July 2008 / Issue No. 675 Census data on school finance ranks Illinois as second-worst ccording to the latest study A of revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education, Illinois ranks second among all states in reliance on local revenue. Nevada is the only state in the nation, excluding the District of Columbia (DC), with a greater reliance on local funding; Illinois ranks third if DC is included. The National Center for Educa- tion Statistics reported in April that approximately $520.6 billion was col- Governor Rod Blagojevich, and House Speaker Michael Madigan have differed over state lected in revenues for public ele- budgeting essentials. mentary and secondary education in the 50 states and the District of Colum- Governor at odds over budget bia in fiscal year 2006 (FY 06). The with Speaker Madigan, others largest percentage of revenues came from state governments at $242.1 bil- lthough the legislature Under terms of the education lion, or 46.5 percent of all revenues. A approved a fiscal year 2009 budget on May 31 and adjourned until November, Gover- budget approved by lawmakers for Fiscal Year 2009, elementary and sec- ondary education would get an increase Local revenue contributed $230.9 bil- lion, or 44.4 percent of all revenues. The federal government’s contribu- nor Rod Blagojevich has since called of approximately $515 million from tion was $47.6 billion, or 9.1 percent together the legislative leaders to resume FY ’08 budget levels. That’s an increase of all revenues. budget negotiations. He charged that of more than 7 percent. This includes In Illinois, the figures are dra- the legislature’s actions were uncon- $148 million in school construction matically different. Approximately stitutional because lawmakers failed funds for the 24 school districts that $22.3 billion was collected in rev- to meet the state constitutional require- have been waiting for over five years enues, but the greatest burden was ment that the legislature pass a bal- for their previously approved school anced budget. See BUDGET on page 4 See REVENUE on page 4 On the inside Shorter school day option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 3 Law books available IASB resolutions proposed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6 from IASB Moment of silence update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 8 Page 10 EWS Public schools as good as private N FROM ISBE ones on student achievement: Study tudents in public schools learn Koster appointed to Illinois State Board of Education seat The governor recently appoint- S as much or more mathematics between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students learn in ed Lanita J. Koster to fill a vacancy private schools, according to a new on the Illinois State University of Illinois study of multi- Board of Education year, longitudinal data on nearly 10,000 (ISBE). Koster brings students. more than 35 years The results of the study appeared of Illinois educational in the May issue of a major education experience to ISBE, journal, Phi Delta Kappan. most recently serv- “These data provide strong, lon- ing as the educa- Lanita J. Koster gitudinal evidence that public schools tional issues director for the Illinois are at least as effective as private Federation of Teachers (IFT). schools in boosting student achieve- Koster replaces Edward J. Gep- ment,” according to the authors, edu- pert, Jr. a former teacher from cation professor Christopher Lubienski, Belleville, who stepped down from doctoral student Corinna Crane and the State Board to serve as presi- education professor Sarah Theule dent of the Illinois Federation of Lubienski. Education professors Christopher and Teachers, beginning on July 1. Koster’s The new report is the first pub- Sarah Lubienski led the U. of I. study. term expires in January 2011. lished study to show that public schools and economic backgrounds. In anoth- Koster began her career as a are at least as effective as private er, more-extensive study in early 2006, school social worker in East Auro- schools at promoting student learn- they built on those findings, and also ra School District 131 , where she ing over time, the authors say. raised similar questions about char- worked for nearly 23 years. She has Combined with other, yet-unpub- ter schools. Both studies were based over 16 years of educational labor lished studies of the same data, which on fourth- and eighth-grade test data experience with both the IFT and produced similar findings, “we think from the National Assessment of Edu- the American Federation of Teach- this effectively ends the debate about cational Progress (NAEP). ers (AFT), having served as vice- whether private schools are more president and legislative director effective than publics,” said Christo- See PUBLIC on page 3 for the IFT, as well as president and pher Lubienski, whose research has vice-president for the East Aurora dealt with all aspects of alternative Council, AFT Local 604, and education. statewide coordinator for educa- This is important, he said, because tional issues and the AFT’s Educa- many current reforms, such as No Illinois Association Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 tional Research and Dissemination Child Left Behind, charter schools of School Boards Program. and vouchers for private schools, are This newsletter is published monthly by the Illinois Association of School Boards for at least partially based on that assump- member boards of education and their superin- Schools can soon apply to tion. tendents. The Illinois Association of School Boards, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, is be SES providers under NCLB The debate essentially began three a voluntary association of local boards of educa- tion and is not affiliated with any branch of gov- The next application periods years ago with the publication in Phi ernment. for school districts to become Delta Kappan of a previous study James Russell, Director of Communications approved Supplemental Educational by the Lubienskis, which challenged Gary Adkins, Editor 2921 Baker Drive Services (SES) providers under the the then-common wisdom – supported Springfield, Illinois 62703-5929 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) by well-regarded but dated research (217) 528-9688 One Imperial Place are: October 1, 2008 – October 31, – that private schools were superior 1 East 22nd Street, Suite 20 2008, and February 1, 2009 – Feb- to public schools. Lombard, Illinois 60148-6120 (630) 629-3776 ruary 28, 2009 In that 2005 study, the Lubien- www.iasb.com See http://www.isbe.net/ses/html skis found that public school students /application_process.htm for fur- tested higher in math than their pri- ther details. vate school peers from similar social 2 Districts sensitive to parent concerns on school-day schedule he District 150 Board of Edu- through elimination of interrupted teachers. T c a t i o n in