Bill Text: IL HB4208 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Veto Message

Bill Title: Amends the School Code. With respect to school discipline improvement plans, makes changes to how the State Board of Education determines the top 20% of school districts, when notification is given that a plan must be submitted, which school districts are required to submit a plan, the timeframe for school board approval of a plan and submission of that plan to the State Board, and when additional annual progress reports are required. Establishes the Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Program and grants under the program. Sets forth requirements for grant applicants and provisions for the distribution of funds appropriated for the program. Requires the State Board of Education to issue a yearly report on the results of the program in cooperation with school districts participating in the program. Provides that the State Board may adopt rules necessary for the program. Effective July 1, 2018.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 36-0)

Status: (Vetoed) 2018-11-28 - Bill Dead - No Positive Action Taken - Amendatory Veto [HB4208 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB4208-Veto_Message.html

August 26, 2018

To the Honorable Members of

The Illinois House of Representatives,

100th General Assembly:

Today I return House Bill 4208 with specific recommendations for change.

This bill is intended to address rates of disproportionate disciplinary action in public schools by imposing explicit timelines on existing Illinois State Board of Education reporting requirements and by creating a new Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments Grant Program.

Illinois continues to grapple with startling disparities in the use of exclusionary discipline practices. It is our duty to provide students with a safe and fair learning environment, and I have consistently demonstrated my commitment to this issue as exemplified by my support of previous reforms such as those found in Public Act 99-456.

As presented, however, House Bill 4208 prevents schools from using grant funds to “increase the use of school based law enforcement or security personnel.” Localities should have the opportunity to pursue the best solutions to the disciplinary disparities in their own communities. This restriction undermines the value of law enforcement personnel who have dedicated their lives to keeping schools safe.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 4208, entitled “AN ACT concerning education,” with the following recommendation for change:

On page 6, by deleting lines 6 through 9.

With these changes, House Bill 4208 will have my approval. I respectfully request your concurrence.


Bruce Rauner