NBM 2015
Registration is now open for IASB's New Board Member Workshops. Beginning May 8 and concluding July 11, these one- and two-day training events are designed to meet the needs of board members elected in 2015. Participants will be able to fulfill their mandatory board training on Friday. The Saturday sessions will provide board members with the essential information they need to understand and fulfill their governance role. Learn more HERE.
Learn more about the initiative for public education in Illinois to guide educators, legislators, labor, business, parents, and community members as they work together toward the common goal of fulfilling the promise of public education in Illinois.
The May/June issue of The Illinois School Board Journal examines the unique challenges faces by rural and small school districts in Illinois, and offers insight into how school leaders are meeting those challenges. Steve Webb makes a case that rural schools provide not only quality of education, but also quality of life to the communities they serve. The Consortium of Rural Research Group offers a voice to small and rural schools with a survey and reports on its findings. In two northwestern Illinois village, unused school buildings became valued community resources after reorganization in the 1980s.
In order to become more current and timely, the Illinois School Board Newsbulletin will no longer be published in its current form, but will be changing over the next month into a continuous digital news blog. This month's newsletter reports on referendum results, the new board member workshops planned at 20 locations, and the fact that registration and housing forms for the Conference will be available online on June 15. News is also included on the availability of new board member packets, a new state superintendent, staff changes, and an upcoming School Code Supplement publication.
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 (5/22/15).

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