Friday, September 28, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-76

PUSH ON VETO OF SALARY BILL

There will be a strong push in the fall Veto Session to override the governor’s veto of the bill that would provide a mandatory increase in teacher salaries across the state. SB 2892 (Manar, D-Bunker Hill) would set a statewide minimum teacher salary of $40,000 by the 2022-2023 school year. It would take effect in the 2019-2020 school year by requiring beginning teacher salaries to be at least $32,000 per year, then increasing salaries incrementally over four school years. Each year thereafter, the minimum teacher salary would increase yearly by the rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of the school districts in the state would be affected by such a new salary requirement. Any gains in funding due to the new Evidence-Based Funding Formula would be totally consumed by the new salary mandate in many school districts. Under such a law, the net result could actually hurt classroom teachers as school districts would be forced to reduce the teaching force in order to pay the higher salaries.

The Alliance strongly opposes the bill and all school board members and administrators are urged to contact their Senator and encourage a “No Vote“ on a veto override motion. The Alliance letter of opposition to the governor can be reviewed here.

Other points to consider:
  • Over 80% of school expenditures are for personnel costs. Parents, community members, and taxpayers should know that a mandated increase in teacher salaries without specific State funding to pay for those increases will result in cuts to other areas of the school district budget and fewer needed services to students. School district faculty and staff salary and benefits must be determined at the local level. 
  • “One size fits all” mandates do not work well given the diversity of our state. 
  • Of the 1,400 unfilled positions in Illinois schools last year, 90% were in school districts funded below the statutory adequacy level. These districts will disproportionately be affected by this mandate.

ISBE TEACH ILLINOIS:
STRONG TEACHERS, STRONG CLASSROOMS REPORT RELEASED

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the “Teach Illinois” report after a year-long study investigating the teacher shortage in Illinois. ISBE is requesting feedback from all stakeholders regarding the report and its recommendations. The full report can be viewed at the ISBE website. Please provide public comment by October 2, 2018 at TeachIllinois@isbe.net.

SCHOOL SAFETY SEMINARS OFFERED

Two new opportunities are available for school board members, administrators, and staff to learn about important school safety procedures and training. Both concentrate on the preventative measures school districts can take before school safety is jeopardized in schools. The first one, presented by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, addresses threat assessments and targeted violence. It is scheduled for October 9-10 in Fairview Heights. Click here to view the brochure.

The second one ventures into digital threat assessments and how school board members and administrators can gain a stronger understanding of the current social media world and proactively identify student safety concerns. It is scheduled for October 4th in Wheaton. Here is more information.

School officials are also encouraged to join the Illinois State Police School Safety Information Program. Click here to learn more about this valuable tool or email Mia Langheim at: Maria_Langheim@isp.state.il.us.

Click here to to view previous Alliance Legislative Reports.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Conference housing reservations to be accepted until October 1

IASB will stop accepting Joint Annual Conference housing requests at 4 p.m. on October 1. The early-bird registration discount will also end on that date and hour, with registration fees increasing to $510. Individuals will be able to register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the same price at the start of Conference on November 16.

Conference attendees planning to register on-site or after the October 1 deadline should contact hotels directly to secure housing for that weekend. October 1 is also the final day refund requests will be accepted by the IASB office.

Online registration for Pre-Conference Workshops and the School Safety and Security Seminar will be open until Friday, November 2. On-site registration for both events will be accepted if space is available.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Advocacy Institute registration opens

School leaders can now register to tell Congress what works in their local school district. Organizers of the Advocacy Institute in the nation's capital say school board members can make a difference for education-related national legislation by joining the Illinois delegation to NSBA’s Federal Relations Networking event in Washington, D.C. on January 27-29, 2019. For more information, visit the event website.

The Advocacy Institute includes nationally recognized speakers, sessions designed for more interaction rather than only lecture-style presentations, and substantial programming for information and skill building around public advocacy. The Institute ends with a day on Capitol Hill where attendees have the opportunity to lobby their own members of Congress.

