Position in Brief
The League 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.
The effectiveness of educational programs should be evaluated regularly. The League favors minimum standards for graduation and promotion of students.
The League 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.
League believes that charters should be established by local school boards and that the Illinois State Board of Education should continue to monitor the progress of existing charter schools before supporting further expansion.
For information about the League's Charter Schools position, please see the Charter Schools issue page.
Why are education funding and fiscal reform important issues for the 2015-2017 biennium?
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