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Welcome to the District 214 Education Association (EA) website.

The EA represents the certified employees (teachers, counselors, non-classroom personnel, nurses, and specialists) of Township High School District 214, the second largest high school district in Illinois.

We are 860 members strong. More than two-thirds of our members hold advanced degrees. In addition, more than half of our members both teach and coach. Leveraging this wealth of talent and expertise for the benefit of our students and community is our number one priority.

The results of our efforts are paying huge dividends to those we serve. In the last four years, teachers have worked hard to reduce the number of student failures and to encourage every student to take on a challenging curriculum. Over 90 percent of our students attend a two-year or four-year college after graduation. More than half of our students also receive college credits while still in high school through Advanced Placement courses, Project Lead the Way, and community college extension programs.

The EA continues to work with the District 214 School Board to create a system that is responsive to the needs of students, our communities, and our own families. The EA values the positive work environment that has been created through a strong partnership between the teachers, administration, and School Board. Collectively, we are making a difference in the lives of our students and in our communities.

The EA website has been developed to communicate critical information and promote positive personal relationships among the membership. The EA website will also help members share information about new educational opportunities available to the students in District 214.

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Illinois ends much-debated PARCC test for high school students

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Illinois is ditching the controversial state PARCC exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring.

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Cook County education offices cutting programs, want state funding

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http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160507/news/160509050/

Three suburban Cook County education offices are asking the state for more money to continue providing services they say are crucial to thousands of teachers and students in the area.

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To Pass Budget, Accept Reality

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Both state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) laid out the background of how the state has failed to pass a budget due June 30 as required by the constitution.

Morrison said a major part of the problem was too little revenue after the state income tax rate reverted from 5.25 percent to 3.75 percent in early 2015. She said it created an unbalanced budget.

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ILLINOIS PROPERTY TAXES

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The property tax is the largest single revenue source in Illinois, even though Illinois does not have a state property tax. The property tax is purely a local tax, imposed and administered by local governments (counties, townships, municipalities, school districts, special districts, etc.). It is imposed on the value of real property (land, buildings, and permanent fixtures).

Illinois relies more on property taxes to fund local schools than all other states.

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