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2005

December 19, 2005 -- Upcoming Deadlines; Student Assessment; Resources for Districts; Rules; Professional Development; Special Education; Illinois School Purchasing Network; Federal Grants and Programs; Scholarship Opportunities; Nutrition; News from other agencies; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

December 12, 2005 -- Upcoming Deadlines; Illinois School Purchasing Network; Federal Grants and Programs; Student Opportunities; Fine Arts; Special Education; Nutrition; News from Other Agencies; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

December 5, 2005 -- Professional Development; Fine Arts; Illinois School Purchasing Network; Federal Grants and Programs; Nutrition; Curriculum and Instruction; Accountability; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

November 28, 2005 -- Acountability; Professional Development; English Language Learning; Funding and Disbursement; General Counsel; Federal Grants and Programs; Nutrition Programs; Staff Development; Hurricane Relief Efforts; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

November 21, 2005 -- State Board News; Funding and Disbursement; General Counsel; Federal Grants and Programs; English Language Learning; Nutrition Programs; Curriculum and Instruction; Staff Development; Hurricane Relief Effort; Employment Opportunities; In the News.
(Updated Edition - Updates include adjustment of two web links for ease of access (School Calendar Guide and School Wellness Policy Task Force Member Listing) and the correction of an ISBE phone number in the Supplemental General State Aid article.)

November 14, 2005 -- Curriculum and Instruction; Legal; Student Assessment; Professional Development; School Hurricane Relief Effort; Federal Grants and Programs; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

November 7, 2005 -- Federal Grants and Program; School Business and Support; Special Education Services; Legal; Nutrition Program; Professional Development; Recognition; School Hurricane Relief Efforts; External Vacancies; In the News.

October 31 -- Funding and Disbursements; Student Information System; Curriculum and Instruction; Special Educatio; Legal; Federal Grants and Programs; Nutrition Programs; School Hurricane Relief Efforts; External Vacancy List; In the News.

October 24 -- Katrina Relief for Schools; Illinois School Hurricane Relief Efforts; Accountabilit; Recognition Opportunities; Federal Grants and Programs; Funding and Disbursements; Professional Development; Kudos; External Vacancy List; In the News.

October 17 -- Accountability; Federal Grants and Programs; Funding and Disbursements; Data Analysis; Special Education; Student Assessment; Curriculum and Instruction; Professional Development; Kudos: External Vacancies; In the News.

October 11-- Data Analysis; Funding and Disbursements; Fiscal Support; Special Education; School Business and Support; Student Assessment; Accountability; Curriculum and Instruction; Rules Nutrition Programs; Professional Development; External Vacancie; In the News.

October 3 -- Curriculum and Instruction; Special Education; Student Assessment; Accountability; School Safety; Nutrition; Special Announcements; Professional Development; School Business and Support; NCLB; Data Analysis; External Assurance; External Vacancy List; In the News.

September 26 -- Topics: Special Announcements; Professional Development; School Business and Support; CLB; Data An; External Assurance; Grants and Scholarships; Legal; Funding and Disbursements; In the News.

September 19 -- Topics: School Business and Support; Curriculum and Instruction; External Assurance; Kudos; Professional Development; Data Analysis; NCLB; Grant and Scholarship Opp; Legal; Funding and Disbursements; External Vacancies; In the News.

September 12 -- Topics: Federal Requirements; Early Childhood; Curriculum and Instruction; Kudos; Nutrition; Professional Development; Data Analysis; Student Assessment; NCLB; Grants and Scholarships; Legal; Funding and Disbursements; External Vacancies; In the News.

September 6 -- Topics: Data Analysis; External Assurance; External Vacancies; Funding and Disbursements; Grant and Scholarship Opportunities; In the News; Kudos; Legal; NCLB; Nutrition; Professional Development; Special Announcement; Student Assessment.

August 29 --Topics: Accountability; Data Analysis; English Language Learning; External Vacancies; Funding and Disbursements; Grant and Scholarship Opportunities; In the News; Legal; Legislative Update; NCLB; Nutrition; Professional Development; ROE; News; Student Assessment.

August 22--Topics: Data Analysis, Accountability, Professional Development, Legal, Funding and Disbursements, News, Grant Opportunities, In the News.

August 15--FY06 special education “extraordinary” district allocations; Illinois Alternate Assessment updates; Legislative changes affecting the waiver process; Interim guidance for special education services for parentally placed private school children with disabilities; Notice of completed rulemaking; · Identifying English language learners; Legislative update; State Farm Good Neighbor Service Learning Award; Technology grants available for rural schools; Healthy Schools Campaign focuses on use of “green” products and processes; Best Buy education technology grants; Barnes & Noble local, regional and national sponsorships; Revised grant guidelines for Starbucks Foundation; Weekly news clips.

August 8--Interrupted school days/heat policy; Permissible ISAT/IMAGE test for grades 3-8 window for 2006; School treasurer bonds; Clarification on driver facilities that will allow school bus driver “S” endorsements; Legislative update; School breakfast program start-up incentive grant funds are available; Take advantage of FREE nutrition education and training services; Satellite seminar program on local school; Weekly News Clips.

