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                              Denise Ebers                   To Whom It May Concern: I believe that one of the mandates that needs to eliminated is RTI. This has caused many many hours of extra staff work. We already had in place ways to help our struggling students. Thanks. Denise Ebers, Sparta Dist. #140
1    3/22/10    sparta 140
                              [debers@sparta.k12.il.us]
                                                             I would like to see the attached unfunded mandates eliminated.
                              Dr. John Wheatley
2    3/22/10     ROE 25                                      Thank You!
                              [jwheatley@roe25.com]
                                                             Dr. J. Wheatley, superintendent
                                                             Please ---I want to be a member of this committee!
                                                             I was on the orignial board for the Illinois High School Advisory board with Becky McCabe.
                              Dr. Diane Vida                 I have public and parochial school experience!
                 nonpublic
3    3/22/10                  [dvida@stmary-
                  school
                              woodstock.org]                 Yes, I support eliminating ALL unfunded requirements that steal valuable academic time from our students!


                                                             In these times of dire budget deficits, I think that we should rethink Bilingual education and special education. We simply cannot afford the additional costs of these initiatives. They need to be pared down dramatically. The classroom teacher absorbs the majority of the special ed issues anyway.
                              Hagstrom, Kathleen
4    3/22/10       CPS                                       The self contained students still will need a special environment. Kathy Hagstrom @ Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago
                              [khagstrom@cps.k12.il.us]

                                                             The following are mandates that I suggest be eliminated:
                                                             1.               PA 87-1265 – 5 + 5 Early Retirement
                                                             a.     There is no advantage to the student to have a qualified, experienced teacher retire.
                                                             b.     ERO drains money form the school district of many for the early retirement of the one. It is time to think of the whole rather than the individual.
                                                             2.               P.A. 93-0426 – Additional Standardized Testing in math and science
                                                             a.     Most school districts have instituted additional testing in math and reading for its RtI plan. It is not necessary to have additional testing in science when clearly math and reading are the basis of RtI and AYP.
                                                             3.               PA 95-0058 – Integrated Pest Management Person
                                                             a.     Many smaller districts, like ours, do not employ personnel to be responsible for pest management. Our district contracts this activity through a professional exterminating service. The technicians of that service are trained in the concepts included in an Integrated Pest Management Plan.
                                                             While our district has a trained person in administration, it is unneeded.
                                                             4.               PA 95-0972 and PA 95-0973 – Extraneous Insurance Coverage
                                                             a.     Insurance coverage has been a hot topic in Washington, D.C. this week. Concerns of the increase in premiums have led to the vote of this past weekend. Illinois will be forced to pay for a part of what Washington has wrought. Yet, our state continues to expand coverage at increased
                              John Hasten                    expense. At some point, each individual must take responsibility for his or her self. The money for insurance could be used to instruct students, our primary purpose.
5    3/22/10    palestine 3                                  5.               PA 96-0357 – Sick Leave for Trustees
                              [jhasten@roe12.net]
                                                             a.     This will affect few districts. Yet, it makes no sense for a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the IMRF to have additional sick leave days. I can understand additional professional days as they meet as a Board, but sick days?
                                                             Thank you for listening.
                                                             John L. Hasten
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Palestine Community Unit School District #3
                                                             P.O. Box 217
                                                             Palestine, Illinois 62451
                                                             Phone: 618.586.2713
                                                             Fax: 618.586.2905



                                                             I think the premise of the request you are making is great. Problem is few if any school board members know the codes well enough to site back to you what we see and think. For the issues that that do get identified they will be more of a special interest complaint list or the last thing to hit the
                                                             board. Many issues get addressed and then just become part of operations.
                                                             A suggestion I would have is a list coming from an organization like the ISBE with recommendations of issues they have seen in the past looking for feedback from the school boards on that list.
                                                             Generally I am against all unfunded mandates, if a program is wanted above a local level then that level of government should fund it. Funding goes away program / requirement goes away. I guess that would be my general recommendation, look at the mandates that are in place and if funding is
                                                             not provided eliminate it. In addition passing a state law that addresses this for the districts on a proactive basis would be wonderful. It would create a self-policing policy.
                                                             commitment. solution. success.
                                                             Kim Sell
6    3/22/10     business     Kim Sell [KimS@obix.net]       President
                                                             Clinical Computer Systems, Inc.
                                                             715 Tollgate Road
                                                             Elgin, IL 60123
                                                             (888) 871-0963 ext. 610
                                                             (847) 622-0880 Fax


                                                             Please look at the new bus radio law. Two way radios do not work in our area due to loss of signal caused by hills. We have used cell phones for years with no trouble. In addition, when there is a long distance field trip or ballgame, the radios do not work. Currently our cell phone plan is about
                                                             $10.00 per month (we have had it a long time). A new system to meet this law cost $111.00 per month.
                              SharFlefh@aol.com
7    3/22/10                  [mailto:SharFlefh@aol.
                              com]

                               Rick Manuell             Unless it is something that can scientifically be tied to the education or well being of students I think all unfunded mandates should be at the discretion of local school boards. Thank you. R Manuell, Supt., Marshall C-2 Schools.
8    3/23/10    marshal C-2 [RManuell@Marshall.k12.il.u
                               s]
                                                        Dear Blue Ribbon Panel Committee Members,
                                                        I applaud you on tackling this great task of reducing the burden of intrusive, unfunded, and counter-productive mandates which have been forced upon public educational institutions, especially in recent years. Rather than beginning by addressing each one individually, a task too large to
                                                        accomplish by your May 1 reporting deadline to the General Assembly, I am suggesting an alternative path.
                                                        Even casual observers of our state government can note that a marked increase in unfunded and underfunded bills regarding educational matters can be traced back to 2003 and the 93rd General Assembly. The acceleration in legislative requirements for an array of marginally well-meaning, but
                                                        poorly thought out (and sometimes scantly deliberated) educational legislation has continued with each General Assembly since that time. For these reasons, I would strongly urge your panel to push for a repeal of all unfunded and underfunded educational mandates enacted during and since the
                                                        93rd General Assembly. It could be deemed as an effort to "right the wrongs" of our most recent legislative history.
                                                        It is fair to assume that such a bold and sweeping recommendation may be initially scoffed at by more than a few members of both chambers. After all, many of those who were seated in the 93rd Legislature have steadily maintained their seats and/or leadership positions since that time and were
                                                        co-sponsors (and unwittingly co-creators) of the current debacle in which we find ourselves and our state government. However, a new age and a new reality now confront us. Our state government is broke because in our legislative excesses of the past eight years, we have asked it to stretch
                indian creek Steve Simpson
9    3/26/10                                            and perform well beyond the revenues we have provided to it. Your panel cannot repair the revenue shortcomings of this crisis, but by rolling back nearly a decade's worth of a "devil-may-care" mandates, you can reduce the expenditure and school-level morale nightmare that has been created by
                     425       [ssimpson@kidsroe.org]
                                                        this irresponsible flurry of lawmaking activity.
                                                        The era of child-like imagining that all good-sounding ideas can quickly become laws without painstaking, detailed study of long term consequences must come to an end. A powerful and valiant reformative suggestion by your panel, such as the one described here, can help toll its death knell.
                                                        Best wishes in your noble endeavor.
                                                        Respectively,
                                                        Steve Simpson, Principal
                                                        Waterman Elementary School- A Two Time Academic Excellence Award Winner
                                                        220 N. Maple St.
                                                        Waterman, IL 60556
                                                        (815) 264-3351 is Lonny Lemon, and I am the Superintendent of schools for Quincy #172. We are by far the largest school district in West Central Illinois. We educate over 7200 students in grades Pre-K through 12. We are also the 2nd largest employer in our region with nearly 1400 full and
                                                        Hello! My name
                                                        part-time employees.
                                                        I have shared my top list of Unfunded Mandates with Senator John Sullivan, but will be glad to share them with you.
                                                        1)      Behind the Wheel Driver’s Education. We currently employ 5 full-time teachers to teach Driver’s Education. If we only had to teach the classroom portion of the course, we could easily do it with 2 full-time teachers. Our drivers much do BTW before, during, and after school to meet the
                                                        caseload. Additionally, we must drive all summer—and we still are up to 4 months behind. We must lease cars, pay for insurance, and pay for fuel for these vehicles. A conservative estimate on our part would be savings of nearly $300,000 per year if we did not have to provide the Behind the
                                                        Wheel portion. To compound the issue, the State “upped” the number of hours from 3-6 for BTW and also now does not allow us to use our Simulators to provide the instruction.
                               Lemon, Lonny
10   3/30/10     quincy 172                             2)      Low-grade Sulfur diesel fuel. We use upwards of 10,000 gallons of fuel a week. The upgrade is currently 8-10 cents per gallon.
                               [lemonlo@qps.org]
                                                        3)      Special Education. We are currently running a deficit of $2.7 million in Special Education…not late payments, but expense over revenue. With RtI looming in the fall, the deficit may only increase.
                                                        4)      Green Cleaning products—our expense is generally 25% higher for these products than we were paying before the mandate.
                                                        5)      Inability to sub-contract services. This cripples a district’s ability to collective bargain. It makes it nearly impossible to negotiate and use the option of sub-contracting services out. The sub-contractor must pay equal salary and benefits, plus make a profit; so there is virtually no way for a
                                                        District to realize any savings.
                                                        I hope these make sense. Have a Happy Easter!
                                                        With Quincy pride,Lonny Lemon
                                                        Below is the list of unfunded mandates for Pleasant Hill Comm. Unit # 3:
                                                        1. RTI
                                                        2. 70 / 30 rule
                                                        3. Green Cleaning
                               Ron edwards              4. AEDS
11   3/30/10   pleasant hill 3
                               [wolfcoach1@yahoo.com]   Ron Edwards
                                                        Superintendent of Schools
                                                        Pleasant Hill Comm. Unit # 3
                                                                                                                                                Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




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                                                      Please see the cost estimates in time and money for mandates enacted since 1992. Even though it was difficult to estimate the costs incurred to the District for these mandates, it is obvious that there is significant costs. The time required for evaluating impact to the day to day activities of teachers
                                                      and staff each time a mandate is implemented takes away from basic functions of the District.
                            Catherine Trampe          In my opinion, all mandates that do not directly affect basic instruction in the core curriculum should be rescinded until the current economic stresses are alleviated. Testing, teaching about special interest groups, pest management plans, green cleaning, etc. are tolerable when there are plenty of
                joppa-maple
12   3/26/10                [ctrampe@joppa.massac.k12 resources. It is apparent that we will not have adequate resources to do the basics for several years in the future. We can not afford to take away these scarce resources to satisfy unnecessary, and many times inappropriate functions for schools.
                  grove 38                            Dr. Catherine Trampe
                            .il.us]
                                                      Superintendent Joppa-Maple Grove SD #38


                                                               1. PA 90-0582 TRS flat rate pension system- This is a state mandate that can not be negotiated in the CBA. $19,000 a year
                                                               2. PA 92-0438 Web site requirements. The technology coordinator spends many hours keeping this up to date. His pay is $21 an hour.
                                                               3. PA 93-0426 Requires additional testing in Science and Math. We did to use data in a timely manner. Tests such as the ITBS do not tell us the information we need to know to align with ISAT and PSAE. $3000 a year
                                                               4. PA 93-0470 Supplemental services and allow transfer to other schools. We are a school district with one high school. This requirement creates additional paperwork to be done and handed/mailed out to parents. $250 postage and secretaries and administration time- total of $750.
                                                               5. PA 93-0910 AEDs in each indoor physical fitness facility $6,000
                                                               6. PA 93-0946 Requires dental exams in grades K, 2nd, and 6th grade. This mandate is taking instructional time from our students to bring in a mobile dentist. We have many parents that can not afford the cost and do not comply with this mandate. The nurses spend a least 10 hours in each
                                                               building tracking and scheduling appointments. $2000 plus the lose of instructional time for students.
                                                               7. PA 94-0028 Web site requirement $300
                                                               8. PA 94-0714 Vendor tracking- bookkeeper and secretaries time $500
                                                               9. PA 94-1039 Principal mentoring program and principal evaluation plan $1000
                                Jennifer Garrison              10. PA 95-0155 Summer breakfast program- 1 staff person $1200
13   3/30/10   sandoval 501
                                [jgarrison@marion.k12.il.us]   11. PA 95-0712 Outside AED $2000
                                                               12. PA 96-0434 Web site requirement- Technology coordinator and bookkeeper time $300
                                                               13. PA 95-0310 Driver's education- six hours of driving- 1/2 driver's ed teacher- $15,000
                                                               Jennifer Garrison
                                                               Superintendent
                                                               Sandoval CUSD #501
                                                               (618) 247-3233
                                                               (618) 247-3243 Fax



                                                               1- Inability to share criminal background checks between ROE's. We border two ROE's and districts are paying for substitute certified and non-certified to checked in both ROE's at $65+ per check There should be a statewide database to accomplish this duplication through the Ill.
                                                               State Police or ISBE once a person has been background checked.
                                                               2. PA 96-0349 requiring training on anaphylactic shock to staff AND PA
                                                               95-0969 requiring training on prevalent chronic health conditions of students...where are the boundaries of expectations going to stop?
                                                               3. PA 93-0355 requiring new teacher induction and mentoring program but no funding.
                                                               4.PA 93-910 and PA 95-0712 requiring AED's at sport facilities, this will be a litigation nightmare for schools that are expected to not only have them but for someone available that is trained to use them at just the right time if the need ever arises. Sure most coaches have them but what about a
                                                               child at play practice or an adult at a non-sporting event that suffers cardiac arrest after hours in the building-staff on site at that time are not expected to be trained but if a fatality occurs the district has a real chance to be sued. When there was no requirement then there was no expectation for the
                                                               schools to have liability.
                                                               5. Look at IWAS and the number of surveys and periodic data requested (homeless, bi-lingual, class size, reduction in force, unfilled positions, PE exemptions, taking community college classes, etc.) I personally would rather have these be one or two comprehensive reports than all over the place
                                                               and all kinds of deadlines.
                                                               6. The on slaught of history requirements that addresses every special interest group the legislators can think of, these should be recommended rather than required. Otherwise I suggest the legislators, being the 'experts' should just publish a US History book that our teachers can use and they
                                Vince Mitchell                 could get royalties...sorry for the sarcasm, but it is becoming comical as to the special interest groups that have pushed their way into our state curriculum (even though we are not supposed to have one)
14   3/30/10    hamilton 10
                                [vmitchell@roe25.com]          Thanks for your consideration.
                                                               Vince--
                                                               Vince Mitchell
                                                               Superintendent
                                                               Hamilton County Schools
                                                               P. O. Box 369
                                                               McLeansboro, IL 62859
                                                               (618) 643-2328 x 6185




                                                               The following have been identified as key unfunded mandates in the Pikeland School District:
                                                               ·       Response to intervention (RTI)—this is proving to be very costly to implement in terms of both dollars and staff involvement. We were lucky to have a grant this year that is covering most of the cost in one of my buildings, but not in my other two buildings. We will have no funds next year for
                                                               this. Over $25,000 on staff development and materials has been spent to assist us with implementing RTI in one building, and I estimate that my staff spends one to two extra hours each week on the added responsibilities.
                                                               ·       70/30 special education rule—this really limits us as to how many students we can have in one class with individual education plans. It gets especially tricky at the high school level when you only have one section of a class and are forced to limit enrollment in a class because of the 70/30
                                                               rule or have to create another class to “get the numbers right”. We do not have the dollars to create extra class sections, so we usually end up deciding who can get into a class based on if they belong to the 70 group or the 30 group.
                                                               ·       AEDs—a great idea, but very expensive to maintain. Initial cost was around $10,000 for my district, but we were fortunate enough to have a local community foundation pick up this cost. We routinely pay $1,000 per year to keep supplies updated and in working order for the AEDs. When
                                                               the initial units have to be replaced, we will be looking again at another $10,000 bill and have no guarantee that we will receive a community grant for that.
                                                               ·       Pesticide/lawn care notification/application—this has really limited what we can do with our own maintenance staff. We now have to have a trained person do all applications of pesticides and lawn care items—even if it is only spraying of a dandelion in a flower garden. Training for this
                                                               person is also a cost item for us and must be updated periodically.
                                                               ·       Green cleaning products—these products are costly and don’t work as well as their counterparts. A busy school building needs good, durable products to keep it clean.
                                                               ·       Daily PE—I agree that students need physical activity, but mandating daily physical education goes above and beyond what we do for other subject areas. We don’t mandate daily reading, English, or math instruction, but we teach those subjects every school day. Why should PE be any
                                Paula Hawley                   different? Why doesn’t a daily recess count towards the daily physical education requirement? Our K-8 students get a daily recess period of 20-30 minutes each day in addition to physical education. Shouldn’t that count, too? I see the need for students to get physical activity. I just don’t think
15   3/30/10    pikeland 10
                                [phawley@pikeland.org]         physical education needs to be a mandated every day activity when reading, writing, spelling, English, math, art, music, and social studies are not.
                                                               Thank you for your time and consideration on these mandates.
                                                               Mrs. Paula Hawley
                                                               Superintendent
                                                               Pikeland CUSD #10
                                                               Pittsfield, Illinois
                                                               217-285-2147 office
                                                               217-285-5059 fax




