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December

December 18, 2006 -- School Technology Revolving Loan Program; Online self-monitoring checklist for TBE/TPI funds; Preschool Social and Emotional Consultation Services: 3- to 5-year-olds RFP released; Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Assistance Planning Grant RFP Released; Identification of Districts with Significant Disproportionality in Special Education Eligibility; Staffing changes; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

December 11, 2006 -- AYP determinations posted for elementary, junior high and middle schools; Assessing Limited English Proficient Students; Annual Application for Recognition of Public Schools; Hearst Scholarship winners selected; 2006-07 Non-public Enrollment; School Improvement Plan audio conference; FRIS Inquiry on ISBE Homepage; Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act; IDEA 2004: Issues, Implications and Strategies in the Development of Transitions Plans and Understanding State Performance Plan Indicators 13 and 14; 2006-2007 Dental Data Collection; Recommendations to limit pertussis transmission and control pertussis outbreaks in Illinois secondary schools; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

December 4, 2006 -- PSAE results; Statewide conference calls scheduled to explain assessment process through SIS; Recommendations to limit pertussis transmission and control pertussis outbreaks in Illinois secondary schools; Illinois School Purchasing Network (ISPN); New cohort-based educational administration program; Investing in Youth 2006 Conference; IASPA Conference; School Improvement Plan audio conference; Breakfast Survey; Fiscal Year 2008 annual commodity order; Make and keep these New Year’s resolutions; Make and keep these New Year’s resolutions; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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November

November 27, 2006 -- Calendar of Events - 2007 Testing ISAT, IMAGE, IAA and ACCESS; Cesar Chavez Serve and Learn Program; NASBE School Health Publications Newly Available Online; School pandemic planning guidance; FY 2007 grantees for the Parent Participation Pilot Project'; National Handwashing Awareness Week December 3-9, 2006; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

November 20, 2006 -- ACCESS for ELLs™ - Pre-ID label information; Non-Certified Staff Salary Study Survey; ROE Accounting Package phase-out; Epinephrine auto-injectors; Arts and Foreign Language RFP; Illinois Textbook Loan Program; Celebrating Our Gains, Expanding Our Aims; 21st CCLC Workshops to begin November 27; Final School Improvement Planning Audio Conference set; Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities needs assessment online; Illinois Fatherhood Initiative—“What My Father Means to Me”; Meeting The Challenge XVII fine arts conference planned; University of Illinois announces new cohort-based program in Oak Brook; Upcoming November Events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Illinois Schools Can! initiative to start; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

November 13, 2006 -- ISAT and IMAGE reports; ACCESS for ELLs™ - Pre-ID label information; 2008 Testing Dates set; Arts and Foreign Language RFP; Illinois Textbook Loan Program; Celebrating Our Gains, Expanding Our Aims; School safety; National Consortium of School Violence Prevention Researchers and Practitioners; School Improvement Planning Audio Conferences; Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities needs assessment online; Illinois Fatherhood Initiative—“What My Father Means to Me”; Congressional Medal of Honor teaching resource; International Education Week; University of Illinois announces new cohort-based program in Oak Brook; Upcoming November Events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Healthy habits important in influenza season; Love Your Veggies™ Nationwide School Lunch Campaign grant opportunity for elementary schools; Annual Administrative Reviews News; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

November 6, 2006 -- Flags at State of Illinois buildings to fly at half staff on November 10; An Invitation to School Improvement Planning Audio Conferences; Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities needs assessment online; Congressional Medal of Honor teaching resource; International Education Week; William Randolph Hearst United States Senate Youth Program student semi-finalists selected; Celebrate Illinois School Breakfast Week and American Education Week November 13–19, 2006; Healthy habits important in influenza season; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly Clips.

