Confused about which kids get which shots, and which ones need school physicals (and when)? Here's a quick and easy reference to help you get the kiddos ready for registration! Read the entire press release.
As was highlighted in the Summer Issue of the TRS Topics & Report newsletter, the Early Retirement Option sunset on July 1, 2016. As a result, the payroll contribution for active members is reduced from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent. That means that many TRS members (both active and inactive) will be eligible for a refund of the total contributions they paid between 2005 and 2016 to help fund the program. This refund will be made available later this year and TRS will send out letters informing eligible members of the amount of their contribution refund.
As the newsletter article explains, eligible members will have three options available to them:
1. Apply for a cash refund that will be mailed to you by check from the State Comptroller. Be aware, if you choose this option, mandatory federal income taxes will be withheld at a rate of 20 percent!
2. Apply for a withdrawal with the intention of "rolling over" the taxable portion of the refund into a non-TRS retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or an IRA. Read the entire article.
Complete, Up To Date State Standards Are Now Available
Downloadable PDF books for individual grade levels that have all Illinois Learning Standards (Including the New Fine Arts standards recently approved 6/16/2016 and effective 2018/2019 school year.) are now available online.
Digital ebooks will be available for each grade level by the end of July that can be accessed using iBooks on Apple devices or other ebook readers for Android/Kindle.
SAT Replaces PARCC for High Schoolers in 2016-2017
The Illinois State Board of Education announced on July 11th, that the SAT will replace the PARCC assessments for Illinois high school students beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Read the entire press release here.
Illinois Schools Will Open on Time (and Stay Open)!
The Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce Rauner came to an agreement at the eleventh-hour on June 30th on a budget that funds FY16. The same legislation (SB 2047) also funds public education for the entire FY17 and all other state services through December 31st.
Schools were in danger of not opening on time or having to close midyear without a spending authorization by the state. That pending crisis has been averted.
Need Help Paying Your Child's School Fees?
The schools across our five county region typically experience difficulty in collecting money owed to them for student breakfasts and lunches. If you qualify, you can receive help in paying for your child's school meals, as well as certain school fees. Check out the income guidelines for FY17 and apply when you register your students for the new school year. Your student could qualify for either reduced-cost or free meals. Help yourself and your school, and apply. It's quick and easy, and could save you money!
ROE 12 Still Searching for Pre-K Teacher
Do you enjoy working with small children? Do you hold a Professional Educator License in Illinois? If so, you could be just the person for whom we're searching! We still are in need of a part-time Pre-K Teacher at our site in Flora. Check out the job posting, then apply. The application link is the blue button at the bottom of this page. We look forward to meeting you soon! THIS JUST IN...Pending state approval, this will now be a full-time position!
Reauthorization of ESEA: ESSA Replaces NCLB
Congress recently re-authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The latest iteration of ESEA is the Every Child Succeeds Act. ESSA replaces NCLB and promises a significant change to education policy and funding throughout the nation, with specific implications for Illinois. Learn more here. ISBE has scheduled more Listening Tours this fall. One is close to you.
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