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An Open Letter to Illinois Principals from the Universal Technical Institute:   Thank you for your commitment and the work you do to prepare students to be successful in their pursuits of their individual and exciting futures. We are writing to ask for your help in ensuring that every single student who graduates in Illinois can look forward to a future they can be proud of. This letter is a request for partnership and action. We are concerned that some of your students may be missing out on opportunities that can lead to fulfilling careers. The economy is changing, and while many recent graduates struggle to get their careers off the ground, employers ...
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GOVERNOR VETOES FUNDING CLEAN UP BILL Governor Bruce Rauner Monday issued an Amendatory Veto to SB 444 , the bill that would make technical changes to the funding provisions of the new evidence-based school funding model. Though the Governor’s proposed changes had nothing to do with the funding distribution model to public schools, the bill will now require additional legislative action that will further delay the issuance of any funding based on the new distribution formula. The Governor’s amendment has to do with the Invest in Kids Act, which authorizes tax credit scholarships totaling up to $100 million for low-income students to attend non-public schools. ...
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To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff created  The Principal’s Calendar  (available for IPA Members). The calendar is broken down by month. At the end of every month we will be sharing out the reflection you should be considering for the upcoming month. The reflections will center around attributes outlined in the  School Leader Paradigm . The Principal's Calendar is sponsored by  Stifel.   This month's featured attribute is : Responsible :  Demonstrates the ownership of and takes the responsibility necessary for achieving desired results. Associated Competency: Operations and ...
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Don’t Miss the 2018 Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.! Join principals from across the nation in Washington, D.C., March 19–21, for the 2018 NASSP Advocacy Conference . At this conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s foremost education thought leaders. You will also take part in federal advocacy training and will use that training on Capitol Hill in meetings with your elected representatives in Congress. Registration is available to Federal Grassroots Network (FGN) members and is free, but attendees will be responsible for their hotel and travel costs. Become an FGN member and register for the conference today—visit ...
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Below you'll find our 10 most accessed Online Model Student Handbook pages. Not a MSH subscriber? Assure that schools in your district have student handbooks that are up to date and comply with State and Federal laws. Save time and money by ordering the service today! (Subscriptions must be purchased at a district level. Individual school subscriptions are not offered.) 10: English Language Acknowledgement 9: Student Use of Electronic Devices 8: Teacher Qualifications 7: Student Discipline 6: Student Medical Authorization Form 5: Head Lice 4: Student Handbook Acknowledgement 3: Student Records 2: ...
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Below you'll find a list of our 10 most popular administrator academies for 2017. We have a full calendar of upcoming professional development, including almost all of these academies, available on our website . 10: Reducing Conflict & Working With Employees & Parents in Schools (AA#1266) This session will demonstrate strategies and resources that are currently used to reduce organizational conflict and make working with difficult and resistant people easier. Examples of all research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be provided to participants. 9: Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health & Wellness in Schools (AA#1560) ...
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Register Today for the 2018 Advocacy Conference Join principals from across the nation in Washington, D.C., March 19–21, for the 2018 NASSP Advocacy Conference . At this conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the nation’s foremost education thought leaders. You will also receive federal advocacy training and the chance to use that training on Capitol Hill in meetings with your elected representatives in Congress. Only Federal Grassroots Network (FGN) members may register. Registration for the conference is free, but attendees will be responsible for their hotel and travel costs. For more information, please visit the NASSP Advocacy ...
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IPA Talk   IPA's Jason Leahy, Alison Maley and Brian Schwartz discuss property tax legislation, the teacher/substitute shortage, new education-related case laws and more in the latest edition of IPA Talk. Make sure you don't miss any IPA Talks, or other great videos on IPA's YouTube channel. Subscribe to the IPA channel today ! Principal's Calendar Monthly Reflection: December To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff ...
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To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff created  The Principal’s Calendar  (available for IPA Members). The calendar is broken down by month. At the end of every month we will be sharing out the reflection you should be considering for the upcoming month. The reflections will center around attributes outlined in the  School Leader Paradigm . The Principal's Calendar is sponsored by  Stifel. This month's featured attribute is : Relational:  Interacts with people in ways that fulfill their physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs. Associated Competency: Community Building: ...
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PROPERTY TAX FREEZE LEGISLATION PASSES HOUSE Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have adjourned for 2017, a year that saw a full year budget passed, new revenues, and a school funding formula overhaul. The House of Representatives and the Senate are scheduled to convene the 2018 spring veto session in late January.  In previous Fall Veto Sessions, Governor Bruce Rauner was very successful in sustaining a vast majority of his vetoes. However, things were different this year as a number of vetoes were overridden by the General Assembly. The growing number of votes against the Governor started with the budget and revenue package (SB 6 and SB 9) ...
