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Cover Stories

  • What to expect the first year

    Compiled by Theresa Kelly Gegen
    We asked, they answered. Experienced board members share their advice to newcomers and recollections of their first days of school board service.

Feature Articles

  • First, take on school finance

    By IASB and William Phillips
    For new board members, understanding school finance is the steepest learning curve. Read this practical "first take" on understanding the basics of school finance issues.
  • Re-visioning Illinois Vision 20/20

    By Theresa Kelly Gegen
    Review the accomplishments and learn what priorities are next for Illinois Vision 20/20, educators working together to fulfill the promise of public education.
  • Seven tips for new board members

    By Courtney Stillman
    From the perspective of a former board member and school board president, seven tips will start you on a path to success in your new role as a school board member.

Regular Features