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: September 19, 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.
Last summer the Illinois Legislature passed a bi-partisan bill changing the funding model for the State to support public education. The Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act takes into account the demographic profile of the students in the district. More funding will be provided to districts with a large population of low-income, special needs, and English learner students. The budget passed by the Legislature this spring is far from fully funding EBF, but education funding has been increased. Approximately 30 percent of the increased funding will be going to the 5% of districts in the state most in need. Legislation included maintaining current funding for more affluent districts at the present time.
Community Consolidated School District 89 serves more than 2,000 preschool through middle school students from Glen Ellyn, Lombard, and Wheaton, Illinois. The District includes four elementary schools and one middle school. In order to maintain educational programming during a steady increase in enrollment, the Community Consolidated School District 89 Board of Education has agreed to place a tax-rate referendum on the November 6 ballot. Board members said they supported the ballot question after hearing that residents have expressed a desire to avoid classroom cuts while eliminating the deficit. Due to increased enrollment, boundary changes for individual schools are being phased in starting in the 2018-19 school year. More information can be found on their website www.ccsd.89.org.
School District 41 serves about 3,600 children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in four elementary schools and one junior high. Students are served from parts of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Wheaton. The District is currently involved in a building program. The renovation of the entrance to Churchill Elementary School was recently completed in time for the opening of school. The addition at Hadley Junior High is well underway with the goal to get it under roof so work can continue throughout the winter. Both of these items are being funded by a referendum passed in 2017. Visit www.d41.org for up-to-date information and to view Board meetings.
Glenbard District 87 consists of four high schools located in Carol Stream, Lombard, and two in Glen Ellyn. The Glenbard Parent Series with a wide variety of presentations is available to the public. Information about the District and the Parent Series is available at www.glenbard 87.org.
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.