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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, School Law, Curriculum Legal Issues, Curriculum and Law, Extra Curricular Activites, Copyrights, Attendance, Discrimination, Due Process. About Dr. William Allan Kritsonis Remarks by Jennifer Butcher August 22nd 2008 I have the privilege of introducing Dr. William Allan Kritsonis. Dr. Kritsonis earned a Bachelors degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He earned his Masters in Education from Seattle Pacific University and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He also was a Visiting Scholar at both Columbia University in New York, and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Dr. Kritsonis has served education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has earned tenure as a professor at the highest academic rank at two major universities. He was also a professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2004, Dr. Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies. In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kritsonis is a well respected author of more than 500 articles in professional journals and several books. In 1983, Dr. Kritsonis founded the NATIONAL FORUM JOURNALS. These publications represent a group of highly respected academic journals in education. Currently, Dr. Kritsonis is a Professor in the PhD Program in Educational Leadership here at Prairie View A&M University. At PV he has helped graduate students publish over 400 articles in professional journals and most are indexed in ERIC. Dr. Kritsonis has dedicated himself to the advancement of educational leadership and to the education of students at all levels. On July 26th this summer, Dr. Kritsonis was inducted into the William H. Parker Hall of Honor. He was nominated by doctoral and masters degree students at Prairie View. It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. William Allan Kritsonis.


  • 1. Extra Curricular Activities Issues in Illinois Public Schools William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

2. What is Extra Curricular Activities?

  • Extracurricular activities are activities performed by students that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education.
  • Debate clubs
  • Sports
  • Newspaper

3. What is Co Curricular Activities?

  • Co-Curricular are activities that happens within theduring normal class time.
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Computers (Technology)


  • Extracurricular activities are an intricate part of education.
  • Improves schools performance
  • Reduce grade retention
  • Increase student attendance
  • Interest in school
  • Emotional Growth


  • Explorephysical activities
  • Social
  • Political Interest
  • Career Interest
  • Students are more engaged in the classroom
  • Positive Support among peers and adult staff

6. Issues of Extra Curricular Activities

  • Budget
  • Faculty (Staffing)
    • Seek Volunteers or Local Colleges and Universities
  • Class Time
  • Planning
  • Evaluation

7. Issues in Illinois Public School

  • High School Reform
  • Home Schooling Issues and Extra Curricular Activities

8. High School Reform Issues

  • Achievement is too low
    • Making schools more accountable
    • NCLB
    • Government-driven, top-down
  • High School is a bore
    • Prevent drop outs
    • Maximize completions by making the high school experience more appealing
    • Allow students to move at their own pace
    • Recovery programs for drop outs

9. High School Reform II

  • One size does not fit all
    • Devise new institutional forms
    • Using current technology
    • Smaller Schools
    • Give students a choice:
      • high-tech schools, virtual high schools, charter schools, KIPP
  • Courses are too easy and pointless
    • Broaden access to Advanced Placement courses
    • Strengthen state standards
    • Revise textbooks
    • Blend higher educations expectations with modern jobs

10. Status of Reform in Illinois

  • Governor Blagojevich signed legislation to strengthen Illinois high schools by increasing class requirement for graduation
  • SB575, Higher Standards, Better Schools plan and budget
    • More foreign languages, arts, and music
    • Training opportunities for career-track students
    • Advanced Placement classes

11. Status of Reform

  • Illinois Juniors take the PSAE
  • ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) adopted rules that outline the standards for Illinois teacher to become highly qualified
  • CCSSOa five year collaborative project to identify best practices that transform promising schools to great high schools (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation)
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW): technology

12. Illinois Public School of Choice

  • Provides option for students in schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
  • Gives students in schools identified in school improvement the opportunity to attend a public school that has made AYP in the same district
    • NCLB Component

13. Homeschooling and The Law

  • Compulsory attendance law
    • New England colonies (17 thCent.)
    • Requires public or approved non-public school attendance for children ranging from ages five to sixteen in the area of education and public schooling (Gordon, Russo, &Miles, 1994)
    • Parental failure to comply with the law can result in criminal penalties
  • Common School Movement
    • Jorgenson (1987) defines as a series of state movements occurring roughly during the period 1830-1860
  • Government-differentiate
    • Public
    • Non-public

14. Landmark Decision I

  • Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925)
    • The Supreme Court clearly established that compulsory attendance laws had to accommodate both public and non public schooling
    • Require all school aged children to attend only public school
    • 14 thAmendment
      • The statute infringed upon the rights of parents to choose schools where their children received both an appropriate education and religious training
      • Court confirmed the right of individuals to establish and maintain both private non-sectarian and private religious schools, and the right of the state to require attendance at a school did not include the include the right to preclude attendance at non public schools

15. Landmark Decision II

  • Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
    • State control over education
    • The court recognized the rights of devout Amish parents not to send their children to school after the 8 thGrade
    • Parents were able to demonstrate that secondary schools were in direct conflict with Amish beliefs in cooperation, piety, and simple, agrarian life style
    • The court reaffirming the States responsibility for the education of its citizens, but used the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment rather than the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

16. Landmark Decision III

  • Johnson v. Board of Education (1983)
    • Refused an Amish Exception to Baptistwho wished to educate their children in their own schools staffed by non certified teachers
    • Baptist ministers argued that since they were fundamentalists similar to the Amish
    • Refused to grant them the same exemption would be denial of equal protection
    • The Eighth Circuit rejected their argument holding that, unlike the Amish, these Baptist children lived in ordinary residential neighborhoods interacting with others not of their faith (Gordon, Russo, & Miles, 1994)

17. Landmark Decision IV

  • People v. Levinson (1950)
    • Illinois defining case for homeschoolers
    • More liberal position on the spectrum of academic equivalence
    • Parents of a seven year old girl were convicted of violating the states compulsory attendance law
    • Levinson appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court
      • Evidence indicated that the mother had been teaching her daughter at home for five hours a day and the child had demonstrated proficiency comparable with average third-grad students
      • The mother is the best teacher
      • The education in competition with other students produces a pugnacious character
    • The Court did not believe that the home school parents had violated the compulsory attendance law

18. Illinois Homeschooling Change

  • Individual home schools may operate as private or church schools
  • Section 26-1 of the Illinois School code
    • If a child is attending a private or parochial school where children are taught the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in public school
    • and where instruction is in the English language, the child is in compliance with Illinois compulsory attendance law.

19. Home School and Extra Curriculum Activities in Illinois

  • Home school and Sports Participation
    • Home school enjoys the same status as the public school system
    • Not all Illinois schools allow home schools to participate in extra curriculum activities
    • Home school are entitled to participate in any for credit class that is offered by the public school
    • The states interest in ensuring that a