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October

October 30, 2006 -- Special Message from Governor’s Office—Flags to be lowered November 2; Student Information System (SIS) reminder; Dental Data Collection for 2006-07; School Breakfast Start-Up Grants still available; Guidance Materials on the School Food Service Rules Released; The Outlook newsletter online; College Board membership benefits for schools with Advanced Placement and Pre-AP programs; Young Authors Conference; Special Education Per Capita Tuition Cost Rules (Part 130) amended; Revised State and Federal Grant Administration Policy, Requirements and Procedures; An Invitation to School Improvement Planning Audio Conferences; Invitation to Comment on Rules—Part 60 (The “Grow Your Own” Teacher Education Initiative); Notice of Completed Rulemaking (Parts 1, 65, 228, 265 & 365); ACCESS for ELLsTM; Annual Immigrant Education Program (IEP) Data Report; Children's Achievement: What Does the Evidence Say About Teachers, Pre-K Programs, and Economic Policies?; Educators to Saudi Arabia Program; Illinois School Purchasing Network (ISPN); Service Learning Resources available online; TeRRiFiC Teachable Moments survey online; Illinois Newborn Infant Protection Act teachers’ kits available; National Center for Urban School Transformation; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

October 23, 2006 -- Average Class Size Survey through IWAS—deadline extended; Guidance Materials on the School Food Service Rules Released; Special Education Per Capita Tuition Cost Rules (Part 130) amended; Revised State and Federal Grant Administration Policy, Requirements and Procedures; Young Authors Conference; An Invitation to School Improvement Planning Audio Conferences; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; Educators to Saudi Arabia Program; Illinois School Purchasing Network (ISPN); TeRRiFiC Teachable Moments survey online; Illinois Newborn Infant Protection Act teachers’ kits available; Blue Ribbon School list grows; National Center for Urban School Transformation; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

October 16, 2006 -- PSAE Scores; Title I Poverty Counts revised for states; Free Resources for Safe and Drug Free School planning; Safe and Drug Free-Schools and Communities Act Program (SDFSCA); Invitation to School Improvement Planning audio conferences; Budget Hearings set; Fall Housing/Enrollment Report (87-03; Unfilled Positions Survey (87-07); Special education summer claims due November 1; Driver Education State Reimbursement and Fees; Einstein Fellowship Seeks Candidates for 2007-2008 School Year; School Capital Needs Assessment; Determining English Language proficiency; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Effectiveness of Rulemaking; Nutrition Programs Related Deadlines; Contracting for School Meal Services Training; Annual Raising Student Achievement Conference; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum offers educator pass; ASCD Professional Development Services; Free Summer Teacher Workshop materials online; Library / Media; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum field trip grant program; International Infection Prevention Week; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

October 12, 2006 (Special Message) -- Test scores; School Improvement Plans; District Budgets due October 16; Flags at State Buildings to fly at half staff on Friday, October 13; Title I Poverty Counts revised for states; Budget Hearings set.

October 2, 2006 -- IAA Test Coordinators state-wide conference calls - IAA writing pilot materials; Interpreting student performance on W-APT ACCESS Screener; Transferring students; National Middle School Association study: healthy students are better learners; Blue Ribbon School; Bronze Award of Education Achievement; HSTW Award of Educational Achievement; eSpindle: Spelling Incentives; Celebrate National School Lunch Week; Action for Healthy Kids of Illinois back to school wellness event; Illinois Awarded Team Nutrition Training Grant; Statewide Student Art Contest; National Student Art Contest; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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September

September 25, 2006 -- 2006-2007 Teacher Salary Study form available through IWAS; FY 2007 State and Federal expenditure reports and claims due; Supplemental General State Aid; NCLB FY06 Performance Report; 2006 Illinois Statewide Service-Learning Conference; Evaluation of the implementation of Illinois Learning Standards; Enhancing Education Through Technology Title IID Formula Grants; Heartsaver AED Fund; AYP appeals process; Assessment Correction Period for Grade 11; Annual Statement of Affairs – new requirements; AFR Deadline Reminders; 2006 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools; Statewide Student Art Contest; National Student Art Contest; United States Senate Youth Program; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; State Board Recognition Program; Aging is an Asset; Illinois Agricultural Education Trip to National FFA Convention; Study of teacher evaluation practices; Free Food Safety Program Satellite Seminar October 16; Eligibility for free and reduced-price meals Verification Deadlines; Parent Breakfast Survey; Attention All Wellness Policy Committee Members; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

September 18, 2006 -- FY 2007 state and federal expenditure reports and claims due; Conference on Bullying Prevention; Heartsaver AED Fund; AYP appeals process; Correction Period for Grade 11; Possession and use of epinephrine by students at school (PA 94-0792); Meetings set regarding Gifted Education; Nutrition--Verification deadlines; 2006 Illinois Reprocessed Commodity Taste Test Dates Announced; Recipe Finder—web site treasure; Special Message from DCFS--Care Enough to Call; Local board member oath of office; School Incident Reporting System; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; State Board Recognition Program; Aging is an Asset; Illinois Agricultural Education Trip to National FFA Convention; Civics Education; Study of teacher evaluation practices; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

