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2013 IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Resolutions

The following resolutions were adopted by the 2013 Delegate Assembly:

Pension— Normal Cost Shift , Submitted by: Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200

The Illinois Association of School Boards recognizes that legislation to sensibly resolve Illinois’ current pension crisis must be fully compliant with prevailing actuarial scientific standards in order to achieve fully-funded and sustainable pension funds. IASB therefore shall not support a “cost-shift” to local districts as a true sensible solution to the pension burden.

Virtual Charter Schools , Submitted by: Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200, Co-Sponsor: CCSD 168, Sauk Village

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Charter School Commission to develop regulations that ensures state-authorized virtual charter schools meet the full needs of Illinois students and follow the intent of current state laws prohibiting the use of public funds for profit-driven educational firms. Examples of such regulations might include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Assurance of student access to teachers, including information regarding teacher accessibility, teacher/student ratio, and amount of teacher/student contact time

• Evidence of the social-emotional well-being of students, such as information regarding opportunities for peer interaction and collaboration, adult advisory resources, and protocols to prevent bullying or other inappropriate online behavior

• Not-for-profit entities that sponsor virtual charter schools shall be in existence for at least one year before submitting a virtual charter school proposal and operate under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act once a charter school has been approved

• Entities proposing virtual charter schools are limited to submitting a proposal to only one school district per year

• Members of the not-for-profit board that proposes a virtual charter school must demonstrate a direct link to the community in which it is proposing a charter school, either through residency, employment, or education

• Funding for state authorized virtual charter schools shall be reduced proportionately to reflect annual state aid pro rations, as well as per pupil expenditure used for building maintenance, classroom supplies, transportation, and other costs unique to the services provided by a “brick and mortar” school

Mandate Cost & Periodic Review , Submitted by: Glen Ellyn SD 41, Naperville SD 203

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support modifications to the Illinois State Mandates Act (30 ILCS 805) that will strengthen the ability of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to accurately and sufficiently provide timely information on the costs of mandates including input from local elected boards of education. In addition, the mandates report required for other local governments shall be required of ISBE to provide timely, updated information on the impact of new mandates as they are enacted.

Amended Existing Position Position Statement 1.03, Physical Education , Submitted by: Dunlap CUSD 323

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support modifications to existing state mandates which shall allow boards of education to establish time requirements and appropriate exemptions (new wording) for physical education at the K-12 level. (Portions Adopted 1982, 1986; Reaffirmed 1984, 1987; Amended 1988, 1995).

Amended Existing Position Position Statement 1.02, Curricular Material Determination , Submitted by: Geneseo CUSD 228

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support the right and responsibility of each local school board to determine its curricular content including opposing any mandated curriculum that comes from the Common Core Standards (new wording). (Adopted 1981; Amended 1983, 1988, 2001).

Amended Existing Position Position Statement 2.27, State Authorized Charter School Funding , Submitted by: Woodland CCSD 50, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200, and CCSD 168, Sauk Village

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge adoption of legislation, similar to House Bill 2660, Amendment #1, in the 98th General Assembly (new wording), which would revise the method of funding state-authorized charter schools so as to limit the withholding of state funds from host school districts. With respect to state authorized virtual charter schools, further limit the withholding of state funds from host school districts in proportion to the per pupil expenditure used for building maintenance, classroom supplies, transportation, safety and security, and other costs unique to “brick and mortar” schools. For all state-authorized charter schools, require that proof of continuing enrollment and attendance be submitted quarterly, with prorated refunds to the host school district upon withdrawal of students from the charter school (new wording).

Amended Existing Position Statement 2.03, Funding Mandated Programs , Submitted by: Geneseo CUSD 228

The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that legislation encroaching upon local and lay control of the public schools should be curtailed, and, therefore:

  • shall oppose programs or services mandated by the Illinois General Assembly, the State Board of Education, or any other state agency, unless there is clear evidence of need for the mandate and the Illinois General Assembly provides non-local revenues to fully fund the additional costs of those programs;
  • shall urge the members of the General Assembly to strictly comply with the State Mandates Act, including specifying and labeling in the descriptions of legislation containing unfunded mandates that such mandates occur, and to refrain from passing any legislation which contains an exemption from the Act, and urge the governor to veto any such legislation that may reach the Governor’s desk;
  • shall urge state agencies and commissions that adopt regulations accompanying legislative mandates to specify required outcomes and criteria for determining compliance, and allow local districts to determine the specific methods and procedures by which required outcomes will be accomplished. Required time lines for accomplishment should reflect consideration of the human and material resources and amount of deliberation and development necessary to accomplish the mandate
  • shall urge the General Assembly to adopt legislation which would allow school districts greater flexibility in regard to state mandates and the use of grants. (wording to be deleted)
  • shall support legislation that causes all statutory and regulatory educational mandates to sunset if sufficient funding is not provided to implement such mandates and requirements. Local school districts may choose to continue to implement the mandated programs voluntarily until such time that the General Assembly appropriates the funding necessary to cover the costs of the required programs (wording added).

In addition to adopting those seven resolutions, delegates defeated seven others.

The defeated resolutions were:

(1) Charter Schools Reimbursement , Submitted by: CCSD 168

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support a state-wide mandate requiring Illinois Charter schools to refund and/or return any state funding received for its enrollment of a child when that child leaves, or is no longer enrolled at the Charter School.

(4) Funding Education with County Fines , Submitted by: Lake Villa CCSD 41

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the Circuit Court Clerk of each county to establish an Education Fund to distribute statutory assessments for any traffic violations, misdemeanor offenses and felony offenses in which a defendant either has pled guilty or has been found guilty after a trial. The funds would be equally divided and distributed to every school district in the respective county for use in the district’s Education Fund. The legislation would also authorize higher assessment amounts for any traffic or criminal infraction that occurs in a school zone or involving a school bus.

(5) Attorney General Monitoring , Submitted by: Woodland CUSD 50

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall, in their role of representing their member school boards, establish and enact procedures to monitor the official website of the Office of the State Attorney General and notify monthly in writing member Illinois School Districts of all binding orders.   Further to establish procedures for receipt and notification of all binding orders received by the member Illinois School Districts and sent to IASB for dissemination to its members.

(6) School Board Member Discipline , Submitted by: New Lenox SD 122

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall lobby the Legislature of the State of Illinois to develop a set of laws, rules and standards that all school board members shall follow and in the event that these are broken that board members shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from office.

(7) Transportation Reimbursement Changes , Submitted by: Mercer County SD 404.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to amend 105 ILCS 5/29-3 and change the distance of “one and one-half miles or more from any school to which they are assigned” to:

  • three miles for school districts that are 300 square miles or more in geographic size.
  • two and a half miles for school districts that are less than 200 to 299.9 square miles in geographic size.
  • two miles for school districts that are less than 200 square miles in geographic size.

(9) School Board Election Authority , Submitted by: New Lenox SD 122

BE IT RESOLVED that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall change the requirement of having a school electoral board be designated for the purpose of hearing and passing upon the objector’s petition and have the county clerk and two other clerk’s designated employees be utilized for the process of hearing on any and all school board election objections filed in the school’s local county clerk’s office. The county’s three board members would then make full determination on the passing and hearing of the objector’s petition. This would then be a totally independent determination of a candidate’s petition.

(10) Amend Existing Position Statement 1.06, Preschool Programs , Submitted by: Alton CUSD 11

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to fully fund with new monies both staffing and infrastructure costs associated with early childhood programs by including preschool students in the school district’s Average Daily Attendance for such children as originally defined in PA 84-126, and further addressed in PA 94-506 and Public Act 94-1054. (Adopted 1986; Amended 2001, 2006, 2007)

For more information on each of these resolutions see the 2013 Report to the Membership online at: https://www.iasb.com/pdf/reporttomembership2013.pdf.

 

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