                                                               Dear Dr. Koch,
                                                               I appreciate the opportunity to provide input to the ISBE on state mandates on school districts. I also appreciate the ISBE’s goal to provide the General Assembly with a list of mandates that can be considered for repeal prior to the conclusion to this year's legislative session.
                                                               Due to the enormous volume of reporting and requirements at this time of the year, our district cannot afford the time to provide rationale and identification of the annual cost of the mandates that we consider unnecessary. A two-week window, with one week being spring break, was not sufficient for
                                                               us to complete such a comprehensive and thoughtful process. We did spend time going through all of the mandates enacted since 1992. Each mandate was discussed. Listed below are the mandates that our senior leadership viewed as (1) unnecessary for the health and safety of students, (2)
                                                               not essential to the academic integrity of Illinois public school systems, (3) exceed federal requirements, or (4) are superfluous to the core academic programs of Illinois school districts. Public Acts:
                                                               90-0146, 91-0099, 91-0525, 91-0518, 92-0663 (in-service component), 92-0763, 93-0355, 93-0426, 93-0910, 93-0946, 93-0966, 94-0014, 94-0151, 94-0714, 94-0916, 94-1039, 95-0058, 95-0084, 95-0155, 95-0241, 95-0305, 95-0558, 95-0712, 95-0741, 95-0969, 95-0972, 96-0073, 96-0099, 96-
                                                               0119, 96-0128, 96-0132, 96-0266, 96-0357, 96-0424, 96-0434, 96-0542, 96-0629, 96-0657.
                                                               This list was generated by senior leadership and does not reflect any conversation or action by the CCSD 62 Board of Education.
                                Jane Westerhold                Jane L.Westerhold
16   3/30/10   des plaines 62
                                [westerholdj@d62.org]          Superintendent
                                                               Community Consolidated School District 62
                                                               777 East Algonquin Road
                                                               Des Plaines, IL 60016
                                                               (work) 847-824-1170
                                                               (fax) 847-824-0612
                                                               Twitter: D62Supt
                                                                                                                                            Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




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                                                             Mandates which adversely affect Scott-Morgan CUSD #2:
                                                             30/70             $14500
                                                             AED                $2000
                                                             P.E./Daily       $29500
                            Stremlau, Andy                   Pesticides       $3200
17   3/30/10   scott-morgan [astremlau@bluffs-               Bio Diesel Fuel $25300
                            school.com]                      Respectfully,
                                                             Andrew J. Stremlau
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Scott-Morgan CUSD #2


                                                             DuPage Superintendents’ Response to HJR 74 Blue Ribbon Committee On Mandates
                                                             We are committed to the education, health and safety of all students as well as ensuring the academic integrity of the Illinois public school systems. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned about existing and future mandates that impede our ability to deliver on our core mission to provide students
                                                             free and appropriate education enabling them to meet state and federal standards. These mandates continue to be enacted with insufficient appropriations and without regard to impact on time and local resources. Additionally, other mandates are simply superfluous.
                                                             We have identified the following six major categories of mandates that cause the greatest concern:
                                                             • Instructional topics listed in Article 27 of the School Code
                                                             • Special Education rules and regulations that exceed federal requirements
                 dupage     Kim Perkins                      • Bilingual rules and regulations in Article 14-C that exceed federal requirements
18   3/26/10
               county supts [kperkins@sd13.org]              • Transportation mandates in light of declining reimbursements
                                                             • Restrictions on 3rd Party Contracting
                                                             • Excessive cost and loss of instructional time for mandated testing that exceeds federal requirements
                                                             We are focusing on these six major categories because they have the greatest time and financial burden that affect student achievement. Because costs vary district by district we invite you to contact DuPage districts for more specific information.
                                                             At a time when the State is unable to meet its financial obligations to school districts, the burden for implementing the State mandates is increasingly falling on the backs of local taxpayers. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your request for participation in this endeavor and wish to
                                                             underscore that the nearly one million residents of DuPage entrust their elected local school boards to provide for the local mandates for education, health and safety of the students in this County.


                                                         Please find below, my original e-mail to Representative Eddy and his response. Given the timeline of the Governors budget address in addition to the mounting backlog of vouchers yet to be processed by the Comptrollers Office, can consideration be given in reference to the waiver timelines? As
                                                         Districts have been in the process of discussing increased fees, for example as they relate to driver education, a district would have had to submit that request in January for consideration in the spring session of the General Assembly. With timeliness of the waiver request being the key issue, it is
                                                         possible that many districts in addition to Rockridge CUSD #300 would be better able to address budgetary items for FY11 if the timelines could be waived or even relieved during this fiscal crisis for a couple of years and leave the decision to the local Board of Education to set driver education fees
                                                         with a limit up to $250 as proposed by representative Eddy.
                                                         Any amount over $250 would need approval of the General Assembly through the current waiver application process and adhere to the timelines.
                              Jack Bambrick
19   3/26/10
               rockridge                                 Thank you for your consideration.
                              [JBambrick@rockridgeschool
                  300         s.org]
                                                         Jack Bambrick, Superintendent
                                                         Rockridge CUSD #300
                                                         14110 134th Ave. W.
                                                         Taylor Ridge, IL 61284
                                                         Phone: 309-793-8001
                                                         Fax: 309-795-1719

                              Benway, Darcy                  Special Education Class Size Limit (23 Ill. Admin. Code §§ 226.730, 731) – Cost to District is approximately $250,000 annually – The amount of resources allocated to special needs students continues to rise. At some point, districts will only be able to educate special needs students, because of
20   3/30/10   o'fallon 203   [BenwayD@OTHS.K12.IL.U         the “protected status” provided by law. Regular education students are receiving the brunt of all the recent budget cuts, as regular education students have no legal protection or class size limits. The recent special ed class size mandate is not based upon research and has drastically increased
                              S]                             the financial cost for districts.
                                                             Dr. Chris Koch,
                                                             I want to share the financial burden that some of the unfunded mandates put upon schools. As a Director of Special Education I have agree philosophically with RtI but have huge concerns with no funding to follow it. RtI has resulted in each of my 5 districts needing to hiring additional staff. In
                                                             Quincy we are unable to use 15% of our grant money to assist with this because of being cited for disproportionate representation of AA students in ED. Therefore, we are having to use local dollars to fund RtI.
                                                             The 30/70 rule also creates undue hardship among each of my school districts. I would hope that ISBE and the State of Illinois would consider not counting speech only students in this rule. For many small districts they don’t have another class option to spread the students out to. A “speech
                                                             only” student is quite different than a student with an IEP for a learning or emotional need. By lifting or redefining the 30/70 rule this would help a number of districts from needing to hire additional staff.
                adams co                                     Lastly, as a member of Quincy Public Schools’ Central Office team I have been deeply involved in cuts and reductions the last 3 years. It is unbelievable that we have to offer driver’s education, BTW, and cut reading teachers, classroom teachers, psychologists, social workers, etc. Our kids may
                              Kendrick, Kristen
21   3/31/10      special                                    not be able to read, write or handle their emotions but at least they will have their driver’s license.
                              [kendri57@qps.org]
                eduacation                                    Please help us get some changes made to better serve all of our students in these difficult financial times.
                                                             Kristen Kendrick
                                                             Director of Special Education
                                                             Adams County Special Education Association
                                                             217-223-8700
                                                             kendri57@qps.org
                                                             I have heard from several of the districts within my region that are struggling to keep up good ideas, but no support.
                                                             Bus radios, AED’s, Driver’s Ed BTW, green products, and the RtI 30/70 rules are several of the issues that have been discussed. Let’s not forgot the cost of fingerprinting for subs too.
                                                             Any relief from all or some of these would have a positive impact on the fiscal situation within many districts.
                                                             Thank you,
                              Breese, Steve                  Steve
22   3/31/10      roe 46                                     Stephen Breese, Regional Superintendent
                              [sbreese@roe46.net]
                                                             ROE # 46 Brown, Cass, Morgan, Scott Counties
                                                             110 N. West St.
                                                             Jacksonville, Ill 62650
                                                             217-243-1804 FAX 217-243-5354sbreese@roe46.net

                                                Among the most burdensome mandates for school districts are those in the area of TBE programs. They allow little pedagogical latitude for different types of districts. In Woodland CCSD 50, the mandates create de facto segregation resulting in ethnically, economically, socially and linguistically
                                                isolated classes in a district that is diverse and prides itself on heterogeneous classrooms.
                                                 The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) acknowledges that funding for Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and Transitional Programs of Instruction (TPI) are subject to proration and are inadequate. In the TBE/TPI grant approval letter, the ISBE writes, “We urge you to seek other sources
                                                of funding and educational services for your LEP students.” Below please find both existing and proposed mandates. The imposition of additional unfunded mandates, when fully knowledgeable of the burden of existing unfunded mandates, is unconscionable. The continuation of the existing
                                                unfunded mandates, while fully knowledgeable of the burden to districts, is unconscionable, as well.
                                                Existing Mandates
                                                Transitional Bilingual Education Part 228
                                                The requirement to provide instruction in all core areas in the native language should be eliminated. Districts should be given latitude to design delivery models that reflect the academic and social expectations of the schools while still being held accountable for rigorous standards. Standards are
                                                currently measured by ISAT and ACCESS.
                                                ESL and Bilingual services cost Woodland CCSD 50 $1, 773, 271.00 (one-million-seven-hundred-seventy-three-thousand-two-hundred-seventy-one dollars). Our reimbursement from the ISBE (TPI/TBE) is $281,119 (two-hundred-eighty-one-thousand-one-hundred-nineteen dollars). Our
                                                reimbursement from Title III funds this year is $162,950 (one-hundred-sixty-two-thousand-nine-hundred-fifty dollars). This results in a shortfall of $1, 329, 202 (one-million-three-hundred-twenty-nine-thousand-two-hundred-two dollars).
                                                Greater latitude in designing quality instruction while continuing to adhere to accountability requirements would reduce the financial burden.
                                                Section 228.35 Personnel Qualifications: Professional Development
                                                d) Administrators
                                                The requirement that a person who is designated to administer a TBE program have both a valid administrative or supervisory endorsement and the bilingual approval or endorsement or the ENL endorsement with a language designation is burdensome. The ISBE identifies bilingual certifications as
                           ANNE SWANSON         a shortage area, acknowledging that bilingual positions are difficult to fill. The mandate requires districts to add positions and/or replace existing staff in order to accommodate this expectation. The ESL endorsement is not a shortage area. The ESL endorsement is sufficient to meet the demands of
23   3/31/10   woodland 50 [ASWANSON@DIST50.NET this position.
                           ]                    The requirement also contains no provision for matching the language of individual holding the bilingual endorsement to the language of the TBE program. An administrator with a bilingual Japanese endorsement would be appropriately credentialed to supervise a bilingual Polish program. This
                                                further erodes any pedagogical rationale to support this requirement. Again, given that the common language of supervision will be English, the ESL endorsement is sufficient to meet the demands of this position.
                                                The requirement that the TPI program supervisor have both and ESL and Type 75 certification required Woodland CCSD 50 to create an additional position three years ago.
                                                Should the district be required to now (July 1, 2010) have a TBE supervisor with a bilingual and Type 75, we would have to hire a second staff member at a time we are reducing staff.
                                                Proposed Mandates
                                                We strongly urge you to oppose these amendments. The amendments specifically contain unfunded mandates regarding preschool, administrative certification requirements, and materials, assessment and staff development to support Spanish language arts.
                                                Section 228.25 Program Options, Placement and Assessment
                                                a) Program Options and Placement
                                                The mandate for TBE and TPI services in preschools are burdensome to districts. The mandate requires districts to add positions and/or replace existing staff in order to accommodate this expectation. In addition to additional staffing requirements, the mandate requires the purchase of ELL
                                                materials and the purchase of assessment materials. These additional expenses continue to represent yet another unfunded mandate. Current preschool services for ELL children have measureable positive results without the imposition of ELL requirements. ELL requirements beginning in
                                                kindergarten are appropriate.
                                                Section 228.30 Establishment of Programs
                                                a) Administrative Provisions
                                                The mandate for bilingual education in summer school is burdensome to districts. The mandate requires districts to add positions and/or replace existing staff in order to accommodate this expectation. In addition to additional staffing requirements, the mandate requires the purchase of Spanish
                                                materials. These additional expenses continue to represent yet another unfunded mandate. Current summer school services for ELL children have measureable positive results without the imposition of ELL requirements. Bilingual requirements during the school are appropriate.
                                                b) Instructional Specifications
                                                The mandate for Spanish language arts is burdensome to districts. No other second language is mandated in Illinois. The mandate requires districts to purchase additional Spanish materials beyond those in bilingual classes. All NCLB measurements, including AMAO and AYP requirements focus
                                                                                                                                            Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date      district                 email                                                                                                                                                               comment
                                                             Dear Dr. Koch,
                                                            I am the superintendent of the Waverly CUSD #6 school district in central Illinois. We currently educate 382 students in grades K-12 and 20 additional students in Pre-K. We are a very good school district, having been rated in Financial Recognition up until this year, scoring high on our ISATs
                                                            and being known as a very friendly and hometown type of school district. Our parents and grandparents are vital members of our school district and we make every effort to see to every need our students may have, whether it be academic or social emotional.
                                                            Many of the state mandates, while they are important rules for larger schools, are very difficult for us to adhere to. The following mandates have been especially hard for us due to the small size of our classes, the small number of teachers we employ, and the few number of bus routes we have.
                                                            30/70% rule for the make up the class. We endeavor to provide the best education we can for all students in our school, whether the student has an IEP or not. Many of our classes have fewer than 30 students enrolled in each class. Most of these classes are split, so most of our classes have
                                                            less than 20 students at any one time. In serving every student and being sure to educate them with their socially age appropriate peer, the 30/70 rule is not always possible, not because we ignore the rule, but because our numbers are so small, with class offerings being singletons in most of the
                              Rust, Debra
24   3/31/10   waverly 6                                    high school, it is impossible to offer the class makeup in every classroom you are requiring.
                              [drust@waverlyscotties.com]
                                                            Driver’s Ed, Behind the Wheel. Many of our students have been driving cars and tractors and farm machines since they were 12. They come to us already knowing how to drive a vehicle. Requiring that every student drive 6 hours with the driver’s instructor whether they need it or not, makes no
                                                            sense for our population. The added cost of this legislation includes the hiring of an additional driver’s education instructor to drive the extra 3 hours. We pay $20.00 per hour and depending on the size of our sophomore class, it adds as much as $2,000 per year. I think the decision concerning
                                                            whether a student requires 6 hours of driving or 3 hours of driving should rest with the driver’s ed. instructor.
                                                            Bus Radios. We have always used cell phones to communicate with our bus drivers. Many of our students live in the country and are dropped off at their home, so we like for the drivers to have the phones so to call parents or grandparents or babysitters to make sure someone is home when we
                                                            drop them off. When we checked into buying the radios that you are requiring, it would be an $8,000 cost to purchase technology left over from the 1970’s. Additionally these radios would require an added cost to make them work for more than a 10 mile radius of our school, making them
                                                            worthless for extracurricular activities. IN the end we updated our phones to include the Push to Talk feature to adhere to the law. It is an added monthly cost that we adding to an already strapped budget.
                                                            1. The RtI mandate is one that has proved to be costly to our district.
                                                            While the intent is admirable, the process required is burdensome and expensive. Problem solving team members have been sent to trainings which have ended up costing the district between $3000 and $5000. The district has purchased assessment materials and additional intervention materials
                                                            along with the added expense of finding a certified teacher with additional time in the day to provide additional reading and mathematics instruction for students who are struggling. Additional cost for part-time teacher:$25000--$30000. By the time we add the additional paperwork trail, the meeting
                                                            times for problem solving teams, costs for substitutes for the classrooms while team members are meeting to problem solve, the cost increases another $3500. We have historically paid close attention to our students if they are struggling and have made strong efforts to best serve them
                                                            WITHOUT additional costs and paperwork forced upon us.
                                                            2. The 30/70% rule now imposed on school districts has done nothing more
                                                            than force school districts to add additional staff members they cannot afford to hire. In a small school district, an elementary classroom may easily infringe upon the 30/70 with 1 too many children with a Speech/Language IEP. Again, hire an additional teacher? That is a $40,000 investment.
                                                            3. Green cleaning products are great things. Families are to be commended
                                                            for their use. School districts, however, cannot at this time afford the additional costs of purchasing green products. The maintenance supervisor tells me that the purchase of all green cleaning products has increased our supply costs by an additional 30 percent of her budget. At this time how can
               griggsville-   Andrea J. Allen               we justify this increase?
25   3/31/10
                 perry 4      [allena@griggsvilleperry.com] 4. Driver Education Behind the Wheel mandates are costly, and we are only
                                                            allowed to charge a maximum of $50 to offset the cost, we are digging a bigger hole each and every year. Our district purchased a vehicle after we were unable to justify the cost of a lease any longer. We, of course, insure it and maintain it. The dr/ed instructor spends 1/4 of his time (and
                                                            salary) serving the BTW requirements we have. This equates to $12,000 worth of his time.
                                                            5. Physical education is important for our youth. Our students enjoy the
                                                            daily PE class; however, our elementary students also enjoy a daily recess with their teachers usually teaching them a group game or allowing them to safely play on the playground equipment in our play yard. Perhaps this daily recess could take the place of their daily PE class thus saving our
                                                            district the cost of one certified PE teacher ($41,000).
                                                            I do appreciate the opportunity to respond regarding the mandates in place.
                                                            I could go on with the concerns regarding the costs of purchasing and maintaining AED devices in several spots in each of our buildings, pesticide/lawncare requirements which end up to be quite costly, as well as the bio diesel fuel requirements. It is very difficult to continue being positive with
                                                            these things when we do not get funded for trying to do what we have been asked or required to do.
                                                            I believe that all of us want to do the right things for our children, but when and how do we concentrate on the academics if our budget is being sucked dry? If we are told we must do these things, then I think we should tell whomever that the state bills MUST be paid to the schools and other
                                                            entities held responsible.are not funded 100%
                                                            Special Education costs
                                                           Student Transportation is not funded 100%
                                                           A school nurse is not mandated, but the services are...making it impossible not to have a school nurse or some sort of nursing assistant to provide such services.
                                                           Vision an Hearing services
                                                           Daily physical education is mandated but not funded.
                                                           Bilingual services are mandated but not funded. We have 35% Hispanic population and we receive about $20,000 annually although it requires two bilingual teachers to service them.
                              Jean Chrostoski
                                                           Jean Chrostoski, Superintendent
26   3/31/10   arcola 306     [jchrostoski@arcolaschools.c
                                                           Arcola CUSD#306
                              om]
                                                           351 West Washington
                                                           Arcola, IL 61910
                                                           217-268-4963 (work)
                                                           217-268-3809 (fax)
                                                           jchrostoski@arcolaschools.com

