Tuesday, February 7, 2017

IASB updates, distributes
Constitution & Position Statements

The 2017 Illinois Association of School Boards Constitution and Position Statements has been updated and is now being mailed to all Association member districts. The revised document reflects priorities adopted by the IASB Delegate Assembly at the 2016 Joint Annual Conference.

IASB operates within the framework of its Constitution to fulfill its goal, “to aid and assist boards of education in performing their lawful functions and to promote, support, and advance the interest of public education in Illinois.” The Position Statements represent the nature and substance of that work.

Changes to the IASB Constitution replaced outdated language and terminology (for example, replacing references to No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act).

Additions to the IASB Position Statements include using minutes instead of days to account for instruction lost due to weather or other events beyond the school district’s control (clock hours vs. minutes); and to allow a school district to publish electronically, instead of in print, any required notices or other information (4.05 Statement of Affairs).

Affirmations of existing positions include the topics of early childhood education programs, charter schools funding, property tax access and classifications, TIF districts, school district budget stability, prevailing wage requirements, and local control of local school districts.

The new Constitution and Position Statements can be viewed at the IASB website online.

The review process begins anew in April, when a letter will be sent to member districts to solicit resolutions for consideration at the 2017 Delegate Assembly in November.