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State Board forwards fall Waiver Report to legislature

For Immediate Release
September 19, 2002
For Information: 217/782-4648

The State Board of Education today forwarded the fall Waiver Report to the General Assembly with 33 requests, including two that the Board recommend be denied and one that would be limited to only two years instead of five.

The 30 waiver requests forwarded to the General Assembly without comment include:

  • 9 physical education requests,
  • 6 parent-teacher conference requests,
  • 4 school improvement/inservice training requests,
  • 3 driver education fees requests,
  • 2 administrative cost cap requests,
  • 2 non-resident tuition requests,
  • 2 tax levy requests,
  • 1 teacher evaluation request, and
  • 1 substitute teacher request.

The two requests recommended for denial were:

  • the Boone/Winnebago Regional Learning Academy request to count as full days of attendance any sessions of not less than three-and-a-half clock-hours for some students who attend this regional safe school and still be able to receive general state aid for a full school day. In its application, the Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education states that not all of its students were able to attend a five clock-hour day on a regular basis.

    At issue in the State Board’s decision was whether students receive an appropriate amount of instructional time and whether that could be balanced with service learning or other community-based educational opportunities.

  • the Sauk Village Consolidated School District 168 requests to renew a five-year waiver that allowed physical education every other day for students in kindergarten through grade 5. In its renewal, the district also requested that students in grades 6, 7, and 8 be allowed to substitute computer instruction for daily physical education for a 9-week period.

    Figuring into the Board’s decision were the district’s 2002 physical development and health ISAT results submitted with the waiver request. The results showed that only 56 percent of students in grade 4 met or exceeded standards for physical development and health during 2002. For students in grade 7, the percentage dropped to 46.

The Board also voted to send the physical education waiver request from Fisher Community Unit School District 1 to the General Assembly with a recommendation that the request be approved for only two years instead of five. The district requested the five-year waiver in order to excuse its high school band students from physical education classes.

In a presentation to the Board, Fisher Superintendent Terry Milt outlined relatively short-term staffing and program problems that also precipitated the district’s need for waiver to avoid being out of compliance with state law. With the additional information, the Board amended its motion to deny the waiver and instead recommended that the General Assembly limit the length of the waiver to two years instead of the five requested.

Waivers of School Code Mandates: Fall 2002 Summary Report