Peoria on May 5 approved a new schedule for next year that calls for primary school teaching. It would reportedly allow for greater classroom flexibility, as well, mostly for providing teachers The resulting expansion of “com- mon prep time” would amount to more than 115 hours of additional planning students to spend 45 fewer minutes with common planning time, they time for teachers in impacted schools at school, while shifting the day to a added. next year. That is roughly 12 fewer 9:15 a.m. start, or one half hour lat- But some parents said they might hours than District 150’s plan calls for er. The decision would impact 12 of remove their children from the Peo- under the district’s adopted change. the 16 elementary schools in District ria schools next year if the change Peoria is not the only place to wit- 150 and nearly 6,500 of the district’s stands, and others suggested the dis- ness parental protests over changes 14,000 students. trict is fostering an educational set- in the school-day schedule. Evanston- The schedule revision centers on ting hostile to new parents or Skokie CCSD 65 on May 23 proposed the 45-minute planning time each newcomers to Peoria. to expand the number of early release teacher receives under the current One teacher said she and some days to carve out more time for pro- contract, which is prep time scattered of her colleagues believe the short- fessional development. Some parents throughout the primary school day. ened day may upset the school’s bal- protested there as well, however, say- School leaders say prep time would ance in regard to recent educational ing that added prep time should not be shifted to mornings, before stu- gains. come at the cost of fewer full days of dents arrive, thus eliminating up to Superintendent Ken Hinton said instruction for students. Some also 20 part-time prep teachers and boost- he would be meeting with several par- charged the proposal would create a ing teacher planning time. ents’ groups about the shortened school more chaotic schedule for parents. Although the schedule revision day. “I am going to listen to what peo- Their dissatisfaction led to a let- was made in response to a tight budg- ple have to say about that. If there is ter-writing campaign spearheaded by et — and would save an estimated a way we can get where we need to go ParentsWork, a small, new Illinois par- $645,000 to $810,000 — school lead- and keep the time and have the pro- ents’ organization. Together with oth- ers have listed a number of other poten- fessional development time, I am open, er concerned parents and with the tial improvements, including classroom I am more than open,” he said. support of the local PTA Council, the instruction enhancements obtained Hinton said he definitely will come group attended committee meetings, back to the board and share the infor- testified before the school board, wrote mation and input. He pledged to do letters to the editor, and a petition PUBLIC from page 3 what is in the best interests of chil- drive that garnered 300 signatures. The conclusions were supported dren and families. And, as in Peoria, the Evanston later in 2006 with similar findings A group called District 150 Watch district listened to its community. from U.S. Department of Education has offered a formal proposal that lays Evanston CCSD 65 school leaders studies comparing public schools with out a number of recommendations. have since responded by halting the private schools, and with charters. Several of the group’s suggestions expansion of early dismissal days in The federal studies looked mainly at would create additional prep time for next year’s calendar. NAEP test data on both math and read- Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 ing. Critics of the previous studies, however, cited the lack of longitudi- nal data showing the possible effect over time of different kinds of school- ing. The new study was designed, in part, to address that issue, the authors say in their PDK article. The article is available online at a fee, or at no cost to Kappan sub- scribers and Phi Delta Kappa mem- bers who log in to access live links to articles. To learn more visit: http:// www. pdkintl.org/ kappan/k_v89/ k0805toc. htm. 3 BUDGET from page 1 construction grants. out a 14-page memo to legislative can- budget that will allow the State to con- A key piece of legislation is HB didates spelling out ways to impeach tinue operating while budget negoti- 5701 (Hannig, D-Litchfield). Under Gov. Rod Blagojevich. ations proceed,” Schwarm said. the state budget as adopted it would The Illinois Constitution does not Gov. Blagojevich and some leg- increase the school funding formu- mention what triggers impeachment. islative leaders accuse Madigan of la’s foundation level by $225 per pupil, It gives the Illinois House powers to blocking an agreement on a capital and fully fund the mandated cate- investigate and move to impeach exec- construction program and fault him gorical grant programs. It would fund utive and judicial branch officials. It for not personally attending meetings transition aid with $31 million, ensur- is then up to the state Senate to con- with all the leaders on the capital pro- ing that no school district would receive duct a trial. A two-thirds vote of the gram and the state budget. less state money in FY ’09 than in FY 59 state senators is required to remove ’08. Early childhood education would an official from office. IASB offers list of bills passed increase by $32.4 million under the It remains to be seen whether The 2008 Digest of Bills Passed is bill, but the ADA Block Grant was held all of the legislative leaders will meet available on the IASB website at: to the FY ’08 funding level. Other with the governor, or if the governor http://www.iasb.com/govrel/digest08.cf budget line items scheduled to receive will veto the budget bills, or if he will m. This Alliance publication, written increases are: call a special session to bring the leg- by the IASB governmental relations • Gifted Education, $2 million; Arts islature back to Springfield to deal with department, contains all of the edu- & Foreign Language, $4 million the budget concerns he has identified. cation-related bills that were approved • Free Breakfast/Lunch, $5.3 mil- “This could send lawmakers back by the legislature this spring and lion; Teachers & Admin. Mentor- to the drawing board,” said IASB’s Ben are pending before the governor. The ing, $2 million Schwarm, Associate Executive Direc- publication will also be printed and tor of IASB. “Like last year, the legis- mailed to every school district by the • Grow Your Own Teachers, $500,000; lature may have to approve a temporary Alliance partners. Bi-Lingual Assessments, $12.6 mil- lion • Response to Intervention, $2 mil- lion; Educator Misconduct Inves- Expenditures for public schools nationwide, by function tigations, $375,000 Operations Unlike last spring, a budget imple- (18.1%) Instruction