Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Threat assessment workshops offered

A pair of two-day Student Behavioral Threat Assessment Workshops will be offered in two separate locations next month. The workshops are provided at no cost by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program.

Presented by Sigma Threat Management Associates, the workshops aim to help participants understand the dynamics of targeted violence and to develop and enhance strategies for early identification, assessment, and intervention with potential dangerous situations.

School administrators, board members, counselors, school resource officers, mental health agencies, and local law enforcement personnel are encouraged to attend.

The first event is scheduled for July 16-17 at Dunlap High School. The second event is set for July 18-19 at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles. Registration is required by July 2. Details and registration information are available at the following links:


The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program provides awareness and preparedness training to enhance organizational capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster. The program is administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute at Western Illinois University.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Federal Legislative Report 115-10

SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), recently published two notices for competitive grant programs for the recently approved STOP School Violence Act. Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes. School districts interested in these funds should work with their counties and municipalities to apply. IASB will encourage the state to apply as well.

BJA STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program

Funds available for this grant program may be used to address the development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams, and the development of technology for local or regional anonymous reporting systems. Applications for grants are due July 23, 2018. Further information about the grant program is available here.

BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

Funds available for this grant program may be used to address training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence, and training school officials in responding to related mental health crises. Grant applications are due July 23, 2018. Further information about the program is available here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

News from ISBE

Deadlines loom for Evidence-Based Funding allocation reports
on English Learners
As part of the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) law passed in August 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education needs to notify school districts of the total English Learner (EL) funding generated by each school district’s students.

ISBE has completed the calculations for all school districts’ FY 2018 EL funding totals. District funding attributable to ELs needs to be spent on EL services according to the requirements of Article 14C of the School Code, as well as Part 228 of the Administrative Code

Districts need to submit an expenditure report through the period ending June 30 about all funding received under EBF in FY 2018 to show how EL funds were spent for the year. ISBE expects districts to enter their June 30 reports in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting System under revenue code 3305 and program name “Bilingual Ed. – TPE and TPI.” Reports will be due on or before July 20. 

Any EL funds not spent this initial year will be observed as carryover funding for FY 2019, according to ISBE, but must remain for exclusive use to support EL services, and districts should plan to spend any carryover funds in FY 2019.

… and Special Education
The EBF law requires ISBE to calculate the total special education funding generated for each organizational and specially funded unit. This amount includes any special education funds generated under the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding. ISBE reports it has completed the FY 2018 special education funding totals. By law, all units of participating districts, and all specially funded units, must use their special ed funding to provide special educational facilities and services as defined in Section 14-1.08 of the School Code.

… and Low-Income resources
Each unit of a participating district is required to describe how it will use the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding it receives with specific identification of how they intend to use low-income resources. ISBE has completed the calculations of the low-income resources for FY 2018 EBF distributions. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) don’t need to submit expenditure reports to ISBE for any low-income funds generated under the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding computed under EBF.

Questions about Evidence-Based Funding allocations should be submitted to ebfhelp@isbe.net.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

LeaderShop Academy Symposium examines key issues in education

Best-selling author Phil Boyle led a key issues discussion at the symposium.
Defining public values and policy choices with a values-based approach, 60 school board members and superintendents participated in the eighth biennial LeaderShop Academy Symposium, presented by Phil Boyle, Pd.D., on June 9 in Naperville.

Titled “Visions, Values, Conflicts, and Decisions,” the workshop was based on Boyle’s best-selling book, Preserving the Public in Public Schools.

Boyle opened with “From Yesteryear to Yesterday,” a history of issues facing public education in the United States, noting that the same issues remain in modern discourse. Then participants got on their feet for a lively, often provocative, exercise. Directed by Boyle, they crossed the room to respond, reason, and explain their “yes, maybe, or no” answers to some of local public education’s most pressing questions.

Participants then reframed their reasoning around the public values concepts of liberty, prosperity, community, and equality. In the afternoon, the group took part in a series of problem-solving and decision-making exercises around a real-life policy question. Boyle’s solution-seeking work asks “How might we achieve the good we seek with the least harm to the good we have?”

Interspersed with Boyle’s discussion and the group work was a series of slides, alternatingly informative, humorous, and thought-provoking. The event tied values identification with solution-finding while emphasizing the need for the public body in public education.

Boyle is a public service faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and a partner in Leading and Governing Associates, a public leadership and governance education consulting practice. The Symposium provides professional development for board members who have earned LeaderShop Academy Membership and are seeking advanced leadership skills.

For more information on IASB’s LeaderShop Academy, contact Peggy Goone, at pgoone@iasb.com or 217/528-9688 ext. 1103.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NTIA Invites Public Comment about Broadband Availability

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently issued a request for comments to seek data on broadband availability, including information about school and student access to broadband. The purpose of the federal inquiry is to “better identify areas that need broadband investments, so that [NTIA] can be sure any taxpayer funds supporting broadband infrastructure achieve the goal of ensuring connectivity to all Americans.” The intent is also to “identify gaps in broadband availability that can be used to improve policymaking and inform public investments.”

Comments are due no later than July 16, and may be submitted by email to mappingrfc@ntia.doc.gov.