                                                             1. AED's
                                                             2. School Bus Radios
                                                             3. Drivers Education (BTW)
                                                             4. Green Clean
                              Smith, Michael                 All of these are important to us, but every penny we are forced to spend on these mandates takes away resources that could be used on educating students.
27   3/31/10   oakland 5
                              [micsmith@oak.k12.il.us]       Michael Smith
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Oakland CUSD #5
                                                             Home of the Tri-County Titans

                                                             Good Morning:
                                                             Per Dr. Koch’s request, I have two unfunded mandates that are of concern:
                                                             School buses contain 2-way radios – this is a great example of a nice idea, but no funds to go with the mandate. We already have cell phones on our busses – adding a 2-way radio is another cost that we have already incurred.
                                                             The same is true with AED’s. This mandates added significant costs as well as liability. The training and the ongoing maintenance creates additional burdens to the district.
                                                             Thank you for your time.
                                                             Sincerely, Jay Morrow, Ed.D.
                                                             Superintendent
                              Jay Morrow
28   3/31/10    united 30                                    United Township High School District #30
                              [jmorrow@riroe.k12.il.us]
                                                             1275 Avenue of the Cities
                                                             East Moline, IL 61244
                                                             (309) 752-1622
                                                             (309) 752-1615 (fax)
                                                             United Township High School District #30
                                                             "Achieving Excellence Together"

                                                             ISBE,
                                                             The following is a list of mandates that should be eliminated from schools. As each of these have value they all come at an expense to school districts at a time when funding is being cut dramatically. Given the choice of cutting these programs or cutting our classroom experiences I fear we must
                                                             eliminate the unfunded mandates.
                                                             Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel
                                                             AED’s
                                                             Green Cleaning Schools Act
                                                             Biodiesel blend containing 5%
                              Mark Twomey
29   3/31/10   havana 126                                    Physical education
                              [mtwomey@havana126.net]
                                                             Many of the SPED requirements
                                                             Patrick M. Twomey, Ed.D. Superintendent
                                                             Havana Community School District 126
                                                             501 S. McKinley Street
                                                             Havana, IL. 62644
                                                                                                                                                Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date        district                email                                                                                                                                                                     comment
                                                              Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the unfunded mandates that we would like to see changed or eliminated. What follows are my specific request and thoughts:
                                                              Eliminate the requirement for 5% bio-diesel fuel in busses. In addition to increasing the cost of the fuel, it will gel up the busses when the temperature is less than 35 degrees outside.
                                                              Eliminate the requirement for 2-way radios in school busses. If this requirement can not be eliminated, provide other opportunities for meeting the spirit of the mandate like having in place cell phone capability to keep in contact with the busses. In my district this requirement will cost $18-25,000 to
                                                              implement and is not needed as we have affective cellular connectivity.
                                                              The Green Cleaning School Act has not saved my district any money and forced us to purchase more expensive cleaning supplies from fewer venders.
                                                              With the large number of private driving schools that are available, I would like to see the requirement that schools provide behind the wheel driver training (6 hours per student) eliminated. In my district, because of the increased number of graduation requirements, there is virtually no time during
                                                              the school day for a student to be given this training. As a result, I have to pay an instructor $15 per hour to provide this training before school, after school, and on the weekends and holidays to get each student their required six hours of training. We typically have 75-80 per year who need this
                                                              training. This is an approximate $6750 added expense to the district.
                west central Ralph Grimm [grimm-              I also have a major problem with Legislators requiring us to add units of instruction on a variety of topics. Every time we must address a new unit of instruction on a new topic, we are taking instructional time away from our core subjects. Since we are being held accountable for AYP in Math and
30   3/31/10
                   235       ralph@wc235.k12.il.us]           Reading and the AYP bar is being raised every year, we need as much time as possible for the core areas. The new units of instruction take away from that valuable time. There are literally hundreds such mandates that could be listed here.
                                                              The proposed SB 3266 on bullying will prove to be particularly burdensome. Why do we need to have a proposed policy that encompasses some 15 different requirements to address the issue of bullying when the vast majority of school districts and school buildings in the state are doing an
                                                              adequate job dealing with this issue?
                                                              PA 95-0176 requires school busses to display at the rear of the bus a sign with the telephone number of the owner of the school bus and requires procedures for accepting and documenting phone calls to the number. PA 96-0655 enacted a year later requires a change in the message on the signs
                                                              on the rear of school busses. Why was a change in the wording necessary after only a year? In addition to the cost of the new signs, we incurred labor to change the signs. This seems to be a significant waste of resources.
                                                              Respectfully submitted,
                                                              Ralph Grimm, Superintendent
                                                              West Central CUSD #235
                                                              RR 1, Box 72
                                                              Biggsville, IL 61418
                                                              Below is a list of mandates that I feel are not needed or go above and beyond the scope of educating students that school districts are required to follow.
                                                        ·      Requirement to have fire drills with local fire departments - this created an additional time to do a fire drill and takes students out of class instruction
                                                        ·      Requirement of 2% or 5% bio-diesel in busses - additional cost involved in this type of fuel.
                                                        ·      Requirement for district to furnish quarterly report to ROE on students that have withdrawn from school - students a can be tracked using the state wide SIS system as they have left a school and the reason why. This is a redundant report
                                                        ·      Requiring districts to hire ESP based on seniority for a newly reorganized district. - I understand the idea but it takes away the management rights of the new district to hire the staff necessary and best suited for the positions.
                                                        ·      Requiring 90 day notice for ESP before being laid off due to third party contract and requires public hearing for this contract - This makes the job of being good stewards of the district funds much more difficult for the Board and takes away some of the local control from the Board of
                                                        Education.
                             Depatis, Gary
                                                        ·      Requiring all 6 hours of behind the wheel drivers' education instruction be in the car with the instructor. Forces districts to increase the time available for students to drive and the possibility of additional purchases of vehicles for this purpose. Also could cause additional time for summer
31   3/31/10   greenview 200 [gdepatis@greenviewschools
                                                        driving at an additional cost to the district.
                             .org]
                                                        I am sure that others will disagree with me and still others will have more than what I have listed. I also do not profess that these are the only ones that may need to be eliminated but this is a list of ones that seem to me to have little or no purpose for educating children.
                                                        Gary DePatis, Superintendent
                                                        Greenview CUSD 200
                                                        147 Palmer St
                                                        PO Box 320
                                                        Greenview, IL 62642
                                                        217-968-2295
                                                        New mandates for new curricular areas to cover--can't keep up!
                                                        Mandate for daily physical education
                                                        Mandates for posting so many new items on school websites--rumors are that some districts will just eliminate their websites so they don't have to post information
                westchester JEAN SOPHIE                 Dr. Jean H. Sophie, Superintendent
32   3/31/10                                            Westchester Public Schools, District 92 1/2
                   92 1/2    [JSOPHIE@sd925.org]
                                                        9981 Canterbury Street
                                                        Westchester, IL 60154
                                                        708-450-2700

                                                         Dear Committee:
                                                         RTI - our district has spent much time and money to meet this requirement!
                            Roberts, David               Green Cleaning Products - more expense that products we were using
33   3/31/10   winchester 1 [dcroberts@winchester.k12.il Driver Ed. BTW - had to hire a part-time teacher to complete BTW
                            .us]                         Dave Roberts, superintendent
                                                         Winchester CUSD #1
                                                              Some mandates I would hope could be repealed-
                                                              District investment policy
                                                              Registry of parents to be notified if pesticides are used
                                                              Integrated pest management plan
                                                              Local professional development committee
                                                              All the postings required to be placed on the website (budget, collective bargaining agreement, salaries, etc., etc.)
                                                              New teacher induction and mentoring program
                                                              AED's at all indoor and outdoor athletic faciliities
                                                              Identify, track, and report on educational progress of dropouts
                                                              All student health-related record keeping (We seem to be doing the health depts. job)
                                                              Steroid abuse info. to athletes
                                                              Use of bio-fuels in buses
                                                              Principal mentoring program
                                                              Green cleaning mandates
                                                              Meals required if summer school is offered
                              John Marshall
34   3/31/10        vit 2                                     Present Medal of Honor film to 7th grade and HS History classes
                              [jmarshall@vit.k12.il.us]
                                                              Random steroid testing for athletes
                                                              Report salaries of all administrators and teachers
                                                              Compliance with Lawn Care Products and Structural Pest Control Acts
                                                              Designate FOIA Officer who must be trained
                                                              Generally speaking it appears that, if there is a problem in one district, there is a "knee-jerk" reaction, and legislation is passed that affects everyone in the state. For example, if high Supt. salaries are a concern, don't pass a law that limits ALL raises to 6%. Some of us folks in tiny districts are not
                                                              over paid! If bullying is a problem in some schools, address the problem there.
                                                              John Marshall, Supt.
                                                              VIT Schools
                                                              1502 E US Hwy 136
                                                              Table Grove, IL 61482
                                                              309-758-5138
                                                              jmarshall@vit2.org




                              Robert Machak                   Please reconsider ero penalties. Thanks.
35   3/31/10
                emmons
                              [rmachak@Emmons-
                  33          School.com]
                                                              Bus Radios - My rationale is the cost burden to the district. $7,800
                                                              AEDs - Cost to the District - $7,500
                                                              RtI - Great Idea, put some funding with it! $10,500
                                                              Daily P.E. - Cost - Salary for 1.5 FTE
                              Matt Runge                      Bio Diesel - Cost - $5,000
36   3/31/10      libery 2                                    Driver Ed BTW - Cost - .5 FTE
                              [rungem@libertyschool.net]
                                                              Thank you for the opportunity to provide the above information.
                                                              Matt Runge, Superintendent
                                                              Liberty CUSD #2
                                                              217-645-3433
                                                                                                                                               Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date        district                email                                                                                                                                                                  comment
                                                              Some mandates that I feel are excessively burdensome:
                                                              1)    Why three fire drills plus one bus evacuation drill plus one severe weather drill plus a supervised law enforcement drill? Some drill is necessary but this requires too many disruptions to instruction.
                                                              2)    Annual inspection of basketball goal supports-once every other year is sufficient.
                                                              3)    Annual bleacher inspections-once every other year is sufficient.
                                                              4)    Annual review of emergency safety procedures-once every other year is sufficient.
                                                              5)    Biodiesel-no evidence to support that it saves energy, only an economic boon for soybean growers.
                                                              Thanks for listening. Larry
                germantown Larry Weber                        "One learns through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect." Mark Twain
37   3/31/10
                    60     [lweber@clinton.k12.il.us]         Larry E. Weber, Superintendent
                                                              Germantown SD 60
                                                              P.O. Box 400
                                                              Germantown, IL. 62245
                                                              Office: (618) 523-4253
                                                              Fax: 618-523-7879


                                                         In reference to the Unfunded Mandates placed on Illinois Schools: Schools are operating on very fixed budgets and it is most difficult to address financially some of the Mandates that come forward. Below is a list of just a few of the Mandates that are of concern to our district (Only a few are listed,
                                                         but the list certainly contains many more mandates in question):
                                                         30/70% rule for Special Needs Students
                             Bill Bishop                 AED’s – District cost for initial purchase and replacement
38   3/31/10   greenfield 10
                             [wmbishop@greene.k12.il.us] Pest Management Plans and the applications of pesticide/lawncare chemicals and the training that should be provided
                                                         Green Cleaning materials, products, and applications



