Pension Reform message to IASA members from Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark
Pension Reform Message
Tuesday was the 195th anniversary of when Illinois became the 21st state admitted to the union. It also may go down in state history as the day that the Illinois General Assembly voted to step across the line of constitutionality in an attempt to solve its fiscal woes on the backs of public employees and retirees.
We hoped this day would never come. We had been working toward a more reasonable negotiated solution to the pension problem, and actually thought we were very close to an agreement in May of 2012 before the cost shift issue caused it to fall apart. But we have been preparing for this day for a long time, having almost two years ago retained one of the state’s leading attorneys when it comes to pension and constitutional law.
We have been communicating with that attorney, retired judge Gino L. DiVito, during the course of the pension reform discussion and he clearly believes that much of what is in Senate Bill 1 is unconstitutional, including the provisions that diminish the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), the pensionable salary cap and raising the retirement age. I’m paraphrasing, but Judge DiVito believes that the courts would have to ignore years of applicable case law and the intent of the pension protection language that was approved during the 1970 Constitutional Convention.
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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.
49th Annual Conference ends on high note
Former Illinois Superintendent of the Year and 2010 Van Miller Award winner and author Jim Burgett closed the 49th Annual IASA Conference with passionate remarks Friday about leadership in challenging times, and he offered attendees some basic tips developed from his 38 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent.
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.
IASA's 5Essentials letter to State Superintendent Dr. Koch
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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