Friday, July 20, 2018

School Board Governance Recognition
program applications deadline is August 1

https://www.iasb.com/training/recognition.cfm
Click here to view a video tutorial
on the School Board Governance Recognition program.
IASB's School Board Governance Recognition program acknowledges school boards that learn and practice effective governance behaviors as identified by IASB's Foundation Principles of Effective Governance.

The focus of Governance Recognition is on full board development and participation, rather than the efforts of individual board members. Boards that meet the requirements and criteria listed in the application will be recognized for the two-year distinction. Additional information and details about the program can be found in an online tutorial video.

Submission deadline is August 1, 2018. 

The Board Governance Recognition Award Committee will review all applications shortly after submission and notify award recipients. Boards that meet the requirements will be honored at Fall Division Meetings and acknowledged at the Joint Annual Conference in November. Boards may apply for the recognition every two years.

Contact Peggy Goone at pgoone@iasb.com or 217/528-9688, ext. 1103, with additional questions.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Webinar explaining ins and outs of Illinois School Law Survey scheduled

IASB will host an upcoming webinar with Brian A. Braun, author of the Illinois School Law Survey, to explain how school officials can best utilize the reference book to answer new and common legal questions.

Braun, an attorney with Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., will walk through the ins and outs of the Law Survey, which contains answers to over 1,600 questions based on legislation, court decisions, and administrative rules and regulations. He will discuss some of the notable changes that were included in the current edition and go over how the publication has evolved since it was first published nearly 30 years ago.

One reason board members and administrators often refer to the Law Survey as an essential resource is the book’s ability to explain difficult and complicated issues in layman’s terms. During the webinar, Braun will pull examples of the tough issues districts are currently faced with, such as how court decisions have impacted exclusive bargaining and union contract provisions, what accommodations must be made for transgender students, and recent legal changes that impact school discipline rules. Using these examples from the new Fifteenth Edition he will explain what information is contained in a question-and-answer entry and how it changes over time as laws change.

Braun will present the hour-long Lunch and Learn webinar beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 24. Registration is available by visiting the IASB website, and selecting the blue Online Learning tab at the top of the page.

The Illinois School Law Survey may be purchased online at the IASB bookstore.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cyber security resources shared

IASB is sharing guidance from a new national cyber security initiative by highlighting key resources for schools and school districts.

Developed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) for its Cyber Secure Schools initiative, the highlighted items are designed to enhance the security of Illinois school networks and data systems, and reduce cyber-threat vulnerabilities. NSBA’s initiative was launched July 3 in response to concerns about rapid changes in technology leading to significant new cyber-threat developments.

School districts often use a variety of technology tools, including “free” file-sharing or cloud storage websites, or personal email accounts; all of which can make them vulnerable to cyber-attacks, according to NSBA. Potential risks are further increased when an individual uses personal or multiple devices to access school networks or online forums where student data and other confidential or sensitive information may be housed or posted.

Breaches in the education sector have increased since 2015, according to Verizon. The company’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations report notes that hackers and cyber-attackers are constantly developing new tactics to access systems and data. And while a system can be compromised in minutes, the majority of breaches can take months or longer to discover.

The fragility of district and school-based information and data systems is a growing concern, NSBA states. With the increased number of instances, and the rising complexity of cyber threats, the policies and practices that may have helped a school district avoid potential network and system threats in the past cannot be relied upon to be as effective tomorrow.

NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel explains that “Today’s school leaders must be able to familiarize themselves with the ever-evolving cyber-threat landscape and take proactive steps to secure sensitive student and staff data, and district operations.”

Among the resources available at Cyber Secure Schools are toolkits to assist with procedural reviews, a K-12 Cyber Incident Map, and a Cyber Risk Report regarding school communications.

NSBA is hosting a webinar with BoardDocs to discuss the initiative on July 18. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

IASB accepting nominations for 2018 secretary award

The late Holly Jack
inspired the award
for board secretaries.
School districts are encouraged to nominate those who perform the work of the board secretary for the Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award. Application forms are available on the IASB website.

Nominees must be local district employees (superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, or school board recording secretary) who have performed the duties of a board secretary for a minimum of five years. Qualifications include a passion for work in the field of public education, dedication toward improving the quality of life for others and education in the community, independent problem-solving abilities, constant desire for self-improvement, and innovation and imagination within the work environment.

Application forms must be signed by the board president and superintendent and submitted by Sept. 30. Additional letters of support from individuals may be included with the application, but should be limited to five pages or less. An impartial panel of judges will select the winner who will be honored at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in November.

Last year’s winner was Clare Bourne of Crystal Lake Elementary District 47, who accepted the award during the opening session of the Administrative Professionals’ Program at the 2017 Joint Annual Conference. Bourne was the ninth recipient of the annual award.

