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December

December 14, 2010 -- Pre-application Needs Assessment for FY 2012 School Improvement Grants; ISBE Introduces a Parent Involvement Webinar Series; Early Childhood Block Grant – Intent to Submit a Proposal for FY 2012; Applications Available for CATCH Program for Elementary Schoolchildren; REALITY Illinois Encourages Teens to Take a Stand Against Tobacco; 2010-11 Teacher Service Record – Fall Data Collection Reminder; Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance IWAS Application; Dec. 31, 2010 ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due Jan. 5, 2011; Public Act 96-1238 Designates Emancipation Proclamation Week; Illinois Alternative Assessment Teacher and Coordinator Webinar Training Set; Confirmations Sent for Requested Changes to ISAT, ACCESS Test Windows; Free Financial Literacy Conference Scheduled for Next Month in Chicago; Econ Illinois Offers Contests for High School Students; Apply for a College Board AP Fellows Scholarship; Conference on Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Scheduled; Illinois School Library Media Association Develops New Guidelines; Poetry for the President Contest Marks 100 Years Since Ronald Reagan’s Birth; Scholarship Program to Honor 25 Scholar Athletes Across the Country; Entries Sought for the Annual Christopher Columbus Awards; Risk Watch Workshops Take Aim on Helping Prevent Injuries to Youth; Nominations Sought for Annual National School Change Awards; Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest Deadline Set for Dec. 17.

December 6, 2010 -- Dec. 31, 2010 ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due Jan. 5, 2011; Public Act 96-1238 Designates Emancipation Proclamation Week; Illinois Alternative Assessment Teacher and Coordinator Webinar Training Set; Confirmations Sent for Requested Changes to ISAT, ACCESS Test Windows; Grant Funding for Arts and Foreign Language Programs Approved for FY11; Children’s Low-cost Laptop Program Request for Proposal Available Online; REALITY Illinois Encourages Teens to Take a Stand Against Tobacco; Risk Watch Workshops Take Aim on Helping Prevent Injuries to Youth; Nominations Sought for Annual National School Change Awards.

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November

November 23, 2010 -- Important Public Health Notice Issued Regarding Norovirus; ISBE Applies for Waivers Regarding FY 2011 School Improvement Grants; NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Updated School Vehicle Use Guidance Document Available Online; Children’s Low-cost Laptop Program Request for Proposal Available Online; Comprehensive Literacy and Illinois Reading Recovery Conference Set; Annual Illinois Young Authors’ Conference Scheduled for May 21; Verification Summary Report for Lunch and Breakfast Programs Due By Dec. 15; Local Policies on Managing Food Allergies Due by Jan. 1; HealthierUS School Challenge Mini-grants Now Available; Screening, Assessment and Support Services Update; Principals Asked to Participate in Survey; Registration for Illinois New Teacher Collaborative Conference Under Way; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Offers Free Webinar; New Berlin High School Students Qualify for National Knowledge Bowl Competition

November 15, 2010 -- HealthierUS School Challenge Mini-grants Now Available; Illinois School Breakfast Week Starts; Principals Asked to Participate in Survey; Annual Illinois Young Authors’ Conference Scheduled for May 21; Illinois Education and Technology Conference Coming Up in Springfield; New Passwords Sent for MyIIRC; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Performance Evaluation Reform Act Timeline; Clarification Issued on Bus Trust Lease Agreements; Registration for Illinois New Teacher Collaborative Conference Under Way; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Offers Free Webinar; Annual National Radon Poster Contest Under Way.

November 8, 2010 -- Performance Evaluation Reform Act Timeline; Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet Deadline Coming Up; Clarification Issued on Bus Trust Lease Agreements; Illinois Education and Technology Conference Coming Up in Springfield; New Passwords Sent for MyIIRC; Illinois School Breakfast Week Scheduled for Nov. 15-19; Meet Annice Brave, the 2010-11 Illinois Teacher of the Year; Registration for Illinois New Teacher Collaborative Conference Under Way; U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance; Conference in the Works; Discussions Planned as Follow-up to Summit on Aging and Education; U.S. Department of Education Designates Teacher Shortage Areas; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Annual National Radon Poster Contest Under Way; International Education Week Kicks Off Nov. 15.

November 1, 2010 -- New Passwords Sent for MyIIRC; U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Bullying; Discussions Planned as Follow-up to Summit on Aging and Education; U.S. Department of Education Designates Teacher Shortage Areas; Health Examination and Immunization Data Collection Deadline Coming Up; New Illinois Learning Standards Webinar Available for Playback; Early Childhood Administrator’s Webinar Conference Scheduled for Nov. 10; Register for the HealthierUS School Challenge Webinar; Invitation to Comment on Rules; ARRA Ed Jobs Reporting – Compensation Funding Start Date Enhancement; Important Announcement Regarding ‘Bus Trust’ Lease Agreements; Food Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011; International Education Week Kicks Off Nov. 15.

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October

October 25, 2010 -- New Illinois Learning Standards Webinar Available for Playback; Register for the HealthierUS School Challenge Webinar; Early Childhood Administrator’s Webinar Conference Scheduled for Nov. 10; Webinar on Developing Advanced Placement Program Coming Up; Webinar to Discuss 21st Century Community Learning Center Program; ARRA Ed Jobs Reporting – Compensation Funding Start Date Enhancement; Revised ARRA Reporting Instructions – October 2010; Important Announcement Regarding ‘Bus Trust’ Lease Agreements; Food Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011; Illinois School Breakfast in Action Summit Scheduled for Nov. 16; Deadline Coming Up to Apply for ISBE Conference in Oak Lawn; Feedback Sought on Issues Related to Meeting Health Needs of Students; Survey on Kindergarten Assessments to Be Distributed; Funding Available for FY 2011 School District Reorganization Feasibility Studies; 2010-11 Teacher Service Record Now Open in IWAS; 2010-11 Eye Examination Data Collection Period Begins on IWAS; Health Examination and Immunization Data Collection Deadline Coming Up; Illinois Technology Education Conference Slated for Nov. 12-13.

October 18, 2010 -- Feedback Sought on Issues Related to Meeting Health Needs of Students; Webinar to Cover New Illinois Learning Standards Based on the Common Core; Webinar on Developing Advanced Placement Program Coming Up; Webinar to Discuss 21st Century Community Learning Center Program; Survey on Kindergarten Assessments to Be Distributed; Funding Available for FY 2011 School District Reorganization Feasibility Studies; Application Materials for Energy Efficiency Grants Available on IWAS; Illinois School Breakfast in Action Summit Scheduled for Nov. 16; 2010-11 Teacher Service Record Now Open in IWAS; 2010-11 Eye Examination Data Collection Period Begins on IWAS; Health Examination and Immunization Data Collection Deadline Coming Up; 2010-11 Unfilled Positions Survey Available in IWAS; Revised ARRA Reporting Instructions – October 2010; Special Education Summer School State Aid Claim Deadline is Nov. 1; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; Public Encouraged to Attend Budget Hearings to Be Held Across the State; 70/30 and Class Size/Age Range Request Forms Posted Online; Illinois Technology Education Conference Slated for Nov. 12-13; Variety of Resources Available to Battle Bullying in Our Schools; Illinois Science Teachers Association’s Annual Conference Slated for Nov. 4-6; IDOT Seeks Entries for Annual Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Solve for Tomorrow Contest to Award Technology Grants; ISU’s College of Education Inducts New Members Into Hall of Fame; Principal Appreciation Week Just Around the Corner.

October 12, 2010 -- Public Encouraged to Attend Budget Hearings to Be Held Across the State; Special Education Summer School State Aid Claim Deadline is Nov. 1; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; 2010-11 Eye Examination Data Collection Period Begins on IWAS; Health Examination and Immunization Data Collection Deadline Coming Up; 2010-11 Unfilled Positions Survey Available in IWAS; 2010-11 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available on IWAS; Application Materials for Energy Efficiency Grants Available on IWAS; Deadline Nears for Capital Needs Assessment Survey; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2011 Now Available Online; 70/30 and Class Size/Age Range Request Forms Posted Online; National School Lunch Week 2010 Has Arrived; NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Variety of Resources Available to Battle Bullying in Our Schools; HIV/STD Conference and Pre-Conference Summit on Adolescent Health Disparities; ISBE Webinar Series on Parent Involvement Kicks Off on Oct. 14; New Grant Opportunity Available From Project Lead the Way; Nominate Your School Board President for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; Illinois Science Teachers Association’s Annual Conference Slated for Nov. 4-6; IDOT Seeks Entries for Annual Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Solve for Tomorrow Contest to Award Technology Grants; FBI Offers Free Program on Internet Safety for Youth; ISU’s College of Education Inducts New Members Into Hall of Fame; Principal Appreciation Week Just Around the Corner; Regional Superintendents and Students Step Up Again for Children’s Monument.

October 4, 2010 -- NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Deadline Nears for Capital Needs Assessment Survey; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2011 Now Available Online; Variety of Resources Available to Battle Bullying in Our Schools; HIV/STD Conference and Pre-Conference Summit on Adolescent Health Disparities; Illinois Longitudinal Data System: The Transcript Coding Project; ISBE Webinar Series on Parent Involvement Kicks Off on Oct. 14; Request to Waive the Period of Availability of FY 2008 School Improvement Grant Funds; Take a Brief Survey on the No Child Left Behind Act; Reminder on Time and Effort Reports; 2010-11 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available on IWAS; 2010-11 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment and Staff Report; 2010-11 Noncertified Staff Salary Study; ARRA Fraud Reporting Information; Education Jobs Funds Sept. 30 ARRA Reporting – Due Oct. 5; Local Policies on Food Allergies Guidelines Required by Start of 2011; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Invitation to Comment on Rules; New Grant Opportunity Available From Project Lead the Way; Nominate Your School Board President for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; FBI Offers Free Program on Internet Safety for Youth.

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September

September 27, 2010 -- ARRA Fraud Reporting Information; Education Jobs Funds Sept. 30 ARRA Reporting – Due Oct. 5; Sept. 30, 2010, ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due Oct. 5, 2010; 2010-11 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment and Staff Report; 2010-11 Noncertified Staff Salary Study; Local Policies on Food Allergies Guidelines Required by Start of 2011; New Wellness School Assessment Tool Available Online; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Deadline Set for Nov. 15 for Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet; Take a Brief Survey on the No Child Left Behind Act; Reminder on Time and Effort Reports; Parent Involvement Analysis Online Tool Available From ISBE; ISBE Teams Up With Others to Provide Illinoisparents.org; FY11 ELL Application Technical Assistance Sessions Announced; Illinois Longitudinal Data System: The Transcript Coding Project.

September 21, 2010 -- Deadline Set for Nov. 15 for Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheet; Parent Involvement Analysis Online Tool Available From ISBE; ISBE Teams Up With Others to Provide Illinoisparents.org; New Wellness School Assessment Tool Available Online; FY11 ELL Application Technical Assistance Sessions Announced; Sept. 30, 2010, ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due Oct. 5, 2010; Illinois Longitudinal Data System: The Transcript Coding Project; National Refugee and Immigrant Conference Coming Up in Chicago; Entries Sought for Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Contest; Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honor Top Student Volunteers; Publishing Company Offers Scholarship for Create-A-Greeting Card Contest.

