Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quinn Wants Chicago Teachers to Live in City

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has also spoken out against the bill

Click on the following for more details:  City Room™ - Politics - Quinn Wants Chicago Teachers to Live in City

NIU considers layoffs because of state budget | Daily Chronicle

laying off more than 250 staff members next year if the state's fiscal situation doesn't approve, the school's president said Wednesday.
NIU President John Peters wrote in a letter to the campus community that as proposed, Gov. Pat Quinn's budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which begins July 1, could result in the "immediate reduction in the NIU workforce that could impact up to 257 faculty and staff and 86 student employees."

For  the next 7 days this entire story will be available by clicking on the following:  NIU considers layoffs because of state budget | Daily Chronicle

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Illinois Senate Approves Elimination of Chicago Teacher Residency Requirement

(Springfield, IL) — March 25, 2010. The Illinois Senate today today overwhelmingly approved legislation that eliminates the residency requirement for Chicago Public School teachers.

The Senate voted 40-7 for the measure, Senate Bill 3522, which also eliminates residency within the district from being considered as a factor in determining compensation, retention, promotion, assignment, or transfer of a teacher.

The bill now moves to the Illinois House where State Rep. Kevin Joyce (D-Chicago) is the chief sponsor.

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois Legislature: Senator Heather Steans Wins Senate Approval to Eliminate Chicago Teacher Residency Requirement

Monday, March 29, 2010

Growing chorus decries music cuts among suburban schools

Recent studies resoundingly show that music education is one of the keys to higher test scores and engaged and well-rounded students

Parents decided to turn their frustrations into action, forming a group, Save Lake Zurich Music, dedicated to raising the $200,000 necessary to keep the program running.

"Sometime there is some distaste for a fundraising for teacher jobs, but we knew that if the programs went away it would be next to impossible to get them back," Barron said. "We had to hold our nose and go through with it."

The group held a raffle, sold T-shirts, and held fundraising dinners, silent auctions and a golf outing.

It also went to district officials with hard facts.

The school board decided to keep the program, and altered its budget, only using $35,000 of Save Lake Zurich Music's funds

Daily Herald | Growing chorus decries music cuts among suburban schools

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What will next year look like in Carpentersville D300? :: The Courier News :: Local News

I can’t believe these figures on class size. 

image class sizes could jump to as high as 47 students each in some core curriculum high school courses — and up to 56 students in a class such as German at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. Elementary and middle school classes will average up to 38 children each.

What will next year look like in D300? :: The Courier News :: Local News

Saturday, March 27, 2010

'Devastating' layoffs loom in school districts statewide

 

about 9,800 announced layoffs of teachers so far.

Another 1,600 retiring teachers won't be replaced.

Total planned layoffs stand at more than 17,000 school personnel

school layoffs statewide could top 20,000, the coalition warns.

Click on the following for more details:  'Devastating' layoffs loom in school districts statewide :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

High school nets poor test score rankings - Westmont, IL - Westmont Progress

Dr. Baule’s Westmont High School—high pay but poor performance for DuPage County. 

An annual evaluation of public high schools  by Chicago Magazine shows some disappointing results for Westmont High School.

Of the 22 high schools in DuPage County, Westmont ranked last in reading and math scores, third lowest in science, and fourth lowest in ACT scores.

The school also ranked last in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading, science and math.

The school came in third for the highest spending per student and first in teacher experience. So why are students performing poorly when its per-student spending exceeds the average spending of the top five ACT-scoring schools by $1,537 per student?

High school nets poor test score rankings - Westmont, IL - Westmont Progress

Schools' mistakes [Dr. Baule’s Zion HS]alter state data - Courant.com

This concern’s one of the questions brought up by a reader making a comment on:  http://www.rrstar.com/news/x673433196/New-North-Boone-school-chief-brings-high-tech-know-how

The allegation is that D. Baule deliberately tried to exclude students who performed poorly in this ACT type test.

 

At Zion-Benton Township High School in Lake County, more than 12 percent of tests, representing 58 students, were discarded as late-enrollees, even after officials caught some labeling errors.
"It wasn't clear to the kids" how to mark their enrollment date on the test form, said Zion-Benton principal Steve Baule. Without the mobile students' scores, reading results increased from 48 to 53 percent and math scores improved from 36 percent to 41 percent.
"Given the time constraints that we have on getting this [school report card] information out to the schools and public, it is not possible to check that data for every school," said State Board of Education spokeswoman Rebecca Watts.

Click on the following for more details on this 2004 scandal:”  Schools' mistakes alter state data - Courant.com

Tough economic times take toll on Illinois School Districts

financial profile shows that 578 districts across the state, or 66.5 percent of all districts, are doing a sound job managing their finances during this current fiscal crisis.

Financial Profile is based on data from Fiscal Year 2009, which ended June 30, 2009. The data has been revised to eliminate the impact of payment delays for mandated categoricals such as pupil transportation, special education and other expenditures due to the state and national recession. The school code was amended, effective August 2009, to specifically ensure that districts are not designated as being in financial difficulty solely due to delayed state payments. 

The 2010 Financial Watch list – those districts facing the most severe financial problems – increased from 2.5 percent in 2008 to 3.3 percent in 2010.

Click on the following for more details:  Tough economic times take toll on Illinois School Districts

Four school districts told state is keeping an eye on finances | Daily Chronicle

The 2009 list released this week indicates that the Hinckley-Big Rock, Sandwich, Somonauk and Sycamore districts were all in various stages of financial difficulty.

Click on the following for more details on the scoring system:  Four school districts told state is keeping an eye on finances | Daily Chronicle

Friday, March 26, 2010

For Years, Deaf Boys Tried to Tell of Priest’s Abuse - NYTimes.com

More witnesses to the Milwaukee child abuse case at the school for the deaf.  It appears that the Times will exchange blows/news articles with the Vatican until the Pope reacts to the pressure.  This is the fourth day in a row that the Times has a story about child abuse and the Catholic Church. 

