IASA Daily News Briefs
Daily News Briefs for Friday, March 7, 2014
Leadership Matters-March 2014
Capitol Watch-First FY15 budget projections gloomy for public education
It’s only the start of the General Assembly’s budget process and it may not garner big headlines, but the fact that the Senate and the House have agreed on revenue projections and general budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2105 is news. Predictably, it’s not good news for public education, as a cut of some $967 million is being projected if these numbers hold.
SIUC is currently accepting applications for Summer2014 Principal Preparation program
SIU Carbondale's Educational Administration Programs prepare competent, dedicated, and caring building and district level administrators. Programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply appropriate theories, policies, and laws to educational leadership and administration. Graduates are ready to assume the responsibilities of school leadership while fully aware that their professional growth will continue throughout the duration of their careers.
County NIMS compliance determines eligibility for School Safety Grants
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has determined that if the county in which a school district is located is in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), then that district will meet the NIMS requirement to apply for the School Safety Grants even if their village or city is not NIMS compliant.
The compliance is determined by the final column labeled 2013 NIMS Survey Response.
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Will PERA result in more tenured teacher dismissals?
Will PERA result in more tenured teacher dismissals?(Updated March 6, 2014)
Benton's Stewart named Illinois Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Kelly Stewart, superintendent of Benton Consolidated High School District 103, has been selected the 2014 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).
The award was presented Saturday (November 23) during the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the IASA.
"Receiving this award is a tremendous honor that has flooded me with a wide range of emotions including: shock, humility, elation, and affirmation. The most powerful of these has been affirmation," said Stewart, who has been an educator for 30 years, including the last 12 as superintendent of the Benton district. "My main goals in life have been simple: to make a difference and to make my parents proud of me. This honor is the ultimate pat on the back for a job well done and the fact that it comes from my peers gives it great significance. While I am humbled to be the one to hold the title, it represents all of us that work tirelessly for the children of Illinois daily."
"Dr. Stewart is an educator who has dedicated her professional career to the vision of the IASA, which is 'Maximum Educational Success for All Students,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. "Her work in the Benton district is a testament to that and she is most deserving of this honor." Click here to read the entire press release.
Vision 20/20 initiative kicks off with Illinois children as main focus
IASA’s Vision 20/20 initiative got under way on June 6 as representatives from each of the Association’s 21 Regions gathered at the Springfield headquarters to receive a briefing about the goals and timelines for the project and to receive their committee assignments. “This very well could be one of the landmark days in IASA history,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark in kicking off Vision 20/20. “This has never been done before, to gather an august group of Illinois educators to represent the views, interests and future of schools and kids.”
Click here to view the Vision 20/20 Website.
The 2014 AASA National Conference on Education will be held in Nashville, TN on February 13-15. This year’s theme is Evolve Your Perspective.
Registration and housing opened on July 15, 2013 for AASA Members. The preferred hotel for the Illinois delegation is the Hilton Nashville Downtown.
Go to http://nce.aasa.org for additional information.
Superintendent of the Year Reception
The IASA, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) have developed the Illinois Schools Employee Benefits Consortium (ISEBC) that includes a proprietary fully insured, comprehensive group health insurance plan that will offer member school districts the opportunity to provide employees health benefits at affordable prices.Details of the program were included in the March 4, 2013, issue of Leadership Matters.Click here to view more.
The IASA is pleased to release the new Superintendent's Toolkit, a collection of issue papers regarding some of the hottest legislative issues facing public education in Illinois as well as suggested talking points and sample letters for communications issues superintendents may face.
Welcome to IASA's temporary website. This site includes all of our basic information and will be updated daily. We will utilize this site for the next few months while our new, permanent website is being developed. Thanks for your patience during the development of our new site.
Dr. Brent Clark
IASA Executive Director
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