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 Bill Status of HB3254  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  SCH CD-DIVERSITY IN LITERATURE

House Sponsors
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, Joyce Mason, Rita Mayfield, Maura Hirschauer, Maurice A. West, II, Katie Stuart, Kathleen Willis, Deb Conroy and Emanuel Chris Welch

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/23/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
105 ILCS 5/27A-5
105 ILCS 5/28-22 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Instructional Materials Article of the School Code. Provides that a Section of the Article may be referred to as the Pierce Twins Law. Provides that a school district (including a charter school) shall require that books that are included as a part of any course, material, instruction, reading assignment, or other school curricula related to literature during the school year or that appear on summer reading lists must include books that are written by diverse authors, including, but not limited to, authors who are African American, women, Native American, LatinX, and Asian. Provides that reading material may not perpetuate bias against persons based on specified categories. Provides that for any school district utilizing federal funds under Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the selection of each book to be included in a reading assignment, course material and instruction, or other school curricula related to literature must first receive prior approval from the school board before the book may be included. Provides that the criteria for the approval or denial of a book shall be determined by school board policy, but the minimum requirement is that the book may not be approved by the school board if the book contains language or material that is derogatory or racist or incites hate against any persons. Provides for rulemaking and guidelines. Effective immediately.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/19/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  2/19/2021HouseFirst Reading
  2/19/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/16/2021HouseAssigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Joyce Mason
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Rita Mayfield
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Maura Hirschauer
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Maurice A. West, II
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Katie Stuart
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kathleen Willis
  3/24/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Deb Conroy
  3/24/2021HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 016-007-000
  4/8/2021HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/20/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
  4/21/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 005-000-000
  4/21/2021HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/21/2021HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/23/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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