Public Act 101-0531 was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.
It strengthens protections for student safety.
The new law grants the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) the statutory authority to suspend an educator’s license immediately “if they are charged with certain crimes, including sex crimes, drug offenses, and Class X felonies, as listed in Section 21B-80 of the Illinois School Code. The license would be reinstated if the person is acquitted.”
McHenry County Blog asked under the Freedom of Information Act for the name of any such person who might be employed by Crystal Lake High School District 155.
District 155 replied it “received notification under this law for one former employee: Matt Fralick.”
He was placed on administative leave by Disteict 155 after he was arrested by McHenry Police in early February.
The charge for the Lake in the Hills man was for felony grooming of a McHenry youth under 17, not of a District 155 student.
Fralich was a physical education and health teacher.