Friday, May 25, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-69

In a busy legislative week in the State Capitol, lawmakers rushed to move the remainder of their legislation as the scheduled session adjournment date nears. The legislature is set to conclude its business by the end of the month. Both chambers of the General Assembly cancelled scheduled session for this weekend and will return to Springfield late afternoon on Monday, May 28. While there has been positive news surrounding the development of a budget, the General Assembly will only have four session days to complete its business and pass a budget plan and appropriations before the end of May.

This week, the Alliance and its partners in the Evidence-Based Funding reforms testified before the House Elementary and Secondary Appropriation Committee. Alliance executives were also joined by local superintendents to testify about what improvements to education they can make with greater support from the State of Illinois. The minimum needed to fund the evidence based funding model for Fiscal Year 2019 is $400 million with $350 million going to the funding model and $50 for a property tax rebate system that is part of the negotiated law. During the hearing, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) also testified to the need for an additional $7 billion to bring all Illinois school districts to adequacy.

With the clock ticking persistently towards the end of session on May 31, a number of bills were approved by the General Assembly to be sent on to the Governor for his approval.

Click here to read the complete Alliance Legislative Report 100-69, including information on two significant bills containing potential new mandates, Vision 20/20 initiatives, and other legislative action from the week. 

Officer nominations sought

The nominating committee of the Illinois Association of School Boards is seeking candidates for the offices of president and vice president.

The following criteria will be used by the committee in considering nominees:

•    leadership experience and participation in IASB activities
•    leadership on a local school board
•    involvement with other education-related organizations
•    other leadership experiences
•    special talent or interests of benefit to IASB as now constituted

Nominating forms are due to be submitted by early August, and candidates will be interviewed that same month. A slate of candidates will be presented to the Delegate Assembly meeting in Chicago at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in November.

To request necessary forms, interested candidates should email: or phone 217/528-9688, ext. 1143.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wide assortment of panel
discussions on tap in ‘Carousel’

Many of the scores of school districts that submitted Joint Annual Conference panel proposals will be presenting their chosen topics during IASB’s 2018 Carousel of Panels. The event, to be held on Nov. 17, 2018, will feature approximately 30 participants in three successive half-hour presentations. This format gives attendees a chance to gather information on a wide range of subjects in a short amount of time.

Some of the general topics, although not the final titles, to be included in the Carousel this year, along with the panel presenters, are:

  • Authentic, Relevant Engagement of the Greater Community – STEM Outreach, P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University
  • Boosting Student Growth and Engagement with GRR! – Woodridge SD 68
  • Concussions and Head Injuries: Planning and Responding  – Whitt Law LLC
  • Discussing Illinois’ New Principal Preparation Program – Aurora University
  • Include Stakeholders in Talented and Gifted Placement Appeals – Oak Grove SD 68, Green Oaks
  • Increasing Principals’ Times and Capacity for School Improvement – ROE 17 and ROE 28
  • Increasing the Engagement of Culturally Diverse Families – Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123
  • Is Your School District Website ADA Compliant? – Fremont SD 79, Mundelein
  • Legal Layoffs: Following the Law While Improving Education – Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd.
  • Redefining Success with a Personalized Learner Profile – The ECRA Group
  • Strategic Planning: Strong Schools Build Strong Communities – Paris Union SD 95
  • University and Schools Connect for Student Success – STEM Outreach, P-20 Engagement, Northern Illinois University
  • Trauma-Informed Practices, Social Capital – ROE 39 and ROE 11
  • Why Rural Matters – Virginia CUSD 64
  • 21st Century Climate Resiliency Solutions for K-12 Schools – Champaign CUSD 4
  • #MeToo – Preventing and Mitigating Workplace Harassment – Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC

A full description of these and all other Conference panels and programming will be available in the Conference Preview, to be posted online in September.

Online conference registration and housing is expected to open in early June. This year’s event will be IASB’s 86th Joint Annual Conference with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO).

