Pritzker Signs SB 28, Instructional Day Compromise Bill

By David Wood posted 15 days ago


As we hoped, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 28, allowing school leaders to proceed with finalizing school calendars.

The legislation reinstates the 5-hour instructional day mandate as it existed while creating exceptions to that requirement for students to engage in learning opportunities outside of the classroom. SB 28, now Public Act 101-0012, is effective July 1, 2019. 

The exceptions to the five-hour instructional day requirement are for students participating in dual credit, internships, youth apprenticeships or blended learning programs, as well as the expansion of e-learning flexibility statewide. In addition, the legislation allows districts to use two of the 176 school calendar days for parent-teacher conference days.

We appreciate the governor's office understanding the sense of urgency with getting this legislation signed. We also want to applaud the bill's sponsor, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, for her leadership and willingness to listen to concerns districts had with the initial version of the bill. In the end, we landed on a compromise that we believe is a win-win for everyone.

We will continue to follow when other pieces of legislation get signed by the governor and update you on the details.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.


Diane Hendren
Director of Governmental Relations
Illinois Association of School Administrators
David Wood
Governmental Relations Specialist
Illinois Association of School Business Officials