and mentation bill was adopted by the leg- instruction- islature, SB 773 (Schoenberg), to related (65.9%) implement the appropriations con- Administration (10.8%) NOTE: Detail may not sum to tained in HB 5701. It seeks to change totals because of rounding. SOURCE: U.S. Department of the language in the School Code to Education, National Center for increase the per pupil foundation lev- Student support Education Statistics, Common services (5.2%) Core of Data (CCD), “National el by $225, bringing the total amount Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS),” fiscal year to $5,959 per pupil. It also would con- 2006, Version 1a. tinue the transitional aid provision Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 and continue the poverty grant “hold REVENUE from page 1 harmless” provision. The budget bills on local sources, which contributed category closely mirrored the rest will be sent to the governor for con- $13.9 billion, or 62.0 percent, of all of the country: state expenditures sideration. revenues. State revenue amounted to totaled $19.2 billion, with the great- The governor has claimed, how- $6.6 billion, or 29.6 percent, while est share, $11.3 billion (59 percent), ever, that total expenditures are greater the federal contribution was $1.9 bil- spent on instruction for 2.1 million than revenues in the budget sent to lion, or 8.4 percent of all revenue avail- students. him by lawmakers. A series of meet- able for Illinois public elementary and • Per pupil expenditures for instruc- ings with three of the top legislative secondary schools. tion at $5,365 in Illinois ranked leaders and the governor was launched Among all states, only Nevada (at the state 24th. Support services expen- during the second week of June in 66.9 percent) puts a greater burden ditures for Illinois public elementary order to begin to iron out this funda- on local revenue than Illinois to fund and secondary education were $3,450, mental stumbling block. But House public education. Among the other ranking the state 16th nationwide. Speaker Michael Madigan was notice- select findings in the report on basic To read the entire report online, ably absent from those meetings. revenue and expenditure data: go to: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2008/2008 That same week, Madigan sent • Illinois expenditure percentages by 328.pdf 4 Experts challenge high school grading practices hen a group of 400 edu- “F.” The second group used a point state superintendent, and panel ses- W cators can calculate a stu- dent’s grade using three different methods and come up with method, with an “A” that equaled four points, “B” as three points, etc. Their grades ranged from an “A” to sions on math instruction, literacy and ACT strategies, English Language Learners and Response to Interven- anything from an a “D.” The third group was allowed tion. “A” to failure, it to choose their own grading system, “Students learn in different time- might be time to but had to assign a letter grade. Their frames,” Pickering said in the open- question how grades were “A,” “B” or “C.” ing keynote, but there are grading policies What happens, Reeves said, is consequences if what is being taught affect student that even with a policy in place, stu- isn’t learned within the teacher’s learning and out- dents can receive different grades timeframe. In addition, she ques- comes. from different teachers for essentially tioned whether teachers cling to some The grade the same work. And policies that school projects and assignments calculation was Debra Pickering assign a “zero” for a missing assign- because they have “always been done,” part of a learning activity presented ment doom students to fail. When a not because it’s a wise investment of by Douglas Reeves, education author “zero” comes at the beginning of the instructional time. and founder of The Leadership and semester, some students simply give She said all teachers should ask Learning Center, up, because they know enough math themselves two questions: “What’s at the third annu- to know they can never extricate the learning goal?” and “Is it worth al High School themselves from the “hole.” the time?” Challenge Con- A better system, according to In the second day’s keynote, ference in Bloom- Reeves and fellow keynote speaker ington. After and education consultant Debra Pick- Reeves encouraged participants to dividing the room ering, would give students more imme- focus their efforts on student achieve- in to thirds, diate feedback and have assignments ment by setting a realistic number Reeves asked that are tied to specific learning goals. of goals and allowing them to take everyone to cal- Douglas Reeves Missing assignments would still have hold rather than starting so many culate a student’s semester grade consequences, but in terms of addi- new initiatives each school year. A using seven letter grades from 10 tional work assignments rather than show of hands revealed that many assignments and tests, but with three a “zero.” districts have started more than 20 missing assignments. Approximately 400 teachers, new initiatives just in the past two The first group, using the stan- administrators and other education years while terminating very few. dard percentage method of an “A” officials attended the two-day event “Multiplicity of goals does not that equals 100, a “B” as 90, etc., had in Bloomington. The conference also lead to higher achievement,” Reeves grades that ranged from an “A” to an featured a welcome from Chris Koch, said. Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 Study to show value of superintendent as achievement leader n a question-and-answer ses- Reform: Three Critical Commitments,” • Building background knowledge I sion during the 2008 Illinois High School Challenge Conference, keynote speaker Debra Pickering said where he said, “district and school leaders influence student achieve- ment when they implement policies that directly affect what happens in for all students, especially those with educationally challenging backgrounds. a study by researchers Robert Marzano The article is available at: http:// and Timothy Waters that will be classrooms.” www.marzanoandassociates.com/pdf/ released later this year shows that The three commitments are: gettingSerious.pdf. superintendents can have a signifi- • Developing a system of individ- The study, which is in production cant, positive influence on student ual student feedback at the dis- through the Association for Super- achievement. trict, school and classroom levels; vision and Curriculum Development, Marzano referenced the new study • Ensuring effective teaching in is From the boardroom to the class- in “Getting Serious about School every classroom; and room: District leadership that works. 