The Illinois Association of School Boards
IASB Position Statements
Position Statements of the Illinois Association of School Boards
January 1, 2014
Resolutions adopted by the IASB Delegate Assembly provide major policies for the Association and establish its stance on legislation and related matters of public policy. The Delegate Assembly, consisting of one voting representative from each Member School Board, meets each year in Chicago on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.
Positions established by the IASB Delegate Assembly are presented here under the following categories:
Positions adopted, amended or reaffirmed by the 2013 Delegate Assembly are presented in bold face.
1.01 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
The Illinois Association of School Boards urges its member districts to develop educational programs so as to maximize educational opportunities for students by fully utilizing teacher and staff potential, community resources and physical facilities. The goal of each district shall be to serve the interest, talents and needs of each child through an outstanding well-balanced program. The Association shall also encourage its members to increase their awareness of the Mental Health Code (405 ILCS 49/15) which supports developments and implementation of a plan to incorporate social and emotional standards as part of the Illinois Learning Standards.
(Adopted 1959; Amended 1988, 2009)
1.02 CURRICULAR MATERIAL DETERMINATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support the right and responsibility of each local school board to determine its curricular content including opposing any mandated curriculum that comes from the Common Core Standards.
( Adopted 1981; Amended 1983, 1988, 2001, 2013)
1.03 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support modifications to existing state mandates which shall allow boards of education to establish time requirements and appropriate exemptions for physical education at the K-12 level.
(Portions Adopted 1982, 1986; Reaffirmed 1984, 1987; Amended 1988, 1995, 2013)
1.04 P.E. EXEMPTION FOR SHOW CHOIR
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall attempt to have legislation passed that would amend 105 ILCS 5/27-6 of the School Code of Illinois to grant an additional exemption for students, grades 9-12, enrolled in an ongoing Show Choir program for credit.
1.05 STUDENT RETENTION AND HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge Congress and the Illinois General Assembly to commit the appropriate resources and develop programs that would reduce the dropout rate throughout the state of Illinois with specific emphasis on early intervention in the elementary level and continuous intervention at the secondary school level to facilitate graduation.
(Adopted 1986; Amended 2003)
1.06 PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to fully fund with new monies for both staffing and infrastructure costs associated with early childhood programs for such children as originally defined in PA 84-126, and further addressed in Public Act 94-0506 and Public Act 94-1054.
(Adopted 1986; Amended 2001, 2006, 2007)
1.07 DISCIPLINE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall develop and implement a legislative agenda at the Federal and State levels which urges the adoption of legislation easing the legal restrictions imposed on local school boards for disciplining students enrolled in special education programs, including the suspension and expulsion of such students, and providing for a less restrictive access to records of transferees due to expulsion.
(Adopted 1994; Amended 1995)
1.08 STANDARDIZED TEST PROCEDURES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Illinois State Board of Education to contract with a national testing company to develop a state assessment test that will test the Illinois Learning Standards on a yearly basis in compliance with, and only testing those areas required by, the federal “No Child Left Behind” Act. Further the IASB shall support legislation to:
(Adopted 2002; Amended 2003, 2008, Reaffirmed 2011)
1.09 STUDENT ASSESSMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that will modify required State student assessments so testing does not go beyond what is required by federal law, and that prohibits the Illinois State Board of Education from pursuing activities designed to expand student assessment without legislative approval. Further, the Association shall support efforts to modify the Illinois and federal student assessment processes so that they will:
(Adopted 2002; Amended 2008 , Reaffirmed 2011)
1.10 NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
The Illinois Association of School Boards:
Therefore, the IASB shall work with the National School Boards Association and other coalitions to urge Congress and the Illinois General Assembly to:
(Adopted 2003; Amended 2005, 2008, 2011)
1.11 NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND — MILITARY RECRUITMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work with the National School Boards Association and other coalitions to urge Congress and the General Assembly of Illinois to, regarding the No Child Left Behind Act, replace the opt-out burden on parents with an opt-in provision with regard to the requirement of secondary schools to disclose student information to military recruiters.
1.12 ADVANCED PLACEMENT FOR STUDENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall offer and support legislation guaranteeing that the graduates of Illinois public high schools who achieve the following scores on Advanced Placement examinations shall be accorded, at minimum, the following benefits by all Illinois public colleges and universities:
For scores of 3, 4 or 5, full credit for completion of the college or university course corresponding to the Advanced Placement exam, including the award of the semester or credit hours (or their equivalent) which would have been earned if the student had successfully completed the coursework and any predecessor coursework at the postsecondary institution.
In all cases, Illinois public colleges and universities shall be free to award credit or benefits for scores below 3 as they see fit. Similarly, Illinois public colleges and universities shall continue to be free to grant such additional credit and placement in still higher coursework for scores of 4 and 5 as they see fit.
1.13 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DAYS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support a policy variance by the Illinois State Board of Education to allow Unit School Districts the option to stagger the start and end date of schools within their district based on developmental and educational appropriateness, without penalty to state aid appropriations, provided that all students in the district meet required student attendance requirements.
