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For Immediate Release
July 7, 2006

Grants will help small, rural school districts foster English Language Learning programs
$115,000 in grants will further aid bilingual programs

SPRINGFIELD, IL. – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced awards to Regional Offices of Education through the Division of English Language Learning for Fiscal Year 2007. A total of $115,000 has been made available for funding among 23 Regional Offices of Education.

The $5,000 individual grants to 23 ROES are designed to provide professional development to their rural or other small local districts that are experiencing the enrollment of limited English proficient students (LEP) either for the first time or are now experiencing a major influx of LEP students.

In 2005, Illinois served 156,350 limited English proficient students in bilingual education programs compared to 25,911 students in 1998.

The purpose of the ROE ELL Professional Development Grant Initiative is to enable ROEs to provide their rural and small districts knowledge of state and federal laws requiring the provision of English as a Second Language instruction; provide instruction in best practices of bilingual education to general education teachers, ESL teachers, bilingual teachers and teacher aides; and provide information and training on bilingual program models, curriculum and methods of instruction for English Language Learners.

“We have seen growing need for English Language Learning programs and we know many small districts have struggled to meet the needs of some immigrant students. These grants will help put the districts on the path toward achieving that goal,” said State Superintendent of Education Randy Dunn.

Adams/Pike ROE 1 is serving as an administrative agent for 11 R0Es throughout central and southern Illinois, each of which has been awarded a $5,000 grant. These 11 ROEs will work together to train certified teachers to administer ACCESS for ELLs™ (Assessing Comprehension and Communications in English State-to-State) English Language Proficiency assessment, as well as offer workshops and train administrators and teachers about state and federal regulations regarding ELL students.

Individual ROEs and ROEs working together in cooperatives that received grants are:

Alexander/Johnson/Massac/Pulaski/Union ROE 2
Clark/Coles/Cumberland/Douglas/Edgar/Moultrie/Shelby ROE 11
Clinton/Marion/Washington ROE 13
Hamilton/Jefferson ROE 25
Lee/Ogle ROE 47
Whiteside ROE 55
LaSalle/Marshall/Putnam/Woodford Cooperative
LaSalle ROE 35
Marshall/Putnam/Woodford ROE 43
Professional Development Alliance
Will ROE 56
Grundy/Kendall ROE 24
School Works Program
Vermilion ROE 54
Champaign/Ford ROE 9
Cooperative Regional Initiative for English Language Learners
Adams/Pike ROE 1 , Administrative Agent
Fulton/Schuyler ROE 22
Hancock/McDonough ROE 26
Henderson/Mercer/Warren ROE 27
Knox ROE 33
Logan/Mason/Menard ROE 38
Brown/Cass/Morgan/Scott ROE 46
Peoria ROE 48
St. Clair ROE 50
Sangamon ROE 51
Tazewell ROE 53

The deadline for the application was June 6, 2006. The FY 2007 grants began July 1, 2006 and will end June 30, 2007. The federal dollars are from the No Child Left Behind Title III State Educational Activities funds. The grants are administered by the Division of English Language Learning. For information, contact Robin M. Lisboa, Division Administrator, or Sherry Johnson, Principal Consultant, at 312-814-3850.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777