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IHSA Schools Approve All Eight Proposals On Amendment Ballot

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All eight proposals on the ballot in the annual Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member school referendum were approved in voting by the membership last month. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office Tuesday (Jan. 12). All the by-law changes take effect on July 1, 2010.

Here is a summary of the successful proposals and the vote totals:

  • Proposal 1 (passed 271-158) provides that a non-boundaried public school’s actual enrollment, rather than the school’s multiplied enrollment, be used to determine eligibility for a coop. The multiplier will still be used to determined the classification of the coop.
  • Proposal 2 (passed 423-5) allows the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired to participate with other schools for the blind, even if those schools are not members of their state high school association, provided those schools are governed by the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind.
  • Proposal 3 (passed 405-23) allows multiple-school activities sponsored by organizations such as the Illinois Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations or the Illinois Association of Student Councils to begin as early as 8:00 am on a school day.
  • Proposal 5 (passed 320-107) provides that, for a student in a multiple high school district to be eligible with regard to residence at a boundaried public school, the student must live in the attendance area of the school he or she attends.
  • Proposal 7 (passed 291-139) provides that when the Illinois State Board of Education has granted a tuition waiver to a student attending the school where his or her parent teaches, the student shall be eligible with regard to residence.
  • Proposal 8 (passed 255-175) provides for a process by which a non-boundaried school may apply to have the 1.65 enrollment multiplier waived. The process will be established by the IHSA Board of Directors with input from a subcommittee composed of members of IHSA staff and the IHSA Legislative Commission.
  • Proposal 9 (passed 339-87) removes the prohibition on participation in boys and girls basketball tournaments held during the week of IHSA Boys or Girls Basketball Regional Tournaments.
  • Proposal 14 (passed 383-42) establishes a season limitation for Competitive Dance that is identical to the season limitation already in place for Competitive Cheer.

The complete listing of all 15 original proposals can be found by clicking here.

A total of 430 of 785 member schools (54.8%) participated in the amendment vote.

Following is a summary of member school participation in the amendment process since 1996-97.


Type of Ballot

Proposals on Ballot

Schools Voting

Percentage Voting

1996-97 mail-in 3 ≥ 541 ~72%
1997-98 mail-in 5 ≥ 526 ~70%
1998-99 mail-in data missing
1999-2000 mail-in 22 ≥ 517 ~68%
2000-01 mail-in 3 ≥ 547 ~73%
2001-02 mail-in 11 (1 rejected) ≥ 417 of 755 ~55%
2002-03 mail-in 7 ≥ 493 of 766 ~64%
2003-04 mail-in 9 ≥ 541 ~71%
2004-05 electronic 5 ≥ 475 ~62%
2005-06 electronic 5 ≥ 593 ~78%
2006-07 electronic 6 438 of 764 57.3%
2007-08 electronic 4 473 of 756 62.0%
2008-09 electronic 4 (1 rejected) 415 of 777 53.4%
2009-10 electronic 8 430 of 785 54.8%


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