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2004

December 20, 2004--Eligible districts may still apply for Title IID (Ed Tech) funds; Defibrillators in public schools; Free resource for administrators, teachers, health service providers; New National Board Certified Teachers; Weekly news clips.

December 10, 2004--Extending the Textbook Loan Program deadline; New census estimates affecting Title I released for 2001 and 2002 income year; Testing schedule; Increase in Employer TRS percentage for federal grants effective July 1, 2005; Reading Flip Charts grades 4-8; Defibrillators in public schools; TECH 2005; ISBE employment opportunities; Weekly newsclips.

December 3 , 2004--New IWAS System - Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance; Invitation to comment on rules; Notice of completed rulemaking; Researcher Seeking Mistakes; Nature in Legend and Story Conference; Weekly newsclips.

November 19, 2004--2004 report cards now available online; Agency streamlining press release; Reading First district meeting; Invitation to comment on rules; ISBE employment opportunities; Young Authors’ Conference; Center for African Studies; grant opportunities for K-12 and community college faculty; Meeting the Challenge XV; Weekly newsclips.

November 12, 2004--Employer contribution rate to increase on salaries paid from federal funds; Charter school RFP released; Reminder: 2003-04 performance report for districts receiving Title funds due November 19; Reminder: Invitation to meet board members; New online teacher resource available through U.S. Geological Survey; Weekly Newsclips.

November 5, 2004--Meet State Board members and Interim State Superintendent Dunn; Preventing gasoline burns; Fall housing reports (schools) and unfilled positions reports (districts); Immunization reports due November 15; Employment opportunities; “Raising Student Achievement” Conference; First Amendment Campaign-free curriculum guide; Teachers and students invited on virtual expedition; Audio Journal Available; Newsclips.

October 29, 2004--2003-2004 NCLB Performance Report Available in IWAS; 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards; Teacher and Administrator Salary Information; Winter Weather Preparedness Week; Teacher and Administrator Fulbright Exchange Program Winners; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; Those Who Excel Nominations; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Information for Students; Weekly Newsclips.

October 22, 2004--FY 2005 State & Federal Expenditure Reports/Claims Due List; New Public School Calendar Inquiry System; NAEP; Flu Vaccine Health Department Advisory; Learn And Serve RFP Released; Science Supplies Warning; Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey - Reminder; Mental Health Policy – Reminder; PSAE/Graduation - Reminder; Spring Testing Dates for 2005 - Reminder; Physicians and Health Experts Available for Career Fairs. Newsclips.

October 15, 2004--Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement Revisions; New Interim Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning; PSAE/Graduation; Spring Testing Dates for 2005; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; National Mock Election; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; Those Who Excel Nominations; Middle School Symposium; Beyond Field Trips – Children’s Museum Event; Newsclips.

October 8, 2004--Tax Anticipation Warrant Program; Automated External Defibrillator·HB 4232; IMAGE Testing Grades and Dates · Reminder; Breakfast Start-Up Incentive Grants; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Satellite Broadcast  - "Measuring the Effectiveness of the Nation's Food Service and Retail Food Protection System"; iVote 2004; Newsclips.

October 1, 2004--Notice to Superintendents of districts that made changes in their list of schools receiving Title I funds for FY 04-05 compared to FY03-04 or that are declining Title I funds for FY 2004-2005; 203-2004 Driver Education Claim Report due October 1; Safe and Healthy Schools Grants; Prairie State Achievement Examination as a Condition of Graduation Public Act 93-857 – Reminder; IMAGE Testing Grades and Dates – Reminder; Illinois Assessment Frameworks - Reminder; Homework Assistance Information; Educating Students on the Electoral Process; News Clips.

September 29, 2004 (Special)--School Report Card information.

September 24, 2004--Notice to Superintendents of districts that made changes in their list of schools receiving Title I funds for FY 04-05 compared to FY03-04 or that are declining Title I funds for FY 2004-2005; 2003-2004 Driver Education Claim Report due October 1; Safe and Healthy Schools Grants; Prairie State Achievement Examination as a Condition of Graduation Public Act 93-857 – Reminder; IMAGE Testing Grades and Dates – Reminder; Illinois Assessment Frameworks - Reminder; Homework Assistance Information; Educating Students on the Electoral Process; News Clips.