                                                          In my five years as a superintendent, I've seen several mandates that have come out that don't seem to make much sense and don't improve the education of students. Here are a few examples that cost time and money and don't improve the educational experience of students:
                                                          *AED--purchasing, training, retraining, keeping up to date on inspections, pads, etc. was bad enough. But then they legislate outdoor AED. Outdoor AEDs are problematic, especially in cold weather. And to require schools to do this with no appropriation of funds is ridiculous.
                                                          * The Green Cleaning Schools act along with the Pest Management mandates are all a bunch of paperwork and a bunch of opportunities for salesmen to come out and try to scare us all into purchasing expensive substitutes for items we already use.
                                                          * Change the message board on buses after you just implemented the rule the year before?
                                                          * FOIA?? --all the time and effort wasted on this, particularly when the legislature wouldn't just simply keep personnel evaluation out of the original document.
                                                          * Instruction on: Mexican illegal deportation, the Congressional Medal of Honor film, people with disabilities and the disabilities rights movement, internet safety. Adding this all has a cost. Internet safety alone has cost teacher time, training, after-school meetings, etc.
                                                          Thanks for listening....we're just trying to do what's best for kids.
                                                          Tami Kampwerth, PhD
                              Tami Kampwerth
39   3/31/10     aviston 21                               Superintendent
                              [tkampwerth@avistonk-8.org]
                                                          Aviston Elementary School District #21
                                                          350 S Hull
                                                          Aviston IL 62216
                                                          618.228.7245
                                                          618.228.7121 fax




                                                        Please work toward the elimination of the following unfunded mandates:
                                                        AEDs
                             Mrs. Elaine Hemker         Use of “green cleaning” products
40   3/31/10   odin 122, 700 [ehemker@odinpublicschools Expense to school districts for obtaining background checks
                             .org]                      Elaine Hemker, Superintendent
                                                        District #122 & #700
                                                              In response to the mandate survey request:
                                                              1. Purchase and training of AED's. The cost of the AED's and battery replacement is excessive. For athletic contest we already have EMT's with portables anyway.
                              Brad Kenser                     2. Green Cleaning Supplies-although we are a green school we spend more $ on these products and some of them are less effective creating the need to purchase more product and cost in time of staff for numerous applications.
41   3/31/10      fulton 3                                    Respectfully submitted
                              [bkenser@cusd3.net]
                                                              Brad Kenser, Supt.
                                                              CUSD #3, Fulton County
                                                            To Whom It May Concern,
                                                            You asked for input on relief from unfunded mandates. The following unfunded mandates are areas our district could see benefits from should they be eliminated or a moratorium placed upon them. I hope this helps.
                                                            PA 93-0803 Requires school districts to identify, track, and report on the educational progress and outcomes of dropouts who have re-enrolled in school. This is difficult for schools to do. It requires a lot of man hours and time. The time our staff spends on this could be much better spent doing
                                                            other things that are more beneficial to the students in our district.
                                                            PA 93-0910 and PA 95-0712 Requires school districts to have a policy on medical emergencies, to have an automated external defibrillator in each indoor physical fitness facility, and to have a trained AED user in each facility during school-sponsored activities. 95-0712 Requires school districts
                                                            to provide automated external defibrillators at all outside athletic facilities. Each AED costs the district $2000-$3000 dollars. Unfortunately, the damage is already done, if the district is within the law. Keeping up to date pads in the AED’s that prevent legal action against the district is an annual
                                                            recurring cost of several hundred dollars, depending upon the number of AED’s in the district.
                               Brent O'Daniell
42   3/31/10    nashville 49                                PA 93-0946 Requires school districts to receive proof of a dental exam from students entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grades. Parents are irresponsible, and require multiple reminders. Some even necessitate certified letters sent so the district can show that it has done all it can to
                               [Brentlod@nashville-k12.org]
                                                            contact the parents. I estimate a cost of $10 per student per year that has not met the requirement.
                                                            PA 94-0151 and PA 94-0410 Both require school districts to meet specific criteria if offering gifted education. Gifted education funding has been eliminated from the state budget, and there are still requirements being placed on districts as to what should be done in these programs. Those
                                                            requirements force the district to incur costs. Each district should be able to determine what is being taught in gifted education if local tax dollars are paying for it.
                                                            PA 96-0281 Requires school districts to use 5% bio-diesel fuel in their buses. Not only is this an additional per gallon cost, the fuel becomes gelatinous in extreme cold, preventing the buses from running. That in itself presents an issue with school having to be cancelled, due to the failure to run
                                                            busses. There is also an additional cost as fuel filters must be replaced more often when using biodiesel. The higher the concentration, the more often the fuel filters must be changed.
                                                            Yours For Better Schools,
                                                            Brent O’Daniell
                                                            Sir/Madam:
                                                            As superintendent of schools in a small rural school district, we struggle with the unfunded mandate issue as many districts do. The following are just four existing mandates that have hurt put strains on school budgets:
                                                            Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel (we offer behind the wheel education which is not cost effective for our district)
                                                            AED’s (we are fortunate that local agencies have donated the equipment but we must still train staff members each year for usage even though the AED is designed for anyone to use it???)
                                                            Green Cleaning Schools Act (we have moved to green cleaning within the last year—it has not been a cost saver)
                                                            Physical education (this waiver would be essential for our school as we would need to schedule five Physical Education teachers in a high school of 350 without the waiver)
                                                            Please investigate the “Unfunded Mandate” Issue as these continue to cause negative effects on budgets across the state.
                                                            My best,
               el paso-gridley Rick Johnston
43   3/31/10                                                Rick Johnston
                     11        [johnstonr@unit11.org]
                                                               Superintendent of Schools Paso Gridley CUSD #11
                                                            97 West Fifth
                                                            El Paso, IL 61738
                                                            Office: 309-527-4410
                                                            Email: rj@unit11.org
                                                            Cell: 309-297-9393



                                                              With the shortage of resources (both time and money) and increased academic requirements, I suggest the following mandates be eliminated and made permissive OR by fully paid for:
                                                              Behind-the-wheel driver's education
                                                              Four years of physical education
                                                              Automated External Defibrillators
                                                              I also implore the legislature to refrain from adding any new mandates.
                                                                There's not enough time in the day nor money in the bank to accommodate all the things that sound like good ideas - schools are tapped out in both areas.
                                                              Kathy Robbins
                              Kathryn Robbins
44   3/31/10    leyden 212                                    Kathryn J. Robbins, Ed.D.
                              [KRobbins@leyden212.org]
                                                              Superintendent
                                                              Leyden High School District 212
                                                              3400 Rose Street
                                                              Franklin Park, IL 60131
                                                              Office: 847.451.3020
                                                              Fax:     847.671.9079
                                                                                                                                             Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date        district                email                                                                                                                                                               comment
                                                         Here is my list of mandates I 'd like to see included in the discussion by members of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education mandates. I realize that not all can be addressed by the Committee; but, these are the hot button issues in our district right now.
                                                         1.Transportation: 80% of 80% does not come close to reimbursing us for our transportation costs and, besides, it is not what we’re getting from the State, presently.
                                                         2.Response-to-Intervention: Schools continue to earnestly abide by the stipulations of this important work; but, they are forced because of the zero dollars appropriation for this work to give it less-than-adequate time, attention or appropriate resource allocation. Almost $60,000 in salary and benefits
                                                         for a district-wide coordinator next year and supplies and materials are costly, as well.
                                                         3.Compliance with PA 95-0844 which stipulates that a former student of the North Greene Unit District No. 3, who on four occasions has quit school, only to return the next day on the first three occasions – but who has not been attending school since the fall of 2008 – now finds himself in
                                                         drug/alcohol rehabilitation, and now costs our district $67.40/day for educational services provided by another school district in Illinois. While I applaud this young man’s decision to admit himself into a rehabilitation program and, likewise, applaud his decision to complete work on his high school
                              Les Stevens
45   3/31/10   north greene 3                            diploma, I would much rather spend that $67.40/day on a young boy or girl who attends our school each and every day, works toward completing his/her education in our traditional school setting within our schools – in other words, a boy or girl who has not given up repeatedly on our school. Or, I’d
                              [lstevens@northgreene.com]
                                                         rather see him on our doorstep to complete his work, once he has completed his drug/alcohol rehabilitation.
                                                         4.Green Schools Initiatives: The costs associated with green products are budget-busting and the mandate should be lifted. Other green initiatives, that don’t cost so much, have merit; but, until green cleaning products and other such materials can be produced at lower costs, the mandate should
                                                         go away.
                                                         5.Maintenance of extremely costly programs to manage and/or remove asbestos, lead and pesticides – including notices to the community: The mandate to place signs at points where pesticides have been applied, during the summer months, when no one is likely to inhabit spaces where these
                                                         pesticides have been applied, is one example of a “good idea” gone wild. The costs of asbestos management protocols should be incurred by those who manufactured and applied asbestos-laden materials so long ago. The same could be said of those who manufactured and sold lead-paint
                                                         products to schools.
                                                         AED’s
                                                         Green Cleaning Act
                                                         Bio –Diesel fuel
                              Vicki Hardy                Some compliance issues with Special education such as the 80/20 rule
46   3/31/10    carthage 317                             These are a few of the mandates that are very expensive and I would like to see repealed or not have to do if they are not funded.
                              [vhardy@cesd317.org]
                                                         Vicki Hardy
                                                         Carthage Elementary School District #317
                                                         Superintendent
                                                             We remain concerned about the following mandates impacting district budgets:
                                                             ·      Failure to fully fund special education is a tremendous burden to districts. Although we are legally responsible for providing special education, we do not have the requisite revenue to fully fund these programs. Special education is an under-funded mandate.
                                                             ·      We are required to provide transportation for parochial students. The costs relative to providing these transportation services add to the deficit. In addition, transportation is an under- funded mandate.
                                                             ·      Increased health insurance benefits/responsibilities have caused further costs relative to district health insurance policies.
                                                             ·      Although AED’s are a good idea, this is another unfunded mandate that provides costs to our district.
                                                             ·      Driver’s education is an extraordinary cost borne by high school districts.
                                                             ·      Although absolutely necessary, the costs of criminal background checks is being covered by districts. This adds to the deficit.
                forest ridge   Dr. Margaret W. Longo         ·      The Early Retirement Option is a tremendous cost to districts.
47   3/31/10
                    142        [mlongo@d142.org]             ·      20 additional sick days for IMRF board members provides costs to impacted districts.
                                                             Dr. Margaret W. Longo, Superintendent
                                                             Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142
                                                             15000 South Laramie
                                                             Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
                                                             708-687-3334


                                                             Mandates
                                                             Driver Ed - Behind the Wheel
                                                             Two - way radios for all busses
                                                             AED's
                                                             Physical Education
                               Carter, Lynn [carterl@go-     Lynn Carter, Superintendent
48   3/31/10      virginia
                               redbirds.com]                 Virginia Community Unit School District
                                                             651 S. Morgan Street
                                                             Virginia, Il 62691
                                                             217.452.3085 work
                                                             217.452.3088 fax

                                                             I am superintendent at Sherrard. Here are my concerns for mandates that are not being fulling funded:
                                                             This year: transportation, special education. We still do not have all of our payments
                                                             Yearly:
                               Becky Rodocker                1.    Drivers Education – driving component. Our district would save $60,000 by not offering or by contracting with an outside agency.
49   3/31/10      sherrard
                               [rodockerb@sherrard.us]       2.    Physical eduation – We hire a teacher at each building plus multiple at the high school. We feel that we could save $60,000 or more on staff if we did not have to teach daily PE.
                                                             Becky Rodocker, Superintendent
                                                             Education is the one true equalizer of man......
                                                           AED;s and the requirement to have them.
                                                           Requirement for Music, Art, P.E.
                                                           Requirement for schools to use recycled paper PA 87-0626
                               Scandrett, Terry            Retirement-ERO penalty of 23.5% of teachers salary if they retire between 55-60
                new-holland    <tscandrett@nhm.logan.k12.i TRS flat rate pension formula-PA 90-0582
50   3/31/10                                               Enhance 911 system-PA 01-0785
                    88         l.us>
                                                           TRIP insurance district have to pay .5% of the teacher payroll PA 92-0505
                                                           Teacher induction and mentoring program PA 93-0355
                                                           Green cleaning Policy PA 95-0084
                                                           Provide AED's at outside facilities PA 95-0712

                                                           The following unfunded mandates have placed a financial hardship on our district:
                                                           Vans, 15 passenger, can no longer be used
                                                           Special education reimbursement, teacher and paraprofessional, special programs
                                                           Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel
                                                           School bus 2-way radios
                                                           AED’s
                                                           Green Cleaning Schools Act
                               Barb Shute
                                                           Biodiesel blend containing 5%
51   3/31/10    ramsey 204     [bshute@ramsey.fayette.k12.
                                                           Physical education
                               il.us]
                                                           Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
                                                           Barbara Shute, Superintendent
                                                           Ramsey CUSD #204
                                                           Phone 618 423 2335
                                                           FAX 618 423 2314


                                                              would like to see the following mandates eliminated:
                                                             School buses contain 2-way radios – We have a school bus at the Capital Area Career Center. We do not use it for regular bus routes. We use it around 10 times a year for field trips. This requirement is unreasonable for us. We have to comply with all of the mandates for school buses, even
                                                             though we rarely use the bus. Students are not at risk, because we always provide a cell phone for the driver’s use if there is an emergency. He knows to pull off the road when using a cell phone.
                               Cindy Stover                  Green Cleaning Schools Act – Green cleaning products cost more and they don’t clean and disinfect as well. We have to use more product to get everything clean. But, no matter how much we use, it still does not disinfect as well. This leads to more germs not being killed which leads to more
52   3/31/10    capital AVC                                  sickness.
                               [cstover@caccschool.org]
                                                             Thank you for your time and consideration.
                                                             Cindy Stover,
                                                             Director, Capital Area Career Center
                                                                                                                                              Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date        district               email                                                                                                                                                                  comment
                                                              Dear Chris,
                                                              While we appreciate you asking superintendents for input regarding state mandates in preparation for the establishment of a Blue Ribbon Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education mandates, it should not be surprising to you that few of us have made the time to respond, primarily
                                                              because we are each preparing our 2010-2011 budgets during the worst state financial crisis our public schools have ever faced. You indicated that the task of the Committee is to review state mandates and determine whether they (1) are necessary for the health and safety of students in
                                                              compliance with federal laws, (2) are essential to the integrity of Illinois public schools, (3) exceed federal requirements, or (4) are superfluous to the core academic programs of Illinois school districts. I have reviewed the 105 state mandates enacted since 1992 and encourage the committee to
                                                              consider an additional question regarding the decision-making process used to develop mandates, the regulation of those mandates, and the effectiveness of implementation. It seems like the legislative policy process to develop mandates, which should focus on the broad strategical reasons to
                                                              include a particular mandate, usually also includes the tactical/procedural methods for implementation, and limited or no funding to accomplish the task. Here is the essential question: Would it be more productive for the legislature to "recommend" changes and allow each district the flexibility to
                               Larry Fleming                  determine the best process to implement the initiative (based upon their local student/system needs), and provide the state with accountability measures to ensure compliance within established timelines? Of the 105 mandates enacted over the past 18 years, none are fully funded (when
53   3/31/10   lincolshire 103 [lfleming@district103.k12.il.u considering all costs to implement), and very few have added value to our curriculum, resulted in a healthier and safer school environment for children, improved academic achievement, improved the budget process, increased accountability for results, or helped us to manage daily operations more
                               s]                             effectively and efficiently. Many school districts were already successfully implementing the "mandated" activities/programs prior to them being mandated, which means that the additional state regulation simply added another layer of bureaucracy and cost. Local resources must be increased each
                                                              year to ensure compliance with these state mandates. One of the main problems with state mandates is that the impetus to legislate a new mandate often begins with a single district's issue, and the solution is then mandated for all districts throughout Illinois. Relief from any unfunded state
                                                              mandate would be greatly appreciated; through the elimination of the mandate, flexibility on how to implement the mandate, or increased state funding to support the value added mandates such as special education. It would be outstanding for our legislators to genuinely seek and consider
                                                              superintendent and teacher input prior to enacting any additional mandates. I appreciate you asking for our input to take a look at the current mandates which are currently in place.
                                                              Thank you,Larry Fleming, Ed.D.
                                                              Larry Fleming, Ed.D., Superintendent
                                                              Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103
                                                              We were supposed to discuss this at our last administrative team meeting and simply ran out of time. All the mandates in the e-mail are good choices for elimination and a few are ones I selected (Green Cleaning and PE). I was amazed at how many additional mandates are being considered in
                                                              currently proposed or pending legislation. Talk about not getting it!
                               Van Pelt, Dr. John             The General Assembly can stabilize school funding and then go home. Whenever they're in session they just keep passing more mandates. Many mandates are busy work and exist to satisfy some narrow constituency group.
54   3/31/10     lake villa 41 [jvanpelt@DISTRICT41.ORG Respectfully,
                               ]                              John Van Pelt, Superintendent
                                                              Lake Villa School District #41
                                                              Lake Villa, Illinois
                                                             I would like to see the following mandates eliminated because of the cost and/or time incurred by local school districts.
                                                             AED requirement- cost for equipment and certification for staff members
                wethersfield   Shane Kazubowski              Green Cleaning
55   3/31/10
                   230         [skazubow@geese230.com]       Physical Education- especially the requirement that PE must be held daily in the elementary
                                                             Pest management plan
                                                             To whom it may concern:
                                                             As the superintendent of a small high school district, I am concerned about some very expensive mandates:
                                                             PE for four years – why can’t we waive like CPS does and have it for two years?
                                                             Drivers Ed         - raise the driving age to 18 or have the parents pay for the classes
                                                             Curricular mandates – it seems that we frequently receive “mandates” to teach the societal problem of the day i.e. mortgage information, credit card information, internet training (Is it on the ACT test?)
                                                             ACT as state test for high school
                               Hart, Beth                    Please contact me if you wish to discuss this further.
56   3/31/10   evergreen 231
                               [bhart@evergreenpark.org]     M. Elizabeth Hart Ed.D.
                                                             Evergreen Park Community High School, District 231
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             9901 S. Kedzie Avenue
                                                             Evergreen Park, IL 60805
                                                             708-398-1230

