VISION 20/20 UPDATE
Since the launch of the Vision 20/20 agenda at the Alliance Leadership Summit in 2015, several key components of the Vision plan have become law. Though there is much more work to be done, these accomplishments, due to the dogged support of school administrators, board members, principals, and business officials, should be recognized.
HB 2683 (Public Act 99-0193) was approved in the legislative session of 2015. It required the Illinois State Board of Education ISBE) to develop recognition standards for school improvement that uses an outcomes-based, balanced accountability measure. The student performance component counts for 30% of the total balanced accountability measure and the professional practice component counts for 70% of the measure.
The Alliance is currently working with the ISBE to modify this Balanced Accountability Model to fit with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Highly Effective Educators
HB 2657 (Public Act 99-0058) was also approved in the legislative session of 2015. It authorized the ISBE to use funds to support recruitment and retention of educators and to facilitate reciprocity with other states when teachers and administrators move into Illinois to continue their profession.
SB 2912 (Public Act 99-0920) was approved in the Veto Session of 2016. It makes changes to teacher licensure laws addressing provisional in-state educator endorsements, provisional career and technical educator endorsements, substitute teacher licenses (by removing the provision that requires a test of basic skills for renewal), teacher leader endorsements, and minimum requirements for educators trained in other states.
VISION 20/20 UPDATE - ACCOMPLISHMENTS
HB 3820 (Crespo, D–Hoffman Estates) HIGHLY EFFECTIVE EDUCATORS
SUPPORT – VISION 20/20 FLEXIBILITY IN TEACHER LICENSURE
The quality of teachers and school leaders is the greatest predictor of student achievement schools can influence. By attracting, developing, and retaining the best educators from within and from outside State boundaries, we can have a profound impact on student learning.
HB 3820 facilitates the recruiting and hiring of individuals with a career and technical educator endorsement or a part-time provisional career and technical educator endorsement. It removes barriers in hiring career and technical educator substitute teachers. The bill also addresses the minimum requirements for educators trained in other states or countries and Professional Educator License renewal.
SUPPORT – MANDATE RELIEF
HB 440 (Ives, R-Wheaton) and SB 1523 (McCarter, R-Lebanon) allow school districts to provide daily physical education instead of requiring this curriculum.
HB 663 (Morrison, T., R-Palatine) allows a school board, if State funding payments have been delayed for at least one payment cycle, to discontinue any curricular or instructional mandate by publicly adopting a resolution.
HB 670 (Morrison, T.) and HB 2443 (Bennett,T., R-Pontiac) provide flexibility regarding the drivers’ education mandate by allowing school districts to contract such education with a commercial drivers’ training school and to allow for proficiency examinations and driving simulators.
HB 793 (Demmer, R-Rochelle) allows a school district to discharge any mandate or requirement in the School Code or ISBE administrative rule that is unfunded after holding a public hearing. The school board must report each mandate discharged to the ISBE.
HB 2444 (Bennett, T.) deletes the burdensome provisions regarding a school district that wishes to contract with a third party to provide non-instructional services to the district.
SB 756 (Morrison, J., D-Deerfield) allows freshman and sophomore high school students to also be eligible to excused from the physical education requirement under certain circumstances (now just junior and senior high school students).
SB 1712 (Barickman, R-Bloomington) contains the mandate relief provisions for third party contracting, physical education, and drivers’ education.
HB 734 (Crespo, D–Hoffman Estates) – SB 863 (Bertino-Tarrant, D=Shorewood) SHARED ACCOUNTABILITY
SUPPORT – VISION 20/20 ALLOWS CURRENT EDUCATION REPRESENTATION ON ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
As public educators we believe allowing practicing educators to serve on ISBE provides professional expertise that would help guide the implementation of state initiatives and help ensure that oversight and regulatory efforts positively impact student learning.
This proposal expands the Educator Role and Responsibility in State Governance.
Provides that, for the State Board of Education appointments made after the effective date of the amendatory Act, 3 of the members of the State Board must represent the educator community. Currently the State Board of Education consists of 8 members and a chairperson.
This legislation allows for regional representation: 1 member that represents the educator community shall be selected from among those counties of the State other than Cook County and the 5 counties contiguous to Cook County; 1 member that represents the educator community shall be selected from Cook County that represents that part of Cook County which lies outside the city limits of Chicago; and 1 member that represents the educator community shall be selected from among the 5 counties of the State that are contiguous to Cook County.
With respect to the educator community appointments, no more than one member may be employed as a district superintendent, principal, school business official, or teacher and no more than one may be employed by the same school district or school.
