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THE COST OF INACTION: $120 MILLION & COUNTING

Comptroller Mendoza urges Governor to refinance state debt
https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/news-portal/the-cost-of-inaction-120-mil...
September 6, 2017

Two months ago today, the General Assembly authorized Governor Bruce Rauner to refinance a portion of Illinois’ $15.4 billion bill backlog.

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River Forest District 90 will pay 100 percent of teacher pension contributions - were teachers duped?

Although the agreement described below mIght sound like a welcome relief to teachers, a local property tax freeze (pg. 9) and municipal bankruptcy (pg. 12) may allow local municipalities to declare bancruptcy (https://www.illinois.gov/gov/Documents/CompiledPacket.pdf).

State Senate passes 2-year property tax freeze: http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170530/state-senate-passes-2-year-prop...

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Lawmakers demand free feminine hygiene products in school bathrooms

Post By: Belleville News-Democrat
VIEW VIDEO: http://www.bnd.com/opinion/editorials/article174190991.html

The State of Illinois has mandated free feminine hygiene supplies be placed in girls restrooms used by grades 6 through 12.

There may be untold good that comes out of this latest act of legislative largesse. But it is the untold costs that are the concern.

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Illinois communities look to local tax, fee increases to balance new budgets

Post By: Citizen Tribune
http://www.citizentribune.com/illinois-communities-look-to-local-tax-fee...

A Peoria city councilwoman wants to impose a new city vehicle fee. Bloomington and Normal want to raise sewer fees. And Tazewell County is just one of many looking at property tax increases.

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National Voter Registration Day - September 26th, 2017

VIEW: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org

With Local Elections Looming Nationwide, Group Calls on Community Partners to Hold National Voter Registration Day Drives.

PRESS RELEASE: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/documents/2017/08/august-28th-p...

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Senate Bill 100 / Restorative Justice

Illinois State Senate Bill 100 (hereafter “SB 100”), signed into law on August 24, 2015 by Gov. Bruce Rauner, represents extensive reform of school discipline policies in public and charter schools throughout the state. Based on the new law, by September 15, 2016, school boards and governing bodies of charter schools will need to develop, review and implement discipline policies in accordance with the new law’s requirements.

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Khan Academy, Google apps, Moodle - Data Mining

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UPDATED Approved ESSA State Plan (Approved by ED on 8/30/2017)

Post By: ISBE
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ESSA.aspx
SEE VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/185676606

​Updated: Approved ESSA State Plan - Approved by the U.S. Department of Education (08/30/17)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ESSAStatePlanforIllinois.pdf

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Evidence-​Based Funding (EBF)

Post By: ISBE
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/EvidenceBasedFunding.aspx

​​The distribution of Evidence-​Based Funding (EBF) to Illinois public schools is determined by a statutorily defined formula in 105 ILCS 5/18-8.15​. ​​ ISBE will be working with districts to complete the data verification process and finalized results for the FY 2018 EBM file.

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80% of state teacher pension payments going towards unfunded liability

Post By: Fox News
SEE VIDEO: http://foxillinois.com/news/local/80-of-state-teacher-pension-payments-g...

Seven billion dollars of the state's budget goes towards pensions for the fiscal year 2017; Four million of that is for the Teachers Retirement System (TRS). However, 80 percent of that funding goes towards unfunded liabilities, while only 20 percent actually goes towards pension payments accumulated throughout the year.

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