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December

December 22, 2008 -- Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance Due; Inaugural News; 2010 Annual Commodity Order Period; Excess USDA Commodity Inventory at Further Processors; Breakfast Survey; Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship.

December 16, 2008 -- TECH 2009 Date Set; Sylvia Charp 2009 Award; FY2009 Erate Application Filing Window; History Teacher of the Year Award; ICE 2009 Conference; 2010 Annual Commodity Order Period; Excess USDA Commodity Inventory at Further Processors; Breakfast Survey; New Rule for Contracts Exceeding $25,000; Requirements Posted for Targeted Assistance School Programs and Schoolwide Programs; ICEARY 2009 Conference; STEM Polar Connections Summer 2009 Institute; Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship; McKelvey Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarships; Reporting and Preventing Illnesses.

December 9, 2008 -- Final Reminder to Submit AFRs; Annual Statement of Affairs; New Rule for Contracts Exceeding $25,000; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision); Part 25 (Certification); Notice of Effectiveness of Rules: Emergency Amendment to Part 25 (Certification); Requirements Posted for Targeted Assistance School Programs and Schoolwide Programs;
FY2009 Erate Application Filing Window; History Teacher of the Year Award; ICE 2009 Conference; Reading First Evaluation Report; Illinois Virtual High School RFSP; Student Health Records Guidance; Teacher Service Record Updates; Revised IDEA Regulations Part B; Charter School Webinar Available; McKelvey Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarships; IEPA Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest; Reporting and Preventing Illnesses; Hand Washing Awareness Week.

December 3, 2008 -- American Diploma Project (ADP); Student Health Records Guidance; Teacher Service Record Updates; Reading First Evaluation Report; Illinois Virtual High School RFSP; Revised IDEA Regulations Part B; Charter School Webinar Available; FY09 Federal Charter School Start Up Grants RFP Released; FY 2009 Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant; Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention; Nutrition: Summer Mandate, Important Dates for Public Act 095-0155, IEPA Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest; IAAE Outstanding Service Awards.

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November

November 25, 2008 -- FY09 Federal Charter School Start Up Grants RFP Released ; FY 2009 Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant; Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention; Updates & ePlan Resources; Nutrition - Summer Mandate; Important Dates for Public Act 095-0155; Differentiated Accountability Pilot; FY08 AFR Deadline Reminder; Data Quality Campaign: Review Your State's Results; TECH 2009 Applications Being Accepted; Earth Gauge Kids Website Launched; National Geographic’s Operation: Resilient Planet Game; The Volvo Adventure; Climate Ambassadors; Earthwatch Fellowships for Teachers and Students; Target Field Trip Grants; Captain Planet Foundation Grants; NEA Student Achievement Grants; Toyota Tapestry Science Teacher Grants; PSAE Illinois State Goals Reports; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero – Contest Extension Deadline; Illinois Alliance for the Arts Education Outstanding Service Award.

November 18, 2008 -- Differentiated Accountability Pilot; FY08 AFR Deadline Reminder; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 35 (Mentoring Program for New Principals); Updates & ePlan Resources; Parent Involvement Website; Parent Involvement Analysis Tool; Data Quality Campaign: Review Your State's Results; TECH 2009 Applications Being Accepted; Earth Gauge Kids Website Launched; National Geographic’s Operation: Resilient Planet Game; The Volvo Adventure; Climate Ambassadors; Earthwatch Fellowships for Teachers and Students; Target Field Trip Grants; Captain Planet Foundation Grants; NEA Student Achievement Grants; Toyota Tapestry Science Teacher Grants; Driver Education FAQs Update; Assistive Technology Services Delivery; School Year 2010 Annual Commodity Order Approaching; Bridging the Gap in School Meal Service Procurement Workshops; PSAE Illinois State Goals Reports; National Radon Poster Contest; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero – Contest Extension Deadline; EPA Grants.

November 10, 2008 -- Parent Involvement Website; Parent Involvement Analysis Tool; Driver Education FAQs Update; FY 09 Fast Growth Grant Calculations; FY 09 School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; FY 09 General State Aid Hold Harmless; Assistive Technology Services Delivery; Maintenance of Effort Worksheets; School Year 2010 Annual Commodity Order Approaching; Bridging the Gap in School Meal Service Procurement Workshops; Integrated Pest Management Reminder; Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant; Invasive Plant Posters Available; OutdoorIllinois Magazine Offer; Natural Illinois Tip Sheets; Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest; Education & Technology Conference; WIDA Webinars Coming; Supplement Not Supplant Provision; National Radon Poster Contest; Christopher Columbus Awards; EPA Grants; Panasonic National School Change Awards.