More information is available by contacting Peggy Goone, ext. 1103; or by email at pgoone@iasb.com.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiver request deadline for School Code mandates nears

School districts applying for a waiver from Illinois School Code mandates need to have applications postmarked by August 15 to be considered this fall. Application forms mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education by the deadline are reviewed and submitted in a report to the General Assembly by October 1.

Most such waivers or modifications remain in effect for up to five school years and may be renewed if the district reapplies.

For the state to grant a waiver of a School Code mandate, a school district must demonstrate that it can meet the intent of the mandate in a more effective, efficient, or economical manner; or that the waiver is necessary to stimulate innovation or to improve student performance. If school leaders are applying for a modification of School Code mandates (such as for attendance days), or a waiver or a modification of administrative rules, there is no submission deadline. But approval must be granted before the modification can be made. The process of applying for such a modification is exactly the same in applying for a waiver of a School Code mandate.

The applicant school board may only approve the waiver request following a public hearing on the application and plan. Proper notice of that hearing needs to be posted on the district’s website at least 14 days beforehand, and proper newspaper notice publication is required at least seven days before that hearing. The approved waiver request must be submitted to the State Board of Education within 15 days of its approval by the school board.

Any requests that the state board fails to disapprove are granted, and even rejected waiver requests may be appealed to the legislature, which sometimes reverses the agency ruling.

By law, waivers cannot be allowed from laws, rules, and regulations regarding special education, township treasurers, teacher certification, or teacher tenure and seniority, nor can they be granted if they pertain to ESSA requirements, or Section 5-2.1 of the School Code (eligibility of voters in school elections). Certain student performance data requirements also cannot be waived. Waivers are no longer needed for legal school holiday requests, and most parent-teacher conference schedules.

State law (105 LCS 5/2-3.25g) limits terms of physical education waivers. It provides that an approved physical education waiver or modification may remain in effect for up to two school years and may be renewed no more than two times.

IASB led the charge for adoption of the waiver law, and roughly 6,000 waiver requests have been approved since the law went into effect in March 1995, with over 100 new requests approved each year.

ISBE provides a more complete overview for waiver process on its website. Application forms and instructions for waivers and modifications can also be downloaded from the agency website

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stay well informed with Leading News

http://blog.iasb.com/p/leading-news_1.html
Leading News, a collection of public education-related headlines from across the state and nation, helps readers see what the media is covering, and allows school board members to understand the issues that may arise in their leadership roles.

Everyone can access this resource by clicking on the Leading News icon anywhere it appears, including in the right column of the IASB News Blog. You'll find a summary of the day's news, and links to the complete articles in their respective publications.

Leading News is updated most weekdays -- and some weekends -- throughout the year. Stop by daily to stay on top of the news, or visit our complete archives to catch up with what's happening in education.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in June 2018. The views and opinions of authors expressed below do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The appearance of external links does not constitute endorsement by the Illinois Association of School Boards of the linked web sites. All links are provided with the intent of informing readership of issues relating to public education in Illinois.

Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, June 1

Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, June 1

Lazaro Lopez, associate superintendent of schools, Northwest Suburban High School District 214, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 5

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Journal offers 'summer reading list'

Don't miss the “summer reading list” issue of The Illinois School Board Journal, which offers an introductory Q and A with IASB’s new Executive Director, Thomas Bertrand, who officially joined the Association on July 1. IASB also bids farewell to now-retired Associate Executive Director Cathy Talbert, who penned “Reflections” for the issue on her experiences at IASB.

The new Journal features results and reporting from IASB’s 2018 member and superintendent surveys, the new survey of administrative professionals who work for school boards, and other member engagement efforts. Also in this issue, a commentary entitled “The mis-education of African-American students,” offers education as “the cornerstone for the success of African-Americans.”

Check your mailbox for the print edition of the July/August 2018 Journal, or click below to read the digital edition.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Janus v. AFSCME: Potential impact

IASB notified school districts last week via a guidance document about potential implementation issues involving the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Mark Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, et al. (Janus). The ruling held that public sector agency fee arrangements, also known as "fair share fees," are unconstitutional because they violate the First Amendment free speech rights of nonconsenting public-sector employees by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.

Implementation issues aside, the Janus ruling may have wide-ranging implications for public school districts in states (including Illinois) that permit unions to automatically deduct what’s known as an “agency fee” from employees’ paychecks if they choose not to join the local labor union. It is imperative that local school districts contact their legal counsel and develop a plan with advice from the board attorney as they go forward.

