Governor to speak
at Leadership Summit
Governor Bruce Rauner has confirmed that he will address the Alliance Leadership Summit at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, February 22. The governor will be giving his annual Budget Address tomorrow (Wednesday, February 15), so his appearance at the summit a week later will be very timely.
Summit attendees will have the opportunity to hear from all of state government’s top educational leaders as Illinois Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis and State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith also are scheduled to appear at the summit.
There still is time to register for the February 21-22 summit at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Summit topics will include such timely items as the FY18 budget for K-12, school funding reform, the proposed property tax freeze and related unfunded mandate relief, pension reform, ESSA, and Vision 20/20 initiatives for this legislative session.
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School funding reform report issued
The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission issued its report to the General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner late Tuesday afternoon. The report includes several recommendations that are similar to the Evidence-Based Model that the Vision 20/20 coalition endorsed as part of its blueprint for the future of public education in Illinois.
The committee’s closing statement, in part, said: “The funding formula in Illinois has been broken far too long…It is the Commission’s hope that this framework is the basis for comprehensive, bipartisan, bicameral education funding legislation that will ensure that all students in Illinois have the same opportunity for high-quality education. We urge the Governor and the General Assembly to work quickly to resolve all outstanding issues needing resolution through legislative negotiations so that a new funding formula can be in place for Fiscal Year 2018.”
IASA News Briefs
Monday, February 13, 2017
July 10-14, 2017 in Springfield, IL
Have you ever wondered what you didn't learn in graduate school but you may need to know in order to be an effective leader? If you are thinking about becoming a school superintendent then #ASuperWeek in July 2017 is for you! The learning classes will be organized to provide for active learning as well as daily reflection time. In addition, there will be many simulations during the week for hands-on learning opportunities.
Learning class topics include:
To access the FAQ for SB 550, the new law requiring schools to test for lead in water, please click here.
Vision 20/20 Newsletter January 2017
The January issue of the Vision 20/20 newsletter is here. The newsletter features a guest column by Jeff Vose, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) as well as other updates on the Vision 20/20 initiative.
Vision 20/20 video makes the case for Evidence-Based Funding model
As lawmakers and education experts continue to pursue changes to the way money is distributed to public schools, Illinois Vision 20/20 is helping to explain what many view as the best path to reforming the state’s outdated school funding system.
The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success model is a centerpiece of the Vision 20/20 blueprint for the future of education in Illinois. The model relies on proven research and would provide funding by aligning resources for practices that have been shown to drive positive student outcomes. Equity would be built in to the formula, while adequacy would be defined based on a new “District Adequacy Target” that utilizes 27 researched-based elements.
Vision 20/20 has created a short video to explain how the Evidence-Based Model for Student Success would transform Illinois’ school funding formula and create a pathway for the state to invest in student success.
Click here to view the number run for SB 2047 (enrolled).