November 3, 2008 -- FY 09 Fast Growth Grant Calculations; FY 09 School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; FY 09 General State Aid Hold Harmless; Final Rule on School Bus Seat Belts; Maintenance of Effort Worksheets; Integrated Pest Management Reminder; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant; Invasive Plant Posters Available; OutdoorIllinois Magazine Offer; Natural Illinois Tip Sheets; Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest; Education & Technology Conference; Picturing America Application Deadline Extended to November 14; Blue Apple Health Education Awards; WIDA Webinars Coming; Supplement Not Supplant Provision; ACCESS for ELLs™ Update; Parental Involvement & Notification Requirements Posted; Notice of Final Interpretations; Nutrition Grants Available; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero Contest; Christopher Columbus Awards; John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest; Raising Student Achievement Conference; Panasonic National School Change Awards; THINKFINITY Offers Free Internet Resources

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October

October 28, 2008 -- Parental Involvement & Notification Requirements Posted; ACCESS for ELLs™ Update; Final Rule on School Bus Seat Belts; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero Contest; Picturing America Application Deadline Extended to November 14; Blue Apple Health Education Awards; Art & Foreign Language Grants; Notice of Final Interpretations; Retired Teachers Update; Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities; Recognizing Illinois School Breakfast Week; Nutrition Grants Available; John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest; Raising Student Achievement Conference; THINKFINITY Offers Free Internet Resources; Use Donors Choose.org for Free Classroom Materials.

October 22, 2008 -- Retired Teachers Update; Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities; New NCLB Guidance Resource; Revised Census Data Affects FY 10 Title I Low Income; Educator Certification; Health and Immunization Data Collection; Eye Examination Data Collection; NCLB Monitoring Instrument; Art & Foreign Language Grants; Nutrition Grants Available; Commodity Training Available; Reprocessed Commodity Taste Test; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Fostering Global Responsibility & Leadership; Use Donors Choose.org for Free Classroom Materials; National Excellence in Urban Education Award; IVPA Youth-Led Mini Grants.

October 14, 2008 -- New NCLB Guidance Resource; Revised Census Data Affects FY 10 Title I Low Income; Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement Correction Period; District Improvement Plans; New Division Created; Educator Certification; Administrators’ Academy Information; Health and Immunization Data Collection; Eye Examination Data Collection; SIFA University Offers Second Data Quality Course; NCLB Monitoring Instrumen; Fall Networking for Information Symposium; Commodity Training Available; Reprocessed Commodity Taste Test; Bridging the Gap in School Meal Service Procurement Training; Annual Statement of Affairs; School Budgets due October 31; Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet; Assignment of Students to Elementary and Secondary Schools; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Fostering Global Responsibility & Leadership; National Excellence in Urban Education Award; IVPA Youth-Led Mini Grants; High School to College Success Report Regional Meetings; 17th Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference; Fine Arts Conference; C-SPAN Studentcam Documentary Contest.

October 8, 2008 -- Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement Correction Period; Final FY 2009 Allocations Available for NCLB Consolidated Application; District Improvement Plans; NCLB Performance Report Available; 2007-2008 District Special Education Profiles; Administrators’ Academy Information; SIFA University Offers Second Data Quality Course; 2008-2009 Teacher Service Record; Fall Networking for Information Symposium; Education and Technology Conference; Bridging the Gap in School Meal Service Procurement Training; Higher Commodity Prices; National School Lunch Week; Illinois Awarded Team Nutrition Training Grant; Assignment of Students to Elementary and Secondary Schools; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero Contest; High School to College Success Report Regional Meetings; 17th Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference; Fine Arts Conference; C-SPAN Studentcam Documentary Contest; Arts Education Week Poster Contest; Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Disaster Preparedness PSA Contest; Annual Statement of Affairs; School Budgets due October 31; Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet.

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September

September 30, 2008 -- Final FY 2009 Allocations Available for NCLB Consolidated Application; NCLB Performance Report Available; IIRC E-Plans Section Available; 2007-2008 District Special Education Profiles; New Division Created; SGSA Expenditure Plan Due; 2008-2009 Teacher Service Record; 2008-2009 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment & Staff Report; 2008-2009 Non-Certified Staff Salary Study; New ISAT Writing Reports Issued; Interactive Writing CDs Coming; Education and Technology Conference; Higher Commodity Prices; National School Lunch Week; Illinois Awarded Team Nutrition Training Grant; FY 2009 Child Nutrition Applications Due; Annual Superintendents’ Conference Registration Reminder; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations Reminder; Missing Children Records Act Updates; Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance; Less Red Tape; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Looking for Your Lincoln Hero Contest; International Walk to School Day; Arts Education Week Poster Contest; Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Disaster Preparedness PSA Contest; Capital Needs Assessment Survey.

September 23, 2008 -- Missing Children Records Act Updates; Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; 2008 NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools Named; 2008 NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools Named; 2008-2009 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment & Staff Report; 2008-2009 Non-Certified Staff Salary Study; New ISAT Writing Reports Issued; Interactive Writing CDs Coming; SGSA Expenditure Plan Due; New Principal Mentoring Program; Educational Surrogate Parent Recruitment; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; IIRC E-Plans Section Available; NCLB Homeless Children and Youth Program Data Collection; Mapping the Americas Program; Toyota International Teacher Program; FY 2009 Child Nutrition Applications Due; Updated Special Education Personnel Approval & Reimbursement FAQs.