Here are some ways in which it has been suggested that school districts could be impacted:

  • Union power could wane. This could result in fewer teachers joining local educational association bargaining units. Some observers say the Janus case is not exclusively a labor issue or a free-speech issue — it’s also a big part of the overall battle between the unions and union opponents like the Illinois Policy Institute (Institute) and the National Right To Work Committee (Committee). Plaintiff Mark Janus was represented by groups tied to both the Institute and the Committee. With less money to fund activities such as lobbying, recruitment, and negotiations, experts said some unions could experience a decline in political clout and even find that some school districts feel less pressure to meet their demands. 
  • Teachers might pay more in dues. Because fair share fees helped defray a portion of union costs, teacher unions may feel the need to recover the amount those fee payers had contributed to their coffers. That could potentially mean asking all members to pay higher dues.
  • Unions could step up recruitment and other activities. Some observers have speculated that teacher unions may need to step up their activities to remain relevant to teachers and prevent any major drop in membership totals, such as providing increased bargaining representation and other benefits. What is more, because unions get much of their clout from potential strikes, districts might eventually face greater militancy from unions, with threats of strikes becoming more common.

In other words, regardless of how unions have behaved in the recent past, experts say the Janus decision could cause a change in the relationship between some school districts and their local unions.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Staff changes taking place at IASB

A number of staff changes will be taking place at the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) as the Association enters a new fiscal year July 1, and upon retirements of key executives.

Thomas Bertrand
Earlier this year the IASB board of directors selected Thomas Bertrand, superintendent of Rochester CUSD 3A, to replace outgoing Executive Director Roger Eddy. Bertrand will officially take over executive duties on July 1. 

Cathy Talbert
Also previously announced, longtime Associate Executive Director of Field Services and Policy Services, Cathy Talbert will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year (June 30). 

With Talbert departing, realignment among staff is set to take place. Current Associate Executive Director Dean Langdon will be in charge of the new Member Services department, which includes Board Development and Field Services staff. Policy Services will merge under the umbrella of the Office of General Counsel, led by current IASB General Counsel Kimberly Small.

Policy Consultants Brian Zumpf (Lombard office) and Angie Powell (Springfield office) will be promoted to directors and take on additional responsibilities. Within Member Services, Peggy Goone will move from administrative assistant to assistant manager; Reatha Owen will be senior director while also retaining her field services duties for the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western divisions; and Patrick Rice, field services director for the Egyptian, Illini, Shawnee, and Wabash Valley divisions, will take on additional responsibilities under the newly created position of equity director.

This summer the Association also welcomes three new staff members.

Joining Field Services in the Lombard office is Gretchen Baumann, administrative assistant. Baumann, who started with IASB on May 21, works with Perry Hill, field services director for the South Cook, West Cook, and Three Rivers divisions. Prior to her time with the Association, Baumann was the administrative assistant and billing specialist for All Access Logistics in Glendale Heights.

Filling the open position of assistant director, Governmental Relations will be Ronald Madlock. Madlock previously taught math and science at schools in the metro east area and in Chicago. He has a juris doctor degree from Washington School of Law, and for the past two years has worked in Washington D.C. on the staffs of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Madlock will begin with the Association on July 2.

Tim Buss, superintendent of Wabash CUSD 348, will be joining IASB staff as a part-time consultant in the Executive Searches Department on July 2. Buss received his Masters of Science in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He has served Wabash CUSD 348 since 1985, working in the positions of teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and as superintendent for the past 14 years. Buss will officially retire from the district on June 30.

Other staff recognitions include Heath Hendren promoted to director, editorial services for Communications, and Lin Bremer, administrative assistant in the Policy Services department, will retire on August 1 after 16 years of dedicated service to IASB.

A full listing of all IASB staff members and their respective departments is available on the Association’s website.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-73

URGE GOVERNOR VETO

The Illinois General Assembly, Thursday, sent legislation that would mandatorily increase teacher salaries to Governor Bruce Rauner for his consideration. SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) was approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate by narrow vote margins at the end of May. The governor has 60 days to take action on the bill, either by signing it into law or issuing a full or partial veto.

School board members, superintendents, principals, and business officials are urged to contact the governor and ask for a veto of the legislation.

The contact information for the governor is here. The Alliance also sent a letter urging a veto. School district leaders should provide specifics as to how such a new, unfunded mandate would affect their district budgets, staffing, and operations.

SB 2892 provides that under the minimum salary provisions of the School Code, school districts would be required to pay teachers an annual salary of at least $40,000 by the 2022-2023 school year. The phase-in schedule would be as follows:

  • A minimum of 
    • $32,076 for 2019-2020,
    • $34,576 for 2020-2021,
    • $37,076 for 2021-2022, and
    • $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. School leaders and staff must take into consideration all aspects of its budget, consider other benefits (i.e. insurance premiums and pension contributions) besides salary, and make very difficult decisions to provide an effective education program that meets the needs of all students.

