FOIA Requests — FY 2015


The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides public access to government documents and records. As a state agency, the Illinois State Board of Education is subject to the Illinois FOIA. Requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act, response letters, and responsive documents are themselves public records and are subject to FOIA requests.

FOIA request logs are available online beginning July 1, 2009.

The following table contains ISBE’s FOIA log FY 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). Links from three columns provide access to requests submitted, correspondence between ISBE and requesters and documents provided.

NOTE: If the Document Provided column is blank, the FOIA request is not yet completed.

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FY 2013 (07/01/12 - 06/30/13)
FY 2014 (07/01/13 - 06/30/14)

FY 2015

(Updated 12/9/14)   Return to Top
Log #
Date Received
Requester
Organization
Requests
Corres-pondence
Documents
Provided?
15-165
12/8/2014 Jeff Fee PepsiCo A list of the top 25 sponsors by meals served for 2014 SFSP including sponsor contact info, contractor contact info, and contract info.
15-164
12/8/2014 Marianne Fidishin Special education data for Cook County Elementary School Districts.
15-163
12/5/2014 Christy DeLuca Detailed information regarding licensure hearing officers and SEPLB.
15-162
12/5/2014 Andrew Mace Sikich  A list that sorts the AFR for districts that did either cash or accrual reporting.
Yes (Excel)
15-161
12/4/2014 Diane Rado Chicago Tribune Extensive information regarding the Grow Your Own (GYO) Teacher initiative which ISBE oversaw from 2005-2010. IBHE now oversees the program.
15-160
12/4/2014 Laura Sinars Robbins Schwartz Documents regarding a special education complaint. 
Yes (docs provided)
15-159
12/4/201 Eric Partlow Strategic Measurement Evaluation, Inc.  A copy of an awarded RFP response for an existing state contract - Pearson's distribution and retrieval of paper-based state assessments.
15-158
12/3/2014 Christopher Lewandowski The most updated listing of all public K-12 schools that includes: Email addresses and contact names for school psychologists, school principals, directors of special education, and district superintendents.
Yes (XLS) and directed to info on web
15-157
12/2/2014 Andrew Reinking Documents related to the Venice School District #3 financial oversight panel beginning in June of 2003 through June 2005 - Specifically meeting minuets and correspondence from the organization and early years of the FOP.
15-156
11/25/2014 Karrie Bieker Data per the ISBE report “Bilingual Education Programs and English Language Learners in Illinois SY2012 (2011-2012 School Year”:  provide data by school district that gives detail of all languages: Argo CHSD 217, CHSD 218, Reavis Twp HSD 220, Oak Lawn CHSD 229, Cons HSD 230, Evergreen Park CHSD 231 for SY2012 to present.
Yes (Excel)
15-155
11/24/2014 Parent  Copies of District U-46's response to  Corrective Action for Complaint.
Yes (docs provided)
15-154
11/21/2014 Kimberly Gordon All records pertaining to the School Board of Education Meeting for District 71 which took place on November 18, 2014 including all of the minutes, petitions presented to the Board, letters written to Board members, and any other documented information brought forth during the meeting.
No (no responsive docs)
15-153
WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN 
WITHDRAWN
WITHDRAWN
15-152
11/20/2014 Mark Schneider KHQA The findings report of the Quincy Public Schools Special Education Program.
Yes (PDF)
15-151
11/20/2014 Annette Gallego Information regarding own teacher licensure records
Yes (docs provided)
15-150
11/20/2014 Steven Jack Only Oswego 1. Any and all email or paper communications between members or staff of the Illinois State Board of Education and Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Superintendent Matthew Wendt for the dates Nov. 20, 2013 to Nov. 19, 2014.  2. Any and all email or paper communications between members or staff of the Illinois State Board of Education and Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Director of Assessment, Data and Accountability Brenda Dixon for the dates Nov. 20, 2013 to Nov. 19, 2014.
Yes (PDF)
15-149
11/20/2014 Tyler Green Information about the fatality that occurred on 9/17/13 in Chicago. The incident involved an employee of Kenny Company. The employee was in a sewer working and was trapped during a storm.
No (no responsive docs)
15-148
11/19/2014 Lee Robbins Equip for Equality 1. A. The materials of any training on Functional Behavior Assessments or Behavioral Intervention Plans given by ISBE staff in the last two years. B. Any resources, guides, guidelines, policies, templates, or reference materials available from ISBE regarding conducting or creating FBAs or BIPs. C. For each professional development session offered by or through ISBE on FBAs or BIPs in the last two years: the title of the training, name of the trainer(s), date, and any materials used by the trainer or provided to participants. 2. A. The materials of any training on Illinois Social/Emotional Learning Standards given by ISBE staff in the last two years. B. Any resources, guides, guidelines, policies, template, or reference materials available from ISBE regarding Illinois’ SEL learning standards. C. For each professional development session offered by or through ISBE on Illinois’ SEL standards in the last two years: the title of the training, name of the trainer(s), date, and any materials used by the trainer or provided to participants.
Yes (docs provided and directed to data on web)
15-147
11/18/2014 Sharon Charest A current list of certified teachers in the state of Illinois, including phone numbers and email addresses.
Yes (Excel)
15-146
11/17/2014 Babylon Williams CS&C 1. A copy of the application scores and/or evaluations for each of the following  FY 2012 School Improvement Grant applicants:  Proviso Twp HSD 209 - Proviso East High School, Proviso Twp HSD 209 - Proviso West High School, City of Chicago School District 299 - Kelvyn Park High School; 2. Copy of the application scores and/or evaluations for the FY 2015 School Improvement Grants applicants for JS Morton HS District 201 - JS Morton High School. 
Yes (docs provided)
15-145
11/17/2014 Angela Caputo Chicago Tribune All Independent Auditor’s Reports for Proviso Township High School District 209 and Bellwood District 88 for fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. 