5 Resolutions would address key concerns, set course Proposed IASB resolutions • School Year – Add Days, Starved 200, the fourth resolution sponsored aimed at hot topics of day Rock Division, Serena CUSD 2, calls by the submitting district regarding for a change in law to allow for a English Language Learners. It calls he Delegate Assembly is one longer school year. for amending a current IASB Posi- T of the most important func- tions held at IASB’s Joint Annual Conference each November. • Property Tax Cap – GSA Calcula- tion, Kishwaukee Division, Consol- idated SD 158, Huntley, calls for • tion Statement to address the stan- dardized test for ELL. School Board Member Training, It gives member districts ownership in legislation that would fix the Gen- DuPage Division, Wheaton War - the association and the opportunity to eral State Aid (GSA) calculation for renville CUSD 200, calls for the adop- establish the direction of the associa- districts under the Property Tax tion of a new IASB Belief Statement tion. Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) regarding mandatory school board Below are the proposed course- adopting a property tax rate increase member training. setting resolutions for IASB that school for the operating fund. • School Finance Reform, DuPage boards have submitted for consider- • Strike Prohibition, Kishwaukee Divi- Division, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD ation at this year’s Delegate Assembly. sion, Consolidated SD 158, Hunt - 200, specifically addresses the school It is possible that some proposals could ley, recommends amending IASB board member training requirement be withdrawn before the resolutions committee meets in August; that might Position Statement 5.12 to forbid as part of a school funding reform happen, for example, if the legislature public school employees from strik- bill. has already adopted a law meeting the ing. • Consolidation into Unit Districts, resolution’s objectives (as appears to • Background Checks for Board Mem- Lake Division, Barrington CUSD 220, have already happened in a few cas- bers, DuPage Division, Naperville calls for IASB to support legisla- es). The committee will meet to make CUSD 203, calls for law to prohibit tion to promote the consolidation recommendations. citizens from running for the school of all school districts into unit dis- The list of proposed resolutions, board if they’ve been convicted of tricts. including sponsoring district (and IASB certain crimes and to require a crim- • Belief Statement Procedures, North division), currently includes: inal background check for future Cook Division, Schaumburg CCSD • Bilingual Education Options, Lake board candidates. 54, would require that IASB “Belief Division, Diamond Lake SD 76, calls • Polling Places in Schools, North Statements” receive a recommen- for legislation that would allow oth- Cook Division, Elk Grove CCSD 59, dation from Resolutions Commit- er methods to teach bilingual stu- calls for amending IASB Position tee and then be approved by the IASB dents besides Transitional Bilingual Statement 7.08 regarding using school Delegate Assembly. Education. buildings as polling places. • High School Exams, Central Illinois • Electronic Option for IASB Surveys, • Standardized Achievement Tests, Valley Division, East Peoria CHSD DuPage Division, School District 45, DuPage Division, Wheaton War - 309, allows for the inclusion of parts Dupage, calls for an electronic option renville CUSD 200, calls for a new of a state-mandated exam as part of to be available when completing sur- IASB Belief Statement regarding graduation requirements – as deter- veys for IASB. standardized achievement tests. mined by the local district. • Board Member – Travel Reim- • Standardized Test Procedures, • School Calendar Uniformity, Cen- Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 bursement, Wabash Valley Division, DuPage Division, Wheaton War - tral Illinois Valley Division, East Peo- Jasper County CUSD 1, calls for law renville CUSD 200, calls for amend- ria CHSD 309, calls for support of to allow elected board members reim- ing an IASB Position Statement on a uniform calendar that would begin bursement for traveling to certain the standardized test for English Lan- after Sep. 1 and eliminate the tra- school-related functions. guage Learners (ELL). ditional spring break. • Abatements for Home Builders, Corn • Student Assessment, DuPage Divi- • IEP Student Records, South Cook Belt Division, Iroquois West CUSD sion, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD Division, Posen-Robbins ESD 143.5, 10, calls for legislation that would 200, is the third resolution in a pack- calls for encouraging the ISBE to allow local boards to develop crite- age of four sponsored by District 200 define and extend the time schools ria for awarding property tax abate- regarding English language learners. have regarding IEP placement. ments to homebuilders. It calls for amending a current IASB • Non-Resident Student Tuition, South- • Utility Tax Abatement for Schools, Position Statement to address the western Division, Freeburg CCSD Kishwaukee Division, Indian Creek standardized test for English Lan- 70, calls for the reaffirmation of last CUSD 425, calls for legislation that guage Learners. year’s Position Statement 2.25, regard- would abate all state and local tax- • No Child Left Behind, DuPage Divi- ing charging tuition for non-resident es on gas and electric usage. sion, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD students. 6 State standards need work in English, science, math he Illinois State Board of Edu- “It is appropriate that we review T cation (ISBE) in May reviewed the results of an outside group’s analysis of the state’s high school High School Graduates Immediately 100% Enrolling in College (2002) and revise our standards so that we best prepare every student for suc- cess. The review of the high school standards. The group providing the 75% standards is the first step in a process 65% review was a college and workforce 57% 57% which will include the review and 50% readiness partnership called Achieve, alignment of our learning standards, Inc., which is now working in concert 25% K-12 and finally, alignment to post- with the governor’s office and the Gates secondary expectations and careers,” 0% Foundation. Illinois Nation Top States* he said. Achieve, Inc. is a bipartisan, non- *Median of top five states, per Achieve, Inc. The state board was expected to Source: Tom Mortenson, Postsecondary Opportunity profit organization created by the have a full discussion on the Achieve, nation’s governors and corporate lead- these areas, the descriptors were Inc. study at its next meeting, “to dis- ers to help states raise their academic found to lack the clarity and speci- cuss next steps to improve state stan- standards, improve their assessments ficity necessary to convey the level dards, possibly moving toward joining and strengthen accountability to pre- of performance expected of students. the American Diploma Project 33 state pare all young people for post-sec- And to varying degrees, the progres- network and convening a state team ondary education, work and citizenship. sion of expectations from early high to participate in an Achieve Align- “An important part of Achieve’s school to late high school is not clear- ment Institute.” mission is to provide state policy- ly developed, according to Achieve, The full report from Achieve, Inc., makers with an independent, expert Inc. and all of the materials, are available review of the quality of their stan- Koch said he is all for making online at http://www.isbe.net/reports. dards and assessments,” according changes: htm. to State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch. The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) were created by Illinois educa- Forms help IASB keep count of ‘Master tors with input from the broader, pri- vate sector community. Illinois adopted Board’ work aimed at member excellence he Illinois Association of ber distinction. the ILS in 1997, and this is the first time ISBE has undertaken a careful review and analysis of these standards benchmarked against exemplar stan- T School Boards recognizes and honors board members for the time and effort they devote to self- Board members are urged to make a copy for their own records prior to returning the completed document improvement and leadership activi- to IASB. Forms must be returned no dards in English language arts, math- ties. “Master Board Member” activities later than July 31. Awards will be pre- ematics and science. are a means to achieving the Associa- sented at the IASB fall division meet- The Achieve report provided tion’s mission of excellence in local ings or mailed if the award winner is responses to the following questions: school governance. not in attendance. • How do Illinois Learning Perfor- IASB mailed out a form on June Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 mance Descriptors compare with 4 for board members to use so they the rigor of standards set by Achieve’s can be recognized for their efforts exemplars in English language arts, in Master Board Member activities. science and mathematics? Directions on the form include a sum- • How well do the Illinois Learning mary of IASB programs and activities Performance Descriptors in the that qualify for credits toward Master three content areas measure up Board Member status. Points are cumu- against the criteria of coherence, lative from year to year and assigned progression, focus, specificity, clar- to professional development, division ify and measurability? activities, board development, leg- While the Illinois descriptors were islative leadership, and IASB and NSBA found to have some real strengths, leadership. Points range from 5 to 30. Achieve found significant gaps in state Credits are awarded through June 30; expectations when compared to 60 to 129 points earn Level I status; “exemplar standards,” especially in 130-199 earn Level II status; and 200- “Son, if you can become the class clown, English language arts and science. In plus points earn Master Board Mem- you may someday get your own sitcom!” 7 Federal judge widens ban on Total of seven strikes called in four districts ‘silence’ to all schools in state in 2007-08 school year federal judge on May 29 t least 20 intent-to-strike A widened the ban against requiring a “moment of silence” in schools from a few districts A notices against public schools were filed this school year, but only seven strikes were called in around the state to all schools statewide. four school districts. Most of the threat- Judge Robert W. Gettleman stat- ened work stoppages ended without a ed at a court hearing he will issue a strike in amicable contract settlements. written order directing schools to stop The first two strikes of the 2007- enforcing a state law requiring a 08 school year were called Aug. 21 in moment of silence at public schools, Harlem District 122, Machesney Park, said an attorney for Dawn and Rob located in northern Illinois. One work Sherman, the plaintiffs. action there involved 516 certified The Illinois State Board of Edu- teachers in grades pre-K thru 12; the cation said the board sent an e-mail other involved secretarial staff, along to schools on May 29, telling them “in with clerical, maintenance, custo- essence, they should immediately Northbrook Superintendent David Kroeze dial, business director, etc. Both strikes cease enforcing the law,” according weighed in on ‘Moment of Silence’ man- lasted just about a week, ending on to Andrea Preston, an ISBE spokes- date. Aug. 28. woman. The lone district that chimed in Strikes also occurred during the A student at Buffalo Grove High on the case at all was Northbrook Ele- school year in the following school School had sued Northwest Suburban mentary District 27, whose superin- districts. Listed are the school dis- S c h o o l D i s t r i c t 2 1 4 , alleging the tendent, David Kroeze, wrote, “We tricts, IASB division, bargaining unit “moment of silence” law was uncon- oppose the Silent Reflection and Stu- size, and dates of the work action and stitutional. Judge Gettleman agreed. dent Prayer Act because it imposes settlement): The student had argued that the an unnecessary and unworkable state • Earlville CUSD 9, Starved Rock Divi- law’s wording made prayer more than mandate which serves no education- sion: Bargaining Unit Size: 37 IEA/NEA just an option; it constituted an explic- al purpose.” Teachers: Strike: October 19, 2007; it suggestion from authorities that stu- While it is an issue that most like- Settled October 23, 2007. dents pray, thus violating the freedom ly will wind up back before the Illi- • Cahokia CUSD 187, Southwestern Divi- of religion. nois legislature, legislation in response sion: Bargaining Unit Size: 0 IFT/AFT The Alliance Defense Fund had to the lawsuit stalled in the spring ses- Secretarial and Clerical: Strike: Sep- filed a friend-of-the-court brief argu- sion prior to adjournment. tember 17, 2007: Settled: September ing the measure was strictly volun- 28, 2007; The Illinois House voted in March tary and constitutional. But the court to allow school districts to hold • Cahokia CUSD 187, Southwestern Divi- sion: Bargaining Unit Size: 300 IFT/AFT apparently was not swayed by such moments of silence but not require Teachers, Nurses, Librarians, and Para- arguments. them to do so. The measure, spon- Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 professionals: Strike: September 17, The Illinois attorney general’s sored by Rep. John Fritchey, D-Chica- 2007: Settled: September 28, 2007; office, which has been defending the go, would also have deleted references • Cahokia CUSD 187, Southwestern Divi- constitutionality of the law, said the to prayer contained in the law as it sion: Bargaining Unit: IFT/AFT Ser- office will review its options “on how now stands. But the bill stalled in the vice Workers: Strike: September 17, to best proceed,” according to Robyn Illinois Senate