Local school districts not only would be liable for the new minimum salary, but would have increasing costs due to the inevitable ripple effect this proposal would have throughout the teacher salary schedule. Unintended consequences such as fewer teachers, higher class sizes, and educational program cuts would be likely in many school districts.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nominations being accepted for 2018 school design competition

Well-designed school facilities are eligible for the awards.
The annual Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by the IASB Service Associates, is now accepting nominations for outstanding school design projects. The competition is seeking school facility projects that will be completed in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The juried awards program will recognize school designs for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other use. Entries will be accepted for the following categories:

  • New building
  • Major addition
  • Minor additions
  • Major renovation or adaptive reuse
  • Special project (historic preservation or sensitive rehab)
  • Special project (small projects under $4 million or single spaces)

Three architects chosen by the Service Associates, and three school board members or administrators selected by IASB, will comprise the jury and review the entries on a blind basis. Projects selected for the final exhibition will be displayed in November at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

Those reviewing the projects will have complete freedom in selecting entries that best represent a statewide cross section of school building designs that are of interest to exhibition attendees. The jury will give prime consideration to solutions of the stated educational program requirements as detailed in the Call for Entries application form. 

Completed forms and associated fees for each project must be received in the IASB Springfield office by July 16. Additional preliminary materials are due by September 3, with the jury meeting to judge submissions on September 14.

Applications were mailed to district superintendents, regional superintendents, and school architects in early May. A fillable application with detailed instructions is also available on the IASB website.

School designs selected for the exhibition will be eligible for Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, or Honorable Mention honors. The winners will be recognized during the First General Session on Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information about the Exhibition of Educational Environments or questions about the contest, contact Jennifer Nelson by email at jnelson@iasb.com, or by phone at 217/528-9688, ext. 1105.

Nominated exhibits from previous contests can be viewed and accessed through IASB’s School Design Data File

Saturday, June 23, 2018

News from IASB

Summer office closings

IASB offices in Springfield and Lombard will be closed on four days in July in observance of the Association’s summer schedule and a national holiday. Both offices will be closed for the national holiday Wednesday, July 4, as well as on Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6.  The offices also will be closed the following Friday, July 13, for IASB’s summer schedule.

IASB membership at high level

IASB is reporting historically high membership numbers at the close of the 2018 fiscal year. With the addition this year of Edwardsville CUSD 7, located in IASB’s Southwestern Division, 846 school districts are dues-paying members of the Association. There are just four non-member districts in the state.

The current 99.5 percent membership ratio is the highest in IASB’s 105-year history.

IASB membership records

IASB is reminding member school districts to update their Association membership information. Member district listings are shown on IASB’s member database, and any corrections or new member updates can be made to the district roster on the member database.

Those making the roster updates can follow the step-by-step instructions and a quick video that walks users through the process.  Other member database instructions are also posted to assist board members, superintendents, and PRESS subscribers in using the system to its full potential.

Friday, June 22, 2018

IASB Board of Directors meets

IASB Board of Directors meet in Springfield
The IASB Board of Directors met June 15-16 at the Association office in Springfield to conduct its annual board self-evaluation, review and approve monitoring reports, and approve the FY19 budget.

The board also approved two firms for invitation to membership as IASB Service Associates, DecisionInsite, LLC and RoomReady. The board heard reports on governmental relations, the 2018 Conference, and an IHSA update among others. They also approved the contract for incoming executive director Thomas Bertrand.

The next quarterly Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for August 24-25 in Effingham.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Threat assessment workshops offered

A pair of two-day Student Behavioral Threat Assessment Workshops will be offered in two separate locations next month. The workshops are provided at no cost by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program.

Presented by Sigma Threat Management Associates, the workshops aim to help participants understand the dynamics of targeted violence and to develop and enhance strategies for early identification, assessment, and intervention with potential dangerous situations.

School administrators, board members, counselors, school resource officers, mental health agencies, and local law enforcement personnel are encouraged to attend.

The first event is scheduled for July 16-17 at Dunlap High School. The second event is set for July 18-19 at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles. Registration is required by July 2. Details and registration information are available at the following links:


The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program provides awareness and preparedness training to enhance organizational capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster. The program is administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute at Western Illinois University.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Federal Legislative Report 115-10

SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), recently published two notices for competitive grant programs for the recently approved STOP School Violence Act. Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes. School districts interested in these funds should work with their counties and municipalities to apply. IASB will encourage the state to apply as well.

BJA STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program

Funds available for this grant program may be used to address the development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams, and the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems. Applications for grants are due July 23, 2018. Further information about the grant program is available here.

BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

Funds available for this grant program may be used to address training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence, and training school officials in responding to related mental health crises. Grant applications are due July 23, 2018. Further information about the program is available here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

News from ISBE

Deadlines loom for Evidence-Based Funding allocation reports
on English Learners
As part of the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) law passed in August 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education needs to notify school districts of the total English Learner (EL) funding generated by each school district’s students.

