Thank you for your service on the IPA Legislative Committee! As always, if I can offer additional information about pending legislation, new laws, or any other related topics, please feel free to contact me.
Governmental Relations/Public Relations Director
Here are the top 5 items for January!
Inauguration and Spring Legislative Session Begins - Inauguration of the Illinois Constitutional officers, including Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner, will take place Monday, January 12. WUIS-FM will have live coverage beginning at 11:45 a.m.
The 99th Illinois General Assembly will begin the spring legislative session following inauguration on Wednesday, January 14. Session will take place the following day and not resume again until January 28. Many pressing issues are on the horizon including budgeting without the temporary income tax increase extension, pensions (pending court decisions), school funding, and student discipline legislation. The lobbyists of the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance will also be working to advance legislation related to the Vision 20/20 initiative. Click here for full session schedules for the House of Representatives and Senate.
Student Discipline Legislation - Meetings occurred during the months of November and December regarding this issue among stakeholders, Senator Lightford, and discipline reform advocates. The Alliance and other management organizations have submitted many items of compromise that would still allow school officials to exercise flexible discretion in the use of suspensions and expulsions in schools. While the previous bills have effectively died, the issue will continue into the Spring. Stay tuned for more information you can share with legislators as we head into the legislative session in January.
Federal ESEA Reauthorization - It is widely anticipated that the Republican-led House and Senate will take up reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this session of Congress. Our national affiliates NAESP and NASSP, along with the American Federation of School Administrators, have authored letters to Congress with principal priorities for ESEA reauthorization. Click here to see the letters.
Among the priorities are: focusing ESEA on supporting school leadership (ongoing mentoring and PD), college and career readiness standards implementation, opposing Title I portability, vouchers, and supporting differentiated accountability systems, rejecting school improvement models that are not evidence-based, more effective, collaborative, and fair principal evaluation, professional development,
Alliance Leadership Summit - The Alliance is hosting a leadership and advocacy summit on February 17-18 in Springfield. The group will be lobbying legislators on Wednesday, February 18. School district superintendents have been asked to assemble a team of 4 district representatives to attend (one superintendent, one principal, one school board member, and one school business official, or any other combination). If you are interested and available to attend, please contact your district superintendent for more information. Click here to learn more. literacy programs, Pre-K-3 education and leadership, resources to improve secondary schools, and support for digital learning,
Legislator Outreach - Letters will go out soon to members of the Illinois General Assembly with contact information for IPA leaders in their districts. I would also encourage you, as committee members, to reach out to your local legislators to introduce yourself and offer your input on education policies and legislation. To find your legislator, click here. For assistance in contacting your legislator, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-241-0595.
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