Monday, February 28, 2011

Letter to BCJ Editor: District 100’s Washington STEM

Editor,

 
Tonight I attended the regular meeting of the Belvidere CUSD #100 School Board. I went with the full intention of seeing and hearing the views of the board, administrators and citizens who elected them as their representatives.
The hot button issue before the board this month was the conversion of Washington Elementary School to a STEM Magnet School for grades K-8. This is a proposal that seemed to pop up out of nowhere following a school board retreat the last Saturday in January.

The gallery this night was made up of over 100 citizens  who filled every seat and standing space at the back of the room. These people represented staff from all schools in the district, as well as fellow tax payers and parents. A number
of people spoke out in favor and in opposition to the plan, but the majority wanted additional time to put together a magnet school program that the community and staff can be proud of. The catch phrase of the night was one I remember well
from the early days of my career: “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!” As a concerned citizen, I not only agree with this phrase, but agree that the board and
administrators have not followed this advice.

As an engineer who has studied science and technology over the years, I agree with the theory that children should be exposed early to science, math and technology. So what are our schools doing now? The STEM program stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I can appreciate the concept and support the theory. However the target student is too young to benefit from it! Students in grades K-8 need to learn to read, do basic math and learn social studies before they can be successful in STEM.
Reading is so critically important, that it has to be given top priority. Second is math. But if a child cannot read a math problem, how can he solve it? Third is studying the world around them. Knowing about other states, other countries, other planets and relating our experiences to them. A well
rounded student will be successful in STEM. A primary  grade student whose experiences are limited by age, will not.

I support the concept of a STEM magnet school ---
for high school. Students coming out of the Washington Magnet School will graduate to what? Belvidere High School? Belvidere North High School? Neither have special programs for science and technology and for some reason, these have not been discussed for these schools.
That aside, to put together a STEM school program for any grade level in such a short amount of time is a ticket to disaster. When Belvidere North was built, the new principal
was hired almost the day construction began. He worked with students, staff, and the community for over a year to get the school ready and insure success. Fast forward to tonight and we have a board that listened, made sure the speakers stuck to the subject and time limits and although
most speakers pleaded for the board to give it more time, they voted to continue planning for a 2011 opening anyway. It was as if they were tired of dealing with the matter making it obvious the subject had been discussed by the board members previously, out of earshot of staff and taxpayers,.

I heard several disturbing things tonight. 1). The
insistence that this matter had been included in the agenda for the January 31 meeting (it was not); 2) the statement by a board member that they have been discussing this for two
years (it has not-at least publicly) and 3) the pleading by staff members that they be included in the planning process (they have not). Following tonight’s meeting, it is quite likely there will be labor issues, legal challenges and cost overruns, which as a taxpayer concern me greatly, given the
precarious financial position of the district today. Those aside, there will be the feeling that the board does what it wants, when it wants regardless of the opinions of those who elected them. Sad commentary in light of recent events
in the Middle East, and just 70 miles north in Madison.

 
Jeffrey Gerlach, Belvidere

The above is taken from the Boone County Journal for 2-25-2011, page 2.  The paper is available free of cost at cooperating merchants through out the area.  And available on line at: http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2011/Boone-County-News-02-25-11.pdf#page=1

Friday, February 25, 2011

Providence plans to pink slip all teachers | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

Providence Teachers Union - AFT Local #958, AFL - CIO

In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school.

“To be clear about what this means,” Brady wrote, “this action gives the School Board the right to dismiss teachers as necessary, but not all teachers will actually be dismissed at the end of the school year.”

believes this move comes directly from Mayor Angel Taveras, not the School Department

And both Smith [Union President]  and [Superintendent] Brady have staked their careers on a first-ever partnership in which both sides have agreed to make deep reforms in four of the district’s lowest-performing schools.

“We’re at the table with our best ideas,” Smith said. “To take this approach is unconscionable.”

Click on the following for more details:  Providence plans to pink slip all teachers | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

Thursday, February 24, 2011

ACLU asks Rockford district to change graduation venue - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Rockford School District officials to host high school graduation this spring at a venue other than Rockford First Church.

The church, 5950 Spring Creek Road, is offering its space to the district for free, including maintenance workers and sound and lighting technicians.
ACLU officials are reviewing information received through a Freedom of Information Act request, including documents that relate to graduation, such as district agreements with the church and MetroCentre, ceremony cost and any plans the district has to cover religious imagery or objects at the church.

ACLU asks Rockford district to change graduation venue - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

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Washington Stem’s “new” Curriculum

Superintendent Houselog has stated that Washington Magnet will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Currently the curriculum is the same as the other district elementary schools.  Apparently that will change.  The following data sheet was posted on the district website since the idea was proposed in early February.  Will Washington STEM’s curriculum hold up to these broad promises.

 

Washington Elementary to open as magnet school in fall, 2011


Not all students learn in the same way, and not all students reach their full potential in a traditional school setting. Knowing this, and recognizing Washington Elementary School has not made adequate yearly progress in a number of areas for the past few years, the Belvidere School District is taking this opportunity to transform Washington into a magnet school beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. The magnet school will serve students in grades kindergarten through sixth in its first year, and will expand to include seventh grade in 2012-2013, and eighth grade in 2013-2014.


What is a magnet school?
By definition, a magnet school is a public school that specializes in particular subjects, in addition to providing general education, and draws students from inside and outside the local area. The curriculum at Washington will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Who is eligible to attend?
Washington will transform from a home school to a choice school, which means current students, as well as students from across the district, will have an opportunity to attend the magnet school. Beginning next year, Kishwaukee Elementary will become the home school for Washington students who do not wish to attend the magnet school.
How will the curriculum differ from other schools in the district?


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How will the curriculum differ from other schools in the district?
While general education courses as well as physical education, art, and music will be taught, emphasis will be placed on the following:
• Technology. Technology will be integrated into everyday activities.
• Science Curriculum. All students will receive a hands-on science curriculum.
Math Acceleration. Beginning in 3rd grade, students can test into a higher math curriculum. For example, a group of 3rd grade students can test into a 4th grade curriculum while the remaining students are taught at a 3rd grade level.
• Balanced Calendar. The magnet school will operate on a balanced calendar that will allow for a more continuous educational process. A balanced calendar divides a portion of the time typically reserved for summer vacation into a series of 2 to 3 week breaks over the entire year. An example of a balanced calendar, as well as details describing how it works, can be found on the reverse side of this paper.
• Uniforms. All students attending the magnet school will be required to wear school uniforms.
• Parent Volunteers. Parents will be required to volunteer at the school for one hour per quarter.

