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December 28, 2007 -- State Board of Education working with local districts to improve technology training through online courses
More than 340 teachers learning how to better bring technology into the classroom 
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that more than 340 teachers in 26 districts statewide will be participating in a series of in-depth, online courses focused on bringing technology into the classroom.

December 4, 2007 -- Illinois recognized as a leader for National Board Certified Teachers
Illinois 4th in the nation with more than 500 achieving highest teaching credential in 2007; 2nd year Illinois attains national ranking
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for having the highest number of teachers achieving National Board Certification in 2007.

November 20, 2007 -- Illinois State Board of Education honors winners of first homeless education poster contest
Seventh-grader highlights impact of homelessness on families, children and youth
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recognized the importance of homeless education in Illinois by honoring the winners of the 2007 Homeless Education Poster Contest at an awards luncheon today in Springfield.

November 18, 2007 -- Indian Prairie board member named recipient of the 2007 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
Illinois State Board of Education honors 16-year district school board member
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today presented Mark C. Metzger, school board president for Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204, with the 2007 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award.

November 6, 2007 -- Two outstanding Illinois students named State Advanced Placement Scholars
State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch today announced the two Illinois high school students that are being recognized as Illinois' State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars based on their outstanding performance on the Advanced Placement Program Examinations.

October 31, 2007 -- (Peoria) State Superintendent, local education leaders urge the Illinois House to pass a bill that ensures state schools get funds they need for FY08 school year
Failure to pass Budget Implementation Bill means 700 school districts will receive less state aid starting in November; Area schools will see a loss of more than $1.2 million per month without Budget Implementation Bill
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch, joined Peoria County Regional Superintendent of Education Dr. Gerald M. Brookhart, as well as other local education officials to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that will prevent more than 700 school districts from losing critical funding for the FY08 school year.

October 31, 2007 -- 2007 Report Card shows nearly 300 struggling schools making significant improvement
184 schools make AYP for second year to move off academic improvement status
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that more than 200 schools and districts are being removed from improvement status as a result of their student performance, attendance rates and graduation rates. The schools and districts met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years by meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

October 29, 2007 -- (Belleville) State Superintendent, local education leaders urge the Illinois House to pass a bill that ensures state schools get funds they need for FY08 school year
Failure to pass Budget Implementation Bill means 700 school districts will receive less state aid starting in November; St. Clair, Madison County schools will see a reduction of $2.5 million per month if the House fails to take action
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch, joined Regional Superintendents from St. Clair, Madison and Monroe/Randolph counties, as well as other local education officials to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that will prevent more than 700 school districts from losing critical funding for the FY08 school year.

October 29, 2007 -- (Springfield) State Superintendent, local education leaders urge the Illinois House to pass a bill that ensures state schools get funds they need for FY08 school year
Failure to pass Budget Implementation Bill means 700 school districts will receive less state aid starting in November; Area schools will see a reduction of more than $700,000 per month without Budget Implementation Bill
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch, joined representatives from the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Principals Association, as well as other local education officials to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that will prevent more than 700 school districts from losing critical funding for the FY08 school year.

October 22, 2007 -- ISBE & IDHS announce national conference to strengthen support systems for refugee families begins today in Chicago
2007 conference highlights Illinois' influx of refugees from Burundi, Burma, and Iraq
The Illinois State board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today that several state agencies are working with refugee and immigration advocates to focus on ways to assist refugee and immigrant children and their families during the 2007 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference.

October 22, 2007 -- Governor's Task Force on Re-enrolling Students holds summit to keep students in school, bring PDF File
New report released at summit shows dropping out impacts a student's health, income, job stability
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich's Task Force on Re-Enrolling Students Who Dropped Out of School is hosting a statewide summit today as part of their ongoing work to address the needs of dropout students in Illinois, studying the fiscal, social and economic hardships students face without a high school diploma.

October 21, 2007 -- ISBE & IDOT team up to stress importance of school bus safety
National School Bus Safety Week - Oct. 22-26
theme reminds drivers and students to be careful at the bus stop
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are reminding students, parents and drivers about the importance of school bus safety both on and off the school bus during National School Bus Safety Week.