ISBE has completed the calculations for all school districts’ FY 2018 EL funding totals. District funding attributable to ELs needs to be spent on EL services according to the requirements of Article 14C of the School Code, as well as Part 228 of the Administrative Code

Districts need to submit an expenditure report through the period ending June 30 about all funding received under EBF in FY 2018 to show how EL funds were spent for the year. ISBE expects districts to enter their June 30 reports in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting System under revenue code 3305 and program name “Bilingual Ed. – TPE and TPI.” Reports will be due on or before July 20. 

Any EL funds not spent this initial year will be observed as carryover funding for FY 2019, according to ISBE, but must remain for exclusive use to support EL services, and districts should plan to spend any carryover funds in FY 2019.

… and Special Education
The EBF law requires ISBE to calculate the total special education funding generated for each organizational and specially funded unit. This amount includes any special education funds generated under the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding. ISBE reports it has completed the FY 2018 special education funding totals. By law, all units of participating districts, and all specially funded units, must use their special ed funding to provide special educational facilities and services as defined in Section 14-1.08 of the School Code.

… and Low-Income resources
Each unit of a participating district is required to describe how it will use the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding it receives with specific identification of how they intend to use low-income resources. ISBE has completed the calculations of the low-income resources for FY 2018 EBF distributions. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) don’t need to submit expenditure reports to ISBE for any low-income funds generated under the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding computed under EBF.

Questions about Evidence-Based Funding allocations should be submitted to ebfhelp@isbe.net.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

LeaderShop Academy Symposium examines key issues in education

Best-selling author Phil Boyle led a key issues discussion at the symposium.
Defining public values and policy choices with a values-based approach, 60 school board members and superintendents participated in the eighth biennial LeaderShop Academy Symposium, presented by Phil Boyle, Pd.D., on June 9 in Naperville.

Titled “Visions, Values, Conflicts, and Decisions,” the workshop was based on Boyle’s best-selling book, Preserving the Public in Public Schools.

Boyle opened with “From Yesteryear to Yesterday,” a history of issues facing public education in the United States, noting that the same issues remain in modern discourse. Then participants got on their feet for a lively, often provocative, exercise. Directed by Boyle, they crossed the room to respond, reason, and explain their “yes, maybe, or no” answers to some of local public education’s most pressing questions.

Participants then reframed their reasoning around the public values concepts of liberty, prosperity, community, and equality. In the afternoon, the group took part in a series of problem-solving and decision-making exercises around a real-life policy question. Boyle’s solution-seeking work asks “How might we achieve the good we seek with the least harm to the good we have?”

Interspersed with Boyle’s discussion and the group work was a series of slides, alternatingly informative, humorous, and thought-provoking. The event tied values identification with solution-finding while emphasizing the need for the public body in public education.

Boyle is a public service faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and a partner in Leading and Governing Associates, a public leadership and governance education consulting practice. The Symposium provides professional development for board members who have earned LeaderShop Academy Membership and are seeking advanced leadership skills.

For more information on IASB’s LeaderShop Academy, contact Peggy Goone, at pgoone@iasb.com or 217/528-9688 ext. 1103.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NTIA Invites Public Comment about Broadband Availability

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently issued a request for comments to seek data on broadband availability, including information about school and student access to broadband. The purpose of the federal inquiry is to “better identify areas that need broadband investments, so that [NTIA] can be sure any taxpayer funds supporting broadband infrastructure achieve the goal of ensuring connectivity to all Americans.” The intent is also to “identify gaps in broadband availability that can be used to improve policymaking and inform public investments.”

Comments are due no later than July 16, and may be submitted by email to mappingrfc@ntia.doc.gov.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Joint Annual Conference
registration now open

A new YouTube video shares last year's Conference excitement.
Registration is now open for the 86th Joint Annual Conference taking place November 16-18, in Chicago.

Districts can register for the 2018 Conference online through their IASB “My Account.” It is important that district rosters are up-to-date before beginning the registration process. Individuals not listed in the IASB member database will not be able to register for Conference events. Roster management instructions are located at iasb.com/services/ams.cfm.

Information also has been posted for Conference exhibitors and additional professional development opportunities, including Pre-Conference Workshops, the School Safety and Security Seminar, and the Administrative Professionals’ Program

Questions regarding Conference registration should be directed to the IASB Meetings Management Department at 217/528-9688, ext. 1115





Sunday, June 10, 2018

Panel presentations selected
to “Share the Success”

Twenty-nine panels have been chosen among the 67 proposals submitted by school districts and related educational organizations to present at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference.

A volunteer committee of school board members from throughout the state reviewed the winning proposals for hour-long “Share the Success” presentations set for Nov. 16-18 in Chicago.

Click here to see an entire list of 2018 Share the Success panels. 

For the first time, panel proposals were evaluated entirely online by committee members.