How do I enroll my child in the magnet school?
Current Washington students will be given first opportunity to secure a seat in the magnet school. Applications for the remaining open seats will be available for pick up at Washington Elementary School beginning April 8.
No late or incomplete applications will be accepted
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Enrollment process begins for Belvidere magnet school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

A reverse enrollment process for Belvidere School District students enrolled at Washington Elementary began Wednesday morning.
Students already attending the school were automatically enrolled into Washington STEM Magnet for the upcoming school year.
If Washington parents don’t want their children to remain at the school, the children will be bused to Kishwaukee Elementary in Garden Prairie under the district’s plan,

Elementary school parents were notified via a voice messaging system Wednesday morning of their choices for enrolling or unenrolling students at the magnet, which will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

district hadn’t heard from very many families wanting to opt out by the end of the first day, but the district has seen a good response from staff looking to fill positions at the magnet.
“We’ve had quite a bit of interest in staff positions, about 20 applications,” he said. “It’s an exciting day to be moving this along for us.”

Click on the following for more details:  Enrollment process begins for Belvidere magnet school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Washington students have until March 18 to get out of the STEM

5th Graders at Washington--you better say something if you want to attend South Middle School.

The following is taken from the District website.

Board of Education unanimously approves magnet school
Posted February 22, 2011

Tonight the Board of Education unanimously approved the planning of a magnet school for the 2011-2012 school year which will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Megan Johnson, Washington's current leader, will oversee the STEM school

Students who live within Washington's boundaries are automatically enrolled in the magnet school.  Parents who do not want their child to attend must complete and return a Decline of Enrollment form by March 18.  This form will be available in the school office as well as on the district's website by the end of the day on February 23.

Open enrollment for the STEM academy will begin April 7.

See below for additional information regarding the K-8 magnet school.

K-8 Academy Parent Information Sheet (English or Español)
K-8 Academy Frequently Asked Questions (updated February 16)
PowerPoint Presentation (updated February 9)  (
English or Español)

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Superintendent Houselog: We will post the questions and answers from the meetings on the District website.

Fact check—Did this happen?

As shown by the District 100 website taken today there was an update on February 16. There were public presentation on Tuesday, (2-8) Thursday (2-10) Tuesday (2-15) and Thursday (2-17). The meeting on 2-17 was to be in Spanish.  Washington School is 54% Hispanic; no Q&A from that meeting have been listed.

I attended the 2-10 meeting. Those Q&A’s were to be posted on Friday 2-11.  I emailed Mr. Houselog regarding this matter and received a reply at 11:30 on Monday that they were now posted but no other comment.  Before that time   only a question concerning special education was posted.  SEE:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2011/02/q-on-washington-promise-not-kept.html 

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Belvidere School District creates magnet school - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

If true, this is something new.

Belvidere School District creates magnet school

Posted: Feb 22, 2011 8:49 PM CST

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By Jessica Geraci

BELVIDERE (WREX) -  The Belvidere Board of Education unanimously votes to create a magnet school.

Washington Elementary will be a school focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math starting in the 2011-2012 school year.  Washington's current Principal Megan Johnson will run the school.  Students within Washington's boundaries will be automatically enrolled in the magnet school.  Parents will have until March 18th to file a decline of enrollment form.  Open enrollment begins April 7th.

Click on the following to see the actual newscastersBelvidere School District creates magnet school - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Belvidere's Washington Elementary becomes magnet - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Was there ever any doubt that the school board would pass this?  Why was this meeting not moved next door to Washington School?  See the posting above this from WREX—all current Washington students will be enrolled in the Magnet school unless the chose Kishwaukee.

Beginning this fall, Washington Elementary School will convert into an educational center focused on

No seats were available during the meeting, standing room was nonexistent and the crowd flowed into the hall as more than 150 people gathered to witness the vote for the first school of its kind in the district.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere's Washington Elementary becomes magnet - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wisconsin public school employee pay for the 2009-2010 school year - JSOnline

How well are Wisconsin teachers paid?—Find a district or teacher’s name and find out.

Wisconsin public school employee pay for the 2009-2010 school year

Updated August 2010: Search to see how more than 134,000 superintendents, principals, teachers and other employees earned at public school districts across Wisconsin during the 2009-2010 school year.

Click on the following to research this data base:Wisconsin public school employee pay for the 2009-2010 school year - JSOnline

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Belvidere board to vote on magnet school Tuesday - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

The Belvidere Education Association is waiting until after the meeting to decide how it will proceed.

We think moving forward in difficult financial times is a wonderful thing,” BEA President Frank Marks said. “We just don’t believe it should be done this year or in the speed in which it’s going. ...
“We’re not convinced the school is prepared for the kind of program the district thinks it’s prepared for. Additional time would allow the community to be reassured.”
District Superintendent Michael Houselog said his administration offered to discuss the proposal with the union, but union leaders decided to postpone that meeting until after the board takes action.
“For us to have had more (discussion) into this proposal than we did would have been premature without direction from the board,” he said. “There are questions they don’t have answers to, and our hope is to be able to have teachers put more meat on the bones (of the plan) and fill in the blanks that are unanswered right now. I think they’ll be able to do an outstanding job of having that curriculum ready by August.”

Click on the following to read the entire article:  Belvidere board to vote on magnet school Tuesday - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Monday, February 21, 2011

Charter school says it's private as teachers try to unionize - chicagotribune.com

In papers filed with the National Labor Relations Board, attorneys for the Chicago Math and Science Academy on the city's North Side say the school should be exempt from an Illinois law that grants employees of all public schools the right to form unions for contract negotiations.

. Eight of the city's 38 charter schools have organized teachers who've negotiated and signed contracts, officials say, and four others are pushing to do the same. None of those battles, however, has escalated like the one at the academy.

Click on the following for more details:  Charter school says it's private as teachers try to unionize - chicagotribune.com

Saturday, February 19, 2011

McHenry High School District 156 Working Capital Referendum

As shown by the picture there already is a group opposing that District’s April 2011 referenda request: 

“Shall the Board of Education of McHenry High School Community District 156, McHenry and Lake Counties, Illinois be authorized to issue $8,000,000 bonds for a working cash fund as provided by Article 20 of the school code?”

The group is McHenry Citizen Tax Watch, its website is:  http://www.mchenrycitizenstaxwatch.org/

District 156 had two referendum defeated in November—one for an increase in the education fund the other--bonds for building expansion.

Friday, February 18, 2011

District 100’s response to union’s request to bargain

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Union Request to Bargain.

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Washington School Could Become a “Magnet School” --Boone County Journal

Washington School Could Become a “MagnetSchool”
By James Middleton

 

The evaluation process, according to Belvidere School District #100 Superintendent, Michael Houselog, “began last November.” The result of the process executed by District #100 administrators that included a variety of options has the district deciding to create their first “magnet school.”

