Vision 20/20 gets third bill signed by Governor Rauner. SB 2912 addresses teacher shortage, easier access for educators trained outside Illinois
Passage of this bill marks the 3rd legislative victory for state’s leading education group. Read more:
HB 3100 County-wide Sales Tax for Technology
21ST CENTURY LEARNING
SUPPORT VISION 20/20 COUNTY-WIDE SALES TAX FOR TECHNOLOGY
Amends the Counties Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning school facility occupation taxes.
Last Action: 3/27/2015
Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee
HB 2637 Competitive Bidding Exceptions for Governmental Purchasing Pools
EQUITABLE & ADEQUATE FUNDING
SUPPORT VISION 20/20 INITIATIVE FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING EXCEPTIONS FOR GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING POOLS
With respect to the requirement that all contracts for the purchase of supplies and materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $25,000 or a lower amount as required by school board policy be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, exempts contracts for goods or services procured through a cooperative organized in any state in the United States of America or the District of Columbia that awards contracts by a competitive process and whose membership is limited to governmental agencies.
Last Action: 4/24/2015
Rule 19(a)/Re-referred to Rules Committee
Public Act 99-193 Balanced Accountability Model
SUPPORT VISION 20/20 INITIATIVE FOR BALANCED ACCOUNTABILITY MODEL
The state should adopt a differentiated accountability model to focus on continuous improvement, recognize the diversity of struggling schools and eliminate achievement gaps across the state. This model would allow local flexibility, promote shared accountability, and be sensitive to local district improvements. We have worked with ISBE to arrive at agreed-upon language.
Last Action: 7/30/2015
SB 1403/HB 4022 Evidence-Based School Funding Solution
EQUITABLE AND ADEQUATE FUNDING
SUPPORT VISION 20/20 EVIDENCE BASED SCHOOL FUNDING SOLUTION
On February 12, 2015 Senators Jason Barickman and Andy Manar joined together to embrace this model and are co-sponsoring legislation. Join them in this effort to provide an equitable and adequate solution supported by Illinois’ school leaders!
This plan will:
determine per‐pupil costs for each school district to guarantee that each student has access to a high quality education.
define a prototypical cost for every student in every school in Illinois.
be scalable in two ways: 1) so that it can be implemented over time by first targeting low income school districts and the implementation of best practices as additional funding becomes available; and, 2) so that the General Assembly will be able to select which best practices to fund and invest in, as the first steps to phasing in the whole model by the 2020‐21 school year.
be implemented for the 2016‐17 school year and includes a hold‐harmless provision that ensures that no district would fall below state funding levels for the 2014‐15 school year.
focus on inputs such as: student needs, class size, use of instructional coaches/facilitators/mentors for teachers, tutoring programs for low achieving students, specialized instructional resources for English Language Learners, resources for special education students, full day kindergarten, academic based summer school, and other items including per student funding for technology and teacher professional development.
provide adjustments for factors such as poverty, transportation, support services employees, operation and maintenance employees, supplies and materials, capital equipment needs, technology equipment and infrastructure, and geographic cost differences.
include an Evidence‐Based Professional Judgment Panel which would update the 2010 Illinois School Finance Adequacy Task Force evidence‐based model by December 1, 2015. The Panel also would determine the minimal level of local and state funding for each district and provide recommendations on how to address the state’s neediest districts first in a multi‐year plan to phase in the adequacy model in an equitable manner.
Last Action: 2/27/2015
Referred to Rules Committee
- The budget crisis in Illinois has resulted in drastic cuts to local school district programs.
- Funding for our public schools has dropped below 2006 funding levels.
- The result of these losses has caused proration of the limited funds available.
- “Proration” has resulted in a distribution formula that disproportionately negatively impacts our most needy schools.
AN EVIDENCE-BASED SCHOOL FUNDING SOLUTION FOR ILLINOIS
- The evidence-based adequacy model is a method used to determine per-pupil costs for each school district to guarantee that each student has access to a high quality education.
- The framework defines a prototypical cost for every student in every school in Illinois.
- The model is scalable so that it can be implemented over time by first targeting low-income school districts and the implementation of best practices as additional funding becomes available. It would be implemented for the 2016-17 school year and includes a hold-harmless provision that ensures that no district would fall below state funding levels for the 2014-15 school year.
- The model focuses on inputs such as:
- Student need
- Class size
- Use of instructional coaches/facilitators/mentors for teachers
- Tutoring programs to assist low achieving students
- Additional specialized instructional resources for English Language Learners (ELL)
- Adequate resources for special education student
- Full day kindergarten
- Academic based summer school
- Other items, including a set dollar amount per student for technology and materials, and teacher professional development
- There would be adjustments for factors such as poverty, transportation, support services employees, operation and maintenance employees, supplies and materials, capital equipment needs, technology equipment and infrastructure, and geographic cost differences.
- An Evidence-Based Professional Judgment Panel would update by December 1, 2015 a study completed in 2010 by the Illinois School Finance Adequacy Task Force that already developed an evidence-based model for Illinois. The Panel also would determine the minimal level of local and state funding for each district and provide recommendations on how to address the state’s neediest districts first in a multi-year plan to phase in the adequacy model in an equitable manner.
- Once the cost of the evidence-based funding model is established, it is scalable so that the General Assembly will be able to select which best practices to fund and invest in as the first steps to phasing in the whole model by the 2020-21 school year.
- Evidence-based models are being used in other states such as Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas and North Dakota.
Public Act 99-0058 Education Licensure Reciprocity Agreements
HIGHLY EFFECTIVE EDUCATORS
SUPPORT VISION 20/20 PLAN FOR EDUCATION LICENSURE RECIPROCITY
In order to recruit and retain highly qualified teacher and administrator candidates, Illinois should allow and streamline educator licensure reciprocity agreements with other states. This will ensure that Illinois school districts have access to the best quality candidates, regardless of the state where individuals received their initial educator license.
Support Legislative Initiative for Educator Reciprocity so that:
In emergency situations, school districts can employ for up to 120 days substitute teachers who hold a Professional Educator License or License with Stipulations that is endorsed for the grade level of instruction.
Teachers that have completed an evidence based assessment of teacher effectiveness or a test of basic skills in another state, do not have to complete additional Illinois assessments upon initial licensure.
Out-of-state teachers seeking licensure that have completed the same required coursework as in-state candidates need only verify program completion to receive an Professional Educator License. (Those who have not completed required coursework will receive a License with Stipulations and be required to complete any deficient coursework.)
Endorsements for out-of-state applicants for a Principal Endorsement or Superintendent Endorsement are available to individuals who have completed an out-of-state approved education program to become a principal or superintendent, met State exam requirements and received a certificate or license endorsed in a teaching field. (Those who have not passed State exams may receive a Provisional Endorsement.)
Endorsements for out-of-state applicants for a Chief School Business Official Endorsement are available to those individuals with a master’s degree in school business management, finance, or accounting; completed an internship in school business management or have 2 years of experience as a school business administrator; met all State exam requirements; and have completed modules in reading methods, Special Education, and English Learners.
Governor approved: 07/16/2015
Public Act 99-0058
Effective Date: July 16, 2015