The work of the Illinois Association of School Boards would not be possible without the continued commitment of local boards of education to the improvement of education for the children of their communities. IASB strives to protect and preserve local school board governance.
Serving Boards of Education Since 1913
The Illinois Association of School Boards is a voluntary organization of local boards of education dedicated to strengthening the public schools through local citizen control. Although not a part of state government, IASB is organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under authority granted by Article 23 of The Illinois School Code.
The Association was launched in December 1913, by a group of school board members at a meeting in Quincy, Illinois. Today, more than 99 percent of the school boards in Illinois hold active membership and support the Association through annual dues.
The Association's constitution provides that major policies be established by an annual Delegate Assembly and places governance in the hands of an elected board of directors. The board of directors, made up of officers and regional directors, employs an executive director and approves annual budgets to carry out the work of the Association through offices in Springfield and Lombard.
Six Foundational Principles of Effective Governance are the cornerstone of IASB's beliefs about the governance process.
The Illinois Association of School Boards is a founding member of the Consortium of State School Boards Associations.