No (directed to info on the web)
15-144
11/14/2014 Magaly Gutierrez Requests to know the criteria for each category of the Those Who Excel Education Awards Program.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3)
15-143
11/12/2014 Darcy Kriha Franczek Radelet P.C. 1. An ISBE legal opinion dated approximately May of 2003 addressing whether school districts can charge a fee for full-day kindergarten; 2. Any other ISBE opinions or guidance addressing the issue of whether fees can be assessed for full-day kindergarten.
No (denial)
15-142
11/12/2014 Gerald Meister 1. ISBE receipt of correspondence from Regional ISBE Superintendent,  Royce Wood Dated November 10,   2014.,  regarding NSSD School District 113.; 2. ISBE  receipt of correspondence from ISBE District Architect,  dated November 10, 2014,  regarding  NSSD School District 113; 3.  ISBE receipt of correspondence from City of Highland Park Fire Department, dated November 10, 2014,  regarding NSSD District 113.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3)
15-141
11/12/2014 Patrick McCraney BGA 1. Copies of any and all contracts and other agreements between the department and Ounce of Prevention from January 1, 2009 to present; 2. Copies of any and all invoices from Ounce of Prevention from January 1, 2009 to present; 3. Records sufficient to show any and all payments, broken out by year, made to Ounce of Prevention from January 1, 2009 to present.
Yes (docs provided)
15-140
11/12/2014 Sandy Perry Vermillion Association for Special Education  The Child Count for State Reimbursement/IDEA count for the 2013-2014 school year.
Yes (PDF)
15-139
11/7/2014 Debby Weiss Matt Cohen & Associates 1. All records related to Camphill Special School’s residential program, including, but not limited to, all materials submitted or gathered in connection with or related in any manner to the application of Camphill Special School for ISBE/GPCRB approval status and the ISBE’s investigation and response to same; 2. Any and all materials relative to ISBE’s post-approval monitoring of this facility; and 3. Any and all complaints filed in regards to Camphill Special School along with any records documenting the response and outcome of those complaints.
Yes (docs provided)
15-138
11/6/2014 Federico Waitoller UIC Special education school level data for all schools that belong to Chicago public schools (SD 299) for the year 2013-2014, including total number of IEPs in each school; total number of IEPs by disability category in each school; total number of IEPs by racial category in each school.
15-137
11/6/2014 Kathy Gould Illinois Autism Partnership A copy of the latest child count disability data report for School Year 2013-2014 –“Student Age and Exceptional Characteristics by Distribution Code - State Reimbursement/IDEA Count.”
Yes (PDF)
15-136
11/5/2014 Frederick Veazy 1. Final average ACT test scores for each Illinois high school for the graduating class of 2014 (testing would have begun in 2013); 2.  Preliminary average ACT test scores for each Illinois high school for the graduating class of 2015 (testing would have begun in 2014).
Yes (Excel)
15-135
11/5/2014 Steven Taliani Documents relative to any school construction grants applied for/ awarded for the new construction of the Hall Township High School.
Yes (PDF)
15-134
10/31/2014 Cara Neil Open Minds The winning proposal for the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Yes (PDF)
15-133
10/30/2014 Robin Raef The most current, complete Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation Plan for Kildeer Countryside School District 96.
No (no responsive docs)
15-132
10/30/2014 Sarah Bjelland Macon County Education Coalition A list of all public all high schools including their R-C-D-T-S School ID number, the number of 4-year high school graduates in total and by gender, ethnicity, LEP, IEP, Migrant, and Low Income for the public high schools in the list requested in #1 for the school year 2013-2014.
Yes (Excel)
15-131
10/30/2014 Andrea Wilcox Public Record Strategies All documents associated with the legislative scholarships awarded by State Senator Jesus Garcia from 1992-1999.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2)
15-130
10/29/2014 Florencio Martinez Salaries for teachers and administrators in Waukegan SD 60.
Directed to info on the web
15-129
10/29/2014 Joanna Lloyd Farm to School Program A list of Food Service directors in Illinois and their contact information.
Yes (Excel)
15-128
WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN WITHDRAWN 
WITHDRAWN
WITHDRAWN
15-127
10/28/2014 Zoie Burton 1. All contracts, legal agreements and correspondence, relating to CCSS, of Superintendent Chris Koch and ISBE staff with Pearson and Sir Michael Barber, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David Coleman, Dept. of Education including Arne Duncan and supportive staff, the Council of Chief State School Officers from Jan 1, 2009-Oct 27, 2014; 2. Correspondence related to the Common Core between ISBE senior officials in decision-making roles and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pearson Foundation and the Council of Chief State School Officers between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 4, 2014.  A computerized search of emails containing the search term "Common Core" would be acceptable; 3. Travel correspondence regarding out-of-state conferences related to Common Core that were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Pearson Foundation. 
15-126
10/27/2014 Bruce Davidson 1. A list of schools that have - at any time during the period of your record-keeping - successfully operated with replacement staff during a lawful teachers' union strike; 2. A list of school districts (or cover pages for applications received by school districts) attempting to operate during a lawful teachers' union strike - but which application(s) to ISBE was/were denied (or withdrawn without being granted) as failing to meet statutory or regulatory requirements.
No (no responsive docs)
15-125
10/22/2014 Parent 1. IEP meeting minutes, audio, video, all affidavits, formal sworn statements, formal complaints, and police reports from IEP meeting 2. Copy of the rules stating there is no videotaping of a child allowed on school property.
No (no responsive docs)
15-124
10/21/2014 Tammy Brown Irving School 1. Information on first, second and third year teachers across the state of Illinois including: names, college from which they graduated earning their teaching degree, licensure type, how long they have had license, current district of employment and current email addresses; 2. The required common educational course work required by ISBE for all education majors to be eligible for a teaching license. 
No (directed to info on the web)
15-123
10/17/2014 Mick Dumke Chicago Reader 1. All records, documents, and reports generated by ISBE's 2010 investigation into the Illinois School of Health Careers; 2. Records, documents, and reports generated by any subsequent investigations, inquiries, or oversight of the Illinois School of Health Careers.
Yes (PDF)
15-122
10/17/2014 Barbara Biasi Funding formula data from 1986-2004 for all districts.
15-121
10/16/2014 Michael Hartney Lake Forest College 1. Teacher Salary Survey for as many years possible prior to 2010; 2. TSR 1999-2000 through 2012-2013 with data able to be tracked across years.
Yes (docs provided)
15-120
10/15/2014 Parent Information on different laws regarding student discipline and parent rights.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-119
10/15/2014 Cathleen Fitzsimons A list of certified PERA evaluators for CPS.
Yes (Excel)
15-118
10/14/2014 Laura Sinars Robbins Schwartz Documentation regarding special education complaint cases.
Yes (docs provided)
15-117
10/15/2014 Denise LeFever Information regarding all National School Lunch Program food service contracts (food service management company and vended).
Yes (Excel1, Excel2)
15-116
10/14/2014 Laura Smith Franczek Radelet P.C. The number of teacher dismissal cases there have been in Illinois since September 2011; instructions on how to access the database where the decisions of these dismissal cases are stored.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-115
10/10/2014 Parent 1. Any and all documents that purport to contain or set forth the Contingency Plan submitted to the ISBE's by the Hinsdale Township High School District 86, in September or October 2014, that would be implemented in the event of a strike by the HHSTA (the teachers' association). 2.  Any documents that were submitted to the ISBE along with the Contingency Plan described in Request 1 above, including any emails that attached the Contingency Plan.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3, PDF4)
15-114
10/10/2014 Vladimir Dragosavljevic Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.  2012 Original EAV and Tax Rates (for all funds) for All School Districts in excel file as shown on the Funding/General State Aid page of ISBE site.
Yes (Excel)
15-113
10/10/2014 Randy Giddens 1. School District performance rankings compared to the other school districts in Illinois used to determine which School Districts are part of the lowest 20% for the PERA. 2. A copy or link for rankings for years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 OR If there is not a list for each year, then a copy of the school district composite results of the 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Yes (Excel1, Excel2)
15-112
10/9/2014 Matthew Brue PORTA CUSD 202 An electronic copy of PreSchool for All's RFPs in force between the years 2000 and 2007 for the PORTA CUSD 202 school district.
Yes (PDF)
15-111
10/8/2014 Maggie Menderski State Journal-Register A list of the names, addresses, district previously included in and date of closure for all school buildings that have closed since Jan. 1 1990 in Sangamon, Christian, Menard, Morgan, Montgomery, Macoupin, Cass, Scott, Greene, Mason and Logan counties.
Yes (Excel)
15-110
10/8/2014 Janet Bandy IEA 1. FY13 Annual Financial Report data files (these are usually provided to us using a ftp site and password); 2. FY14 Budget data files (these are usually provided to us using a ftp site and password); 3. 2012 final EAV data for IL school districts; 4. 2012 final tax rates for IL school districts; 5. 2012 final limiting rates; 6. 2013-2014 Best 3 months ADA; 7. ADA used in FY15 GSA calculation; 8. FY14 Annual Financial Report cell references; 9. FY14 Budget cell references; 10. Fy15 Budget cell references; 11. 2012-13 Teacher Service Record; 12. 2013-14 Teacher Service Record.
Yes (docs provided)
15-109
10/8/2014 Nathan Boe DataBid Contact information of commercial construction companies that are licensed doing business in the state of Illinois. These companies include any that are licensed, incorporated, or bidding public sector projects funded by taxpayer dollars.
No (no responsive docs)
15-108
10/8/2014 Michael Rustman Lisbon SD 1. Names of all school districts that have been audited in the past 4 years for GSA; 2. Summary results of all audits for the schools audited in the past 4 years for GSA.
Yes (PDF)
15-107
10/6/2014 Daniel Bastean A hard copy of all communications and documents to/from the Quincy Public School District and ISBE regarding the District's tentative 2011-2012 budget.
Yes (PDF1, PDF1a, PDF2, PDF2a)
15-106
10/3/2014 Sarah Hainds Chicago Teachers Union Data for each charter school in Illinois from the Charter School Report Information Form Section B: #2: How many student enrollment applications were received? #3: From these applications, how many students were accepted via lottery? #4: How many students were on the waiting list [school year] on the 20th day of school?
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3, and directed to data on web)
15-105
10/2/2014 Timothy Hoppa Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd. 1) All applications received for School Construction Grant Entitlement for FY 04; 2) Any correspondence sent or received regarding FY 04 School Construction Grant Entitlement Applications.
Yes (docs provided)
15-104
10/2/2014 Parent Copies of the District's response to Complaint and a copy of the District's response to the Corrective Action. 
Yes (docs provided)
15-103
10/1/2014 Parent Detailed information and documents regarding Common Core and other standards.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, directed to info on the web)
15-102
10/1/2014 Allison Wang All documents including worksheets that show the raw numbers (including but not limited to original freshman class size and number of graduates) and calculations of graduation rates for the past 3 years of Auburn High School of Rockford SD 205.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-101
9/30/2014 Curtis Witek Great Citites Institute A list (preferably in an excel spreadsheet format) of all the Chicago Public Schools including the year the school (i.e. building) was opened. If data is not available for individual buildings, the year that districts were opened would also be helpful. 
No (no responsive docs)
15-100
9/30/2014 Bin Anderson Ambu Smartman A list of all high schools in the State of Illinois that provide 11th & 12th level education.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-099
9/29/2014 Mike McTaggart Quest Food Management Services, Inc. Information regarding schools that participate in the NSLP as well as all schools that participate in the Special Milk Program.
Yes (Excel)
15-098
9/29/2014 Darcy Frawley Barilla America To inspect or obtain copies of public records that document all purchase orders of USDA Commodity Pasta for all school districts in Illinois by case and by cut of pasta.
Yes (Excel)
15-097
9/25/2014 Ayla Grady Clifton Larson and Allen McLean County Unit School District No. 5 child count data for this past school year, 2013-2014; and confirmation that the District submitted the information in a timely manner.
Yes (PDF)
15-096
9/25/2014 Kelly Behrens Number and description of special education, due process complaints and mediations filed since 2006-2007 2013-2014 for Arlington Heights SD 25, SD 59 and Palatine SD 15.
Yes (PDF)
15-095
9/24/2014 Kelly Herd A list of all home day care providers and day care centers who are participating in the CACFP in the following Service Delivery Areas (SDA) #1, #2, #7, #8, #12, #13.
Yes (Excel)
15-094
9/24/2014 Lauren Fitzpatrick Chicago Sun-Times A copy of a letter ISBE has recently sent to CPS regarding a situation at Montefiore Therapeutic day school and VICE media.
Yes (PDF)
15-093
9/24/2014 Daniel Bastean A copy of Brandy Neiswender's complaint and related documents filed with the ISBE regarding the Quincy Public School District's special education flaws.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2)
15-092
9/23/2014 Diane Highland EIU Superintendent and principal email addresses.
Yes (Excel)
15-091
9/23/2014 Shawn Mason Food for Good 1. List of current, top 25 (based on meals served) sponsors for CACFP by name with vendor information. Include the contract information and if it is renewable; 2. Same as the request for #1, but with 2014 SFSP sponsor and vendor information; 3. List of sites w/sponsors for School Breakfast program from 2013/2014 school year, with ADP per month; 4. List of sites w/sponsors for 2013/2014 CACFP with ADP per month.
Yes (Excel)
15-090
9/22/2014 Bob Herguth Better Government Assoc. Copies of any and all documents involving a legislative scholarship (or scholarships) awarded to a woman named Sarah Naughton likely in the late 1990s and/or early 2000s; looking for documents that include but aren't limited to the legislator who awarded any scholarships, and the schools and years involved, as well as any recommendation and nomination letters.
No (no responsive docs)
15-089
9/19/2014 Sheila Dennis IUPUI 1. Is there an Illinois law that mandates that Illinois schools hire student service professionals?  If so, what is that law?  2. Are Illinois schools required to hire school social workers?  If so, must they be licensed school social workers? 3. What are the graduation rates of Illinois students? 4. What are the overall suspension and expulsion rates of Illinois schools? 5. Does Illinois disaggregate these exclusionary discipline data by race, ethnicity, grade, and gender? 6. What mandated positive behavioral policies and programs are in place to address high suspension and expulsion rates? 7. Is there a suspension/expulsion rate that is defined as “high” for Illinois? 8. What are your classroom size limits?
No (No responsive docs)
15-088
9/19/2014 Alyssa Richter Applications for a Transitional Bilingual Education Program and a Transitional Program of Instruction that Oswego 308 submitted to the state.
Yes (docs provided)
15-087
9/19/2014 Kirk Allen Edgar County Watchdogs All Board meeting minutes for the oversight committee meetings for Venice Elementary & CUSD #3.  This would be for all meetings pertaining to the oversight of this school during any such oversight was in place during the last 5 years. This would include both regular and any special meetings during that time frame.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-086
9/18/2014 Ann Swinburn Center for Popular Democracy 1. Documents detailing the ISBE financial review process for charter schools; 2. Documents reflecting reviews in the past five years of charter schools; 3. Notifications to charter schools in Il that are subject to revocation; 4. Letters notifying charter authorizers that ISBE intends to remove authorizer or has financial concerns; 5. Copies of fraud audits conducted by ISBE at charter schools; 6. Copies of documents reflecting fraud risk assessments at charter schools; 7. Copies of documents which reflect fraud risk programs in existence at charter schools; 8. Number of ISBE staff dedicated to performing or reviewing audits or fraud risk assessments for the years 2004 to present.
Yes (docs provided)
15-085
9/18/2014 Willie Landfair Information on IL Supplemental Educational Service Provider, INNOVADIA, LLC./ d/b/a  24 hours Tutors, Tutoria Con IPads, d/b/a iPads Tutors, d/b/a Grade Plus Tutors, d/b/a #1 LEARNING ONLINE, LLC. 1:1 Online Tutoring Service, d/b/a Grade Cracker, LLC. D/b/a 1:l Tutoring On Tablets , d/b/a Syscom Edutech, Ltd. for 2013-2014: 1. Summary of the number of students who registered and completed the tutoring programs for each district listed including entity name and payment records to date. 2. Include data from STARS entered by providers as of 9/1/14.
Yes (PDF)
15-084
9/18/2014 John Ulferts 1. Information on whether the 26 smallest Illinois school districts in the state started any of the past 5 – 10 years without highly qualified teachers in place; 2. Any data ISBE may have on how the new Illinois licensure and state testing requirements have impacted the total number of people becoming teachers in the state as well as how licensure has impacted out of state candidates.
No (no responsive docs)
15-083
9/17/2014 Jessica Handy Stand for Children IL Copies of charter school contracts for all currently authorized public charter schools operating outside of Chicago in the state.
Yes (docs provided)
15-082
9/17/2014 Janet Bandy IEA A copy of the final petition filed related to the reorganization of Woodland Elementary School District 4 and Woodlawn High School District 205 as an optional elementary unit district under 105ILCS/11E-30.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2)
15-081
9/16/2014 Tom Romano Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. An updated listing of school district’s bid year and food service provider.
Yes (Excel)
15-080
9/12/2014 Scott Schwartz  Walden Elementary The number of Illinois teacher retirements in 2011-2012 school year.
No (no responsive docs)
15-079
9/12/2014 Janet Bandy IEA A copy of the final petition filed related to the reorganization of Woodland Elementary School District 4 and Woodlawn High School District 205 as an optional elementary unit district under 105ILCS/11E-30.
Yes (PDF)
14-078
9/10/2014 Forest Gregg Information on the admission rates for South Shore International College Preparatory High School in the Chicago Public School District. Requesting the total applications received vs. students accepted, as well as breakdowns of these numbers into each of the different programs: Selective Enrollment, International Baccalaureate, and Careers and Technical Education.
No (no responsive docs)
14-077
9/11/2014 Sam Xanders All documents submitted to ISBE by the Ball Chatham School District CUSD #5 pertaining to the district’s 2010 issuance of Health Life Safety Bonds.
Yes (PDF)
14-076
9/10/2014 Theodore Wynnychenko Copies of the Official School Calendar, final and proposed copies, for Winnetka SD 36 for 1998-1999 through 2014-2015.
No (directed to info on the web)
14-075
9/9/2014 Citizen Application and approval for Library Information Specialist endorsements for Katherine A. Grotto. 
No (directed to data on the web)
14-074
9/8/2014 Rich Olejniczak The square footage (of space) of each of the elementary schools in Northbrook SD 28, Arlington Heights SD 25, and Glenview CCSD 34: Building envelope square footage; Square footage of shared areas: library, gymnasium, common area (great hall, gathering place etc...); Number of bathroom fixtures (urinals / toilets ); Number and type of activity fields located on property (soccer field, baseball diamond etc...); Size of the actual school property.
Yes (docs provided)
15-073
9/8/2014 Parent 1. The specific record allowing the district attorneys permission to have and then forward child’s  private protected records;  2. By law any and all release of records including legal forwarding must be logged with the districts records custodian- A copy of that mandatory log reflecting the release of child’s  records and who authorized it;  3. Documents sent to parent as is mandatory before any release of records allowing for opportunity to review for discrepancies.
No (no responsive docs)
15-072
Withdrawn Withdrawn Withdrawn Withdrawn 
Withdrawn
Withdrawn
15-071
9/8/2014 Daniel Bastean A hard copy of the "corrective action" Renee Vilatte and Staff mention in their October 16, 2012 letter to attorney Marc J. Lane.  The corrective action amending the Working Cash Fund's July 1, 2008 $29,865 beginning cash balance to $2,029,865.
Yes (docs provided)
15-070
9/8/2014 Vincent Miles 1. The 1990 revision of the Illinois State Board of Education publication entitled “Guide to Long- and Short-Term Borrowing for Illinois Public School Districts” which was distributed to the school districts of the state, 2. The initial publication of the Guide which appears to have been published in May of 1985 by the Illinois Financial Accounting Committee and 3. All revisions, if any, to the 1990 edition of the Guide subsequently published by the Illinois State Board of Education; 4. Reproductions of any other guide, handbook, bulletin, publication, etc. published by the Illinois State Board of Education since 1970 wherein the topic of bond issuance is covered with the intended audience again being all of the school districts of the state;  5. Any legal opinions (and other publications) published by the Illinois State Board of Education regarding whether or not a school district MUST HOLD A REFERENDUM before a) Purchasing land upon which a new school building intended to house students will be built and/or b) Building a new school building intended to house students on that newly purchased land.
Yes (docs provided and directed to data on web)
15-069
9/8/2014 Scott O'Connell All formal and informal written opinions of the Legal Advisor of the State Board of Education that interpret directly or mention Sections 20-4 and 20-5 of Article 20. (See 105 ILCS 5/2-3.7, “Legal adviser of school officers - Opinions. To be the legal adviser of school officers, and, when requested by any school officer, to give an opinion in writing upon any question arising under the school laws of the State.”).
No (denial)
15-068
9/5/2014 Denis Roarty UIC  A data form of distribution of Elementary/Middle Sch Content Test Scores (test #110) for two separate periods: 2009-10 and 2013-14: Distributions of the total score as well as each sub-score that is reported; include all test takers, including those who did not pass.
Yes (CSV1, CSV2)
15-067
9/5/2014 Scott O'Connell 1. All formal and informal written opinions of the Legal Advisor of the State Board of Education that interpret directly or mention the Duties, Responsibilities, and Qualifications of the School Treasurer as enacted within the School Code. (See 105 ILCS 5/2-3.7, “Legal adviser of school officers - Opinions. To be the legal adviser of school officers, and, when requested by any school officer, to give an opinion in writing upon any question arising under the school laws of the State.”);  2. Please provide all subsequent publications of the ISBE that discuss the Duties, Responsibilities, and Qualifications of the School Treasurer as enacted within the School Code. (Informational Bulletins, Handbooks, etc.)
Yes (PDF1, PDF2)
15-066
9/5/2014 Jennifer Forsyth Wall Street Journal 1. Any and all contracts, bids or legal agreements and correspondence between the ISBE and PARCC or SBAC from Sept. 4, 2014; 2. Any RFPs from Jan. 1 2009 – Sept. 4, 2014 for contracts related to CCSS; 3. Any bid specifications from the above dates by ISBE for contracts related to CCSS implementation 4. All contracts awarded from Jan 1, 2009- Sept 4, 2014 related to CCSS; 5. Any contracts awarded to Pearson, Amplify, McGraw Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, Apple Inc., Lenovo, Samsung Electronics Co., America’s Choice, Scholastic, MetaMetrics, LearnZillion, Creative Commons Corp., ConnectEDU Inc., the Achievement Network, and/or BetterLesson, Inc. between the above dates; 6. Any correspondence between ISBE and the below foundations, companies/ institutes for the above dates; 7. Any correspondence or documents related to ISBE staff attending training, PD or conferences paid for or subsidized by: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pearson Foundation, Achieve, Inc., the New Venture Fund, the Aspen Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation Inc., the Council of Chief State Schools Officers, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., Council of the Great City Schools, the Achievement Network, and/or Student Achievement Partners.
15-065
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15-064
9/4/2014 Citizen Application and approval for Library Information Specialist k-4 endorsement for Douglas J. Orlyk employed by Bensenville School District 2.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-063
9/4/2014 Citizen Application and approval for Library Information Specialist endorsement for Karen L. Kruckenberg employed by Harvard Community Unit School District 50.  