A simple definition of a magnet school is a public school that offers, “Specialized courses or curricula,” according to a definition offered by the United States Department of Education. These schools serve elementary, middle and high school needs but in Belvidere the plan is to offer this
opportunity to elementary students first and to be followed by later offering similar assistance to middle school students.

Mr. Houselog said, “We had been thinking about this for about two years as we considered altering the start times for our schools and we also wanted to better manage the overcrowding we had at the Central Middle School.”

He added, “District administrators looked at a number of options.” Part of the focus was placed on how or whether students should be shifted to ease overcrowding; another consideration was to recreate Washington Elementary School as a charter school 

According to the Department of Education, Charter Schools are public elementary and secondary schools that are not accountable to the same rules and regulations that govern most public schools. Each school will establish a charter that employs additional rules to guide the school’s
curricula according their charter.

Mr. Houselog said, “We considered Washington School as a charter school, but we concluded that we have a big investment in the staff there,” and the administration chose not to make that change. Along with these considerations, administrators also were concerned with improving the Average Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement applied to all public schools after spring testing.

The AYP measurement is mandated under the “No Child Left Behind” federal law that establishes an escalating measurement for public school students across the nation to meet or surpass state standardized test averages. The AYP measurement has grown in importance in recent years as the expected percentage of students showing AYP has escalated.

Mr. Houselog said that, the focus at Washington
Elementary School, if the Board of Education chooses to establish the school as a magnet school in school year 2011- 2012, would be on mathematics, science and technology.
He also said that computer classes would be offered as a part of the technology focus of the curricula.

The makeup of the teaching staff would change, if the school was changed to a magnet school. He said some teachers would be shifted and others from other schools could come to Washington to teach. “The total number of teachers there,” Mr. Houselog said, “will not change that
much.” He said the methods the district employed to staff Washington School would resemble the staffing methods used when the Seth Whitman Elementary School was opened.

At the Whitman School, some teachers were drawn from the other schools in the district. Teachers that wanted to shift were allowed the option to apply for the vacancies. After many of those positions were filled, the district
sought applicants for the remaining vacancies from outside the district.
Mr. Houselog suggested this is the process that would be used if Washington Elementary School is
converted into a magnet school.

The Board of Education has not voted on the question, though the matter will likely appear on the agenda of the next school board meeting to occur on Tuesday, February 22. “The board wanted changes that would make a positive
difference for the kids,” Mr. Houselog added. He also said the intent was to offer opportunities for kids and to improve AYP that could also provide for further staff development.

Regarding the probable shift of teachers, Mr. Houselog said the district has been contacted by the Belvidere Education Association (BEA), the group that provides collective bargaining representation for district teachers.
A letter delivered to the district addressed the question of  whether Washington Elementary School would become a magnet school. Because this change could affect the teachers currently assigned there and working under a contract, that would affect the collective bargaining agreement that was reached last November. The BEA sent
a letter to the district seeking clarification of the matter from the district.

Mr. Houselog said that the district sent a letter to the BEA on February 14 seeking to open discussion of the questions between the district and the BEA. In the letter received by administrators at District #100, the BEA had
suggested preferable dates when these questions could be discussed and options could be negotiated. Those dates were proscribed to occur later in February.

The above article is taken from the Boone County Journal, Page 3, 2-18-2011, a free copy of which is available at participating merchants across the area.  It is also available on-line at: http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2011/Boone-County-News-02-18-11.pdf#page=3

 

 

Prediction:  Below is a picture of the Board of Education.  Ted Stenerson (top row, second to left) has resigned from the Board and is currently employed as technology aide at Caledonia Elementary.  Mr. Stenerson will become a teacher of computer/technology at Washington STEM and will be paid based upon the teachers’ salary schedule.  Unless Mr. Stenerson receives an even higher paid job at the district next school year.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Plan targets more than 500 school districts for merger - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

More than 500 school districts in Illinois would be eliminated under a school consolidation plan under consideration by Gov. Pat Quinn.

administration says 247 school superintendents make more than the $177,400 salary made by Quinn.
School district annexations and consolidations have been going on for nearly 30 years. There were 1,008 school districts in Illinois in the 1983-84 school year; 140 of those since have disappeared.
Renewed talk of consolidation will create some anxiety.

Click on the following for more details:  Plan targets more than 500 school districts for merger - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Rock Valley College Spring Enrollment Numbers

RVC Multi-year Spring 10th Day Census Enrollment

Enrollment maintained at 2010 high levels.

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Headcount and FTE3
1 Tenth day census enrollment is based on unduplicated headcount of Arts, Sciences, Career Education, Adult
Education, and Vocational Skills courses in Community/Continuing Professional Education.
2 To make data comparable within the College and across the State, parameters for defining 10th day are
articulated by ICCB. The Spring 2011 capture of these data is consistent with the definition of 10th day provided.
Similar data captured in previous years has varied. To help determine degree of comparability, class start dates
and 10th day census dates are provided.
3For the purpose of this report, Full-time Equivalent (FTE) is based on 15 credit hours per termimage

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS

Unduplicated headcount, credit hours, and FTE all decreased slightly from Spring 2010 to Spring 2011. However, the College has seen overall growth in all three figures since Spring 2007. In the most recent fiscal year, credit hours and FTE
decreased at a lower rate than unduplicated headcount. This suggests that while fewer students may have enrolled at the College this spring, those students enrolled registered for a higher number of credit hours.

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These and other statistics are available at:  http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/About/upload/BOT-Packet-022211.pdf  See pages 31-37.

D155 McHenry High School uses reserves to lower taxes — Crystal Lake news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Actually the rate is still going up but is appears that unlike so many districts this high school district will not levy to the maximum allowed by law.

The school board Tuesday approved lowering the levy, or the amount it wants to bring in through property taxes, to $67.6 million instead of its initial request for $70.1 million. That’s a decrease of 0.4 percent and means the owner of a $300,000 home will save $65 over what had been approved.

Officials will use reserve funds to make up the difference.

Click on the following for more details:  D155 uses reserves to lower taxes — Crystal Lake news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

District 100 presents proposal on Washington Academy

Belvidere Daily Republican’s take on the first meeting, note the highlighted statement of daily posting of Q&A.

Their ideas were presented to the Belvidere school board at their November meeting.

“At that time, they had about 10 scenarios,” Houselog said. Based on feedback from the board, as well as input they received from other avenues, they formulated the academy idea.

Houselog explained the committee initially liked the idea of a charter school, but in exploring that, it was rejected because they realized the significant investment in the district’s teachers was an asset they wanted to strengthen, not abandon.

The basic idea presented last Tuesday is to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academy in the Washington Elementary facility for K-8 students. The school will offer a similar curriculum, but with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math subjects. The school will operate on a balanced school year, with the same number of school days but with the opportunity for additional learning during several of the breaks that occur throughout the school year. Additional departures from other Belvidere schools include school uniforms, grade acceleration on subjects based on ability, required parent involvement, less time for physical education, and possibly a daycare for staff

Houselog said the district is posting a page of frequently asked questions at www.district100.com that will be updated daily

Click on the following for more details:  District 100 presents proposal on Washington Academy

Monday, February 14, 2011

Washington STEM Magnet School a “pro-active” action or eliminating state oversight of a decision?

Usually there are two actions that are done before Corrective Action (CA) is required—those are--outside tutoring and choice allowing a student to attend a neighboring school which is making AYP.  Both those items have been done for Washington Elementary.

On Page 3 of 5 of the Q&A, Superintendent Houselog speaks about being “Pro-active” -- going to a Magnet School before it is required.   Might this also allow the District to opt out of a “Corrective Action” that would be more severe or costly than the current STEM proposal?  

The following is taken from   PAGE 4, OF http://www.isbe.net/sos/pdf/guidance_CA.pdf
If a district has a school or schools identified for CA, the district must choose to take one of the following actions at each school so identified. If a district has more than one school identified for CA, the CA option(s) chosen for one school need not be the same as the one made for another school. However, the choice made by a district for a school identified for CA must be a formal action of the district, either by a written order by an authorized district administrator or by a formal action of the district's governing board of education (and by a local school council for schools operating under Article 34 of the Illinois School Code). 
[1] replacing school staff relevant to the school’s failure to make AYP; 
[2] implementing a new curriculum (with appropriate staff development); 
[3] decreasing the management authority at the school;
[4] appointing an outside expert to advise the school;
[5] extending the school day or year; or
[6] reorganizing the school internally.

Looking at the proposed Magnet STEM would any of the required CA’s actually occur?  The curriculum is not being change.   Washington staff maybe selected for the new Magnet so the required staff may not be replaced.  No outside expert has been referred in the various presentations. The same principal will be at Washington STEM so there is no change in management. There is an optional extension of the year, not a required additional instruction time.

Other interesting information: 

Federal school improvement status designations apply only to Title I schools. Title I schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years are placed in School Improvement Status and must offer Choice. Title I schools that do not make AYP for three consecutive years must offer both Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES). If those schools miss making AYP for a fourth consecutive year, they are designated as being in Corrective Action and must choose among several remediation strategies outlined in federal law. A fifth year of missing AYP results in a restructuring planning year and then a sixth year of missing AYP requires that the restructuring plan be implemented.A list of currently approved SES providers can be found at http://www.isbe.net/nclb/pdfs/sesprovider.pdf

question icon How do Title I schools that are currently in School Improvement Status get removed from this status?

Schools in School Improvement that make AYP for two consecutive years are removed from School Improvement Status.

When will schools be notified of their federal School Improvement Status?

Schools will be notified within 2 weeks of the start of school in most districts. Schools that may have to offer choice or SES services will receive a courtesy notification based on ISBE’s analysis of their preliminary test data.

http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ayp/htmls/faq.htm

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Q&A Washington Magnet School now available

UPDATED 2-16-2010

There are now 6 pages of questions—most all of them were asked at the meeting I attended on Thursday.  I have highlighted in yellow answers that maybe new to some readers. These Q&A were promised to updated daily but only one question was  posted until Monday, February 14.

The following are taken from the District’s website:  http://www.district100.net/pdfs/K-8_Academy_Frequently_Asked_Questions.pdf

Q: What are my options if my student receives special education services?
A: Washington K-8 Academy will offer select special education programs within the state regulations for class size and age range as defined by the Illinois School Code. Program size will be determined once enrollment process has ended and parents will be notified with final verification of attendance. Parents should be sure to indicate any special education needs on the application form. Washington Academy will offer the following programs and special education services:

Special Education Services for students with Learning Disabilities and Other Health Impairments

Speech/Language Services

Various Related Services (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Counseling) as determined by the IEP team

Primary and Intermediate Emotional Disabilities Program

Early Childhood Program
Current EMH and Intensive Programs housed at Washington will be located at Meehan Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year.
Q: In reviewing the minutes of instruction, social studies is not included. Will this be addressed?
A: Yes. Social studies will be included as part of the daily library/media/technology instruction. Students in 5th and 6th grade will receive 50 minutes of instruction in social studies daily.
Q: Will transportation be provided?
A: Current Washington students who choose to attend the academy and are eligible for transportation will continue to receive transportation to Washington. Washington students who elect to attend Kishwaukee will receive transportation regardless of whether they currently walk to school or ride the bus. Students living outside of the Washington boundaries who elect to attend the academy will not be provided transportation.
Q: Will students that are academically talented have priority over other students for enrollment?
A: No.

Page 2 of 5

Q: What does the parent involvement component look like?
A: Parents will be asked to sign a compact agreeing to a set length of time throughout the school year in which they can be involved. This can be fulfilled in a variety of ways.
Q: If Washington Academy fills, is there a possibility of adding another magnet school in the district?
A: Yes, the district would be open to future magnet school opportunities.
Q: If I have a kindergarten student within the Washington boundaries, will they receive priority over a kindergarten student outside of Washington’s boundaries?
A: Yes.
Q: Will there be an additional registration cost?
A: No.
Q: Will the start time be the same as other elementary buildings?
A: Yes.
Q: Why was Kishwaukee selected as overflow for Washington and not another school closer to Washington?
A: Kishwaukee has the greatest number of seats available and is currently a school of choice for Washington. In addition, transportation is currently in place from Washington to Kishwaukee.
Q: Will Washington students wishing to attend Kishwaukee bump a current Kishwaukee student?
A: No.
Q: Why is PE time less at the magnet school?
A: Students will participate in 10 minutes of PE daily in order to allow more instructional time for technology. Students will also participate in recess activities.
Q: What options are there for sports and extracurricular activities for 7th and 8th grade students in future years?
A: we are working with IESA to determine these options.

