, the State Board of Education shall develop a template for a model bullying prevention policy and sets forth requirements concerning the template. Sets forth and changes requirements, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, for each school district and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school, as well as the State Board, concerning policies on bullying. Sets forth provisions concerning the collection, maintenance, and submission of data regarding allegations and incidences of bullying and rules. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that school social worker interventions (instead of social worker interventions) are a disciplinary intervention that can be taken to stop bullying, and adds school psychological services as another disciplinary intervention.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: (i) defines "policy on bullying"; (ii) changes the required components for the model bullying prevention policy template; (iii) changes certain of the requirements concerning the policy on bullying; and (iv) requires bullying policy updates to be informed by data and reports on bullying allegations and incidents. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 4 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill as amended by House Amendment No. 2 with the following changes: (i) changes the definition of "policy on bullying"; (ii) removes examples from the definition of "restorative measures"; (iii) removes provisions requiring the State Board of Education to develop a template for a model bullying prevention policy; (iv) makes changes concerning the creation, maintenance, and implementation of a policy on bullying (including removing language requiring that data or reports on bullying allegations and incidents must inform policy updates); and (v) removes language concerning rulemaking. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as engrossed with the following changes. Restores current law with respect to the legislative findings. Makes a change to the definition of "policy on bullying". Moves the provision concerning the right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the United States and Illinois Constitutions. Effective immediately.