Click on the following for more details:  For Years, Deaf Boys Tried to Tell of Priest’s Abuse - NYTimes.com

Waukegan students walk out to protest teacher layoffs - Chicago Breaking News

200 Waukegan High School students walked out of school for a little over an hour this morning to protest the looming layoff of more than 500 teachers.

More might have taken part in the demonstration if school administrators hadn't ordered a "soft lockdown" at the high school's two campuses when they learned a demonstration was under way.No passes are issued allowing students to leave high school buildings under a soft lockdown, Alajakis said. The measure was known as a "Code White" last year.

The school district also announced that a parade and celebration planned for later Friday honoring Waukegan High School's basketball team, which placed third in the state Class 4A basketball tournament this month, was cancelled, apparently as a result of the demonstration.

Click on the following for more details: Waukegan students walk out to protest teacher layoffs - Chicago Breaking News

Thursday, March 25, 2010

College Inc. - Why no Male Studies?

gathering of academicians drawn from a range of disciplines will meet on April 7, 2010, at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, to examine the declining state of the male, stemming from cataclysmic changes in today's culture, environment and global economy.

group promoting Male Studies suggests that there is need for a study of "the male human being," and of such sub-topics as the deterioration of boys' educational attainment, the prevalence of certain psychological disorders in boys and men and the "remarkable" rate of suicide among males, according to the web site.

Click on the following for more details:  College Inc. - Why no Male Studies?

NIU men's hoops reports $1.03 million loss | Daily Chronicle

NIU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher confirmed a CNN report that the men's basketball program reported a loss of $1,034,784, which is covered by internal athletic department funds, but cautioned as the CNN report did that schools have a significant amount of latitude in what is reported with the Department of Education as an expense and a revenue.

Duke University, one of the top teams in all of college basketball, reported the largest loss in the report of $2,031,850. In contrast, Eastern Michigan, which finished last in the MAC in attendance this season, reported a gain of $18,943. Central Michigan averaged almost 200 people more per game in attendance than NIU, yet reported a gain of $342,072.

This article is available free for the next 7 days:  NIU men's hoops reports $1.03 million loss | Daily Chronicle

Dr. Baule on the internet: his literary works and academic presentations

Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers

Steven M. Baule

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Plan, design, and build the library of your dreams! Use this step-by-step guide to remodel or build your new library ·This book includes a collection of case studies providing guidance from practitioners on common facilities issues ·This must-have resource will become your research foundation as you plan your new library ·Included in this volume are ready-to-use sample tools and floor plans! Learn the keys to success for school facilities of the future: flexibility, planning, expendability, and security. This step-by-step guide offers all the technological and practical information needed to make a functional, enduring, and accommodating library for the future. Written by a practicing school superintendent, this book includes checklists, forms, and timelines to guide you in your library planning journey. Use this book to become the leader on your facilities planning team today! Click on the following for more details:  http://apps.facebook.com/facebookshelf/books/100502341463-steven-m-baule-facilities-planning-for-school-library-media-and-technology-centers

Testimonial for a computer consulting firm:

Graphtech Systems, L.L.C.
750 Estate Drive, Suite 104
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
www.graphtechsys.com | 847.374.1600

 

"Graphtech has had a positive impact on technology in my districts. I have found them to be responsive, thoughtful and honest.”
_________- Dr. Steven M. Baule
__________Superintendent
__________Community Unit School District 201

Dr. Baule has much larger testimonial for Graphtech at:    http://www.graphtechsys.com/success/51.html

Technology Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning

Second Edition

$39.95

Author: Steven M. Baule

Technology Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning

Finally! How to successfully link technology planning with the instructional process!

  • Focuses primarily on instructional and administrative needs
  • Provides a wealth of guidelines, staff development plans, assessment forms, specifications and policies 
  • Works to reconcile all points of view within a school or district

ILLINOIS SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL

 

November/December 2008

Keep it or delete it? How to handle e-records
by Steven M. Baule and Darcy L. Kriha

Steven M. Baule is superintendent of Community Unit School District 201 in Westmont, Illinois. Darcy L. Kriha is an attorney with Franczek Sullivan in Chicago.

With the recent federal court ruling that e-mail and other electronic documents need to be retained in the same way as traditional correspondence and memos has come a strong push by technology vendors to sell school districts expensive backup systems to maintain all district e-mail. But, simpler and more effective methods exist for a school district to use in order to comply with the law.

Click on the following for this article:  http://www.iasb.com/journal/j111208_05.cfm

Tech Forum - Breakthrough Technologies for 21st Century Schools

April 29, 2003

Steven M. Baule, Ph.d., Ed.d.

Assistant Superintendent

New Trier High School District

Steven M. Baule is the assistant superintendent for information technology at New Trier High School District in Winnetka and Northfield, Illinois. He is also the executive director of the New Trier Township Technology Cooperative, which provides wide-area-networking, e-mail and Internet services to New Trier and its six elementary sender districts. Dr. Baule was previously a high school administrator, a middle school library media specialist and a classroom teacher. He has presented on technology-related topics to a wide range of educators and librarians in the United States, England and Australia and has published texts on Technology Planning for Teaching and Learning and Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers.

Baule has also served as an adjunct faculty member in educational administration, instructional technology and library and information science programs at a number of universities including Loyola University of Chicago and Northern Illinois University. He holds doctorates in educational leadership and supervision from Loyola University of Chicago and in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University. He also holds a masters in library science from the University of Iowa and a bachelors in history from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

Click on the following for more details:  Tech Forum - Breakthrough Technologies for 21st Century Schools

Finances of North Boone: better or worse than Westmont?

