Help Us Stop House Bill 955
If enacted, this bill would hurt public school students and further squeeze Illinois families during a tough economic period.
Under current Illinois law,
a student's family moves out of their school district during the
academic year, the child is entitled to finish the school year in the
same school, without charge.
But if HB 955 were to become law,
whose families move out of a district during the academic year would be
required to transfer out of their school "at the end of the grading
period" -- or be billed tuition! As proposed, this punitive law would
leave it up to individual districts to define what they consider to be
the end of the grading period. School officials could decide that means
leaving mid-semester, at the end of a grading quarter.
Current state law protects children and their families.
this economy, there are many good reasons why a family finds it must
move out of their school district before the school year is over, and
sometimes with very little notice. In increasing numbers schools are
reporting that families are moving due to job loss or a parent finding
a new job, the need to relocate to lower cost family housing not found
in the district, and because of eviction or foreclosure.
including teens, need the academic stability of finishing the school
year in the same classroom. Why? Because children typically lose four
to six months' progress when they switch schools in the middle of the
year. The negative impact of mid-year transfers is widely recognized
among educators -- that's why student mobility rates are closely
monitored in schools. Mid-year transfers typically hurt children
already coping with big changes.
HB 955 was passed out of committee and could be voted on today in the House of Representatives!
by State Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Sparta), HB955 is on third reading.
How you can help:
Please call your State Representative and express your
opposition to HB 955 today.
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