 

 

Page 3 of 5

Q: Will class size remain the same at the academy?
A: Yes.
Q: Will teachers at Washington lose their jobs?
A: All positions for the academy will be posted as vacancies and all district staff will have the opportunity to apply. Should a tenured teacher elect not to apply or accept a position at the academy they will be placed in another position within the district.
Q: What happens if a student starts at the academy and determines it is not meeting his or her needs?
A: They may return to their home school.
Q: Students at the magnet school will be required to wear uniforms. Is the entire district going to school uniforms in the future?
A: School uniforms will be required for Washington academy only.
Q: Washington is currently not meeting AYP. Are other schools not making AYP, and if so why was Washington chosen to be a magnet school?
A: Yes, there are other schools in the district not making AYP. However, Washington is the lowest performing school as measured through AYP indicators and is currently in Academic Early Warning Year 2. Should the school continue to not meet AYP, the district will have state mandates to implement specific requirements which can include a restructure to a magnet school. The district is taking a proactive approach by proposing the opening of a magnet school this fall.
Q: Does this proposal save money or cost more?
A: As proposed, the academy is cost neutral, with anticipated operating costs to be the same per pupil as current elementary students.
Q: Will the academy accommodate students with IEP’s or 504 plans?
A: Yes.
Q: What technology is currently available at Washington?
A: There are SMARTBoards in every classroom, a full computer lab, computers on wheels, and Netbooks.

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Q: Would 1 to 1 computing be available at some point in time?
A: While it would be a goal to have 1 to 1 computing available, the possibility has not yet been determined.
Q: How can Washington accommodate a science lab?
A: Washington Elementary has sufficient space for a science lab, and the building layout is currently being reviewed to determine the appropriate location.
Q: Will there be a gifted program available at the academy?
A: An enhanced curriculum will exist for students that can work outside of their grade levels.
Q: How will the academy handle students who fall behind?
A: Intersessions are opportunities throughout the school year that allow staff to work with smaller groups of students and provide them with additional support in specific content areas.
Q: What happens if the magnet school does not fill up?
A: While enrollment numbers will be the determining factor, one possibility is to operate one wing as a K-8 magnet school and the other wing as a traditional school.
Q: If I have multiple children in the district, if one sibling is accepted are others automatically accepted?
A: Yes.
Q: What happens when students leave the magnet and go to high school? How can we be assured the skill level will continue?
A: When appropriate, the curriculum for freshmen and sophomores will be the equivalent of juniors and seniors. In addition, qualifying students can enter the Running Start program beginning their junior year.
Q: Will the boundaries change every year?
A: No.

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Q: What is the idea behind the balanced calendar?
A: Under a balanced calendar, the typical 12-week summer break is reduced to 6 weeks, with the remaining 6 spread throughout the school year. The result will be less time needed to review at the start of every year, and the intersessions will give students the opportunity for 20 additional school days per year to receive support or enrichment.
Q: Is the PowerPoint presentation available on-line?
A: Yes.
Q: Will Third Base be offered at the academy?
A: Yes.
Q: What are the incentives for teachers to work at the academy?
A: Incentives include a specialized focus, personal interest, the balanced calendar, an opportunity for additional pay, technology, and the opportunity to plan and participate in enrichment activities that currently do not occur in other buildings due to the constraints of the day/calendar.
Q: When is kindergarten registration in the district?
A: Wednesday, April 6.
Q: If a special education student is placed at Washington, can siblings attend the academy?
A: Yes.

Added February 16:
Q: How many seats are currently available at Kishwaukee?
A: The total capacity for Kishwaukee, based on its current use, is 330 students. There are 262 students enrolled, leaving 68 seats open at this time.
Q: Is the academy meant for advanced learners or is it also available for struggling students?
A: The academy is intended for all students. Intersessions will provide both enrichment and enhancement opportunities throughout the school year to meet the needs of all students.

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Q: How is the district able to shift teachers from building to building?
A: Those employed by District #100 are employees of the district, not of a particular building. Transferring staff is not uncommon and is based on enrollment and the needs of students.
Q: Why is the academy focusing on math and science?
A: The STEM academy will focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, all of which will be valuable skills for our students as they graduate high school and enter college, a vocational school, or the work place.
Q: Will parents be able to evaluate the magnet school option at the end of the year to see if it is appropriate for their child the following year?
A: Yes. Staff and parents will work together, through parent-teacher conferences and other opportunities, to review a student’s progress in the magnet school and determine his or her placement for the next academic year.
Q: How will the district know if a family wishes to enroll multiple children in the magnet school?
A: Each family will be asked to complete an enrollment form and will designate on that form the names of all children they wish to enroll in the K-8 academy.
Q: Is the proposed boundary change part of the magnet school?
A: No. This is a separate matter affecting middle and high school students currently attending Belvidere Central Middle School and Belvidere North High School.
Q: How will the district make technology available to students? Will parents be responsible for providing equipment?
A: The magnet school will emphasize technology both by increasing the time students spend using it as a part of their daily curriculum as well as the manner in which they use it. If, based on enrollment, it is determined additional technology is necessary, the district will pursue available grants or re-allocate building funds to purchase the needed equipment.
Q: Will there be a testing program put in place for enrollment in the future?
A: No.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Parents Discuss New Belvidere Magnet School

 

Parents Discuss New Belvidere Magnet School

Concerned families met at Washington Elementary School in Belvidere tonight to discuss turning the building into a new magnet school next year.

Posted: 9:43 PM Feb 10, 2011


Parents Discuss New Belvidere Magnet School

The final two open houses on the magnet school will be held next week; one Tuesday night at Belvidere South Middle School and one Thursday night at Washington Elementary School; that meeting will be for Spanish-speaking families. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Click on the camera and see the crowd:  Parents Discuss New Belvidere Magnet School

D303 parents want answers on grade level centers - DailyHerald.com

Why does it cost St. Charles more to have a magnet school and it won’t cost Belvidere “any more”?

Schlomann countered that the district doesn’t have the money to create a magnet school. Plus, when asked if they’d be willing to change schools to attend a magnet school in a previous survey, the results suggested almost no parent was willing to make the move, Schlomann said.

Click on the following for more details:  D303 parents want answers on grade level centers - DailyHerald.com

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Q&A on Washington: Promise not kept?

I attended the Thursday meeting at Washington Elementary and Superintendent Michael Houselog stated that all the Questions and Answers from both Tuesday and Thursdays meetings would be typed up and placed on the internet by Friday, February 11.  The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on this issue on Tuesday, February 22.

I have emailed the Superintendent for a clarification as to the District’s posting of the Q&A.

The website location for this item is:  http://www.district100.net/pdfs/K-8_Academy_Frequently_Asked_Questions.pdf

The only item shown on K-8 Academy Frequently Asked is Questions (has been there since 2-7-2011) and is shown in the photocopy below: 

Q&A  Washington

Friday, February 11, 2011

DISTRICT 100 given until FEB 14 to respond to BEA’s Demand to Bargain Request on Washington Academy/Magnet/STEM School

The following letter was hand carried by Belvidere Education Association President, Frank Marks, to Superintendent Michael Houselog on February 7, 2011.

CLICK ON THE PHOTOCOPY TO ENLARGE:

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Washington STEM: New ideas or Gaming AYP standards?