The following is taken form Westmont’s Newsletter for March 2010

CUSD 201 Budget for Fiscal Year
2010-2011
Like most other government agencies, CUSD 201 is looking to reduce its budget for the next school year in order to live within its means. For this fiscal year, the Board of Education anticipates a $568,000 deficit, assuming all of the promised state funding is received. Without additional program and staff cuts, we anticipate a deficit of approximately $1.6 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The Board of Education is currently looking at cost containment options and trying to identify cuts that will have the least impact on students. Based on current projections, CUSD 201 will deplete its reserves by May 2013 without cuts. More information, including updated projections, will be available on the CUSD 201 website as it becomes available.

See:  http://www.cusd201.org/documents/newsletter/20100301_newsletter.pdf

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

North Boone gets a bargain?

Steven M. Baule resigned Tuesday night as superintendent for the Westmont School District to become North Boone’s leader, effective July 1.  His three-year contract with North Boone gives an annual salary of $135,000, plus retirement benefits.

The following is taken from the Westmont District 201 website:  http://www.cusd201.org/documents/FY10%20Salary%20Compensation%20Reportn.pdfBAULE,

BAULE, STEVEN, M Superintendent Doctorate 23.00 $ 184,948.75 $ 2 0,340.24 $ 1,646.78 $ 16,034.28 $ 9 97.80 $ 546.00 $ 3 00.00 168.00 $ 3,543.10 $ 11,096.88 $ 6,000.00 $ - $ 205,588.73 $ 39,865.10

Dr. Baule receives a base salary of $184,948 and benefits worth $39,865 for a total compensation value of $224,813  from Westmont.

North Boone school chief brings high-tech know-how

See the comments shown below from a Rockford Register Star reader regarding the new chief at North Boone..

In a special meeting Thursday, board members picked Baule over eight other people to replace Rita Brodnax. The applicant list was provided by the Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education.

Steven M. Baule resigned Tuesday night as superintendent for the Westmont School District to become North Boone’s leader, effective July 1.

His three-year contract gives an annual salary of $135,000, plus retirement benefits.

COMMENTS: 

from PGMOM:

wow I just looked up his former salary and it was 184,948 ---- with pension and health insurance and annuity funds compensation -- total compensation $218,000.00 -- not hard to find did google search Steven Baule Salary Superintendent Westmont School District and then clicked on first one that came up for search --seems odd he broke a contract with a good school district and good pay for this
when is the next board meeting scheduled - will have
to find this out. what changes can he bring to our district?///             

from Bent

Baule was involved in a grade-inflation scandal at Zion that along with other character issues contributed to his dismissal.
It was discovered he inflated 184 semester grades upward, and then had the arrogance to brag how he 'improved' grades at Zion in one of the self-serving 'books' he uses to impress the next district that might hire him. Watch your back North Boone...feel the stirrups yet?

Chick on the following for more details:  New school chief brings high-tech know-how - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Rockford School District to lay off all nontenured teachers

A projected 573 teachers, administrators and support staff could be without jobs or in different jobs next school year in the Rockford School District.

The School Board approved the dismissal tonight of all nontenured teachers — those in their fourth year or less with the district

“The decisions made tonight have everything to do with advancing our vision and mission and nothing to do with the financial difficulties posed by the poor national economy and the state’s budget crisis,” Sheffield read at the meeting.

Click on the following for more details:  Rockford School District to lay off all nontenured teachers - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Dundee-Crown teens rally to support teachers

Dundee-Crown High School staged a brief walkout this morning to hold a rally in front of the Carpentersville school.

Wednesday's demonstration, the first large-scale display organized by District 300 students to protest the recent cuts, took place during the school's study period. It lasted no more than 15 minutes and ended with a smaller group of students circling the building through the parking lot.

School administrators were apprised of the rally beforehand and applauded students' efforts to support their school.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Dundee-Crown teens rally to support teachers

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

City Room™ - Education - Teachers at Another Chicago Charter School Want a Union

 

ASPIRA runs three high schools and a middle school on the city’s northwest side. Last year teachers at a separate charter became the first in Chicago to unionize.

One estimate says 12 percent of charter school teachers nationwide are now in a union.

City Room™ - Education - Teachers at Another Chicago Charter School Want a Union

Sjostrom & Sons lowest bidder for Rock Valley College’s Jacob’s Center for Math and Science

$23,492,408

The board of Trustees will vote regarding this bid at tonight’s meeting.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge: 

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This is available on page 99 of 133 at:  http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/About/upload/BOT-packet-032310.pdf

My State Line . Com’s Person of the Week: Michael Houselog

The following is a quote from the site: 

Belvidere Schools had to cut dozens of teachers because the state won't pay up and students are fed up.

But surprisingly, their superintendent is right there with them asking for a change in Springfield.

For that reason Superintendent Michael Houselog is our "Person of the Week."

Click on the following to see a short TV clip:  Person of the Week: Michael Houselog - MyStateLine.com

Illinois House OKs letting schools reduce week

. The decision to cut a day would rest with the locally elected school boards, though the Illinois State Board of Education would maintain some oversight authority.

The measure still faces debate in the Illinois Senate and, if successful, Gov. Pat Quinn's scrutiny.

Senator Black [Danville, R.]  brought the proposal to Springfield at the behest of a small, rural downstate district trying to save transportation and utility costs. ….The plan had widespread support among suburban lawmakers, too.

Illinois House voted 81-21 to let local school districts go to four-day school weeks to try to save money. The total number of classroom hours could not be reduced

Daily Herald | House OKs letting schools reduce week

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Belvidere students promise to protest teacher layoffs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

I have re-posted this article of last week for the comments.  Blue Thunder Educator is apparently a teacher at Belvidere North High School.