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Alliance Call to Action


A bill is moving through the Illinois legislature that would require mandatory salary increases for teachers statewide. SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) provides that under the Minimum Salary section of the School Code schools would be required to pay teachers an annual salary increase, up to $40,000 over 5 school years if they are receiving a salary less than $40,000 per year. The schedule looks like this:
  • A minimum of $32,076 for 2019-2020
    • $34,576 for 2020-2021
    • $37,076 for 2021-2022
    • $40,000 for 2022-2023
  • The bill further adds that for each school year thereafter, an automatic salary increase would be required including the minimum salary rate for the previous school year increased by the Consumer Price Index.

Illinois has a collective bargaining law that empowers local school boards, together with their teachers and support staff, to set salaries in consideration of the revenues available to run their schools. School leaders and staff must take into consideration all aspects of its budget and make very difficult decisions to provide an effective education program that meets the needs of all students.

A top-down approach to MANDATE a minimum salary for one group of employees within the school setting, without fully funding the increases, will cause layoffs, dismissals, and program cuts across the board in Illinois schools. Additionally, programs required to meet state and federal education standards will suffer as there will not be enough qualified staff or programming to meet student needs.

School leaders SUPPORT their teachers! This proposal will not help teachers and support staff, it will wreak havoc after Illinois just passed school funding reform that has put Illinois “Back-on-Track” to funding our schools.

It is imperative that you contact your state representative and ask for a NO VOTE on SB 2892!

1. Click here to send a note to your legislator. Please edit the message to include the financial impact of this legislation on your school district. “This measure will cost our district $___ dollars to comply, which could mean laying off staff, cutting programs, etc.” Information regarding how much this mandate will cost your district and cuts that would have to be considered to comply are most compelling.

2. Please SHARE THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION with your legislators and with us at

Monday, May 21, 2018

Vision 20/20 to refocus in summer of 2018

With new money flowing to schools across the state via the Evidence-Based Funding formula, Illinois Vision 20/20 will begin a process to refocus efforts on other public education priorities while continuing to advocate for the necessary dollars to meet adequacy targets for every school district.

“We’ve certainly made a lot of progress over the last few years in achieving the goals envisioned when Vision 20/20 was launched,” said IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy. “The Evidenced-Based Funding formula is obviously at the forefront of those accomplishments, but we’ve also worked to address teacher reciprocity and varied accountability in the Balanced Accountability pillar.”

Launched in the summer of 2013 with the goal of providing a more equitable and adequate education for children in every region of the state, the initiative has been a success in achieving many of its goals. The four pillars, Equitable and Adequate Funding, Highly Effective Educators, 21st Century Learning, and Shared Accountability, will remain but be repurposed with updated legislative proposals.

Eddy said Vision 20/20 architects and contributors from throughout the state will identify additional proposals to alleviate the ongoing teacher shortage, expand access to high-speed internet for districts, and suggest ways to improve school safety.

“It’s also important that we continue to monitor the initiatives that have been signed into law. For example, the new funding model is intended to get districts to 90 percent of their adequacy target in 10 years. To meet that goal, Illinois schools will need approximately $350 million in new education dollars each year added to the state budget while we also protect local revenue sources. It will be important for Vision 20/20 supporters to continue to advocate for that funding and show how the new formula is contributing to student success,” he added.

In addition to a refocused effort, Illinois Vision 20/20 has a new director. Ralph Grimm, a former superintendent of four western Illinois school districts, has indicated the initiative will have both short- and long-term goals. 

In a newsletter highlighting achievements of the campaign, Grimm announced plans to conduct a revisioning meeting in early August: “The purpose of the meeting will be threefold. First, the success of Vision 20/20 will be highlighted and celebrated. Second, participants will review the four pillars and the original concepts that were adopted for further action. Additional issues within each of the pillars will be identified for possible legislative action. Third, participants will identify those issues that should be moved forward for additional consideration.”

More information and updates on the initiative will be posted on the Illinois Vision 20/20 website and announced on Twitter @ILVision2020