faraci 103123CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Paul Faraci was proud to accept the 2023 Legislator of the Year award from the Illinois Association of School Social Workers. 

"I am proud of the work we were able to accomplish this year to protect students and educators,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “School social workers play an important role in supporting our children, especially children living with disabilities.”

The Illinois Association of School Social Workers is the largest school social work organization in the world. Each year they honor legislators in Illinois who have worked hard to promote and advocate for students in the public education system.

Senator Faraci sponsored House Bill 3680, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2024. Under Faraci’s measure, extra accommodations needed for a student during emergencies must be taken into account when developing their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a federal Section 504 plan. It also requires administrators and school support personnel to include a student's IEP team or Section 504 plan team when making a decision about whether to exclude the student from a walk-through lock down drill.

“I will continue to stand with educators across our state every step of the way,” said Faraci. “Educators’ roles are so important for our community, as they mentor the next generation and help them be successful.”

Faraci received the award at the Illinois Association of School Social Workers’ 53rd Annual Conference in Springfield.