                                                        Special education, transportation, school lunch and breakfast, physical education, RTI are five of the larger unfunded mandates. Race to the top will eventually be another big under funded mandate for all districts. The problem is very simple. These mandates have never been fully funded in the
                                                        past and in the near future there will be even less money to fund these mandates. Local districts in difficult economic times like this need to be able to make decisions at the local level on what goes and stays with regards to budget cutbacks. Unfortunately, districts will be forced to make cut backs
                                                        not based on the greatest need for all, but what is mandated and what is not. Regular k-12 classrooms and students will loose under this scenario. Smaller mandates also cost money and take time to fill out the paper work that is required, but unless something is done about the big mandates
                                                        schools are destined for very tough times ahead. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide input.
                                                        L-W #21 had a total budget of $4,108,329 for 2008-2009. L-W #21 had the following expenditures in the following mandates for 2008-2009.
                                                                        Special Education in District - $322,303
                                                                        Special Education out of District Tuition - $223,111
                                                                        Woodford County Special Education - $64,764
                                                                        Total Special Education costs for 2008-2009 - $610,078
                                                                        School Lunch and Breakfast - $148,738
                                                                        Physical Education (salaries and benefits only) – $129,442
                                                                        Transportation - $321,480
                           Parker Dietrich                              RTI - $35,763
                lowpoint-
57   3/31/10               [dietrich@washburn.k12.il.us Revenue received in the following mandated areas for 2008-2009:
               washburn 21
                           ]                                            Special Education - $170,929
                                                                        State Lunch - $2,358
                                                                        Federal Lunch and Breakfast - $61,044
                                                                        Physical Education – 0
                                                                        Transportation- $144,274
                                                                        RTI – 0
                                                        Parker Dietrich, Superintendent L-W #21
                                                        508 E. Walnut St.
                                                        Washburn, IL 61570
                                                        Phone: 309-248-7522
                                                        Fax: 309-248-7518


                                                             The Hampton School District is a very small elementary district with one building. We believe we properly know how to keep it clean. The green cleaning schools act is unnecessary and simply raises the cost of cleaning the building, and such products are less effective.
                                                             We prefer to make our own choices regarding cleaning products, enabling us to use the best products, seeking the best prices.
                               Tom Berg                      Thank youTom Berg
58   3/31/10    hampton 29                                   Superintendent
                               [thomberg@riroe.k12.il.us]
                                                             Hampton School District #29
                                                                                                                                             Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date       district                email                                                                                                                                                                  comment
                                                             87-0626 Use Recycled PaperMore expensive that copy paper 2,000
                                                               School buses contain 2-way radiosexpense 4,000
                                                             95-0712 AED’s          2,000
                                                             95-0084 Green Cleaning Schools Actexpense 2,000
                                                             96-0281 Biodiesel blend containing 5%         1,000
                                                               Physical education uld reduce 2 teachers 80,000
                                                             88-0612 Finger PrintingTime and expense           750
                                                             90-0108 Bus Crossing armsExpense            4,000
                                                             91-0518 911 Phone SystemExpense             20,000
                                                             92-0505 TRIP from TRS.5% of payroll          17,000
                                                             92-0663 in-service for medicationsTime and expense 500
                                                             93-0426 extra math and science testingTime and 1,500
                                                             93-0523 record Executive session expense           250
                                                             93-0946* Dental examseffort and staff time
                                                             95-0058 Pest Management TrainingTime and expense 500
                                                             95-0241* ESP reductioneliminates possibilty of out sourcing
                                                             95-0558 domestic and Sexual viloence trainingtime and effort       200
                                                             95-0972* insurance for marriage therapistsexpense
               washingto      Tignor, John                   95-0973* insurance for eating disordersexpense      -
59   3/31/10
                 n 52         [jtignor@d52schools.com]       96-0542* FOIAexpense         -
                                                             96-0657* SpEd accessexpense               -
                                                             * 1) no current expense 2)possible future expense, 3) many of the amouts are rough approximations 4) difficult to quantify Curriculum MandatesAll curricular nadates take time away from the Learning Standards
                                                             90-0620 Discipline and respect
                                                             92-0027 Hipanic
                                                             93-0088 Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection
                                                             93-0406 Asian American
                                                             94-0014 Steriod abuse
                                                             94-0285 Slave Trade
                                                             94-0478 Genocide
                                                             94-0929 Cosumer Ed
                                                             95-0958 internet safety
                                                             96-0099 Medal of Honor film
                                                             96-0191 disability rights
                                                             96-0629 Deportation




                                                             There are so many unfunded mandates. Of special concern is the requirement of a certified librarian or certified teacher in the library of a grade school,
                                                             everyday PE, wellness/ food requirements in the cafeteria, and green chemical usage.
                                                             Susan Dudley, Superintendent
               district 50    Susan Dudley                   District 50 Schools
60   3/31/10
               washington     [sdudley@d50schools.com]       304 E Almond Drive
                                                             Washington, IL 61571
                                                             309-745-8914
                                                             To Whom It May Concern:

                                                      My name is Mark Hansen. I am Superintendent of the Eastland CUSD #308 in Lanark, IL. In response to query on unfunded mandates that I would like to see eliminated:
                                                     Special Education:
                                                     I understand that identifying students with special learning needs is the law of the land. It should be. With Response to Intervention (mandated in the reauthorization of NCLB) in place in our schools, much of the burden for educating students with disabilities could be relieved. I mention Special
                                                     Education because, per its costs, it is perhaps the most expensive of our unfunded mandates. The time spent generating the paperwork, the number of personnel, the substitutes necessary to serve the endless meetings. In this particular area, however, I would not argue for the elimination of the
                                                     mandate, but rather, the State’s moral responsibility to fully fund the education of these students. State funding for special education falls far short of what is needed, and is only decreasing. If a school district tried to make the argument that it didn’t have the money to educate its special education
                            Mark Hansen              students, we would face a lawsuit. How can the state continually make this argument and avoid litigation?
61   4/1/10    eastland 308 [mhansen@eastland308.com Special education should be state funded because the cost of educating one (1) severely or profoundly disabled student can be overwhelming, especially for a small district. In addition, if the state had responsibility for the funding, it might hesitate in the future to expand the mandate, as it has in
                            ]                        recent years, increasing the age ranges for which schools are responsible for educating students with disabilities.
                                                     Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel:
                                                     Private driver education would be less expensive than providing the same education through the public schools. Parents and students would certainly pay the costs, and would be more invested in learning to drive. Most importantly, scheduling driver education during the school day is highly
                                                     disruptive to the fundamental mission of our high schools.
                                                     AED’s:
                                                     This mandate has proved to be more costly than anticipated. In addition to the initial purchase costs, batteries need to be replaced regularly, as well as the AED pads. We have to provide our staff with release time or pay them overtime to attend annual trainings. While it is true that the cost of one
                                                     life is immeasurable, the state’s passage of this law requires local districts to use property tax for 100% of the costs. Because this cost was not originally a responsibility of the local taxpayer, and the state’s commitment to education funding is declining significantly, the law effectively takes funds
                                                     away from student instruction for the purpose of meeting the requirements of the mandate.
                                                     Physical education
                                                     Bus Radios - We currently spend approximately $2000.00 on cell phones for our drivers now. After investigating radios for our buses, I put the expense at $7000.00 to $8000.00 and the companies can not assure me that the radios will work in all areas of our District.
                                                     The reports, surveys and accounting measures that we continue to get cost us in man hours that take away form the services to our students and staff.
                                                     Jerome Pankey
                                                     Superintendent
                            Pankey, Jerome           Donovan CUSD#3
62   4/1/10     donovan 3 [PankeyJ@donovan.k12.il.us 600 North Street
                            ]                        Donovan, IL 60931
                                                     Phone (815) 486-7324
                                                     Fax (815) 486-7060


                                                       Even though I am only in my first year as a superintendent, it did not take me long to realize the impact of unfunded mandates on school districts. Taking into consideration the size of our school district (unit district with 571 students), I have provided a list of the top five unfunded mandates for
                                                       Southeastern Community Unit School District # 337. I realize there are many more, but these are the ones I am currently dealing / struggling with.
                                                       1.     Two-Way Radio Systems on Buses.
                                                       2.     70/30 Special Education Rule.
                                                       3.    AEDs.
                                                       4.    Response to Intervention (RTI).
                                                       5.    Drivers Education.
                            Todd Fox
               southeastern                            Some on this list are great ideas / concepts, but they force school districts to take dollars and time away from other higher priorities. Thank you for your time and consideration. – Todd Fox.
63   4/1/10                 [shsprin@southeastern337.c
                   337                                 D. Todd Fox, Superintendent
                            om]
                                                       Southeastern C.U.S.D. # 337
                                                       90 West Green Street
                                                       Post Office Box 215
                                                       Augusta, Illinois 62311
                                                       Phone: 217.392.2172
                                                       Fax: 217.392.2174

                                                             Dear Sirs:
                                                             Thank you for the opportunity to address this issue. Following are the items that concern me most about mandates.
                                                             In my district special education costs are second behind payroll for the overall cost in the district. Any regulation above Federal IDEA should be avoided. Reimbursement is slow, but I can live with that as long as we get it. When one student’s educational programming costs $40,000+ per year that
                                                             is difficult to shoulder the burden.
                                                             We have had numerous mandates on curriculum. Each unit of study costs about $44 per student which would allow for mastery of one hour instruction. The actual time requirement to put that into place has to come from some other unit or increase the school day.
                                                             An increase in graduation requirements from PA 94-0676 cost my district about $68,000 per year.
                              Castle, Chuck                  PA 94-1039 and PA 93-0355 mentoring induction programs cost about $2500 per teacher or principal.
64   4/1/10      neoga 3
                              [ccastle@neoga.k12.il.us]      PA 95-0260 checking the bus cost the district about $1500 per year in extra payroll (assuming 80% reimbursement from the state).
                                                             Thank you again for this opportunity
                                                             Charles Castle
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Neoga CUSD #3
                                                                                                                                              Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No   date       district               email                                                                                                                                                                  comment
                                                           Having had the opportunity to review the long list of unfunded mandates enacted for education since 1992, I would like to provide some input regarding these mandates. I provide this information at this time in light of the currently proposed House Joint Resolution 74 and the hope that school
                                                           districts could have some relief from these mandates. I have attempted to organize the mandates in categories to provide the most efficient feedback.
                                                           The following mandates are no longer necessary PA 91-0102 Local Professional Development Committees
                                                           These committees are no longer required.
                                                           The following mandates exceed any federal requirements PA 92-0438 Requires the posting of budget and notify parents of posting PA 92-0631 Requires the district report card to list the amount of money received from all sources PA 93-0523 Requires a verbatim audio or video recording of closed
                                                           meetings PA 93-0803 Requires the tracking and reporting on educational progress of drop outs who re-enroll PA 94-0916 Requires extensive reporting on students who withdraw from school PA 94-0028 Requires public bodies with websites to post schedule of meetings and meeting agendas PA
                                                           94-0714 Requires districts to file an attachment to budget with extensive vendor data for every contract PA 94-0881 Requires newly elected board members to take an oath PA 95-0232 Requires board policy before collecting biometric information from students PA 96-0266 Requires annual report
                                                           of the salary and benefits of all teachers and administrators PA 96-0434 Requires annual report, public presentation, and web post of salary and fringe benefits of administrators PA 96-0542 Requires the designation and annual training of a FOIA Officer
                                                           In addition to the fact that none of these mandates are required by any other level of government and in most cases relate only to school districts, most of these mandates has an unstated cost in time spent on the reporting or training. They are unnecessary reports because the information related
                                                           to these mandates is public information that is available upon request. It should be noted that all of these mandates give a clear indication of a lack of trust in the publicly elected school officials and school administration which is certainly unjustified.
                                                           The following mandates are costly and are unrelated to the core mission of schools - learning PA 87-0626 Requires the use of recycled paper PA 90-0146 Requires the use of soy bean ink PA 94-0845 Requires districts to prohibit a school bus from idling its engine for more than ten minutes PA 95-
                                                           0084 Requires districts to establish green cleaning and use green cleaning supplies PA 95-0416 Requires districts applying for construction grants to certify a green rating PA 95-0741 Requires districts to recycle and have a waste reduction plan PA 96-0073 Requires district construction grants to
                                                           meet LEEDS standards PA 96-0266 Requires school buses to use 5% bio-diesel fuel PA 96-0424 Requires a policy, reporting and designated staff person in relationship to Lawn Care Products and the Pest Control Act
                                                           All of the mandates above are related to improving our environment. School districts support this philosophy. However, all of these result in increased or new costs to the districts. They bear no relationship to improving student achievement and should be postponed as requirements until the fiscal
                                                           status of education improves or funding is provided.
                                                           PA 91-0518 Requires an enhanced 911 system in schools PA 93-0910 Requires AED in every district physical fitness facility and a trained AED user during school events PA 95-0305 Requires districts to hire a licensed person to inspect and test sprinkler systems and equipment PA 95-0339
                                                           Requires six hours of driving in a car as part of drivers education course PA 95-0558 Requires districts to provide in service train for employees in domestic and sexual violence and the needs of expectant and parenting youth by an expert every two years PA 95-0969 Requires in service training in
                            SANDY DOEBERT                  chronic student health conditions PA 95-0712 Requires districts to provide AEDs at all outside athletic facilities PA 96-0132 Requires a random drug test program for steroids and training for coaches on steroid abuse
65   4/1/10   lemont 210
                            [SANDY@lemont.k12.il.us]       All of the mandates above are related to health and safety. However, they have costs involved that are extreme in some cases. Until the fiscal status of the state and education improves, these should not be mandates. When re-instituted, funding should be included. When companies are held to
                                                           higher safety standards, they can increase their prices and let the customer bear the cost of the safety measures, schools are not in that same position.
                                                           PA 95-0958 Requires districts to provide insurance coverage to students taking a leave from college and cover until 26 PA 95-0972 Requires insurance coverage for marriage therapy PA 95-0973 Requires insurance coverage for eating disorders PA 95-0978 Requires insurance coverage for
                                                           shingles vaccine for persons over 60
                                                           All of the mandates above are related to medical needs. School districts support good health care for their employees including proactive measures, but again the issue is cost. Insurance costs have risen every year in some years 10-30%.
                                                           Districts can no longer afford the all inclusive policies that mandates like these create.
                                                           PA 95-0148 Requires consolidated school districts to hire ESPs based on seniority PA 95-0241 Requires districts to give a 90 day notice before being laid off and extensive requirements for contracting
                                                                         with third party providers versus current ESP's
                                                           The above mandates are related to personnel and exceed federal requirements. There are cost implications in that the opportunity to seek savings through negotiations is limited by these mandates.
                                                           The following mandates all relate to curriculum requirements PA 92-0027 Requires Hispanics to be added to the list of specific ethnic groups required for study PA 93-0088 Requires sec education to cover the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act PA 93-0406 Requires a unit of instruction
                                                           related Asian Americans in U.S. History class PA 94-0014 Requires districts to provide steroid abuse prevention education to athletes PA 94-0151 Requires specific criteria for gifted education PA 94-0285 Requires instruction on the slave trade PA 94-0410 Requires specific criteria for gifted
                                                           education (again) PA 94-0478 Requires instruction on genocide PA 94-0929 Requires instruction on financial literacy within required consumer education course PA 95-0168 Requires instruction on the consequences of alcohol use when operating a vehicle PA 95-0764 Requires instruction about
                                                           sexual assault awareness in health classes PA 95-0863 Requires instruction about home buying and mortgages within required consumer education course PA 95-0958 Requires instruction about internet safety PA 96-0119 Requires that schools present the Congressional Medal of Honor film in
                                                           7th grade and high school PA 96-0128 Requires instruction on cancer and athletes to complete family history of cancer questionnaire PA 96-0191 Requires instruction on people with disabilities and the disabilities rights movement PA 96-0629 Requires instruction o illegal deportation of Mexican
                                                           American U.S. citizens
                                                           The mandates above are just the latest in a long list of subjects that schools are required to teach. It is not a matter of questioning the merit of any one of these individual topics, but more a question meeting all of these demands and the costs of the time,tools ,and materials needed to teach each of
                                                           these and the many other required topics.
                            Ronald Pazanin
                                                           The followingspecial education portion state testing requirements PA 92-0604 Requires districts todistrict’s tostudent upon request ifpreviousnot meet adequate yearly progress PA 93-0470 Requires districts to andnumerous reports and alloweducation-related reimbursements.
                                                           Remove the mandates are related to of the annual levy from the tax cap restriction. Allow school transfer a levy the full amount of it does fiscal year’s special education expenditures, per their annual audits file federal and state’s special for transfers if they do not make AYP PA 93-0426
66   4/1/10   big hollow 38 [ronaldpazanin@bighollow.us
                            ]
                                                        Attached is a list of mandates that I hope that the committee will consider for elimination or reduction.In addition, I hope that the committee will consider all of the mandated subjects that must be considered in teacher training institutes.
                                                        These have become so numerous that it is difficult to fit them all into the time that we have given the important curricular issues that we need to address.
                                                        Thank you for consideration of my comments.
               midwest      Jerry Meyer                 Jerry Meyer
67   4/1/10
              central 191   [meyerj@midwestcentral.org] Superintendent
                                                        Midwest Central CUSD 191
                                                        38-060-1910-26
                                                           To Whom it May Concern:

                                                           Attached you find responses from schools in the IASA Southwestern Region. Thank you for your diligence in this matter.

                                                           Illinois Constitution: “the state has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”

                                                           •     State has shifted the education funding burden to local taxpayers.

                                                           •     Concern: lack of adequate special education funding, unfunded or under-funded mandates, late mandated categorical payments and uncertainty about the funding of General State Aid.


                                                           The education of children with disabilities is a critical component of our educational responsibilities…not only the moral action to take, but also the state and federal government have made it critical through laws and mandates…unfunded mandates. Waterloo CUSD5 is a leader in the response to
                                                           intervention initiative in Southern Illinois….we understand prioritizing and front-loading resources…but these are local resources, not funding from the state or federal government. The total FY10 special education budget for the Waterloo CUSD5 is $3,826,572. Dollars available to educate and
                                                           provide services to special education students amount to 22% of our Education Fund. This is approximately $1.9 million above targeted revenues received; monies are pulled from other programs/services.

                                                           •    Utilizing our district audits over the last ten years (not counting transportation; ed. fund only): Waterloo CUSD5 (370 spec. ed/2,800 total). The difference between expenses and revenues:
                                                           •    FY09 - $1,905,943
                                                           •    FY08 - $1,760,780
                                                           •    FY07 - $1,460,796
                            Helton, Jim
68   4/1/10    waterloo 5                                  •    FY06 - $1,480,728
                            [jhelton@wcusd5.net]
                                                           •    FY05 - $1,263,557
                                                           •    FY04 - $1,090,519
                                                           •    FY03 - $1,066,607
                                                           •    FY02 - $1,194,376
                                                           •    FY01 - $999,704
                                                           •    FY00 - $690,706
                                                           A negative $12,913,716 in the last 10 years! Needless to say, an underfunded mandate such as this completely drains a school district of revenue needed to educate all children.
                                                           Local districts have also sent me the following:
                                                           1. PA 88-0612 Annual $300.00-$1,000 minimum expense for fingerprinting
                                                           2. Instructional time continues to be "squeezed" with PA 90-0620, PA 92-0497, PA92-0027, PA 92-0763, PA 93-0088, PA 93-0406, PA 94-0014, PA 94-0285, PA 94-0410, PA 94-0929, PA 95-0168, PA 95-0339, PA 95-0764, PA 95-0863, PA 95-0863, PA 96-0099, PA 96-0128, PA 96-0191, PA
                                                           96-0629
                                                           3. Additional "work" with PA 91-0099 maintaining the registry. The responsibility is placed upon the district.
                                                           4. PA 92-0438, PA 94-0028, and PA 96-0434 are yet additional work for someone to post, maintain, etc. Again, the responsibility is placed upon the district.
                                                           5. PA 93-0355 Costs the district between $500.00 to $1500.00 annually.
                                                           6. PA 93-0426 Additional time taken from curriculum. Additionally, there are annual "errors" in something printed in the student tests.
                                                           7. PA 93-0946 costs $200 to $400 annually.
                                                           8. PA 93-0910 and PA 95-0712 cost over $7500.00 in equipment. Plus nurses and teachers/coaches/administrators are paid to attend training costing $1000.00..
                                                           9. PA 93 0966 requires payment for nurse's time during summer. $150.00
                                                           10. PA 93 0966 Nurse time is spent reporting to Department of Public Health. Again, district responsibility.
                                                                                                                                           Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No   date        district               email                                                                                                                                                                comment
                                                           Dear Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Mandates:
                                                           As a Superintendent in DuPage County I am often faced with the misconception that my school district is wealthy and has no financial issues. That misconception is a liability for Queen Bee School District 16 in Glendale Heights. Queen Bee struggles with limited financial resources and is on the
                                                           state financial watch list due to our dependence on early tax anticipation warrants. Last year, we were forced to reduce our budget by a total of $750,000 due to the impact of the low CPI. As a result of the current funding crisis we are planning to reduce an additional $1.2 million dollars from a
                                                           modest $18 million dollar budget.
                                                           Queen Bee is a school district that has experienced a significant demographic and socio-economic shift. In the past seven years, we have evolved from having 28% Hispanic and 4.1% low income students to having 44% Hispanic and 23% low income. This year our low income numbers are
                                                           continuing to grow and we are close to 40% free and reduced lunch students. As you might imagine, this change has quite an impact on the type of support and intervention we must provide to ensure these students can achieve at high levels. As a result of the cuts made last year and the
                                                           projected budgetary reductions this year, we will struggle to provide the types of supportive programs, such as low class sizes, reading coaches, before/after school tutoring, and individualized, research-based reading support that have resulted in our students performing exceptionally well on the
                                                           state assessment (ISAT).
                                                           Moreover, while we are in the middle of the largest state budget deficit in Illinois history, lawmakers continue to propose dozens of bills that place new unfunded or underfunded requirements on school districts. This is not the time to be adding unfunded or underfunded mandates on school districts
                              Victoria Tabbert             when we are facing cataclysmic financial pressures in our districts.
69   4/1/10   queen bee 16                                 We are committed to ensuring the community of Queen Bee with exceptional educational programs aligned to the standards that have been set by the Illinois State Board of Education; however, some of the mandates impede our ability to focus our limited resources on quality educational program
                              [vtabbert@queenbee16.org]
                                                           aligned to our educational priorities. These mandates continue to be enacted with insufficient appropriations and without regard to impact on time and local resources.
                                                           For Queen Bee, the following categories of mandates cause the greatest concern:
                                                           • Special Education rules and regulations that exceed federal requirements
                                                           • Bilingual rules and regulations in Article 14-C that exceed federal requirements
                                                           • Transportation mandates in light of declining reimbursements
                                                           • Excessive cost and loss of instructional time for mandated testing that exceeds federal requirements
                                                           At a time when the State is unable to meet its financial obligations to school districts, the burden for implementing the State mandates is increasingly falling on the backs of local taxpayers. On behalf of the Board of Education and community of Queen Bee, I implore you to seriously consider the
                                                           affect of statutory or regulatory mandates or requirements that do not provide a separate appropriation for the school year during which such mandate is required. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your request for participation in this endeavor.
                                                           Sincerely,
                                                           Victoria L. Tabbert I suggest reconsideration of the listed mandates in the interests of the financial crisis:Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel
                                                           Although important,
                                                           School buses contain 2-way radios
                                                           AED’s
                                                           Green Cleaning Schools Act
                                                           Biodiesel blend containing 5%
                                                           Curricular mandates – what we teach, when
                                                           Please be assured that we are locally considering merit with every dollar spent and while these are not luxuries by any means, in a crisis they are secondary to our mission of high levels of student learning.
                              Jeff Stawick
70   4/1/10    steger 194                                  Very kindest regards,
                              [jstawick@sd194.org]
                                                           Jeff Stawick
                                                           Jeff Stawick
                                                           Superintendent
                                                           Steger School District 194
                                                           (708) 755-0022
                                                           jstawick@sd194.org

                                                           Administrative Cost Cap of 5%-this mandate by its name implies that it intends to cap all administrator compensation and in the district where I was previously iit capped the expenditures associated with the Superintendent’s office, the business manager’s salary and my secretary, as well as the
                                                           costs of my warehouse and internal print center. It did not cap any of 40 other administrators salaries. My board always made a big deal that our admin costs were 4th or 5th lowest of all elementary districts in Illinois and the press and most community folks thought we meant all admin salaries
                                                           which wasn’t true. The Tribune does a nice job as does THECHAMPION.org of exposing “the highest paid superintendents

                                                           Recommend that you eliminate this mandate as it is the school board’s decision and these expenses are a minimal part of the budget.




                                                           Combine all salary and benefit reporting in to one annual report as part of the Annual Statement of Affairs. Also recommend that the state combines and simplifies into one report all salary reporting annually. Now we provide TRS annual report (Aug), TSR (all fall and spring report) the administrative
                                                           salary and benefit costs (new mandate-Due Oct), and as part of Annual Statement of Affairs (in salary or wage bands) to be published every November in a local daily newspaper. Please just make us do this once (excluding TRS Annual report) and I’ve never known why the TSR is needed and by
                                                           whom?



                              Dave Cratty
71   4/1/10     SEAPCO                                     Eliminate the school bus bumper sticker-To report my driving. A classic example of a too active legislature. This law and been amended once already. Every bus has the name of district or the contractor on the side of the bus. Erratic driving would be reported anyway without a law.
                              [dcratty@seapco.org]



                                                           Eliminate the school bus “no idle law and the requirement to use biofuel. Using biofuel caused us to idle buses part of the night when the temperature was below zero in order to be sure the buses would run in the morning.. The biofuel gels at a higher temperature.




                                                           Dave Cratty

                                                           Finance Manager

                                                           SEAPCO


                                                           Dear Dr. Koch,You have asked for recommendations on mandates that should / could be abolished due to decreased funding. I would respectfully suggest the following:
                                                           1.    Driver’s Education – behind the wheel: The cost is great – personnel, driving time, vehicle, insurance. Students can take Driver’s Education at an independent facility. The results would be: a decrease in a very expensive cost to a district, more academic time during the school day, reduced
                                                           burden of licensing issues. Best idea: take drivers education out of the school all together.
                                                           2.    School buses contain 2-way radios – one more expense that is very costly
                                                           3.    AED’s: we pay dearly to replace batteries and pads for these items yearly. The training is time consuming and expensive as well.
                                                           4.    Green Cleaning Schools Act: the result is a higher cost with less efficient products
                                                           5.    Biodiesel blend containing 5%: again a higher cost with less fuel efficiency
                                                           6.    Lift inspections/Asbestos inspections: very expensive costs incurred annually.
                              Val Carr                     7.    Repeal the restriction on interest earned on HLS Bonds. The hoops to use the money are costly. Architect fees raise our expenses.
72   4/1/10   new berlin 16
                              [val@cusd16.k12.il.us]       8. Reduce the restrictions on the use of Title 1 and Pre K funding grants. The required equipment lines for Pre K have programs overflowing with “equipment and supplies”. This is a year that we would be much better off focusing on funding the staff to run the programs.
                                                           Truthfully, this is just a start. A reduction in these types of unfunded mandates would allow us to put those dollars toward Special Education, Pre K and RtI intervention costs as well as retain staff.
                                                           Valerie G. Carr
                                                           Superintendent
                                                           CUSD #16
                                                           vcarr@cusd16.k12.il.us
                                                           217-624-2541
                                                           217-488-6111 x 222

                                               Two weeks ago I hosted a regional LUDA meeting for the Northern Districts which was attended by 12 of the largest districts in Northern Illinois. The following is the partial list of agreed upon mandates we would present as asking for relief from their requirements without the appropriate funding.
                                               They include:
                                               Drivers Ed – behind-the-wheel
                                               Green Cleaning Schools Act
                                               Biodiesel blend containing 5%
                           SCHLOMANN, DONALD   Physical education
              LUDA northen
73   4/1/10                [DONALD.SCHLOMANN@d Summer School Breakfast program
                districts
                           303.org]            Soybean Ink in publications
                                               These are just a few of many. Thanks for the opportunity to present.
                                               Donald D. Schlomann PhD
                                               Superintendent D303
                                               donald.schlomann@d303.org
                                                                                                                                           Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No   date       district                email                                                                                                                                                                comment
                                                          From ; Lewistown CUSD #97
                                                                 William King, Superintendent
                                                                 Unfunded Mandates
                              Bill King                   PA#
74   4/1/10   lewistown 97    [bking@lewistown97.n        95-0241 90-day notice toed. suppout personel, public hearing, cost analysis proir to contracting ervices.
                                                          Takes away local control, may be costing us $ by putting restrictions.
                              et]                         93-0910 AED required. Good idea but costus $5000 for AED's and training.
                                                          94-0600 Additional Fire Drill cost of time to coordiate for the sake of doing it.
                                                          95-0084 Green cleaning products. 25% more in costs fopr products that don't clean as well.

