Equity position proposed for IHSA board of directors

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The Illinois High School Association will review a proposal to its bylaws that creates an "equity position" on its board of directors.

The proposal says: "For too long, the IHSA has not considered equity, as there is no mention of it anywhere in its mission, vision or beliefs. Adding this position could go a long way to begin the discussion for equity within the IHSA."

The proposed change was one of 11 proposals the IHSA’s legislative commission is reviewing. The proposals will be discussed at town meetings that will be held virtually through Nov. 18.

The commission will determine Nov. 23 whether to submit any proposals for a vote by the general membership. In the last step of the process, member schools will vote Nov. 30 to Dec. 13.

Filberto Torres of East Aurora submitted the proposal to amend bylaws governing the size of the board — increasing it to 11 members — and its election divisions. The proposal creates a fourth at-large member who must be from an underrepresented school. An underrepresented school is defined as one whose student population is at least 50% minority or low income per the Illinois State Report Card data.

The IHSA has an at-large member reserved for a racial minority, one for an underrepresented gender and one from a member of a private school.

The proposal says "two of those positions focus on the person in the seat, as opposed to the school they come from and represent."

Torres also submitted a change to dues and assessments bylaw that would require notification to schools by May 1 if dues, fees or assessments will be required the following school term. It also requires the board to provide member schools with an itemized financial report by July 30.

Here is a summary of other proposals:

Private schools

Five private schools submitted a proposal that designates seven additional positions — one from each IHSA Division — to the legislative commission to represent private schools in an at-large capacity.

Those same schools proposed that more private schools be allowed to participate in co-ops by increasing the enrollment limitation from 200 students to 350 students in all sports except for football, basketball and girls volleyball.

Attendance rule

Chicago Lake View proposes an exception for students with disabilities that are placed in a modified setting. Some districts "disenroll" these students from the "regular" school, a categorization that effectively bans them from IHSA activities. In essence, the same waiver granted to Illinois schools for the deaf or blind would be extended to these students.

Residency

Bluford Webber proposed that nonresident students of a public school district —where a tuition free legislative waiver has been granted— be deemed eligible for activities even if their parent teaches on a part-time basis. This is designed to cover situations where a teacher may work a full day, but who is employed by two different districts.

Transfer

Chicago Noble proposed a new bylaw that permits transfer eligibility when a student returns to a previous school to reside with a birth parent even though the parent may not be the custodial parent. This is to cover situations where birth parents may choose not to live together, but instead of utilizing the court system, choose to amicably delegate custody of a child.

Classifications

Pleasant Plains proposes eliminating the multiplier waiver, making all nonboundaried schools subject to the 1.65 multiplier and eliminates the success factor. It would help eliminate the scenario of a talented class that periodically comes through with tremendous success that bumps future classes up for years. Coaching changes, expectations and IHSA management are easier to navigate when programs stay in the same class.

Baseball and softball

Marengo proposes moving the start and ending dates for spring baseball and softball seasons a week earlier on the modified calendar to align better with schools that dismiss in mid-May. It would also mean all spring sports would start on the same date.

Cheerleading

Chicago Brother Rice proposes allowing basketball sideline cheerleaders from an associated all-female school to represent the all-male school they cheer for during the season to compete in the state series for the male school. This would affect the state’s seven all-male private schools in the state. Bylaws currently prohibit a student from representing a school they do not attend.

Progressive penalties

Round Lake on behalf of the Do What’s Right advisory committee proposes a progressive penalty for coaches ejected from contests for unsportsmanship behavior. First offense would be a one-game suspension, second offense merits suspension for 25% of the season including practices and would require sportsmanship education for reinstatement, while a third offense would be a suspension for remainder of the season.

via Star Courier – Kewanee, IL

November 6, 2020 at 06:56AM

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