Professor Tiffany Puckett was quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, “How concerned are schools about COVID-19 liability.” Professor Puckett notes that while government immunity is different in each state, here in Illinois there is “extensive protection to schools” under the Local Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. She also adds that as long as schools have a reopening plan that’s consistent with local, state and federal laws, as well as guidance under the Illinois State Board of Education, Centers for Disease Control or local health department, they will be protected against any COVID injury claims.
Professor Puckett is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration in the NIU College of Education. She will also be teaching education law in the College of Law during the Fall semesters. Her research interests include education law/policy, school finance, disability policy, adolescent/teen parent policy, school discipline and cultural competence. She is a former attorney for the District of Columbia Public Schools and Baltimore City Public Schools. She has a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and a J.D., both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has a B.S. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.