News Center – 2015
January 21, 2015 -- ISBE recommends nearly $730 million increase in education funding
Board members acknowledge fiscal challenges facing state, but urge lawmakers to fully fund General State Aid commitment, increase funding for early childhood programs
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today approved a fiscal year 2016 budget recommendation that seeks an additional $729.9 million from the current year to fully fund General State Aid (GSA). Board members acknowledged the reduction in revenue and increased spending pressures facing the state, but noted the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education budget would still be 5 percent less than FY 2009, when adjusted for inflation.
January 21, 2015 -- Grant Park School Board President honored at ISBE meeting
ISBE honors David Dickson, the 2014 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Recipient, for his leadership and dedication
The Illinois State Board of Education today honored Dave Dickson of Grant Park CUSD 6 who was named the 2014 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. The award annually recognizes outstanding school board presidents in the state. Dickson has served five years as president of his local school board and more than eight years on the board.
January 6, 2015 -- ISBE-developed guidance helps schools and teachers implement new math standards
Math models receive positive feedback and accolades
Illinois districts are piloting state-developed model math units to help students master concepts at each grade level as schools implement internationally-benchmarked learning standards that emphasize depth of knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The nationally-recognized units are the first of their kind, developed by a statewide team of educators following legislation that called for more math resources and support.
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