Illinois School News Service

  • Illinois School News Service (ISNS):

State budget gets a forward look for a change


  • As a result of SB 1952, the legislation that removed the basic skills test as a requirement for teacher certification, a pathway for paraprofessional licensure was inadvertently removed. This was an unintended consequence and efforts are currently underway to fix this mistake. Formerly, a candidate seeking paraprofessional licensure had three paths:
    • High school diploma + WorkKeys test
    • 60 semester hours
    • Associates degree

With the removal of “basic skills test” paraprofessional candidates can no longer count the WorkKeys test towards licensure. This means that currently, there are only two ways to be granted a paraprofessional license. It should be noted that these changes, in no way, impact the licenses of currently practicing paraprofessionals.

We are very hopeful that a legislative solution to this issue we will be passed in the upcoming veto session, and will soon be resolved.

  • Illinois Report Card Changes

Please review this memo regarding changes to the IL Report Card

  • Proposed Bylaw Amendments for 2020 IEA RA – due Dec. 11.

Proposed bylaw amendments must be received by the IEA Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, in care of the President’s Office, Illinois Education Association, 100 E. Edwards Street, Springfield, IL 62704-1999, no later than 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. This will enable the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee to prepare the proposed bylaw amendments for presentation to the executive committee and to post on the association website. Proposed bylaw amendments submitted after this deadline will not be posted on the website, and therefore, will need a three-fourths vote for passage at the Representative Assembly. Forms were sent to the board of directors in September, are available on the IEA website ( under About/Bylaws, Values and Visions, and will be available from the Springfield legal services office at headquarters. The IEA bylaws can also be found in the “About” section of the IEA website.

The Bylaws and Resolutions Committee updated the Model Local Bylaws as part of its guidance to help locals revise their current bylaws. The guidance includes a resource booklet on Model Local Bylaws, two narrated PowerPoint presentations and a webinar on local bylaws. These resources can also be found under the Bylaws, Values and Vision section of the IEA website. If you have questions, please contact the IEA Legal Department.

  • Oct. 15: Introduction to Non-Exclusionary Discipline for Adolescents Webinar: Explore non-exclusionary discipline for adolescents. This webinar will introduce the classroom practices associated with restorative practices and prosocial skills training. Register today! (promotional flier
  • Nov. 12: Introduction to Non-Exclusionary Discipline for Early Childhood and Elementary Students Webinar:  Delve deeper into non-exclusionary discipline specifically for early childhood and elementary students. Register today! (promotional flier)
  • Dec. 3: Educator Evaluation Update Webinar: Want to improve your local educator evaluation plan? Learn how to do just that with a new framework for teaching and alternative approaches to measuring student growth using classroom assessments. Register today! (promotional flier)
  • **NEW** Oct. 14: Training of Trainers: Basic Restorative Practices. Due to overwhelming interest in the Online Restorative Practices Training of Trainers Course, we have already reached capacity! We plan to offer this course again this summer. Please email if you would like to be pre-registered for our summer course beginning June 8, 2020
  • Cultural Competency

The Cultural Competency Workgroup would like to welcome Al Llorens, Ann Bachman-McIntosh, Ambor Cottrell, and Andrew Matthews as its newest members!  We look forward to the awesome work together.  We would also like to sincerely thank everyone who expressed an interest in joining. Though, we had limited space on the committee, know that there is unlimited opportunity to do equity work. Please consider the Cultural Competency Workgroup as a resource and a support.