Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Journal covers student discipline,
tips for school board candidates

The September/October issue of The Illinois School Board Journal offers insight on two hot topics for school board members.

Commonly known as Senate Bill 100, Illinois’ new student discipline law aims to reduce exclusionary discipline, such as expulsions and suspensions. In “New direction for student discipline” by school attorney Courtney Stillman, read about the reasons behind Senate Bill 100 and its application in today’s school policies, including special education. Also, discover the role restorative justice plays in student discipline in the article “Using carrots instead of sticks” by IASB Assistant General Counsel Maryam Brotine.

“Getting on, and staying on, the ballot,” is an important topic for new candidates as well as school board members seeking re-election. Read the piece by school attorneys Scott F. Uhler and Gregory T. Smith to discover the best practices to employ, and possible pitfalls to avoid, in preparing and submitting nominating papers.

Baseball is also in this month’s Journal lineup, with a look from Diallo Telli Brown at how Moneyball-style analytics can be applied to the running of schools.

Additionally, the Journal’s recent series on arts in education prompted G. Howard “Bud” Thompson, IASB president in 1976-1977, to reflect on the importance of art in his life. “The arts are not a frill,” Thompson says. “They are not only important, they are crucial.”

Watch for the print edition of The Illinois School Board Journal in your mailbox, or click here or below to read the full digital edition.