IASB Director of Governmental Relations Susan Hilton said additional information is forthcoming, “but anyone who may be interested should stop by the IASB Legislative Booth next to the main registration area at Joint Annual Conference to discuss this event and participation in our federal advocacy program.”

The legislative booth will be open each day during the Chicago-based Conference’s regular hours in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hyatt East Tower. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Schools urged to use October 3 test of national warning system as ‘teachable moment’

Nearly all cell phones will be sent a message on Oct. 3.
School safety partners say a great teachable moment lies just ahead in the national warning system test on Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 1:18 p.m. Central Time, when nearly all cell phones will be sent a message. This first nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Officials said the test of IPAWS and its Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is intended to (1) assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and (2) determine whether improvements are needed. The new WEA portion of the test commences at 1:18 p.m. CT, and the EAS portion follows at 1:20 p.m. CT. This WEA test message will be sent to all cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

Since learning time will likely be disrupted, school safety partners, including the Youth Preparedness group within FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division, highly encourage schools and other organizations to use the time to provide a teachable moment about emergency preparedness. For example, school officials can do the following:
  • Craft a customized message notifying of the upcoming IPAWS test, while also providing information specific to the school district's area. For example, schools may want to provide details about the local emergency notification systems or describe how the school plans to communicate with students and teachers during real emergencies.
  • Ensure that messaging sent about IPAWS is accessible to those with access and functional needs. FEMA has prepared an accessible version of the announcement about this month's test that can be shared with the whole school community.
  • Recommend that schools and school districts plan a drill or exercise to coincide with the IPAWS notification. For example, many schools are required to conduct annual evacuation drills, and the IPAWS notification on October 3 could serve as a marker to conduct this drill. If planning a drill or exercise at this time is not possible, emergency planning teams of schools and school districts can use this event as an impetus to set their calendar of drills and exercises for the school year.
  • Share details about the need for schools and school districts to create a Communications and Warning Annex as a part of any comprehensive, high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs).  This is recommended in the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.
  • Post the fact sheet that FEMA created in English and Spanish to describe IPAWS and its EAS and WEA systems to agency Web pages and share them via social media and other dissemination channels.
For more information about the upcoming nationwide warning system test, see the FEMA press release about it (note that the test was pushed back to October 3 from an earlier scheduled date).

To get answers to questions about this test, or for general support with emergency preparedness planning, contact the national school safety technical assistance center, at info@remstacenter.org or 1-855/781-REMS [7367].


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Topics slated for Fall Division Meetings

The Illinois Association of School Boards will feature school safety, emergency management, and other significant topics in the programming for the speakers and sessions at all of the 2018 Fall Division Meetings. For each set of division meetings, spring and fall, representatives from each division’s leadership select and schedule topics of interest to their localities. Depending on the division, some meetings will feature a choice of topics or a “carousel” where attendees can hear multiple presentations.

Max McGee, a former state superintendent of
education, is among scheduled presenters
at IASB's 2018 Fall Division Meetings.
Several autumn gatherings will feature topics related to school safety and security. Representatives from Dixon Unit SD 170 and the Dixon community present “School Safety: What We’ve Learned,” reflecting on the school shooting that took place there last spring. They will present twice, on October 11 for the Starved Rock meeting and again on October 29 for the Northwest meeting.

Safety and security will also be part of the conversation for Three Rivers on October 2 in Lockport; Wabash Valley, also on October 2, in Robinson; Abe Lincoln on October 4 in Rochester, Blackhawk, also on October 4, in Aledo; Central Illinois Valley on October 10 in Pekin; Corn Belt on October 11 in Forrest; Two Rivers on October 25 in Jacksonville; and South Cook on October 30 in Alsip.

Student social/emotional learning and wellness will be featured at the October 2 DuPage meeting and again at the October 10 Lake meeting, at which author and educator Max McGee will present “From Distress to Success.” Pamela Randall Garner will speak on “Building Supportive School Communities: The Impact of Social/Emotional Learning & Equity” for the Southwestern Division on October 2.

Updating members on the  Every Student Succeeds Act will be featured at the Illini Division Meeting in St. Joseph on September 25; Wabash Valley on October 2, and Egyptian Division on October 4. David Braun will also be speaking on current legal issues at the Egyptian meeting.

Superintendents and co-authors Michael Lubelfeld and Nicholas Polyak will present “The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today” for the North Cook Division in Des Plaines on October 24, and for West Cook in Elmwood Park on October 29.

Other topics include, for the Western Division on September 12, “How Present-Day Challenges Impact Effectiveness in Our Education System,” presented by Stuart Yager, Jodi Scott, Thomas Sargent, and Sen. Chuck Weaver. On October 10, the Shawnee Division will host a legislative candidate forum in Carbondale. Nokomis will host the Kaskaskia Division Meeting with “Career and Technical Education Success Stories” on October 23. The Kishwaukee Division will hear from IASA’s Brent Clark on education funding and get a legislative update on October 25.

IASB Executive Director Thomas E. Bertrand will share his 5 Es philosophy for the Association at the Abe Lincoln Division Meeting in Rochester on October 4.

Further information and registration for each 2018 Fall Division Meeting can be accessed at IASB’s Events Calendar.


The 2018 Fall Division Meetings are sponsored by

Legacy Sponsors
Guin Mundorf, LLC
Kings Financial Consulting Inc.

Millennium Sponsor
NextEra Energy Services

Century Sponsors
First Midstate Inc.
Stifel

Division Meetings Sponsors and Illinois Council of School Attorneys
Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C.

Division Meetings Sponsors and Service Associates
ABM Education
ENGIE Services U.S.
Larson and Darby Group
Legat Architects

Friday, September 21, 2018

State’s high court upholds but clarifies hospital tax exemption law

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld a law in a September 20 ruling to allow not-for-profit hospitals property-tax exemptions but stated that hospitals must show that any such exempt property meets the constitutional definition for exclusive charitable use. School attorneys said the ruling is effectively a victory for school districts and other taxing bodies, provided that state tax officials follow the law.

IASB, along with Illinois ASBO and IASA, filed an Amicus brief in the case. The lead attorney in that filing, John Izzo, explained: “While the symbolic victory of the invalidation of … [the law] would have been gratifying, the practical effects of this decision are just as beneficial to school district finances.”

The value of such tax exemptions is hard to pin down, but a 2009 study by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability suggested the value of the exemption in 47 Chicago-area not-for-profit hospitals totaled $279 million a year. This law has proven costly to school districts because schools receive the lion’s share of property tax revenue in Illinois.

Attorney Izzo, of the firm Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC, said the ruling should be helpful for schools. “Non-profit” hospitals are in no better position legally than they were before Section 15-86 was enacted in 2012; they still have to show facts which demonstrate that they are truly and primarily charitable, including factors such as the public or charitable source of their funding, the dispensing of services regardless of ability to pay, and the absence of private profit or gain to those connected with the institution.”

Supported by lower court rulings, the law newly upheld by the state’s high court says that not-for-profit hospitals in Illinois don’t have to pay property taxes as long as the value of their charitable services is at least equal to what they would otherwise pay in taxes.

The court stressed it was ruling only on whether the tax exemption law, called Revenue Act Section 15-86, was unconstitutional on its face, and it found that it was not.  But in order to uphold the validity of that law, attorneys say, the court was forced to expressly state that Section 15-86 does not dispose of the traditional constitutional definition of charitable use for hospitals.

“What remains to be seen is the reaction of the Illinois Department of Revenue, the various county boards of review, and the local assessors to this decision,” Izzo added.  “If those agencies implement the constitution as they should, we are confident that most of the 157 non-profit hospitals in Illinois will be returned to the tax rolls and their EAV will be considered ‘new property’ under PTELL,” Izzo said.