BlueThunderEducator

1 week ago

The taxpayers and parents need to demand that the school board stop making detrimental finance decisions which impact student learning. Here are some questions that should be answered. How does an associate superintendent retire last year at $120,000, and yet spending on administrative salaries has only supposedly gone down 2%? Is there really a 2% reduction in administrative salaries? Not really because Mr. Houselog received $10,700 bonuses in each year for the last two years, resulting in less approximately a .85% reduction in administrative salaries. Less than 1%! What about his money for continuing education money and his car? When it's explained that there will be a cut in administration for 2010-2011, someone should ask why the administration ballooned so greatly in two years. What was the purpose? Why is a secretary making $52,000 to communicate with people? Bragging to the public is really worth that? Is it true that her higher education is being paid for? In 2008-2009, two people did the job of the chief financial officer, making over $250,000. This year one is still making $45,000 to help the CFO. Why is that? Why did the school board knowingly hire a high school principal so close to retirement? They chose to pay him the 6% for the last four years. He will make over $150,000 when he retires. That's 24% that could've been saved. On Monday, the school board will vote to hire an assistant principal who will make more than the average assistant principal so he can shadow the principal. That tells me the person for the job must be incompetent. Can a school district which is so broke afford to spend all of this money on administration? Think about it, if that money was saved, some elementary teachers could be saved and class sizes wouldn't increase. Those smaller sized high school elective classes could stay. What's more important? The community should be very disgusted that the board will make extreme cuts to its staff, cut sections of classes and fill the elementary classrooms to the contractual limit but yet still spend money like there is no problem. Come on community! Ask the tough questions! The school board is not spending money efficiently or effectively! Every few years we go through this -remember cutting sports and extra curriculars? An increase on the foundation level saved those extra programs. After they committed to deficient spend, they didn't have to. So is this now the storm that uses some of the money in the rainy day fund?

The above is taken from:  Belvidere students promise to protest teacher layoffs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Here is some more “Blue Thunder” from: http://www.rrstar.com/news/schools/x1664761536/Belvidere-School-District-shakes-up-leadership-to-save-cash

BlueThunderEducator

3 days ago

Did anyone notice that Zickert [Belvidere High School Principal] mentions a pay freeze at the end of this article? Isn't he the administrator who got a 6% raise during the 'pay freeze'? Last year, an associate superintendent retired making over $120,000, where did her salary go? It was redistributed to all of the other administrators!

BlueThunderEducator

3 days ago

Anybody worried about the decisions to move the administrators around? Is anyone wondering why? If I was a parent or taxpayer, I would be. It seems if you speak up against the tyranny of the new central office administration, you move to a new position that you don't like. And more importantly, the school board is sitting back and letting it happen! These people are elected! If you don't like these decisions, get out and vote when it's time! Oh by the way, what were Houselog's 'goals' for the district? I'm guessing he never says because no one really knows. We get new central office staff, and we start all over on new initiatives which never are finished properly! That is what negatively impacts student achievement! Don't believe me? Check out the district curriculum maps online. They are a collaboration of lies to make the central office administration look good. Oh, what about CLT or collaborative learning time which the central office administration wanted? Do we collaborate? NO!!!!!! We have to listen to people talk at us! We sit by homogeneous groups; we don't talk to each other at different grade levels. But wait, we never talked to each other by grade levels when we curriculum mapped either. They sure do look nice being posted on-line for the world to see. Thank goodness we have the $52,000 a year communications director to post our falsified and misleading information!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kudos to Wheeling Dist. 21 teachers--Daily Herald

 

Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 teachers have agreed to forgo not only a wage increase but their annual step increases for the next school year to preserve before- and after-school programs and class sizes.

Click on the following for more detailsDaily Herald | Saturday soapbox: Kudos to Wheeling Dist. 21 teachers

Friday, March 19, 2010

A step toward uniformity – Freeport District 145

This is recommended but not yet approved.

Members of the Uniformity of Dress Committee Yaa Appiah and Ryan Pierce recommended to the District 145 Board Wednesday a four-year plan to implement school uniforms in all grade levels by the 2013-14 school year. The plan would happen as follows:

  • 2010-11 school year: Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade
  • 2011-12 school year: Through eighth grade
  • 2012-13: Through eleventh grade
  • 2013-14: All grades wearing uniforms

There were no recommendations for staff to wear uniforms.

Students overwhelmingly responded negatively to the idea, while 73 percent of parent responses were favorable, and 67 percent of staff responses were favorable. Parents’ main concern was cost.

A step toward uniformity - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Elgin U46 teens take a stand on mass teacher layoffs :: The Courier News :: Local News

 

The fifth-year tenured teacher was one of 732 teachers who have received a reduction in force (RIF) notice that their jobs will be eliminated

district hopes to recall anywhere from 300 to 400 of them back in a "best-case" scenario. A "worst-case" scenario, he said, is hiring back only about 200 teachers.

system is based on seniority. So a preschool teacher who is tenured and also certified to teach music — but hasn't taught music in years — could replace Hain as choir director if that teacher has more years on the clock, according to the procedure spelled out in the teachers union contract with U46.

Click on the following for more details:  U46 teens take a stand on mass teacher layoffs :: The Courier News :: Local News

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Report of the February 14, 2008 Shootings at Northern Illinois University

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The complete report is available at:  http://www.niu.edu/feb14report/Feb14report.pdf

Illinois House easily rejects elected University of Illinois board - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 Illinois searching for the answer for a good governing board.

The House voted 44-69 today for House Bill 4608, which would combine a board of elected and appointed members overseeing the U of I system. The measure needed 60 ‘yes’ votes to pass.

House easily rejects elected University of Illinois board - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

School District 100 shakes up leadership to save cash - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

The Belvidere School Board has approved a plan to reassign administrators or merge some positions that would save at least $250,000.

This year, we’ve eliminated the financial consultant, one of two athletic directors and an assistant middle school principal at South Middle School.

