We hope you'll find our Annual Report informative as to the services we provide, and just how we can assist you in the new school year! We think you'll find that the ROE performs quite a significant number of statutory duties. Once you click the link above it may take a few seconds for the page to load. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or for how we may assist you! Your constructive feedback is always appreciated!
Introduces Back to School Resources
State Superintendent Tony Smith recently announced online Back to School resources for both families and school administrators. Information regarding topics such as student attendance, immunizations, school lunch, and college and career readiness are available at the click of a mouse! Be sure to check them out.
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.
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.
Serving the Students and Educational Professionals of Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland Counties, Illinois