September 11, 2006 -- Grades three through eight data corrections; AYP appeals process; Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) scores; Correction Period for Grade 11; Illinois National Board Professional Preparation and Support System; Final FY 07 Title I allocations complete; 21st Century Community Learning Center Professional Development Opportunity; Meetings set regarding Gifted Education; Illinois Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Award Winners; ASCD Announces Application for Grant Award Program; Special Message from DCFS; 2006-07 Teacher Service Record NCLB Reporting Requirements; Per Pupil Expenditure Report; NCLB deadlines; FY 07 General State Aid, Hold Harmless update; Special Education Excess Cost Reimbursements (4625 EC); FY 2006 A-133 audits being completed: include previous year’s Special Education Excess Cost Reimbursements (4625 EC); All Hazard Preparedness Guide; Hearst Scholarships available; September 15 deadline to submit Child Nutrition annual sponsor/site applications; National School Lunch Week; Illinois Agricultural Education Trip to National FFA Convention; Registration and Enrollment guidance document available online; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

September 5, 2006 -- NBPTS Training; Data correction deadline this Friday; NCLB deadlines; FY 07 General State Aid, Hold Harmless update; Parental Participation Pilot grants available; Illinois Violence Prevention Authority grant notice; Illinois Zero Waste Schools Grant Program Request for Application (RFA); Hearst Scholarships available; National Food Safety Education Month; School Food Safety Program Training resource available online; Illinois Agricultural Education Trip to National FFA Convention; Language Arts, Science, Math, and Technology Renewal Credits; Illinois Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten to be unveiled; Registration and Enrollment guidance document available online; Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Position Announcement – Superintendent for School District #428; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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August

August 28, 2006 -- Data Correction deadline extended; FY 07 ADA Safety and Education Block Grant Calculations; Local Professional Development Committee Membership; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; Update: Fall Data Collections; Deadline Approaching for Public Comment on Donated Food Rule; New School-Based Child Nutrition Programs Wall-Size Calendar; Professional Development; Drug Abuse Prevention materials available from NIDA; The 94th Illinois General Assembly passed several new laws designed to provide more protections to our children while in school; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

August 21, 2006 -- NBPTS Training - Illinois National Board Professional Preparation and Support System; Invitation to comment on rules; Failure to Disclose Prior Sex Offense Convictions to Employer is Unprofessional Conduct; Guidance For Registration and Enrollment: Residency, Homeless Pupils, Immigrant Pupils and School Fee Waivers; School Treasurer Bonds; School-based Child Nutrition Basic Training Manual; Informational meeting - gifted education law and proposed rules'; Constitution Day, September 17; Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Position Announcement – Superintendent for School District #428; ISBE External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

August 14, 2006 -- Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and School Improvement Status; Superintendent’s Conference; Flags at State of Illinois buildings to be lowered; Gender Equity in Athletics Waiver Applications; ISBE’s Division of English Language Learning to Sponsor Conference on Educating Refugee Children; English Language Learner Registration Reminders; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations; IAA Portfolio Training; NFL players want to recruit dads to your school and PTA; Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Position Announcement – Superintendent for School District #428; External Vacancy List; Weekly News Clips.

August 7, 2006 -- High School Resources Materials available online; New laws impact FY 2007 School District Budget Form; School District Reorganization Public Act 94-1019 Guidance Documents available online; Interrupted school days due to heat; Hurricane Education Recovery Act update; Comment period extended for management of donated foods; Over 100 educators have completed first online training program (Nutrition); School-Based Child Nutrition Programs FY 2007 Renewal Application now available; Bills signed into law; Raising Student Achievement conference dates set; External Vacancy List; Weekly News Clips.

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July

July 31, 2006 -- Early Childhood Special Project RFP conference call set; Illinois Agricultural Education trip to National FFA Convention to showcase program’s value; WAPT; Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Legislative Update; Special Education Guidance Documents available online; Free Workshops at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Hearst Foundation Senate Youth Program; FDA launches consumer educational program on the safe use of OTC medicines; ISBE Vacancy List; Education in the News.