MY PERSONAL VIEWS based upon attendance at the Information Meeting on 2-10-2011

Because of Washington’s poor tests scores some students within the Washington School boundary are already bused at District expense to either Perry or Kishwaukee.  This is a Washington parent’s option.  More severe sanctions will occur unless Washington improves its scores.  Testing is approaching.  Reorganizing Washington (in August before the test scores will even be reported) maybe a means of avoiding such sanctions.

The so-called Washington Science Technology Engineering and Math(STEM) Magnet School has no new curriculum.  It will follow district-wide curriculum.   As shown by the District 100 slide shown below, the number of total instructional minutes is exactly the same however more time is spent in math and science, less in hand-writing and PE.  PE will be done by the classroom teacher rather than a qualified physical education teacher. PE is usually a planning period for teachers; planning will now occur during technology/library.  It is unclear if those classes would be supervised by a trained teacher.

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According to Mr. Houselog the new STEM school “will not cost any more” than the traditional Washington Elementary-- however the Superintendent would give no numbers to verify these statements.  Based upon the fact that the STEM program has four “optional” intersessions, (See slide below, periods shown in blue-green) the program will require some teachers teaching beyond their normal contracted hours. That looks like extra pay.

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The proposed changes at Washington is also coupled with possible changes in start times at all three school levels and small boundary changes to grant a slight decrease in over-crowding at Central Middle School (CMS). 

The superintendent continues to use the 1,000 capacity number for CMS even though it is a well known fact the school has portable classrooms and thus can accommodate 1,200.   Because the State does not count temporary classrooms in its calculation of “capacity”—should not be used to infer that CMS does not have room for its current students.  He spoke of students  spending 16  minutes each day in a hallway “waiting”.  It made for a good story.  Are they fully using the portables. It is it hard to believe there is not space somewhere.  If necessary the conference room next to the principal’s office could be available.

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Students at all levels would start later and go later into the afternoon.  There would be no increase in instruction time.  Such proposed changes may not occur because after school activities especially sports might be ill-affected.  Also parents are concerned about daycare being needed in the morning for such late starts.

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Busing changes also appear to be an issue.  Current Washington students who decide to attend Kishwaukee will be bused --however unless the student is currently bused the student will have to walk to Washington and then be bused to Kishwaukee.  Any student from outside the Washington boundary (Blue area on the map) will have to either walk or be driven by their parents. I guess this is the big savings—no busing for non-Washington area students attending the STEM .

STAFFING:  All positions—teachers, aides and custodian will be declared “vacant”.  The individual employee will have to apply for the vacancy. No preference will be granted for seniority.  The current principal, Ms. Megan Johnson, will pick her “team”.

The effect of this could cause a “domino effect” all across the district.   Based upon the union contract tenured teachers/employees without a position could bump employee’s with less seniority in a number of different schools.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Union objects to plans for Belvidere magnet school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

BELVIDERE — Belvidere Education Association teachers have little faith in the district’s plan to convert Washington Elementary School into Washington STEM Magnet this fall.
The union has filed a demand to bargain with the district in the wake of the recently released proposal.

legal mechanism whereby we tell the Board of Education we feel that some of these aspects of the implementation of this magnet should have been bargained.”

Click on the following for more details:  Union objects to plans for Belvidere magnet school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

District 100 Power Point Presentation: updated to give starting times and boundary changes

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To see the other slides on the Washington Magnet School presentation go to:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2011/02/power-point-presentation-for-district.html

Why Washington Elementary?

District 100 as a whole has basically kept up with the state standards even though those standards have been increasing each year. 

CLICK ON THE PHOTOCOPY TO ENLARGE:

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In terms of test scores Washington has been the lowest performing school in the District for the last three years.  The Illinois standards have increase each year; unlike the other elementary schools, Washington has fewer students reaching these higher standards.  Washington also is 53.9% Hispanic. 

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In terms of Annual Yearly Progress only Caledonia, Kishwaukee, Meehan and Perry have met AYP goals for last year.  The charts below shows testing results for the last three years for elementary schools.  Washington has the lowest scores.  Lincoln’s scores are also lower than District 100 as whole.  Lincoln’s is 45.5% Hispanic its scores since 2002 are on the last photocopy below.

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LINCOLN ELEMENTARY

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The above statistics are taken from: http://iirc.niu.edu/CompareSchoolList.aspx

Belvidere magnet school proposal worries parents - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

“Won’t spend more but don’t know the numbers”?  How is that possible?  Does the Board know what they spend at any of their schools?  What can we expect from a Administration that does not balance its checking account each month.  See that story at:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/11/dist-100-announces-levy-and-financial.html

Washington Elementary School parents told Belvidere School District officials Tuesday that they worry their children may have a lengthy bus ride if they opt not to send them to Washington, which may become a magnet school this fall.

Roughly 225 people attended Tuesday’s session, including parents, teachers and students. Most stayed for a question-and-answer session, and even once that ended, officials stayed to answer individual concerns.

first round of enrollment, beginning Feb. 23, for students already attending the school. The School Board will vote on the proposal Feb. 22.

cost of opening a magnet school, Houselog reiterated that the district won’t spend more to run Washington Elementary, but had no specific dollar amount to offer for the proposal.

Belvidere magnet school proposal worries parents - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teachers’ Contract and Washington STEM Magnet School

Many teachers and the general public may wish to better understand what may be happening to the teaching staff.  I have reproduce the two (apparently) appropriate sections of the teachers’ contract.  The contract is not available on the district website but was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.  Please understand that the contract merely the teacher’s rights and not necessarily what the Board of Education will do.

If there is any other portion of the contract which interests you please contact me at: 

district100watchdog@gmail.com

 

