Without reading the Board Policies and the specified section (Section 5/3-11 of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25g), I have no idea what this “teacher institute/workshops days” is all about. Which makes me wonder, how many people are actually going to attend this public hearing:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on January, 13, 2014, at the Mellon Administrative Building, 703 S New Street, Champaign, Illinois. The purpose of the public hearing will be to consider whether Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4 shall waive the Teacher Institute/Workshop Days Section 5/3-11 of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25g. Members of the public are invited to attend and offer input at the public hearing.
Here are some links that might help explain a little more:
- 105 ILCS 5/3-11 – full of lawyer-written legalese which is hard to make heads or tails of.
- 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25g – more of the same
You can google a few others. In my brief time looking, I was not able to find anything on the Unit 4 website which outlines how we use these days.
“”Institute” or “Professional educational experiences” means any educational gathering, demonstration of methods of instruction, visitation of schools or other institutions or facilities, sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness seminar, or training in First Aid (which may include cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillator training) held or approved by the regional superintendent and declared by him to be an institute day, or parent-teacher conferences.”
Next, why would we want to waive them? Are they good or bad? Helpful or unhelpful? How have they been implemented in the past? January 13th just happens to be the next Regular Board Meeting. I can only hope that between now and then we have some answers and more information so as to be a little more informed.