Resources for Advocates and Policy Makers

Few public institutions are more crucial to sustaining a community than schools. That’s why Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 639 in October 2012 which amends the current law in order to help encourage the rehabilitation of historic and older schools. State law previously mandated that school districts “replace aging school buildings.” "School districts will now be able to weigh equally the option of rehabilitation versus replacement", said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, a preservation advocacy group that helped initiate the legislation.

The following resources provide information about the value of older schools and how policy and practices can encourage their continued use.


Encouraging Better State Policy and Practices

The Case for Older Schools

Historic Schools in Social Media