Resources for Interested Citizens
Here are some publications about public school governance
that may be of interest to many other members of the community in addition to the school
board. School officials, organizational leaders and other citizens should feel free
to print and distribute these publications, subject only to the following restrictions.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE-- All publications in this directory are
copyrighted © by the Illinois Association of School Boards. IASB hereby grants to school
districts and other Internet users the right to download, print and reproduce these
publications provided that:
- the Illinois Association of School Boards is noted as publisher and copyright holder of
the materials, and
- (b) reproduced materials are disseminated without charge and not used for any commercial
SCHOOL BOARDS AND SCHOOL BOARD SERVICE
Your School Board + You --
Booklet provides insights into the roles
and responsibilities of school boards for candidates and other interested citizens.
Reviews legal qualifications and election procedures. Urges support for local school
boards. (PDF file
requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)
Code of Conduct for Members of
School Boards -- Statement
adopted by the IASB Board of Directors (1976) espouses high ethical standards for boards of education and
individual board members. (PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)
Foundational Principles of
Effective School Governance -- Six principles that describe the work of
school boards. (PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)
For a text version of the Foundational Principles (with pop-up definitions for key terms), click here.
FINANCING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Finance -- Booklet answers 12 essential questions about the basics of school finance, from
"What is a school district budget?" to "What do we get for the money we
spend on education?" PDF version available online.
Playing Fair with the
Children of Illinois -- Booklet challenges parents and taxpayers to determine for
themselves whether their schools are adequately and equitably funded and to seek solutions
through more local effort or more state aid. Discusses impact of staffing and program
needs, property wealth and tax rates. PDF version available online.
Where Does the Lottery Money
Go? -- Flier
presents questions and answers about the Illinois lottery and its very limited impact on
public school funding. Shows the decline in the state's commitment to schools since advent
of the lottery. PDF version available online.
Tax Cap Limitations --
A video taped presentation of the effects on government services you can expect from the
Property Tax Limitation Law. (Learn where to borrow a copy of the video.)
POLICY ISSUES AND OTHER RESOURCES
Closing the Communications Gap,
Part I -- Why School Boards Won't Tell You the Reasons for Employee
Discipline or Dismissal
Closing the Communications Gap,
Part II -- Some Appropriate Roles in Hiring a New Superintendent
School Board Member Turnover
-- Historical comparisons of turnover at Illinois school board elections
IASB Publications Catalog.
Describes books, reports and periodicals available from IASB, along with member and
non-member prices and ordering information. Hard copy available. An on-line
alternative: Visit the IASB Bookstore.
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