“You could have tremendous amounts of additional costs if you have to have additional sections of classes,” Kujawa said.
High school students are now required to learn CPR and how to operate a heart defibrillator called an AED. The legislation was pushed by George Laman, a paramedic whose daughter had a heart condition. She collapsed and died during a drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school in 2008. Officials say an AED was available at the school but not used until paramedics arrived. Laman believes his daughter would have survived if someone knew how to use the machine.
Additionally, people ages 18 to 21 will now have to pass a six-hour driver’s education course before receiving a license. The previous law allowed adults to receive licenses without training. Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the law largely will affect 18-year-olds from the Chicago area who have depended on mass transportation until adulthood. He says the course can be taken online and doesn’t require a driving component.
Other new laws include required child abuse reporter training for school personnel, a measure that will make it easier for some teachers with lower performance evaluations to return to work after layoffs and a plan to divert more early childhood education funding to programs for infants to 3-year-olds.