                                                          Diane,
                                                          The most recent mandates that are having an impact on my two elementary districts deal with the (1) bus communication devices and (2) green cleaning.
                                                          (1) In remote areas of western Illinois it is difficult to obtain cell phone service in many areas, and push to talk phone are even more difficult. We would have to pay a penalty and go with a push to talk service with limited service and continue with cell phones as a backup. Doesn't make much sense
                                                          when we can just set the cell phone to call when voice activated.
                                                          Also, our districts are large enough that two way radios are not practical, and would initially be much more expensive. We would still need cell phone backups when buses traveled very far from our school.
                                                          (2) Regarding green clean; again mainly due to our very rural location our options are limited and therefore considerably more expensive.
                                                          Hope this helps.
                              Jo Campbell
75   4/1/10   laharpe 347                                 Jo
                              [jorcampbell@hotmail.com]
                                                          Jo Roger Campbell, Ph.D.
                                                          Superintendent
                                                          LaHarpe CSD #347
                                                           (217) 659-7739
                                                          Dallas ESD #327
                                                           (217) 852-3201

                                                          Illinois State board,
                                                          There are several mandates I would like to see eliminated.
                                                          1.       Curriculum mandates- I do understand these, but we chase our tail every year to include all these mandates in the curriculum and prove during compliance inspections we do comply. I suggest if any are added in the future, we need to eliminate one already on the books.
                                                          2.       Two way radios for buses. All buses have communication. Leave it at that.
                                                          3.       AEDs- We have them everywhere. We will save a life every fifty years, but at the cost of what?
                                                          4.       Mandated daily physical education- I understand with obesity this is a hot issue, but it is also expensive for districts to comply.
                                                          5.       Mandatory dental and health exams. Why are the schools forced to be the health record police?
                                                          6.       Homeless laws- Again, why does the school pick up the cost and students/ parents can demand transportation from anywhere.
                              Roy Webb                    7.       Life Safety mandates- I understand the safety involved, but we are getting ridiculous. Have you seen all the locations that heat detectors and emergency lighting are mandated? Before long it will be in every room and every closet.
76   4/1/10    canton 66
                              [roy.webb@cantonusd.org]    8.       Special Education mandates- I understand and support these mandates, but we have to figure out a way to share costs. I have several students in residential facilities that cost me more than $100,000 annually. I understand that this is the right thing to do, but I could sure use that funding in
                                                          other places.
                                                          9.       Department of Corrections- last week I had a judge place one of my students at Arrowhead ranch (DOC). I know have to pay $25,000 cost for that student’s education.

                                                          Thank You,
                                                          Roy Webb
                                                          Canton USD #66
                                                          Superintendent

                                                          1. The school vans that transport students...we have one 15 passenger and one 12 passenger. Our funds are very limited and will have a difficult time trading/replacing vehicles at this time. We DO NOT transport to and from school, only to work locations, use for field trips, and between locations
                                                          a few times a year for special events. There was a great deal of confusion as to whether or not it impacted cooperatives that DO NOT transport to and from school/home.
                                                          2. The training requirements that do not really impact either the students or the staff that we serve/employ.
              livingston co                               I am sure there are others but since we are a cooperative, it is not as glaring as it may be for a school district.
77   4/1/10       special     dconway@lcssu.org           Thank you,
                 services                                 Dawn Conway, Director
                                                          Livingston County Special Services
                                                          Pontiac, IL

                                                          The following list of mandates is being offered as those that, if removed, would not be significantly detrimental to the educational achievement of students in the public school system. I sincerely hope that members of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Mandates will seriously consider all suggestions to
                                                          significantly reduce the number and scope of mandates, unfunded or not, not only due to the current economic situation our state and schools are facing, but also because of the time commitment that is required to comply with many of the mandates. The school day and year have not been
                                                          lengthened, and many districts, such as mine, are not in a position to afford additional staff to "get it all done". If there was ever a time to give some relief to public schools that will not require any additional funds, this is certainly the time to eliminate costly and time consuming mandates. Behind
                                                          every mandate is a special interest group with an idea that is many times a good one. However, the requirements are becoming a great burden on school districts, so it is time to prioritize them and eliminate those that are not truly necessary to educate kids.

                                                          Thank you for taking time to consider the following:
                                                          Response to Intervention (RtI) - The amount of time and increase in staff to carry out this mandate properly are significant. RtI is much easier to implement at the elementary level where districts typically have more resource and support staff and the students are all on a cohort schedule. It is
                                                          extremely difficult to work RtI into a middle school and high school schedule because of the lack of resource staff and because students are on various schedules. In a small district, there is virtually no flexibility in staff and schedule utilization. Throw in the financial need to cut staff and course
                                                          offerings, and it becomes a mandate that is hard to comply with.
                                                          70/30% rule for special education students - The same arguments as used for RtI above apply. In small school districts, the number of staff available to comply is limited. Adding personnel is costly. If not total elimination, limit the application of the rule to the NCLB subject areas.
                                                          Driver Education BTW - Getting a drivers license should be a privilege. Why not put the responsibility of practice driving and securing a license on the parents? Students could take an additional academic or vocational class in place of BTW. Schools could save the cost of purchasing a car, fuel,
                              Diane Robertson             insurance, maintenance, etc. In addition, there isn't a surplus of qualified driver education teachers. If schools are required to continue with this mandate, the fee charged to students should be statutorily increased to no more than $250 instead of $50 to help offset the cost of operation.
78   4/1/10    mendon 4                                   AEDs - The cost for the initial purchase of equipment was around $2500 per machine. The continual maintenance and training will be an ongoing expense in both money and time. In smaller school districts, many coaches are not full time employees of the district and the turnover rate is high.
                              [superu4@cusd4.com]
                                                          This means we are constantly training new people. Thankfully, we have never had to use any of our AEDs, but even so, we are required to replace the pads, batteries, etc. because they have expiration dates.
                                                          Daily P.E. - I understand the need for regular physical activity for students, but I don't understand why p.e. is required daily when the core academic subjects are not. It's hard to explain to the public the reason you have to cut a math teacher instead of a p.e. teacher is because you don't have to
                                                          offer calculus, but you do have to offer p.e. (example only). Elementary students do get daily exercise in the form of recess, which can easily be structured. In small school districts, many of the junior high and high school students are already actively involved in athletics.
                                                          Green Cleaning Products - These products are about 25% higher in cost and don't work nearly as well as other products do. So, we have to use more product at a higher cost to do the same job - doesn't make sense.
                                                          Lawn care pesticide/application of chemicals - We spent nearly $1000 to have one person certified to spray weed killer in the summer during mowing season. We had a hard time keeping up with the weeds last summer because we could only afford to send one person to training, but have four
                                                          different facilities to maintain that are almost seven miles apart from each other. I had to pull my one trained person away from his building to service all my other buildings, when it would have been just as simple for each custodian to take care of his own weed spraying. Last week I had to pay
                                                          overtime for my "trained applicator" to spend a Saturday putting fertilizer on our football field because my group of parent volunteers and coaches, who normally have taken care of this, can no longer do it. The requirement to post signs of a certain size, color and font is time consuming and
                                                          unnecessary.
                                                          Diane Robertson--
                                                          Diane E. Robertson, Superintendent
                                                          Community Unit School District #4
                                                          Box 200
                                                          March 31, 2010
                                                          Dear Committee:
                                                          I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share my small district’s insight into the concern of too many mandates. I too am concerned that we are constantly bombarded with requirements that are unnecessary.
                                                          Today, as I look at my bullying policy (the revision needs to be sent), I question why do I have to forward any policy to any agency when my ROE does an audit during which time they review my policy.
                                                          The number of mandated curriculum / holiday observances including the new “Medal of Honor” video often is taught in an out of sequence or random way that does not connect to the regular sequential urriculum.
                                                          Valuable professional development time is spent either every year or every other year on a number of redundant pursuits: in-service training concerning attention deficit disorder – identification and treatment, application of non-aversive behavioral interventions, psychotropic or psycho stimulant
              leepertwon      amber Harper                medications, issues of domestic and sexual violence, first aid, choking CPR and AED (plus the upkeep of an AED), hazardous and infections materials, abused and neglected child reporting, and ethics. There are so many important topics we could be learning about but these keep us from
79   4/1/10
                  175         [aiharper54@yahoo.com]      investigating new material.
                                                          One of the latest mandates (two-way radios) is ridiculous. First, of all you have to have someone at the other end of the radio for it to be of use. Secondly, you have to be within range to pick up a signal. Our bus is only used for field trips outside the range of a radio.
                                                          The bullying requirements are putting increased pressure on schools. Many of these problems exist “outside” the school, but are brought in. Even in a school with cameras in all the hallways, staff members can not stop hurtful statements made by students outside the earshot of employees. This
                                                          is most often the case. The push, the shove, the comment is made around a corner or too far away to be heard. And now when we are eliminating staff in record numbers the pressure increases.
                                                          The annual review of the safety plan is another area that puts more stress on schools. Even though we invite our team it is almost impossible to pull the group together. Is this necessary every year? This year the list of drills includes “law enforcement”. I have made 3 calls to our county sheriff’s
                                                          office. I have mailed him specific information. He has not responded.
                                                          Sincerely,
                                                          Mandate Relief Suggestions
                                                          I respectfully submit these ideas for your consideration.
                                                          Provide relief from curricular requirements that exceed the core purpose of schools unless the state covers the cost of those programs or local voters through a specific levy authorize the cost of those programs. This could include Drivers Ed, Consumer Ed. 4 year requirement of PE in high
                                                          schools. If the public is not willing to support schools at the level they have been accustomed, then we need flexibility to reshape schools within the resources we have while meeting the core mission of education. We can no longer be everything to everybody with the limited resources of
                                                          today.perational requirements such as green cleaning and the requirement to purchase recycled paper: this is an increased cost initially and in our experience the copiers do not work as well with the recycled paper resulting in wasted time and supplies. Some additional examples include the
                                                          requirement for soybean in school publications This mandate is one of many that is incidental and really creates an opportunity for criticism if we don’t do it while providing no benefit to the educational mission of schools. The requirement to use bio-diesel is another example.
                bradley-  Hogan, Mike                     Social good requirements often sound good and are often done as part of what we do but should not be a legal requirement. The requirement to teach discipline and respect and Many Many more specific directives: This along with all the incidental content and social ills related instruction/ training
80   4/1/10
              bourbonnais [MJHogan@bbchs.org]             that is contained in numerous mandates should not be in school code. The focus of a school should be driven by state standards and local control.
                                                          “Good ideas” put into law that are difficult to implement is another area of concern. One example is the requirement for AED equipment and staffing mandates place a requirement that is often difficult impractical to manage in the outdoor setting. Not every good idea should be written into law.
                                                          Each of the above areas apply to many different mandates. I hope it gives you enough guidance to be helpful. The current funding crisis requires us to respond. To respond we need flexibility. Mandates take away flexibility, undermine local control and exacerbate the funding crisis we are all trying
                                                          to deal with. Thank you for this opportunity and for your efforts on our behalf.
                                                          Michael J. Hogan
                                                          Superintendent
                                                          Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School
                                                                                                                                           Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No   date       district                email                                                                                                                                                               comment
                                                           PA # # of Personnel Required Time Spent Cost (Incude frequency : One-time, annual, etc.) Comments
                                                           93-0470
                                                           School Improvement Plans 20 60 hours 2600 annually
                                                           93-0909 Fingerprinting Background Checks 1 20 hours 1800 annually
                             Carole Crum                   91-0099 Pesticide Notification Registry 3 20 hours 900 annually
81   4/1/10    calhoun 40                                  91-0525 Integrated Pest Management Plan 4 60 hours 3000 one time
                             [ccrum@calhoun40.net]
                                                           90-0582
                                                            .58% of payroll for TRS Pension Formula 1 10 hours 14000 annually



                                                            To Whom It May Concern:
                                                            A few of the mandates that are very costly to school districts for which relief may be sought:
                                                            -Driver's Education B-T-W
                                                            -Green Cleaning and all things associated with it.
                                                            -Bus radios and all associated items
                                                            -AED's. The cost to maintain and for training not to mention our liability -Repetitive reporting and the man hours put into it -The various curriculum mandates that must be taught, i.e. the social studies mandates on various groups, internet safety, etc.
                                                            -Man hours to post and keep websites updated with all required postings -Materials costs for the numerous units that must be taught, i.e. Abandon Newborn Infant Act -Bio diesel regulation -Pest management plan and training -Required in-services every two years on various topics, i.e.
                                                            domestic/sexual violence -Recycling procedures and waste management plan -Requiring unpaid leaves to employees -Insurance coverage for employees college aged kids, marriage therapists -20 additional sick days for employees serving on IMRF board -Policies and training regarding lawn care -
                             Curt Nettles
82   4/1/10    lexington 7                                  FOIA and all associated items
                             [cnettles@lexington.k12.il.us]
                                                            Thank you
                                                            Curt Nettles
                                                            Superintendent
                                                            Lexington CUSD #7
                                                            202 E. Greenwich PO 167
                                                            Lexington, IL 61753
                                                            309-365-4141

                                                           _All of the policies requiring specific units of instruction_: If the units are valuable, they will be taught. This should be done through the Illinois Learning standards. Suggestions are always welcome, but classroom content should be assessed by the teacher based upon the student's needs.--
                                                           Matt Stines
                                                           Superintendent
                             Matt Stines                   Grant CCSD #110
83   4/1/10    grant 100                                   9950 Bunkum Rd.
                             [stinem@stclair.k12.il.us]
                                                           Fairview Heights, IL 62208
                                                           (618) 398-5577


                                                        Here is the list for the Warren CUSD #205 School District that we would like to see eliminated:
                                                        Sprinkler systems and testing
                                                        Lead Law changes recently enacted
                                                        Integrated Pest Management Plan with a properly trained person
                                                        Green Policy and use of green products
                                                        Licensed person to inspect and test fire sprinklyer systems and control equipment
                                                        Licensed people to inspect elevators
                                                        Recycling procedures and development of a comprehensive waste management plan
                                                        Comply with Lawn care Products Application and Notice Act and Structural Pest Control Act with designated responsible person
                                                        Pesticide list and notification of parents
                                                        In-service training on psychotropic drugs and medications every 2 years
                                                        In-service training in domestic and sexual violence and needs of expectant and parenting youth every 2 years
                                                        In-service training regarding chronic student health conditions
                                                        In-service training regarding ADHD training every 2 years
                             Sirgany, Karen
                                                        AEDs including outside athletic facilities
84   4/1/10    warren 205    [Karen.Sirgany@205warren.n
                                                        Web site - post budget, itemized, and notification to parents
                             et]
                                                        Web site - post endors information, administrator and teacher salaries, agenda, board minutes, FOIA, etc.
                                                        Additional attachements to the annual budget
                                                        Finger Print checks
                                                        New teacher and principal mentoring program
                                                        Third Party Contract Rules
                                                        Insurance for all dependents to age 26, marriage therapist and eating disorders
                                                        Karen Sirgany
                                                        Superintendent
                                                        Warren CUSD #205
                                                        311 S. Water Street
                                                        Warren, IL 61087
                                                        815/745-2653


                                                           Dear Blue Ribbon Committee On Mandates:
                                                           I would like to echo the words of the DuPage Superintendents, which follow here:
                                                           We are committed to the education, health and safety of all students as well as ensuring the academic integrity of the Illinois public school systems. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned about existing and future mandates that impede our ability to deliver on our core mission to provide students
                                                           free and appropriate education enabling them to meet state and federal standards. These mandates continue to be enacted with insufficient appropriations and withoutregard to impact on time and local resources. Additionally, other mandates are simply superfluous.We have identified the following
                                                           six major categories of mandates that cause the greatest concern:
                                                           Instructional topics listed in Article 27 of the School Code
                                                           Special Education rules and regulations that exceed federal requirements
                                                           Bilingual rules and regulations in Article 14-C that exceed federal requirements
                                                           Transportation mandates in light of declining reimbursements
                                                           Restrictions on 3rd Party Contracting
                                                           Excessive cost and loss of instructional time for mandated testing that exceeds federal requirements
                             Sandra Martin                 We are focusing on these six major categories because they have the greatest time and financial burden that affect student achievement. Because costs vary district by district we invite you to contact DuPage districts for more specific information.
85   4/1/10     butler 53                                  At a time when the State is unable to meet its financial obligations to school districts, the burden for implementing the State mandates is increasingly falling on the backs of local taxpayers. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your request for participation in this endeavor and wish to
                             [smartin@butler53.com]
                                                           underscore that the nearly one million residents of DuPage entrust their elected local school boards to provide for the local mandates for education, health and safety of the students in this County.
                                                           In addition, I also kindly request that the publication of legal notices be waived (i.e. annual financial report, prevailing wage, budget, truth in taxation, bid announcement, timely meaningful consultation/special ed). The Internet makes these very costly requirements obsolete.
                                                           Sincerely,
                                                           Sandra Martin
                                                           Dr. Sandra L. Martin
                                                           Superintendent
                                                           Butler School District 53
                                                           2801 York Road
                                                           Oak Brook, IL 60523
                                                           Voice: 630/573-2887
                                                           FAX: 630/573-5374