School attorneys will be communicating with the Illinois Department of Revenue in the coming days to see how they plan to address these issues, Izzo said. He is scheduled to present a panel discussion on this topic at the Joint Annual Conference in November, along with attorney Eugene Edwards, of the same law firm, who was also heavily involved with John Izzo in the drafting of the Amicus brief in this case.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

IASB welcomes three new Service Associates

Three firms have recently joined IASB's Service Associates, a group of businesses that offer school-related products and services that have earned favorable reputations for quality and integrity. Prospective members are screened by the Service Associates Executive Committee, which recommends membership to the IASB Board of Directors.

The member firms that make up the IASB Service Associates represent a wide range of expertise, the and make a wealth of knowledge and information available to the Association and its member school boards.

The new Service Associates include the following:
  • BMO Harris Bank, based in Chicago, is a financial services firm that that offers strategies for closing budget gaps and maximizing resources; and also offers a financial education curriculum.
  • Computer Information Concepts, Inc., based in Colorado, is a computer services firm that offers professional services and support for Infinite Campus and Tableau products.
  • DecisionInsite, LLC is a California-based consultancy that specializes in enrollment analytics and forecasting, location intelligence technology (mapping), and community demographics.
In addition to the three new members, one member firm recently changed its named from GCA Education to ABM Education. ABM Education, a New York-based building maintenance and facility services firm, offers customized solutions for cleaning, energy management, parking, and landscaping.

IASB currently has 73 Service Associates members. A complete database listing of these members can be found here.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Candidates can circulate petitions
starting today

Today, September 18, is the first day for school board candidates to circulate nominating petitions for the April 2, 2019, election.

Updated information is available on the IASB website for all candidates and prospective candidates for school boards in Illinois. See the complete list of resources here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 resolutions focus on student and school safety

The IASB Resolutions Committee met August 3 to debate new proposals and amendments to current position statements brought forth by Association member districts. The Committee recommended adoption of two new resolutions, reaffirmation of a current position statement, the approval of a new belief statement, and passage of two amended belief statements.

Tom Neeley
IASB Vice President Thomas Neeley chaired the committee responsible for recommending either the approval or disapproval of the proposals submitted and determining which resolutions are presented to the full Delegate Assembly to act upon in November. The Committee’s decisions may be appealed by member districts in writing at least eight days prior to the Delegate Assembly meeting.

“The Resolutions Committee had a really excellent discussion and spent a lot of time talking about student safety,” said Committee Chair Tom Neeley.

A Resolutions Committee Report summarizing all the proposed resolutions and the Committee’s recommendations on each measure will be mailed to districts in September. The report is also posted on the IASB website.

The proposals that received a “do adopt” recommendation include:

New Resolutions
•    Student Safety and Protection, Mercer County CUSD 404
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support and advocate for legislation which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which may include administrators, faculty, and/or other staff who have completed a state approved training course above and beyond concealed carry training, who have passed the multiple background checks and qualifications required for a concealed carry license, or have a current concealed carry license issued under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. Only staff who fulfill all requirements listed would be eligible as an active and armed part of the Student Safety and Protection Plan, upon being granted board approval.
•    Energy Savings Funding & Borrowing, Community High School District 94
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall recommend to the legislature that a bill be passed that allows districts to borrow or otherwise obtain money without referendum for the sole and specific purpose of purchasing and installing energy saving equipment relating to the utility usage (water, gas and electricity).

Amended Belief Statements

•    Belief Statement 5 — Mental Health Services, Lake Villa CCSD 41
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that schools should provide a safe and secure environment for all students. School board members and staff should try to protect students from the effects of bullying, discrimination, and violence, and offer appropriate instruction to improve intergroup relations and to promote peaceful resolution to conflict. Further, the Association urges the State of Illinois and the U.S. States Congress to invest in and support comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative mental health resources to address these social-emotional issues leading to safe schools and the achievement of academic success.
•    Belief Statement 2 — Student Voter Registration, Indian Prairie CUSD 204
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes school administrations and faculties should be composed of persons supporting the principles of constitutional government because schools should continue with vigor their programs for giving young citizens a clear understanding of the principles of the American way of life and a desire to make these principles prevail in their own lives and in the life of their country. Further, the Association believes in the value of student non-partisan civic responsibility, including the importance of student voter registration.