“The entire panel evaluation process was moved online this year, making it easier for the board member volunteers to evaluate the panels. We invite them to be part of the review process and they — independently and individually — rate the proposals,” said Nesa Brauer, an IASB consultant who assists the committee by organizing the selection process.

Proposals were evaluated on a number of key criteria, including:

  • Interest or relevance for board members and school officials
  • Clarity of the proposals
  • Clarity of the objectives, and if they can be realistically achieved
  • A program’s claim to “success” as supported by evidence
  • Creativity and innovation as clearly demonstrated
  • Focus on the work of the board, rather than staff

A full description of all Conference panels and other programing will be available in the Conference Preview, which will be posted on the Conference website in September.

Online Conference registration and housing will open on Monday, June 11. This year, board members will also be able to register for Pre-Conference Workshops at the same time.

The 2018 event will be the 86th Joint Annual Conference with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO).


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Federal Legislative Report 115-09

NET NEUTRALITY
In mid-May, the Senate voted 52-47 to approve a resolution (S.J. Res. 52) that would overturn the Federal Communications Commissions’ December 2017 decision to eliminate the agency’s Net Neutrality regulations.   That decision ends net neutrality protections on June 11. Three Republican Senators joined all Democrats in voting to reverse the FCC’s decision.

The elimination of the net neutrality regulations raises several concerns for school districts and other education stakeholders. First, broadband companies may begin charging content providers new fees to deliver digital learning content -- and those costs may be passed on to schools. Second, new entrants into the education technology market may be blocked or have their services slowed by broadband providers that want to feature their own services or applications, or the services of other companies willing to pay for preferential treatment. Third, districts that lack market power -- especially rural and low-income communities served by a single broadband provider -- may be exposed to higher costs and degraded service.

The debate now moves to the House where 166 members are cosponsoring a similar resolution, H.J. Res. 129. See FLR 115-07 for additional information on this issue.

SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS
There continues to be no guidance, or additional information, available regarding the Title IV money designated in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations for school safety grants. Information will be disseminated as soon as it is available.

Click here to view the entire Federal Legislative Report 115-09, including updates on the Opioid Crises Response Act and a new arts education grant program.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Newspapers, writers receive Cole Awards
for school governance coverage

The Robert M. Cole Awards, sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards and recognizing outstanding coverage of education issues that emphasize the community’s connection with its local public school district, were presented June 8 at the Illinois Press Association’s “Best of the Press” presentations.

In Division A, covering the non-daily newspapers with under 3,000 circulation, the top prize went to the staff of the Coal City Courant for coverage of Coal City School District Unit 1. The in-depth look at the school district’s finances explained the issue to readers and brought the numbers alive with excellent writing and illustrations.

Division A’s second place was awarded to Will Brumleve of the Ford County Record in Paxton. Third place went to Tom Robb and Dion Martorano of the Niles Journal. An honorable mention was awarded to Fred Kroner of the Mahomet Citizen.

In Division B, including larger non-daily newspapers, first place was awarded to Hillary Dickerson of The Galena Gazette for coverage of the Galena school board for a well-researched, written, and presented piece explaining the district’s referendum efforts, and the reaction to the referendum’s failure on election day.

Second place in Division B went to Megan Braa and Curt Libbra from The News Leader in Highland. Third place was also to the Galena Gazette, for Dan Burke’s coverage of the East Dubuque School Board. Honorable Mention went to Mary (Galer) Herschelman of The Journal-News in Hillsboro.

Two awards were presented in each of the next two categories. In Division C, the largest-circulation non-daily newspapers, first place went to Martha Quetsch of the St. Charles-based Kane County Chronicle for thorough, balanced reporting of several key issues before the St. Charles School District 303 Board of Education. Second place in Division C went to Chris Walker, also of the Kane County Chronicle, for coverage of the Kaneland School District 302 school board.

In Division D for small-circulation dailies, first place went to Owen Lasswell of the Taylorville Breeze-Courier for good local coverage relating local governance to the school district, and connecting that coverage to statewide issues. Sharon Woods Harris of the Pekin Daily Times took second in Division D for coverage of Pekin High School’s board work to combine separate booster clubs into one.

For Division F, including the state’s largest daily newspapers, first place was awarded to Nicole Lafond of The News-Gazette in Champaign for depth of reporting, and clarity of writing which included a well-done superintendent profile and an excellent piece on combatting bullying.

Second place in Division F went to Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star and third place to Jason Nevel from The State Journal-Register in Springfield. Honorable mention went to another News-Gazette writer, Debra Pressey.

