Goals and Strategies:
To be the voice
of nonpublic education in Illinois
- Keep member
schools informed of our activities.
- Invite member
- Schedule no less than four ICNS meetings a
To advocate nonpublic
- Dialogue with
State Superintendent of Schools, Regional Superintendents, Illinois
State Board of Education, State Legislators with information identifying
ICNS as group advocating for interests of nonpublic education.
with the leadership of public education
- Maintain a list
of priority issues for each member of the ICNS organization, updated
- Prepare a list
of legislators, Regional Superintendents, ISBE staff and members with
whom we plan regular contact as individual ICNS members.
- Attend ISBE
and Regional Superintendents meetings as often as possible.
To monitor legislation
- Increase communication
among the organizations that comprise the ICNS with regard to legislative
and regulatory activity.
- Access information
available from other like-minded groups on specific issues.
- Engage services of a registered lobbyist and
monitor legislation related to nonpublic schools.
ICNS is the voice
of the nonpublic school community representing 20 different nonpublic
school associations. On behalf of our member schools, ICNS will:
- Advocate funding
for the Illinois Textbook Loan Program and the Parent Transportation
for the maintenance and increase in Tuition Tax Credits.
Support for School Choice legislation and efforts of the Illinois
Consult with Illinois
State Board of Education (ISBE) in maintaining a nonpublic school friendly
as well as high quality Nonpublic School Recognition review process.
- Vigilantly defend
a parent's right to select the best education for their child and
a school's right to pursue the unique mission of their individual charter.