1.14 IEP OUT-OF-GRADE LEVEL ASSESSMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall advocate for, offer, encourage and support legislative action designed to:
(Adopted 2006, Reaffirmed 2011)
1.15 FUNDING FOR DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek administrative and legislative actions calling for the provision of separate and sufficient new monies to support programs of differentiated instruction for those students identified as having exceptional talents and abilities, permitting these students to reach their potential. Such student talents and abilities may be in areas that expand beyond the core curricula. To ensure efficiency and productivity in the implementation of these programs, school districts should be provided sufficient flexibility in the acquisition and expenditure of such State funds.
1.16 PRESCHOOL—PRIORITIZE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support full funding of early childhood programs operated by public schools as a priority.
(Adopted 2007, Amended 2012)
1.17 BILINGUAL EDUCATION OPTIONS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall request the Illinois State Legislature to pass legislation to amend the current Illinois School Code to make Transitional Bilingual Education optional and not mandatory.
1.18 STUDENT ACADEMIC PLACEMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support local school district and parent collaboration, evaluation and decision-making regarding the grade-level placement of students based upon their academic, social and emotional maturity and readiness to advance. When parental advancement requests deviate from normal school advancement, school districts maintain the authority to evaluate and place students.
(Adopted 2010, Reaffirmed 2011)
1.19 VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Charter School Commission to develop regulations that ensures State-authorized virtual charter schools meet the full needs of Illinois students and follow the intent of current State laws prohibiting the use of public funds for profit-driven educational firms. Examples of such regulations might include, but not be limited to, the following:
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FINANCING PUBLIC EDUCATION -- STATE
2.01 PRIORITY AND SUPPORT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois to establish education as the number one priority of state government, to increase funding of education to such levels as would be necessary to implement the constitutional requirement that the state have primary responsibility for financing the system of public education, including the funding of educational reform, and to adjust the state aid formula to offset increased inflationary costs.
(Portions Adopted 1973, 1977, and 1986; Amended 1988; Reaffirmed 2000, 2004, 2006, 2012)
2.02 FUNDING SOURCES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support the enactment of additional sources of state revenue if, after thorough examination of state funding priorities, it is determined that such additional taxes are necessary.
(Adopted 1975; Reaffirmed 1987; Amended 1988)
2.03 FUNDING MANDATED PROGRAMS
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that legislation encroaching upon local and lay control of the public schools should be curtailed, and, therefore:
(Adopted 1976; Amended 1988, 1989, 2001, 2005, 2013; Reaffirmed 1980, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2009)
2.04 FUNDING SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Congress of the United States to adequately fund Public Law 94-142 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) commensurate with the mandates required by the Act:
(Portions adopted 1977, 1980, 1986; Portions Reaffirmed 1985, 1986, 2002; Amended 1988, 2000, 2001)
2.05 CORPORATE PERSONAL PROPERTY REPLACEMENT TAX
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any attempt to reduce the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax revenues provided by the current Act.
2.06 IMPACT AID (STUDENT HOUSING)
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation reinstating Impact Aid to school districts where there are students residing in housing provided on state property from which no property taxes are received. The Impact Aid shall be based on the number of students generated from the state property.
2.07 CONTRACTING DRIVER’S EDUCATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation authorizing school districts to provide a comprehensive driver education program through contract. Such contracts shall be made with properly authorized persons or agencies and may include provisions calling for the use of school property.
2.08 TAX ASSESSMENT SCHEDULES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek and support legislation to promote the beneficial realignment of tax assessment dates and school levy deadlines.
(Adopted 1988; Reaffirmed 1998)
2.09 PERMISSIVE RATE EQUALIZATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Illinois General Assembly to equalize taxing authority without referendum of dual and unit districts in all funds so that the unit districts’ authority would be equal to the sum of the dual districts’ tax rate.
(Adopted 1981; Amended 1986; Reaffirmed 1988)
2.10 RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT COSTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall inform the General Assembly and Governor’s Office that children who are wards of the State create a significant impact on local school district budgets when they are placed in temporary shelters and foster homes. Further, the State shall provide 100% of the cost of these placements. The Association:
(Adopted 1991; Amended 2001)
2.11 STATE AID PAYMENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the State of Illinois to make general state aid payments to school districts, on a monthly basis, during the entitlement year in which they are appropriated. Furthermore, the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the State of Illinois to pay interest at the current legal rate on any payments which are late.
(Adopted 1991; Reaffirmed 2000; Amended 2011)
2.12 CAPITAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively work with the Illinois General Assembly and the Illinois State Board of Education to increase capital funding for public school infrastructure improvement and development. The IASB shall advocate that the General Assembly study and consider additional forms of financial revenue for school construction needs, including but not limited to, sales tax revenue. Any new revenue shall supplement current school construction funds, not supplant them.
(Adopted 1994; Amended 1998, 2006; Reaffirmed 2007)
2.13 HEAT DAYS FUNDING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall strongly support legislation to totally fund “heat” days for our schools.
2.14 SUMMER SCHOOL FUNDING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to provide adequate funding to school districts to provide summer school “at risk” academic programs.
2.15 LOCAL TAX COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek legislation to amend the tax code, or other prescriptive procedures, to minimize the punitive effects of delinquent collection and disbursement to districts of tax moneys raised by local levy. In the event tax monies are not collected or disbursed as required by State law, it shall be the county’s obligation to reimburse the taxing district for any loss incurred.
