Friday, July 17, 2015

Mandates and charter schools top concerns of IASB member districts

On Saturday, November 21, the IASB Delegate Assembly will gather at the Joint Annual Conference to discuss and vote on resolutions submitted by member districts. If approved by the delegates in attendance, the resolutions will be adopted as part of IASB’s official Position Statements.

This year, six resolutions were submitted by local school boards seeking to address such concerns as mandate costs, charter schools, and other important issues. The deadline for districts to submit resolutions was June 24.

The IASB resolutions committee will hear testimony from districts that submitted resolutions, debate each proposal, and then make a recommendation to adopt or not adopt each measure. The committee is comprised of one elected member from each of the Association’s 21 divisions. It will meet Friday, July 31 at the Hilton in Lisle to review proposals.


Once the resolutions committee has completed its recommendations on each proposal, a “Report to the Membership” will be distributed to each member district. This report is intended to provide a summary of each measure to assist districts when deciding how to vote on the respective resolutions presented at the Delegate Assembly.

The resolutions submitted are listed below by subject, sponsoring district, and division.

Charter school funding, Woodland CCSD 50 (Lake Division)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge adoption of legislation which would create a new methodology for the funding of State Authorized Charter Schools which would not have a negative financial impact on the host district.

Mandate cost, East Prairie SD 73 (North Cook)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall recommend that the Illinois State Board of Education undertake a study to determine the costs of administering the mandates set forth in No Child Left Behind in order to determine whether the costs of such administration exceed the amount of federal funds awarded to the state of Illinois for adherence thereof.

Sale of district property, Pekin CHSD 303 (Central Illinois Valley)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that amends statutory guidelines outlined in Section 5-22 of the Illinois School Code to allow a school district the initial option to advertise, list, and sell a single family residence, constructed by students as part of its curricular program, by other means than the sealed bid process (i.e.: Sale by Owner, Licensed Real Estate Agent).

Hospital charity tax status, Niles THSD 219 (North Cook)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support any litigation and clarifying legislation which requires hospitals to meet existing constitutional standards as a charity in order to qualify for property-tax exemptions.

School board officers, Hoover-Schrum Memorial SD 157 (South Cook)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall prohibit multiple family members who are elected to serve on the same Board of Education from serving as officers on the same Board of Education at the same time. (i.e. President, Vice President, or Secretary, and any combination thereof).

School construction prioritization, Opdyke-Belle Rive CCSD #5 (Egyptian)
Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall prioritize the School Construction Project List for 2004 and that the State of Illinois fully fund the 2004 School Construction Project list.

Existing IASB Position Statements can be found here.