NEWS

For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 3rd Legislative Breakfast

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities (ISAC), a group funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, will sponsor the 4th annual legislative breakfast to raise awareness about special education. Several dozen students with special needs from across the state will make and distribute cinnamon rolls and information flyers Friday morning on the capitol rotunda. Artwork, made by the students, and flowers, grown in greenhouses tended by the students, will also be on display.

“This opportunity reminds us once again the importance of providing a quality education and multiple resources for all children in Illinois,’’ said Susy Woods, Chair of the Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities.``Our educational issues are as important as all other education issues and, in fact, they’re the same issues.”

State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch commends the work of ISAC on behalf of all Illinois children and families, noting that the number of children with special needs has grown and must continue to be served.

“Legislators realize the critical importance of special education,’’ Dr. Koch said. ``But it’s nice to have an event that puts a face to the issues and financial decisions the General Assembly must make each year.’’

ISAC organizers expect students from districts across the state as well as non-public special education facilities to attend.

What: Illinois State Advisory Council Legislative Breakfast

When:  8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, April 3

Where: Capitol Rotunda