Vision: To serve as The Voice for all Illinois rural and small schools.
Mission Statement: The Association of Illinois Rural and Small and Schools (ARISS) shall serve its membership in matters concerning policy and legislation at the state and federal level, and ensure the rural context is include in all conversations.
Goals: Our efforts to address the needs, issues and concerns of our pk-12 rural and small schools are driven by three goals:
ADVOCATE – To advocate for better policy, legislation and funding to improve all Illinois rural and small schools, while preserving the concept of local control.
VOICE -To provide advice, counsel and testimony to governmental agencies, private entities and members of the Illinois General Assembly, the Executive branch and federal legislators on all matters concerning education in rural and small schools.
ACCESS – To elevate teachers and students access to high quality educational opportunities in all Illinois rural and small schools.