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2014 IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Resolutions Adopted

NEW RESOLUTIONS

Special Education Student Transportation Cost

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislative, administrative or legal remedies to limit and equalize cost for Special Education Student Transportation.

School Facility Occupation Tax

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support an amendment to State Statute 55 ILCS 5/5-1006.7 School Facility Occupation Tax, to include the purpose to purchase or lease technology to aid instruction, education, or efficiency of the school district.

Tax Increment Financing

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support changes to the Tax Increment Financing statute to include the following: a municipality cannot reset a TIF district, which would extend the life of the TIF beyond the 23 years.

Student Discipline Practices

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose legislative and rulemaking initiatives that enact statewide student discipline policies. The IASB encourages school districts to consider policies and procedures that develop sound discipline practices which may:

  • Ensure a safe, responsive and effective instructional environment
  • Strive to meet the social, emotional and behavioral needs of all Illinois students
  • Strive to expedite investigations in response to alleged student misconduct and communicate findings and determinations to parents/guardians

Open Meetings Act-Building Safety & Security

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall advocate to the state legislature for an Open Meetings Act exception for the discussion of building safety and security.

Data Equity

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation allowing non-unit districts to enter into agreements to share student data to the same extent and with the same ease as unit districts.

Longitudinal Data Systems

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation allowing local districts to enter into the necessary student data sharing agreements to build, maintain, and utilize local longitudinal data systems in order to improve their student outcomes including college and career success.

Board Vacancy Filings

Be it resolved that the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to increase the timeline to fill a school board vacancy from 45 days to 60 days to allow school boards more time to fill such vacancies.

AMENDED POSITIONS

Position Statement 2.20 School Construction Grant Program

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall continue to support the current School Construction Grant Program and its provisions for grant applications, grant entitlements, grant awards, and local school district authority to select architects, engineers, contractors, and laborers. All school districts with an approved school construction grant entitlement shall be paid the amount of the entitlement in its entirety before a new school construction program can be implemented. School districts shall receive a priority ranking within 90 days of the end of the current year’s application cycle. The Illinois State Board of Education shall priority rank, by grant year, all school districts that have been waiting for longer than 90 days for school construction grant funds.

Position Statement 2.27 State Authorized Charter School Funding

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge adoption of legislation similar to House Bill 2660, Amendment #1, in the 98th General Assembly, which would revise the method of funding State authorized charter schools so as to limit the withholding of State funds from host school districts . which would create a new methodology for the funding of State Authorized Charter Schools which would not have a negative financial impact on the host district. 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.

Position Statement 2.36 School Finance Reform

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall adopt as a position statement the  recommendations contained in the Report of the Finance Initiative Committee of the Illinois Association of School Boards which reads:

“The State of Illinois, having the responsibility of defining requirements for elementary and secondary education, establishes that the primary purpose of schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through which children learn in areas necessary to their continuing development. Such areas include the language arts, mathematics, the biological, physical and social sciences, the fine arts and physical development and health.

Each school district shall give priority in the allocation of resources, including funds, time allocation, personnel, and facilities to fulfilling the primary purpose of schooling.” (The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-1) The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that adequate funding must be provided for each student in order to guarantee the opportunity for an appropriate public education.

An appropriate education is defined as an education that provides for all students educational opportunities that meet the goals for learning established by the state in the Education Reform Act of1985 and local community expectations as expressed through local board policy.

IASB supports the need for transparency and dissemination of information, regarding the impact of proposed education funding reforms as they are developed, formally proposed, considered and enacted. Additionally, IASB will utilize the following is criteria by which proposals for school finance reform shall be evaluated to evaluate proposals for school finance reform:

The following is criteria by which proposals for school finance reform shall be evaluated:

  1. The state’s funding of public education should provide for a stable, reliable and predictable commitment of revenue.
  2. State funding levels for public education should be a function of the actual cost of providing an appropriate education.
  3. Adequate funding should be sought through the addition of new state revenues for public education.
  4. Any funding formula developed by the General Assembly shall place high priority upon achieving the goal of equity in providing financial resources to local school districts.
  5. Increased state funding for public education should not reduce the access of school districts to the local property tax base.
  6. In the distribution of state funds to local school districts:
    • funding differentials for various levels of schooling are appropriate only if based on verified costs;
    • consideration should be given to regional differences in the cost of providing an appropriate education;
    • the method of calculating the number of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds should be based on current, verifiable data;
    • size of school district is important only to the extent that a district provides an appropriate education.
  7. A specified local tax effort should be required to qualify for state aid.
  8. Authority for changing a district’s aggregate tax levy should be retained by the local board of education.
  9. Taxing authority without referendum for unit districts in all funds should be equal to the sum of the taxing authority in dual districts.
  10. Funding should not be tied to mandated training of local Boards of Education. In order to obtain substantial new state revenues for funding an appropriate education, the following considerations should have an impact on any proposal for school finance reform:
    • A legitimate level and type of accountability will be needed.
    • The physical plant needs of Illinois’ school districts should be addressed.
    • Taxpayer equity and relief, including uniform tax assessment and procedures as well as tax relief for limited fixed income and disabled citizens, should be provided.

Position Statement 6.01 Local Control

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall take all appropriate action to encourage members of the U.S. Congress, the Illinois General Assembly, related administrative agencies, and state and federal courts to refrain from introducing, supporting or promulgating rules, regulations and legislation which deprive local school districts of decision-making powers on matters in which there is not a clear and compelling state or national interest. In the event any such rule, regulation, or legislation is promulgated or adopted, the Association shall take all appropriate actions calling for amendment (s) to return the decision making powers back to the local school district.

REAFFIRMATIONS

Position Statement 2.01 Priority and Support

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the governor and General Assembly of Illinois to establish education as the number one priority of state government, to increase funding of education to such levels as would be necessary to implement the constitutional requirement that the state have primary responsibility for financing the system of public education, including the funding of educational reform, and to adjust the state aid formula to offset increased inflationary costs.

Position Statement 2.02 Funding Sources

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support the enactment of additional sources of state revenue if, after thorough examination of state funding priorities, it is determined that such additional taxes are necessary.

Position Statement 2.03 Funding Mandated Programs

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 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.

Position Statement 2.11 State Aid Payments

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the State of Illinois to make general state aid payments to school districts, on a monthly basis, during the entitlement year in which they are appropriated. Furthermore, the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the State of Illinois to pay interest at the current legal rate on any payments which are late.

Position Statement 2.12 Capital Funding for School Construction

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively work with the Illinois General Assembly and the Illinois State Board of Education to increase capital funding for public school infrastructure improvement and development. The IASB shall advocate that the General Assembly study and consider additional forms of financial revenue for school construction needs, including but not limited to, sales tax revenue. Any new revenue shall supplement current school construction funds, not supplant them.

Position Statement 2.19 School Funding & Taxation Reform

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively support the general concepts regarding school funding reform, property tax relief and tax reform identified in the legislative outline prepared by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in June of 2004. Legislation resulting from that legislative outline shall be supported by the Illinois Association of School Boards provided that: the State guarantees the payment of property tax relief grants will be made in a timely fashion with no loss of funds to the school district: school districts have continued access to local property tax revenues through levies and referenda; and the legislation meets the criteria outlined in the IASB Position Statement 2.34 – School Finance Reform.

Position Statement 2.22 Constitutional Amendment on School Funding

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support passage of an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would make education a fundamental right, would make it a paramount duty for the state to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education, and that would provide that the State has the preponderant financial responsibility for financing the system of public education.

Position Statement 6.01 Local Control

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall take all appropriate action to encourage members of the U.S. Congress, the Illinois General Assembly, related administrative agencies, and state and federal courts to refrain from introducing, supporting or promulgating rules, regulations and legislation which deprive local school districts of decision-making powers on matters in which there is not a clear and compelling state or national interest.

Position Statement 6.23 Mandate Cost & Periodic Review

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.

 

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