September 14, 2010 -- Sept. 30, 2010, ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due Oct. 5, 2010; FY 2011 State and Federal Grant Reporting Changes; Illinois Longitudinal Data System: The Transcript Coding Project; Champaign Educator Wins Illinois History Teacher of the Year Award; Supplemental GSA Expenditure Plans Due Oct. 30 for Some School Districts; Deadline for Capital Needs Assessment Survey Form Scheduled for Oct. 15; Nominate Your School Board President for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; National Refugee and Immigrant Conference Coming Up in Chicago;Entries Sought for Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Contest; Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honor Top Student Volunteers; Publishing Company Offers Scholarship for Create-A-Greeting Card Contest; Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Offers Classroom Connections Program.

September 7, 2010 -- Supplemental GSA Expenditure Plans Due Oct. 30 for Some School Districts; Deadline for Capital Needs Assessment Survey Form Scheduled for Oct. 15; Illinois Longitudinal Data System: The Transcript Coding Project; Champaign Educator Wins Illinois History Teacher of the Year Award; Statewide Campaign, Hotline Helps Fight Youth Suicide; FY 2011 State and Federal Grant Reporting Changes; FY 2011 Funding for Children Requiring Special Education Services Calculations; FY 2011 General State Aid Finalized; FY 2011 Allocations Available for NCLB Consolidated Application; Illinois Awarded Team Nutrition Training Grant; School Mental Health Conference Slated for Nov. 9-10 in Springfield; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Illinois Innovation Talent Program Deadline Extended; Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Offers Classroom Connections Program; Webcast on the U.S. Constitution Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17; Internet Safety Training Program Available Online; Federal and State Telephone Assistance Helps Those in Need Stay Connected.

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August

August 30, 2010 -- FY 2011 Funding for Children Requiring Special Education Services Calculations; FY 2011 General State Aid Finalized; FY 2011 Allocations Available for NCLB Consolidated Application; Extension of FY 2010 State Liquidation Period; Interrupted School Days/Heat; Nominate Your School Board President for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; National Suicide Prevention Week Scheduled for Sept. 5-11; Illinois Awarded Team Nutrition Training Grant; Title I Schoolwide Plan Evaluation Required Annually; Renewal of D-U-N-S Numbers With Central Contractor Registration; School Mental Health Conference Slated for Nov. 9-10 in Springfield; Space Available for Middle School and High School RtI Summit; 2010-11 Planning Calendar for Special Education Directors Online; Physical Education Exemption Report No Longer Required to be Submitted; Registration Guidance for the 2010-11 School Year; Webcast on the U.S. Constitution Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17; Internet Safety Training Program Available Online; National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference Coming Up; National Assessment Governing Board Seeking Nominations; New Exhibit Set to Open Oct. 14 at Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

August 24, 2010 (Special Message) -- We have just been informed by the U.S. Department of Education that Illinois has not been selected to receive a Race to the Top grant.

August 23, 2010 -- Title I Schoolwide Plan Evaluation Required Annually; Renewal of D-U-N-S Numbers With Central Contractor Registration; Space Available for Middle School and High School RtI Summit; 2010-11 Planning Calendar for Special Education Directors Online; Indicator 13 Data Verification Process; Physical Education Exemption Report No Longer Required to be Submitted; Registration Guidance for the 2010-11 School Year; Invitation to Comment on Rules; School-based Child Nutrition Sponsor Applications Due Sept. 15; New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core; Extension of FY 2010 State Liquidation Period; FY 2010 Illinois Free Breakfast/Lunch Program Funding Announcement; Interrupted School Days/Heat; Early Childhood Block Grant Allocations Finalized; National Assessment Governing Board Seeking Nomination; National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference Coming Up; Webinar Series on Illinois Safe Routes to School Coming Up; Federal and State Telephone Assistance Helps Those in Need Stay Connected.

August 17, 2010 (Special Message)  This morning Governor Pat Quinn submitted Illinois’ application for its share of the $26 billion Education Jobs Fund bill. Illinois schools will receive an additional $415 million through this legislation. You can access the district estimates for GSA and the additional Education Jobs Fund bill estimates at http://www.isbe.net/funding/excel/fed_stimulus_jobs11.xls.

August 16, 2010 -- Back to School Materials Available; FY 2010 Illinois Free Breakfast/Lunch Program Funding Announcement; Interrupted School Days/Heat; Early Childhood Block Grant Allocations Finalized; Indicator 13 Data Verification Process; Webinar Slated for Aug. 24 on Internet Safety Training; Public Announcement Regarding Milk, Breakfast and Lunch Programs; Direct Certification System; Apply for the Illinois Innovation Talent Program; Applicants Sought for National Board Certification for Principals Field Test; Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park Planned; Application Available for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; Webinar Series on Illinois Safe Routes to School Coming Up; Federal and State Telephone Assistance Helps Those in Need Stay Connected.

August 9, 2010 -- Webinar Slated for Aug. 24 on Internet Safety Training; Public Announcement Regarding Milk, Breakfast and Lunch Programs; Direct Certification System; Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price School Meals; Food Allergy Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011; 2009-10 Teacher Service Record – Spring Data Collection Reminder; Immunization and Health Examination Update; 2009-10 Regular/Vocational Transportation Claim Due Aug. 16; Special Education Private Facility, Excess Cost and Personnel Claims Due Aug. 16; The FY 2009-10 School District/ Joint Agreement Annual Audit; Requirements Regarding School Treasurer Bonds; Apply for the Illinois Innovation Talent Program; Applicants Sought for National Board Certification for Principals Field Test; Electronic Field Trip to North Cascades National Park Planned; Application Available for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship.

