SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (ICOI RADIO) – A series of new state laws address equity and protect religious freedoms for Illinois students.
One law allows students to be absent from school for a religious holiday or religious instructing. Schools may require parents to submit notice of the absence ahead of time.
Another, sponsored by State Sen. Adriane Johnson of Buffalo Grove, excuses students from physical education class during times of religious fasting.
A third law requires school history courses to cover the contributions of people of different faiths, including Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist Americans.