Reaffirmation of Existing Position Statement

•    Position Statement 2.27: Charter School Funding, Woodland CCSD 50
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. With respect to State authorized virtual charter schools, further limit the withholding of State funds from host school districts in proportion to the per pupil expenditure used for building maintenance, classroom supplies, transportation, safety and security, and other costs unique to “brick and mortar” schools. For all State authorized charter schools, require that proof of continuing enrollment and attendance be submitted quarterly, with prorated refunds to the host school district upon withdrawal of students from the charter school.

New Belief Statement
•    Local Authority in Safety Practice, Indian Prairie CUSD 204
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that schools should provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. Decisions of school safety drills, plans, and procedures should be made at the local level, utilizing evidence-based practices that maximize resources and effectiveness, and by soliciting input from local emergency responders resulting in fewer physical, emotional, and psychological risks to students and staff.

Committee members recommended a motion of “do not adopt” for two resolutions. Those proposals were very similar to the “Student Safety and Protection” resolution listed above. The sponsoring districts of both measures agreed to combine the resolutions into a single proposal (Student Safety and Protection resolution).

“Some districts, many of which have 20- to 30-minute response times for law enforcement, are in favor of arming school personnel after the staff members have received the requisite training. Others want to invest in mental health services and facility improvements, and try to prevent the events before they happen,” said Neeley.

Neeley went on to say, “It’s really about local control and what local school boards feel is the best way to protect students and staff. It was a great discussion on both sides of the issue and it was agreed that we need to pursue various options.”

A full list of all submitted resolutions will be available in the Resolutions Committee Report. The report also contains an explanation of the rationale for each proposal and the Committee recommendation of “do adopt” or “do not adopt.”

The IASB Delegate Assembly will gather on Saturday, November 17, at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago to debate resolutions submitted by member districts. If approved by the delegates in attendance, the resolutions will be adopted as official Position Statements of IASB.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Board secretary deadlines listed

Two key deadlines lie ahead for board secretaries to complete requirements for placing referendums on the ballot in the next two consolidated elections. Those upcoming deadlines fall ten days after the board deadline for adopting resolutions to place public policy questions on the ballot. The key board secretary deadlines are:

•    December 20, 2018, the last day for the board secretary to certify public policy questions to the election authority for referendum at the Feb. 26, 2019, Consolidated Primary Election (10 ILCS 5/28-5);

•    January 24, 2019, the last day for the board secretary to certify public policy questions to the election authority for referendum at the April 2, 2019 election. (10 ILCS 5/28-5).

Board secretaries also face an important duty following the April 2, 2019 school board election. Specifically:

•    April 23, 2019 is the last day for the election authority to canvass the election returns and report results of the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election to the board secretary. The board secretary is then required to transmit election results to the school board (10 ILCS 5/17-22 and 22-17).

See the 2018-19 School Calendar for more information.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Events, panels, and more listed
in Conference Preview

A 24-page preview detailing panel sessions, keynote speakers, and other special events taking place at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago is now available online.

This will be the 86th Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), and Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO). The event will carry the theme, “Leadership: Sharing the Vision.”

Information in the Conference Preview includes an at-a-glance schedule of events, time slots for panel presentations, and other on-site activities taking place November 16-18.

More than 100 panel sessions will be presented over the course of the three-day Conference. Titles, descriptions, and time slots are listed in chronological order by day and start time (see pages 6-15). The 60-minute panels will be presented at 9, 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. on Friday; 7:30, 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Chicago and Hyatt Regency hotels.

A number of pre-conference professional development opportunities will begin Friday morning, November 16. These events include IASB Pre-Conference Workshops (pg. 21), Illinois ASBO Pre-Conference Seminars, IASA Pre-Conference Sessions, and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys Seminar on School Law (pg. 22). A separate School Safety and Security Seminar is also available on Friday (pg. 23). These professional development workshops each require an additional fee and advance registration to attend.

