Governor Pritzker Signs Bills to Increase Educational Opportunities for the Disabled

Governor JB Pritzker signed House Bill 40 and House Bill 2748 into law Wednesday, allowing special education students to continue attending school through the end of the school year in which they turn 22. This package also allows special needs students who recently turned 22 and were impacted by COVID-19 to remain eligible for educational services up to the end of the regular 2021-2022 academic year. House Bill 40 will allow special education students to still attend school through the end of the school year in which they turn 22, rather than leave school the day they turn 22. The legislation will allow students with disabilities to complete the school year and celebrate the well-deserved milestone of high school completion in the same way as their peers. House Bill 2748 will allow special education students to remain eligible for services up to the end of the regular 2021-2022 school year if a student reached the age of 22 during the time in which the student’s in-person instruction, services, or activities were suspended for a period of 3 months or more during the school year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will give students an opportunity to regain that critical in-person classroom instruction time and transition to adult special needs services. Both bills are effective immediately.

 

 

 

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