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    Press Releases
    2006 and beyond...
    Dear Friend,

    Whenever Iíve seen a problem, Iíve gotten involved to make things better. Thatís why yesterday I announced my candidacy ( for Governor of the great state of Illinois.

    EFAB to meet and make recommendation!
    According to a recently published report, the Governor appointed new members to the Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) on Monday. The panel is set to meet on Wednesday March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Springfield and again on Friday March 18 in Chicago...

    Act now! New education funding reform committee, statewide hearing dates & more... - 2/28/2005

    Schools not quite back in black - 2/22/2005

    In The Headlines
    Budget battles set to resume
    12/12/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- Another tight state education budget is expected next year and schools are scrambling to secure funds early, but the looming election season may make this more difficult.

    The Illinois State Board of Education has held several public meetings around the state looking for input for the fiscal year 2007 budget so it can make recommendations to lawmakers.

    D-300 teachers preparing to move into new deLacey school
    12/12/2005 - By Allison L. Smith -

    Northwest Herald
    CARPENTERSVILLE - District 300 Superintendent Ken Arndt said he will recommend that the old deLacey Family Education Center, still used by preschoolers and hundreds of Dundee-Crown High School students, be torn down.

    2 Belleville teachers earn national certification - 12/12/2005
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Schedule could stay in D-158 - 12/12/2005
    Northwest Herald
    Teachers cherish students' holiday presents - 12/12/2005
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Schools feel state poverty - 12/12/2005
    Northwest Herald
    Editorial: A convert to charter schools - 12/12/2005
    Chicago Tribune
    Letter to the Editor: Give children information to choose healthier food - 12/12/2005

    Schuyler-Industry kids may be shifting schools - 12/12/2005
    Peoria Journal Star
    Letter to the Editor: Promoting failure in School District 88 - 12/12/2005
    Daily Herald
    Board member to suggest rebate in District 203 - 12/12/2005
    Daily Herald

    Tax proposal shifts pain
    5/18/2005 - By Diane Rado, staff reporter Darnell Little contributed to this report -

    Chicago Tribune
    SOURCE: Chicago Tribune

    From wealthy big-city enclaves to middle-income Downstate communities, homeowners would see a 20 percent increase on average in their combined property and state income tax bills if Illinois overhauls how it pays for public schools, a Tribune computer analysis of tax data shows.

    School boards lose power to fire poor teachers
    12/5/2005 - By Scott Reeder
    SPRINGFIELD - For most folks, it is their boss who determines whether or not they are doing good work and should keep their jobs.

    Gov renews fight against junk food
    11/29/2005 - By Dave McKinney and Rosalind Rossi -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    SPRINGFIELD -- Undeterred by a lopsided loss in the Legislature last year, Gov. Blagojevich took another crack Monday at prohibiting the sale of candy, soda pop and other junk food in Illinois schools.

    2005 School Report Cards are released! - 11/9/2005
    Students First Illinois
    Editorial: Getting expenses in line key for schools - 10/26/2005
    Bloomington Pantagraph
    'Under God' in pledge ruled unconstitutional - 9/15/2005
    Associated Press
    Students need
    your help
    - 9/8/2005

    Spotlight: Kidz America TV program - 8/26/2005

    SFI: Your Back-to-School Headquarters! - 8/22/2005
    Students First Illinois
    State Board of Education moves quickly to release Adequate Yearly Progress status to schools - 8/1/2005

    Spending gap grows for schools - 8/1/2005
    Chicago Tribune

    "At Issue" program discusses education in Illinois
    12/30/2004 -
    WTVP - Peoria
    Education is the hot issue in Peoria and across Illinois. WTVP's "At Issue" program focuses on Illinois education with guests Ron Gidwitz, Jeff Mays and State Rep. Mike Smith.

    Parents can get the skinny on high schools' ups, downs
    12/2/2005 - By David Mendell -

    Chicago Tribune
    Parents of Chicago Public Schools' students soon will have a new method of rating the city's high schools beyond looking at student test scores and asking around.

    Commentary: Bringing government to the people
    2/20/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News


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