State Sen. Neil Anderson’s legislation to ensure teachers are properly trained on the Americans with Disabilities Act has passed the Senate Education Committee.
“In my district, we had an incident where, because of some confusion surrounding existing federal law, a student’s service dog was removed from the classroom. Ultimately, the student had to transfer in order to bring her service dog to school,” said Anderson (Rock Island). “We can’t go back and change what happened to that student, but we can try to stop it from happening again.”
Senate Bill 2137 requires that teachers’ institutes must include instruction on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act at least once every two years. According to Anderson, this training will ensure that teachers fully understand the Act, and will create a better classroom environment for students with disabilities.
“By making sure our teachers are properly educated on these issues, we can prevent situations like this one from happening in the future,” said Anderson.
Anderson’s legislation passed the Senate Education Committee on April 5. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.