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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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America’s College Promise: An $80B Implementation Price Tag

The Harper Promise Program encourages high school students to make a commitment to prepare for college through rigor in the classroom, attendance and community service. Successful fulfillment would result in support for two years at Harper funded by the Educational Foundation. Placing the focus on an opportunity for community college education is a very positive step toward educating the workforce necessary for competitiveness in a global society.

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'Teach Us All' Documentary Looks at Racial Inequities in Schools

http://www.teachusallfilm.org

A documentary made available on Netflix beginning this week examines racial inequality in schools 60 years after nine black students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

The U.S., the film states, is one of the few countries in the world that "systematically and deliberately spends less money to educate poor children than affluent children."

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Wealth Inequality in America

VIEW VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dttG9aIa9RQ

The average income for the bottom 90% of the United States is $31,244. That’s $2,600 a month, $650 a week, $92 a day, and $11 an hour – BEFORE TAXES. The average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in America is $984.

How rich are the Superrich?
The top 1% has more of the country’s wealth than 9 out of 10 Americans believe the entire top 20% should have.

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Class size is NOT a Guideline - It’s Illinois State Law

Class size is NOT a guideline - It’s Illinois State Law

Guidance on Special Education Class Size for 2009-2010 and Beyond, Section 226.730, states the following (2016 Update Cited Below):

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Do You Have Students Seeking Community Service and Internship Opportunities?

Two great opportunities for students are offered through Citizen Advocacy Center:

CAC is Seeking Volunteers
CAC relies heavily on volunteers to help them accomplish their mission. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist with research projects, graphic design, event planning and coordination, public speaking, administrative tasks, and more.

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What is the Retirement Systems' Reciprocal Act?

The Retirement Systems' Reciprocal Act provides that if an employee has at least one year of pension credits established in more than one Retirement System covered under the Reciprocal Act, that service will be considered together at the time of retirement or death of an employee. The purpose of the Act is to ensure full and continuous pension credit for service in public employment in the State of Illinois, and the transfer of employment from one governmental unit to another.

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IBM Calls for Continued Computer Science Education Legislation

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https://www.meritalk.com/articles/ibm-calls-for-continued-computer-scien...

After President Donald Trump signed a computer science education memorandum on Sept. 25, IBM called for Congress to continue the push for better STEM education by renewing a bill to increase technical education standards.

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Illinois Lawmakers Stampede for the Exit

Post By: Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-ber...

Thirty state lawmakers in the 100th General Assembly will not be holding their seats in the 101st General Assembly. And that's not even counting those who might be ousted at the ballot box next year.

The exodus is unlike anything Springfield insiders have ever seen.

Let's take a look at the breakdown of who's leaving, and why.

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States Making Progress on Data Privacy But Need to Address Educator Access

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http://edscoop.com/data-quality-campaign-states-make-progress-on-data-pr...

Legislatures also need to look at more data protection training for teachers, report says.

Education Data Legislation Review - 2017 State Activity: https://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uplo...

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