No (directed to info on the web)
15-062
9/4/2014 Kim Sarnoff Brown University Illinois "Immunization School Survey Results" from 1999 to the 2002-03 school year.
response
Yes (Excel)
15-061
9/3/2014 Forest Gregg All Charter School Report Information forms for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
Yes (provided docs)
15-060
9/2/2014 Michael Crumm Copies of all public records, forms of communication and documents; including, emails, memos, notes from phone conversations, SMS messages, etc. between any district employee or board member from Galesburg CUSD #205, including Superintendent Bart Arthur, and Regional Superintendent Bonnie Harris, regarding: 1. The decision to decrease the number of required attendance days for the 2014-2015 school year.  2. Public statements having been, or preparing to be, made to any news outlets for the period of July 13th, 2014 to September 1st, 2014.
Yes (PDF1, PDF2, PDF3)
15-059
9/2/2014 Michael Pietrzak ASPD All contact information available (name, district, school, address, city, state, zip, phone, fax, email, entity type, etc.) and email addresses for: Superintendents/CEOs, Associate, Assistant, and other "C Level" administrators, Principals, Assistant Principals, ESL/Bilingual/Title III Coordinators/Directors, Curriculum Directors.
Yes (Excel1, Excel2)
15-058
9/2/2014 Kumar Chetan GMR Web Team A copy of the winning proposal and price sheet for RFP # 22033394 , Translation Services.
Yes (PDF)
15-057
9/2/2014 Jessica Guzman  Own student records from Mary Jane  Peterson Elementary School, St. Gregory H.S. and Warren Township H.S.
No (no responsive docs)
15-056
8/29/2014 Diane Wright Parent Night Programs A list all of Title 1 Elementary Schools in the State of Illinois with Principal Name, Email Address Elementary School Name, Address, City, State & Zip in Excel format.
Yes (Excel1, Excel2)
15-055
8/28/2014 Harvey Smith IIRC A list and contact information for all school principals and all district superintendents for Illinois public school districts.
Yes (Excel)
15-054
8/28/2014 Gayl Almalfitano  Insights Group A grant proposal that was given to an elementary school in Cairo, Illinois for “at risk” preschoolers between 1986 and 1990. The grant was from Urban Education Partnership through the Department of Education, possibly called “Language all Day Every Day.” 
No (no responsive docs)
15-053
8/26/2014 Nolan Day The mailing addresses and phone numbers with the Superintendent's name and the Director of Facilities and Grounds names for the School Districts in IL.
Yes (Excel)
15-052
8/26/2014 Citizen Application and approval for Library Information Specialist endorsement for Laine A. Pehta employed by Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District. 
No (directed to info on the web)
15-051
8/26/2014 Bruce Rushton Illinois Times All job descriptions for all positions held by Sharon Battles and a copy of Sharon Battles’ personnel file.
Yes (docs provided)
15-050
8/25/2014 Citizen The application and approval for Library Information Specialist endorsement for Nicole R. Johnson employed by Yorkville School District Community Unit School District 115.  
No (directed to info on the web)
15-049
8/22/2014 Rosita Chotanda 1. Demographic information for District 299 teachers from 2000 to 2014; 2. A breakdown by race of teachers who have had their certificates revoked in District 299.
Yes (PDF, directed to info on the web)
15-048
8/22/2014 Stephanie Ebbs Databases, documents or reports generated in accordance with Sec. 24A-20 of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act, otherwise known as Public Act 096-0861) and enacted into law in 2011. This includes annually published information on administrator and teacher performance evaluations without identifying information but including job title, years of employment, district, date and result of evaluation, or equivalent information as kept by the department.
No (no responsive docs)
15-047
8/22/2014 Cory Newman Information on public school teacher Chris White, former employee of Giant City School in Jackson County Illinois. 
No (no responsive docs)
15-046
8/22/2014 Dorris Timmen A list of all the school districts that issued a National School Lunch program IFB in advance of the 5th year mandatory rebid date from 2010 until present.
Yes (Excel)
15-045
8/22/2014 Bert Johnson Loyola University Chicago  Superintendent contact information
Yes (Excel)
15-044
8/20/2014 Citizen Detailed information regarding special education ALOP funds
No (denial)
15-043
8/18/2014 Dorothy Thompson AARM The number of students receiving SES services provided through Grade Cracker LLC during the 2013-2014 School Year in the following Districts and their schools: Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview – 189; Bremen Comm. HS – 228; Midlothian – 143; Chicago  Heights – 170; Thornton Twp HS. – 205; Dolton – 149; Dolton – 148; Calumet Public – 132; Harvey – 152; W. Harvey-Dixmoor – 147; District 299 - Public & Charter Schools.
Yes (PDF)
15-042
8/20/2014 Chris Lamport A copy of all email addresses for state of Illinois board of education employees working and/or residing in Jackson County Illinois. 
No (directed to info on the web)
15-041
8/19/2014 Diane Dallas Henry Booth House The current status of Head Start sites and if they are currently in seriously deficient process.
Yes (Excel)
15-040
8/18/2014 Frank Hollingshead Collinsville HS A list of instructors from these counties, with the schools they are at: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, St. Clair, Washington.
Yes (Excel)
15-039
8/13/2014 Adam Moylan Rockman et al State-level data for the following assessments and performance indicators in .csv format: 1. ISAT Reading and math tests: grade-level means and standard deviations (SDs) of scale scores (not % meet or exceed standard) for the last 7 school years (SY07–08 through SY13–14); 2. Means and SDs for reading and math on the EXPLORE and PLAN for the last 7 years; 3. Reading and math SDs on the ACT-PSAE for the last 7 years; 4. College enrollment rates for the last 7 years; 5. Attendance rates broken down by grade or grades K–8 and 9–12 for last 7 years; 6.  If it is in ISBE possession, we request state-level performance data for the NWEA MAP assessment for all years available- seeks means and standard deviations broken down by grade level for reading and math.  
