New laws: vaccine requirements, placement exam changes

By Gary Scott on January 2, 2016 at 9:07am

We continue our look this weekend at new laws set to start in 2016 in Illinois.

One law will require workers at child care facilities to show proof that they have received their T-dap vaccine, which covers, whooping cough, and two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The bill was sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno.

“We sort of had a hole in our coverage, and that is daycare workers who actually work with young children that are themselves not old enough to be vaccinated, and if we were able to address that situation, we could prevent some of these kids from getting these devastating childhood diseases,” says Radogno.

The law applies to workers in daycares with children ages six and younger.

Another new law aims to help more high schoolers earn college credit. All public universities and community colleges in Illinois must award college credit to students receiving a score of three or higher on their advanced placement exams.

State Board of Education spokeswoman Amanda Simhauser says some schools were only accepting the highest marks.

“It was up to colleges whether they wanted to give credit for scores of 3 or higher, and so now this legislation requires that. I know just when I was in high school, I know there were some schools where you had to do 4 or 5. So, this just helps open the pool a little bit larger for those students,” says Simhauser.

Northern Illinois University has already adopted the new policy.