the Honorable Members of
Illinois House of Representatives,
return House Bill 4208 with specific recommendations for change.
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.
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.
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.
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:
page 6, by deleting lines 6 through 9.
these changes, House Bill 4208 will have my approval. I respectfully request