Spring 2020


Cover Story

Evidence-Based Funding: Update and Moving Forward

Learn about the work of the Professional Review Panel to study and review the implementation and impact of Evidence-Based Funding, as well as recommend changes for continual improvement
By Susan L. Harkin



Illinois Politics in 2020: Are You Ready to Engage?

Being an effective advocate for your school district and for the larger PK – 20 education system is one of the most important aspects of your career in education.
By David Wood

HR Mandates: Legislative Issues and Impact

Get HR considerations for the numerous statutes enacted in 2019, impacting the minimum teacher salary, teacher shortages, minimum wage and the TRS excess salary limitation.
By Kimberly C. Chambers, Ed.D., pHCLE

ESSA Site-Based Expenditure Reporting: Where are We Now?

With the first year of the new site-based expenditure reporting behind us, districts and business officials can now use this data in meaningful ways to make student-centered, strategic and sustainable decisions.
By Sara R. Shaw

How a Bill REALLY Becomes a Law

Revisit the process of getting a bill passed through the legislature, including all the twists and turns along the way.
By Ben Schwarm

A Ripple Effect: Impact of the Minimum Wage Increase

See the results of an Illinois ASBO issued a survey to school business officials throughout the state to understand the impact of this new mandate.
By Rebekah L. Weidner

Vision 20/20: Dreams Become Reality

Vision 20/20 led to meaningful and lasting change by serving as a blueprint for public education policy. Entering the year 2020, take a look at what we’ve accomplished and what key issues remain.
By Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE