The first week of the Veto Session has ended. It will reconvene on November 18th.
Here is a brief summary of education bills.
SB 70 requires students to complete the full six hours of practice driving. The bill was vetoed because it would infringe a school district’s right to craft its own drivers education policy and because it would place a financial burden on districts. ISBE supported the bill during session because the increased driving time has proven to produce safer drivers.
Override Motion Failed
SB 191 allows school districts to continue to receive orphanage reimbursement even after a child has been adopted. The bill was vetoed due to cost, the Governors Office of Management and Budget estimated that the bill would cost the state $15M a year. ISBE opposed the bill during the session because there is no way to track when a child stops receiving services from DCFS which is the trigger in the bill for cancellation of ISBE reimbursement.
Override Motion Approved By Senate
allows for reimbursement of administrative expenses incurred by
districts with large group homes like
Override Motion Approved by Senate
HB 1180 makes substantial changes to the way districts are reimbursed for special education. Moves to a per-pupil reimbursement basis rather than per-pupil claiming. Eliminates the need of districts to submit individual claims for each student. The AV simply sunsets the bill after FY 04 to allow time to work on a larger consolidation of funds.
Override Motion Approved by House
SB 150 contains numerous provisions including one to allow for the reimbursement to school districts for the use of mass transportation. The AV deletes this provision from the bill due to cost.
Motion to Accept AV Approved by Senate
SB 777 requires health facilities, including schools, to install defibrillators. The Governor made numerous changes to the bill. While the changes still cover school districts it is believed that he has tightened the language so that not all schools will have to install defibrillators.
Motion Filed to Override Failed
SB 1321 This legislation would make changes to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.33 and 105 ILCS 5/2-3.84 of the school code. Currently, adjustments to the EAV used in the calculation of General State Aid (GSA) are applied to the original EAV supplied to ISBE by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). The lower of this traditional EAV or the Extension Limitation Equalized Accessed Valuation (ELREAV) is used in the calculation of General State Aid. This legislation changes the application of EAV adjustments to the lower of the original EAV or the ELREAV. The AV limits the fiscal impact of the bill to $20M.
Override Motion Approved By Senate
SB 1333 reinstates the ability, with regards to the special ed orphanage appropriation, that if the appropriation is insufficient to cover current fiscal year reimbursements than rather than pro-rating reimbursements, the funds to cover full reimbursement shall be taken out of the next fiscal year’s appropriation. The AV would delay implementation of the bill until FY 2006.
Override Motion Approved by Senate
SB 1400 requires school districts with 40% or more free and reduced lunch count to offer a school breakfast program. This was a bill Del Valle sponsored in the Senate, which we supported. The bill if not amended and approved in the Veto Session would require the affected districts to immediately offer breakfast. We estimate there are 317 schools in 109 districts affected with a cost to the state at about $1M. The sponsor has agree to make the bill effective starting in FY 2005 rather than immediately.
SB 1014 was amended to contain the non-public school recognition provisions and approved by the full House. It now needs Senate concurrence which is expected when they reconvene on November 18th.
SJR 39 deals with
the Fall Waiver Report. The Senate adopted an amendment to deny
A motion was filed by Speaker Madigan and approved by the full House to restore $1.1M in the Standards Assessment and Accountability Line. The motion needs to be approved in the Senate. This would restore funding that would allow ISBE to offer the Non-Public School Recognition Program; to continue GED services without a fee increase, and to reinstate the Private Business and Vocational Schools (PBVS) recognition program which ISBE offered as a consumer protection and monitoring program.
In terms of federal action, there is a continuing resolution regarding appropriations. The Democrats have offered a motion in the House to instruct the appropriations conferees to increase funding for IDEA. This is part of a larger strategy by the Democrats to bring attention to the inadequate funding levels in the Labor/HHS/Education bill. The motion asks the conferees to insist on the Senate-passed $2.2 billion increase for IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The House-passed bill had only provided a $1 billion increase -- breaking the promise that Republicans had made in the GOP Budget Resolution.