in mid-May when Sen. 2007: Settled: September 28, 2007. Ziegler, a spokeswoman for the office. Kim Lightford, D-Chicago, tried to • Hardin County CUSD 1, Elizabethtown, Judge Gettleman had earlier restore the mandatory language. Shawnee Division: Strike: March 7, announced the lawsuit would be applied “The Alliance is closely watching 2008: Settled: March 20, 2008 to all schools, and the judge had debat- this emerging issue,” said Ben Schwarm, Other school districts that had a ed whether to extend the preliminary Associate Executive Director of IASB. notice of intent to strike filed against injunction prohibiting enforcement “Our legal counsel is monitoring any them with the Illinois Educational to all schools as well. He gave schools future court decisions and our lob- Labor Relations Board include: in the state several weeks to weigh in byists will be involved in shaping any • Nippersink District 2, Richmond, Kish- before he ruled on May 29, but no new legislation that might be intro- waukee Division: Bargaining Unit: school district came forward to sup- duced to address the matter,” Schwarm port the law. said. See STRIKES on page 11 8 N EWS HEADLINES Barrington (June 1, The Daily run such schools. They admit the staff and community. Herald) Barrington Area Unit Dis- idea poses big challenges, not the Gavin (June 6, News-Sun) Gavin trict 220 is rolling out a new newslet- least of which is the high cost and Elementary District 37 is soliciting ter and redesigned Web site to try to opposition from some homeless advo- candidates to fill a vacancy on the improve communication with dis- cates, who say they fear students school board after former board pres- trict residents. The newsletter will would be stigmatized or isolated, and ident Barbara Mende was convicted direct readers, as well, to an online worry about separating children from of bidding violations involving the dis- video magazine now in the works. their families. Officials counter that trict. The board interviewed candi- Board President Brian Battle said the participation would be voluntary. dates in a special board meeting on aim is to give residents more infor- They say the idea is part of a larger June 23, hoping to fill the vacancy by mation about what is happening in plan to improve schools and offer July 8. The bidding violation involved the district. “We don’t want it to look options in neighborhoods across the hiring a moving company to move like the only conversations we have city through charter, contract and furniture and school equipment from are around referendums,” explained performance schools that are free a Lake Zurich school back into Gavin Battle. from many district controls. Central School in January 2006 when Carpentersville (May 29, The Dai- Coal City (May 22, Morris Dai- classes were held in Lake Zurich. The ly Herald) Carpentersville CUSD 300 ly Herald) A new policy in Coal City bid violation is based on Mende being recently announced that at least 66 District 1 will take aim at cyberbul- responsible for dividing a $13,000 job students have transferred out of Cam- lying. “We’re not going to tolerate into two $6,500 projects to sidestep bridge Lakes Charter School this that,” Coal City Community Unit requirements from competitive bid- school year, out of about 512 enrolled School District 1 Superintendent ding. Mende was removed from the for the year. Parents say they have Kent Bugg said. During its regular board and faces up to five years in been frustrated with the actions of meeting, the board approved a num- prison or probation. the charter school’s administration, ber of changes to the student hand- Grayslake (May 20, The Daily while praising teachers’ dedication book, which will take effect during Herald) Grayslake Elementary Dis- to the school and its students. Some the next school year. Though they’ve trict 46 is joining eight other districts have complained of poor commu- seen some instances of cyberbully- in a plan for letting voters decide nication from charter school leaders ing in the past, Bugg said such occur- whether to approve a Lake County and say they have not been given rences have increased to a higher sales tax increase to help pay for con- much input in the school. Two mem- level than officials have ever seen struction-related expenses. The board bers of the charter school board that before. He said such bullying seems voted on May 19 in favor of a Novem- govern the school, including chair- more prevalent at the middle-school, ber countywide sales tax referendum man Jerry Conrad, resigned in May. rather than the high-school, level. on whether to hike the sales tax by Charleston (May 28, Charleston Elgin (May 7, 2008, Elgin Couri- 1 percentage point. The voting was Times-Courier) Two teachers will be er-News) The board in School Dis- 5-2 to approve the plan. Under a new Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 Charleston High School’s literacy and trict U-46, Elgin has approved a crime state law, school boards represent- numeracy coaches next year. The reporting policy. The board voted to ing at least 51 percent of the student school board on May 28 approved the extend its criminal reporting and population of a county are allowed appointments of a language teacher records policy to include the village to adopt resolutions to place the sales at CHS as the literacy coach and a of Bartlett, although there is a ques- tax proposition on the ballot. Local CHS math teacher as the numera- tion about whether the village will county boards can put the tax boost cy coach. The board voted in March agree with the policy. However, Bartlett to a vote on their own or at the request to establish the two positions to act Police Chief Dan Palmer said it could of school boards. as specialists to work with the school’s take awhile before it is approved, due Maple Park (May 31, The Beacon teachers to improve the curricu- to the policy’s controversial history. News) Concerned about supporting lum in the two subject areas. The school district’s policy, which a wellness program, the Kaneland Chicago (May 23, The Associat- has been in place for nearly two years, CUSD 302 Board of Education has ed Press) Chicago District 299 is con- is aimed at ensuring cooperation and banned all food treats from elemen- sidering providing boarding schools communication between police and tary school birthday parties, a poli- for homeless students. Chicago school school officials for the benefit and cy that will become effective next leaders are asking for proposals to safety of the school district’s students, school year. 9 School Code, law survey books now EWS available from IASB, with CD ROMs he 2008 editions of the Illi- N FROM IASB T nois School Code and Relat- ed Acts, compiled by LexisNexis Law Publishing Compa- Board of Directors to meet on August 22-23 The IASB Board of Directors’ ny for IASB, and the Illinois School Law Survey, by Brian A. Braun, an next quarterly meeting, Aug. 