There is no additional charge to attend the Administrative Professionals’ Program (see pages 16-17) taking place on Friday and Saturday. However, attendees of the training designed specifically for board/district secretaries and administrative professionals must be paid conference registrants.

Additional information on other Conference activities, including the IASB Delegate Assembly (pg. 8), Exhibition of Educational Environments (pg. 12), Conference bookstore (pg 15), Exhibit Hall (pg. 18), and Homeroom (pg. 19) are also featured in the Preview.

Further details will be available in the official Conference Program, which can be picked up onsite at the Conference registration desk in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Online registration is still available at early-bird rates of $485. Additional registration and housing information can be found on the IASB website.




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Nominate those serving as
board secretary for Holly Jack Award

2017 Holly Jack winner Clare Bourne received the
award from former IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy.
Time still remains to submit applications for IASB’s 2018 Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award. School districts across the state are encouraged to nominate board or district secretaries who a step beyond expectations to serve the staff, school board, community, and students.

Application forms are available on the IASB website and need to be signed by the superintendent and the board president. Letters of support from individuals, either inside or outside the district, may be submitted with the form, but are limited to no more than five. The deadline for submitting all related nomination materials is September 30. 

Eligible nominees must be district employees (a superintendent’s secretary, superintendent’s administrative assistant, school board recording secretary, etc.) who have performed the duties of the board secretary for a minimum of five years.

The recognition was created to honor the memory of long-time IASB employee Holly Jack, a field services administrative assistant who was instrumental in developing the secretaries’ training offered at the Joint Annual Conference.

The award will be presented in November at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago during the Administrative Professionals’ Program (formerly titled the Secretaries’ Program).

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


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Webinar: Meet Your IASB Executive Director

A webinar on Wednesday, September 5, will feature IASB Executive Director Thomas E. Bertrand, Ph.D., sharing his strategic priorities for the future of the Association. Bertrand will preview his vision for IASB that revolves around five Es: Envision, Empower, Engage, Educate, and Evolve.

The webinar will begin at noon. Registration is free for members and available by visiting the IASB website and selecting the blue Online Learning tab at the top of the page.

Watch the video below as Bertrand introduces himself to IASB members and briefly explains how the five Es will shape the future of the Association.


If the video is not displaying correctly, click here.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in July and August 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.

Opinion: School-funding formula change is proof
of meaningful reform
Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and president of the River Forest SD 90 Board of Education, The News-Gazette, Champaign, July 1

EDITORIAL: Literacy for all children is a fundamental right
in a democracy
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, July 6

Opinion: Effort to consolidate local governments
is finally making headway
Madeleine Doubek, vice president of policy for the Better Government Association, Chicago Sun-Times, July 9

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Candidate information available
for April 2019 Consolidated Election

Updated information is available on the IASB website for all candidates and prospective candidates for school boards in Illinois. The next election for boards of education for most public schools is April 2, 2019. See the complete list of resources here.

The page includes a list of key dates for school board candidates to observe, including the first day to circulate nominating petitions, which is Tuesday, September 18, and the filing dates, which are December 10 to December 17.

There is also information for new and incumbent candidates, including advice on “Getting on, and staying on, the ballot,” by attorneys Scott F. Uhler and Gregory T. Smith. Individuals considering a run for school board are encouraged to read the “Qualifications and Characteristics of School Board Candidates,” which summarizes the qualifications, position description, reasons for serving, and characteristics of effective school board members.

In addition, information on mandatory board member training outlines the state requirements for after the candidate is elected.

The Candidate’s Guide covers
nominating petition information
and includes the official forms
school board candidates need.
IASB’s board elections page also includes links to relevant documents from the State Board of Elections, including a Candidate’s Guide from the Illinois State Board of Elections, which lists important dates candidates need to observe. The Candidate’s Guide includes the guidelines for filing nominating petitions (see page 6 of the guide), and the official nominating petition forms for the nomination of board candidates (if the school board seat represents the entire district, use SBE form P-7, or if the board seat represents a subdistrict, use SBE form P-7A).