August 3, 2010 -- 2009-10 Teacher Service Record – Spring Data Collection Reminder; Immunization and Health Examination Update; 2009-10 Regular/Vocational Transportation Claim Due Aug. 16; Special Education Private Facility, Excess Cost and Personnel Claims Due Aug. 16; Peer Review and IAA Participation Guidelines; AYP Appeals; The FY 2009-10 School District/ Joint Agreement Annual Audit; Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Price School Meals; Food Allergy Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Grants Available to Visit Lincoln Presidential Museum; New Exhibit Set to Open Oct. 14 at Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

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July

July 27, 2010 -- Peer Review and IAA Participation Guidelines; AYP Appeals; Budget Crisis Forces Suspension of ISAT Writing Assessment for 2010-11; Educational Environment Code Changes for Early Childhood Special Education; Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program Announcement for Superintendents; Friday, Aug. 13, Deadline for Fall 2010 Waiver Report; Students, Educators Bring Home Awards From National Leadership Conference; Grants Available to Visit Lincoln Presidential Museum; New Exhibit Set to Open Oct. 14 at Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

July 20, 2010 -- Educational Environment Code Changes for Early Childhood Special Education; Maintenance of Effort and IDEA Webinar Scheduled for July 22; Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program Announcement for Superintendents; Sign Up for Charter Starter Webinar From the Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Budget Crisis Forces Suspension of ISAT Writing Assessment for 2010-11; Friday, Aug. 13, Deadline for Fall 2010 Waiver Report; Physical Education Exemption Report Deadline Coming Up; Electronic Direct Certification System Now Available for 2010-11 School Year; HealthierUS School Challenge Applications Available Online; Mandatory Software Update Announced for Automated External Defibrillators; State and Federal Grant Administration Policy and Fiscal Procedures Handbook; New Guidance on Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth; Students, Educators Bring Home Awards From National Leadership Conference

July 12, 2010 -- PSAE Data Corrections; AYP Appeals; Budget Crisis Forces Suspension of ISAT Writing Assessment for 2010-11; Friday, Aug. 13, Deadline for Fall 2010 Waiver Report; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision); Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision, Part 22 (Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators), Part 226 (Special Education); Physical Education Exemption Report Deadline Coming Up; Electronic Direct Certification System Now Available for 2010-11 School Year; HealthierUS School Challenge Applications Available Online; Maintenance of Effort and IDEA Webinar Scheduled for July 22; Sign Up for Charter Starter Webinar From the Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Mandatory Software Update Announced for Automated External Defibrillators; State and Federal Grant Administration Policy and Fiscal Procedures Handbook; New Guidance on Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth; Model School Energy and Resource Conservation Programs Sought; Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Anticipated at the End of Summer; Registration Under Way for Middle School/High School RtI Summit.

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June

June 28, 2010 --Budget Crisis Forces Suspension of ISAT Writing Assessment for 2010-11, Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits – 2010 Report Reminder, Notice of Completed Rulemaking, Invitation to Comment on Rules, Model School Energy and Resource Conservation Programs Sought, Laid Off Education Workers Asked to Complete Survey for Grant Purposes, Fiscal Year 2003 School Construction Application Entitlements Issued, Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Anticipated at the End of Summer, State Education Agency (SEA) Determination Information Received, Registration Under Way for Middle School/High School RtI Summit, State Police Training Session Advised for Those in Education Involved in Hiring, Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant Applications Due July 19, Directory of Best Practices and Great Ideas for Intergenerational Programs.

June 22, 2010 -- Laid Off Education Workers Asked to Complete Survey for Grant Purposes, Fiscal Year 2003 School Construction Application Entitlements Issued, Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Anticipated at the End of Summer, State Education Agency (SEA) Determination Information Received, State Police Training Session Advised for Those in Education Involved in Hiring, Meeting on STEM Learning Exchanges Scheduled for Friday, June 25, in Chicago, Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant Applications Due July 19, Food Allergy Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011, FY 2011 State and Federal Grant Reporting Changes, Important Notification Requirements for Schools Receiving Federal Funds, ISBE Announces FY 2011 NCLB Technical Assistance Workshops, FY11 Reading Improvement Block Grant Applications Available, RtI Professional Development and Leadership Opportunity for Illinois Districts, Illinois Summer Reading Conference Slated for Aug. 10-13 in Tinley Park, Directory of Best Practices and Great Ideas for Intergenerational Programs, Directory of Best Practices and Great Ideas for Intergenerational Programs.

June 14, 2010 -- FY 2011 State and Federal Grant Reporting Changes, June 30 ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due July 5, 2010, Important Notification Requirements for Schools Receiving Federal Funds, ISBE Announces FY 2011 NCLB Technical Assistance Workshops, Update on Assessment Data Results and Important Deadlines, FY11 Reading Improvement Block Grant Applications Available, RtI Professional Development and Leadership Opportunity for Illinois Districts, Illinois Summer Reading Conference Slated for Aug. 10-13 in Tinley Park, Food Allergy Guidelines – Local Policies Required by Start of 2011, Best Practices for ‘Interim’ District Superintendents, Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Program, Invitation to Comment on Rules, Class of 2010 High School Valedictorians to be Honored.