(Adopted 1996; Amended 1999)
2.16 TAX LEVY AMENDMENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek legislation to provide that a duly constituted Board of Education may submit an amended tax levy to avail itself of potential additional revenue through a change and increase in district EAV (Equalized Assessed Valuation), provided the original levy was properly filed on time, based upon the best information available at the time of filing, and the change in EAV has occurred since the filing of the original levy.
2.17 ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support adequate State funding for regional alternative schooling programs.
2.18 TORT IMMUNITY FUND
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose legislation that seeks to limit a school district’s legitimate use of the tort immunity fund. This includes amendments to the Local Government and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act that would prohibit the issuance of bonds or the levying of taxes by a school board to fund the costs of complying with equitable remedies or relief, or with an injunction agreed to by the school board or ordered by any court.
2.19 SCHOOL FUNDING AND TAXATION REFORM
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively support the general concepts regarding school funding reform, property tax relief and tax reform identified in the legislative outline prepared by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in June of 2004. Legislation resulting from that legislative outline shall be supported by the Illinois Association of School Boards provided that: the State guarantees the payment of property tax relief grants will be made in a timely fashion with no loss of funds to the school district: school districts have continued access to local property tax revenues through levies and referenda the legislation meets the criteria outlined in the IASB Position Statement 2.36 — School Finance Reform.
(Adopted 2004; Amended 2005)
2.20 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall continue to support the current School Construction Grant Program and its provisions for grant applications, grant entitlements, grant awards, and local school district authority to select architects, engineers, contractors, and laborers. All school districts with an approved school construction grant entitlement shall be paid the amount of the entitlement in its entirety before a new school construction program can be implemented.
2.21 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT INDEX
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that would amend Section 5-5 of 105 ILCS 230 to calculate the grant index in the school construction program for each of those school districts that consolidate or join for a cooperative high school after July 1, 2006 and utilize whichever grant index is highest for the newly consolidated district or cooperative high school rather than a composite index of all districts involved.
2.22 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON SCHOOL FUNDING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support passage of an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would make education a fundamental right, would make it a paramount duty for the State to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education, and that would provide that the State has the preponderant financial responsibility for financing the system of public education.
(Adopted 2006; Reaffirmed 2007)
2.23 NON-RESIDENT STUDENT TUITION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to allow legally enrolled students who have become non-residents of the district to attend the school as a non-resident student, tuition-free, only until the end of the grading period in which the student was determined to be a non-resident. The legislation should allow students who are seniors in high school, and legally enrolled on the first day of school to continue in the district, tuition free, only until the end of that school year.
(Adopted 2007; Reaffirmed 2008)
2.24 ISBE OVERSIGHT AGREEMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work to modify state statutes governing Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) school district oversight panels or finance authorities. Statutory changes should include, but not be limited to, the following:
(Adopted 2009; Amended 2010)
2.25 MULTI-COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT GSA OFFSET
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to modify the GSA (General State Aid) Formula calculation for multi-county PTELL (Property Tax Extension Limitation Law) school districts which have lost GSA for current and prior years due to an estimate of Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) utilized by the county providing the limiting rate to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for use in calculating a District’s GSA.
2.26 CATEGORICAL REDUCTIONS PROSPECTIVE ONLY
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation requiring that any reductions in line item funds for categorical payments which are subject to reimbursement by the State (e.g. transportation or special education) shall be prospective only and shall not affect such line item costs incurred by a school district prior to such reduction but not yet claimed or approved for reimbursement.
2.27 STATE AUTHORIZED CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge adoption of legislationsimilar to House Bill 2660, Amendment #1, in the 98 th General Assembly,which would revise the method of funding State-authorized charter schools so as to limit the withholding of State funds from host school districts. With respect to State authorized virtual charter schools, further limit the withholding of State funds from host school districts in proportion to the per pupil expenditure used for building maintenance, classroom supplies, transportation, safety and security, and other costs unique to “brick and mortar” schools. For all State-authorized charter schools, require that proof of continuing enrollment and attendance be submitted quarterly, with prorated refunds to the host school district upon withdrawal of students from the charter school.
(Adopted 2012, Amended 2013 )
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FINANCING PUBLIC EDUCATION -- LOCAL
2.28 PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose the assessment and collection of property taxes at the statewide level.
2.29 PROPERTY TAX BASE
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any reduction in a district’s access to local property tax revenue and shall oppose legislation that would erode the property tax base to educate children in the state of Illinois.
(Adopted 1987; Amended 1988, 2001; Reaffirmed 2005, 2006)
2.30 STANDING ON TAX APPEALS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislative action to enable public school districts, in Cook County specifically, to (1) receive notices of assessment appeals in excess of $100,000; (2) become participants in assessment reduction proceedings at the administrative and judicial levels; and (3) allow the refund to be credited toward future property tax payments. Further, the IASB urges that the necessary resources be made available in order to facilitate the timely processing of property tax appeal proceedings.
(Adopted 1975; Amended 1988, 2000, 2005, 2006; Reaffirmed 1985)
2.31 TAX INCREMENT FINANCING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support changes in the current Tax Increment Financing statute that will model adoption procedures after those established for Enterprise Zones, continue to provide definitions for terms such as “blighted” used in the statute, develop procedures for disbanding TIF areas that do not produce anticipated growth, remove the requirement that all taxing bodies participate equally, to be monitored by the TIF Joint Review Board at each of its scheduled meetings, reduce the financial impact of the TIF area so that the percentage loss of Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) involved in the TIF will not exceed twice the average loss of EAV to each taxing body, limit its use in new residential development, and make the recommendation of the Joint Review Board binding.
