Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-52


On Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. In a relatively short prepared speech, he gave a broad overview of the strengths of the state. But, as has been the trend with recent governors, few specifics were provided about economic or tax proposals going forward. More details could be provided when the governor presents his Budget Address on Feb. 14.

The governor did make several comments regarding what he characterized as an unfair property tax assessment system and property taxes that are “unfair, unaffordable, and crushing.” Again, with no specifics, he called for property tax relief and “giving people the ability to lower their property taxes through a simple voter referendum.” One can assume that it refers to earlier property tax freeze plans that would require taxing bodies to place on the ballot the question of setting the property tax cap limit at zero – as is contained in SB 851 (the synopsis can be found in this report).

Education was only alluded to when the governor highlighted the enactment of “historic reforms to end one of the most inequitable school funding formulas in the country” and the Invest in Kids Act that established the private school tuition tax credit. The need for pension reform was also briefly addressed but without specifying what that proposal would look like.


In swift action Wednesday morning, both the Senate and House of Representatives voted to override the amendatory veto issued by the governor on SB 444, the technical corrections to the evidence-based funding legislation. The bill is now law (Public Act 100-0578), effective immediately. SB 444 makes changes necessary for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to begin calculating funding amounts to school districts under the new formula contained in SB 1947.

However, while providing testimony this week before the House Appropriations Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education, an ISBE representative stated that there are additional changes that must be made to the new law before final determinations can be made on funding disbursements to school districts. Expect another bill to emerge soon to make these technical changes. Lawmakers return next week to reconvene the legislative session.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Updated IASB Position Statements available online

Position Statements of the Illinois Association of School Boards have been updated to reflect changes ratified at the 2017 Delegate Assembly. The updated document is now posted on the Association website.

Among the new additions are position 6.23, differentiating between PARCC testing results that were completed via paper-and-pencil, versus electronic, means; and position 7.09, reimbursing a school district for any costs, including security, associated with acting as a polling place during an election.

Other changes to the governing document include the reaffirmation of position 2.27 regarding state charter school funding and the negative financial impact caused to host districts. Position 2.50 regarding PTELL limits was also amended last fall. The updated statement reads as follows:

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows school districts to levy an amount less than the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) formula would allow without penalty in future years. This would require that when a district “under” levies, the district will have the ability to reassess the reduced levy taken in a given year and recover the full entitled levy for a period of three years from the effective date of the reduced levy. A district will not be entitled to reassess the reduced levy once the three-year limit has expired.

The Position Statements outline major policy positions for IASB and establish the Association’s stance on legislation and related matters.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Superintendent of the Year Schuler a national award finalist

David Schuler
The Illinois Superintendent of the Year, David Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214 (Arlington Heights), was recently named one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

According to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), which annual bestows the award, the other three finalists for 2018 are from California, Indiana, and Tennessee. Winners are selected on criteria focusing on leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement.

“David Schuler is an exceptional school leader and a great person to represent our state and the profession of school superintendent,” said Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. “He is positive, full of energy, and never takes no for an answer.”

Schuler, District 214 superintendent since 2005, was named 2018 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by IASA at the Joint Annual Conference in November.

As AASA president during the 2015-16 school year, Schuler launched the national Redefining Ready! Campaign that introduced a structure of research-grounded metrics to establish whether students are ready for college and careers.

The National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at AASA’s national conference February 15-17 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the 31st anniversary of the awards.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-51


The Illinois General Assembly will return to the Capitol next week to kick off the 2018 legislative session. The Senate is scheduled to meet Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The House is set to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday.

Historically, the State of the State address consists of the sitting governor running through his list of accomplishments for the past year, and outlining what is planned for the coming year. In an election year like 2018, the political and campaign overtones are usually amplified.

The looming March 20th primary election is first and foremost on the minds of incumbent lawmakers, and this year, the governor as well. One Republican candidate, State Representative Jeanne Ives (Wheaton), is challenging Governor Rauner in the primary election. Six candidates have filed and are running on the Democrat side of the ticket: J. B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, State Senator Daniel Biss (Evanston), Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber (Madison County), Tio Hardiman, and Robert Marshall.