July 24, 2006 -- Portability of background checks for substitutes and other concurrent employees; Technology Immersion Pilot Project Request for Proposal; Deadline extended: Class Size Reduction Pilot Program; Special Project request for proposal; New Educator Certification System to Replace CeRTS; Calculating Adequate Yearly Progress; U.S. Department of Health announces wellness event; JCAR takes no action Part 305 Rules at July meeting; Salmonella infections associated with owl pellets used in science classes; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

July 17, 2006 -- Scores posted; Opportunity for Public Comment; Summer Food Service Program participants congratulated; Breakfast Start-Up Grants Available in 2006-2007; Anticipated Commodity Chart for 2006-2007 Posted; Basic Training for NSLP; Child Murderer/ Violent Offender Against Youth Database created; Special Project RFP's released; Technology Immersion Pilot Project RFP.

July 10, 2006 -- School Food Service Mini-Grant Opportunity and Healthy a la Carte Program Resources; Opportunity for Public Comment; School personnel and board member obligations under ANCRA (PA 94-0888); Task force for parent accessible special; ISAT and IAA scores posted.

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June

Special Message - June 29, 2006 -- Deadline extended for Class Size Reduction grant proposals; Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring grant proposals due July 31; Maintenance planned on ISBE systems.

June 26, 2006 -- Public Hearing Changes to the Waiver Process; Special Education Directors’ Conference; Local Wellness Policy Due Date Approaching; Ten New “High Schools That Work” Sites; 2007 Organization of American Historians Tachau Teacher of The Year Award; Summer Learning Day; External Vacancy List.

June 19, 2006 -- Consolidated Application to Serve English Language Learner; Superintendents’ Conference registration now open; Grow Your Own teacher education initiative grants available.
Editor’s Note: In the absence of pressing information to share, we had not planned on sending a Weekly Message this week. However, a few time-sensitive items have emerged which we are sharing with you here. We’ll return next week with the traditional format.

June 12, 2006 -- School Treasurer Bonds; Average Daily Attendance Calculation for Attendance Centers with Different Calendars; Flags at State of Illinois buildings to fly at half staff June 13 and June 15; Services available for military families; National School Lunch Week site, Vote for School Lunch theme; For Teacher, By Teacher American Heart Association and the National Football League Middle School Activity Plan Contest; School food service mini-grant opportunity; Pre Kindergarten Program and Student Record Forms; Reading Improvement Block Grant Performance Report; Policy Guidance - Improvement Status for Reconfigured Schools and Districts; AYP appeals process; Illinois Park and Recreation Association sponsors playground safety training course; External Vacancy List.

June 6, 2006 -- AYP appeals process; Fiscal Guidance; State Student Advisory Council seeks members; Employer responsibilities for notification; National School Lunch Week site, Vote for School Lunch theme; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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May

Special Message - HOUSSE/NCLB

May 30, 2006 -- Flags to fly at half staff June 2; Preschool for All Children RFP for 3 to 5 released; Early Childhood Block Grant Continuation Applications on IWAS due now; Invitation to Comment on Rules; AYP Appeals Process; School Report Card Data Form now online; Sustainable Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning; One percent exception application reminder; NBPTS applications; English Language Proficiency; Assessment; Save the Date for a Free Field Trip to KidsFest Chicago 2006!; Success in the Middle - National Middle School Association; State Student Advisory Council seeks members; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

May 22, 2006 -- AYP Appeals Process; District costs related to ISAT delays; School Report Card Data Form now online; One percent exception application reminder; NBPTS applications; English Language Proficiency Assessment; High school conference dates set; Child Vision and Hearing Test Act; Nutrition - Think Summer!; Nutrition - Plan now for School Year 2007 Special Events; Action for Healthy Kids Website Releases Findings on Illinois Grant Study; State Student Advisory Council seeks members; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

May 15, 2006 -- US Department of Energy School Bus Idling Reduction Grants; FY 2007 NCLB Consolidated Application now available; Special Education Public Hearings set; Special Education Directors’ Conference; Hurricane Education Recovery Act (HERA); Educators’ Symposium set; Aramco Educators to Saudi Arabia Program; Child Lures Prevention Program; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

May 8, 2006 -- Governmental Relations and Budget Spring Session Update; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms available; PA 94-0234 requires school districts to submit balanced budgets (Correction to April 10 Weekly Message article); Rules- Part 401 (Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code); Student Assessment Thank you!; New Illinois Alternate Assessment development process to begin; Arts Workshop planned; High school conference dates set; CASEL to offer two-day training; 2006 Teacher Salary Study available online; FY 2006 State and Federal grant amendments and project extension requests; FY 2006 Transition Assistance; Support to children of military personnel; Important reminder—Local Wellness Policy; State Student Advisory Council seeks members; Niles Township High School District 219 named 2006 Winner of Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology; Illinois students win national culinary title; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips; Memoriam – Berardo J. DeSimone, Sr.