October 16, 2007 -- Illinois State Board of Education announces FY 2009 Budget Hearings
The Illinois State Board of Education's Finance and Audit Committee has set eight Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Hearings to be held statewide. The public is invited to attend and those wishing to participate in these hearings may sign-in upon arrival at each location.

October 13, 2007 -- Loves Park teacher named 2007-2008 Illinois Teacher of the Year
Businesswoman turned art teacher will serve as ambassador for state's teachers
The Illinois State Board of Education has named Ruth Meissen, an art teacher at Harlem Middle School in Loves Park, as Illinois Teacher of the Year. Meissen will spend next semester representing Illinois Teachers at state, local and national events.

October 10, 2007 -- Chicago Language teacher earns national recognition for bringing the world to her students
Carl Schurz High School teacher receives Milken National Educator Award
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Milken Family Foundation announced today that Chicago Public Schools teacher Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz has been selected as a Milken National Educator. Godden-Chmielowicz, a World Language teacher at Carl Schurz High School, will receive $25,000 as part of the award.

October 10, 2007 -- Chicago teacher earns national recognition for her commitment and dedication to students
Las Casas teacher selected for Milken National Educator Award
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Milken Family Foundation announced today Chicago Public Schools Teacher Katherine Whitington has been selected for the Milken National Educator Award. Whitington, a Reading/English/Language Arts teacher at Las Casas Occupational High School will receive $25,000 as part of the award.

October 4, 2007 -- World Teachers’ Day; Rockford educator named 2007 History Teacher of the Year
ISBE to honor Illinois' outstanding teachers at annual Those Who Excel banquet
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is urging students, parents and administrators to celebrate World Teachers' Day on Friday, October 5, by honoring teachers that have and are making a difference in their lives. Rockford educator, Theresa Bartsch, will be honored as the 2007 Illinois History Teacher of the Year on World Teachers' Day during the annual Illinois Council for the Social Studies Convention in Lisle.

September 26, 2007—ISBE honors more than 150 outstanding individuals for their service to education
33rd year agency to honor contributions to education at Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year ProgramSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today award recipients that will be singled out for their outstanding service at the 33rd annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet.

September 25, 2007—Governor Blagojevich signs law to provide better coordination of State's education systems
HB 1648 will help align state's educational focus from preschool through graduate school
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation that will help provide better coordination of the State's education systems. House Bill 1648 creates the Illinois P-20 Council which will advise leaders in State government and education stakeholders on how to better align Illinois' education systems—from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary education.

September 20, 2007—ISBE names 15 outstanding scholars to Student Advisory Council
Selected high school students offer valuable insight to State Board
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 15 outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors from across Illinois have been selected to represent their peers on the ISBE Student Advisory Council for 2007-2008. The new council came together and began in their new roles during this week's September State Board meeting.

September 19, 2007—ISBE announces earliest release of Report Card data to schools in more than 20 years
Spring testing data shows ISAT, IMAGE scores are up
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the release of the 2007 School Report Card to schools and districts statewide — the earliest release in the 21-years of producing school report cards. Analysis of the 2007 statewide testing data also shows improvement and ongoing progress for Illinois' students.

September 12, 2007—Illinois State Board of Education announces $1 million to support agriculture education in Illinois
300 schools to receive additional funds to invest in agriculture programs; seven high schools starting new ag education programs
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced $1 million in agricultural education incentive grants that will be distributed to 300 schools around the state for the 2007-2008 school year.

August 29, 20078 teachers selected as finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the names of the eight finalists for the 2007-2008 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

August 28, 2007—Record number of Illinois students take AP tests; minority participation increases across the board
Participation by Black, Puerto Rican students up by more than 30 percent
A record number of Illinois high school students took Advanced Placement (AP) tests in 2006-2007, according to a report released today by the College Board.

August 27, 2007—ISBE, IDOT urge drivers to give students a brake as more than 2 million Illinois kids head back to the classroom
Electronic message boards programmed to remind motorists school is back in session; use extra caution around school zones and buses
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today reminded drivers to be extra cautious on the roadways as more than 2 million students head back to school.

August 23, 2007—Governor Blagojevich signs laws to expand protections for elementary and high school students
SB 143, SB 665 and HB 18 will require background checks on new employees, will help fight bullying
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation aimed at protecting the safety of all Illinois elementary and high school students.

August 15, 2007—Number of Illinois students posting perfect scores on the ACT more than doubles in 2007
Perfect scores jump to 68; state composite score remains steady
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that the number of Illinois students in the graduating class of 2007 to achieve a perfect score on the ACT more than doubled from the previous year. In addition, despite an increase of more than 6,000 students taking the test this year compared to 2003, Illinois' composite score has increased by three-tenths of a point.

July 16, 2007—Gov. Blagojevich announces funding to improve access to education for migrant children and students with limited English
ISBE providing nearly $194,000 in federal funds for Regional Offices of Education to serve rural populations
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that nearly $194,000 in federal grants will be awarded to 24 Regional Offices of Education (ROE). The grants will allow local ROE's to provide professional development to rural and small, local district staffs on English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and also to help local districts identify and serve migrant children.

July 12, 2007—ISBE announces Partnerships Grant Awards for Mathematics and Science
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the choice of fifteen new projects in the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships (IMSP) program. The program is designed to increase the classroom achievement of students in math and science by enhancing content knowledge and the professional skills of their teachers.

June 28, 2007—ISBE awards $13 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for high-poverty and low-performing schools
35 schools and community organizations receive funds for after school programs to improve student performance
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the awarding of $13 million for after school tutoring and mentoring programs at 35 Illinois schools and community organizations.

June 27, 2007—Illinois State Board of Education sponsors innovative fine arts
Six homeless shelters participating in summer pilot program
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that six family homeless shelters throughout Illinois will participate in an in-shelter fine arts education pilot program this summer for elementary and middle-school homeless children.

June 20, 2007—ISBE/Arts Council work together to boost public school Arts and Foreign Language programs
27 school districts to split implementation grants totaling more than $2 million
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), today announced grants to expand Arts and Foreign Language programming at public schools worth more than $2 million.

June 15, 2007—School Purchasing Network marks second anniversary, provides more than $2 million in savings to local districts
Governor Blagojevich's call for efficiencies means cost savings for local school districts
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that since its inception two years ago the Illinois School Purchasing Network (ISPN) has saved local districts $2.2 million.

June 13, 2007—Summer food programs filling nutritional gap for thousands of Illinois students
6 million meals to be served at more than 1,800 locations statewide
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that more than 1,800 agencies have signed up to participate in this summer's food service programs for low-income students. ISBE estimates this summer more than 6 million free nutritious meals and snacks will be served to thousands of Illinois' children.

June 1, 2007—Illinois State Board of Education working with shelters to get homeless students access to education
Distributing question and answer booklets, working with shelters to educate families and schools on homeless education rights
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is working with the state's homeless shelters to eliminate the barriers homeless students face in getting access to public education.

May 25, 2007—ISBE, IDNR urge parents, teachers and students to start out the summer season with safety in mind
Summer means more free time for students, urges helmets for bikes and ATV's, adult supervision when swimming
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today urged school officials and parents to keep safety first and foremost in their minds as they plan summer activities for children.

May 16, 2007—State Board of Education announces Illinois' most
Will serve as states' delegates to National Youth Science Camp
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced two Illinois high school seniors have been selected as this year's most promising young scientific leaders for Illinois.

May 14, 2007—Illinois receives nearly $500,000 grant for character education
Pilot program at 8 high schools to teach skills for success in life
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Network will be receiving a $471,038 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help implement programs aimed at teaching character development.

May 2, 2007—ISBE Chairman Ruiz addresses thousands at Capitol rally for education funding
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Chairman Jesse H. Ruiz today joined thousands of parents, students, educators and education advocates at a statehouse rally in Springfield to call for increased education funding.

April 30, 2007—Illinois State Board of Education, Feed The Children, Regional Offices of Education team up to provide school supplies to rural Illinois homeless students
3,200 backpacks distributed in West Central & Northwestern Illinois
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it is working with Regional Offices of Education and Feed The Children, an international non-profit relief organization, to provide school supplies and food to homeless children in two rural areas of Illinois.