June 8, 2010 -- Best Practices for ‘Interim’ District Superintendents, Update on Assessment Data Results and Important Deadlines, June 30 ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due July 5, 2010, Alternate PTELL Adjustment to EAV Used in GSA Calculations, Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Program, FY 2011 NCLB Consolidated and ARRA Applications Webinar and Updates, Invitation to Comment on Rules, Class of 2010 High School Valedictorians to be Honored, NIU College of Education Summer Literacy Conference Coming Up.

June 1, 2010 -- Update on Assessment Data Results and Important Deadlines; FY 2011 NCLB Consolidated and ARRA Applications Webinar and Updates; Alternate PTELL Adjustment to EAV Used in GSA Calculations; 2009-10 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits – 2010 Report on IWAS; FY 2011 School Improvement Grant – Section 1003(g); Agency Issues Reminder on Illinois Child Labor Law; Household Eligibility Applications for School-Based Child Nutrition Programs; Healthy Kids Competition Deadline Set for June 30; NIU College of Education Summer Literacy Conference Coming Up; Coalition for Illinois High Schools Conference Slated for June 14-15; Save the Date: RtI Summit for Middle and High School Teams; Latino Art Beat Extends Deadline for High School Art Competition

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May

May 24, 2010 -- 2009-10 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; PA 96-0410 Effective July 1 Eliminates 15 Passenger Vans for School Transportation; Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits – 2010 Report on IWAS; 2009-10 Dental Data Collection System Open Through June 30; FY 2011 School Improvement Grant – Section 1003(g); Federal Regulation Update on Unspent SES Funds; Agency Issues Reminder on Illinois Child Labor Law; Household Eligibility Applications for School-Based Child Nutrition Programs; Healthy Kids Competition Deadline Set for June 30; Mini-grant Opportunity for Afterschool Care Programs; Deadline July 1, 2010; School Breakfast Program Start-Up Grants Available; Coalition for Illinois High Schools Conference Slated for June 14-15; Save the Date: RtI Summit for Middle and High School Teams; Financial Literacy Conference Scheduled for July 9 in Chicago; Ace Hardware Offers Helpful Hands to High Schools Across the Country; Mini-grants Available to Help Celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day; First Freedom Center Sponsors Annual Essay Contest for High School Students.

May 18, 2010 -- PA 96-0410 Effective July 1 Eliminates 15 Passenger Vans for School Transportation; FY10 State and Federal Grant Amendments and Project Extension Requests; Federal Regulation Update on Unspent SES Funds; Mini-grant Opportunity for Afterschool Care Programs; Deadline July 1, 2010; School Breakfast Program Start-Up Grants Available; 2009-10 Dental Data Collection System Open Through June 30; 2009-10 End of Year Report Open in IWAS; New U.S. Department of Education Race and Ethnicity Data Standards; Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program Announcement for Superintendents; 2008-09 District Special Education Profiles Available for District Administrative Review; Training on Special Education Eligibility and Entitlement in an RtI Framework; May Board Meeting Rescheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 20-21; FY 2011 School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Available; FY 2009 Operating Expense Per Pupil/ Per Capita Tuition Charge Available; Information Sessions on Arts and Foreign Language Program Scheduled; Illinois Virtual School Summer Courses Registration Deadline Set for June 15; Financial Literacy Conference Scheduled for July 9 in Chicago; Ace Hardware Offers Helpful Hands to High Schools Across the Country; Mini-grants Available to Help Celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day; Deadline for Latino Art Beat Competition Set for May 28; First Freedom Center Sponsors Annual Essay Contest for High School Students.

May 11, 2010 -- Return of PSAE Testing Materials; Information on the FY 2011 School Improvement Grant – Section 1003(g); Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program Announcement for Superintendents; FY10 State and Federal Grant Amendments and Project Extension Requests; 2009-10 End of Year Report Open in IWAS; 2009-10 High School Students Taking Community College System Open in IWAS; New U.S. Department of Education Race and Ethnicity Data Standards; May Board Meeting Rescheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 20-21; Superintendents’ Conference Won’t Be Held This Year; 2008-09 District Special Education Profiles Available for District Administrative Review; Registration Under Way for Annual Special Education Directors’ Conference; Training on Special Education Eligibility and Entitlement in an RtI Framework; Information Sessions on Arts and Foreign Language Program Scheduled; Illinois Virtual School Summer Courses Registration Deadline Set for June 15; An Important Reminder on School Treasurer Bonds; FY 2011 School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Available; FY 2009 Operating Expense Per Pupil/Per Capita Tuition Charge Available; Migrant Education Program Application Available Online; Deadline July 15; Expanding Breakfast Grant Application Due Date May 7; Strengthen Your Wellness Policy Webinar Scheduled for May 14; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 145 (Temporary Relocation Expenses); High School Students Invited to Join ISBE Advisory Council.

May 3, 2010 -- Information on the FY 2011 School Improvement Grant – Section 1003(g); Superintendents’ Conference Won’t Be Held This Year; An Important Reminder on School Treasurer Bonds; Migrant Education Program Application Available Online - Deadline July 15; Expanding Breakfast Grant Application Due Date May 7; Strengthen Your Wellness Policy Webinar Scheduled for May 14; Webinar on Electronic Direct Certification System Scheduled; Registration Under Way for Annual Special Education Directors’ Conference; 2007 Annual State Report on Special Education Performance Now Available; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 145 (Temporary Relocation Expenses); National-Louis University Offers Fellowships in Education, Business; High School Students Invited to Join ISBE Advisory Council.