September 17, 2004--NIU’s Illinois Interactive Report Card; 2003-2004 Driver Education Cost Claim Due October 1; Tax Anticipation Warrant Program; A Program for Rural Middle and High School Teachers; FY2005 Title II-D Allotments Available; Metlife Essay Contest; National Book Scholarship Fund Offers Literacy Materials; English Language Learner Students in US Public Schools: 1994 and 2000; Prudential Spirit of Community Awards; Teacher Technology Survey; Hearst Scholarship Applications Due 9/28/04; Harriet Fulbright to Speak; Principal’s Flip Chart; Assessment Data Update - Reminder; Prairie State Achievement Examination as a Condition of Graduation - Reminder; Illinois Assessment Frameworks Update - Reminder; Weekly News Clips.

September 10, 2004--Prairie State Achievement; Examination as a Condition of Graduation; General State Aid Hold Harmless; Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet; Student Information System Survey; Assessment Data Update; Fall Data Collection Update; Teacher Service Record; 2004 Legislation and the Schools; Extended Deadline For LPDC Notification; Department of Special Education Parent/Guardian; Survey to be Extended Through End of Year; Illinois Assessment Frameworks; New Resources for Curriculum Standards; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Clarification; 2004-05 End of the Year Report; Supplemental Data for FY 03/04 Federal Performance Report; Immunization School Survey; Student Transfer Forms; Teacher Needs Assessment Survey; Reading Improvement Block Grant Reports; Rabid Bats Reports; Those Who Excel Nominations; Last Weekly Message Using Old Listserv; Challenges and Opportunities in Educating Refugee Children Conference; National Conference on Interactive Videoconferencing in Education; News Clips.

August 27, 2004--Final FY05 Title I Allocations Complete; End of the Year Report Form is Past Due; SES Approval Update; SchoolHouse Data Update; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Important Information for Reading First Programs; School Treasurer Bonds Deadline; Safe School Activities for School Year 2004-2005; Current ISBE Vacancies; News Clips.

August 20, 2004--Deadline August 21 for 2004 Assessment Data Corrections on SchoolHouse; Your Immediate Attention is Needed: School Report Card Data Collection; Criminal Background Check Notice; Select ISBE Programs Impact on Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Technology Survey Deadline Extended; 2003-2004 Driver Education Cost Claim Open; Homeless Program Grant; News Clips.

August 13, 2004--IMPORTANT SCHOOL STATUS INFORMATION; 2002-2003 NCLB Performance Report Reminder; SchoolHouse Update (2004 Assessment Data Corrections) – Reminder; Report Card Data Due by August 16, 2004; Preliminary GSA; Education Funding Hearing Set for Bloomington; Annual Measurable Achievement; Objectives for Title III (AMAO) Performance Report; Newsclips.

August 6, 2004--SB 2349-Impact on General State Aid; HB 4255 Status-Special Education Extraordinary; AYP Calculations; Reminder: Report Card Data Due by August 16; SchoolHouse Update (2004 Assessment Data Corrections); Changes in Local Professional Development Committees; Student Information System Survey; Reading Improvement Block Grant Allocations; Canine Associates International; Newsclips.

July 26, 2004--2004 Assessment Data Corrections; Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program Funds; Title Program Performance Reports Deadline Extended; Posting/Converting Microsoft Excel FY05 Budget Form to Adobe PDF; ISBE at 2004 State Fair; Superintendent’s Conference; Proposals for “Smaller Learning Communities”; Illinois Recognized at High Schools That Work; Newsclips.

July 16, 2004--2004 Assessment Data Corrections; Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program Funds; Title Program Performance Reports Deadline Extended; Posting/Converting Microsoft Excel FY05 Budget Form to Adobe PDF; ISBE at 2004 State Fair; Superintendent’s Conference; Proposals for “Smaller Learning Communities”; Illinois Recognized at High Schools That Work; Newsclips.