September 17, 2008 -- Assignment of Students to Elementary and Secondary Schools; 2008 NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools Named; 2008-2009 Teacher Salary Study Form Available on IWAS; 2008-2009 Fall Housing Data Collection Change; New Principal Mentoring Program; Educational Surrogate Parent Recruitment; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; NCLB Homeless Children and Youth Program Data Collection; IDNR Offerings for Students; Natural Illinois Learning Series; 2008 History Teacher of the Year Named; Whole-Grain Products Pilot Project; Hand Washing Poster Requirements; Updated Special Education Personnel Approval & Reimbursement FAQs; New Pupil Transportation FAQs; New Pupil Transportation FAQs.

September 9, 2008 -- Proposed New Part 75 (Incentive Grants for Agricultural Science Teacher Education); 2008 Annual Notice of FERPA and PPRA; Abused & Neglected Child Reporting Act; Differentiated Accountability Flexibility; AYP Appeals Process; PSAE and Receipt of a Regular High School Diploma; 2008-2009 Teacher Salary Study Form Available on IWAS; 2008-2009 Fall Housing Data Collection Change; 2008-2009 Fall Housing Data Collection Change; 2008 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference; School Budgets & AFRs Due; School District Library Grant Application; IIRC 2008 E-Plans; IATD Fall Director’s Conference; E-mail Archiving Showcase; 2009 Technology Integration Plan Delay; Avoiding Food Allergen Cross-Contamination; Symptoms of a Food Allergic Reaction; Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide; USDA Proposes Rule for HACCP Food Safety Plans; USDA Proposes Rule for HACCP Food Safety Plans; New School Attendance Law.

September 3, 2008 -- 2008 Annual Notice of FERPA and PPRA; Abused & Neglected Child Reporting Act; Differentiated Accountability Flexibility; AYP Appeals Process; School Budgets & AFRs Due; IIRC 2008 E-Plans; Safe and Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act Program; 2008-2009 Safe School Workshops; IATD Fall Director’s Conference; District Improvement Plan Activities Due; 2008 Statewide Transition Conference Registration Available; 2009 Technology Integration Plan Delay; IDNR Offers Educational Opportunities; Administrators’ Academy Workshop; John A. Logan College Holds Educator Training Conferences; 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards; 47th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program; Back to School Effort Underway; September is National Food Safety Education Month; Communication can Prevent a Food Allergic Reaction; USDA Proposes Rule for HACCP Food Safety Plans; Action for Healthy Kids; Walk Across Illinois School Fitness Program; General State Aid Changes to 22 Payments; 2008-09 School Bus Safety Reminders.

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August

August 26, 2008 -- Back to School Effort Underway; Differentiated Accountability Flexibility; AYP Appeals Process; IAA Score Reports Mailed; Annual Superintendents’ Conference Registration Open; District Improvement Plan Activities Due; 2008 Statewide Transition Conference Registration Available; IDNR Offers Educational Opportunities; John A. Logan College Holds Educator Training Conferences; Walk Across Illinois School Fitness Program; Know the Common Food Allergens; UPDATE: Disclosure of a Student’s Free and Reduced-Price Eligibility; Reprocessed Commodity Taste Tests; General State Aid Changes to 22 Payments; 2008-09 School Bus Safety Reminders; Additional Requirements for School Bus Drivers Approaching RR Crossings; Registration Guidance: Residency, Immigrant Pupils, Homeless Pupils and School Fees & Waivers; Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

August 18, 2008 -- AYP Appeals Process, IAA Score Reports to be Mailed; Annual Superintendents’ Conference Registration Open; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; Recognizing Achievement; Registration Guidance: Residency, Immigrant Pupils, Homeless Pupils and School Fees & Waivers; 2006-2007 District Special Education Profiles Available for District Review; Technology Integration Plan; Reprocessed Commodity Taste Tests; School Year 2008-2009 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs; UPDATE: Disclosure of a Student’s Free and Reduced-Price Eligibility; Free Allergy Program Resources; Additional Requirements for School Bus Drivers Approaching RR Crossings; Interrupted School Days/Heat; 47th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program; Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest; NABSE Seeks Best Practices.

August 12, 2008 -- Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; Recognizing Achievement; NABSE Seeks Best Practices; Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking; Nonresident Tuition Guidance; 2006-2007 District Special Education Profiles Available for District Review; Nominate a Champion; 47th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program; NABSE Seeks Best Practices; Technology Integration Plan; School Year 2008-2009 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs; UPDATE: Disclosure of a Student’s Free and Reduced-Price Eligibility; Free Allergy Program Resources; Go for the Bronze, Silver or Gold HealthierUS School Challenge; Additional Requirements for School Bus Drivers Approaching RR Crossings; Interrupted School Days/Heat; FY 2009 General State Aid.

August 7, 2008 -- Amistad Summer Weekend Conference; Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking; Nonresident Tuition Guidance; Healthy Smiles – Healthy Growth Assessment; Nominate a Champion; Survey for Safe and Drug Free Schools due August 15; Illinois WWII Veterans’ Memorial Board Classroom Project; Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant; Take Action to Prevent an Allergic Reaction; Online Child Nutrition Courses Available Soon; 2007-2008 Outlook Newsletter Index Posted; FY 2009 General State Aid; 16th Annual First Freedom Student Competition.

