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.