School District shakes up leadership to save cash - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What happens if District 100 runs a deficit

The following two page letter to the Board of Education details what action the State Board of Education will require under current law, if District 100 drafts a budget with a deficit.  Basically the district will have to come up with a plan to errace the deficit in three years.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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Adults join students in second Belvidere schools walkout

more than 50 students took to the streets of Belvidere to make a nearly 4-mile trek to Belvidere High School as a thank-you to the hundreds of BHS students who marched to the district’s central office Monday

Keep watch on the comments—there are some interesting facts about the protest here. Look at the following:

rexdino

great school system we have the kids are finding out early in life that the lies we hear everyday hit home, seems that everyone that walked today is being fined 25.00 for not being in school and a saturday detention, yet last night the school system called our home and a recording stated that the students were being allowed to do this today? yep already reaching into our pockets by the fines!! got my vote NOT just as always they find ways to lie and cheat us out of even more monies-- hey why not cuts at the district level any jobs up there getting frozen or cut/ I could help name a few to start with

bnhssoccermom

34 minutes ago

Rex, are you sure that the fines and Sat. detention is not for the kids that took off. My daughter was in the protest and she didn't get a detention or fined. She said that the only ones that got into trouble were the ones that left to try to go to BHS.

life64

The majority of those kids are doing this for one reason only...to get out of school. Be it for one hour or three hours they only see it as time away from classes.
I applaud maybe the dozen that did it for the right reason and actually know what's going on though.

Read more comments:  Adults join students in second Belvidere schools walkout - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

March 15 District 100 Student Protest on CNN Internet.

CNN producer note

iReport —

belvidere high school and district 100 students in belvidere IL walked out earlier today in protest of them cutting over 100 non tenure teachers. and multiple other cuts. currently the state owes the district millions of dollars and have reportedly sent out an "IOU" to the district. currently district 100 is having money issues and are unsure. the final decision will be made at a board meeting 6pm monday night. march 15, 2010

Click on the following to views all 10 photos: 

Belvidere high School district 100 pretest budget cuts - CNN iReport

District 100’s posting regarding March 16, 2010 Protest

 

The following pictures and captions are taken from the District’s website at:  http://www.district100.net/


March 16, 2010 - Students from Belvidere North and Belvidere Central participated in a a unified march this morning around the track at the Milt Brown Stadium.  Students marched in support of teachers and to demand payment from the State of Illinois.

Related story:
Belvidere North students show support for teachers
http://www.wrex.com/global/story.asp?s=12148951

Adults join students in second Belvidere schools walkout

More than 1,700 students, parents, teachers and district officials walked out of Belvidere North High School this morning to make sure residents are aware of the district’s financial plight. The march was part of an organized effort between Belvidere North High School and Belvidere Central Middle School.
Later this morning, the march became a rally around the track at Milt Brown Stadium, while more than 50 students took to the streets of Belvidere to make a nearly 4-mile trek to Belvidere High School as a thank-you to the hundreds of BHS students who marched to the district’s central office Monday, before walking to Belvidere North to support teachers.

Click on the following for more details:  Adults join students in second Belvidere schools walkout - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Principal joins Belvidere students in protesting proposed layoffs | Chicago Press Release Services

 This is a little different view of the student protest march.

Belvidere High School Principal Matt Zickert marched with dozens of students this morning to protest Superintendent Michael Houselog’s proposal to slash the teaching staff by 150.

By 11 a.m., the students, holding signs proclaiming “Save our schools” and “We love our teachers,” took the protest to the streets, marching from the high school to the district’s administration building and holding up traffic along East Sixth Street.

Principal joins Belvidere students in protesting proposed layoffs | Chicago Press Release Services

Posting from District 100 Website

The following posting from:  http://www.district100.net/ clarifies that the 57 teachers who were pink slipped were 1st, 2nd and third year teachers.

Belvidere, IL Monday, March 15, 2010 – As of February 28, the State of Illinois is $2.8 million behind in its payments to the Belvidere School District.  The district expects to receive two out of four categorical payments this fiscal year.  In addition, the state plans to reduce the amount of money paid to districts per student by 17% next year (which translates into at least a $2 million less for Belvidere), may eliminate funding for pre-k programs, and may reduce the money paid to districts for reading programs, special education, and bilingual programs. 

In response to these state funding issues and their impact on the District’s 2010-2011 budget, the Board of Education voted this evening to release 57 first, second, and third year teachers as part of a reduction in force.  The Board also voted on administrative assignments for the 2010-2011 school year, which assignments will recognize a savings of $250,000 for the district in FY11.

For more information please visit the following:
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs026/1102767400755/archive/1103194701910.html

Monday, March 15, 2010

Belvidere superintendent scales back proposed layoffs -

 Initial reporting: 

Superintendent] Houselog scaled back the proposed layoffs to 60-65 teachers instead of the original proposal of 150.
Board members then went into a closed executive session to discuss contract negotiations. [when the story was developing]

Later:  cut 57 teachers from its payroll

…as a result of what we learned through the community forums, I [Dr. Houselog] would like to put forward a different recommendation to the School Board this evening.”

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere superintendent scales back proposed layoffs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Massive staff cuts expected tonight in Elgin U46

district is projecting at least a $44 million deficit next school year, which includes a known shortage of $15 million due to lagging revenues, and another $29 million that may result from an expected reduction

"I don't think there's ever been a RIF (reduction in force) this large" in U46's history,

Click on the following for more details:   Massive staff cuts expected tonight in U46 :: The Courier News :: Local News

Elgin U-46 teacher who recovered from in-school stabbing laid off

After she was attacked by a 16-year-old student with a knife in January 2008, she lost her right eye, endured several surgeries and months of therapy.

But she never sued, never blamed the district or the school for what happened to her.

She simply went back to the job she loved, teaching family and consumer science classes at Elgin High.

she is one of hundreds of teachers being pink slipped by Elgin Area School District U-46 next year.

She feels betrayed.