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July

July 30, 2008 -- Health Examinations – Update; Healthy Smiles – Healthy Growth Assessment; Illinois WWII Veterans’ Memorial Board Classroom Project; Comprehensive Intervention Model Institute held August 11-15; Early Childhood Special Education Transition Data collection update; Online Child Nutrition Courses available soon; 2007-2008 Outlook Newsletter Index Posted; Program Accounting Manual Changes and FY 2009 grants; August 1 deadline for amendments to FY 2008 state and federal grants ends August 31; Information Sought for CDC Review of School Policies on E-Bullying.

July 23, 2008 -- Health Examinations – Update; Criminal background checks web guide available; Invitation to comment on rules: Part 35 (Mentoring Program for New Principals), Amendments to Part 1; Notice of completed rulemaking: Part 252 (Driver Education), CATCH Master’s Training Academy scheduled in DeKalb; School health fair planning tips; National food safety education month tackles food allergens; Program Accounting Manual Changes and FY 2009 grants; August 1 deadline for amendments to FY 2008 state and federal grants ends August 31; Information Sought for CDC Review of School Policies on E-Bullying.

July 16, 2008 -- Invitation to comment on rules: Part 35 (Mentoring Program for New Principals); Notice of Effectiveness of Rules: Amendments to Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision); Notice of completed: Part 252 (Driver Education); Comprehensive Intervention Model Institute held August 11-15; Illinois Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant award winners; State Board of Elections offers 2008 mock election course; Schools receive more than $250,000 under federal fresh fruit and vegetable program; School health fair planning tips; National food safety education month tackles food allergens; School-Based Child Nutrition Programs offer basic training; Program Accounting Manual Changes and FY 2009 grants; FY 2008 Transition Assistance; August 1 deadline for amendments to FY 2008 state and federal grants ends August 31.

July 9, 2008 -- Special Education Directors’ Conference; State Board of Elections offers 2008 mock election course; Reading Recovery RFP; School-Based Child Nutrition Programs offer basic training; Free MyPyramid for Kids poster available; Healthier School Challenge update; FY 2008 Transition Assistance; August 1 deadline for FY 2008 state and federal grant amendments ends August 31; Electronic Grants Management System – new ‘print all’ enhancement; Migrant Education Program application.

July 2, 2008 -- Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking: Part 60 (The “Grow Your Own” Teacher Education Initiative), Part 575 (School Technology Program); Special Education Directors’ Conference; Reading Recovery RFP; Free MyPyramid for Kids poster available; Healthier School Challenge update; Choice and SES workshops; Electronic Grants Management System – new ‘print all’ enhancement; Migrant Education Program application.

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June

June 24, 2008 -- Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking: Part 60 (The “Grow Your Own” Teacher Education Initiative) and Part 575 (School Technology Program); SEA determination; Reading Recovery RFP; EETT Competitive Grant Winners Announced; Join Action for Healthy Kids Today; FY 2009 School Improvement Grant; Choice and SES workshops; Illinois Textbook Relocation program; PE Exemption Report update; Education Certification System available.

June 17, 2008 -- Healthy Smiles – Healthy Growth Assessment; 2008 ISAT and IAA scores posted in IWAS SIS; AYP status reports for elementary and middle schools are now available in IWAS; SEA determination; June is National Internet Safety month; FY 2009 School Improvement Grant; Choice and SES workshops; Title I private school consultation; Illinois Textbook Relocation program; PE Exemption Report update; Education Certification System available; School Safety Conference; Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.

June 11, 2008 -- Healthy Smiles – Healthy Growth Assessment; Health Examinations – Update; Vision Examinations – Update; 2008 ISAT and IAA scores posted in IWAS SIS; AYP status reports for elementary and middle schools are now available in IWAS; New report identifies effective sex education programs; ISBE receives award for Scaling up Response to Intervention; Legislative update; ROE ELL Professional Development Initiative grant; Title I private school consultation; Driver education changes effective July 1; Head Start – meals; Emergency Care for Choking poster; Education Certification System available; School Safety Conference.

June 4, 2008 -- Health Examinations – Update; Vision Examinations – Update; 2008 ISAT and IAA Scores Posted in IWAS SIS; AYP status reports for elementary and middles schools are now available in IWAS; ISBE Receives Award for Scaling up Response to Intervention; Anna Plan Workshop; Continuing Grant Applications Now Available; Legislative Update; ROE ELL Professional Development Initiative Grant; Title I Private School Consultation; LEA Determinations; Special Education Directors’ Conference 2008; Driver Education Changes Effective July 1; Driver Education Instruction Permit Update; PE Exemptions Report; Schools Compete in Move & Crunch Challenge; Head Start – meals; Emergency Care for Choking Poster; Food Distribution Program School Year 2009 Commodity Purchasing Update; Education Certification System Available; Poetry Out Loud Looks for Participating Schools.

