Educational Reform Webinar. January 2011 Illinois Education Association. The Context. Advance Illinois, The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago , The Illinois Business Roundtable, and Stand for Children have partnered together to propose legislation called “Performance Counts”.
Illinois Education Association
Advance Illinois, The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago , The Illinois Business Roundtable, and Stand for Children have partnered together to propose legislation called “Performance Counts”.
They are pushing to adopt their agenda in the lame-duck session the first week of January.
Illinois Business Roundtable: unites and amplifies the diverse business perspectives and voices of our members on solutions to some of Illinois’ most difficult challenges.
Stand for Children: An Oregon based not-for-profit organization that just moved into Illinois. Mission: to use the power of grassroots action to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive.
Links Effective Performance to Tenure.
Simplifies Dismissal Process for Teachers with Unsatisfactory Ratings.
Requires Performance as a Criterion in Layoffs (along with Seniority).
Removes Certification from those with multiple Unsatisfactory Evaluations.
Requires Principals to Consent to Teacher Placement Based on Merit.
Limits Bargaining Subjects in CHI; Right to Strike Statewide.
Linking Effective Performance to Tenure.
Grants tenure to teachers after four proficient or excellent summative evaluations.
Unlimited time period in order to achieve the four proficient or excellent summative evaluations.
December 17th – Educational Reform Issues.
December 18th – Collective Bargaining Issues.
The proponents invited all stakeholders to a meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, December 22nd to give input and reaction to the proposals.
All stakeholders were present and IEA had conversations with the Management Alliance, IFT, CTU, ISBE, and other stakeholders.
It became clear that consensus legislation would not be an option. The Management Alliance decided to submit legislation on their own.
Parameters for all new proposed legislation:
Successful implementation of new procedures for evaluation including:
The pre-certification of all evaluators.
Completion of research study with suggested changes implemented.
Interviews were conducted December 27–28, 2010.
400 IEA members who are active K-12 teachers.
Representing all areas of the state.
Representing all years of experience.
Representing all classroom experience.
70% favor creating a faster and less expensive process for removing teachers with poor performance evaluations.
67% favor determining “Reductions in Force,” or layoffs, based on teacher evaluations coupled with seniority, rather than just seniority.
69% favor revoking teaching certification for teachers who have chronically been found unsatisfactory.
86% oppose limiting the ability of teachers and other school employees to go on strike.
Establish an ISBE housed best practice clearinghouse.
Establish that each district design a comprehensive professional development plan with the union to be funded.
Require school board member training.
Requires principals to obtain a second credential based on performance.
Includes in principals’ evaluations data on the number of teachers who have received unsatisfactory or needs improvement evaluations whose subsequent evaluations were better.
Establishes joint task force to determine if and when suspension or revocation of certificates for chronically unsatisfactory teachers should occur.
Funds high quality induction and mentoring programs.
Requires RIF and vacancy filling procedures to be jointly developed by district and union. Must consider performance as a significant factor after certification and qualifications.
Requires that all district level administrators be evaluated according to the same standards adopted through the Performance Evaluation Reform Act, including that all evaluators of district level administrators pass a pre-certification assessment prior to evaluating.
Mandates an annual working conditions survey to provide feedback to principals on the instructional environment within a school. Results to be shared with teachers and parents.
All introduced as they relate to increasing revenue.
No to TABOR.
No to Changes on any Collective Bargaining Provisions – collective bargaining provides the educators’ voice in important educational decisions.
Yes to Educational Reform presented by teachers to be fully developed in the next legislative session.
These are unusual political times.
The situation remains very fluid and unpredictable.
We will need to activate our members and our friends in the community to call the legislators– watch the website for WHEN.
When you get the call – ACT. Call your legislators.