The High School District Organization of Illinois
The HSDO was established during the 2001-02 school year in response to the change in the funding formula that reduced the weighted factor given to high school districts. While that legislation and other funding issues relative to high schools remain as a central focus of the organization, other legislative initiatives of particular interest to high school districts have also been addressed through direct testimony, written testimony, and proposed legislation.
The HSDO has become a recognized organization in the hallways of the state capitol. This is largely due to our lobbyist Peg Agnos, as well as through many hours of interaction on behalf of all high school districts by a few politically active high school superintendents.
Some of the issues that have been addressed by the HSDO include:
* Adequate funding of high school districts/programs
* School District Consolidation (Significant modifications were made to this legislation as the result of HSDO participation in its development)
* High School Graduation Requirements
* Implementation of NCLB Reading Grants for high schools
* PSAE Education Finance Advisory Board (EFAB)
* School District Financial Profile
* Member of Task Force on Growth Models Recognized by the IASA