The Cole Award is named for Robert M. Cole, the first executive director of IASB. The award requirements emphasize contribution to public understanding of local school governance and support for effective dialogue that helps the community and the school board define major public policy issues. Presentations in 2018 were published in 2017; this contest had 21 entries in five categories and marked the 37th year of Cole Award presentations.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

2018-2019 Illinois School Code Service
now offered

IASB is now accepting orders for the 2018-2019 Illinois School Code Service. The newest edition is once again offered in a package that includes both the 2018 Illinois School Code and Related Laws and next year’s 2019 Supplement.

The Code is available in print with a digital version included at no extra cost. The digital version carries the full text of the Code, plus annotations with case law and other references, all State Board of Education rules and the text of court cases cited in the annotations.

Current through all of the 2017 legislative session (including December), the 2018 Code also carries a large number of additional statutes pertinent to the public schools, including selected election laws and pension laws, Educational Labor Relations Act, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Disclosure of Economic Interests, Truth in Taxation Act, Local Records Act, Personnel Record Review Act, Prevailing Wage Act, Emancipation of Mature Minors Act, Tort Immunity Act, Gift Ban Act, and School Visitation Rights Act.

A complete index is also included to make finding the current law on school-related matters easier.
The 2018 Code will be shipped upon receipt of order, and the 2019 printed Supplement will be automatically shipped to customers when it becomes available in May 2019. This service eliminates the need to place a second order for the Supplement and saves districts time in receiving the updated information.

The regular price for the 2018-2019 Illinois School Code Service is $65 each, while the price for IASB member districts is $55, plus $7 per order for shipping within the continental U.S. Orders in increments of six will receive a $30 discount.

Order online at the IASB Bookstore, or call 217/528-9688, ext. 1108.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-72

GOVERNOR SIGNS BUDGET BILLS

Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget into law on Monday. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Illinois General Assembly approved a full year state budget – balanced and on time – on May 31. Details of the spending plan were contained in the last Alliance Legislative Report. Surrounded by legislators from both parties and from both chambers, the governor presided over a bill signing ceremony in the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Lawmakers are not slated to return to the Capitol until after the General Election in November.

HB 109, the appropriations bill, is now Public Act 100-0586. HB 3342, the Budget Implementation Bill, is now Public Act 100-0587. They became effective upon the governor’s signature.

TIF REFORM TASK FORCE REPORT RELEASED

A provision in Public Act 100-0465, which contained the new Evidence-Based Funding formula, provided for the creation of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform Task Force. The Task Force was charged with reviewing the benefits and costs of TIF districts, the interaction between TIF law and school funding, the expenditure of TIF funds, and the expenditure of TIF surplus funds. The Task Force held meetings in which representatives from local governments, education, private industry, nonprofit entities, and the economic development community provided testimony. The full Task Force Report can be viewed here.

The Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance and other school district organizations formed a working group to explore legislative changes to the TIF law. The Alliance gives special thanks to Ryan Linnig, superintendent/principal, Dimmick CCSD 175; and John Izzo, attorney, Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC, for taking time to present the group’s recommendations to the Task Force members in Springfield in April. The Alliance will continue to pursue changes to the TIF law reflecting these and other TIF issues as they emerge. The working group’s recommendations to the Task Force can be reviewed on the IASB website.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-72, including information on upcoming threat assessment workshops and the IASB resolutions deadline.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2018 Conference registration opens June 11

Registration for the 86th Joint Annual Conference, November 16-18 in Chicago, will open on Monday, June 11, at 8 a.m.

Public school leaders are invited to “share the vision” at the premier state education conference, presented by the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Illinois Association of School Business Officials. 

School districts can register for the 2018 Conference online by selecting “My Account” at www.iasb.com. Individuals not listed in the IASB member database cannot register for events, so it is important that school district rosters are up-to-date before registration. Roster management instructions are located at iasb.com/services/ams.cfm.

Additional registration information was sent via email on June 5. Conference announcements and updates are available at www.iasb.com/jac18/.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in April and May 2018. The views and opinions of authors expressed below do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The appearance of external links does not constitute endorsement by the Illinois Association of School Boards of the linked web sites. All links are provided with the intent of informing readership of issues relating to public education in Illinois.

Editorial Board, Quincy Herald-Whig, April 17

Editorial Board, The Ottawa Times, April 22

Editorial Board, The Belleville News-Democrat, April 22

Editorial Board, The News-Gazette, Champaign, April 23

Editorial Board, Peoria Journal-Star, April 24

Friday, June 1, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-71

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED
FOR THE SUMMER
After approving a Fiscal Year 2019 State budget, the Illinois General Assembly worked through the day Thursday and, by early evening, both the Senate and House of Representatives adjourned for the summer. Neither chamber is expected to return to the Capitol until the Veto Session which has been scheduled for November 13-15 and 27-29. This will allow incumbent lawmakers to campaign unimpeded throughout the summer and fall before the November 6 General Election.

