Education

Local Issues Director: Jayne Boeckelman The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn

Our chapter of the League follows major issues of interest to our membership; each area is the responsibility of a local issues director.  They track legislation and items of particular timely interest. Our Observer Corps attends meetings to report back to the board and members on key issues.

LATEST REPORT: February 2019

 

Federal Issues

The Department of Education is considering whether federal funds can legally be provided to schools to provide guns to teachers or other school personnel. The League of Women Voters strongly opposes this action and has asked members to call the Department of Education at 202-401-3000 voicing opposition.

 

State Issues

The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposed the resolution presented to the Illinois Association of School Boards that would have supported legislation to allow armed school personnel, including teachers. The delegates representing districts across the State of Illinois voted not to approve the resolution.

The State League is gathering information regarding how individual school districts are utilizing the extra money received through the partial funding of the Evidence Based Funding initiative.

Local Issues

Candidate Forums will be held for School Districts 41 and 87 on March 16. District 89 candidates are unopposed, so a forum will not be held for that district. Please consult the website for information regarding the place and times for the forums.

An updated study regarding the Facilities in Districts 41 and 89 will be considered at the Consensus Meeting on February 28.

OFFICIAL POSITION OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ILLINOIS:

SCHOOLS: LWVIL supports a system of high quality elementary and secondary schools for all children in Illinois, which provides for local control of school program and budget within minimum program requirements set by the State. The State should provide leadership to local communities for program development and should set standards for recognition and accreditation of schools. Educational programs’ effectiveness should be evaluated regularly. The League favors minimum standards for graduation and promotion of students. LWVIL supports increased professionalism for teachers including stringent teacher preparation standards, comprehensive teacher and principal evaluations, changes in tenure, and increased teacher compensation. The State should assume the major responsibility for funding public schools and guarantee an adequate level of financial support. Schools should be provided stable, reliable, and adequate revenue through a combination of federal, state and local sources.

LWVIL supports accountability, transparency, and equity in the use of public funds for education, including charter schools. Charter school authorizers should evaluate the performance of existing charters before granting new charters or approving additional campuses. The authority for approving and renewing charters should reside exclusively in the local school board.

Latest EDUCATION Observer Group Report

D41 Observers – Michelle Peterson and I have been attending D41 Board meetings for more than two years. We have written reports to be placed on the LWVGE website. District 41 is now posting summaries of the meetings on their website and linking the discussions to the actual time on the archived videos of the meetings. We encourage interested parties to visit D41.org and click on School Board. Board videos and summaries of the meetings can be found at this link. We are continuing to observe the meetings and will report on items of interest.

Jayne Boeckelman

 

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