• 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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    State Board to consider plan to distribute $97 million  to ‘financially distressed’ districts after latest budget cuts

    Cap Watch How to distribute a supplemental appropriation to help “financially distressed” school districts get through this school year is literally the $97 million question. State Superintendent Dr. Chris Koch is expected to propose criteria when the Illinois State Board of Education meets Wednesday.

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  • Tornado Relief Effort - April 10, 2015

    Dear IASA members,


    As I’m sure you are aware, many parts of Illinois were hit by severe storms and tornadoes Thursday night. Northern Illinois was hit especially hard and some communities in DeKalb and Ogle Counties, such as Fairdale, Rochelle, Creston and Kirkland had homes destroyed by tornadoes. There was one confirmed fatality in Fairdale and there are reports that some people still are missing.


    We have been in touch with school superintendents in the affected areas and stand willing to help them in any way that we can. Please let us know if we can be of help to you or if you know of a superintendent who may need our assistance. We also have fielded inquiries from other superintendents asking how they can help. We will pass on to you any specific requests for assistance we receive. We do know that a fund has been set up in Rochelle to assist the storm victims. The website for that fund is


    Time and time again, IASA members have stepped up to help one another in times like these. Thank you for making IASA a caring association.


    Yours for better schools,


    Brent Clark, Ph.D.
    Executive Direct

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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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