Items included in today’s message:
Policy statement regarding the
No Child Left Behind (
However, this raises the question of how sanctions for schools—i.e., Choice, supplemental educational services (SES), corrective action, and restructuring year one and restructuring year two—are to be applied when a district either chooses or is required to take a particular school out of Title I service, or either chooses or is required to place a school into Title I service during the span of years for which AYP is being determined.
A recent communication from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) indicates that states may make their own determinations in this matter. ISBE has determined that in these cases, the federal sanctions will be imposed in consecutive order and be required of schools in status only in those years the school is receiving Title I services.
If a school is removed from Title I service for whatever reason during any particular year in the span of years for which the AYP for the school is being determined, no federal sanction will be imposed on that school during that year. State sanctions, as appropriate for the number of consecutive years the school has not made AYP, will still apply.
If a school is placed into Title I service or restored to Title I service, the sequence of the application of federal sanctions starts over again with Choice in the school year following the school’s not making AYP for two consecutive years while in Title I.
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Any time a district takes a school out of Title I service, the sequence of the application of federal sanctions is reset. The sequence does not restart until the school has been in Title I for three consecutive years and has not made AYP for the first two consecutive years of those three years.
Child Left Behind (
Districts completing SES information must also fill out
the Monitoring SES Providers form for FY 2005 through
Both submissions are due
Early Childhood Block Grant RFPs released
Two Early Childhood Block Grant FY 2006 Requests for Proposals (RFP) for new funds have been released. For FY 2006, the Early Childhood Block Grant for new funds has been separated into two RFPs, one for ages three to five years and one for birth to age three years.
The Early Childhood Block Grant for Ages Three to Five Years: New Learning Partners – 2006 includes the Pre-Kindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure initiative and the Model Early Childhood Parental Training () initiative. The Early Childhood Block Grant for Birth to Age Three Years: Early Learning Partners – 2006 includes the Prevention Initiative for Programs Offering Coordinated Services to At Risk Children and Their Families initiative and the Model Early Childhood Parental Training (birth to three years) initiative.
Public school districts, university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), charter schools, area vocational centers and other entities are eligible to submit a proposal. Applicants other than public school districts must provide evidence of existing competencies to provide early childhood education programs.
The RFPs are available online at http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/html/block_grant.htm
The RFPs can also be obtained by contacting the Early Childhood Division at 217/524-4835.
ECBG bidders’ conferences will be held for both RFPs. Attendance at a bidders’ conference is recommended but is not required. Security procedures require photo identification for entry at each location.
Board Room Concourse, Auditorium
Should the conditions of this RFP change as a result of the bidders' conferences, the State Board of Education will notify all RFP recipients of the changes.
Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications go electronic
Continuing applications for the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) will be offered through the Electronic Grant Management System (eGMS) for school year 2005-2006 (FY 2006). All Early Childhood Block Grant programs funded in FY 2005 will apply online for their FY 2006 continuation grant funds. Two ECBG continuation grant applications will be available – a birth to three application and a three to five application. Applicants will complete both applications if they are authorized to offer programs for birth to three . Applicants will be notified of the availability of the Early Childhood Block Continuation Grants via the Superintendent’s Weekly Message and on the Early Childhood Block Grant webpage http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/html/block_grant.htm The grant applications are expected to become available during the second half of March.
Continuation application training sessions will be provided on the following dates:
3205 Broadway (Route 15)
If you have questions, please contact the Early Childhood Division at 217/524-4835.
School Breakfast: Great Performances
The 16th Annual National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) March 7 through 11 raises awareness about the availability of school breakfast for all students and draws attention to the correlation of eating a good breakfast and cognitive growth. This year’s theme, School Breakfast: Great Performances, highlights the academic contribution school breakfast can make.
The Childhood Hunger Relief Act, signed by Gov. Rod
Blagojevich this month, requires all
Visit the school nutrition association’s website at http://www.asfsa.org/nsbw/ for NSBW menus, recipes, logos, graphics and proclamations.
Summer course for Spanish teachers
The Fundacion Jose Ortega y
Gasset has announced the Summer Course for Spanish Teachers in
Conference on sexual exploitation of teens by older partners
The U.S. Department of Health and Human will hold a
national conference on issues related to protecting teens from sexual
exploitation by older partners. The conference will take place
The conference goals include:
· Providing a forum in which government officials, national youth-focused organizations and service providers can engage in multi-disciplinary discussions about protecting teens from exploitive relationships with older partners;
· Gaining a better understanding from existing research about exploitive relationships between teens and their older sexual partners and to explore data and research gaps that, when improved, can lead to better prevention and protective interventions;
· Discussing current programs and laws designed to protect teens, including reporting sexual assault and sexual exploitation of teens and management of these cases; and
· Building collaboration and communication among law enforcement, health, education and social services providers relating to helping teens resist and reject exploitive relationships.
The conference will begin at on
Wednesday, March 23, and will adjourn by on Thursday, March 24. It will be held at the Hilton
Alexandria Mark Center Hotel in
Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 9. After that date, reservations may be priced at a higher rate and will be based on availability.
Invitations to the conference have been extended to policymakers at the national, state and local levels and to select interest groups, associations and foundations.
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit www.esi-conference.info
Weekly News Clips
This week’s news clips may be viewed at http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050225.htm.