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VETO SESSION RESUMES THIS WEEK - ACTION NEEDED ON PROPERTY TAX FREEZE The Illinois General Assembly returns to the Capitol this week for the second week of the Veto Session. This will likely complete the session action for the year. Last week the House Revenue and Finance Committee approved the latest version of a property tax freeze. SB 851, sponsored by Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) in the House, was amended with the freeze language on an 8-1 Committee vote. Details of the bill can be found in the last Alliance Legislative Report. SB 851 could be considered on the House floor at any time. Alliance members are urged to contact their ...
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ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (100-49) - VETO SESSION WRAPS UP PROPERTY TAX FREEZE LEGISLATION PASSES HOUSE Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have adjourned for 2017, a year that saw a full year budget passed, new revenues, and a school funding formula overhaul. The House of Representatives and the Senate are scheduled to convene the 2018 spring veto session in late January.  In previous Fall Veto Sessions, Governor Bruce Rauner was very successful in sustaining a vast majority of his vetoes. However, things were different this year as a number of vetoes were overridden by the General Assembly. The growing number of votes against the Governor ...
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VETO SESSION RESUMES THIS WEEK - ACTION NEEDED ON PROPERTY TAX FREEZE The Illinois General Assembly returns to the Capitol this week for the second week of the Veto Session. This will likely complete the session action for the year. Last week the House Revenue and Finance Committee approved the latest version of a property tax freeze. SB 851, sponsored by Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) in the House, was amended with the freeze language on an 8-1 Committee vote. Details of the bill can be found in the last Alliance Legislative Report. SB 851 could be considered on the House floor at any time. Alliance members are urged to contact their State ...
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This blog post was recently posted by NASSP  and has relevance to the ongoing practice of implementing Senate Bill 100 and restorative discipline. Guest post by John Bartlett It was a normal morning during my second year as a teacher. I got to school early and went to the office to get my second cup of coffee before school started. On the way back to class, it happened—a girl fight. As an educator, you know what I am talking about. You also know that generally girl fights are much more difficult to separate than boy fights. As I stepped in between the two female combatants as their hands clutched at each other’s hair, one of the duelists knocked my ...
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To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff created  The Principal’s Calendar  (available for IPA Members). The calendar is broken down by month. At the end of every month we will be sharing out the reflection you should be considering for the upcoming month. The reflections will center around attributes outlined in the  School Leader Paradigm . The Principal's Calendar is sponsored by  Stifel. This month's featured attribute is : Humble:  Knows what he/she does not know; resists being arrogant; never underestimates competition.   Associated Competency: Growth Mindset:  Embraces challenges; ...
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Connect with us:   Problem viewing this email? Click here for our online version.       In This Issue... In this Issue... - A Night of Heroes - Become an Unlearning Leader - Evidence Based Funding Model Tutorials - Blue Ribbon Schools Announced ...
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​ Connect with us:   Problem viewing this email? Click here for our online version.       In This Issue... In this Issue... - Making Evaluation Meaningful - Blue Ribbon Schools Announced! - Teacher ...
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To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff created  The Principal’s Calendar  (available for IPA Members). The calendar is broken down by month. At the end of every month we will be sharing out the reflection you should be considering for the upcoming month. The reflections will center around attributes outlined in the  School Leader Paradigm . The Principal's Calendar is sponsored by  Stifel. This month's featured attribute is : Visionary:  Builds a group vision as a guide for making all decisions. Associated Competency : Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning:  Defines the mission as the intent ...
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August 29, 2017 Spotlight on the Statehouse ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (100-43) - SCHOOL FUNDING APPROVED BY SENATE Today, the Illinois Senate approved Senate Bill 1947 , the school funding reform bill. Governor Bruce Rauner has vowed to quickly sign the bill into law, thus ending a long stalemate between the partisan caucuses and the two legislative chambers. The bill, which passed the Senate on a vote of 38-13-4, will be effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature. Both the Illinois State Board of Education and the Office of the Illinois Comptroller have pledged to process the necessary paperwork ...
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Title II Advocacy

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The U.S. Senate will soon host appropriation committees and a markup of the education funding bill. As I’m sure you are aware, Title II funding is at serious risk. Nearly every district receives Title II funding to support the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of excellent teachers and leaders, but the funding for Title II is in danger of being eliminated. The elimination—or significant reduction—of Title II funding would have drastic and negative impacts on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students they serve. How to help: Send a message to Congress - Use this link to quickly send a message to your members of Congress ...
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