April 19, 2007—Gov. Blagojevich announces Dr. Christopher Koch as new State School Superintendent
Interim superintendent selected to lead agency after nationwide search; Governor reappoints five board members
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) named Dr. Christopher Koch to serve as the State Superintendent of Education.

April 18, 2007—ISBE, State Police and Terrorism Task Force team up to provide school safety training
Training ISP Safety Education Officers to assist schools in planning for emergency planning
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force announced today they are teaming up to improve local school security by training all ISP Safety Education Officers (SEO) to be multi-hazard instructors for their local school districts.

April 18, 2007—National "Standout Pre-K Champion"
Report recognizes Illinois' governor for his "singular vision" for early childhood education
(Washington, DC) — Governor Rod Blagojevich leads the nation in pre-k investment, according to Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals Fiscal Year 2008, a report released today by Pre-K Now.

April 13, 2007—Governor Blagojevich announces new partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to better prepare students for college and workplace
Partnership will focus on developing state policies and programs to better prepare all students for success
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the Illinois College and Work Readiness Partnership, which will focus on developing policies and programs to better prepare Illinois students for success in the workforce and in continuing their education after high school.

April 11, 2007—ISBE, Arts Council team up to strengthen arts and foreign language programs
26 school districts to split more than $625,000 in planning grants
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), announced today more than $625,000 in planning grants to strengthen local arts and foreign language programs.

March 29, 2007—Illinois History Teacher of the Year program accepting nominations
Award recognizes dedication to students and American history
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that nominations are being sought for the annual Illinois History Teacher of the Year Award.

March 22, 2007—ISBE financial profiles show more schools in top financial condition, school districts show continued financial improvement
Governor's proposed budget will further strengthen local district finances
The Illinois State Board of Education released its annual look at the financial status of the states' school districts, which shows their financial health continuing to make improvements.

March 14, 2007—Illinois recognized as national leader for commitment to early childhood education
National report ranks state second in the nation for preschool accessibility for 3 year olds; Illinois State Board of Education accepting applications from preschool providers for 2007-2008 school year
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that Illinois is being recognized as a national leader for its commitment to making quality preschool available to all three- and four-year olds according to a report published by the National Institute for Early Education Research of Rutgers University.

March 12, 2007—Illinois is 'Shaping the Future With the Arts'
ISBE encourages communities to celebrate Illinois Arts Education Week, March 11-17
The Illinois State Board of Education is recognizing the importance of arts education in educating our children by proclaiming March 11-17 as Illinois Arts Education Week. This 25th annual Illinois Arts Education Week highlights the importance of the fine arts to our students and culture with the theme, 'Shaping the Future With the Arts'.

March 8, 2007—Math and Science innovations take center stage at Capitol Showcase
Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program brings teachers, scientists and others together to improve teaching and share research
The Illinois State Boards of Education (ISBE) and Higher Education (IBHE) are joining with mathematicians, engineers, teachers and scientists today at the State Capitol to showcase research partnerships and how they are improving teaching in classrooms around the state.

March 2, 2007—School Breakfast Provides a 'World
Illinois observes National School Breakfast week, March 5-9
The Illinois State Board of Education is joining with schools and nutrition experts throughout Illinois in celebrating National School Breakfast week, March 5–9. "A World of Breakfasts!" is this year's theme for the nationwide celebration of the importance of starting each day with a nutritious breakfast.

February 21, 2007—First Lady Patricia Blagojevich and IDNR introduce new bilingual education materials
Greater number of students now with access to
Spanish-language books, other materials through IDNR
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today introduced a new set of Spanish-language educational materials for teachers to use in the classroom.

February 6, 2007—Gov. Blagojevich announces more high school students succeeding on college-level AP Exams
State sees dramatic increase in participation among at-risk student population
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that more Illinois high school students than ever are succeeding on college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Exams according to the College Board's third annual Advanced Placement Report to the Nation.

December 6, 2006—ISBE, educators and communities share Grow Your 'ideas'
Attendees focus on getting teachers into hard-to-staff schools thru the Illinois initiative
A statewide group of community organizers, higher education representatives, school district leaders, and Grow Your Own teacher candidates will gather Thursday in Chicago, Illinois, to learn from each other and from experts about successful strategies for supporting non-traditional candidates to become teachers for Illinois' low-income schools.