All 118 seats in the House of Representatives will be on the ballot as will one-third of the State Senate seats.


As was highlighted in the last Alliance Legislative Report, Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto of SB 444, the clean-up bill for the evidence-based funding bill, SB 1947. When the Senate gavels into session on Tuesday, the clock will start running for that chamber to take action. As of now, there has been no motion filed to either accept the amendatory changes recommended by the governor, or to override the veto. If both chambers approve a vote to either accept or override the governor’s action, the evidence-based funding model will be in place with the technical changes contained in SB 444. If a motion fails in either chamber or if no action is taken on the bill, the new funding changes in the original evidence-based funding bill contained in SB 1947 will stand without the changes in SB 444. Another option would be for the legislature to introduce and pass an entirely new bill with funding distribution changes. This could delay the distribution of any new funds to school districts based on the new evidence-based formula.


As the new legislative session begins and lawmakers start introducing new legislative proposals, Alliance members are bracing for another onslaught of bills containing unfunded mandates and restrictions on local school districts to make decisions. The trend which has been growing in recent years shows no signs of slowing down. The running total of legislative mandates is available here.

Next week, a bill (HB 1252) that would require a semester of instruction on civics in junior high is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. Other bills that have been, or will likely be, introduced include: a bill to require a unit of instruction in all schools studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society; a bill to require a school board to enroll its elementary schools in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program and implement an annual district-wide spelling bee competition for students in the 7th grade (HB 4292); a bill to prohibit school districts from expending funds for expenses for hotels, restaurants, or travel by employees to a convention or gathering (HB 4248); and a bill to prohibit any child under the age of 12 to participate in tackle football offered by an organized youth sports program, including school teams (HB 4341).

School board members and administrators are urged to tell their legislators to oppose all proposed unfunded mandates and initiatives that usurps local decision making authority.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-51.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

'5Essentials Survey' webinar for board members scheduled

IASB will continue the lunch and learn webinar series with an informative presentation on the 5Essentails Survey, an early indicator of later student achievement. Free for IASB members, the “5Essentials Survey: It REALLY Matters to School Boards” webinar will discuss the valuable data for school leaders that can be gained through the assessment.

Steve Herkert, director of services for Regional Office of Education 8, serving Carrol, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson Counties, will examine what school board members can learn about the climate and culture in their district. Herkert will discuss why it is important for school officials to pay attention to the responses of teachers, students, and parents who complete the survey, and how board members can best use the information to improve district outcomes.

The hour-long webinar will begin at noon on Tuesday, January 30. Registration is available through IASB's Online Learning Center. Visit the IASB website, select the yellow "My Account" button to log in, then choose the red Online Learning tab at the top of the page.

This will be the third webinar hosted by IASB, with additional learning opportunities to be featured in February and throughout the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Select reports from 2017
Conference panels available

A list of reports on 2017 Conference
panels is available on the IASB website.
With more than 100 panel sessions presented each year at the Joint Annual Conference, it is impossible for participants to attend all the sessions that interest them. To fill in the gaps, IASB provides select panel reports summarizing some of the most popular ones presented.

The 2017 reports offer takeaways of eight presentations in a short, easy-to-read format, each intended to provide lasting value to school leaders. The reports are written by education administration students from several Illinois university graduate programs.

Last year’s reports touch on the topics of family engagement, public-private partnerships, board conflict, solutions in fiscally challenging times, social and emotional learning, and the Illinois school report card. A full list of 2017 Conference panel reports, topics, and presenters is available on the IASB website.

Panel reports dating back to 2003 can be found in the Conference archives

Saturday, January 20, 2018

West Chicago District 94 teachers close to strike

An impasse in contract talks was declared last week by teachers in West Chicago CHSD 94, a move that could pave the way for a strike as early as February.

Negotiations between the local teachers’ union and the board have stretched on for nearly two years as the two sides remained far apart on contract terms.

The union filed notice with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on January 10, just hours after a bargaining session, and met with the school board again on January 16.

Both sides are expected to exchange final contract offers within the week as a result of the declared impasse. They are scheduled to meet again on January 22 and 30.

Bargaining teams have been unable to reach a deal after more than two dozen formal sessions and 11 subcommittee meetings that began in April 2016. The West Chicago Teachers Association represents 141 employees in District 94.

The high school serves about 2,100 students from Carol Stream, West Chicago, and Winfield.

More information may soon be available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects public postings for education-related final offers. Past IELRB postings can be accessed here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Journal index updated to include 2017

The Illinois School Board Journal is published every other month by the Illinois Association of School Boards. The index of Journal articles, covering the last 10 years, has been updated and is available by clicking here. From that link, readers can search articles by subject or author.

In 2017, the Journal offered school board members dozens of articles relevant to their work, covering topics such as the teacher shortage, response to and policies for working with transgender students, the rationales behind changes in annual calendars and daily bell schedules, school funding reform, planning for referendums, school safety and security, and more.

The Journal's mission is to serve school board members with information and insights that will help them be effective. The focus is on school board performance and anything that affects it. Each issue is mailed to some 6,000 members of local boards of education. Each edition also goes to about 2,500 school administrators, state and federal government offices, college and university officials, organization leaders, and interested citizens.

Click here or below to read Full digital editions of the Journal, dating back to 2012.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Still time to submit 2018
‘Share the Success’ proposals

Illinois school districts have less than one month to submit panel proposals for the 2018 Joint Annual Conference. Districts and related education organizations are invited to share their innovative programs and discoveries for this year’s “Share the Success” panel presentations.

The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by Illinois school board members. Panels not selected for “Share the Success” presentations may have the opportunity to present the topic during the Carousel of Panels.

Districts interested in sharing their success stories have until February 16 to submit proposals online.

The 2018 Conference will take place November 16-18 in Chicago.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lottery contributions flat;
new management begins

Although revenue contributions to schools from lottery sales rose from $668 million in 2014 to $692 million in 2016, the total is essentially unchanged when adjusted for inflation. In September 2017, Illinois announced a new management firm to run the state lottery, with the aim of generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of a 10-year deal.

Unfortunately, funding for Illinois public schools requires more than 15 times as much in state money as the lottery brings to state coffers each year. The lottery cannot realistically offer a school funding rescue, largely because it is just not set up to boost school funding totals.

While the lottery did produce $691 million for the public schools in Fiscal Year 2016 — the most recent year for which audited data are available — that total paled in comparison to the $31.3 billion in state, federal, and local revenues needed to fund more than 3,500 public elementary and secondary schools. More detailed funding data is available on the ISBE website

The trouble is lottery funds do not supplement overall school funding, but are instead used to offset other state sources. When lottery profits are deposited into the Common School Fund (CSF), that accounting maneuver reduces the amount of money that schools will draw from other state sources.

What is worse, the amount of lottery profits deposited into the CSF is held to a fixed level. Since March 1, 2010, annual transfers to the CSF are required by law to equal the amount transferred in FY 2009, adjusted for inflation, according to the 2017 tax handbook for legislators, published by the nonpartisan Illinois Legislative Research Unit.

The funds deposited to the CSF were fixed as part of the state’s plan to contract with a private firm to manage lottery operations. It was hoped that a for-profit company would manage lottery sales, increasing revenues and reducing costs. To date it hasn’t worked out that way.

The Illinois Department of Revenue first contracted with Northstar Lottery Group, LLC, for management services in July 2011. After Northstar allegedly missed revenue targets, the state announced plans to terminate the contract with the company. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office reached a termination agreement with Northstar that would remove the firm as the games’ private manager as of January 1, 2017, or when a replacement firm was chosen.

The Illinois Lottery then announced the replacement firm, Camelot Illinois, on Friday, October 20, 2017. The agency’s contract with Camelot Illinois to become the lottery’s private manager was effective January 1, 2018. Camelot is a subsidiary of Camelot Group, which runs the lottery in Great Britain.

Regardless of how well the new management firm performs, schools cannot expect funding miracles from the state lottery as it is currently operated.

To understand more about the Illinois lottery and its very limited impact on public school funding, read IASB's publication “Where Does the Lottery Money Go?” 

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Equity Event will ask the ‘what, why, and how’

The Illinois Association of School Boards has announced a new initiative to address the “what, why, and how” of equity issues in education.