(Adopted 1986; Amended 1990, 1997; Reaffirmed 2006)
2.32 SITE DEVELOPMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards supports requiring builders and subdividers to dedicate land for school purposes or to make cash payments in lieu of such dedications and to allow cash payments to be used for operational expenses.
(Adopted 1971; Amended 2004)
2.33 PROPERTY TAX CAP
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any limitation which would require school boards to have to go to referendum to gain authorization to extend taxes to limits previously authorized by the voters. The Association shall support legislation designed to:
(Adopted 1990; Amended 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009; Reaffirmed 1991)
2.34 PROPERTY TAX CAP — GSA CALCULATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to modify the General State Aid Formula calculation for school districts subject to PTELL (Property Tax Extension Limitation Law) such as that they are not penalized when successfully passing an operating fund rate increase referendum.
2.35 PROPERTY TAX CLASSIFICATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any reduction in real estate assessment for residential property which is not offset on a one‑-to-‑one ratio.
2.36 SCHOOL FINANCE REFORM
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall adopt as a position statement the recommendations contained in the Report of the Finance Initiative Committee of the Illinois Association of School Boards which reads:
“The State of Illinois, having the responsibility of defining requirements for elementary and secondary education, establishes that the primary purpose of schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through which children learn in areas necessary to their continuing development. Such areas include the language arts, mathematics, the biological, physical and social sciences, the fine arts and physical development and health.
Each school district shall give priority in the allocation of resources, including funds, time allocation, personnel, and facilities to fulfilling the primary purpose of schooling.” (The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-1)
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that adequate funding must be provided for each student in order to guarantee the opportunity for an appropriate public education.
An appropriate education is defined as an education that provides for all students educational opportunities that meet the goals for learning established by the state in the Education Reform Act of 1985 and local community expectations as expressed through local board policy.
The following is criteria by which proposals for school finance reform shall be evaluated:
(Adopted 1990; Amended 1996, 2008; Reaffirmed 2001, 2012)
2.37 CHANGES IN SCHOOL ACCOUNTING PRACTICES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose legislation or rulemaking proposing cosmetic and costly changes in the school accounting practices or fiscal year, including but not limited to, mandatory accrual basis accounting, major program determination, depreciation allocation, and management’s discussion and analysis.
(Adopted 1992; Amended 2003)
2.38 TAX LAW AND ASSESSMENT PRACTICES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to create uniformity and equality in Illinois property tax laws regarding assessment practices.
(Adopted 1993; Reaffirmed 2002)
2.39 IMPACT FEES FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall participate in the development and passage of statewide enabling legislation allowing local boards of education to impose residential development impact fees with the option of local municipal control through intergovernmental cooperation.
(Adopted 1994; Reaffirmed 1996, 1998)
2.40 BOND AND INTEREST LEVY
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall attempt to have legislation passed that would permit a school district to increase the bond and interest levy to recover taxes lost from an adverse Property Tax Appeal Board Decision, that caused the district to expend operating funds to amortize debt.
2.41 LOCAL TAXES ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that would exempt public schools from all taxes imposed by state, federal, and units of local government. They shall neither seek to deprive or deplete public schools of their funds. Each public school district shall be issued its own district’s State and Federal Tax Exemption Identification Number for such exemption. It shall be the responsibility of the taxing body to notify the agency collecting the tax of its exemption and assure its implementation.
(Adopted 1996; Reaffirmed 2001, 2008; Amended 2004)
2.42 PROPERTY TAX RATE INCREASES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that would require that new property tax rates levied immediately following successful passage of tax rate increases be used as the calculating rate and extended as required under the School Code (105 ILCS 5/17-3.2).
2.43 PROPERTY TAX CAP EXPIRATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support a change in State law to create a four-year sunset on the implementation of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) in each county in which PTELL has been enacted. The four-year sunset would also apply to the enactment of PTELL in any county approving PTELL after the effective date of the legislation. Any desire to extend PTELL beyond the four years would require the County Board to again place the question on the ballot and receive a positive majority of votes in the next general election.
(Adopted 2004; Reaffirmed 2006, 2007)
2.44 TRUTH IN TAXATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek a modification in the Truth in Taxation Notice that reflects the natural economic appreciation effect of changes in property values when reporting the percentage increase or decrease over the previous year’s tax levy.
2.45 SALES TAX FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall advocate that the General Assembly study and consider legislation allowing school districts access to additional forms of financial revenue, both state and local sources, including but not limited to, sales tax revenue. Further, any form of additional revenue for schools must provide that school districts determine the fund(s) in which to place the additional revenue.
2.46 ABATEMENTS FOR HOME BUILDERS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to amend the Illinois Property Code (35 ILCS 200/18-165, et seq.) to enable Boards of Education to develop criteria for awarding abatements of school property tax to individual homebuilders. Said legislation shall provide rural school boards that are struggling with declining enrollments and loss of assessed valuation with a tool to stimulate the growth of both tax base and population base of their districts.