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May

May 29, 2008 -- Health & Vision Examination Updates; Reading Improvement Block Grant available on IWAS; Window of Opportunity Closing for Districts Needing 2008 Technology Plan Approvals; Anna Plan Workshop; Continuing Grant Applications Now Available; 2008 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report (PDR) System Available on IWAS; LEA Determinations; Special Education Directors’ Conference 2008; Attendance for Graduating Seniors; 2007-08 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; Driver Education Instruction Permit Update; PE Exemptions Report; Summer Food Order Deadline; Food Distribution Program School Year 2009 Commodity Purchasing Update; Disclosure of Students Eligible for Free and Reduced-Price Lunches; Toshiba America Foundation accepting Science and Math Education Project proposal; Samsung's Hope for Education Technology Program invites essay entries; Teen CERT Train-the-Trainer Program Offered; BP Awards $750,000 in Grants and Scholarships to Chicagoland Teachers; Poetry Out Loud Looks for Participating Schools; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications – deadline extended; IDOL halts operation of Yo-Yo amusement rides across state.

May 20, 2008 -- Health & Vision Examination Updates; Window of Opportunity Closing for Districts Needing 2008 Technology Plan Approvals; Anna Plan Workshop; School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools; Continuing Grant Applications Now Available; Illinois Advanced Placement Fee Reduction Program Update; FY 2009 NCLB Consolidated Application; 2008 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report (PDR) System Available on IWAS; 2007-2008 Dental Data Collection; Special Education Directors’ Conference 2008; Attendance for Graduating Seniors; 2007-08 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; FY 2009 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Checkpoints for Submitting/Approving Final 2007-08 and Proposed 2008-09 Public School Calendars; Deadline for commenting on proposed rules – Part 375 – June 23; Disclosure of Students Eligible for Free and Reduced-Price Lunches; Illinois School Wellness From A to Z Conference; Toshiba America Foundation accepting Science and Math Education Project proposals; Samsung's Hope for Education Technology Program invites essay entries; Information sessions offer free electronic transcript exchange tool; Teen CERT Train-the-Trainer Program Offered; Free NIH teaching tools help educators meet state science standards; Illinois State Museum Seeks K-12 Teacher Input for New Project; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications – deadline extended.

May 13, 2008 -- Health & Vision Examination Updates; School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools; Continuing Grant Applications Now Available; Continuing Grant Applications Now Available; FY09 Consolidated Application to Serve ELLs: Immigrant Student Counts and Program Funding; State Superintendent seeks individuals to serve on NCLB Committee of Practitioners; FY 2009 NCLB Consolidated Application; Grants and Programs; 2007-2008 Illinois Teacher Salary Study Released; 2008 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report (PDR) System Available on IWAS; 2007-2008 Dental Data Collection; Special Education Directors’ Conference 2008; FY 2009 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Checkpoints for Submitting/Approving Final 2007-08 and Proposed 2008-09 Public School Calendars; Recruiting Chinese teachers; Reminder – Opportunity to Comment; Invitation to Comment on Rules - Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing); Notice of Completed Rulemaking - Part 151 (School Construction Program), Part 375 (Student Records); Deadline for commenting on proposed rules – Part 375 – June 23; Changes to the Nonpublic School Application; Those Who Excel Nomination Forms due May 16; Latino Art Beat art contest; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications – deadline extended; Illinois State Museum Seeks K-12 Teacher Input for New Project; Gov. Blagojevich congratulates Illinois student qualifiers for National History Day competition; Lt. Gov. Quinn reminds schools to honor 2008 grads who enter military service.

May 6, 2008 -- FY09 Reading Improvement Block Grant Applications; Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships (IMSP) showcased at the State Capitol; FY09 Consolidated Application to Serve ELLs: Immigrant Student Counts and Program Funding; State Superintendent seeks individuals to serve on NCLB Committee of Practitioners; 2007-2008 Illinois Teacher Salary Study Released; Reporting ELL (English Language Learner) Individual Student Data on SIS; FY2009 School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms now available; FY 2008 State and Federal grant amendments and project extension requests; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; DoD Unused Funds; Use up your commodities; Recruiting Chinese teachers; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) – New “Spring Window” is open until June 30, 2008; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Auditing), Part 151 (School Construction Program), Part 375 (Student Records); Changes to the Nonpublic School Application; Grant Announcement: Illinois Innovation Talent Pilot Project; Free Web Seminar: Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Schools; Latino Art Beat art contest; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications – deadline extended; Students honored at Governor’s Green Youth Awards for Excellence ceremony; Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Winners Announced.

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April

April 28, 2008 -- Important Notice: Return of PSAE testing materials; FY09 Reading Improvement Block Grant Applications; Reporting ELL (English Language Learner) Individual Student Data on SIS; FY2009 School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms now available; ISBE Internet Site; FY 2008 State and Federal grant amendments and project extension requests; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; 2007-2008 Final Public School Calendars; School Bus Driver Permit and Annual Refresher Course Requirements; Westland Beef Recall – Last Chance for Claim Submission; DoD Unused Fund; Use up your commodities; National Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week – May 5 – 9, 2008; HealthierUS School Challenge: Recognizing Nutrition Excellence in Schools; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) – New “Spring Window” is open until June 30, 2008; Attention NBCTs; FY09 Regional Safe Schools Program Application Available; Grant Announcement: Illinois Innovation Talent Pilot Project; Criminal History Record Check Symposium; CCSSO Announces New Educator Resource.

