School districts across the state are continuing to see a decrease in unfunded mandates from past years, as the new academic year begins.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed two new school-related bills on Friday, making it a total of just four unfunded mandates passed by lawmakers in the current session. In recent years, that number averaged nearly two dozen.
New this year, students will be required to pass a course in civics in order to graduate. Schools are also required to have suicide awareness and prevention policies in place, with staff trained to implement them.
Rauner previously signed rules for stronger concussion protocols and reporting of information on dental exams.
The governor has not acted on legislation passed in June that will require all schools to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.