pexels keira burton 6147273SPRINGFIELD – To offer support to historically disadvantaged male students, Gov. JB Pritzker signed an initiative by State Senator Adriane Johnson into law to make a strong, statewide effort to explore solutions for equity in Illinois classrooms.

“A constituent expressed concerns for male students in classrooms when it comes to education equity,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “With support from my constituency, I’m relieved this law will allow our state to strategically explore ways to support young men in marginalized communities.”

Johnson’s law requires the Gender Equity Advisory Committee to submit recommendations regarding how school districts and the Illinois State Board of Education can better support historically disadvantaged males to ensure educational equity by Dec. 15, 2023. Specifically, the committee will look into support for African American students and students of color.

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033022CM1502SPRINGFIELD – Teachers will now be able to take excused mental health absences thanks to a new law with support from State Senator Adriane Johnson.

“To address mental health as part of health care, we must ensure teachers have the ability to solve personal issues they are dealing with,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “It’s vital that we give them the time they need to unplug and focus on their mental well-being.”

Under the new law, previously Senate Bill 3914, the school board of each school district will be required to include mental health as part of their current negotiated sick days for full-time employees of the district. Teachers can use two of their days per school year as mental health days. If a teacher needs three or more mental health days, the school district will need a note from a mental health professional.

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040822HAO00892SPRINGFIELD – Under a new law by State Senator Adriane Johnson, the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Act is permanently codified and will help ensure individuals receive the highest quality care.

“Residents living with Alzheimer’s have unwavering support in Illinois,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “This law codifies our state’s advocacy and commitment to families affected by the disease.”

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Act protects consumers from false advertising claims and makes sure direct-support staff are trained to address issues of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

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022522CM0732SPRINGFIELD – Students with unpaid school balances will have full access to their grades, transcripts or diplomas, under a new law championed by State Senator Adriane Johnson.

“Students are so much more than a set of credits,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “They are scholars and future contributors to our society, and we should do all we can to further their academic careers and not contribute to unnecessary burdens.”

Under previous law, grades, transcripts or diplomas could be held from students as a punishment for unpaid balances at the school.

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