2.47 PTELL – DEBT SERVICE EXTENSION BASE
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation (2011 House Bill 1341) to modify the Debt Service Extension Base (DSEB) formula established by the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) to allow the limited number of school districts that do not have DSEB to have one established for them creating more equity among districts affected by the PTELL and equal opportunity in school funding.
2.48 PTELL NO PENALTY FOR UNDER LEVY
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows school districts to levy an amount less than the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) formula would allow without penalty in future years. This would require that when a district “under” levies, that the full allowable extension amount be tracked and made accessible in future years.
2.49 EAV ADJUSTMENTS – TIMELY NOTIFICATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to require timely notification between county assessors of substantial adjustments to assessed values for a taxing district that has assessed property in multiple counties.
2.50 PENSION-NORMAL COST SHIFT
The Illinois Association of School Boards recognizes that legislation to sensibly resolve Illinois’ current pension crisis must be fully compliant with prevailing actuarial scientific standards in order to achieve fully-funded and sustainable pension funds. The Illinois Association of School Boards therefore shall not support a “cost-shift” to local districts as a true sensible solution to the pension burden.
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FINANCING PUBLIC EDUCATION -- FEDERAL
2.51 STATE AND LOCAL FEDERAL TAX DEDUCTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work with the National School Boards Association and other coalitions to defeat any legislation or regulation that would eliminate the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes.
2.52 E-RATE DISCOUNT PROGRAM
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to continue to support discount programs, including but not limited to the “E-Rate” program created in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, to provide affordable Internet access, distance-learning, and other educational programs for school districts and libraries.
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FINANCING PUBLIC EDUCATION -- OTHER
2.53 NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING
The Illinois Association of School Boards opposes payment of state funds directly or indirectly to non-public elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the Association is opposed to the use of any form of “Educational Voucher”, “Tax Deduction” and “Tax Credit” plan at the state or national level.
(Portions Adopted 1970, 1975, 1982; Amended 1988; Reaffirmed 2006, 2012)
2.54 NON-PUBLIC STUDENT REPORTING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to require that non-public schools receiving the benefit of public funds or services, submit to the Illinois State Board of Education an annual report including the names, ages and addresses of all students enrolled in their schools.
2.55 TRANSPORTATION FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall pursue and support legislation amending 105 ILCS 5/29-4 of the Illinois Compiled Statues (School Code) to require schools other than public to conform to public school attendance dates and times as needed to minimize busing costs, or pay the additional costs as a result of scheduling differences in busing students attending those schools.
2.56 TAX EXEMPT BOND USE
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any reduction by the Federal Government in the amount of tax exempt bonds which can be issued. In addition to this continuing opposition, the IASB shall explore alternatives available should such limitation be forthcoming at the Federal level. This would include but not be limited to income tax credits for individuals, commercial bonds property casualty companies, etc., to provide incentives within the State of Illinois for the purchase of said bonds.
2.57 LIFE SAFETY FUND USE
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows the State Board of Education to approve the use of monies generated from the health/life safety tax levy or the sale of health/life safety bonds for building projects that, while not specifically listed as a State Board approved project, will directly result in the improved safety of the students and/or community. Specifically, such funds shall be eligible to cover the costs for the following purposes: 1) repair or replacement of property such as school sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and playground equipment, in instances when a specific safety hazard is demonstrated by a licensed architect or engineer; 2) mandated alterations to facilities and school property pursuant to requirements of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act; and 3) to provide air conditioning and climate control in the classrooms, and to provide for the lease and/or purchase of air-conditioning equipment under the tax for leasing (including lease purchase and installment purchase) of educational facilities.
(Adopted 1989; Reaffirmed 1991; Amended 1993, 2006)
2.58 STATE AND FEDERAL GRANT CARRYOVER
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the state and federal governments to remove restrictions on grant programs which currently require local school districts to return grant fund balances back to the state.
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3.01 BOARD MEMBER INVOLVEMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall continue its legislative involvement and encourage increased legislative activity by local school board members at the district, division and state levels while providing leadership in guiding those board members in their efforts to seek public support of legislation essential to good school government.
(Portions Adopted 1974, 1981; Amended 1988; Reaffirmed 2006)
3.02 CANDIDATE SUPPORT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively encourage and assist school board members to effectively evaluate positions of legislative candidates relative to public education and to support those candidates who have demonstrated understanding and support for the principles of school management to ensure the best education for public school students in Illinois.
(Adopted 1975; Reaffirmed 1986; Amended 2006)
3.03 LIMITED BILL INTRODUCTIONS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Illinois General Assembly to limit the quantity of legislation introduced in each two-year period to allow time for each bill to be researched, debated and thoroughly investigated before action by the General Assembly.
(Adopted 1987; Reaffirmed 2012)
3.04 GENERAL ASSEMBLY RULES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support changes in the operating procedures of the Illinois General Assembly which would promote maximum exchange of information between legislators and interested citizens and ensure enlightened debate on the merits of all proposed bills and take the action necessary to prevent legislation from being changed by amendments which are not germane to the original purpose of the bill, or establish a time limit for such amendments sufficient to avoid last minute changes in the final weeks of a legislative session.