Also in today’s message:
Report Card Update
The School Report Cards are not yet available for you. We were assured by the contractor that they would be ready for you this week. Due to software issues some inconsistencies continue to arise. However, our staff and the contractor continue working to review and reconcile the data. This is an extremely labor-intensive process, but as we have continued to emphasize, accuracy is the highest priority.
We will work over the weekend to verify the cards as submitted by the contractor.
We will update you on Monday afternoon with a progress report and potential release date.
School Bus Security Flier Available
The safety of children riding a school bus should be a primary concern for all school districts and contractors. The Transportation Security Administration of the US Department of Homeland Security has developed a brochure on School Bus Security. You are encouraged to share and disseminate this brochure to all school bus contractors and school bus driver instructors. The brochure can be downloaded at http://www.isbe.net/funding/PDF/school_bus_security.pdf and contains useful information on
Also included in the brochure is important information on how to contact the Transportation Security Administration. Three sources of contact are:
A discussion draft of proposed rulemaking was presented
to the State Teacher
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A formal proposal reflecting input from the two boards and
Seven Chicago area schools recognized as Spotlight Schools
This week we recognized seven more schools as ‘Spotlight Schools.’ The schools were identified among 27 in the state that have achieved high academic performance in an environment in which a majority of students come from low-income families.
The seven honored this week at
· Leland Elementary, 5221 W. Congress, Chicago
· Ziebell Elementary, 149th & Rockwell, Posen
· Jones College Preparatory, 606 S. State, Chicago, will receive special recognition. The school meets the same criteria as “Spotlight Schools”, however, unlike the other schools that have open enrollment, Jones has a selective admissions policy and enrolls only students who meet its standards.
For details about the Spotlight Schools program, please see the news release on the ISBE website or visit the Spotlight Schools web page at
The National FFA Convention was held in
Grant A. Lewis, a student at
· Megan Quaka, Senaca FFA, received a National Proficiency Award in Beef Production Placement
· John E. Schamberger, Amboy FFA, received a National Proficiency Award in Wildlife Production and Management Entrepreneurship
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Events Announced
Governor Blagojevich has announced that communities,
state parks and state historic sites along the
The bicentennial observance of the expedition in
More than 1900 Illinois K-12 teachers of
mathematics and science responded to the on-line needs assessment survey
questions about possible professional development opportunities. Our
potential partnership grant writers have more solid information on which to
create their partnership designs. Others may be able to utilize the
valuable information, as well. The data tabulations can be viewed at www.isbe.net/teachers.htm through
Very shortly, a new Request for Proposals
will be released from ISBE that will coordinate the evaluations for the
partnerships that will be funded in
...a bi-weekly update on
Earlier this week, the Department announced that
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, "It's Not About the Money," Secretary Paige challenges the perception that the No Child Left Behind Act is underfunded, translating "into plain English" the difference between authorizations and appropriations and reiterating "President Bush has increased K-12 education spending by 40 percent since he took office." Instead, as the title alludes, the Secretary believes critics are "using the funding argument...as a way to attack the law when what they really do not like is that there will be accountability in education." For more information, please go to http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/10/10302003.html.
The Department has released non-regulatory guidance on using Migrant Education Program (MEP) funds to develop and implement supplemental educational and support services to help migrant children. MEP funds are allocated by formula based on state's per-pupil expenditure for education and counts of eligible migratory children residing within the state. In 2001-02, an estimated 700,000 students received migrant services during the school year or the following summer. For more information, please go to http://www.ed.gov/programs/mep/mepguidance2003.doc.
Preparing for College
The next "Education News Parents Can Use" broadcast (November 18, ) will discuss critical academic and financial steps to prepare for postsecondary education. Research illustrates that academic success in college is directly related to the rigor of the coursework leading up to that point. Therefore, students and parents need to carefully plan -- starting as early as middle school -- building a strong academic foundation. Likewise, early financial planning is an essential component in the college equation. With over $60 billion in federal student aid, grants, and loans and billions more available through state and local programs, private scholarships, or in exchange for military or volunteer service, the system is both comprehensive and overwhelming. Remember, over a lifetime, a person with a bachelor's degree earns nearly twice that of a person with only a high school diploma. For more information, please go to http://registerevent.ed.gov/downlink/event-flyer.asp?intEventID=171. (You can watch live and archived webcasts at http://www.connectlive.com/events/ednews/.)