May 1, 2006 -- High school conference dates set; CASEL offering two-day training; School-Based Child Nutrition Program Workshops set; Nutrition Programs’ Electronic Calendar; Invitation to Comment on Rules - Part 130 (Determining Special Education Per Capita Tuition Charge); Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Student Assessment - Testing schedule; Technology Needs Assessment Surveys; Bilingual Parent Summit; Presidential Scholars Program; McHenry High School student wins National First Freedom Student Competition; National High School Journalism Teacher Awards; Support to children of military personnel; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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April

April 24, 2006 -- Student Expression Immigration Reform; Bilingual Parent Summit; Call for Ell conference workshop sessions; Physical education curriculum analysis tool now available; Arts and Foreign Language Grants available; SES Parent Surveys distributed to schools; Special Education - New guidance documents available online; One percent exception application
reminder; Illinois ASPIRE; 2006 Working Connections Institute; Teacher workshops; Wellness Policy State Agency Grant Plans; Team Nutrition Schools in Illinois Tops 1,000; United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative Grants; Counseling Services available to evacuee students of Katrina and Rita residing in Illinois; National organization seeking info on local Katrina relief efforts; Grant training announced; Equal access to public schools; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

April 17, 2006 -- 2005-06 Final Public School Calendars; Survey of Before- and After-School Programs; AYP appeals procedures; Record retention requirements for Child Nutrition Program procurement transactions; Local Wellness Policy; CPDU Credits through online course; Online Master of Education in Global Studies; Spring Session Update; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

April 10, 2006 -- Early Childhood Block Grant RFP for 0 to 3 Released; Reading Improvement Block Grant Application; PA 94-0234 requires school districts to submit balanced budgets; Household Eligibility Application; Interactive web forum for school administrators, policymakers and AFHK State Teams; 21st CCLC Spring Workshops scheduled; External Vacancy List; IASA Illinois Education Job BankSM; Weekly news clips.

April 4, 2006 -- AEDGrant.com; School District (K-12) Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist; Invitation to Comment on Rules (Parts 227, 675, 1500); Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Early Childhood Block Grant RFP for 0 to 3 Released; Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications on IWAS; Spring Session Update; Hurricane Education Recovery Act; School Year 2006 Commodities Stored Over Summer Break; The Great American Bake Sale® grant applications due April 15; Spring Training Events Announced by National Food Service Management Institute; Federal Procurement Regulations Update; Idea of America Essay Contest; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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March

March 27, 2006 -- Emerging Issues; Coming Soon for SIS Districts - 2006 Assessment Correction File; Bilingual Education 2006 Annual Student Report and Spring 2005 Student Performance Report; Legislative Update; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

March 20, 2006 -- Reading Improvement Block Grant Annual Performance Report; PEP application posted; Eating Disorder Conferences; Reading Improvement Block Grant reallocation; Title IV-OSDFS offers two regional "crisis planning for schools" trainings; All Pro Dad; Illinois e-Plans; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reschedules teacher workshop; Anti-Bias Grant Program; Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs; State Farm Insurance supports Community Grants; Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Grocers grants to hunger-fighting organizations; School Wellness Policy Task Force meeting this week; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

March 13, 2006 -- Extension of Textbook Loan Program deadline; Flags at State buildings to fly at half staff on March 18; Illinois e-Plans; Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs; State Farm Insurance supports Community Grants; Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Grocers grants to hunger-fighting organizations; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

March 6, 2006 -- FY 2007 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Illinois e-Plans; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Kindergarten Corner new online resource; Early Childhood Outcomes Reporting System info and forms available online; Reporting of the 2006 Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report; School Report Cards: average class size for all elementary grades; Consolidated Application Workshops scheduled; Spanish Language Arts Standards Are Now Available Online; ISBE to convene Summit for Bilingual Parents - May 20, 2006; Ministry of Foreign Affairs Art Contest; CMS Statewide Contracts; Regional training sites for Local Wellness Policy Teams; External Vacancy List; Weekly news clips.