Governor Bruce Rauner has stated that he will sign the budget bills into law upon their arrival on his desk – possibly as early as today. The appropriations bill, HB 109, and the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP), HB 3342, each passed by overwhelming bi-partisan votes.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-70

WRAPPING UP SPRING SESSION
The Illinois General Assembly is poised to adjourn for the summer today upon approval of a Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget. The Senate passed the budget package Wednesday night; the House of Representatives approved the bills today (Thursday). In a scenario that has not been witnessed for years in the State Capitol, a full-year budget was approved on overwhelmingly bi-partisan votes. The Governor and the legislative leaders set partisan differences aside this spring and agreed on revenue estimates and a spending plan for the state.

Both the House and Senate are still currently working through some remaining bills but are expected to adjourn later today.

After receiving revenue estimates from the Governor's Office of Management and Budget and the Legislative Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability that were never too far apart, the Governor and leaders agreed on a revenue prediction of $38.5 billion. For elementary and secondary education, the appropriations bill (HB 109) increases the amount for the funding formula by $350 million. Of this, $50 million is earmarked for the Property Tax Relief Fund that was created in SB 1947, the bill enacted last year that established the evidence-based funding formula. Mandated categorical grants would be funded at the current levels and early childhood education would see an increase of $50 million. HB 109 was approved by the Senate on a vote of 56-2; the House passed the bill on a 97-18 vote.

The Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP), HB 3342, includes substantive components necessary to put the budget into place. It was approved by the Senate 54-2-2 and by the House 100-14.

Click here to read the full Alliance Legislative Report 100-70, including details about the BIMP, the bill approved to mandate statewide teacher salary increases, a bill addressing the teacher shortage, and other public education-related bills approved this week. 


School Board Governance Recognition
applications due in August

Click here to view a video tutorial
on the School Board Governance Recognition program.
IASB's School Board Governance Recognition program acknowledges school boards that learn and practice effective governance behaviors as identified by IASB's Foundation Principles of Effective Governance.

The focus of Governance Recognition is on full board development and participation, rather than the efforts of individual board members. Boards that meet the requirements and criteria listed in the application will be recognized for the two-year distinction. Additional information and details about the program can be found in an online tutorial video.

Submission deadline is August 1, 2018. 

The Board Governance Recognition Award Committee will review all applications shortly after submission and notify award recipients. Boards that meet the requirements will be honored at Fall Division Meetings and acknowledged at the Joint Annual Conference in November. Boards may apply for the recognition every two years.

Contact Peggy Goone at pgoone@iasb.com or 217/528-9688, ext. 1103, with additional questions.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Exclusive ‘LeaderShop Academy Symposium’ to feature consultant Phil Boyle

IASB will host its eighth biennial LeaderShop Academy Symposium on June 9 in Naperville. Titled “Visions, Values, Conflicts and Decisions,”  the event is an exclusive, members-only workshop for school board LeaderShop Academy members and their superintendents.

The presenter is Phil Boyle, Ph.D. and the interactive workshop is based on his best-selling book, Preserving the Public in Public Schools. Through large and small group activities, Symposium participants will address the critical role of school board members in a democratic society; the core values underlying public problems, conflicts, and choices in public schools; and the reasons why we use governing boards rather than individuals to make public decisions.

Boyle is public service faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and a partner in Leading and Governing Associates, a public leadership and governance education consulting practice.

The Symposium is designed to provide professional development for board members who have earned Academy Membership and are seeking advanced leadership skills.

The LeaderShop Academy Symposium will take place June 9, 2018 on the campus of NIU-Naperville. The cost is $200 per person, which includes workshop materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration is underway, and seating is limited. For more information, contact Peggy Goone, at pgoone@iasb.com or 217/528-9688 ext. 1103.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Alliance Call to Action

TEACHER SALARY INCREASE TO BE HEARD IN HOUSE 
COMMITTEE PLEASE ACT NOW!

The bill we asked you to act on last week, SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) is scheduled to be heard in the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration & Oversight Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29 th at 9:30 a.m. The bill would require mandatory salary increases for teachers statewide. 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.

Please review details HERE from the May 22 “Alliance Call to Action.”

It is imperative that you contact your State Representative and the members of the Committee and ask for a NO VOTE on SB 2892!
  1. Click HERE to call or send a message to each of the members of the House Education Licensing, Administration & Oversight Committee explaining what this legislation will cost your district in dollars and program/staff cuts.
  2. 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 you’d have to consider to comply, are most compelling.
  3. Please SHARE THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THIS LEGISLATION with your legislators, members of the committee, and with us at mbuch@iasb.com.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

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: cmontrey@iasb.com or phone 217/528-9688, ext. 1143.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-69

EVIDENCE-BASED FUNDING;
MANDATES MOVE
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. 







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

TEACHER SALARY INCREASE MOVES TO HOUSE FOR 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 mbuch@iasb.com.

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