IASA Position Statements - Miscellaneous
12.1 REGIONAL OFFICE OVERSIGHT BOARDS - The IASA shall support a change in the legal status of the Regional Office of Education Board from oversight to "advisory," as referenced in 105 ILCS 5/3A-16 and 17. (1/00)
12.2 ILLINOIS PUBLIC EDUCATION GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE - The IASA believes it is in the best interest of the continued improvement of the Illinois Public School system and the students it serves that:
- There should be nine members on the Illinois State Board of Education with no more than five members of the Board from any one political party.
- The members of the State Board of Education should be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.
- The Chairperson of the State Board of Education should be elected by the members of the State Board of Education from within the membership of the Board.
- The election of the Chairperson of the State Board of Education should not require State Senate confirmation.
- The employment of the State Superintendent of Education shall primarily be a function of the State Board of Education. (1/03)
- Increase allowable FOIA response time from 5 business to 10 business days
- Exclude official school breaks in business day response time
- Allow denials for commercial purposes
- Allow denials for any request that is unduly burdensome
- Clarify language that would allow a request to be denied if it is unduly burdensome to the public body if the public body deems compliance with the request would result in excessive response costs
- Allow the imposition of reasonable fees regardless of the number of pages being provided
- Remove the balancing test between the public’s interest and the employee’s right to privacy in the privacy exception
- Expand the evaluation exemption to cover all school employees
- Exempt employment applications to protect the privacy of individuals that apply for high profile employment positions
- Delete provisions requiring public bodies to write a virtual legal opinion as to why they are claiming an exemption
- Delete provisions requiring public bodies to prepare a virtual legal pleading before being challenged for a denial
- Limit public bodies’ liability by limiting a court’s inquiry to violations of the FOIA Act and not the content of information provided
- Force the Public Access Counselor to defend its decisions before a court of law if a public body is sued
- Allow public bodies to seek review of a binding opinion of the Public Access Counselor in the county in which they are located rather than just Sangamon or Cook Counties. (09/10)
Updated - February 2017