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2016 IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Resolutions Adopted

New Resolutions Approved

Clock Hours vs Minutes

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall research the impact and viability of moving from a methodology of required days of student instruction to minutes of student instruction as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, evacuations or other events beyond the control of the school district.

Statement of Affairs

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows a school district to publish any notice, agenda, record, or other information or material required by law electronically instead of in a newspaper.

Amended Positions

Position Statement 1.06 Preschool Programs

The Illinois Association of School Boards supports full funding of early childhood programs operated by public schools as a priority with legislation to fully fund with providing new monies for both staffing and infrastructure costs associated with early childhood programs for such children as originally defined in PA 84-126, and further addressed in Public Act 94-0506 and Public Act 94-1054 preschool children, at-risk infants and toddlers and grants for parental training.

Position Statement 1.08 Standardized Test Procedures

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Illinois State Board of Education to contract with a national testing company to develop a state assessment test that will test the Illinois Learning Standards on a yearly basis in compliance with, and only testing those areas required by, the federal “No Child Left Behind” Every Student Succeeds Act. Further the IASB shall support legislation to:

  • require that the test be given no later than October of each year with results received by local school districts no later than December of that same year;
  • provide that assessments include both an annual overall performance measure as well as a system of formative classroom-level assessments that are linked to desired standards;
  • require that the test will remain the same for 10 years with only changes in the test items to maintain security;
  • require that the cut scores be set before the test results are tabulated, leaving the score ranges the same from year to year and from grade to grade; and
  • expedite and fully fund test development and implementation of an appropriate assessment instrument for English language learners.

Position Statement 1.11 No Child Left Behind Every Student Succeeds Act—Military Recruitment

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work with the National School Boards Association and other coalitions to urge Congress and the General Assembly of Illinois to, regarding the No Child Left Behind Act Every Student Succeeds Act, replace the opt-out burden on parents with an opt-in provision with regard to the requirement of secondary schools to disclose student information to military recruiters.

Position Statement 2.37 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. Education funding should take into account the cost associated with delivering quality, research-based programming, geographic conditions, and student needs. Fully funding districts would ensure adequate funding for districts to locally determine and deliver appropriate and effective educational experiences to every student.

 

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 of 1985 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 criteria to evaluate proposals for school finance reform:

  • The state’s funding of public education should provide for a stable, reliable and predictable commitment of revenue.
  • State funding levels for public education should be a function of the actual cost of providing an appropriate education based on research, data, and current best practices.
  • Adequate funding should be sought through the addition of new state revenues for public education.
  • 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.
  • Increased state funding for public education should not reduce the access of school districts to the local property tax base.
  • 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; Amending Existing Positions Report to the Membership, 2016
    • 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.
  • A specified local tax effort should be required to qualify for state aid.
  • Authority for changing a district’s aggregate tax levy should be retained by the local board of education.
  • Taxing authority without referendum for unit districts in all funds should be equal to the sum of the taxing authority in dual districts.
  • 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 3.09 Budget Stability for School Districts

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) and enact a biennial budgetary cycle. Once the amount of funding for educational entitlements is determined, the General Assembly shall be required to vote on the funding in a stand-alone piece of legislation.

Reaffirmations

Position Statement 2.27 State Authorized Charter School Funding

Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the adoption of legislation 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.

Position Statements 2.30 Property Tax Base, 2.32 Tax Increment Financing, 2.36 Property Tax Classification , 2.53 Tax Increment Financing

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any reduction in a district’s access to local property tax revenue and shall oppose legislation that would erode the property tax base to educate children in the state of Illinois.

Position Statement 5.05 Prevailing Wage Act

The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work to repeal legislation that regulates wages of laborers, mechanics, and other workers employed by school districts and those under contract for work being done in school districts, or amend the Prevailing Wage Act to exempt school districts from its scope.

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 and all other government officials and entities to refrain from introducing, supporting or promulgating rules, regulations, and legislation that deprive local school districts of decision-making powers on matter in which there is not a clear and compelling state or national interest.

 

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