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- A proposal in the Illinois General Assembly would require schools to offer a clearer, more comprehensive definition of consent when teaching sexual education.
- Illinois could mandate an LGBT-inclusive curriculum for K-12 public school students with the passage of House Bill 246, proposed by state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin.
- State Sen. Jennifer Bertino Tarrant, D-Shorewood, proposed a bill that would reinstate a five-hour requirement for teachers to directly supervise students for the day to be considered a "day of attendance."
- The state’s newly inaugurated governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, is entering office at a time when the Illinois state budget is struggling with a massive deficit, but he says he's committed to securing more state funds for needy schools.
- Meanwhile, state lawmakers, who convened Jan. 7 for the start of the legislative session — could revive a controversial bill from last year’s session that would set public school teachers’ salaries at $40,000 minimum. Former Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican whose term just ended, vetoed the measure in part due to the extra costs it would incur. It’s also possible the legislature could debate charter school legislation, as Pritzker staunchly opposes charters and wants to put a statewide moratorium in place.