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March 18, 2003

ISBE Holds Network Meeting Series

Springfield – The State Board of Education has launched a series of Network Meetings to broaden its partnerships beyond the education community. State Superintendent Robert E. Schiller and Chairman Ronald Gidwitz are reaching out to the business, law enforcement and education community to discuss ways to work together to solve the fiscal crisis facing Illinois schools.

The first meeting took place last Friday in Chicago, with about 50 persons engaging in dialog with Chairman Gidwitz about ways to work together to improve the resources available to public education. Yesterday, Superintendent Schiller met with about 40 individuals in Peoria for a similar discussion.

“The entire community has a large stake in the quality of our schools,” Schiller said. “Through these meetings, we want to make sure that citizens throughout the state are aware of issues that are important to schools, and we also want to hear their concerns and suggestions for what the state can do to support schools.”

The rest of the network meeting schedule looks like this:

Friday, March 21: Metro East Network Meeting, Cahokia – 10–11:30 a.m., Wirth-Parks Middle School, 1900 Mousette Lane.

Friday, March 28: Ottawa Network Meeting – 2–3:30 p.m., Ottawa Township High School, 211 East Main Street.

Monday, April 7: Carbondale Network Meeting – 1–2:30 p.m., Carbondale Middle School, 1150 East Grand Avenue.

Monday, May 5: Decatur Network Meeting –10–11:30 a.m., Southeast Elementary School, 1900 East Cleveland Avenue.

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