The Illinois House passed two bills this week of key importance to CTU members.

HB 1167: COVID Administrative Days

The bill to establish COVID sick leave passed the House on Tuesday. The bill creates COVID-specific sick days going forward and restores days already used if you or your school-age child were forced to quarantine. This bill applies both to district and charter schools and covers all CTU members. Thanks to chief sponsor Rep. Janet Yang Rohr for passing the bill 70-28. The bill now moves to the Senate.

HB 5285: Too Young to Test

HB 5285 prohibits the state from creating new standardized tests for students in pre-K through 2nd grade. The bill passed 79–26. The companion bill in the Senate, SB 3986, passed 53–2 last week. Thanks to Rep. Lindsey LaPointe and Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas for their leadership on this bill.

The CTU Political Department will continue to share updates as these bills move forward.