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December 20, 2002--Condition of Education/FY04 Budget Proposal; 2002 Academic Early Warning List and Academic Watch List; Assessment and Accountability Task Force Recommendations; Supplemental Education Service Providers; Livingston School District Financial Oversight Panel.

December 13, 2002--Assessment and Accountability Task Force; Hazel Crest Finance Authority; State Board Meeting Agenda; State Board Appointments; State Board Student Advisory Council; Violence Prevention Conferences.

December 6, 2002--Legislature acts to keep Hazel Crest doors open; ISBE upholds Champaign’s charter school denial; State Board Summary from November 21; Illinois gains 222 Nationally Certified teachers.

November 22, 2002--State Board Information and Hospitality Room at the Triple I Conference; General Assembly Actions; State Board Meeting Highlights; State’s Fiscal Condition; Assessment and Accountability Task Force; No Child Left Behind Updates; Federal Student Aid Information; Information on Achievement, Educator and Funding Gaps in Illinois; Report of the After-School Initiative Task Force.

November 15, 2002--New date for releasing superintendent salaries; Your feedback is essential to developing new assessment framework; Triple I Conference; 20-Minute State Board Packet; Free Online resources available to all Public Schools.

November 8, 2002--Draft of a proposed framework for state assessment; Requests received for local superintendent salaries; Illinois schools selected for "Following the Leaders"; Illinois Alternate Assessment information goes online; ISBE approves emergency loan for Hazel Crest 152 ½; American Education Week resources available from NEA; Referenda fare poorly November 5.

November 1, 2002--Additional public hearings scheduled on assessment/accountability; Application deadline nears for ISBE vacancies; State Board meeting summarized: October 16-17, 2002; Burroughs Award nominations due soon.

October 25, 2002--2002-03 Unfilled Positions Survey now on line; State Superintendent appoints Hazel Crest Financial Oversight Panel Members; Governor proclaims Principal Appreciation Day; Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year nominations now available.

October 18, 2002--Hazel Crest School District 152.5 petitions for Financial Oversight Panel; Financial Profile provides more accurate picture of school district finances; State Board calls for stronger requirements for middle-grade teachers; ISBE waiver website gets makeover; Nominate your board president for Burroughs Award.

October 15, 2002--Assessment/Accountability Task Force discussions are frank, productive; ACT results from April 2002 PSAE being shipped to districts; 20-Minute State Board Packet for October meeting in Collinsville; ISU gets grant to expand NBPTS pool.

October 11, 2002--NCLB Update - Guidance on Providing Information to Military Recruiters; Model Notice for Directory Information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

October 4, 2002--Officially accepting applications for the management positions; definition of highly qualified located on NCLB page; anecdotal information from you about the impact of the budget crisis; Illinois Certification Testing System goes on line; State Board September meeting summary.

September 27, 2002--Assessment and Accountability Task Force; ISBE Vacancy List; 21st Century RFP available; State Board to conduct meeting, budget hearing in Collinsville; E-mail reminder for superintendents, principals, board presidents.

September 20, 2002--Annual Superintendent's Conference Speech Excerpts; Research shows teaching Standards yields higher achievement; External reviewer says ISAT technically reliable, valid; Board defines “highly qualified” teacher, expectations for SES providers; Board offers opportunities for feedback on budget, assessment/ accountability; State Board explores school improvement success stories with new agenda item; Board approves Title II Institutional Report Card, fall Waiver Report.

September 19, 2002--Schiller Establishes Task Force to Review Student Assessment, School Accountability; First public hearing in Springfield September 23.

September 13, 2002--Follow up on my call for “a few good men and women” ; 20-Minute Board Packet for September 18-19 Meeting; ISBE conducts first of four budget hearings on September 19; State Technology Plan needs your scrutiny; Scholarships, annual stipend make NBPTS process more appealing; Federal grants support technology capabilities in new, renovated schools; Parent involvement is focus on TV public service announcements.

September 6, 2002--ISBE is looking for a few good men and women; Illinois one of nine states to get federal Reading First Grant; 9/11 website offers ideas, materials; State Board's August action, discussion summarized.

August 30, 2002--Funding, Achievement and Teacher Gaps; make the state education agency a more efficient and effective agency; Corrections to school, district reports of state test results; High Schools: grade 12 PSAE retake voucher use; IDPH: take precautions against West Nile Virus at outdoor events; IDPH update on immunization, health examination rules.

August 27, 2002--Attendance at the Education Funding Advisory Board meeting at the State Board; College Board released the 2002 SAT and Advanced Placement results; Statement by State Superintendent Robert E. Schiller Regarding EFAB Recommendations.

August 21, 2002--Governor's Commission on Revising the School Code continues its series of public hearings.

August 16, 2002--Introduction to regular communication with local administrators.

August 16, 2002--"Heads-up" regarding release of school and state ACT data for the Class of 2002.

August 12, 2002-- Public Hearings Set on Revised School Code Draft; First General State Aid Payments Distributed Today.