22-23 attorney with Miller, Tracy, Braun, in St. Charles, is scheduled to include Funk & Miller, Ltd., are now avail- an evaluation of the executive direc- able from IASB. Both come with help- tor, board review and assessments ful CD ROM versions. Also available is the Tenth Edition of current year activity reports, and The School Code is being sold as of the Illinois School Law Survey, a monitoring reports, and a look at the 2008 School Code Service, which convenient guide to the key school law reports from the president and the will include the 2009 School Code Sup- questions that educators and laymen executive director. plement to be published next year. most need to have answered. The Sur- The board’s next meetings will The School Code comes with a CD vey, published by IASB, presents answers take place at the Joint Annual Con- ROM version that carries the full text to more than 1,300 questions in 27 ference at the Hyatt Regency in of the book. It is current for laws in force chapters, along with complete legal downtown Chicago, on Nov. 20 and as of Jan. 1, 2008. Its CD ROM also citations to state and federal statutes, 23, respectively. includes annotations with case law and court decisions and agency regulations. other references, and all State Board It comes with its own CD ROM version IASB will offer valuable of Education rules, plus the text of court that adds substantially to its useful- ‘new superintendents’ events cases cited in the annotations. The CD ness. New superintendents and those is equipped with the Folio Views search The Law Survey’s CD is an “All- new to Illinois are invited to attend engine for easy searching, and for sav- in-One” legal reference, featuring quick one of two luncheons in August at ing and printing on any PC equipped links to the full text of nearly all statu- IASB. IASB’s Lombard office will with Microsoft Windows. It will not run tory, regulatory and case law citations, host one luncheon on Aug. 13; IASB’s on other operating systems. plus the full text of the book. The CD Springfield office will host the oth- Copies of the 2008-2009 Illinois can run with any standard Web brows- er on Aug. 14. School Code Service — which includes er and is ready for loading on your com- This is a unique opportunity for the 2008 Code and 2009 Supplement, puter (PC or Mac). new superintendents to learn about both with book and CD ROM — are It is available from IASB for $35 a IASB and its services, to meet help- $60 each ($50 for IASB member dis- copy ($25 for IASB member districts), ful Association staff members, and tricts), plus $5 per order for shipping. plus $5 per order for shipping. Here is to network with other new super- The School Code can also be purchased how to order: intendents. Participants will get a in quantity at a reduced price, with full • Call 217/528-9688, ext. 1108 free copy of one of IASB’s most pop- cartons priced at $430 ($360 for IASB • Shop the IASB online bookstore at: ular publications on effective meet- member districts). Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 http://www.iasb.com/shop/ ings, the newly revised book Coming School attorneys say that keeping to Order, and a coupon good for an • Fax your order to 217/528-2831 such a legal reference on hand makes IASB division dinner meeting reg- good sense in light of the major impact • Mail your order to IASB Publications, istration. new laws can have on school districts 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Illi- Invitations were sent in early operating in the ever-changing world nois 62703-5929. July, and those interested in attend- of school law. Fortunately it’s easy to Buyers will be asked to provide the ing are asked to choose which date use this reference tool to quickly uncov- title of the item(s) they want and the and location is most suitable. RSVP er what the law now says on many of quantity; their name, organization, the Lombard office to Loretta Cot- the issues board members and admin- mailing address, and daytime tele- ten at 630/629-3776, ext. 1237 (lcot- istrators face. phone. Orders can be made with check, email@example.com), or RSVP the Because of the myriad changes credit card or purchase order. Springfield office to Chelsea Reimann being enacted into statute each year, Member prices are available to at 217/528-9688, ext. 1117 experts suggest replacing any law book IASB member school districts (board (firstname.lastname@example.org). Both lunch- that is more than a year old. Having members and employees), and to mem- eons will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., outdated information, after all, is worse bers of IASB Service Associates and and registration is free. than having no information. Illinois Council of School Attorneys. 10 Mandate waiver applications due at ISBE by Aug. 8 pplications for waivers from deadline. But approval must be grant- ited to a total of six years in which it A School Code mandates – such as modifications to school cal- endar mandates or administrative rules ed before the modification can be implemented. The process for applying for a may have an approved waiver for phys- ical education. School districts and other organ- – to be decided this fall must be sent to modification of the School Code or izations eligible to apply for waivers the state by Aug. 8. Applications must a waiver or modification of state board should assume that any physical edu- be sent to the Illinois State Board of Edu- rules is the same as the one used in cation applications submitted to ISBE cation to be included in the Fall 2008 applying for a waiver of a School Code from this time on are subject to the Waiver Report, which is to be submit- mandate. provisions of P.A. 95-223. ted to the General Assembly by Oct. 1. Applicants are encouraged to sub- The Illinois Statewide School Man- A school district may request a mit those petitions that address cal- agement Alliance played a central role waiver or modification of the man- endar issues to the State Board before in pushing for the passage of the state dates of state laws or regulations when the calendars affected by the requests waiver law, which took effect in 1995. the district demonstrates it can meet are submitted for review. Under the The waiver law requires an applicant the intent in a “more effective, effi- provisions of a recent law, Public Act with a governing board, such as a cient, or economical manner or when 93-1036, schools need to submit an school district, to hold the public hear- necessary to stimulate or improve amended calendar to their Regional ing on a day other than the day of a student performance.” If the state Office of Education and have it regular board meeting. Applicants board fails to disapprove a request, approved before any calendar modi- must provide written notification about that request is deemed granted. But fication can be implemented. the hearing to their state legislators even disapproved requests may be