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IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Delegate Assembly: Resolutions Adopted

Student Academic Placement

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support local school district and parent collaboration, evaluation and decision-making regarding the grade-level placement of students based upon their academic, social, and emotional maturity and readiness to advance. When parental advancement requests deviate from normal school advancement, school districts maintain the authority to evaluate and place students.
(Submitted by Millstadt CCSD 160)

Multi County School District GSA Offset

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to modify the GSA (General State Aid) Formula calculation for multi-county PTELL (Property Tax Extension Limitation Law) school districts which have lost GSA for current and prior years due to an estimate of Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) utilized by the county providing the limiting rate to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for use in calculating a District’s GSA.
(Submitted by Consolidated SD 158 – Huntley)

Budget Stability for School Districts

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation requiring the Illinois General Assembly to determine the amount of funding for educational entitlements and General State Aid no later than March 31 (3 months prior to the start of the budget year).
(Submitted by Consolidated SD 158 – Huntley)

Freedom of Information Act Changes

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to modify the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to facilitate school districts’ compliance with the Act and to remove unnecessary burdens on units of local government. The legislative changes should:

  • Increase allowable FOIA response time from 5 business days to 10 business days
  • Exclude official school breaks in business day response time
  • Allow denials for commercial purposes
  • Allow denials for any request that is unduly burdensome
  • Clarify language that would allow a request to be denied if it is unduly burdensome to the public body if the public body deems compliance with the request would result in excessive response costs
  • Allow the imposition of reasonable fees regardless of the number of pages being provided
  • Remove the balancing test between the public’s interest and the employee’s right to privacy in the privacy exception
  • Expand the evaluation exemption to cover all school employees
  • Exempt employment applications to protect the privacy of individuals that apply for high profile employment positions
  • Delete provisions requiring public bodies to write a virtual legal opinion as to why they are claiming an exemption
  • Delete provisions requiring public bodies to prepare a virtual legal pleading before being challenged for a denial
  • Limit public bodies’ liability by limiting a court’s inquiry to violations of the FOIA Act and not the content of information provided
  • Force the Public Access Counselor to defend its decisions before a court of law if a public body is sued
  • Allow public bodies to seek review of a binding opinion of the Public Access Counselor in the county in which they are located rather than just Sangamon or Cook counties.

(Submitted by Keeneyville SD 20)

AMENDED POSITION STATEMENTS
(change in text underlined)

2.26 ISBE OVERSIGHT AGREEMENT

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work to modify state statutes governing Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) school district oversight panels or finance authorities. Statutory changes should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Unless called for by the local school district, an oversight panel or finance authority shall not be imposed without a rigorous set of criteria proving the school district will not or can not serve the needs of its students, staff and community;
  • Clear benchmarks and goals shall be included in the establishment of an oversight panel or finance authority and once substantially met, the oversight panel or finance authority shall be dissolved;
  • Bonding authority and issuance must remain the responsibility of the elected school board so that the duration of the oversight can be minimal;
  • Progress toward benchmarks and goals must be reviewed and shared with the school district under oversight on a regular basis including any reasons or criteria for inability to make progress. Review should also recommend any modifications needed to achieve success;
  • Due process and review by the Attorney General must be afforded school districts when appropriate; and
  • ISBE authority to establish oversight panels or finance authorities shall not be broadened to facilitate imposition of a panel or authority or to expand their oversight once put in place. (Adopted 2009)

(Submitted by IASB Resolutions Committee)

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