Superintendent Jose Torres said the district is cutting more positions than necessary to pad itself against potential state funding cuts. It plans to recall employees if the funding picture improves.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | U-46 teacher who recovered from in-school stabbing laid off

FACEBOOK: Boone County Journal covers student walk-out on Facebook

Boone County Journal Over 100 Belvidere High School students marched from BHS to the school district's central office to Belvidere North High School on Monday, March 15, 2010 to protest the proposed cuts of 150 teaching positions in the district. The Belvidere School District Board of Education meets tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss cost-cutting proposals. Photos by Curtis Clegg

Belvidere students marching back to school with sheriff escort - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Please read both this newspaper account and the School District’s posting on their official website which is below this posting.

more than 100 Belvidere High School students back to their school after they led a three-hour protest of the district’s proposal to slash teaching staff by 150.

students walked out of fourth period at about 10:45 a.m. and took to the streets, holding signs proclaiming “Save our schools” and “We love our teachers.” By 11 a.m., traffic was held up along East Sixth Street as students marched from the high school to the district’s administration building, all in protest of the district's proposal to slash staff.

The students found themselves huddled around Superintendent Michael Houselog about 15 minutes later, after they reached the 5th Avenue administration building. Belvidere High School Principal Matt Zickert also came out to meet the students.
Houselog told the assembled crowd that he understood how they felt, but he said the district’s choices are limited as the limping economy cuts into the district’s budget.
Students then marched to Belvidere North High School where they stood outside the school and shouted “Save our schools” and “Join us,” encouraging Belvidere North students to join the protest. The walking distance between the two high schools is about 4 miles.
By 1 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and Belvidere police arrived and tried to quell the protest and corral students onto school buses. At least a couple dozen Belvidere North students left their school and joined the protest.
By 1:30 p.m., however, a few Belvidere North students went back inside and the rest of the students turned their heels and began marching back to Belvidere High School, trailed by police squad cars.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere students marching back to school with sheriff escort - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

District 100 Administration Reaction to Student Actions Today

The following postings on the District 100’s website:  http://www.district100.net/  apparently reflects the administration’s reaction to a student walk out today.

BHS students show support for their teachers
Posted March 15, 2010

Late this morning students from Belvidere High School walked to the District offices to show support for their teachers.  Superintendent Houselog spoke with the students and answered questions regarding possible layoffs. 

In response to state funding issues, the Board of Education is expected to take action this evening to release teachers as part of a reduction in force.  

March 19 is Pink (slip) Friday | IEANEA

two gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Bill Brady, will be speaking at the IEA Annual Representative Assembly (RA) on March 19 in Rosemont.  With our RA delegates in pink, we will show the state the IEA commitment to fair funding, and the impact that funding cuts will have on the goal to build a quality education system and economy in the state.

IEA will issue a statewide news release next week highlighting the fact that IEA members statewide are being encouraged to wear pink.

Click on the following for more details:   March 19 is Pink (slip) Friday | IEANEA

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Schools in McHenry County battle a pernicious foe: Hunger

 

Illinois State Board of Education, 20.3 percent of children at McHenry County schools were eligible for a free or reduced lunch in 2010, compared with 14.6 percent in 2008.

District 300’s addition of dinners is funded through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which can be instituted at any school where more than 50 percent of its students are on free or reduced lunches.

Northwest Herald | Schools battle a pernicious foe: Hunger

Friday, March 12, 2010

Poised to get 5.6% raises, Kaneland teachers willing to talk cuts

district asked the union in November to consider renegotiating its contract. Teachers are due to receive a 5.6 percent increase in base pay this fall, in the last year of a three-year contract.  But teachers voted "no" in February

wake of spending cuts made by the Kaneland school board, the teachers union has offered to talk about ways to save money.

 

Daily Herald | Poised to get 5.6% raises, Kaneland teachers willing to talk cuts

Kids to ‘miss out on a lot’ without Rising Stars

I had a question regarding reimbursement for kindergarten—this article answers it.  It appears that for state reimbursement a district receives twice  as much state aid for a full time kindergartener compared to a half day kindergartener.  Thanks RRS reporter, Kevin Haas.

The cut comes at a time when the district [Harlem] is researching whether to add full-day kindergarten. That could be affordable because kindergarten programs are paid through general state aid based on attendance, rather than the categorical grants that once funded Rising Stars, Rosilez said.

Kids to ‘miss out on a lot’ without Rising Stars - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Belvidere students promise to protest teacher layoffs

Is this a “wise” headline? 

Nearly 300 people listened as Superintendent Mike Houselog painted a picture of a district working for its students despite a lack of funding. The district is preparing for its “worst-case scenario,” with a list of more than 30 ways it can cut its budget.

Click on the following for the rest of the story:   Belvidere students promise to protest teacher layoffs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School District 100 Cuts

Click on the following to read the frequently asked questions regarding proposed cost saving options:http://www.district100.com/pdfs/FAQ_for_Proposed_Cost_Saving_Options.pdf
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Here is a sample of the questions.

Has the District considered outsourcing payroll?
A: Updated March 3: The District has not obtained bids to outsource payroll functions, but will do so if directed by the Board of Education. Currently the District employs two payroll staff at the Central Office and bookkeepers at both middle schools and both high schools. The Proposed Cost Saving Options includes the elimination of the two high school positions, which is explained in greater detail below. If practical, the elimination of the middle school positions may be considered in future yeas.
Because the current software is over 20 years old and does not allow the performance of functions required by our organization, the Board of Education recently approved the purchase of integrated software for the Human Resources and Business Services departments. As noted on page 1 of the proposed options, the Human Resources module will provide an immediate cost savings of $18,000. In addition, this software will reduce a portion of the work performed at the building level relative to payroll, resulting in additional savings of up to $45,000 (see page 4 of the options).

DeKalb intends to deny FOIA request | Daily Chronicle

Mayor Povlsen

The City of DeKalb has indicated it intends to deny a request to release the names of those who were interviewed or expressed interest in the recently filled 7th Ward aldermanic seat on the city council.

Public Access Counselor Cara Smith responded Feb. 8, saying it was going to review the matter. The state has 60 days to complete its review.

Click on the following for more details:  DeKalb intends to deny FOIA request | Daily Chronicle

First Student Awarded Student Transportation Contract with the Belvidere, Ill. School District 100

 

First Student, Inc., the nation’s leader in student transportation, has been awarded the school bus transportation contract for the Belvidere Community Unit School District 100 in Belvidere, Ill., beginning July 2010. First Student is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America’s largest transportation company.

