Good Afternoon. The regularly scheduled meeting of the
State Board of Education next week will be for one day only,
Next week, I will also be testifying before committees in both the House and Senate. The schedule for the hearings is included in this message, along with these other topics:
Schedule of House and Senate Committee Appearances
I will testify at three committee hearings next week:
February 18, , Room 400, the Capitol; Subject: Education Funding Advisory Board – The Senate Education Committee has also invited State Board Chairman Ronald Gidwitz and EFAB Chairman Robert Leininger to testify.
February 19, , Room 118, the Capitol; Subject: General State Aid – The House Education Appropriations Committee hearing continues.
February 20: , the Capitol; Subject: No Child Left Behind legislation – The House Education Committee has asked for an overview of the legislation.
Homeland Security Information
We have received several calls asking for advice on disaster preparations since the President raised the Homeland Security Advisory System threat level to high (orange level). We are advised that every county has an emergency management person who is responsible for coordinating the county’s disaster preparedness plans. The best preparation for any potential disaster is to review your school and district disaster plans regularly, to coordinate your plans with the county’s emergency management plan, and to have a designated person to keep in contact with the county emergency management staff and with local law enforcement and fire department officials.
You can also find a large amount of additional information on Governor Blagojevich’s Homeland Security Web pages at http://www100.state.il.us/security/. Included are American Red Cross guidelines for recommended action at each of the threat level classifications, which were adopted by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, as well as “County and Municipal Government Guidelines for Implementation of the State of Illinois Homeland Security Advisory System,” developed by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency also has a good Web site for further information about emergency planning: http://www.state.il.us/iema/.
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) and Title 1 Funding
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 1999 Small Area Income Poverty Estimates for school districts. We understand that the U.S. Department of Education will use these numbers as the basis for Title I funding. In addition to SAIPE, the Department of Education will include other poverty measures, such as children in (1) institutions for the neglected and delinquent; (2) foster homes; and (3) families above poverty receiving assistance under the TANF program. However, children from these three other poverty measures will add little to the Title I–eligible count for districts – only 0% to about 5%.
SAIPE data for your district is at http://www.census.gov/housing/saipe/sd99/sd99_IL.dat. For the poverty estimate, look at the third column of data after the district name. It comes just before “sd99_IL.dat” in the fourth column.
The Census Bureau has provided an appeal process for
those who believe a SAIPE estimate
is incorrect. Appeals should be
sent directly to the U. S. Census Bureau to Dr. Daniel Weinberg, Chief,
Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau,
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details on appeals, please refer to Question #24, and if you have other related questions, refer to Question #25 of the Frequently-Asked-Questions section of the SAIPE Web site at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/faq.html.
Please note that while SAIPE will be used for Title I
funding, the poverty impaction part of the Illinois General State Aid formula
will be based on a separate set of poverty data derived from decennial
census. Information was provided in
the Weekly Message from the
State Superintendent on
Public Comment Period on Administrative Rules for Induction and Mentoring
The public comment period on the administrative rules
for induction and mentoring concluded on
In regards to funding for induction and mentoring in FY03, ISBE believes the money appropriated is effectively frozen. If there is a change in this situation, the State Board will promptly notify school districts, regional offices of education, and other stakeholders. Additionally, directions for submitting proposals for State Board review will be shared.