Yes (Excel1, Excel2, directed to info on the web)
15-038
8/13/2014 Vincent Miles A state-wide database file that would include basic issuance data for school bonds.
Yes (Excel1, Excel2, directed to data on web)
15-037
8/12/2014 Beth Beredsen SEIU HCII Copies of documents sufficient to show ISBE policies on charging parents for meals in the CACFP when their children are enrolled in either center or home based settings, including: 1. Income levels for programs as they correspond to a parent’s cost; 2. Amount of parent fees or charges allowed under the program, including any minimum or maximum amounts;3. The manner in which a parent is to be charged or payments are to be collected.
Yes (PDF, directed to info on the web)
15-036
8/11/2014 Ashley Colburn Goldwater Institute A list of positions within your department, their corresponding salaries, the majority funding source (state or federal) for said salary, and what percent of funding that source represents for the position.
Yes (Excel)
15-035
8/11/2014 Lisa Holton Better Government Assoc. An electronic copy of annual payroll records (what each individual’s current annual salary is) including the following information: Employee names, ID numbers, titles, departments, annual salaries, and start-dates for every employee in every department of your government, salaried or hourly, including elected officials.
Yes (Excel)
15-034
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15-033
8/7/2014 Sonia Perez A list of teachers who were dismissed from the Chicago Public Schools or Chicago Board of Education. Specifically the teachers would be limited to those who were dismissed after receiving an unsatisfactory rating in the 2012-2013 school year.   
No responsive docs
15-032
8/7/2014 Illinois@openthebooks.com TSR data for 2012-2013. 
No responsive docs
15-031
8/7/2014 Tijuana Woods Information regarding the 7% fee increase during the June 27, 2014 Chicago State University board meeting. 
No responsive docs
15-030
8/6/2014 Joe Turek To know if the following people held Illinois certificates as teachers or teacher’s aides also if any of these individuals were certified in Illinois as Early Childhood Teacher’s or Early Childhood Teacher aides.  In case there are duplicate names in the ISBE files please list the city of residence; Mainly interested in school years 2008 thru 2012: Kimberly L Hansen, Gwen Nelson, Erin Thompson, Cheryl Hribik, Packiyaluxmy Shanmugabaskaran, Paige Goll.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-029
8/5/2014 Scott Reeder Illinois Policy Institute 1. All documents related to the suspension of the teaching certificate of Chassappi Rain; 2. All ISBE emails regarding Chassappi Rain  from Jan. 1, 2010, to the present; 3. All tenure teacher hearing officer finding regarding Chassappi Rain.
Yes (docs provided)
15-028
8/4/2014 Daschell Phillips Hyde Park Herald Names, titles and addresses of all CPS SD299 board of education officers and members from 2011 to present, including Tim Cawley.
No responsive docs
15-027
8/1/2014 Citizen Detailed information regarding special education ALOP funds, including 1. Communications between ISBE and CUSD 303, Batavia SD 101, CUSD 301, CUSD 302, 304, Mid Valley Special Education Coop, Kane County ROE from 2012 to 8/1; 2.  Communications between ISBE and taxpayers regarding CUSD 303/ Mid Valley Special Ed Coop; 3. List of all school districts approved for ALOP since 2010; 4. Communications between ISBE and politicians regarding amending the school code as it relates to ALOP since 2012; 4a.  And copies of current bills pending related to ALOP from 2010; 4b. copy of school code that identifies the use of carry over funds from ALOP funds received; 5. Copies of site visit communications and records to Mid-valley, Kane County ROE and CUSD 303 in May 2014 as related to ALOP; 6. Copy of Mid-Valley ALOP applications and continuum applications submitted to ISBE in 2012, 2013, 2014; 7. Copy of investigative report conducted by ISBE related to St. Charles CUSD 303 and Mid-Valley ALOP once becomes available.
Yes (docs provided)
15-026
7/30/2014 Rebecca Cassell Myers and Myers All records, complaints, notes, files, investigation materials, interview notes or statements, recorded statements, correspondence, findings, and all other documented or recorded information relating to complaint(s) regarding, the Association for Child Development (a Michigan Nonprofit Corporation) from May 23, 2013 through 7/30/2014.
Yes (docs provided)
15-025
7/29/2014 Jason Nippa The following for employee Cullen L. Cullen: 1. All salary and reimbursement records, including list of salary by year; 2. All expenditures for travel, conference or event attendance; 3. All health coverage disbursement records; 4. Any service credit earned or pensionable wages.
Yes (PDF)
15-024
7/28/2014 Dee Carroll Carroll Services Inc. An excel spreadsheet, that will include the following fields: 1. Public and Private School District agreement number; 2. Public and Private School District name; 3. Food Service Directors first and last name; 4. Public and Private School District address, city and zip; 5. Food Service Director email; 6. Food Service Director phone number.
Yes (Excel)
15-023
7/28/2014 Ralph Fagen Progressive Learning The lists of the focus and priority schools, including the names of the districts for the 2014-15 school year.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-022
7/28/2014 Daniel Bastean A copy of all communications from the ISBE and Quincy Public School District regarding his fiscal year 1993 Section 20-5 complaint.
Yes (PDF1, PDF1a, PDF2, PDF3)
15-021
7/28/2014 Babylon Williams The following as it applies to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program FY14 grantees: 1.  Copies of the submitted grant applications/proposals and their respective scores for the following grantees: Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action; Chicago Public School District 299; Enlace Chicago; Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education ; Family Focus, INC.  2.  The scoring rubric used by ISBE to score each of the 21st Century applications above.
Yes (docs provided)
15-020
7/25/2014 Scott O'Connell All records provided in response to FOIA numbers14-304, 14-313 and 14-317.
Yes (docs provided)
15-019
7/24/2014 Theodore Wynnychenko TSR data for 1986-1987 through 2000-2001.