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April

April 26, 2010 -- 2007 Annual State Report on Special Education Performance Now Available; Webinar on Electronic Direct Certification System Scheduled; Filing for 2009-10 Final Public School Calendars Begins Soon; Bidders’ Conference for Illinois Learn and Serve America Grant RFP Coming Up; Clarification on Online Teaching Offered by myChinese 360; Grants for Gateway to Technology and Pathway to Engineering Programs; Social Emotional Learning Survey; FY11 School Improvement 1003(g) Grant Application Update; National-Louis University Offers Fellowships in Education, Business; High School Students Invited to Join ISBE Advisory Council; Best Practices Day at Conference on Biotechnology Education Coming Up; Illinois Association of School Administrators Redesigns Job Bank.

April 20, 2010 -- Filing for 2009-10 Final Public School Calendars Begins Soon; Illinois Reading First Webinar Scheduled for April 20; Bidders’ Conference for Illinois Learn and Serve America Grant RFP Coming Up; Clarification on Online Teaching Offered by myChinese 360; Grants for Gateway to Technology and Pathway to Engineering Programs; School Food Service Equipment Grant Application Now Available; Illinois School Wellness From A to Z Conference Coming Up; Strengthening No Child Left Behind: Early Notification to Parents Regarding Public School Choice; PSAE Testing Dates for Spring 2011; Applications for Regional Safe Schools Program Available; Deadline May 24; Gifted Advisory Council Meeting Slated; Upcoming FACTS Race and Ethnicity Reporting Changes: 2010-11 School Year; Social Emotional Learning Survey; Best Practices Day at Conference on Biotechnology Education Coming Up; Illinois Association of School Administrators Redesigns Job Bank.

April 12, 2010 -- Blue Ribbon Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education Mandates; 2010 Board Meeting Schedule Revised; Strengthening No Child Left Behind: Early Notification to Parents Regarding Public School Choice; PSAE Testing Dates for Spring 2011; Applications for Regional Safe Schools Program Available; Deadline May 24; Gifted Advisory Council Meeting Slated; Upcoming FACTS Race and Ethnicity Reporting Changes: 2010-11 School Year; Social Emotional Learning Survey; Illinois School Wellness From A to Z Conference Coming Up; School Food Service Equipment Grant Application Now Available; High School Students Invited to Join ISBE Advisory Council; School Safety Conference Set for May 5; Title I Status Survey on IWAS; Educators Invited to Financial Fitness for Life Rollout Conference on April 19; Best Practices Day at Conference on Biotechnology Education Coming Up; Take a Virtual Tour to Bryce Canyon National Park; Latino Art Beat Offers Competition for High School Juniors and Seniors; Organization Offers Free Camps for Military Children; Poster Contest for High School Students Offers Chance to Win Scholarship.

April 6, 2010 -- 2010 Meeting Schedule Revised; High School Students Invited to Join ISBE Advisory Council; School Safety Conference Set for May 5; School Food Service Equipment Grant Application Now Available; Culinary Courses Help Schools Meet School Meal Recommendations; Title I Status Survey on IWAS; 2009-10 Teacher Service Record – Spring Data Collection Period; 2010 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report Available on IWAS; School Maintenance and School Energy Efficiency Project Grant Programs; FAQs About Special Education Eligibility and Entitlement Procedures and Criteria Within a RtI Framework; Center Offers Webinars for Districts; Take a Virtual Tour to Bryce Canyon National Park; Latino Art Beat Offers Competition for High School Juniors and Seniors; Organization Offers Free Camps for Military Children; Program on Teaching Chinese Language.

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March

March 29, 2010 -- ARRA Jobs and Vender Data Due April 5; March 12 ARRA Reporting Webinar – Questions and Answers Available; U.S. Department of Education Releases Information on i3 Grants; Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program Extended Through 2011; School Maintenance and School Energy Efficiency Project Grant Programs; Reminder on Accounting for Restricted Monies – Municipal Retirement (IMRF) and Other Designated Levies; FAQs About Special Education Eligibility and Entitlement Procedures and Criteria Within a RtI Framework; 2009-10 Teacher Service Record – Spring Data Collection Period; 2010 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report Available on IWAS; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 24 (Standards for All Illinois Teachers), New Part 210 (Illinois Hope and Opportunity Pathways through Education Program); Center Offers Webinars for Districts; ISAT Grades 3-8 and IAA Grades 3-8 and 11 Data Corrections; Educators, Schools Receive Awards; Poster Contest Winners Recognized; Culinary Courses Help Schools Meet School Meal Recommendations; Changes Announced for Criteria for HealthierUS School Challenge; Program on Teaching Chinese Language.

March 24, 2010 -- ISAT Grades 3-8 and IAA Grades 3-8 and 11 Data Corrections; Illinois Arts Education Week; Educators, Schools Receive Awards; Poster Contest Winners Recognized; U.S. Department of Education Releases Information on i3 Grants; Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program Extended Through 2011; March 12, 2010, ARRA Reporting Webinar Available; Reminder on Accounting for Restricted Monies – Municipal Retirement (IMRF) and Other Designated Levies; New Lead Law Going Into Effect; Changes Announced for Criteria for HealthierUS School Challenge; Office of Safe and Drug-Free School Program Offers Listserv; NASDTEC Annual Conference to be Held in June in Indianapolis.