July 1, 2004--Student Assessment Data Verification; Assessment Frameworks Update; 2004 Report Card 986-43 Data Collection Now Available; NCLB Title Programs Performance Reports; Prekindergarten At-Risk Program Evaluation Report for FY03; Nonpublic Facility Placement Contract – Form 19-83; NCLB newsclips from other states; Newsclips.

June 25, 2004--Extension of RFPs and Parent/Guardian Survey Deadlines; Due Dates for Filling General State Aid Claims; Missing Enrollment Data Reminder; English Language Proficiency Standards for Administrators; School Bus Safety; Reading Improvement Block Grants Reallocation; Newsclips

June 18, 2004--GSA Payments to be Advanced; Chicago Regional Certification Office Re-Opens; Certification Updates; College Program Approvals and Accreditations; Certification Board Appointments; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living (TOTAL) Multimedia Training Package; Schools Selected to Implement High Schools That Work; USDE Approves Amendments to the Illinois Accountability Plan; Censorship in Schools in Libraries exhibit available for display; Lightning Safety Awareness Week will be observed June 20- 26, 2004; Missing Enrollment Data Reminder; News Clips.

June 11, 2004--100 schools recognized for Academic Improvement (list); Missing Enrollment Data; Deadline for Annual Student Report; School Violence Preparedness and Response; Child Abduction Prevention Education; Newsclips.

June 4, 2004 (Special)--Teacher Certification Update.

June 4, 2004--Legislative Update; Update on Key Steps in the 2004 State Assessment Data Verification Process; Even Start Family Literacy Program Update; Newsclips.

May 28, 2004--Legislative Update; Annual Financial Reports Information; News Clips.

May 21, 2004--Legislative Update; Early Review and Correction Period for Participation Data-June 10-28; Electronic Grants Management System (eGMS) Update and Training CD; 2004 Summer School Approval & Reimbursement for Special Needs Children; Deadline for Consolidated Application for English Language Learning Programs; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Academic Improvement Awards; Environmental Improvement Grant; News Clips.

May 14, 2004--New Expenditure Threshold for OMB Circular A-133 Audits; FY 2004 State & Federal Grant Amendments and Project Extension Requests; Reading Improvement Block Grants sent Legislative Update; Do you know an outstanding educator?; State Police Request for School Site Information; News Clips.

May 7, 2004--Certification; Funds Restored; Budget/Joint Agreement Budget Forms; Legislative Update; Sepcial Ed Parent/Guardian Survey; E-Grants Approval Groups Setup; Bridges Extended Learning Opportunities; FOCUS 2004 Fall Conference; Newsclips.

April 30, 2004--PRIORITY Processing of Applications for Certificates and Endorsements; New Guidelines on Alternate Assessments; Legislative Update; Guidelines for Participation in State-Developed Alternate Assessment; Don’t Forget to Submit Your Enrollment Data!; English Language Learning Updates; Report Card Data Collection; News Clips.

April 23, 2004--Legislative Update; Illinois Receives Top Grade for High Quality Teacher Standards; 2004 Illinois Teacher of the Year Named; Nearly 100 Illinois Schools to Receive Academic Improvement Award; New Public School Calendar System Available in IWAS; Deadline Approaching for Fordham; National Childhood Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; Summer Food Service Program Week; News Clips.

April 16, 2004--Legislative Update; E-Grant Workshops Begin Next Week; FY05 Projected Allocations; Certification Rules; ADD/ADHD Presentations; News Clips.

April 9, 2004--Legislative update; Consolidated Grant Training; Bilingual/ESL Job Fair; Newsclips.

April 2, 2004--Legislative update; NCLB Performance Reports Due; Notification of Services from Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired; NCLB Participation Rate Change; Application for Approval of Private Residential Placement Room and Board Reimbursement; Training Available for Transition Planning: Aligning Characteristics and Developmental Traits with Transition Service Needs; Additional E-grant Workshop Scheduled; New OTIS Feature; National Food Service Management Institute’s Coaching Employee Satellite Seminar Announced; School Breakfast Start-Up Grants Available Now; 10th Annual Character Education Conference; Newsclips.

