IASB has launched a new initiative to focus attention on the importance and value of public schools in Illinois. "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" invites local school districts to solicit and encourage public support for public education. This campaign includes video messages, wristbands and lapel pins. Logos and templates for signs are also available.
Pre-registration for the 2014 Joint Annual Conference continues through Oct. 23. Information and instructions for registration and housing is available online. Click HERE for the instructions and to download corresponding registration and housing forms.
This issue of the Journal recalls the tornado outbreak of November, 2013, and highlights the response from the educational community to the expected and unexpected impacts of natural disasters. Also featured are the top 10 tips for running a "good" board meeting.
Learn about the new initiative urging districts to StandUp4PublicSchools via videotaped messages, and find out about a new poll from PDK/Gallup that shows 56 percent of Americans want school boards to maintain local control over what schools teach. Coverage also includes: a Conference Preview, ACT scores, a strike, School Board Members Day, November referenda, election deadlines in the new Annual School Calendar, and revisions to the IASB vision/mission statement.
Compiled each week during sessions of the General Assembly and as needed during off-session times, Alliance Legislative Reports summarize major legislative activities and bills of interest to school leaders. Read the latest ALR here (7/15/14).

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