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Lighting the Way for 100 Years: 1913-2013

Facts From Our 100 Year History

The 100-year history of the organization is being celebrated throughout the 2013 calendar year. Various activities and events have been planned to observe this milestone. Several publications will also be used to chronicle the Association history, including a special commemorative book, a series of articles in The Illinois School Board Journal, and a daily log of facts that will appear on the home page of the IASB public website.

Archived daily facts for December:

Dec 1, 2013
Schools looking for their new 1987 School Code book were told the state-published tome would be delayed until 1988 because the legislature had deleted its funding from the state budget. IASB subsequently stepped in to fill the gap and has been publishing the book ever since.

Dec 2, 2013
Nearly one in 10 districts placed a finance proposition before voters at the Nov. 3, 1987 election. Ninety-four school boards certified 121 tax or bond proposals for popular vote. Of these propositions, a record 103 called for tax rate increases.

Dec 3, 2013
Whos in control of your schools; and is there a state-wide curriculum in your future? Those were just two of the questions discussed at an IASB seminar held on separate evenings in Bloomington and Glen Ellyn in March 1988.

Dec 4, 2013
In April 1989, IASB sponsored an Education for the Twenty-First Century symposium in Chicago. A host of speakers included Megatrends author John Naisbitt was on hand to forecast the outlook for education in the year 2000 and beyond.

Dec 5, 2013
The agenda for IASBs 1916 annual meeting in Urbana included discussion of a proposal to amend school law to more clearly give district superintendents more power in the selection of teachers, relieving school boards of the duty of teacher selection.

Dec 6, 2013
The head of the state athletic association told school board members at IASBs 1930 annual meeting in Decatur that the time might be close at hand when state basketball tournaments could not be justified and would cease to be held.

Dec 7, 2013
The 1915 annual meeting agenda included an address on Defective vision and the school child by Decatur school board member Reginald C. Augustine, then president of the state society of optometrists. Augustine was elected president of IASB at that convention.

Dec 8, 2013
IASB President Reginald Augustines son served as an Allied spy on the front lines during World War II, helping find and confiscate 31 tons of nuclear material for the Manhattan Project. He later escorted captured German scientists back to America.

Dec 9, 2013
Robert Cole, IASBs first full-time director, and a founder of NSBA, had been captain of the United States baseball team that visited Japan in 1920, and captain of a football team for legendary University of Chicago football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Dec 10, 2013
During Michael D. Johnsons tenure as IASB executive director, the Association saw its staff more than double its size, the membership totals increase to all-time highs and the completion of three separate capital construction programs, including a new headquarters building.

Dec 11, 2013
The 1973 Joint Annual Conference opened in a new home, the stately Palmer House in the Chicago Loop. The decision came after Sherman House management announced it was selling the property that eventually became the site for the Thompson Center.

Dec 12, 2013
At IASBs 1923 conference, University of Chicago Professor Simeon LeBand listed several reasons for the states poor fiscal condition, including: lack of a constructive fiscal policy, the states poor handling of its taxing system and the antiquated state constitution.

Dec 13, 2013
In March 1928, IASB printed and distributed a publication that listed the purpose of the association at that time: to develop and maintain for the benefit of school board officials a mutual service agency & in the practical study of school district problems.

Dec 14, 2013
IASB President L.J. Thiele, Glen Ellyn, told conference goers in Champaign in 1928 it was important to emphasize the development of character and citizenship through the public school curriculum.

Dec 15, 2013
With a membership of just 257 member school boards in January 1929, the Association sent out an appeal, touting its legislation information service as one of the membership benefits. Today, 99 percent of the public school districts in Illinois are IASB members.

Dec 16, 2013
The theme of the Associations 1932 conference in Peoria was Methods of Maintaining Public School Standards in Times of Economic Crisis. The state distributive fund and juvenile delinquency were topics addressed by conference speakers.

Dec 17, 2013
IASB joined with four other major statewide organizations in favoring an increase in state school funding in 1937. Advocates noted that the amount of state support per pupil in Illinois was less than one-half the average for all the states.

Dec 18, 2013
Gov. Henry Horners efforts in 1938 to get lawmakers to adopt a bill creating a state school board under his control were opposed by IASB along with other statewide school groups, and the northern Illinois county school superintendents organization.

Dec 19, 2013
Suggestions for revenue and school finance improvements were presented at the Northwest Divisions fall dinner meeting at Rock Falls in 1960, attended by 425 school leaders. IASB was seeking feedback from members in developing resolutions for a Delegate Assembly vote.

Dec 20, 2013
No action was taken at the 1916 annual convention in Urbana on a proposal to secure legislation for a uniform state textbook law. Members refused to go on record favoring textbook uniformity. School district superintendents agreed later the same day.

Dec 21, 2013
Through carelessness, only a third of the school districts of the state were members of the State School Boards Association, according to the October 28, 1925, issue of the Urbana Daily Courier. Association dues were $10.

Dec 22, 2013
An automobile trip about the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign and University of Illinois closed the opening-day session of IASBs 1928 conference. The session was followed by reports, including one on the reorganization of rural schools.

Dec 23, 2013
In 1940, an IASB legislative committee proposed minimum wages of $1,000 a year for teachers and contracts after two years of probationary teaching, except for those in one-room schools. The proposals were advanced at the conferences opening session in Springfield.

Dec 24, 2013
SIU President Roscoe Pulliam told 1942 conference goers many teachers were taking higher salaried jobs in war plants. His suggested remedies: higher teacher pay, better working conditions, and encouraging more women college students to enter teaching.

Dec 25, 2013
A booklet published in February 1947 prepared by the Superintendents Round Table of Northern Illinois called Characteristics of a Good School included facts on school boards, budgets, objectives and other valuable information for school leaders.

Dec 26, 2013
IASBs 1955 conference featured several joint sessions with the Illinois Association of School Administrators in meeting rooms at the Sherman House in Chicago. A homespun keynote speech was provided by Andy Holt, vice president of the University of Tennessee.

Dec 27, 2013
Stretching school construction dollars was explored at a 1957 symposium in Chicago sponsored by IASB and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The purpose: preparing to build an estimated 2,000 classrooms annually for an enrollment of 60,000 new boomer babies.

Dec 28, 2013
Public education curriculum should not be determined according to the New Deal, a University of Illinois educator told an audience at the 1934 conference. Thomas Benner, dean of the universitys College of Education, said fundamental values must underpin public education.

Dec 29, 2013
A new reference tool was mailed in July 1990 to each member district: the first edition of IASBs publication Illinois School Law Survey. It presented questions and answers on common questions of school law and included a quick reference index.

Dec 30, 2013
IASB made available a packet of materials for district personnel to help organize activities celebrating the first annual School Board Members Day in 2009. The day continues to be designated on Nov. 15 of each year.

Dec 31, 2013
On Jan. 1, 2013, IASB kicked off a year-long commemoration of its centennial anniversary. Plans were made to preserve and showcase the Associations 100-year history, recognize local districts and local board service, and encourage member participation.


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