The Large Unit District Association (LUDA) is an organization of the superintendents and school boards of the 53 largest unit (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) school districts in the State of Illinois. Together, LUDA districts educate almost one half of all elementary and secondary students in Illinois.
LUDA exists to improve education in Illinois and to advance the interests of its member districts. It maintains an active governmental relations program and LUDA is widely regarded as the most effective education management lobby group in Springfield.
In 1993, LUDA entered into a partnership with the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to create the Illinois Forum for Educational Policy Leadership to influence educational policy in the state and to use the resources of both the College and LUDA to support each others' programs. One of the first activities of the Forum is the development of LUDANet, a collaborative computer network to link the superintendents of the LUDA districts with each other and with the educational administration faculty of the College of Education. The overall design is for the LUDANet collaboration to become the basis for a wider computer network linking the University with the schools of the state.