April 21, 2008 -- IMPORTANT NOTICE: RETURN OF PSAE TESTING MATERIALS; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; Grant Announcement: Illinois Innovation Talent Pilot Project; The 2008 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference will be held in Chicago on September 25-26, 2008; State Superintendent seeks individuals to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; FY09 Consolidated Application Update; ISBE Internet Site; FY09 Regional Safe Schools Program Application Available; Request for Proposals (RFP) for Advanced Placement Classes – College Success for All Students Program; 2007-2008 Dental Data Collection; 2007-2008 Final Public School Calendars; Segregation of Driver Education Fees and Revenue; Segregation of Driver Education Fees and Revenue; School Bus Driver Permit and Annual Refresher Course Requirements; Illinois School Wellness – From A to Z Conference; AG Mag and the Illinois Learning Standards; Summer Mandate Exemption; Wellness Policy Reminder; National Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week; HealthierUS School Challenge: Recognizing Nutrition Excellence in Schools; Online Course for Improving Education Data; Criminal History Record Check Symposium; CCSSO Announces New Educator Resource; Illinois Teacher Receives 2008 ProStart Educator Excellence Award.

April 14, 2008 --The 2008 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference will be held in Chicago on September 25-26, 2008; State Superintendent seeks individuals to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) Grants to Local Educational Agencies; FY09 Consolidated Application Update; FY09 Regional Safe Schools Program Application Available; Request for Proposals (RFP) for Advanced Placement Classes – College Success for All Students Program; 2007-2008 Dental Data Collection; Segregation of Driver Education Fees and Revenue; Illinois School Wellness – From A to Z Conference; AG Mag and the Illinois Learning Standards; Summer Mandate Exemption; Wellness Policy Reminder; Online Course for Improving Education Data.

April 8, 2008 -- Training for the Illinois Response to Intervention (RtI) District Self-Assessment Template to be held Friday, April 11, 2008; FY09 Regional Safe Schools Program Application Available; Request for Proposals (RFP) for Advanced Placement Classes – College Success for All Students Program; 2009 Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) grant; 2007-2008 Dental Data Collection; Title I Status Survey on IWAS; FY09 Consolidated Application Update; Segregation of Driver Education Fees and Revenue; General State Aid – Frequently Asked Questions; ESTIMATED FY 09 Special Education “Extraordinary” Distribution; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 25 (certification), Part 180 (Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools), Part 235 (Early Childhood Block Grant), Part 305 (School Food Service), Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code); Notice of Effectiveness of Rules: Emergency Amendments to Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code), Part 51 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers Under Article 24 and Dismissal of Tenured Teachers and Principals Under Article 34 of the School Code), Part 226 (Special Education), Part 350 (Secular Textbook Loan); Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers; Food Safety; Westland Meat recall; Are you considering starting a School Breakfast Program at your school?; Summer Food Service Program – submitting applications; Online Course for Improving Education Data.

April 2, 2008 --Training Announced for Illinois Response to Intervention (RtI) District Self-Assessment Template; PSAE Testing Information; FY09 Consolidated Application Update; Title I Status Survey on IWAS; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 25, (Certification); Part 180 (Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools); Part 235 (Early Childhood Block Grant); Part 305 (School Food Service); Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code); Notice of Effectiveness of Rules: Emergency Amendments to Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code); Part 51 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers Under Article 24 and Dismissal of Tenured Teachers and Principals Under Article 34 of the School Code); Part 226 (Special Education); Part 350 (Secular Textbook Loan); 2009 Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) grant; General State Aid – Frequently Asked Questions; ESTIMATED FY 09 Special Education “Extraordinary” Distribution; Have You Checked The New Census Estimates Affecting Your FY09 Funding?; Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers; Food Safety; Westland Meat recall; Are you considering starting a School Breakfast Program at your school?; Summer Food Service Program – submitting applications; Training for FY 09 NCLB Application (Title I, II, IV and V grants); Understanding and Selecting Evidence-based Programs for Your 2008-2009 – Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Application; 21st Century Community Learning Centers Spring Workshop Planned; FY 09 Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; Prevention Initiative Pre-Bidders’ Conference; Additional Resources for Preschool for All RFP Available; Third Annual High School Challenge Conference; Slogan contest for 2008 Illinois State Fair.