Yes (docs provided)
15-018
7/18/2014 Teri Engler Sraga Hauser, LLC Public records maintained by the ISBE regarding Barbara T. Doyle, autism consultant, including but not limited to teaching certification(s) or certification renewal(s); CVs; applications for employment; grant applications or grant-related information relative to Ms. Doyle’s involvement with ITAP or other grant-funded activities; training, technical assistance, or consultation provided to or on behalf of the ISBE; complaints filed by or relative to Ms. Doyle; etc.
No (directed to info on the web)
15-017
7/17/2014 Steven Stone Offit Kurman The following for Christanel Marrie Delaroche (aka McQuigg) (aka Guerrero) (aka Kuritz); DOB 03/17/1985: Employment Applications, Correspondence, Notes, Employee Records, Personnel Records, Evaluations, Reports, Emergency Contact Forms, Referrals, Pay Stubs and Salary History, Emplyment, teaching or other educator certificates, eveidence of teacher and or other positions held in IL, including but not limited to Cook County 
No responsive docs
15-016
7/17/2014 Citizen Copies of procedures outlining the steps and guidelines to the approval of “Request For Authorization To Employ Teacher In Position Otherwise Unfilled” application.
Yes (PDF)
15-015
7/17/2014 Betsy Boswell CCSD 59 Superintendent email addresses
Yes (Excel)
15-014
7/16/2014 Mark Shelden The names and addresses of all staff for the public schools in Illinois that are within your system including teachers, principals, and superintendents.
No (directed to web)
15-013
7/15/2014 Dan Oakley WIU Superintendent contact information
Yes (Excel)
15-012
7/10/2014 Angela Tin American Lung Association 1. Copies off any and all radon test results performed by school districts; 2. Copies of any and all report(s) filed by the School Board submitted to the General Assembly 3. Copies of the report(s) filed by the School Board submitted to the Governor; 4. Copies of any reports, findings, decisions made, etc. in response to the radon test results; 5. Copies of any written or documented verbal responses from the General Assembly; and 6. Copies of any written or documented verbal responses from the Governor.
Yes (PDF)
15-011
7/10/2014 Robb Cooper Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd. 1. Any and all documented communications and correspondence, including email correspondence, the Illinois State Board of Education has received from Mr. Jose (or Joe) Gallego within the last three years. This request includes any FOlA requests Mr. Gallego made to the Illinois State Board of Education within the last three years. 2. Any and all documented communications and correspondence, including email correspondence, sent to Mr. Jose (or Joe) Gallego from the Illinois State Board of Education within the last three years. This request includes any responses the Illinois State Board of Education has made to Mr. Gallego's FOlA requests within the last three years.
Yes (docs provided)
15-010
7/7/2014 Linda Scaro SWITS, Ltd. A copy of the current (as of July 2014) contract for language translation services with the State Board of Education and Multilingual Connections
Yes (PDF)
15-009
7/7/2014 Diane Rado Chicago Tribune 1. A list of all educators in the last five years who possess/teach under a Form 73-96 – “Request for Authorization To Employ Teacher in Position Otherwise Unfilled”  --or any precursor or successor form to Form 73-96 that allows a district to employ a teacher in a position otherwise unfilled. 2. A list of all educators in the last five years who possess/teach under a Form 73-86 – “Application for Short Term Emergency Approval in Special Education” – or any precursor or successor form to form 73-86 that allows a district to employ a teacher in a short-term emergency position in special education. 3. A list of all educators in the last five years who possess/teach under Form 73-63 – “Request for Issuance of Provisional License” – or any precursor or successor form to Form 73-63 that allows a district to employer a teacher in provisional license status.
No (denial)
15-008
7/7/2014 Tim Pinner Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17 Any and all info pertaining to the new Concept Charter Schools being built at 5401 S. Western and 8522 S. Lafayette (Chicago Lawn and Chatham). Where does the funding come from? How much? Is it CPS or State of Illinois?  Are there any Federal Funds involved?
No (directed to web)
15-007
7/7/2014 Kimberly McClellan Requests copies of public financial records that were submitted by Giant Steps Illinois and Giant Steps St. Louis to the Illinois Purchase Care Review Board. This would include all of the documents and financial statements used to justify their rates in providing a non-public education to children in Illinois as well as any appeals filed and their associated documents for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
Yes( docs provided)
15-006
7/7/2014 Lei Xuan Medill School of Journalism The amount of funding the Illinois state government spent on Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively, in the Fiscal Year 2013.
No (no responsive docs)
15-005
7/7/2014 Daniel Bastean 1. Daniel Bastean's e-mail and attachments dated May 2, 2014 to Debra Hemberger, Christine Kolaz, Nicki Bazer and Debra Vespa, subject: Uniform Grievance 2. 2. Daniel Bastean's e-mail dated July 2, 2014 cc'ed to Debra Vespa, Christine Kolaz, Nicki Bazer, and Debra Hemberger, subject: Cobb Decision. 3. Daniel Bastean's e-mail (grievance) and attachments dated July 2, 2014 to Nicki Bazer, Debra Vespa, Debra Hemberger and Christine Kolaz, subject: 105 ILCS 5/3-10.
Yes (hard copies provided)
15-004
7/72014 Parent Information and records regarding due process complaints and the involvement of attorneys in the process.
No (partial denial, directed to data on web)
15-003
7/2/2014 Parent All emails, letters, memos, notes, documents, and correspondences sent from/to/among the Illinois State Board of Education (Dr. Lynda Vaughn and Jeffrey Aranowski), Kane County Regional Office of Education and Community Unit School District 303 ) in regards to issues surrounding a Student Records Review and Student Records Hearing from October 1, 2013 thru July 2, 2014.
Yes (doc provided)
15-002
7/1/2014 Kelly Hall St. Louis Area Foodbank Requests National School Breakfast participation data for all schools in the state of Illinois for the 2012-2013 school year including: County, School District Code, School Name, Address, Food Service Director/Primary Contact, Enrollment, Free and Reduced Eligible Students, Free and Reduced Student Participation, Free and Reduced Participation % in the Breakfast Program, Participating in Community Eligibility Provision, Serving Venue.
Yes (docs provided)