This new contract is a three-year agreement which includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of 132 vehicles covering 120 daily routes.

First Student Awarded Student Transportation Contract with the Belvidere, Ill. School District 100

Rock Valley College lists the candidates who vied with Rev. Copeland for the Trustee Opening

I requested the names of the  candidates on Monday under the Freedom of Information Act  and received the names today.  There were 22 applicants.

 

Applicants for Rock Valley College Board of Trustees Vacancy
Rockford, IL
December 2009

1.    Richard M. Baer, Rockton, IL
2.    Carol D. Bell, Rockford, IL
3.    David Black, Belvidere, IL
4.    Doug Burton, Rockford, IL
5.    Michael Cermak, Oregon, IL
6.    Dyanna Chandler, Rockford, IL
7.    Michael Connor, Cherry Valley, IL
8.    K. Edward Copeland, Rockford, IL
9.    Leon Hansen, Rockford, IL
10.    John D. Hurley, Roscoe, IL
11.    Jody J. Jungerberg, Rockford, IL
12.    Dr. Joan E. Kole, Rockford, IL
13.    Theodore Liebovich, Rockford, IL
14.    Pankaj Mahajan, Rockford, IL
15.    Michael D. Meier, Machesney Park, IL
16.    Jeffrey W. Polsean, Rockford, IL
17.    Forest W. Price, Rockford, IL
18.    William J. Pysson, Belvidere, IL
19.    W. Perry Randall, Caledonia, IL
20.    Dorothy L. Reddic, Rockford, IL
21.    Robert Trojan, Caledonia, IL
22.    Dr. Rudy Valdez, Rockford, IL

Palatine Elementary Dist. 15 prepares for $27 million bond sale, cuts

interest rate on the bonds would average about 4.3 percent, a figure that would be higher if not for the Build America Bonds initiative, in which the federal government finances 35 percent of the interest cost on bonds used for capital improvements.

Most often when a school district or municipality issues bonds it is to finance a new building or permanently improve the structures that they have," she said. "It is not [like this one] to pay day-to-day operating expenses."

to keep its fund balance at 30 percent of the operating budget. Now[without the bond] reserves are projected to hemorrhage from 35.7 percent this school year to just 1.2 percent in 2014-15.

Click on the following for more detailsDaily Herald | Dist. 15 prepares for $27 million bond sale, cuts

HCC to raise fall tuition - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

The increase of $10 per credit hour will go into effect this fall semester. In-district students will pay $94 per credit hour. The senior citizen rate will be $71.

In order to be eligible for state funding, the tuition rate must be at least 85 percent of the state average, which is estimated at $89 for the 2010-2011 year.

HCC to raise fall tuition - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Daily Herald | Did Ex-Huntley Dist. 158 special ed. chief pump up job application?

Appears that the school district did a little pumping up as well.

According to an employment application provided by District 158 under a Freedom of Information Act request, Kalkirtz claimed to have a state-issued special education director endorsement.

But according to an employment application Kalkirtz provided on Wednesday, Kalkirtz only stated that her endorsement was pending.

should not be an issue going forward, as state records show current special services coordinator Karen Aylward now has her director endorsement. Burkey held off on making Aylward interim director because of her pending certification

Click on the following for more detailsDaily Herald | Did Ex-Huntley Dist. 158 special ed. chief pump up job application?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

District 100 considers various cuts

Below are five pages of various cuts that have been brainstormed by the administration since October 2009.  All cuts of course are the school board’s actual decision.

District #100 to discuss proposed cost saving options at public forum
Posted March 4, 2010 on http://www.district100.net/

The public is invited to a forum on Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Belvidere Central Middle School (8787 Beloit Road, Belvidere) to review the proposed options.

 

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

Cuts 1

 

cuts 2

cuts 3

cuts 4

cut 5

New Naperville Dist. 203 contract calls for freeze, then 2 raises

 

freezes salaries for most teachers during the first year with the exception of those getting more education or nearing retirement.

In the second year, teachers will receive average pay increases of 2.84 percent.

Base raises in the third year will be 75 percent of the 2010 rate of inflation, which is not yet known. With the additional "step" increase for experience

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | New Dist. 203 contract calls for freeze, then 2 raises

Crime and education :: Beacon News :: Local News

Restoring cuts to preschool programs today could help curb crime in the future, Kane County and Aurora law enforcement officers and legislators emphasize.

evidence that preschool prevents future violent crime and saves money, law enforcement leaders called on the General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn to restore funding for preschool programs in the upcoming state budget.

Click on the following for more details concerning this interesting storyCrime and education :: Beacon News :: Local News

Monday, March 8, 2010

Univ of Ill. plans Assembly Hall alcohol sales

image The University of Illinois will start selling beer and wine at some concerts at the on-campus Assembly Hall starting this month.

the Assembly Hall needs to sell alcohol to compete with venues in Bloomington and Peoria.

He said beer and wine will not be sold at events that draw large numbers of students. That includes Fighting Illini basketball games.

Daily Herald | U of Ill. plans Assembly Hall alcohol sales

University of Illinois Might See Layoffs

 

: We may have to tighten our belts in other way. And layoffs may have to be one of them. And the hiring freeze may be another.
Ikenberry says the university is looking for departments and positions to consolidate or eliminate. He says he will need to raise tuition and take out loans to help balance the budget.