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March

March 24, 2008 -- PSAE Testing Information; PSAE Modifications; ISAT Assessment Correction Window for Demographic Data is now open; Illinois Response to Intervention (RtI) District Self-Assessment Template; Notice of Emergency Rulemaking: Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code); Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 675 (Providers of Supplemental Educational Services); Proposed Rules Regulating Food Sales in Elementary and Middle School — Comment Period; Illinois School Wellness – From A to Z Conference; Training for FY 09 NCLB Application (Title I, II IV and V grants); Understanding and Selecting Evidence-based Programs for Your 2008-2009 – Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Application; 21st Century Community Learning Centers Spring Workshop Planned; Have You Checked The New Census Estimates Affecting Your FY09 Funding?; Reminder: District Policies Required for New Transportation Laws Effective January 1, 2008; FY 09 Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; Prevention Initiative Pre-Bidders’ Conference; Additional Resources for Preschool for All RFP Available; Teacher Service Record; State Board seeks public comment on FFY 2008 IDEA Part B Application; Third Annual High School Challenge Conference; Kids Count Symposium – Building Better Lives for Generations of Illinois Children; Slogan contest for 2008 Illinois State Fair; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications; CDC Student Poster Contest – Fight the Bite.

March 18, 2008 -- Illinois Response to Intervention (RtI) District Self-Assessment Template; RFP for Reading Intervention Professional Development to Support Response to Intervention (RtI); FY 09 Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; Prevention Initiative Pre-Bidders’ Conference; Additional Resources for Preschool for All RFP Available; PSAE Modifications; ISAT Assessment Correction Window for Demographic Data is now open; 2008 Applications for 1% Cap Exceptions for AYP Purposes; Teacher Service Record; State Board seeks public comment on FFY 2008 IDEA Part B Application; 2006 Annual State Report on Special Education Performance; Special Opportunity for Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Teachers; Reminder: District Policies Required for New Transportation Laws Effective January 1, 2008; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; 21st Century Community Learning Centers Spring Workshop Planned; Teacher Leader Endorsement Update; Rule Changes – Illinois Program Accounting for School Districts and Joint Agreements; Illinois School Wellness – From A to Z Conference; Westland Meat Company Recall; Print and Save Your April Bulletin Report; New NET Training Program Provides Recipe for Success; Important Update: Annual Superintendents’ Conference Date Change; Educational opportunities at Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; Kids Count Symposium – Building Better Lives for Generations of Illinois Children; American Stars of Teaching Award 2008; ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Grant; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications; CDC Student Poster Contest – Fight the Bite.

March 11, 2008 -- RFP for Reading Intervention Professional Development to Support Response to Intervention (RtI); Special Opportunity for Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Teachers; Important Update: Annual Superintendents’ Conference Date Change; 2006 Annual State Report on Special Education Performance; 2008 Applications for 1% Cap Exceptions for AYP Purposes; Rule Changes – Illinois Program Accounting for School Districts and Joint Agreements; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Teacher Leader Endorsement Update; Master Principal Update; Westland Meat Company Recall; Print and Save Your April Bulletin Report; New NET Training Program Provides Recipe for Success; Youth Gardening Funds Available- Deadline: Varies Per Grant; Even Start Family Literacy RFP Released; Preschool for All Children Ages 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Introduction to the Preschool for All Children Implementation Manual; Public School Calendar issues regarding Interrupted, Delayed Start, Emergency and Act of God days; Release of the Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP) Request for Proposal (RFP); Local Gifted Education Program data; Illinois Arts Education Week – March 10 – 16; ‘Pi Day’ – Friday, March 14; Educational opportunities at Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; Kids Count Symposium – Building Better Lives for Generations of Illinois Children; American Stars of Teaching Award 2008; Outstanding Middle or High School Teacher; ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Grant; 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council now accepting applications.

March 3, 2008 -- Severe Weather Preparedness Week; English Language Learners Guidance Materials; ELL Accommodations: Word Glossaries and ISAT Directions; Even Start Family Literacy RFP Released; Preschool for All Children Ages 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Introduction to the Preschool for All Children Implementation Manual; Public School Calendar issues regarding Interrupted, Delayed Start, Emergency and Act of God days; Release of the Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP) Request for Proposal (RFP); Master Principal Update; Local Gifted Education Program data; Illinois Textbook Loan Program; Severe Weather Preparedness Week; Celebrate Local Government Week 2008 at Your School!; EOL Informational Meeting; Great Lakes Teen Safe Driving Conference; 19th Annual School Law Conference; First Midwest Regional Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders; Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants.

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February

February 25, 2008 -- English Language Learners Guidance Materials; ELL Accommodations: Word Glossaries and ISAT Directions; ACT Online Prep; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); Migrant Summer School Programs; Green Cleaning Schools Act; FY08 Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) Plan; Release of the Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP) Request for Proposal (RFP); USDA Recall information; Summer Food Service Program; Summer Food Service Program Training Workshops; Illinois Schools Named 2008 NASPE Star Schools; School District Annual Financial Report (ISBE Form 50-35) Verification Process; Illinois Textbook Loan Program; 19th Annual School Law Conference; First Midwest Regional Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders; Illinois School Leadership Task Force – Final Report Is Now Available; Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants.

February 19, 2008 -- ELL Accommodations: Word Glossaries and ISAT Directions; ACT Online Prep; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS); Migrant Summer School Programs; Green Cleaning Schools Act; February 5, 2008, School Referenda Results; FY08 Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) Plan; USDA Recall information; Summer Food Service Program; Summer Food Service Program Training Workshop Schedule; Illinois Schools Named 2008 NASPE Star Schools; School District Annual Financial Report (ISBE Form 50-35) Verification Process; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; Illinois School Leadership Task Force – Final Report Is Now Available; Improving Literacy through School Libraries Program Competition; FY2009 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants.

