January 25, 2012



Upcoming ESEA Waiver Stakeholder Meetings

The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to getting feedback from stakeholders on the ESEA Flexibility Waiver announced by President Obama last September.  This waiver allows states to apply for waivers from certain provisions of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Illinois Leadership supports the waiver opportunity and is committed to working with our stakeholders to develop and submit a strong waiver request in February 2012.  It is critical that we engage stakeholders in the process and hear from a diverse group of citizens to inform our waiver request and develop the system that puts Illinois children first. Our waiver request will be based upon the Board’s goals to better prepare every student for success in college and careers.   It will raise expectations for all students and will be focused on closing achievement gaps.   Illinois is a diverse state and we know prescriptive solutions simply don’t work. Our waiver request will include flexibilities in spending, supports and reforms to best meet the local needs, while at the same time raising expectations for students and educators through implementation of higher learning standards and an evaluation system based on measured progress. The Illinois State Board of Education will host a series of meetings across the state to elicit feedback from stakeholders.  We hope you take advantage of these opportunities to participate and provide your input. 

Date:   Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Time:   9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Location:   John A. Logan College and Conference Center
Carterville, IL  62918
Phone – 618-985-3741

Date:   Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time:  9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Location:   President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center
Springfield, IL 62701

Date:  Friday, February 3, 2012
Time:   9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Location:  Rock Falls Hotel
Rock Falls, IL  61071

Please complete your registration at http://registration.airprojects.org/ISBEStakeholderMeeting/ no later than Tuesday, January 24, 2012.   

(I realize the deadline has passed, but please register and plan to attend the meeting. You may, however, not receive a name badge or materials due to the deadline. My apologies for the inconvenience.)

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Melina Wright at nclb@isbe.net or at (312) 814-2804.