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    February 11, 2016 -- State Board issues statement on procurement for a new college entrance exam for Illinois
    In July 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released a request for sealed proposals for a new college entrance examination because ISBE’s previous contract with ACT expired on June 30, 2015. The procurement process was conducted in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. A Notice of Award was posted that identified the College Board (which administers the SAT examination) as the successful proposer. A protest to the procurement process was filed, and the protest was denied.

    February 10, 2016 -- State Board approves 29 school districts to receive Qualified School Construction Bonds
    Selected schools can take advantage of low- to no-interest bonds for construction and building needs
    Twenty-nine school districts have been authorized to sell their local bonds with a federal interest subsidy for construction projects through the Qualified School Construction Bond program (QSCB). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved the QSCB recipients during its regular business meeting Feb. 10. A total of $495 million-plus in bonding authority from the federal government will be available to these districts.

    February 4, 2016 -- Two Illinois schools recognized as National Distinguished Schools
    Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unit School District 5 honored for academic success
    The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that two Illinois schools were honored for their academic gains during the recent National Title I Association annual conference. Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unit School District 5 were among schools recognized for helping low-income students achieve academic success.


    January 29, 2016 -- Illinois State Board of Education seeks sponsors/sites for summer food programs
    Programs ensure low-income students are well fed when school is out
    Though there is a chill in the air now, summer is on its way and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child enjoys access to nutritious meals during the summer break. School districts, local government entities, and nonprofits are encouraged to become a summer food site sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks to low-income children.

    January 21, 2016 -- Two Illinois High School Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
    Delegates will travel to D.C. and receive $5,000 scholarship
    The Illinois State Board of Education congratulates two Illinois high school students selected as delegates to the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program. Kiley Marron of Chicago and Corbin Robinson of Scott Air Force Base were chosen from applicants across the state to receive a scholarship and to represent Illinois for a weeklong educational visit to Washington, D.C., in March.

    January 19, 2016 -- Illinois State Board of Education awards $20.4 million in School Improvement Grants
    Five schools will receive funds to improve student performance
    More than $20 million in federal Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG) will be distributed to five schools across the state over the next five years to help them implement comprehensive programs to improve student performance and college readiness.

    January 7, 2016 -- Craig Lindvahl receives final award for ISBE’s Year of the Volunteer program
    The longtime educator, filmmaker, and Board member was honored at January Board meeting
    Members of the State Board of Education presented fellow Board member Craig Lindvahl of Effingham with a volunteer award for his 35-plus years of dedication to education and creating leadership opportunities for youth. The award was presented at the Board’s January meeting as part of the Year of the Volunteer program.

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