August 5--Supplemental Educational Services (SES) are a part of the student remediation efforts contained in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

August 1--OMB A-133 Single audit now requires DUNS number for recipients of direct federal aid; All driver facilities will now process school bus driver “S” endorsements; Registration guidance – residency, homeless pupils and school fee waivers; Restrictions on presence of sex offenders on school grounds – new laws; Invitation to comment on rules; Hearst foundation scholarships; Barbara Bush foundation for family literacy invites grant applications; National geographic education foundation announces guidelines for teacher grants; Bills signed; Employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

July 25--ISBE Student Information System; Message regarding changes to the teacher service record; Grade 2 assessment of reading and mathematics test dates; IMAGE; Legislative update; Student assessment data corrections reminder; Illinois alternate assessment coordinators; Random student drug testing federal grant application available; Illinois Teacher of the Year available; “At the Table”.

July 18--Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) posts AYP Determinations; Legislative Update; 2004-05 mandated categorical statutory deadlines approaching; District transportation claims; Special education private facility and personnel claims; Department of Education grants available for student drug testing programs; School health index is now interactive and online; Notice of completed rulemaking; Weekly news clips.

July 12--Superintendents’ Conference – September 1 and 2, 2005; Reading Improvement Block Grant Update; Social and Emotional (SEL) Learning Standards Performance Descriptors; School bus driver “S” endorsement information; ISBE employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

July 5--Legislative Update; Dental exams required; Title I carryover waiver modification; Invitation to comment on rules; Weekly news clips.

June 27--Important notice concerning the grade 5; ISAT reading results; End of session report available; Invitation to comment on rules; Notice of completed rulemaking; ISBE employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

June 20--State Board of Ed approves change to IMAGE cut scores; Testing window change for ACCESS for ELLs; USDE issues statement regarding requirements for paraprofessionals; Employer TRS contribution change on salaries paid from federal funds; Reading Improvement Block Grant; Healthy and safe schools initiative; Bring history to life at The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Educational opportunities at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum; Weekly news clips.

June 13--SchoolHouse and IWAS postings; Testing window change for ACCESS for Ells; Invitation to comment on rules; ISBE employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

June 6--Editing of schoolhouse data and posted test results; New deadline for FY 05 NCLB consolidated amendments; 2004-05 General State Aid claim statutory dates; NHTSA restates rollover warning for users of 15-passenger vans; The school report card data collection forms on IWAS-reminder; Kindergarten focus groups; ISBE employment opportunities; News clips.

May 31--Safe schools training; Children’s Privacy Protection and Parental Empowerment Act; FY 2005 Transition Assistance; Illinois State Teacher Certification Board; Lightning Safety Awareness Week scheduled June 19-25, 2005; EPA invites applications for clean school bus grant program; Weekly news clips.

May 23--Notice of School Technology Revolving Loan Program for FY06; School report card data form now online; Prairie State Achievement Exam dates set for 2006; One percent exception application reminder; Openings available for Standards Aligned Classroom Initiative teams; Criminal background checks; Reading Improvement Block Grant update; U.S. Department of Education “American Stars of Teaching”; Employment at ISBE; Weekly news clips.

May 16--Consequences for not meeting "Highly Qualified" requirements; Student fees clarification; SchoolHouse discrepancy reports; ISBE Student Information Systems (SIS) training; Public Hearing set for ISBE Strategic Plan; State Board seeks public comment on IDEA Part B application; Conference announced; Helping students with diabetes succeed; Progress in International reading literacy study; Presidential environmental youth awards program; Attention teachers of the arts: showcase opportunity announced; Vacancies at ISBE; Weekly news clips.

May 9--Discrepancy check report update: ISAT - IMAGE - IAA Grades 3 - 8; Correction in date of State Board meeting; Illinois’ Part B IDEA application available for public comment; Seeking host families for foreign exchange students; Student fees; FY 2006 NCLB Consolidated Application now available; Notice of completed rulemaking; Tools for projecting FY 2006 General State Aid; Fraud Alert; Social Emotional Learning Professional Development Survey 2; External vacancies at ISBE; Weekly news clips.

May 2--Illinois Alternate Assessment update; ISBE and Illinois PTA unveil mock-up of parent-friendly Illinois School Profile; Notice of completed rulemaking; Student Information System news; SCHOOLHOUSE data correction window to open May 2-13, 2005; Student count for testing and results; U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for American Stars of Teaching; NEW SLC competition and upcoming bidders’ conferences; Weekly news clips.

April 25--State Board of Education action items from April meeting; School District Financial Profiles released; Follow-up on social emotional learning surveys; Invitation to comment on rules; Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey; Video tool kit for Refugee and Bilingual Program students; Preventing diseases associated with animals in public settings; State TBE/TPI and Federal Title III consolidated application workshops; 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program; Mediacom Communications offers scholarships to high school students; U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for American Stars of Teaching; Positions available at ISBE; Weekly newsclips.

