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  • Supreme Court rules unanimously against pension reform law

    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that Senate Bill 1, the pension reform law passed in December 2013, is unconstitutional.

    “From the beginning, we were confident that the Supreme Court would uphold the constitution and we are pleased that today the rule of law was upheld,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. 

    The Court’s opinion cited three main areas:

     
     
     
     
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  •   Vision 20/20

    Vision 20/20 evidence-based formula can help solve inequity in school funding

    Senate Bill 1403, Senator Jason Barickman’s bill to start the process to implement an evidence-based funding formula for Illinois public schools, is still under consideration by the General Assembly during this spring session. Evidence-based funding is a key part of Vision 20/20’s Equitable and Adequate Funding pillar. Click here to view a video produced by Senator Barickman’s office.



     
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    State Board of Education names Dr. Tony Smith new State Superintendent of Education        
    The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday named longtime educator and administrator Dr. Tony Smith as the 28th Illinois State Superintendent of Education at its regular April meeting. Smith currently works as the executive director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which annually awards more than $5 million in grants that support children’s development and education. Prior to joining the Stone Foundation, Dr. Smith led the Oakland Unified School District in California, where he helped improve academic outcomes, district finances, family engagement and organizational coherence during his four-year tenure.

    Dr. Smith will take his new post May 1, replacing Dr. Christopher A. Koch, who served as State Superintendent since 2006 and served in various leadership roles at the state’s K-12 education agency for 21 years.

    Click here to view the entire press release. 
     

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    IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark speaking at the Thursday, February 12 Vision 20/20 evidence-based school funding model press conference in the Blue Room of the State Capitol. Joining Dr.Clark, from left, Roger Eddy, executive director the Illinois Association of School Boards; Jeff Vose, Sangamon County regional superintendent; Jolene lowder, executive director of the Illinois PTA; Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill); and Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).   

    Barickman, Manar announce Vision 20/20 evidence-based education funding reform

    Springfield - State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and the Vision 20/20 coalition have announced new legislation to reform the broken system used to fund schools in Illinois. The legislation ties school funding to actual educational outcomes and true district costs. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined the effort, lending his support to advance the education funding reform discussion, and will co-sponsor the legislation.

    Click here to read the full announcement.  

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