(Portions Adopted 1980, 1984; Amended 1988; Reaffirmed 2012)
3.05 EFFECTIVE DATE AND STATE BOARD RULES & REGULATIONS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Illinois General Assembly to allow a minimum of one year lead time for implementation of any regulation or legislation increasing costs in public schools. Any such changes to existing educational programs should not be implemented until the final regulations have been adopted by the State Board of Education.
(Adopted 1981; Amended 1993; Reaffirmed 2012)
3.06 DATA UTILIZATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation requiring the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent to base rules, regulations, and recommendations regarding legislation affecting public schools on empirical research, which shall be made available to the Illinois General Assembly and the interested public.
3.07 LOCAL LEGISLATIVE VISITS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support and encourage each local Board of Education throughout the State of Illinois to make a “good faith” effort to initiate, undertake and make an in-person visit with their local legislators in order to discuss specific issues and proposed legislation affecting local school districts. Further resolve that conducting any such visits will be part of any Awards Program adopted by the IASB that recognizes outstanding leadership and development activities by local Boards of Education.
(Adopted 1995; Reaffirmed 2006)
3.08 ELECTED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation or other appropriate action requiring that the members of the Illinois State Board of Education be elected on a regional basis.
3.09 BUDGET STABILITY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation requiring the Illinois General Assembly to determine the amount of funding for educational entitlements and General State Aid no later than March 31 (3 months prior to the start of the budget year) and enact a biennial budgetary cycle.
(Adopted 2010, Reaffirmed 2011; Amended 2012)
3.10 LEGISLATIVE PAY ACCOUNTABILITY
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that requires the Illinois General Assembly to include the salary and benefits of each individual legislator on the Illinois General Assembly website. Benefits include all stipends, bonuses, per diems and other compensation for serving in the General Assembly.
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BOARD OPERATIONS AND DUTIES
4.01 ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to continue to study Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and methods to accurately identify and meet the educational needs of children with this disorder. Further, the IASB shall seek clarification of state policies and categories of special education to provide for consistency in special education placement and disseminate relevant information from the ISBE to local school districts.
4.02 SELF-INSURE RISK
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall propose legislation which would allow school districts, by board resolution, to self-insure the risk previously covered by surety bonds.
4.03 BOARD MEMBER — TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation which will allow members of Boards of Education to be reimbursed for mileage for school board meetings held in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act and for events regarding school district staff. Mileage reimbursement would be paid at the federally allowable travel reimbursement rate.
4.04 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TRAINING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any legislation that includes a provision for mandatory training of school board members. The IASB encourages local boards of education to model continuous improvement by pursuing all professional development and training opportunities. The IASB, with its unique combination of expertise and resources, is uniquely in the position to be the primary agency responsible for school board member training and professional development as recognized by Article 23 of the Illinois School code , and any such legislation requiring school board member training shall specifically list the IASB as a training provider.
(Adopted 2008; Amended 2012)
4.05 CYBER-BULLYING DEFINITION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall a advocate for legislation that requires all Illinois public school districts’ "Policy on Bullying" to include a bullying definition, which includes “cyber-bullying”. School districts are encouraged to include a wide range of local education stakeholders in the establishment of the policy and to include in their policy specific provisions on bullying reporting requirements, investigation procedures, intervention options, and appropriate consequences.
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BOARD - EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
5.01 BOARD RIGHTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards supports local boards of education’s rights to determine and control, as duly elected representatives of the community, the employment, dismissal and staff reduction of certificated and non-certificated employees. To this end, the Association shall support statutory, rules and regulations changes that will:
(Portions adopted 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988; Amended 1988, 1996, 2006, 2012; Reaffirmed 1992, 2011)
5.02 TEACHER SALARIES (LENGTH OF CONTRACT)
The Illinois Association of School Boards believes that teacher salaries should be determined at the local level; if teacher salary increases are legislatively mandated, they should be linked to an increase in the length of the teacher contract year for purposes to be determined locally.
(Adopted 1985, Reaffirmed 2012)
5.03 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall strongly oppose legislation that diminishes the local school board’s ability to collectively bargain with employees and shall encourage the General Assembly, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the State Superintendent to refrain from passing legislation that tips the balance of the bargaining process in favor of employee bargaining units. The Association shall continue to oppose any change in the collective bargaining law which fails to protect the rights of students, employees, taxpayers and boards of education and their administrative staffs.
(Adopted 1981; Amended 1985, 2001; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.04 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS)
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation which would exempt substitute teachers from being eligible for unemployment compensation.
(Adopted 1986; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.05 PREVAILING WAGE ACT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work to repeal legislation that regulates wages of laborers, mechanics and other workers employed by school districts and those under contract for work being done in school districts, or amend the Prevailing Wage Act to exempt school districts from its scope.
(Amended 1982, 1990, 2011; Reaffirmed 1985, 1988, 1996, 2009, 2012, 2013)
5.06 ESP PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows local school boards to determine locally all contractual arrangements for education support personnel.
5.07 ILLINOIS EDUCATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support the proposed amendment to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, Section 10, which provides that an employer’s duty to bargain over specified matters does not include a duty to bargain over a decision to reduce the number of employees and the impact of a reduction of employees.
(Adopted 1993; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.08 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively support legislation to reduce the costs of Workers’ Compensation.
