Happy Monday. (They tend to come sooner each week it seems…) I hope you all enjoyed the warmer temperatures we had this weekend. Let’s hope they indicate that spring is just around the corner.
In this week’s message I’d like to share a letter with you that I think speaks to the importance of one of our new focuses here at the State Board – the generation of new and innovative approaches to solving some of the tougher education problems we face as a state.
Last week I received a very heartfelt letter from a local district superintendent. This administrator was very proud of some of the programs his school had developed to help engage and motivate students in their educational progress, and he challenged ISBE to come up with more ideas along those lines.
I certainly don’t
pretend to have any great answers here; if I did I would bottle them up, sell
them, and probably not be in
What’s particularly compelling about these recommendations is that they were made by some of the highest-achieving minority students from across the country, but I know they would have meaning for ALL students. A key finding of the Harvard article was that the student voice can and must play an important role in our efforts to think innovatively about these kinds of issues.
As a final note--to principals and superintendents with a local PTA organization--please do what you can to point your parents toward the School Report Card survey we are conducting in conjunction with the Illinois PTA. We hope to have a large number of responses to generate as many ideas as possible for our redesign of the Card.
Best wishes for a productive week.
State Superintendent of Schools (Interim)
Also in today’s message:
website shutdown/maintenance –
Report Card Survey
The State Board and Illinois PTA are designing a new “snapshot” of School Report Cards that provides the information parents want to know about their schools in an easy-to-read format. These “snapshots” will focus on making school performance information more accessible to parents and the general public.
Please encourage parents to
complete the survey, which will be posted on our website at www.isbe.net/survey The survey will be available on the web until
2002 Census data For FY 2006 Title I allocations
Census Bureau data based on income year 2002 will be used to calculate school year 2006 Title I allocations. You may access this data by clicking on the following link http://www.isbe.net/funding/pdf/FY06_2002_census_data.pdf. The data includes the census poverty count; the 5-17 population; the poverty percentage and the total population. NOTE: This data does not include other formula children (foster, neglected and delinquent) which will be used to calculate final allocations.
This information may
assist local education agencies (LEAs) in es
This information may also assist districts in planning for a minimum funding level for FY2006. The eligibility data in combination with the 85, 90 and 95 percent hold-harmless guarantee on the prior year’s allocation provides information to calculate a minimum amount for next year. Districts with a poverty percentage of 30% or more have a 95% hold harmless; districts with a poverty percentage of at least 15% but less than 30% have a 90% hold harmless; districts with a poverty percentage of less than 15% have an 85% hold harmless. From the list districts may apply their appropriate poverty count, poverty percentage and hold harmless to the four categories of their FY2005 allocations.
The Census Bureau
has provided a link explaining various aspects of the Small Area Income and
For questions on this information, contact Jacquie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Lewis at email@example.com or call 217-782-5256.
Board Meeting access - reminder
In our previous message we informed you that we are
trying to determine how best to provide public access via
Register your Service Learning Project
Our 2004-2005 Teacher of the Year, Deb Perryman has been
traveling the State talking about the importance of service learning. Now is your
You can access the registration form at http://www.state.il.us/ltgov/forms/chavez_registration.aspx
Filling in this form takes just a few moments and will help the Lt. Governor’s staff know who is participating. You do not have to run the project on March 31st.
IDEA Reauthorization Discussion groups
As you are aware, on
These preliminary discussion groups will be chaired by
Dates, locations, etc., for the IDEA Reauthorization discussion groups is posted online at
Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife Resources is developing a
They would like your
input to develop a useful
To provide your input:
March is Nutrition Month
The Interagency Nutrition Council invites you to join
the Nutrition Month celebration in
If you cannot attend the event you may be
ISBE employment opportunities
ISBE Vacancy List (05-05) can be accessed through the following link:
Last week’s education-related clips can be accessed at: