Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance

Read the most recent Alliance Legislative Report.

The Alliance is a consolidated effort led by the Executive Directors and Boards from four participating organizations: Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO) and Illinois Principals' Association (IPA). The ability of each of these organizations to influence public policy is enhanced through the cooperative efforts of the Statewide School Management Alliance, which directs all of their efforts at producing legislation that fosters a favorable educational climate in Illinois and promotes effective school board leadership.

Through combined efforts of all four organizations, the School Management Alliance maintains close liaison with the State Board of Education, Illinois Senate and House Education Committees, Office of the Governor, governmental offices and agencies. Alliance staff also maintains a close working relationships with dozens of organizations and interest groups that influence public policy, such as the Illinois Taxpayers' Federation, State Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the Illinois Learning Partnership, an emerging coalition of organizations in the business and school communities.

Alliance communications and activities include the following:

  • Alliance Legislative Reports. Compiled each week during sessions of the General Assembly and as needed during off-session times, Legislative Reports summarize major legislative activities and bills of interest. The ALR puts up-to-the-minute information in the district administrative office each week where it is readily distributed to members of the school board and the management team. Archived issues are available on the IASB website.
  • Digest of Bills Passed and New School Laws summarizes bills sent to the governor (each July) and bills signed into law (each January). Compiled by the School Management Alliance, copies are mailed to superintendents, business officials and principals, as well as, to each school board's legislative liaison and president.
  • Legislative Forums/Workshops. Illinois ASBO presents legislative forums/workshops for administrators each spring before the legislative session. Key legislators are invited to address board concerns. The workshop is an opportunity for business officials to become more knowledgeable and effective in working with lawmakers. Check our events listing for current offerings!