(Adopted 1993; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.09 IMRF QUALIFICATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that would amend the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) laws for non-certified school staff to change, at each local district’s option, the number of minimum hours an employee would work to qualify for IMRF from the current 600 hour standard to a 1,000 hour standard. This change would only be for new employees after the effective date of the legislation.
5.10 TENURE REPEAL
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek reform of the School Code to eliminate contractual continued service for teachers as currently provided by 105 ILCS 5/24-11.
(Adopted 1995; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.11 SCHOOL EMPLOYEE STRIKES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall strongly seek and support legislation forbidding public school employees from striking. The Association shall also work with legislators, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the teachers’ unions to develop alternatives to striking, including mediation and binding arbitration.
(Adopted 1996; Amended 2009; Reaffirmed 2012)
5.12 STAFF DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the Illinois State Board of Education to offer alternative times for staff development workshops other than during regular school hours when classes are in session.
5.13 EARLY RETIREMENT-DISTRICT OPTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation which will allow Boards of Education to determine if a teacher may retire exercising the Early Retirement Option (ERO) with the Teachers Retirement System (TRS).
5.14 THIRD PARTY CONTRACTING
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall strongly oppose legislation or rulemaking that regulates and restricts the ability of school boards to contract with third-parties for the provision of non-instructional services. The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek to repeal or amend the provisions of the School Code which unreasonably restrict the ability of school boards to enter into contracts with third-parties for the provision of non-instruction services.
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LOCAL - STATE - FEDERAL RELATIONS
6.01 LOCAL CONTROL
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall take all appropriate action to encourage members of the U.S. Congress, the Illinois General Assembly, related administrative agencies, and state and federal courts to refrain from introducing, supporting or promulgating rules, regulations and legislation which deprive local school districts of decision-making powers on matters in which there is not a clear and compelling state or national interest.
(Adopted 1976; Reaffirmed 2006, 2012)
6.02 PERIODIC REVIEW OF STATE AND FEDERAL MANDATES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support at the state and national level periodic review of all mandates, rules and regulations affecting local districts. Such mandates, rules and regulations should be broad in scope providing great flexibility in implementation, eased or reduced during periods when state supporting funds are unavailable or reduced, and eliminated if not of benefit to educational opportunities and outcomes.
(Adopted 1981; Reaffirmed 1985; Amended 1988)
6.03 EDUCATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD PROCEDURES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall work with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to increase their sensitivity to the need for timely decisions and establish criteria to identify matters in need of expedited attention. Further, the Association shall utilize the legislative process to remove statutory barriers to timely and expedited decisions and support legislation to enhance the decision making process.
6.04 STATE BOARD COMMUNICATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall continue to work with the Illinois State Board of Education to provide opportunities throughout the state each fiscal year to render local boards of education the time to express their concerns as well as to discuss their position on various pertinent educational issues.
(Adopted 1982; Amended 1988)
6.05 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERSHIP
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall participate in the development of legislation amending Section 105 ILCS 5/1A with a goal of insuring fair representation on the State Board of Education from all geographic areas of Illinois.
6.06 ZONING HEARING PARTICIPATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards supports requiring planning commissions, zoning boards, and the governing bodies of the jurisdiction in which real estate developments or zoning changes are proposed to notify the school district affected about such proposals and hearings about them and, if any, about the effect of the proposed changes and developments before completing any action to approve or adopt such a change or development.
(Adopted 1973; Reaffirmed 2006)
6.07 RAILROAD CROSSINGS
The Illinois Association of School Boards urges the Illinois General Assembly, the Congress of the United States, state and federal commerce commissions, and railroad industries to continue working toward the installation of adequate warning devices at all railroad crossings maintained for public use in Illinois.
(Adopted 1976; Reaffirmed 2006)
6.08 ISBE RULES AND REGULATIONS REVIEW
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall encourage the Illinois State Board of Education to include school board members, administrators and other practitioners on committees to review proposed rules and regulations.
6.09 STUDENTS ON PUBLIC AID
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek and support legislation to mandate that students of families receiving State/Federal financial assistance (e.g. welfare, AFDC) maintain “regular” attendance as a stipulation for receipt of same.
6.10 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS — LOCAL OPTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that would allow local school districts the authority to decide whether to observe legal holidays as a day of non-attendance for students.
6.11 HOME SCHOOLING POLICY
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to enact appropriate laws and policies to demonstrate that the education received by home-taught students is of sufficient quality to ensure appropriate transfer to schools that have current certification and recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education.
(Adopted 1996; Amended 1998; Reaffirmed 2000)
6.12 DESIGN PROFESSION SELECTION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation in the Illinois General Assembly amending or repealing the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act, or any other applicable laws, rules or regulations, to the extent necessary to permit Illinois school boards to solicit, and to permit licensed architects, engineers and land surveyors to submit cost proposals for these professional services as part of a school board’s design professional selection process.
6.13 SUPPORT SERVICES TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support modifications in the Illinois Intergovernmental Agreement Act to allow public school districts to work together in a time and cost efficient manner to provide support services to private schools as required by the U.S. Supreme Court rendered in the case of Agostini v. Felton, 65 U.S.L.W. 4526. (U.S. June 23, 1997).
6.14 STATUTORY JOB DESCRIPTIONS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose legislation which allows job descriptions for employees of school district to be placed into state law.
