Nearly 9,000 school leaders and guests attended the 2014 Joint Annual Conference. Information about this year's Conference will be posted online as it becomes available.
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.
In this issue of the Journal read about how average school administrator salaries in Illinois withstood the recession and survived - barely - cuts to state funding in the economically uncertain years that followed. Also discover how an Illinois school district created a successful partnership for infrastructure improvements and delve into the history of federal challenges to school funding.
This issue reports on news from the latest state report cards, plus information on the sixth annual School Board Members Day, and updates to the federal E-Rate program. News on the winners of IASB Governance Awards is also provided, along with recognition of LeaderShop Academy Fellows, and word on sample news releases now offered to help members report on their activities at the Joint Annual Conference.
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 (12/4/14).

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