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Illinois School Boards Association Seeks Sweeping Change of NCLB
IASB delegates seek sweeping reform of federal NCLB Act

Board members vote for push to scrap NCLB sanctions against local school districts

Illinois school boards have agreed to seek a major reform of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on grounds that the law is based on inconsistent standards and unrealistic requirements. Representatives of more than 280 Illinois school boards, convening at the annual conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) on November 22 in Chicago, voted to seek fundamental changes in NCLB, including new provisions to:

Focus the law on professional development for teachers and administrators;
Fully fund any requirements placed upon local school districts;
Remove the provisions for sanctions on local school districts; and
Expand state assessments to include classroom-level tests that would allow NCLB to be used for the first time to directly aid student learning.

The proposals-contained in two separate resolutions-were approved by the IASB Delegate Assembly at IASB's three-day joint conference with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), and Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO).

— Illinois Association of School Boards



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