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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 June:

Jun 1, 2013
Caspar Weinberger, U.S. Secretary, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, W. Walter Menninger, cofounder of the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, and George W. Smith, NSBA secretary/treasurer, were general session speakers at the 1973 Annual Conference.

Jun 2, 2013
Art Linkletter, television and radio star of “House Party” and “People Are Funny” and an ardent crusader against drug abuse, spoke to a sold-out crowd of 1,710 at the Sunday evening banquet at the Palmer House at the 1973 Annual Conference.

Jun 3, 2013
B.B. Burgess, retired IASB executive director, and his wife returned to Illinois from their retirement home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, for a reception in his honor at the 1973 Annual Conference at the Palmer House in Chicago.

Jun 4, 2013
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce might better spend time on the business practices of its members,” wrote Walter Johnson, Libertyville HSD 128 superintendent, after the News Bulletin printed “Why School Systems Fail” by the business group in 1973.

Jun 5, 2013
The November 1973 issue of the News Bulletin showed U.S. Senators Charles Percy and Adlai Stevenson of Illinois with school board members during the first Federal Relations Network Conference. Delegates asked for forward funding of federal aid and consolidation of certain categorical programs.

Jun 6, 2013
A cartoon in the February 1974 issue of the News Bulletin spoofed the energy crisis with “The Fourth R — Rationing.” It featured a student in winter gear at a desk, studying by an oil lamp with a box of candles and a thermos nearby.

Jun 7, 2013
Ron Booth, director of IASB field services in the Chicago office, moved to the Springfield office in summer 1974 to become director of management information. In his new job, Booth was to work with school boards on collective bargaining issues.

Jun 8, 2013
In 1974, IASB and State Superintendent Michael Bakalis were on opposite sides regarding corporal punishment in the classroom. He said his office had the right to regulate it; IASB said his rule to follow parental requests was wrong for not treating all pupils equally.

Jun 9, 2013
A telephone/paging/message desk was set up at the 1974 Annual Conference, “should it be necessary for your home or office to reach you during the convention,” the News Bulletin announced. “Expecting a call? Check periodically with the attendant at the desk.”

Jun 10, 2013
Local property taxes accounted for 60.21% of revenue for Illinois public schools in 1966-67, with state aid at 24.55% and federal aid at 6.65%, and the rest from miscellaneous sources. In 2011, property taxes accounted for 54.6% of school revenue, state aid for 33.1% and federal aid for 12.3%.

Jun 11, 2013
Awards for outstanding educational programs in 1968 went to the school boards in Markham SD 144 and LaGrange SD 102, Cook County, and Urbana SD 115, Champaign County, from the Association of Classroom Teachers, in conjunction with the Thom McAnn Corporation.

Jun 12, 2013
Michael J. Bakalis , STATE SUPERINTENDENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, proposed a new state aid plan at the 1972 Joint Annual Conference, suggesting school boards should set their own goals for educational performance of students. “No educational program is being imposed on school districts by the state,” he stressed.

Jun 13, 2013
Nearly 4,000 board members and administrators attended the 1982 Joint Annual Conference at Chicago’s Palmer House. National perspectives were offered by U.S. Rep. Paul Simon and U.S. Sen. Charles Percy at general sessions. NBC “Today Show” newsman Douglas Kiker also spoke.

Jun 14, 2013
Nearly 700 school boards sent voting representatives to the 1982 Delegate Assembly, which passed 11 new resolutions to guide IASB activities for the year ahead. One adopted resolution opposed enactment of tuition tax credits.

Jun 15, 2013
Pat Quinn, then executive director of the Coalition for Political Honesty, appeared on a 1982 conference panel discussion called “Building Local Coalitions.” The future governor recommended using the state income tax in place of local property taxes to fund schools.

Jun 16, 2013
IASB’s financial report for Fiscal Year 1982 showed total income of $2,000,358, including $1,035,726 in active member dues, $417,229 from special services and $242,334 from the Joint Annual Conference.

Jun 17, 2013
The Legislative Education Network of DuPage (LEND), then completing its second successful year of operation, was joined in 1982 by the Legislative Interest Network of Kishwaukee (LINK). These two legislative advocacy programs operated under guidelines established by IASB’s board of directors.

Jun 18, 2013
Hundreds of friends and admirers of Stephen Doty gathered on Sep. 25, 1982, to pay tribute to the staff leader upon his retirement. Doty had been IASB’s associate executive director since 1970 and had served as a director of field services since 1968.

Jun 19, 2013
At the 1993 Joint Annual Conference, a fundraiser for flood relief was held and raised $1,300 for the Alliance School District Flood Fund. Those attending were asked to give $1 and received a chance to win a stay at a Matteson Bed and Breakfast or an Oak Brook resort hotel.

Jun 20, 2013
Federal Relations Network (FRN) members lobbied their elected representatives on Capitol Hill February 8, 1993. The theme of the 21st FRN conference was “Partners for Children”. The 12 members from Illinois met with Senator Paul Simon and the staff of Senator Carol Moseley-Braun.

Jun 21, 2013
Barbara Devlin, superintendent of Villa Park District 45 was one of the four finalists for the 1994 National Superintendent of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Jun 22, 2013
Newly elected school board members in Illinois in 1994 made up 54% of the board seats. IASB records indicate that 1,309 incumbents were re-elected and that 1,543 new board members were elected.

Jun 23, 2013
A proposal to amend the education article of the state constitution, clarifying the state’s responsibility for financing an equitable and adequate system of public schools, was on the 1992 election ballot. The amendment was defeated, garnering 57% of the votes cast.

Jun 24, 2013
A comprehensive member survey in 1993 produced responses from 2,748 school board members. This survey provided IASB with extensive demographic information as well as insights into the perception of board members regarding their work and their schools.

Jun 25, 2013
IASB introduced a new legal reference service called PRESS in 1993. This service, still widely used today, had 350 initial subscribers. The service, which provides sample policies and procedures, legal references and rationale, currently has over 800 subscribers.

Jun 26, 2013
Joseph Spagnolo, former state superintendent, was the keynote speaker at a special Sunday morning breakfast at the 1994 Joint Annual Conference. The program also featured the presentation of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award to Barbara Toney, president of the West Chicago board of education, who later became an IASB policy consultant and field service director.

Jun 27, 2013
The IASB booth in the exhibit hall at the 1995 Joint Annual Conference featured samples of IASB publications and leadership development awards. The booth also featured prize drawings to win one of two TV/VCR combos.

Jun 28, 2013
IASB introduced the School Design Data File in 1996. School officials and architects could use this service to request information about state of the art school buildings. The File currently has 459 samples of award-winning designs.

Jun 29, 2013
IASB introduced to members and administrators in June, 1996. Called “The World of Illinois School Boards”, the website featured news and announcements, directories, legal news, legislative information, and a catalog of IASB publications.

Jun 30, 2013
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 44.1 million students were enrolled in public schools in the US during the 1994-95 school year. In addition, there were 2.6 million teachers in the public school system. There were 1,916,172 public students in Illinois.


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