Click on the following for more details:  City Room™ - Education - U of I Might See Layoffs

Notice regarding old newspaper articles

Daily Chronicle OnlineNorthwest Herald - Local news and video for McHenry County, Illinois

Shaw Suburban Media, the publishers of the Northwest Herald (McHenry County) and Daily Chronicle(DeKalb) now have only a short period in which old newspaper articles can be view for free.  For the Chronicle it is seven days.  I will attempt to minimize the posting from these sources but be aware of the short life of some of the posted links.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our View: Eliminate unfunded mandates | Daily Chronicle

The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Huntsville

image House Bill 4711 would allow local school boards to modify or discontinue a state mandate that the state has not paid for. It lets local school officials choose what programs are most essential to their particular districts, and which can be dropped during this statewide financial crisis….. amended the legislation to exempt certain mandates.
A brief list of exempted items: special education, transportation, lunch programs, driver education, regulations required by the health/life safety code, curricula associated with the Illinois Learning Standards and State Assessments, teacher certification requirements, programs impacted by federal funding, laws related to teacher tenure or evaluation, dismissal or reduction in force of the teaching staff, bilingual education and any item that is contained in a locally bargained contract.

Click on the following for more details:  Our View: Eliminate unfunded mandates | Daily Chronicle

Friday, March 5, 2010

DeKalb School Board member Mitchell suing other member | Daily Chronicle

 

DeKalb School Board member James Mitchell has filed a lawsuit against fellow board member Tia Robinson because he says she has refused to repay him money he lent her. 

loaned Robinson a total of $1,453, which was used for a mortgage payment and to pay for school books for her college-aged son, according to court documents. Mitchell said he also drove Robinson’s son to Texas to attend college.

Click on the following for more details and don’t forget the 40 public comments:   DeKalb School Board member Mitchell suing other member | Daily Chronicle

Illinois a finalist for new school cash : Race to the Top

State officials estimated that if Illinois is among the grant winners, it would funnel $255 million of its share toward state-level projects or any Illinois school district.

School officials predict that about 56 percent of the $510 million would go to Chicago Public Schools ….. The number of dollars given to districts would be based on their number of low-income students.

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois a finalist for new school cash :: The Courier News :: Local News

Carpentersville’s D300 will let 151 teachers go :: The Courier News :: Local News

"all the first- and second-year teachers, minus those let go for performance, minus those in hard-to-fill positions,"

D300 will let 151 teachers go :: The Courier News :: Local News

Belvidere may cut preschool - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Teachers and support staff at the school are preparing letters to distribute to parents of the 240 students who are in the pre-K program and 286 students on a waiting list, informing them of the problem and that the program may be canceled after this school year.

Belvidere may cut preschool - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lake Forest stunner: Secret millionaire leaves fortune for Lake Forest College scholarships - chicagotribune.com

 

Lake Forest College, her alma mater. She planned to contribute more upon her death, and when she passed away in January, at the age of 100,

Groner's estate, which stemmed from a $180 stock purchase she made in 1935, was worth $7 million.  In 1935, she bought three $60 shares of specially issued Abbott stock and never sold them. The shares split many times over the next seven decades,….and Groner reinvested the dividends.

Groner never wed or had children…  her gregarious personality she had plenty of friends. She remained connected to Lake Forest College, too, attending football games and cultural events on campus and donating $180,000 for a scholarship program.

The foundation's millions should generate more than $300,000 a year for the college, enabling dozens more students to travel and pursue internships. Many probably wouldn't be able to pursue those opportunities without a scholarship: 75 percent of the student body receives financial aid,

Click on the following for more details:  Lake Forest stunner: Secret millionaire leaves fortune for Lake Forest College scholarships - chicagotribune.com

Chinese classes: More suburban schools offer Chinese classes - chicagotribune.com

Nationally, the number of middle and high schools that offer Chinese increased from about 1 percent to about 4 percent from 1997 to 2008

We don't have enough certified teachers," said Yea-Fen Chen, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and executive director of the Chinese Language Teachers Association.
Most districts require native fluency plus a state teaching credential

Chinese classes: More suburban schools offer Chinese classes - chicagotribune.com

Naperville Dist. 203 teachers may accept one-year pay freeze

This article is confusing regarding teachers’ pay increases for additional experience.  Some of the settlement however is interesting particularly  health benefits based upon seniority.

Most Naperville Unit District 203 teachers won't receive pay increases next year as part of a new tentative three-year contract both sides are expected to approve in the coming week.

Teachers would receive pay bumps in the following two years, however, and those approaching retirement still would be eligible for raises of up to 6 percent in each of their final four years in the district,

Health benefits also will remain the same, with teachers paying 30 percent in their first two years with the district and 15 percent each year after

The starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree and no experience is $42,808 in the current contract. A teacher with a master's degree plus 54 hours of additional college credit and 22 years of experience makes $105,278.

Click on the following for more detailsDaily Herald | Dist. 203 teachers may accept one-year pay freeze

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Superintendent Torres: Elgin Schools U46 planning for worst :: The Courier News :: Local News

Superintendent Jose M. Torres reached out Tuesday evening to the Lions Club of Elgin to discuss candidly the district's financial battle to stay afloat

He noted he had spent the day with an NBC Nightly News crew to clarify the financial deficits that school districts are dealing with across the nation. He said the special might air tonight.

Click on the following for more details:  Torres: U46 planning for worst :: The Courier News :: Local News

School board unanimously approves college-prep academy - Springfield

 

Capital College Preparatory Academy, a partnership between the Springfield School District and the Springfield Urban League, would enroll only 100 sixth-graders next year, but is designed to grow gradually to include students through 12th grade. Students would follow an extended school day, attend Saturday sessions, wear dress clothes and take all-male and all-female classes.

designed to prepare at-risk students for success in college, fills an urgent need. The board voted unanimously to open the academy pending approval of a contract with the Urban League.

School board unanimously approves college-prep academy - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

HealthierUS School Challenge

 Will any of our local schools become a part of this USDA challenge?  Is it even possible with many food services privatized?

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction.

How It Works

To be certified as a HUSSC School, a school must:

  • be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School
  • offer reimbursable lunches that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices and principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and that meet USDA nutrition standards
  • provide nutrition education to students
  • provide students with physical education and the opportunity for physical activity
  • maintain an Average Daily Participation of school enrollment for reimbursable lunches
  • adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program.

HealthierUS School Challenge