ARTICLE XI
REDUCTION IN PERSONNEL
Section 1. Reduction in Force. If the Board decides to reduce the number of teachers employed or to eliminate some particular type of teaching service, seniority in the District will govern the order of layoffs except where it is determined that a less senior teacher is more qualified to the assignment or assignments remaining; provided, however, the Board shall not lay off or remove a tenure teacher employed in a particular type of teaching service which the Board discontinues, if the Board has a probationary teacher employed in a position for which the tenure teacher is legally qualified to fill.
If there is a tie in seniority between two or more such teachers (i.e., two or more teachers have the same length of continuous service), prior teaching experience shall control as the tie-breaker, and if prior teaching experience is equal, the educational position of the respective teachers on the salary schedule at the time of their removal shall control as the tie-breaker.
The determination of the qualifications of teachers for the assignment or assignments remaining shall not be done in an arbitrary or capricious manner.
Section 2. Notice of Honorable Dismissal. The Board shall provide the teachers affected by a reduction in the number of teachers employed or by the discontinuance of a particular type of teaching service with a written statement of honorable dismissal and the reason therefor.
Section 3. Recall Rights. If the Board increases the number of teachers employed by the District, reinstates a position discontinued, or decides to fill a full-time vacancy that subsequently occurs, the Board shall first offer re-employment to the teachers laid off in the reverse order of layoff so far as they are legally qualified to hold such positions except where it is determined among probationary teachers who have been laid off that a less senior probationary teacher is more qualified to the assignment or assignments being filled by the recall based on such non-arbitrary criteria as evaluations and relevant experience. The determination of the qualifications of probationary teachers for the position being filled by recall shall not be done in an arbitrary or capricious manner. All probationary teachers who have been laid off shall be recalled to positions which they are legally qualified to fill and which the Board has decided to fill before any new teachers are hired to fill such positions.
A teacher shall have the right to re-employment pursuant to the provisions of this Article for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) months from the date of the teacher’s layoff. A teacher’s failure to respond affirmatively within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the Board’s letter sent by registered mail to the teacher’s address on file with the Board recalling such teacher shall result in termination of the teacher’s rights of recall hereunder.
Section 4. Effects of Layoff. In addition to the other applicable provisions of this Article, the following provisions shall be applicable to teachers who are laid off:
1. Upon being recalled pursuant to the provision of this Article, the accumulated and unused sick leave days that the teacher had at the time of his/her layoff shall be restored. No credit shall be granted for purposes of advancement on the salary schedule for the period of the layoff.
2. During the period of time that the teacher has recall rights, the teacher shall have the right to maintain insurance coverage by paying in advance the full applicable monthly premium for employee coverage and, if desired, for dependent coverage.
3. While the seniority of a teacher who is laid off shall not be terminated if the teacher is recalled within fifteen (15) months from the beginning of the school term following the teacher’s layoff, seniority credit shall not accrue during the period of the layoff.

ARTICLE XII
TEACHER ASSIGNMENT
Section 1. Generally. It is agreed that the convenience and any expressed preference of an individual teacher will be given consideration in making assignment, insofar as such consideration does not conflict with the instructional requirements and best interests of the District. Where two or more teachers are considered by the District to be equally qualified for and suited to a given vacancy, in the light of the District’s need, expressed teacher preference will be honored according to the teacher’s relative seniority within the District. If a teacher believes that the District has acted arbitrarily or capriciously in determining that he/she is not equally qualified for and suited to a given vacancy, the teacher may file a grievance alleging same pursuant to the provisions of Article IV of this Agreement.
The District will provide forms for the expression of teacher preference in assignment. These forms must be filed with the superintendent for the District (through the building principal) on or before the Wednesday following the April board meeting. The teacher shall be notified in writing by May 20th of tentative building, grade and/or subject assignment for the coming year. The teacher shall then notify the District, in writing, on or before June lst of his acceptance or other intent.
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The District shall advise the Association as soon as practicable of any written resignations received by the District between the last meeting of the Board in May and the opening of the school year from full-time teachers covered by this Agreement. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require the District to fill any such position or to prevent the District from filling such position.
Teachers who must be reassigned after tentative assignment will be advised of such reassignment as soon as possible. Any teacher reassigned after July lst in a given contract year, if the new assignment is deemed for personal reasons unacceptable by the teacher, and if the teacher so requests, will, without prejudice, be released from further contractual obligation to the District. If a teacher accepts an involuntary transfer after July lst, said teacher shall be given priority consideration, upon timely written request, if there is a vacancy at the commencement of the succeeding school year for which the teacher is qualified and is for the teaching level or field previously taught by the teacher while employed by the District.
Except in case of reassignment unacceptable to the teacher (above), the Association acknowledges the teacher’s individual obligation not to request release from his contract after that date which is sixty (60) days prior to the opening of the regular school year, except in case of incapacitating illness or comparable emergency.
Section 2. Posting of Vacancies. Notification of vacancies covered by this Agreement that the Board intends to fill (including extracurricular assignments for which stipends are set forth in this Agreement) shall be posted in all buildings and a copy of the notice shall be sent to all staff/the Association via email and posted in all buildings. Such notices shall include the title and the location. If the position is going to be filled, all qualified bargaining unit employees who apply for such posted vacancies by the date specified in the posting shall be interviewed. Any vacancies not filled by qualified bargaining unit employees by June 30th shall be filled on a “full/part-time temporary” basis for one year with outside candidates. These positions will be posted again in the spring for qualified district employees to apply. Nothing herein shall be construed to require the Board to fill any such position.

Rockford Partnership to Repower Turbines for Resale - News - The Illinois Wind Energy Association

The first three wind turbines Winnebago County purchased from a Danish wind farm operator for Freedom Field arrived in Rockford this week.

Freedom Field, a nonprofit whose goal is to facilitate more renewable energy opportunities, will work with local manufacturers and Northern Illinois University’s Rapid Optimization of Commercial Knowledge program to disassemble the turbines and rebuild them for resale.

Click on the following for more details:  Rockford Partnership to Repower Turbines for Resale - News - The Illinois Wind Energy Association

Belvidere school officials to explain magnet school plan - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

washschoolpic3[1]We’re proposing to change the number of instructional minutes in math and increase the number of minutes in science and technology, yet not increase the length of the day,” Belvidere Superintendent Michael Houselog said. “Some things will need to shuffle around.”
During the School Board’s Jan. 29 retreat, members learned the finer details of the efforts and research invested in the proposed school. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, district parents can do the same.

district is pushing to make Washington STEM Magnet a reality despite a soft economy in the belief it won’t cost more than what the district pays now to run Washington Elementary, Houselog said. An exact dollar amount for operations isn’t available yet.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere school officials to explain magnet school plan - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Monday, February 7, 2011

Boone County: Highest Unemployment second lowest per capital stimulus funds?

This site was updated in January 2011. The data recipient-reported data through Sept. 30, 2010 from Recovery.gov which was released in October. It also includes some grants and loans from USASpending.gov through October 2010. The final report from 2010 is scheduled to be released Jan. 30. We hope to get new data up shortly after that.

Counties

Note: For some programs where states do to note report where money will be distributed across the state, we do not have the allocation for individual counties. Those programs include: Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps. Those amounts are included in the totals for where the state agency receiving that money is located.