6.15 ADMINISTRATIVE CAPS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall not support recent Illinois State legislation concerning Administrative Caps and Superintendent’s Contracts as this legislation takes away local control from duly elected Boards of Education. Be it further resolved that the IASB calls for the repeal of these provisions of PA 90-548 so that these provisions are again placed in the hands of local school boards.
6.16 STUDENT EXPULSION HEARINGS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation and/or encourage the National School Board Association to support legislation that gives local school districts more latitude than the law currently mandated by Honeig v. Doe. Particularly, school districts should have more latitude than the 10 day suspension limitation to accommodate the needs of the accused to acquire legal counsel, bring forth evidence, or testimony pertinent to the hearing.
6.17 BILINGUAL EDUCATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall promote legislative action calling for the Illinois State Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Education and school districts to study the alignment of, and full financial support of, the implementation of second language, native language and bilingual education programs.
6.18 FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation at both the Federal and State levels to exempt school district employees from overtime and salary regulations as described in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
6.19 CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SUPPORT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall actively participate in promoting a Constitutional Convention for the State of Illinois when the question is submitted to the voters in 2008 (or earlier, if submitted before) and shall begin planning strategy and marshaling resources for the promotion of a vote in favor of conducting the Constitutional Convention.
(Adopted 2005; Reaffirmed 2006, 2007)
6.20 BIDDING CONTRACTS-LOCAL BIDDERS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation that allows the local Board of Education to award a contract, under certain circumstances, to a qualified bidder that may not be the lowest responsible bidder. The bid must not be more than 2% over the lowest responsible bid and the bidder must be considered a local contractor by the local Board of Education.
6.21 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT CHANGES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to modify the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to facilitate school districts’ compliance with the Act and to remove unnecessary burdens on units of local government. The legislative changes should:
6.22 HOMELESS STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation conforming Illinois law with federal law, specifically related to 105 ILCS 45 and the requirement for school districts to transport homeless students beyond district boundaries.
6.23 MANDATE COST & PERIODIC REVIEW
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support modifications to the Illinois State Mandates Act (30 ILCS 805) that will strengthen the ability of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to accurately and sufficiently provide timely information on the costs of mandates including input from local elected boards of education. In addition, the mandates report required for other local governments shall be required of ISBE to provide timely, updated information on the impact of new mandates as they are enacted.
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DISTRICT ORGANIZATION AND ELECTIONS
7.01 DISTRICT REORGANIZATION
The Illinois Association of School Boards favors school district reorganization and consolidation intended to facilitate educational improvement rather than changes in district organization based only on enrollment or geographical location. Further, IASB shall oppose any future attempts by the Legislature, Governor, and/or State Board of Education to mandate, by statute or rules and regulations, the reorganization and consolidation of school districts. Reorganization and consolidation studies should be initiated by local citizens. In addition, IASB shall oppose legislation containing financial incentives based solely on district size or organizational pattern intended to force school district consolidation or reorganization.
(Adopted 1962; Amended 1985; Reaffirmed 2006)
7.02 SCHOOL DISTRICT REORGANIZATION VOTING REQUIREMENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek, encourage, and support efforts for school district reorganization – in all forms – to include a requirement that before such reorganization is deemed passed, a majority vote of voters in each of the affected districts is necessary.
(Adopted 1987; Amended 1988, 2006)
7.03 ANNEXING DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall seek an amendment to Article 7 of The School Code providing that neither a petition initiated by the citizens of one school district nor a petition initiated by a local school board of education seeking to annex their entire school district or a portion of the school district above and beyond one (1) home to another should be permitted without the affirmative vote of the citizens of each of the school districts affected. Specifically, 105 ILCS 5/7-1 and 7-2 shall be amended to include the following language: “When a petition is initiated by two-thirds (2/3rds) of the registered voters in one school district seeking to annex said district in its entirety to another school district or school districts and the board of education of such receiving school district or school districts has not adopted a resolution agreeing to such annexation, such annexation, if approved by the regional board of school trustees, shall not become effective until it is approved in an election called for the purpose of voting on the question of the voters in each school district affected.”
(Adopted 1988; Amended 1996, 2006; Reaffirmed 2000)
7.04 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION AT-LARGE
The Illinois Association of School Boards support legislation to repeal the provisions of the School Code that require a school district to have a ballot question approved in each congressional township before the district can move to electing its board members at-large.
7.05 DETACHMENT FROM UNIT DISTRICT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall oppose any efforts to amend the Illinois School Code to allow for less restrictive procedures for school districts to detach and form a new district.
(Adopted 2005; Amended 2006)
7.06 PUBLIC QUESTION VOTING DATES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall support legislation to repeal the statute in the Election Code, amended by Public Act 84-739, which became effective January 1, 1986, which restricts school districts from placing a public question on the ballot other than when voters are scheduled to cast votes for any candidates for nomination for, election to, or retention in public office.
7.07 SCHOOL BALLOT FORMAT
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall urge the State Legislature to review and revise the school ballot formats as established in section 9-12 of the School Code to more clearly identify for whom the voter is casting a ballot.
7.08 ELECTION SCHEDULES
The Illinois Association of School Boards shall continue to support the non-partisan election of school board members at a non-partisan election.
(Adopted 2003; Amended 2006)