April 21--Urgent Information: New Criteria for Identifying Teachers as “Highly Qualified”

April 18--Invitation to comment on rules; Release of the 2005 School District Financial Profile; SCHOOLHOUSE reminder from Student Assessment; Last chance to register; Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey; State TBE/TPI and federal Title III consolidated application workshops; Illinois Learn and Serve America grants awarded; Video tool kit for Refugee and Bilingual Program students; "Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease with Animals in Public Settings"; Weekly newsclips.

April 11--School Improvement Plans due May 1; Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications electronic; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices - Survey; IAASE receives international recognition; Illinois State Board of Education announces history teacher award; "National Imagine a Technology Blackout Day"; Weekly news clips.

April 4 --President Bush orders flags flown at half staff; Changes to Illinois Accountability Workbook proposed to USDOE; Early childhood block grant continuation applications go electronic; Criminal history record information symposium announced; 2004-05 Illinois teacher salary study online; What's important now with child nutrition; weekly news clips.

March 31 , 2005 (Special)--School endowment fundGov. Blagojevich announces comprehensive Higher Standards, Better Schools plan.

March 28-- Consulting teachers needed; First day of testing enrollment; 2005 ISAT and PSAE pilot test materials; Testing security breach; Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) request for proposal (RFP) and bidder’s conference/webcast; Announcement of E-Grants trainings; 2005 summer programs for teachers; Employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

March 21--Revised ISBE Organizational Chart; First day of testing enrollment; One percent exception application reminder; Agenda for ISBE Student Information System pilot conference call; Reading improvement block grant update; 2005 statewide Service Learning Conference; Advanced placement incentive program RFP to be released; Invitation to comment on rules; Notice of completed rulemaking; News Clips.

March 14--Seeking changes in Illinois’; Accountability Workbook; Waivers (TBA per Randy); Check 2004-05 Teacher Service Record data; Student Assessment/Enrollment counts; Student Information System (SIS) – overview online; Invitation to comment on Rules; Technology training for educators; Applying for exemptions from the school breakfast requirement in the Childhood Relief Act; News Clips.

March 7---Illinois Honor Roll schools; Residency and homelessness; School District Annual Financial Report Verification Process coming soon; Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) grants; ISAT and IMAGE testing begins;Invitation to Comment on Rules; Qualified Zone; Academy; Bond (QZAB) Program for calendar years 2004 and 2005 authorization; Those Who Excel banquet · date and location change; Enhancing Chemistry: A conference for chemistry teachers; Much work completed in developing Student Information System in Illinois; News Clips.

February 28---Policy statement regarding the application of NCLB sanctions; No Child Left Behind (NCLB) data collection; Early Childhood Block Grant RFPs released; Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications go electronic; School Breakfast: Great Performances; Summer course for Spanish teachers; Conference on sexual exploitation of teens by older partners; Weekly News Clips.

February 22---Illinois Childhood Hunger Relief Act; March 11 postmark deadline for School Code waiver applications; Illinois State Board of Education to host forum on assessment and accountability for students with disabilities; Early Childhood Block Grant RFP released; Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications go electronic; Upcoming survey of critical technologies for CTE/math/science teachers; Summer Food Service program; Severe Weather Preparedness Week; ISBE employment opportunities; Discover! Institute; Weekly newsclips.

February 16, 2005 (Special)--School endowment fund.

February 14--ISBE website maintenance; Report card survey; 2002 Census data for FY2006 Title I allocations; Board Meeting access – reminder; Register your Service Learning Project; IDEA Reauthorization Discussion groups; Wild Illinois History project; March is Nutrition Month; Weekly newsclips.

February 7--Ad Hoc rules committee; Corrections windows announced for 2005 state assessment; Prairie State Achievement Examination request for sealed proposals (RFSP); Illinois Alternate Assessment; Apply for the Student Advisory Council; Notice of completed rulemaking; Microsoft Agreement savings; Social/Emotional Learning Standards available online; Weekly Message email reminder; Health and academic achievement; Applications available for National Youth Science Camp; Early Reading First Program; Black History Month Living Histories Project; Enhancing chemistry conference announced; Tourette Syndrome camp programs; Weekly newsclips.

January 31--Board announces changes to five districts’ AYP status; Eight school districts to receive consolidation incentive grants; Notice of completed rulemaking; Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act; Weekly newsclips.

January 24--Finance and Audit Committee budget hearings; Corrections windows announced for 2005 State Assessment; News Clips.

January 18--New IWAS system—Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance; Mental health policies; Guidelines for school and district improvement panels; LEA Special Education Profiles now available at www.isbe.net; Even Start Family Literacy RFP released; Announcement for Needs Assessment Report; Pre-ID label now due; NAEP testing; Illinois Alternate Assessment; ISBE employment opportunities; News Clips.

January 10--Misinformation on District AYP; E-Rate Program temporary numbers available for new or recently consolidated districts; Final FY 2005 state mandated categorical prorations calculated; Funding available for districts serving migratory children; Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grants awarded; Helping children cope with disaster; ISBE employment opportunities; Weekly news clips.

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