A new law enacted in August 2007 as well as to their affected exclusive appealed to the legislature, which limits the term of physical education collective bargaining agent(s) and sometimes overturns the adminis- waivers. Public Act 95-223 took effect must publish a notice in a newspaper trative ruling. on Jan. 1. This Act provides that an of general circulation. By law, waivers cannot be allowed approved physical education waiver Before beginning the waiver process from laws, rules, and regulations regard- (or modification) may remain in effect ISBE suggests that each applicant should ing special education, eligibility of vot- for a period not to exceed two school carefully review requirements outlined ers in school elections, or teacher years and may be renewed no more in the “Overview for Waiver Process” tenure, certification or seniority. Nor than two times upon application by found online at http://www. isbe.net/isbe- can waivers be granted pertaining to the eligible applicant. waivers/html/overview.htm. No Child Left Behind requirements. Before passage of this law, phys- Application forms and instruc- If school leaders are applying for ical education applications could be tions for waivers and modifications a modification of School Code man- requested for a maximum of five years are provided by the state board and dates (such as legal school holidays), and for an unlimited amount of time. can be downloaded at http://www. or a waiver or a modification of admin- The intent of this law is that a school isbe.net/isbewaivers/html/applica- istrative rules, there is no postmark district or other applicant will be lim- tion.htm . Illinois School Board Newsbulletin / July 2008 STRIKES from page 8 IEA/NEA staff: Filed September 18, 2007: gaining Unit: IFT/AFT staff: Notice: • Northwestern CUSD 2, Kaskaskia Divi- Settled: October 21, 2007 October 19, 2007 sion: Bargaining Unit: IEA/NEA teach- • Rockford District 205, Kishwaukee Divi- • Carrollton District 1, Two Rivers Divi- ers: Filed: September 6, 2007 sion: Bargaining Unit: IEA-NEA staff: sion: Bargaining Unit: IFT/AFT staff: • Belleville THSD 201, Southwestern Divi- Notice: August 17, 2007: Settled: August Notice: September 21, 2007 sion: Bargaining Unit: IFT/AFT teach- 27, 2007 • Belleville Area Special Services Coop- ers: Filed: August 10, 2007 • Mahomet-Seymour CUSD 3, Illini Divi- erative, Southwestern Division: Bar- • Fulton County CUSD 3, Western Divi- sion: Bargaining Unit: IEA/NEA staff: gaining Unit: IFT staff: Notice: September sion: Bargaining Unit: IFT/AFT teach- Notice Filed: August 14, 2007: Settled: 17, 2007 ers: Filed: August 9, 2007 August 22, 2007 • West Frankfort CUSD 168, Egyptian • Harmony Emge District 175, Belleville, • Jersey CUSD 100, Jerseyville, South- Division: Bargaining Unit: IFT/AFT staff: Southwestern Division: Bargaining Unit: western Division: Bargaining Unit: Filed: September 13, 2007 IFT/AFT teachers: Filed: August 7, 2007 IEA/NEA staff: Filed: October 26, 2007 • Litchfield CUSD 12, Kaskaskia Division: • B e l l e V a l l e y D i s t r i c t 1 1 9 , Belleville, • Township High School District 211 , Bargaining Unit: IEA/NEA staff: Filed: Southwestern Division: Bargaining Unit: Palatine, North Cook Division: Bar- September 12, 2007 IFT/AFT teachers: Filed: August 7, 2007 11 Envision a more inclusive future ALENDAR through new diversity workshops ASB has a new Diversity and Inclu- • Revealing and assessing the C OF EVENTS I sion Awareness workshop that it will roll out in late summer at three locations. impact of subtle biases on school district success. The Diversity and Inclusion August 13 — New Superintendents Luncheon, IASB Lombard, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. If you are committed to a diverse Awareness workshop will be held August 14 — New Superintendents and inclusive school district in which from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. Luncheon, IASB Springfield, 11 each man, woman and child is valued, 26 at Touch of Nature in Carbondale, a.m.-2 p.m. and everyone has an opportunity to Sep. 4 at IASB offices in Springfield, August 22-23 — IASB Board of Direc- reach “maximum potential,” this work- and Sep. 10 at IASB offices in Lom- tor Retreat, Pheasant Run, St. shop is for you. bard. Charles Through engaging, interactive exer- Tuition is $195 per person, which August 23 — IASB Board of Directors’ cises, this half-day workshop will increase includes materials and meals. Advance Meeting, Pheasant Run, St. Charles your “diversity and inclusion” aware- registration is required. Registration August 26 — Diversity and Inclusion ness — the first step in the diversity must be received two days prior to each Awareness Workshop, SIU Touch of education process. Workshop objec- Nature, Carbondale, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. workshop. tives include: Overnight lodging is not included September 4 — Diversity and Inclu- • Creating a common under- with workshop tuition. If you need lodg- sion Awareness Workshop, IASB standing of “diversity and inclu- ing information for the workshop you Springfield, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. sion.” plan to attend, please call Judy Williams September 9 — Wabash Valley Divi- • Discussing the behaviors required at 217/528-9688 or 630/629-3776 exten- sion Fall Dinner Meeting, Lawrence to create an inclusive environ- sion 1103. County CUSD 20, Lawrenceville, 6 ment in which every man, woman Mail or fax your registration form p.m. and child is included, valued and with payment information to: Illinois September 10 — Diversity and Inclu- respected. Association of School Boards Regis- sion Awareness Workshop, IASB • Linking diversity issues with trar, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, IL Lombard, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. achieving district goals. 62703-5929, FAX 217/528-2831. Or September 16 — Professional • Broadening the scope of diver- register for a workshop online by vis- Advancement Seminar: Seeking sity beyond typical race and gen- iting http:// www. iasb.com. Cancel- the Superintendency, IASB Spring- lation with refund will be accepted up field, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. der issues to include education, religion, age, physical abilities, to two days prior to each meeting date September 18 — Professional sexual orientation, class/income, (before 12 noon) by calling IASB at Advancement Seminar: Seeking 217/528-9688 or 630/629-3776, exten- the Superintendency, IASB Lom- language and other aspects of bard, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. diversity. sion 1103. NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS 2921 Baker Drive Springfield, Illinois 62703-5929 Return Service Requested No. 675, July 2008. This Illinois School Board Newsbulletin was mailed to IASB member district board members and superintendents.
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