> March 26, 2004--Legislative update; Assessment Test Dates; ISBE adds Dolton as Supplemental Educational Service Provider; NIU Survey Results; Updates to the State and Federal Grant Administration Policy Handbook; Summer Food Services Program; Help Students Avoid Bankruptcy; SchoolMatch; Newsclips.

March 19, 2004--Education Agency Sesquicentennial; Administrative Rules Work Group; Legislation Update; Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rulemaking: Special Reminder; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Student Information System Update; Illinois Assessment Frameworks for Grade 11 Now Posted on Website; Announcement of E-Grants Training; Occupational and Physical Therapy in Illinois Schools; Enrollments on First Day of Testing to be Collected Electronically; Guidance for Districts that have Schools Identified for Corrective Action; Business Community Shows Support; National Youth Science Camp Application Announcement; Migrant Education Summer Programs; Foreign Exchange Teachers Recruitment; Newsclips.

March 12, 2004--Education Agency Sesquicentennial; Administrative Rules Work Group; Legislation Update; Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rulemaking: Special Reminder; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Student Information System Update; Illinois Assessment Frameworks for Grade 11 Now Posted on Website; Announcement of E-Grants Training; Occupational and Physical Therapy in Illinois Schools; Enrollments on First Day of Testing to be Collected Electronically; Guidance for Districts that have Schools Identified for Corrective Action; Business Community Shows Support; National Youth Science Camp Application Announcement; Migrant Education Summer Programs; Foreign Exchange Teachers Recruitment; Newsclips.

March 5, 2004--Legislative Update; Updated Information Regarding the 2004 Assessment of English Language Learners; New Pupil Transportation Inquiry System'; Elimination of Some State Expenditure Reports; Certification Updates; Math and Science Partnership grants released; 2004-2005 Official Public School Calendars; Drivers Education Work Zone Awareness Program; Illinois Arts Education Week; Newsclips.

February 27, 2004--Legislative Update; Financial Profiles; PSAE, ISAT, and IMAGE Security Measures; Futuristic Presentation; RFPs Released; National School Breakfast Week; Nontraditional Breakfast Service Options (book); Remembering Victims of the Holocaust; Newsclips.

February 20, 2004--New English Language Proficiency Standards approved; Students New to the U.S.; Financial Profiles Coming Out; Proposed Rule Making; New Uses for OTIS; NCLB & eGrant Management System Training; Data Verification Deadline Reminder; United States Department of Agriculture Commodity Alert A672 Pork Roast; GIS in K-12 Education: Opening Your Student's Eyes with GIS & GPS; Week of the Classroom Teacher; Illinois Teacher of the Year Available to Speak; National Eating Disorders Awareness Week; Severe Weather Preparedness Week; Essay Contest; Young Authors Conference; Newsclips.

 February 6, 2004--Charter School RFP Released, Announcements, Newsclips.

 January 30, 2004--2003 Report Cards Available Online; Assessment Update; Four Illinois Schools Selected to Implement High Schools That Work; Invitation to Comment on Rules; USDA Letter Regarding Mad Cow Disease; Funds Available to Support Artists Residence in Illinois Schools; News Clips.

 January 23, 2004--Board meeting, New census data available – Immediate attention suggested, Illinois garners top marks in Teacher Aide support and development, Important assessment information, Opportunities web page, Century Program announced, Middle Grade Conference, Newsclips.

 January 16, 2004--Proposed FY05 Budget; Student Identification as Multiracial on Assessment Forms;Complete FY 2005 RFP Schedule; Newsclips.

January 9, 2004--FY05 Budget Approved; 2003 Test Verification; Looking Ahead to 2004 Testing – “An Ounce of Prevention”; Advance Notice of 2004-05 Test Dates; Spaces Available on Due Process Screening Committee; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; FY04 Final Mandated Categorical Prorations; Announcements; Newsclips.