March 15, 2010 -- Upcoming Dates and Deadlines; U.S. Department of Education Releases Information on i3 Grants; Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program Extended Through 2011; ARRA Reporting – SFSF Education Payments for General State Aid; ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due April 5, 2010; New ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Collection System ; Office of Safe and Drug-Free School Program Offers Listserv; State Board Seeks Public Comment on FY 2010 Draft IDEA Part B Application; FDA Working on Recalls for Flavor Enhancer Used in Variety of Foods; Notice of Completed Rulemaking:  Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision), Part 151 (School Construction), Part 252 (Driver Education);  NASDTEC Annual Conference to be Held in June in Indianapolis; Program Sends Educators to the Galapagos Islands; Nominations Sought for Annual Rolland J. Van Hattum Award; Illinois Youth With Disabilities Leadership Summit Coming Up; National Institutes of Health Scholars Program at Elgin Community College.

March 8, 2010 -- Upcoming Dates and Deadlines; ARRA Reporting – SFSF Education Payments for General State Aid; New ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Collection System; ARRA Jobs and Vendor Data Due April 5, 2010; State Board Seeks Public Comment on FY 2010 Draft IDEA Part B Application; FDA Working on Recalls for Flavor Enhancer Used in Variety of Foods; Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Unused Funds; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision), Part 151 (School Construction), Part 252 (Driver Education); Public School Calendar Coding for Holidays Affected by PA 96-0640; Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 2011 RFP; Request Addresses Tier II Schools, ‘Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools’; Updated Adolescent Sexual Health Toolkit Released; NASDTEC Annual Conference to be Held in June in Indianapolis; Program Sends Educators to the Galapagos Islands; Nominations Sought for Annual Rolland J. Van Hattum Award; Illinois Youth With Disabilities Leadership Summit Coming Up; National Institutes of Health Scholars Program at Elgin Community College; Deadline for Radon Video Contest Scheduled for Friday; Entries Sought for Annual World Schoolchildren’s Art Exhibition; CollegeWeekLive’s Online College Fair Scheduled for Next Month; National Financial Capability Challenge Ready to Kick Off; Application Process Under Way for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.

March 1, 2010 -- Upcoming Dates and Deadlines; Public School Calendar Coding for Holidays Affected by PA 96-0640; FY 2011 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; State Fiscal Stabilization Fund – Education (General State Aid Payments); Study of School Level Expenditure Report: Revisions May Be Required After Further Guidance Received by ISBE; Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 2011 RFP; Request Addresses Tier II Schools, ‘Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools’; Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Unused Funds; Updated Adolescent Sexual Health Toolkit Released; Nominations Sought for Preserve America History Teacher of the Year; 2 percent Flexibility for Calculating IEP Subgroup Performance; Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching; Entries Sought for Annual World Schoolchildren’s Art Exhibition; CollegeWeekLive’s Online College Fair Scheduled for Next Month; National Financial Capability Challenge Ready to Kick Off; Application Process Under Way for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.

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February

February 22, 2010 -- Upcoming Dates and Deadlines; State Fiscal Stabilization Fund – Education (General State Aid Payments); FY 2011 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Study of School Level Expenditure Report: Revisions May Be Required After Further Guidance Received by ISBE; 2 percent Flexibility for Calculating IEP Subgroup Performance; Data Analysis and Progress Reporting; Report of Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits; Nominations Sought for Preserve America History Teacher of the Year; Illinois Advanced Placement Fee Reduction Program for 2010; Deadline Coming Up to Submit New Technology Integration Plan; Request for Proposals Issued for Math and Science Workshop or Program; Illinois Math Science Partnership FY 2011 Request for Proposals; Mark Your Calendar for the Illinois School Wellness ... From A to Z Conference; Annual Book Grant Program Gearing Up; Young Scholars Program Seeks 7th-Graders From Across the U.S.; Human Trafficking Awareness Outreach Day Includes Poster Contest; High School Team Advances to National Competition in Engineering Challenge; Taiwan Ministry of Education Announces Scholarship Programs; Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching; Rural Chemistry Teachers Sought for Program With University of Illinois.

February 16, 2010 -- Reminder: 2008-09 Study of School Level Expenditure Report Deadline Coming Up; Report of Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits; Illinois Advanced Placement Fee Reduction Program for 2010; Deadline Coming Up to Submit New Technology Integration Plan; Request for Proposals Issued for Math and Science Workshop or Program; Illinois Math Science Partnership FY 2011 Request for Proposals; Mark Your Calendar for the Illinois School Wellness ... From A to Z Conference; CDC Issues Guidance on Haitian Children Arriving in United States After Earthquake; Training Webinars Scheduled on Funding Applications; Nomination Packets Available for Annual ISBE Awards Program; Food Allergy Guidelines Committee – Public Act 96-0349; Annual Book Grant Program Gearing Up; Young Scholars Program Seeks 7th-Graders From Across the U.S.; Human Trafficking Awareness Outreach Day Includes Poster Contest; High School Team Advances to National Competition in Engineering Challenge; Taiwan Ministry of Education Announces Scholarship Programs; Registration for High School Student Web Design Contest Set for Feb. 17; Rural Chemistry Teachers Sought for Program With University of Illinois.

February 8, 2010 -- CDC Issues Guidance on Haitian Children Arriving in United States After Earthquake; Training Webinars Scheduled on Funding Applications;  The Who Excel - Nomination Packets Available for Annual ISBE Awards Program; Food Allergy Guidelines Committee – Public Act 96-0349; Spotlight on Schools Web Pages Coming Soon; Two Workshops on Developing School Food Safety Plan Slated; Winter 2010 Reduction in Force Survey; Final Guidance on Special Education Eligibility in an RtI Framework; Office of Disability Employment Policy Plans Public Sessions; Announcement Made on Discontinued Use of 700 MHz Wireless Microphones; FY 2010 General State Aid Finalized; Notice of Completed Rulemaking:  Part 25 (Certification); Scholarship Available for Students Interested in Studying in Taiwan; Nominations Sought for Annual National School Change Awards.

