Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance
The Illinois Association of School Boards carries out most of its legislative activities through its partnership in the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance. Other Alliance partners include the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO), and the Illinois Principals Association (IPA). The ability of each of these organizations to influence public policy is enhanced through the cooperative efforts of the Statewide School Management Alliance, which directs all of their efforts at producing legislation that fosters a favorable educational climate in Illinois and promotes effective school board leadership.
Through combined efforts of all four organizations, the School Management Alliance maintains a close liaison with the State Board of Education, Illinois Senate and House Education Committees, Office of the Governor, governmental offices, and other agencies. Alliance staff also maintain close working relationships with dozens of organizations and interest groups that influence public policy, such as the Illinois Taxpayers' Federation, State Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the Illinois Learning Partnership, an emerging coalition of organizations in the business and school communities.
In addition to the Alliance, IASB supports the Federal Relations Network (FRN), a nationwide network of school board members organized by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to keep boards of education in touch with Congress. All elected school board members are eligible to participate in FRN, the purpose of which is for participants to stay in touch with their representatives and senators throughout the year. Those that participate in FRN are also encouraged to attend the annual NSBA Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. to directly lobby their elected representatives.
IASB legislative communications activities include the following:
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- Alliance Legislative Reports are compiled each week during sessions of the General Assembly and as needed during off-session times. The Alliance Reports summarize major legislative activities and bills of interest. The reports can be received via email and are posted on the Illinois School Board News Blog and IASB social media accounts.
- Digest of Bills Passed and New School Laws summarize bills sent to the governor (each July) and bills signed into law (each January). Compiled by the School Management Alliance, copies are mailed to superintendents, business officials and principals, as well as to each school board's legislative liaison and president.
- Additional information concerning legislative issues is regularly featured in blog articles, YouTube videos , and on IASB Facebook and Twitter pages.
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