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School Board Rejects Hearing Officer’s Recommendation and Fires Teacher for Cheating

Jennifer Longanecker was a tenured fifth-grade teacher in the East Moline School District. In 2014, the School Board found that she helped a student cheat on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. In doing so, the Board reversed a hearing officer’s finding that… Continue Reading →

Illinois Revives “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” With Its Equal Pay Act Amendment

The Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 (EPA) already prohibits employers from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work. (820 ILCS 112/1 et seq.) It also prohibits employers from paying African American… Continue Reading →

Weed and the Workplace – Is it All Going Up in Smoke?

On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill (HB) 1438, legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state of Illinois. The “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” will go into effect on January 1, 2020. You can hang it… Continue Reading →

School’s out for Teacher Who Misused Sick Days for Vacations and a Road Trip to New York City

Dorothy Crawley was a tenured teacher at Wells Preparatory Elementary School.  After receiving an anonymous tip that she had used sick days to take a Caribbean cruise, the Chicago School Board investigated and then filed charges against her alleging that,… Continue Reading →

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