The Equity Event, to take place on April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, will present the opportunity to 
The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency
in Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Drive. Source: Google Maps.
  • Understand the various equity issues present in public education (including race, socio-economic, gender, etc.);
  • Learn critical steps for developing and implementing an equity approach in school board work;
  • Gain insight and practical applications from Illinois school districts actively working on equity issues; and
  • Be inspired by one man’s personal journey of resilience, determination, and vision.

Speakers at The Equity Event will include Dr. Heather Hackman, speaking on “The Urgency of Now: Developing and Utilizing an Equity Lens for 21st Century Education.” Consultant Corrie Wallace will address the question “It’s 2018...Why are We Still Talking about Race?” and Steve Pemberton will bring “One America: The Micro Cultural Changes to Bring the ‘United’ Back into U.S.A.”

This new event is offered exclusively to school board members and superintendents from IASB member districts. There is no charge to attend. Attendees will earn one credit in the LeaderShop Academy program.

The Equity Event will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28, 2018. Online registration is required and will be available at on February 1, 2018. For more information, contact Peggy Goone,, 217/528-9866 ext. 1103.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Two member districts added

Two new member districts joined IASB in 2017: Ohio CCSD 17, located in the Association’s Starved Rock Division, and Homewood-Flossmoor CHSD 233, located in the South Cook Division.

That brings the number of IASB member districts to 845, or 99.4 percent of the public school districts in the state. There are just five non-member districts among the 850 public school districts in Illinois.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-50

Governor Bruce Rauner, Monday, issued an amendatory veto to SB 444, the bill that would make technical changes to the funding provisions of the new evidence-based school funding model. Though the governor’s proposed changes had nothing to do with the funding distribution model to public schools, the bill will now require additional legislative action that will further delay the issuance of any funding based on the new distribution formula.

The governor’s amendment has to do with the Invest in Kids Act, which authorizes tax credit scholarships totaling up to $75 million for low-income students to attend non-public schools. But, according to the governor’s veto message, “the current drafting of the law will stand in the way of effectively and fairly implementing the very program it creates, and should be cleaned up along with the other fixes to Senate Bill 1947.” The following is the amendatory veto message explanation:

“As written, the Act requires non-public schools to be “recognized” by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This language creates an eligibility mandate from what is otherwise a voluntary distinction for which schools may apply. Eligibility should be expanded to also include schools that are registered with ISBE, a necessary precursor to becoming “recognized.” While it is prudent to require compliance with ISBE measures that protect the health, safety and well-being of students, the current timelines to become recognized will exclude at least 36 schools that are still in the process of registering for and moving toward recognition; the ramifications of this initial exclusion could potentially last for two years. By including those who have registered with ISBE as well as those already recognized, the law will better maximize the number of schools and therefore the number of children who can benefit from this promising new program.”

Though the governor states his concern that 36 schools could be excluded from the tax credit program, Alliance research shows that there are 893 non-public schools that are “registered” in the state, with 635 of these schools being “recognized.” That would seem that an additional 258 schools would be affected by the amendatory veto.

What is the Difference between Recognized and Registered?

According to the Illinois State Board of Education website: “To be registered means that ISBE is officially aware of the existence of the nonpublic school, ISBE has assigned to the school an ID number (known as an RCDT Code), and ISBE has given the school access to IWAS. There is a brief application for registration that collects basic information about the school, its enrollment, and its staff, as well as some other data.”

“A recognized school has been registered with ISBE for at least one school year, it has filed an extensive application dealing with school policies, curricula, personnel, and student health and safety. In addition, the school has been visited by a small team to confirm this information; the school is revisited by a team every few years. Fundamentally, a recognized school is a school acknowledged to be in substantial compliance with various requirements of state statute and regulation.”

ISBE goes on to state that “it should be noted that recognition (a matter of compliance) is different from accreditation (a judgment about the quality of instruction). Accreditation involves an intensive examination of some or all of a school’s curricula, the qualifications of its staff, the appropriateness of its library holdings, etc. ISBE does not accredit any school—accreditation is accomplished through independent third parties. A school may be accredited simultaneously by more than one accrediting body at the same time. A school may be recognized and not accredited; likewise, it may be accredited and not recognized.”

Funding Distributions to Public Schools

Since the new evidence-based funding formula is so significantly different than the previous funding formula, ISBE had a monumental job of establishing a new process to accurately distribute funding to public schools. So upon enactment of the new formula in SB 1947, it was going to take months to actually transmit funds to school districts. Then, with the additional changes in SB 444, new distribution runs would have to be completed. Why were those changes made in SB 444? ISBE states that, “while it was working to implement the new funding Act as passed by the General Assembly, it was discovered that the adequacy targets of 178 school districts would unfairly include local resources that those districts are not able to access – to the sum of $37.8 million. According to the sponsors of the initial legislation, this was not the intent of the legislature.”

To correct this drafting error, ISBE requested the changes included in SB 444 “and requested that the governor sign the bill that was approved by the General Assembly as soon as possible.”  The amendatory veto “has caused a disruption for the agency as it continues preparations for tier funding distribution as quickly as possible. If PA 100-465 is not changed in accordance with SB 444, there will be further disruption and confusion for all 852 school districts.”

The new Evidence-Based Funding formula creates a distribution system where each district’s state allocation is directly related to and dependent upon the needs of all 852 school districts. According to ISBE, “if the changes included in SB 444 are not enacted, 178 school districts will see a reduction in funding based on their inability to access local resources. The State Board is continuing to gather and clean data needed to distribute tier funding as we wait for the General Assembly to act on this amendatory veto. Time is of the essence to ensure that what districts receive from the state this year is equitable and fair.”

Next Moves

The General Assembly will have to take up the governor’s amendatory veto upon its next meeting. The House of Representatives is scheduled to convene on Jan. 23 and 24; both chambers are scheduled to convene on Jan. 30 and 31.

If both chambers accept the governor’s changes, the bill will be enacted immediately with the original provisions of SB 444 plus the governor’s changes. If both chambers vote to override the amendatory veto, the bill will become effective without the governor’s changes. The entire bill would be dead if either of the chambers fail to act or if the chambers take differing action.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Illinois school leaders to attend
NSBA Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.

A large Illinois delegation will be attending the
 Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. from February 4-6.
School board members and administrators from 13 Illinois districts will join with educational leaders from across the country at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. from February 4-6.

The event aims to assist participants with developing effective advocacy strategies to engage policy makers and champion the interests of local public schools. Programming includes interactive panel presentations, breakout sessions, nationally recognized speakers, and networking forums to share tips and best practices.

Wrapping up the final day of the Advocacy Institute, attendees will have an opportunity to lobby their own members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Meetings with the Illinois congressional delegation will allow school officials to discuss the direction of public education, the protection of local control, and budgeting decisions that impact the state education system.

“There are a lot of important discussions taking place at the national level that have the potential to impact education here in Illinois,” said IASB Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton. “This event provides an opportunity for our local school leaders to share how the decisions made in Washington affect what is happening in our local schools.”

Thirty-one board members and superintendents will be representing Illinois from the following districts: Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102, Cairo SD 1, CCSD 168 in Sauk Village, Dolton East SD 149, Dolton-Riverdale SD 148, ESD 158 in Matteson, Lake Forest SD 67, Lincoln ESD 156, West Harvey-Dixmoor SD 147, and Woodland CCSD 50.

IASB will send officers and staff, including President Joanne Osmond, Vice President Thomas Neeley, Past President Phil Pritzker, Executive Director Roger Eddy, Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm, and Governmental Relations Director Susan Hilton.

Additional information about the Advocacy Institute, registration, and the event agenda can be found on the NSBA website.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sixteen Illinois schools
join Blue Ribbon ranks

Sixteen public schools in Illinois were recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with awards through the National Blue Ribbon Schools program.

Here’s how one winning school chose to celebrate the honor:

Arlington Heights SD 25 created a video, asking students: “How do you feel when you walk into your school?” Their answers made it easy to see why the school was a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program annually gives awards to elementary, middle schools, and high schools for academic excellence and improvement in closing the gap between privileged and underprivileged students. Schools can qualify as Blue Ribbon Schools by being rated as “high performing” or “achievement gap closing.”