February 11, 2008 -- ACT Online Prep; Invitation to Comment on Rules (Part 60, Part 575); Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking (Part 232); School District Annual Financial Report (ISBE Form 50-35) Verification Process; Rule Changes for Illinois Program Accounting For School Districts & Joint Agreements; Application Policy for a Three Year Audit Adjustment Spread; Electronic Grants Management-Budget Summary Enhancement; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; Chart of Deadline Dates; Annual Superintendents’ Conference Dates Announced; 14th annual Institute for School and Public Librarians (ISPL); The Ongoing Struggle: Balancing of Students' Education Rights v. Students' Safety; Illinois Sustainable Schools Compact; Lincoln Library Workshop for Teachers; Lincoln Library Workshop for Teachers; Improving Literacy through School Libraries Program Competition; FY2009 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants; History Teacher of the Year.

February 5, 2008 -- Chart of Deadline Dates; Annual Superintendents’ Conference Dates Announced; Rule Changes for Illinois Program Accounting For School Districts & Joint Agreements; Health/Life Safety Processing System; Three Year Audit Adjustment Spread Application Policy; Three Year Audit Adjustment Spread Application Policy; Electronic Grants Management-Budget Summary Enhancement; School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant; Celebrate Nutrition Events this March; Release of the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT);New resource available online for families; Illinois Perkins State Plan Hearing Process; 14th annual Institute for School and Public Librarians (ISPL); The Ongoing Struggle: Balancing of Students' Education Rights v. Students' Safety; Lincoln Library Workshop for Teachers; Those Who Excel Nomination Forms Available; History Teacher of the Year; Illinois Arts Council asks for FY09 Arts-In-Education residency applications; Bridging the Digital Divide Program.

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January

January 29, 2008 -- ISAT ELL Accommodations Workshops; Health/Life Safety Processing System; Illinois Perkins State Plan Hearing Process; HB 4148 Signed into Law; 2005 Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax for FY 2009 GSA Available; New Census Estimates Affecting FY09 Title I Released for 2005 Income Years; Final FY 2008 Mandated Categorical Prorations; Final Medicaid Rule Impacts School Transportation; Release of the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT); New resource available online for families; Annual ICE Technology Conference at Pheasant Run Resort February 26 – 29; Those Who Excel Nomination Forms Available; Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program; 2008 Rain Garden Initiative Grant; Bridging the Digital Divide Program; BP’s 2008 A+ for Energy Grant Program Announced.

January 21, 2008 -- HB 4148 Signed into Law; 2005 Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax for FY 2009 GSA Available; New Census Estimates Affecting FY09 Title I Released for 2005 Income Years; Final FY 2008 Mandated Categorical Prorations; Final Medicaid Rule Impacts School Transportation; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; Civil Rights Notice from U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; Basic Training Workshops – Administrative Workshops; Change in Illinois Free Rate; School Wellness Policy Task Force Report on the Evaluation of School Wellness Policies Released; $3500 School Breakfast Start Up Grants Available. Apply Today!; Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program; BP’s 2008 A+ for Energy Grant Program Announced; National Radon Poster Contest – For students ages 9 – 14; Illinois Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program - Students Headed to Washington and to Receive $5000 Scholarship.

January 15, 2008 -- Reorganization Feasibility Studies; Note to Superintendents about the Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program; Important Information Regarding Certification and Regionally Accredited Institutions of Higher Learning; Civil Rights Notice from U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; Homeless Education; Illinois Textbook Loan Program; Basic Training Workshops – Administrative Workshops; Change in Illinois Free Rate; Get Ready to Move & Crunch with Elementary Principals; School Wellness Policy Task Force Report on the Evaluation of School Wellness Policies Released; Check Your Diversions to Processors; REMINDER! Verification Summary – Report due January 31; Quality Counts 2008: Tapping into Teaching: Unlocking the Key to Student Success; 2008 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available; IL Zero Waste Schools Grant Program; Teacher Grant Deadline Extended; 2008 Freida J. Riley Teacher; National Radon Poster Contest – For students ages 9 – 14; Illinois Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program - Students Headed to Washington and to Receive $5000 Scholarship; Entries now being accepted for ‘Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest’; Essays about Lincoln contest.

January 10, 2008 -- Illinois Student Achievement Test Accommodations for Students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP); Second Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring grant proposals due January 23; Note to Superintendents about the Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program; 2008 ISBE Board Meeting Dates; Homeless Education; Get Ready to Move & Crunch with Elementary Principals!; School Wellness Policy Task Force Report on the Evaluation of School Wellness Policies Released; Check Your Diversions to Processors; REMINDER! Verification Summary – Report due January 31; Summer Food Service Reminder; Make and Keep These New Year’s Resolutions; Meningitis Prevention Update; Quality Counts 2008: Tapping into Teaching: Unlocking the Key to Student Success; 2008 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available; IL Zero Waste Schools Grant Program; Teacher Grant Deadline Extended; Essays about Lincoln contest.

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