BROADBAND EXPANSION – TECHNOLOGY SUPERHIGHWAY
Support the ISBE Budget Request
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides federal match funding through states for schools to expand broadband availability through its E-rate program. The FCC currently has supplemental funds available through the program for construction projects. These funds are in addition to the normal 70% E-rate program. The additional funds are subject to state dollar-for-dollar matching requirements and will be available in FY2018 and FY2019.
It is estimated that 215 schools across 120 districts, serving approximately 300,000 students, need fiber upgrades. The federal funds would provide up to 10% reimbursement of the cost of eligible broadband special construction projects. The expansion of broadband to schools statewide is supported by a partnership with the Office of the Governor, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, and EducationSuperHighway. The Office of the Governor supports an investment of $13 million for District Broadband Expansion over the two-year period for which federal matching funds are available.
The State Board of Education has included in its budget request a $5 million appropriation to provide matching funds for an additional $5 million of federal funds to support broadband expansion special construction costs in FY2018.
HB 2808 (Davis, W., D–Hazel Crest) EQUITABLE AND ADEQUATE FUNDING
SUPPORT – EVIDENCE-BASED FUNDING MODEL
The bill will:
- establish a funding formula that is based on evidence, data, and best educational practices;
- determine per‐pupil costs for each school district to guarantee that each student has access to a high quality education;
- be scalable;
- 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, support services, operation and maintenance employees, supplies and materials, technology equipment and infrastructure, and geographic cost differences; and
- include an Evidence‐Based Professional Judgment Panel which would update data regularly and 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.
Evidence-Based Funding Formula Overview
Illinois Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Model
Equity and Adequacy. A fair school funding system and an adequate state investment in public education are the cornerstones to providing the type of educational opportunities necessary for every child to succeed. But understanding what to invest in also is critically important. This fast-paced, two-and-a half minute video will give you an overview of a school funding plan that could help transform public education in Illinois.
The Evidence-Based funding for Student Success model is one of the centerpieces of the Vision 20/20 blueprint for the future of public education in Illinois and we believe the best path to follow in reforming Illinois’ outdated school funding formula. As the name suggests, the model relies on research – basing funding levels to provide resources for practices that have been proven to help drive student success. Equity is built in and adequacy is defined by a District Adequacy Target based on 27 research-based elements.
The plan preserves current funding levels for all districts while funneling the vast majority of new state education funding to school districts the furthest from their District Adequacy Target to help them close that gap. Educating children is the most important investment a state can make. The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success model is the most proven way to define that investment.
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CTBA RELEASES ISSUE BRIEF ON EVIDENCE-BASED FUNDING MODEL
July 13, 2016
The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released the following issue brief: Why Illinois Should Adopt an Evidence-Based Education Funding Model. Read more:
EVIDENCE-BASED SCHOOL FUNDING BILL PASSES SENATE
May 27, 2016
The Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success model was approved in the Senate by a 31-18 vote with eight senators voting present. House Bill 3190 then moved to the House, where its prospects for passage are uncertain given the volatile political environment in Springfield.
HB 3190, introduced by Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), includes Sen. Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) school funding formula for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The evidence-based model then would be implemented beginning July 1, 2017. Manar told reporters Thursday that he did not view the evidence-based model as competition with his proposal, SB 231, saying “Both plans are trying to get to the same place.”
IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark agreed, saying “We have a 20-year-old formula that needs to be fixed to drive more resources to those districts most in need. The evidence-based model accomplishes that by maintaining current levels of funding for every district in the state and then directing most of any new state education funding to those districts furthest from their adequacy number.”
The House already has passed its own bill, Senate Bill 2048, a comprehensive state budget bill that contains more than $700 million in new funding for K-12. That proposal contains $500 million in new money to be distributed in an Equity Grant similar to how $85 million was distributed in last year’s supplemental K-12 funding. The House Democrats bill also includes $75 million more for early childhood education and $205 million to pay for the normal pension costs of the Chicago Teachers Retirement System. Governor Bruce Rauner has said if it passes the Senate, he plans to veto SB 2048 because it is more than $7 billion out of balance.
The evidence-based model passed out of the Senate Executive Committee by an 11-2-1 vote after testimony from Clark, Illinois Association of School Boards Executive Director Roger Eddy, Illinois Association of School Business Officials Executive Director Dr. Michael Jacoby and Ralph Martire, the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
Even the two Republicans who voted against the proposal in committee expressed their support for Vision 20/20. Objections in committee and on the Senate floor were based on their concerns about funds being sent to Chicago for the CPS pension payment and the fact that they had not yet seen district-by-district numbers for the evidence-based plan. It was made clear that under HB 3190 no district would receive less per student than it receives for the upcoming school year — a base funding amount that will depend on what districts receive for FY17.