• News Briefs

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017


    Springfield district encouraged by new student assessment


    Consolidation a topic of study for some Metro East districts


    Springfield Southeast graduate helps on project that won Nobel Prize




    Retired Galena Superintendent Kenneth Schablowsky passes

    Retired Galena Superintendent Kenneth B. Schablowsky passed away on October 10, 2017. He was 89 years old. Mr. Schablowsky served in the Air Force before beginning his career in education. He was a teacher and coach in Stanford (IL), assistant principal in Manlius (IL), and a principal in Albany (IL) before becoming superintendent in Galena in 1968. He served in that position for 20 years until his retirement in 1988.


    He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial donations can be made in Mr. Schablowsky’s name to the Galena Education Foundation, c/o Galena Unit School District Office, 1206 N. Franklin Street, Galena, IL  61036.


    Evidence-Based Model Super Region Meetings Announced!
    The super-region meetings will be designed to continue the learning process around and implementation of the Evidence-Based Model (EBM).

    Click here to register for the Normal session.  

    Click here to register for the Ina session.

    2017-2018 School Year Calendar
    The 2017-2018 School Year Calendar has been compiled to assist you in planning your year and to do list. Note: Other important reminders are included at the end of the fiscal calendar.
    Click here to view the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar.

    Senate Bill 1947 at a glance
    The evidence-based model (EBM) and Senate Bill 1947 are explained in a user-friendly slide presentation. The presentation covers such topics as:
    • How the EBM meets the requirements for an equitable school funding system
    • The four major components of the EBM
    • How the adequacy target is calculated
    • How local capacity is calculated

    To view the presentation, click here.

    To view the 26 Elements, click here.

    To view the potential effects of the research-based recommendations, click here.


    Please click here for additional EBM resources

    Webinar on evidence-based
    model available for viewing
    A recording of a webinar held Tuesday to answer questions about Senate Bill 1947, the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, is now available for viewing by clicking here. The webinar is led by Dr. Michael Jacoby, the executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and one of the education leaders who helped design the evidence-based school funding model.

    The webinar lasts just over 1 ½ hours and includes an overview of SB 1947, discusses the impact of the new law on school districts and includes a Q & A segment. Please click here if you wish to download the slides* from the presentation. 


    *--One of the slides in the original presentation references the 27 research-based elements of the evidence-based model, but the model now includes 26 elements. Click here for the updated list of elements.



    Information regarding
    the evidence-based
    school funding law
    Click here for facts and and talking points regarding Senate Bill 1947, the school funding reform law.The document includes information about the tax credit provisions, the property tax provisions and other components of the law.

     FAQ for new lead-testing law for schools

    To access the FAQ for SB 550, the new law requiring schools to test for lead in water, please click here. 

    Click here to access archived Vision 20/20 articles. 

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