From the IEA

Nov. 15, 2019
The 2019 veto session wrapped up this week and the Illinois Education Association had several big victories for public education and public educators around the issues of collective bargaining rights, paraprofessional certification and individualized education programs (IEPs) reporting requirements.

SB 1784 protects the privacy of public employees, affirms collective bargaining rights and clarifies dues deduction procedures. SB 1784 passed both legislative chambers and now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature. This legislation is a victory for all union members and public employees in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, which overturned 40 years of settled collective bargaining law.

SB 10 re-establishes a pathway for paraprofessional candidates to gain licensure through taking a test of basic skills (WorkKeys) coupled with having earned a high school diploma. During the spring session, SB 1952 erroneously eliminated this pathway for candidates. SB 10 passed both chambers this week and will be sent to the Governor.

SB 460 pushes the implementation date for three-day reporting requirements for student IEP meetings to July 1, 2020. This will allow school districts, school staff and parents time to determine the proper procedures and resources needed in order to best educate students in need of an IEP. SB 460 passed both chambers this week and will be sent to the Governor.

State school superintendent school assessment survey

Illinois State School Superintendent Carmen Ayala, Ph.D., announced in her weekly message a survey that will help the Illinois State Board of Education improve the state’s existing assessment deliver system.

ISBE’s vision, she said, is to establish “an equitable student assessment system aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards that offers educators quick and frequent access to results that can be used to target instruction to student needs during the same year of testing.” And, the system should include all students and produce quick and correct results.

She’s inviting educators to participate. Please take a few minutes to do so.

Illinois Educator Well-Being Survey

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the University of Illinois Springfield invite you to participate in the Illinois Educator Well-Being Survey. The purpose of this survey is to examine how the climate and culture of your workplace impacts the quality of your life.

When considering how to improve the climate and culture of a school district, it is important to consider the impact of school climate and culture on educators who work both in and out of the classroom. This includes teachers, education support professionals, and other professional staff such as counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

This anonymous survey takes only about 10 minutes to
complete. The only required identifying information is the
county in which the district is located, however the district
name can be provided, if you so choose. The survey
closes Dec. 1. See the informed consent document for
additional information.