February 1, 2010 -- Winter 2010 Reduction in Force Survey; Final Guidance on Special Education Eligibility in an RtI Framework; Office of Disability Employment Policy Plans Public Sessions; Announcement Made on Discontinued Use of 700 MHz Wireless Microphones; FY 2010 General State Aid Finalized; Reminder: New Cellular Laws in 2010; Green Cleaning Schools Act Reminder; Feedback Sought on Illinois Green Cleaning Schools Act; Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act; State’s Top Educators Available to Speak at Events; Spotlight on Schools Web Pages Coming Soon; Two Workshops on Developing School Food Safety Plan Slated; Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Applications Available; Training Workshops on Summer Food Service Program Coming Up; USDA Farm-to-School Tactical Teams Prepare to Visit Schools; First-Graders Through 12th-Graders Eligible for Youth Internet Safety Contest; Classroom Earth’s 2010 National High School Challenge Under Way; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 25 (Certification); Science Educators in Illinois Teaching at Grades 6-12 Eligible for Award; Program to Honor 25 Scholar Athletes.

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January

January 26, 2010 -- FY 2010 General State Aid Finalized; Reminder: New Cellular Laws in 2010; Required ‘Study of School Level Expenditures’ Application on IWAS; School District Reorganization Feasibility Study Funding Available; Green Cleaning Schools Act Reminder; Feedback Sought on Illinois Green Cleaning Schools Act; Lawn Care Products Application and Notice Act; State’s Top Educators Available to Speak at Events; Migrant Supplemental Education Services Funding Applications Available; Conference on No Child Left Behind to be Held in Chicago Next Month; Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Applications Available; Training Workshops on Summer Food Service Program Coming Up; USDA Farm-to-School Tactical Teams Prepare to Visit Schools; School Breakfast Program Mandate – UPDATE; First-Graders Through 12th-Graders Eligible for Youth Internet Safety Contest; Classroom Earth’s 2010 National High School Challenge Under Way; Science Educators in Illinois Teaching at Grades 6-12 Eligible for Award; American Association of School Administrators Conference Coming Up; Program to Honor 25 Scholar Athletes; Deadline Coming Up for Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Green Education Foundation Prepares for National Green Week; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 180 (Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools).

January 19, 2010 -- Required ‘Study of School Level Expenditures’ Application on IWAS; School District Reorganization Feasibility Study Funding Available; Migrant Supplemental Education Services Funding Applications Available; Conference on No Child Left Behind to be Held in Chicago Next Month; School Breakfast Program Mandate – UPDATE; Invitation to Comment on Rules:  Part 180 (Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools);  Notice of Completed Rulemaking:  Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools); Nominations Sought for History Teacher of the Year Award; American Association of School Administrators Conference Next Month; NAAAS Plans Conference in Orlando; Conference on Financial Literacy Slated; Deadline Coming Up for Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest; Green Education Foundation Prepares for National Green Week; Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Offers Paper Models

January 11, 2010 -- Important ARRA Reminders; Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools); Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 35 (Mentoring for New Principals), Part 145 (Temporary Relocation Expenses); Final FY 2010 Mandated Categorical Prorations; School Bus Communication Device Changes – Public Act 96-0818; Nominations Sought for History Teacher of the Year Award; Guide Offers Ways to Prevent and Respond to School Violence; Top Rankings Awarded to Illinois Schools With School-based Health Centers; Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant; Register Now for Earth Day in the Parks; Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest; Teaching East Asian Literature; Helping Unaccompanied Youth Access College Financial Aid; Illinois Network of Charter Schools Offers Charter Starter Webinar; Food Allergy Guidelines Committee – Public Act 96-0349; School Year 2011 Annual Commodity Order Period Is Here; Volunteer With Action For Healthy Kids Now; NAAAS Plans Conference in Orlando; Presenters and Judges Sought For Conference on Biotechnology Education; Conference on Financial Literacy Slated; Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Offers Paper Models; Radon Video Contest Under Way; Econ Illinois Offers Contests for High School Students.

January 4, 2010 -- Quinn Appoints New Members As Joyce Karon Completes Term; Dec. 31 ARRA Reporting Deadline Jan. 5; Other Important ARRA Reminders; School Level Expenditure Report Requirement; Final FY 2010 Mandated Categorical Prorations; Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance IWAS Application; New Census Estimates Released for FY11 Title I Low Income; School Bus Communication Device Changes – Public Act 96-0818; 2009-10 Teacher Service Record – Re-opened for Missing Data; Illinois Network of Charter Schools Offers Charter Starter Webinar; Illinois Longitudinal Data System Data Advisory Committee; Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention Scheduled for Feb. 7-9; Guide Offers Ways to Prevent and Respond to School Violence; Top Rankings Awarded to Illinois Schools With School-based Health Centers; Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant; Register Now for Earth Day in the Parks; Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest; Teaching East Asian Literature; Food Allergy Guidelines Committee – Public Act 96-0349; School Year 2011 Annual Commodity Order Period Is Here; Volunteer With Action For Healthy Kids Now; Invitation to Comment on Rules: Part 35 (Mentoring for New Principals), Part 145 (Temporary Relocation Expenses); Notice of Completed Rulemaking: Part 120 (Pupil Transportation Reimbursement), Presenters and Judges Sought For Conference on Biotechnology Education; Radon Video Contest Under Way; College Financial Aid Handbook Available from the American Legion.

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