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: November 2018
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.
The League of Women Voters of Illinois is encouraging delegates to the Illinois Association of School Boards to oppose Resolution 2 which is on the agenda for their November 2018 conference. This resolution is to support and advocate for legislation which provides local school boards the option for administrators, faculty and teachers to be trained and licensed to carry a firearm in school while students are present. If this Resolution passes, the IASB will actively seek sponsors and advocate for legislation to arm teachers and school staff. The Glen Ellyn League is contacting the three districts in Glen Ellyn to urge delegates to oppose this resolution.
The State League is also attempting to contact districts throughout the state to obtain information about how additional funds received through the Evidence Based Funding Model are being used.
Petitions are available for candidates for local school board positions for the April 2, 2019 elections. Petitions must be filed December 10-17, 2018.
As noted under State Issues, LWVIL opposed the Illinois Association of School Board Resolution 2 pertaining to firearms in schools. All three Glen Ellyn Districts were contacted by LWVGE. The D89 and D87 Boards voted to oppose the resolution. The D41 Board voted to support the resolution.
The D89 Referendum for Operating Funds on the ballot on November 6 was approved by the voters.
Construction is continuing in D41 with the new entrance to Churchill completed and work continuing throughout the winter at Hadley Junior High.
The Glenbard Parent Series includes a number of interesting programs being presented during the next few months. Information can be found on the Glenbard D87 website. Most presentations are open to the public.
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.