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February

February 27, 2006 -- ISAT Cut Scores; Highly Qualified Teachers; U.S. Communities; Presidential Freedom Scholarships; ACCESS for ELLs™ - March 3; School Incident Reporting System; Education Department seeks nominations for 2006 American Stars of Teaching; National School Breakfast Week—Go Places With School Breakfast; Promoting Fruits and Vegetables in Schools; New, on-line world music-education experience available soon.

February 21, 2006 -- Upcoming Deadlines; English Language Learning; School Business and Support; Curriculum and Instruction; Special Education; Professional Development; Scholarships and Awards; Nutrition; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

February 14, 2006 -- Attracting and Retaining Quality Teachers: Local and Statewide Solutions; Early Reading First Program; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

February 6, 2006 -- Flags at State buildings to fly at half staff on February 7; Evidence-based help desk; Defining a full academic year for assessment purposes; Wellness Policy Toolkit; Homeless students – Title I funds; Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives and District Improvement Plans; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Supplemental Education Services; Directors’ Conference set – August 3 and 4, 2006; Automated External Defibrillator grants available; Suicide Prevention Workshops; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announces Spring Teacher Workshops; America’s Digital School Survey; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

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January

January 30, 2006 -- Legislative Update; Equipment Guidelines; Exiting students from the Student Information System (SIS); ISAT Sample Books; 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) FY07 RFP Technical Assistance Conferences set; Grow Your Own Teachers: a Strategy for Teacher Preparation and Retention; Annual Financial Reports available for online verification; Special invitation for teachers of Biotechnology Concepts; Reading First Block Grants; Advanced Placement Classes – College Success for All Students Grant; Public hearing set for proposed School Food Service rules; Start Breakfast with a $3,500 Grant!; The Outlook newsletter online; Social Emotional Learning Standards Information; Special Education Pupil Program and FACTS Changes - 2005-06; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

January 23, 2006 -- Hurricane Education Recovery Act deadline January 26; 21st Century Community Learning Centers RFP now available; Youth nutrition and fitness grants; National Center for Urban School Transformation awards; Restrictions on political activities; School Meals Initiative resources; Illinois Department of Public Health recommends removal of Del Rey Flour Tortillas from service; Summer Food Service Program training; Interim guidance for special education services for parentally placed private school children with disabilities: Requirement for district documentation of timely and meaningful consultation; Illinois Alternate Assessment deadlines; ISAT 2006 Testing; Education Department seeks nominations for 2006 American Stars of Teaching; ACCESS for ELLs™ registration deadline January 24; IASA Illinois Education Job BanksSM; Illinois Board of Higher Education launches new consumer protection website; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

January 17, 2006 -- Legislation encourages Summer Food Service Programs; School food safety inspections reminder; Illinois Team Nutrition schools top 1,000 mark; Illinois High school seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp honors; Illinois EPA announces annual competition for fifth and sixth grade students; 2006-07 Those Who Excel Nomination Packets Available; Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award; Classroom biotechnology success stories needed; Migrant Student Survey; Hurricane Education Recovery Act deadline January 26; National School Change Awards; Federal Grants update; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

January 9, 2006 -- Flags at State of Illinois buildings to be flown at half staff January 11; School District Annual Financial Report verification process; IMAGE pre-ID Labels; Student Assessment now has an email listserv service; Model Local Wellness Policy to be mailed to schools in January; Illinois High school seniors sought for national Youth Science Camp honors; Illinois EPA announces annual competition for fifth and sixth grade students; 2006-07 Those Who Excel Nomination Packets Available; Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award; Classroom biotechnology success stories needed; Migrant Student Survey; Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant Program – Project Lead The Way Initiative; Federal Grants update; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

January 3, 2006 -- USDE Guidance on Two Percent Flexibility; Hurricane Katrina grants for Illinois schools; Federal Grants Update; Science teachers invited to share success stories; Preparing Technology-Proficient Educators in Illinois---a Federal PT3 Project; Methamphetamine Protocol ensures drug endangered children are enrolled in school; National School Lunch Program verification summary report due; New Training for schools that contract for meal services; Final Fiscal Year 2006 State mandated categorical prorations calculated; Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship; First Lady and Illinois Poet Laureate encourage young authors to participate in statewide writing contest; Invitation to comment on Rules; New Classroom and Office Supplies Contract; Employment Opportunities; In the News.

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