Stimulus Funds

Unemployment Rate

Name

Total

Per Capita

2008

2009

2010

Adams

$43,004,312

$641

5.0

7.8

6.9

Alexander

$10,593,676

$1,339

8.9

12.3

11.4

Bond

$7,285,142

$402

7.8

9.9

9.5

Boone

$10,644,194

$197

9.7

15.1

13.5

Brown

$4,108,525

$623

3.7

4.9

4.5

Bureau

$22,423,046

$646

6.6

11.4

10.1

Calhoun

$13,121,359

$2,614

7.2

10.7

10.8

Carroll

$4,678,222

$297

6.3

11.1

9.9

Cass

$16,452,786

$1,213

5.1

7.3

7.5

Champaign

$224,774,120

$1,149

5.9

8.9

8.3

Christian

$24,639,931

$719

7.7

10.6

9.9

Clark

$9,670,753

$581

8.9

13.2

11.3

Clay

$8,659,913

$640

8.5

12.3

12.3

Clinton

$38,473,537

$1,058

6.9

8.3

7.6

Coles

$52,808,739

$1,014

6.6

9.6

8.8

Cook

$4,926,181,549

$932

6.8

10.7

9.4

Crawford

$10,639,844

$548

6.7

10.0

8.6

Cumberland

$4,694,413

$438

7.8

9.6

9.7

DeKalb

$125,775,902

$1,172

6.1

9.7

8.0

De Witt

$6,946,365

$433

6.1

9.2

8.6

Douglas

$8,303,369

$433

6.0

9.0

9.2

DuPage

$258,485,052

$277

5.2

8.6

7.1

Edgar

$10,073,604

$545

7.4

10.9

10.4

Edwards

$889,086

$138

6.7

9.3

8.2

Effingham

$23,271,953

$676

5.9

8.5

7.7

Fayette

$9,225,958

$441

9.1

12.1

11.0

Ford

$5,573,657

$401

6.3

10.0

9.1

Franklin

$47,153,290

$1,199

9.5

13.0

11.7

Fulton

$18,309,235

$500

6.8

11.8

10.5

Gallatin

$10,034,360

$1,759

8.1

10.7

9.6

Greene

$8,232,952

$607

6.6

9.1

9.3

Grundy

$50,409,574

$1,041

6.9

11.4

10.1

Hamilton

$1,507,617

$186

6.6

9.4

9.3

Hancock

$8,909,306

$485

7.0

11.1

10.2

Hardin

$618,856

$142

8.8

11.8

10.3

Henderson

$2,672,752

$363

6.7

8.6

7.9

Henry

$25,205,453

$511

6.2

9.2

7.8

Iroquois

$13,335,993

$449

6.9

10.2

9.1

Jackson

$48,289,837

$831

5.9

7.5

7.3

Jasper

$1,142,653

$120

7.2

9.5

9.6

Jefferson

$15,646,573

$392

6.9

10.3

9.1

Jersey

$12,875,395

$571

7.2

9.6

9.3

Jo Daviess

$7,326,088

$333

5.7

8.9

7.5

Johnson

$7,756,742

$565

8.0

10.7

10.4

Kane

$161,160,015

$315

6.3

10.1

8.7

Kankakee

$45,461,683

$402

9.3

12.9

12.1

Kendall

$16,430,436

$157

5.8

10.0

7.9

Knox

$16,622,422

$322

6.4

10.1

8.7

Lake

$194,168,959

$272

6.9

10.3

9.5

LaSalle

$64,942,745

$577

8.1

12.9

11.9

Lawrence

$8,141,605

$496

8.4

9.3

8.9

Lee

$22,585,737

$647

6.9

11.1

9.9

Livingston

$15,751,423

$417

5.9

10.0

9.1

Logan

$12,655,767

$425

6.8

9.5

8.6

McDonough

$24,468,261

$747

5.4

8.5

7.3

McHenry

$52,862,350

$165

6.0

9.6

8.1

McLean

$108,523,991

$647

5.1

7.7

7.1

Macon

$351,535,544

$3,249

7.0

12.1

11.0

Macoupin

$14,934,307

$313

7.9

10.4

10.2

Madison

$189,535,144

$706

7.4

10.4

9.3

Marion

$18,246,024

$468

9.5

12.5

11.5

Marshall

$5,384,354

$424

5.3

10.7

8.3

Mason

$8,541,115

$578

7.7

13.1

11.5

Massac

$4,659,173

$311

7.7

8.6

8.5

Menard

$4,343,261

$348

5.6

8.1

7.6

Mercer

$2,836,898

$174

6.7

9.9

8.0

Monroe

$53,537,779

$1,611

5.9

8.0

7.6

Montgomery

$14,240,250

$483

10.0

13.1

13.3

Morgan

$1,604,202,590

$45,970

6.5

8.8

8.6

Moultrie

$3,092,701

$215

5.3

8.9

8.1

Ogle

$15,786,393

$285

7.9

12.6

12.1

Peoria

$100,316,430

$540

6.0

11.3

10.0

Perry

$5,875,093

$262

9.6

12.0

11.0

Piatt

$6,734,362

$407

4.9

8.1

7.1

Pike

$12,102,988

$744

5.4

8.7

8.1

Pope

$7,647,667

$1,916

8.6

11.3

9.9

Pulaski

$37,337,833

$6,005

10.0

11.2

10.3

Putnam

$2,180,905

$363

7.2

12.6

11.4

Randolph

$6,618,646

$202

6.7

9.3

8.4

Richland

$11,500,674

$741

7.5

10.5

10.1

Rock Island

$106,747,239

$727

5.8

10.0

8.4

St. Clair

$136,763,545

$519

8.5

11.4

10.6

Saline

$58,519,957

$2,274

8.2

10.6

9.6

Sangamon

$7,405,289,506

$37,837

5.9

7.9

7.5

Schuyler

$4,837,380

$719

4.8

7.5

6.7

Scott

$4,939,852

$951

5.9

7.8

8.5

Shelby

$11,840,451

$543

7.4

10.7

10.2

Stark

$4,070,621

$676

6.3

9.7

9.2

Stephenson

$22,105,429

$475

7.1

11.5

10.3

Tazewell

$43,213,629

$326

5.3

10.7

8.9

Union

$4,429,597

$246

8.7

11.1

11.2

Vermilion

$50,357,417

$629

8.6

11.7

11.0

Wabash

$3,902,823

$325

7.7

10.1

9.4

Warren

$6,587,015

$378

5.7

8.3

7.7

Washington

$4,834,727

$332

6.1

8.2

7.2

Wayne

$2,810,795

$173

6.6

9.5

9.1

White

$9,768,807

$666

6.2

8.6

8.6

Whiteside

$41,619,643

$706

7.0

10.9

9.7

Will

$228,120,685

$333

6.2

10.1

8.9

Williamson

$42,654,321

$655

7.2

9.4

9.0

Winnebago

$114,039,952

$381

9.4

15.6

13.8

Woodford

$9,643,265

$248

4.4

8.8

7.4