As a courtesy to staff, Public Information will be sending the weekly Supertintendent's message to everyone at ISBE. These are also kept and posted on the Intranet.
I bid you all a happy 2005! I hope your holidays were enjoyable, and that you aren’t having too much trouble easing back into the routine as we thaw out from the latest round of winter weather.
I would like to touch on two or three items in today’s update:
Basically, holders of administrator certificates who work in administrative positions in public schools must complete one Administrator’s Academy course annually and professional development activity (averaging out to 20 hours per year) for each year worked in an administrative position. Administrators have no forms to complete, and need only use the Certificate Renewal Tracking System (CeRTS) to record the professional development completed and to submit an assurance statement at the end of the certificate’s validity period. More details can be found on the ISBE website at:
State Superintendent of Schools (Interim)
Also included in this week’s message:
· Misinformation on District AYP
· E-Rate Program temporary numbers available for new or recently consolidated districts
· Final FY 2005 state mandated categorical prorations calculated
· Funding available for districts serving migratory children
· Helping children cope with disaster
· ISBE employment opportunities
· Weekly news clips
Misinformation on District AYP
Due to an error in information provided by the ISBE Public Information Office to the Chicago Tribune, Oak Lawn Hometown District 123 was erroneously included in a listing of Illinois School Districts that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2003-2004. Oak Lawn Hometown District 123 made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2003-2004 and should not have been included in this list. The ISBE Public Information Office apologizes for the error.
E-Rate Program temporary numbers available for new or recently consolidated districts
Thanks to the enterprising
work of a local school district administrator, ISBE has learned that new or
recently consolidated districts can now obtain temporary
Affected districts should contact the Federal Community Commission’s School and Libraries Division at 888-203-8100. For more information on this program, go to www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/usp_Schools.html.
Final FY 2005 state mandated categorical prorations calculated
The final FY 2005 state mandated categorical prorations have been calculated and are listed below. Questions regarding these programs can be directed to staff in the Division of Funding and Disbursement Services at 217-782-5256.
Special Education Personnel 100 percent
Special Education Private Facility 75 percent
Special Education Summer School 88 percent
Special Education Orphanage 100 percent
Special Education Transportation 100 percent
Regular/Vocational Transportation 99 percent
Regular Education Orphanage 100 percent
Funding available for districts serving migratory children
The State of
For more information, contact Beth Robinson at (312) 814-3607.
See http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/migrant_survey.pdf to access the survey.
A list of schools receiving the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership (IMSP) grants will be released by this agency on Monday, January 10.
This grant was designed to increase the academic achievement of students in math and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.
The grants are federally
funded through Title II, Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Helping children cope with disaster
In the wake of the tsunami devastation, Save the Children has developed a list of ten tips designed to help children cope with the images they are seeing on television and in other forms of media. The organization also provides resources and kits for teachers. Please visit www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia_school_kits.asp for additional information.
ISBE employment opportunities
An ISBE external vacancy list is available at http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/VL04-29b.pdf
Weekly news clips
Some of this week’s articles include:
"Service tax may fund education"
"Schools finally get a passing grade"
"Ranking behind in math,
"Schools struggle to reduce high teacher turnover"
"Amid testing stress, some teachers cheat"
"Some in House look to roll back Bush plans"
News clips may be accessed at: http://www.isbe.net/news/2004/newsclips/050107.htm