All 16 winning schools qualified by scoring in the top 15 percent of schools in the state in reading and math. Every demographic group examined within the school — including lower-income students — also had to collectively score in the top 40 percent.

Eight private schools, which faced similar requirements, were awarded the Blue Ribbon this time, bringing the number of Illinois school winners to 25. That compares to 21 last year.

Here’s the list of the public schools that earned the designation, their category, and the school district in which they reside:

  • Central Intermediate School, small city or town in a rural area, Central SD 51 (Washington) 
  • Charles J. Caruso Middle School, suburban, Deerfield SD 109 
  • Conrady Junior High School, suburban, North Palos School District 117 (Palos Hills) 
  • Copeland Manor Elementary School, suburban, Libertyville SD 70 
  • Edgar Allan Poe Classical Elementary School, urban or large central city, Chicago SD 299 
  • Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, urban or large central city, Chicago SD 299 
  • Kipling Elementary School, suburban, Deerfield SD 109 
  • Lemont High School, suburban, Lemont THSD 210 
  • Mary Morgan Elementary School, small city or town in a rural area, Byron CUSD 226 
  • McClure Junior High School, suburban, Western Springs SD 101 
  • Neuqua Valley High School, suburban, Indian Prairie CUSD 204 (Naperville) 
  • Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School, suburban, Arlington Heights SD 25 
  • Prairie Elementary School, suburban with urban characteristics, Kildeer-Countryside CCSD 96 (Buffalo Grove)
  • Rogers Elementary School, small city or town in a rural area, Waterloo CUSD 5 
  • Romona Elementary School, suburban, Wilmette SD 39 
  • Thomas Dooley Elementary School, suburban, Schaumburg CCSD 54 

Federal education officials honored these schools among the 292 public and 50 non-public school award winners nationwide at a ceremony held Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. Each school received an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments. In its 35-year history, more than 8,500 schools in the United States have received the Blue Ribbon Schools award.
    More information about the program and the award winners can be found on the program’s official website

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    Save the date for Division Dinner Meetings

    IASB’s 2018 Spring Division Dinner Meetings are set to begin February 27, running through March and into April.

    Each of the 21 meetings will offer networking opportunities and updates from Association staff, division directors, and division chairs. Attendance at Division Dinner Meetings also earns participants five points in IASB’s Master Board Member Program. Most meetings also offer keynote or breakout panel sessions on a variety of important education topics for school leaders.

    Below is the schedule of dates and locations for the 21 Division Dinner Meetings. Speakers, topics, and complete registration information will be announced at a later date.

    2018 Spring Division Dinner Meetings





    Tuesday, February 27

    Wabash Valley

    Effingham CUSD 40

    Thursday, March 1


    Champaign CUSD 4

    Thursday, March 1


    Geneva CUSD 304

    Thursday, March 1


    Monmouth-Roseville CUSD 238

    Tuesday, March 6

    Abe Lincoln

    Clinton CUSD 15

    Tuesday, March 6

    Corn Belt

    Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley CUSD 5

    Tuesday, March 6


    Elmhurst CUSD 205

    Tuesday, March 6


    Mt. Vernon THSD 201

    Tuesday, March 6

    West Cook

    Highlands MS, LaGrange-Highlands SD 106

    Wednesday, March 7


    Forrestville Valley CUSD 221, Forreston

    Wednesday, March 7

    South Cook

    Orland Chateau, Orland Park

    Thursday, March 8

    Two Rivers

    Liberty CUSD 2

    Tuesday, March 13


    Meridian CUSD 101, Mounds

    Wednesday, March 14


    Mundelein HSD 120

    Wednesday, March 21

    North Cook

    Township HSD 211, Palatine

    Thursday, March 22

    Central Illinois Valley

    Princeville CUSD 326

    Thursday, March 22

    Three Rivers

    Renaissance Center, Joliet

    Tuesday, March 27


    North Mac CUSD 34

    Wednesday, March 28


    Highland CUSD 5

    Thursday, March 29


    East Moline SD 37

    Wednesday, April 11

    Starved Rock

    Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club, LaSalle