Three worthwhile recognition periods are scheduled for the next two weeks:
National Veterans Awareness Week (November 9-15) encourages schools to invite veterans into their classrooms in the days leading up to and following Veterans Day (November 11). Veterans are asked to share their experiences and teach students lessons about the history and significance of Veterans Day, helping students reflect upon the importance of the ideals of liberty, democracy, and freedom. For more information, please go to http://www.va.gov/vetsday/.
International Education Week (November 17-21) recognizes the importance of educating students about people and nations throughout the world in preparing students to live in a diverse and tolerant society and succeed in a global economy. This year, most days have a theme: Tuesday will highlight international studies in schools, Wednesday special education, Thursday higher education, and Friday the teaching and learning of foreign languages. For more information, please go to http://exchanges.state.gov/iew/. (The Department's list of activities is at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/internationalweek.doc.)
Education Week (November 16-22) celebrates teachers and school
staff. The 2003 theme, "Great Public Schools for Every Child --
Access to Technology
to two new reports by the
Also: Using Department funds, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and Laboratory for Student Success launched e-Lead (http://www.e-lead.org/), a free, web-based resource dedicated to providing states and districts with guidance about and information on the professional development of school principals. e-Lead has identified six principles, anchored in current research, which should guide principal training: focused, driven, conducted, anchored, designed, and evaluated. The site also houses a searchable database of existing quality programs.
Seeking to fill a couple of critical vacancies in the Department's leadership structure, the White House has announced its intent to nominate the current Undersecretary of Education, Gene Hickok, to be Deputy Secretary of Education, and Edward McPherson, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to be the new Undersecretary. Since July, Hickok has served as both Undersecretary and the Acting Deputy Secretary. He remains a policy advisor to Secretary Paige on all major programs and management issues, including the No Child Left Behind Act (http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/11/11032003a.html). If confirmed, McPherson, with years of financial experience in government and the private sector, would serve as an advisor to the Secretary on matters ranging from the budget and strategic planning to policy implementation (http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/10/10282003a.html). Also, Anne Radice, who has held executive positions in various non-profit and government organizations, has been named the Secretary's Chief of Staff (http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/10/10282003.html) and Gerald Reynolds, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, is taking another federal post (http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2003/10/10312003a.html).
In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Education Department is offering a guidebook, "Disability Employment 101," to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring individuals with disabilities. The guide provides information on vocational rehabilitation agencies, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, and Centers for Independent Living. It also includes a disability-friendly business checklist. One in five Americans has a disability, and their unemployment rate is the highest for any group of Americans. For more information, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/employmentguide/index.html.
Quote to Note
"This is a time to join together, not play semantic games for political posturing. We should all work to solve the educational inequities in this country. Education should not fall prey to partisan bickering and diversionary gamesmanship. The future of our children and our nation is too important for division and sparring by policymakers. Thanks to the President and the Congress, we have the right tools for the job. Now, let's replace vitriol with vision, and wisecracks with wisdom, for the sake of children."
-- Secretary of Education Rod Paige (
On November 13, NCES will release results from the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and math tests for the nation and participating states. For more information, please go to http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
THE CHAIRS' HEADLINE REVIEW
The Chairs' Headline Review is published every Friday afternoon. For name or fax number corrections, please contact Allison Pruitt at NASBE via e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at 800-368-5023.
SCHWARZENEGGER NAMES EDUCATION
SECRETARY. California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger
announced that former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan will be the state's next
Secretary of Education, the governor's chief education advisor. Riordan headed a
24-member panel that advised Schwarzenegger on ways to improve education, and
campaigned for him during the election. When Schwarzenegger enters office he
will gain power to control seven of the eleven appointed positions on the
California State Board of Education. Three positions will open up on January 15,
when three members' terms expire; three more slots are awaiting approval for
appointees of Governor Gray Davis, and are unlikely to be approved by the state
Senate before Schwarzenegger takes office; and a seventh seat is vacant. In
addition to the governor/secretary of education, the state board of education,
and the legislature, the fourth leg of