Due to a very low response rate, there will NOT be a LearningLEAF meeting on Monday, March 6th. Any future events will be announced via the district digital newsletter, District Facebook and the District website.
Governor Rauner’s recent address rallied a roomful of cheers when he stated that General State Aid would be fully funded. Interestingly enough, this “full funding” actually equates to a foundation level of $6,119 per student… which is precisely what the level was artificially placed at in 2010. There have been a number of different Blue Ribbon panels who have offered a multitude of solutions to an inequitable and inadequate school funding formula. Different policy and tax institutes will take both sides of the debate– one group suggesting that Illinois has already overfunded schools and wasted money in certain districts, the converse taking the position that we are not allocating money to places where it is most needed.
This article discusses not only the position for the Chicago Public Schools, but in general, decries the facts that the type of educational opportunities that children receive are based in large part on the zip codes of their residences.
As reported at the February Board of Education meeting, Geneseo District 228 has seen audited revenues from General State Aid decline from roughly $7M per year, to roughly $4.4M the past several years. There are limited ways that a new funding formula may benefit our district unless the State approves an Evidence-Based Funding Model, which identifies research-based instructional strategies and resources for public schools.
This is a BOE Presentation, February 9 2017 c that was shared in open session at the regular February school board meeting last evening. More than 70 people were in attendance, and there was several different pieces of information that were shared, as well as even more background material from the meeting that was shared February School Board Meeting at the district’s online school board meeting presence.
Geneseo Schools have a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, arts and activities. The combination of declining state revenues, as well as increasing costs of mandates, and community desire to offer an extremely comprehensive educational program for a district of our size, has created financial challenges that leave the Board with some very difficult decisions. Hopefully this report helps make the context of where we are and what options exist easier to understand.
Recently approved legislation, Senate Bill 2912, which was signed by Governor Rauner last week, will allow for more efficient transitions for teachers from other states to earn licensure in Illinois, and relaxes some of the requirements for substitute teachers to earn licensure.
There is an enormous shortage of teaching candidates, and also substitute teachers all across Illinois. Contact the Regional Office of Education at (309)-936-7890 if you would like more information to apply or to direct a friend or family member to research these opportunities.
Just a reminder that all schools will be dismissed one hour early on Friday, January 13, 2017 and will be closed on Monday, January 16,2017 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
All schools will reopen for regular session on Tuesday, January 18, 2017. All offices will also be closed on Monday.
Just a reminder that we will be dismissing one hour early on Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22.
There is no school on Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
We wish you a Happy Holiday and a successful 2017!