                                                           Dear ISBE:
                                                           Since there is absolutely NO evidence that Illinois students are healthier due to daily PE, I suggest that districts be allowed to eliminate such requirements. That would save countless academic programs tin two years and I almost guarantee an improved high school graduation rate across the state
                                                           as many students hate to shower and dress for PE. This leads to many discipline issues and failing of PE courses. The requirement to use 5% bio-diesel is also a useless burden on districts. I also suggest eliminating the requirement to post anything in a local newspaper that could be simply
                                                           posted on a district’s website. This would save most districts between $20 and $50K per year in needless costs as few constituents look for those postings in the papers today.
                             Steven Baule                   Below are thoughts about other mandates that should be eliminated.
86   4/1/10   westmont 201
                             [SBaule@cusd201.org]          Thank you for your consideration.
                                                           Steve Baule
                                                           Superintendent, CUSD 201
                                                           Westmont, IL
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                                                             Listed below are some concerns regarding mandates required of Illinois School Districts by the Illinois State Board of Education that are unfunded mandates and have a negative financial impact on our school district.
                                                             • Requirement that school buses have two way radios for communication. In rural areas the communication is often limited or impossible because of terrain. Also this is an added financial cost to the school district that is not being fully funded by the state.
                                                             • Green Cleaning Schools Act requirement that has an added financial cost to the school district that is not being fully funded by the state.
                                                             • Behind the wheel Drivers Education costs our school district funding when we are not being fully funded by the state.
                                                             • Daily high school PE creates a problem for us in a small school of scheduling classes and takes more staff time.
                              tknuckles                      Thank you for your time and attention to this information. I can be reached at 618-883-2131.
87   4/1/10     brussels 42
                              [tknuckles@roe40.com]          Sincerely,
                                                             Thomas Knuckles
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Brussels Community Unit
                                                             School District #42

                                                         Dear Sir or Madam:
                                                         Obviously, the point is to find what is “MOST” important, but every dollar spent on an unfunded mandate is a dollar that comes out of the school district’s pocket. Our focus is using our dollars to educate children….period. Everything else that is deemed by the state as important enough to
                                                         mandate for schools districts should be important enough to be funded. We would obviously not stop following some of the procedures set in place by some of these mandates, but the point of schools used to be to educate students. After reading the list, I wonder if that is the feeling that one still
                                                         has about schools.
                                                         Here is the short list requested, but please read the rest of the UNFUNDED mandates that as they are all important.
                                                         ·      RtI, 30/70% rule
                                                         ·      Driver Ed BTW
                                                         ·      daily pe
                                                         ·      AED's
                                                         ·      pesticide/lawncare application
                                                         ·      green cleaning products
                                                         ·      bio diesel fuel
                                                         ·      and every other unfunded mandate
                                                         PA 87-0626
                                                          Requires schools to use recycled paper (if economically feasible).
                                                         PA 87-0652
                                                          Requires schools to install sprinkler systems in new buildings or when remodeling.
                                                         PA 87-1265
                             Ehrman, Adam
                                                          5 + 5 Early Retirement – requires employer to pay 20% of the employee’s highest annual salary per year purchased (over $50 million over the two year program).
                             [mailto:aehrman@franklinhig
88   4/1/10       franklin 1                             PA 88-0612
                             h.com]
                                                          Requires fingerprint check for school bus drivers.
                                                         PA 89-0610
                                                          Requires remediation plan for certain students failing in school;
                                                          Requires new “Prairie State Achievement Exam”.
                                                         PA 90-0108
                                                          Requires crossing control arms on school buses.
                                                         PA 90-0146
                                                          Requires the use of soybean ink in school publications (if economically feasible).
                                                         PA 90-0425
                                                          Requires employers to report newly hired employees to the Department of Employment Security.
                                                         PA 90-0548
                                                          Requires schools to have a policy on “social promotion”;
                                                          Requires schools to have a policy on “no pass, no play”;
                                                         PA 90-0582
                                                          TRS 2.2 flat rate pension formula – requires school districts to pay a .58% contribution of TRS payroll (over $30 million statewide in the first year).
                                                         PA 90-0620
                                                          Requires teachers to teach pupils “discipline and respect” for others.
                                                         PA 90-0688
                                                          Requires public agencies to develop and implement an investment policy.
                                                         There are a number of mandates which I have concern of that add undo cost and/or are very labor intensive to school districts, given the time constraints at this time of year I have listed one item of strong concern. This should not be construed as this is the only concern, however in a school
                                                         district of just under 1,000 students, staff is limited and therefore time is perhaps our greatest resource.
                                                         Those items which add to the already extensive curriculum in schools. Three such examples of such mandates enacted in FY10 are SB 1557. SB 1665 & SB 1675. No one can argue that these are worthwhile endeavors, however with continued expansion of the curriculum without an equal
                                                         expansion of the instructional time can only mean that something needs to go, or is left out.
                             Early, Michael              Dr. Michael T. Early
89   4/1/10     richland 88A                             Superintendent
                             [mearly@d88a.org]
                                                         Richland School District 88A
                                                         1919 Caton Farm Rd.
                                                         Crest Hill IL 60403
                                                         (815) 744-7288

                                                          Good Morning,
                                                          I'm particularly concerned about mandates in regard to bilingual education, particularly the stipulation that districts must have an administrator with not only a Type 75 but also an ESL endorsement as the coordinator of a bilingual program when a district is serving 200+ students. This will be very
                                                          costly as well as difficult to fill this position. All districts are having difficulty filling ESL positions.
                brookwood     Pam Hollich                 Dr. Pamela K. Hollich
90   4/1/10
                   167        [phollich@brookwood167.org] Superintendent
                                                          Brookwood School District 167
                                                          Glenwood, IL
                                                             Mattoon CUSD#2 would like to see the following mandates reviewed:
                                                             Physical education
                                                             Drivers education
                                                             Criminal background checks
                                                             Data collection
                                                             ACT component of PSAE
                              Lilly, Larry
91   4/1/10      mattoon 2                                   Health related issues like green cleaning, lead paint, asbestos
                              [ldlilly@mattoon.k12.il.us]
                                                             Response to Intervention
                                                             Drug testing
                                                             Published notification requirements in newspapers
                                                             Core requirements at high school
                                                             Thank you for your consideration,

                                                             Dr. Koch,
                                                             As stated in House Joint Resolution 74, the most costly under-funded mandates on school districts are special education services. As a Special Education Administrator, I whole-heartedly believe that special education services with an educational benefit must be provided to students with identified
                                                             disabilities. However, I also believe, this is not the time that we can be mandated by the State of Illinois to provide “above and beyond” what is mandated in Federal Law.
                                                             Examples of “above and beyond” mandates by the State of Illinois regarding special education include transition services for students aged 14 ½, class size for special education, case load for speech therapists, and requiring RtI be used to determine SLD eligibility. Changing these mandates to
                              Kim Byars                      recommendations, would allow the local school districts to determine the appropriateness of transition services, class size, case load, and interventions by individual situation in each school district.
92   4/1/10   FJSPED #801
                        [kbyars@fjsped.org]                  Sincerely,--
                                                             Dr. Kimberly Byars
                                                             Director of Special Education
                                                             FJSPED #801
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                                                               The list is endless due to the fact that there are many mandates that cost money in very indirect ways. A list to consider for me includes:
                                                               2 Way Radio proposal
                                                               AEDs and Training
                                                               P.E. Requirement
                                                               Wellness
                                                               Special Education Mandates (IDEA requirement vs. funding level)
                                                               Detailed curriculum mandates- (ex. forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression -- disability history, awareness, and the disability rights movement).
                               Tim Smith
93   4/1/10   princeton 115                                    Suicide Prevention Training/Awareness
                               [trsmith65@yahoo.com]
                                                               Character Education
                                                               Etc., etc. etc.
                                                               Tim Smith
                                                               Princeton Elementary
                                                               28006115002


                                                               To Whom It May Concern:
                                                               There are numerous mandates which we could list that fall in the categories of Most Costly/ Most Unnecessary, Necessary/Unfunded or Under-funded, and/or Bureaucratic Exercises that Stress Human Resources . We have listed some of the most egregious in each category.
                                                                Most Costly/ Most Unnecessary:
                                                               AED’s – Cost of equipment, batteries, person to monitor them, and training
                                                               Restraint Training – Initial training four days and annual refresher training one day (substitute costs, loss of time in classrooms)
                                                               Necessary/Unfunded or Under-funded:
                                                               Special Education – Only 25% of Special Education costs are being paid by grant funds. For our District this means coming up with an additional 6 million dollars annually.
                                                               RTI - $15,000 spent annually on professional development, other ongoing costs currently paid by ARRA funds, implementation costs yet to be determined.
                               Joel Estes
94   4/1/10   galesburg 205                                    Bureaucratic Exercises that Stress Human Resources:
                               [jestes@galesburg205.org]
                                                               Pest Management Plans – Notifications and maintenance of records requires numerous man hours annually.
                                                               Highly Qualified Teacher Certification – Record keeping regarding ISBE’s rules and regulations requires enormous attention from personnel office staff. This is a function that could be managed by an effective Regional Office of Education.
                                                               Thank you for taking the time to consider our input.
                                                               Dr. S. Gene Denisar, Superintendent of Schools, Galesburg CUSD #205
                                                               Joel Estes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Galesburg CUSD #205
                                                               Diane VanHootegem, Director for Human Resources, Galesburg CUSD #205



                                                               PA 96-0266 - We have to post administrators on web now and as of July teachers will have to be posted. Putting a notice in paper is not necessary. The ad cost us around $3900 this past year.
                                                               SB 1946 will have a serious financial impact on schools if signed. While there is need for reform in the pension system, this is not it.
                                                               Many of the mandates are time consuming from an administrative viewpoint. Example: Requiring teachers to teach pupils "discipline and respect" for others. Isn't this the job of parents? At any rate, school districts have to spend time developing a policy for this and then a system for monitoring
                                                               that it be done. It would not be worth the time to figure out the time spent and the cost involved in many of these mandates.
                                                               If the mandates would have to meet the 4 guidelines the Blue Ribbon Committee wants to establish, it will be a step in the right direction.
                                                               These are just a couple of thoughts.
                                                               Thanks and good luck.
                               Wes Russell                     E. Wesley Russell
95   4/1/10     Joliet 86
                               [ewrussell@joliet86.org]        Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services
                                                               Joliet Public Schools District 86
                                                               420 N. Raynor Ave. | Joliet, IL 60435
                                                               815.740.3196, Ext. 213
                                                               815.740.3899, (Fax)
                                                               815.405.8326 (Cell)
                                                               ewrussell@joliet86.org

                                                               There are various curriculum mandates such as;
                                                               PA 96-0629 requires instruction on illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens
                                                               PA 96-0191 requires instruction on people with disabilities and the disability rights
                                                               Movement
                                                               PA 96-0099 requires that schools present the Congressional Medal of Honor film to history
                                                               classes in the 7th grade and in high school.
                                                               PA 94-0478 requires school districts to provide instruction on genocide.
                                                               PA 94-0285 requires school districts to provide instruction on the slave trade.
                                                               PA 94-0014 requires school districts to provide steroid abuse prevention education to
                               Tom Berg                        students who participate in interscholastic athletic programs.
96   4/1/10   Hampton 29
                               [thomberg@riroe.k12.il.us]      PA 93-0406 requires public schools to include a unit of instruction in the U.S. History class
                                                               that studies the role and contributions of Asian Americans.
                                                               PA 92-0027 adds Hispanics to the list of specific ethnic groups who are required to be
                                                               studied in the teaching of the history of the United States.
                                                               There are others. All are worthy areas of study. All require additional training and materials. At some point, we have to stop adding required areas of study in social studies.
                                                               Thank you,
                                                               Tom Berg
                                                               Hampton School District

                                                            To Whom It May Concern,
                                                            It has come to my attention that ISBE is collecting feedback on unfunded mandates for schools. With the dozens and dozens of mandates that have been passed by the state legislature, I don’t really know where to begin. In the interests of time, I will offer these three recent examples for your
                                                            consideration
                                                            1.     PA 96-0266 requires school districts to report annually the salary and benefits of all administrators and teachers. This “transparency” mandate seems reasonable, if it weren’t for the fact that each district already reports this information through other means, including the Annual Teacher
                                                            Service Record. In addition, complying with this new mandate does not just require central office staff to repeat the same task over again. If we could simply forward a spreadsheet with this information to ISBE, the compliance issue would be mitigated. We’ve been informed, however, that we
                                                            have to wait until ISBE has developed a software tool to capture this data. We will then be required to place our information into ISBE’s ‘spreadsheet’. When should we expect ISBE to be ready for our data? June – the end of the fiscal year and every central office’s busiest month.
                                                            2.     PA 96-0099 requires that schools present the Congressional Medal of Honor film to history classes in the 7th grade and in high school. Who could complain about this? This mandate doesn’t cost much money up front. ISBE has supplied us with a streaming video. However, when
                               Jerry Klooster               legislators take on the role of mandating curriculum for local school districts, as in the case of the Congressional Medal of Honor Film, they fail to understand that when they place something new in a curriculum, that “something new” is going to take the place of something else. This leads me to
97   4/1/10     Stark 100
                               [jklooster@stark100.com]     assume that legislators believe that teachers are not currently teaching ‘bell to bell’, that they have “lots of down time”, or that magically, new material can always be added without diminishing instructional effectiveness. This is not the case. If legislators require the inclusion of new curriculum, they
                                                            should also be responsible for identifying which existing (less important) areas of study should be deleted.
                                                            3.     PA 95-0969 requires teachers’ institutes to provide instruction regarding chronic student health conditions. Like most legislative mandates, it’s hard to argue against. After all, why wouldn’t schools want to keep teachers informed about chronic student health conditions? The answer in this
                                                            case is: They do. What we don’t need, however, is a state mandate on how to do it. In our school district, we fill every workshop and institute day with mandated training for teachers: Bullying prevention, Suicide Awareness, AED/CPR training, ADD-ADHD training, DCFS training, Domestic
                                                            Abuse and Sexual Violence Prevention, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination training, Bloodborne Patholgen training, etc. Periodically, we would like to use an institute day for teacher professional development related to instructional improvement.
                                                            These are just three examples of how well-intentioned, legislative mandates negatively affect students, teachers and administrators. I’ve counted 103 similar mandates in the school code. Each has a relative cost to the local district and most should be repealed in favor of local control and local
                                                            decision-making.
                                                            Jerry Klooster
                                                            Superintendent of Schools
                                                            I would like to see PA 95-0241 eliminated. This was an infringement on a local schools district's control. The legislator that proposed this legislation is now the director of IDOT and had the unions right the legislation for them. The truth be known he did not discuss this with us as we were the largest
                                                            district in their area and were out sourcing services. The legislature states it is all for local control unless it affects the groups which support them financially. School districts that consider this option do put together the facts and figures for board's of education to consider before a final decision is
                                                            made to out source services. This is legislation is one more road block in preventing school district's from electing to out source services for cost saving measures. Districts should have the opportunity to do this without have the state putting additional requirements on the process. Districts are
                                                            struggling to keep a float in this rough time and are looking for additional ways to offset costs.
                               Gregg Fuerstenau             Our district does have third party agreements for transportation and food service management. Legislation of this nature could open up that all districts cannot out source services. If that would be the case it would cost our district over an estimated additional one million dollars to get back into
98   4/2/10    Taylorville 3   [gfuerstenau@taylorvillescho providing transportation.
                               ols.com]                     Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, Superintendent
                                                            Taylorville Community Unit School District #3
                                                            512 W. Spresser Street
                                                            Tayloville, IL 62568-1849
                                                            Telephone 217-824-4951 / Fax 217-824-5157

                                                               Thank you for the opportunity to have input on this subject.
                                                               I would recommend that the State of Illinois repeal the following mandates. The first mandate I feel needs to be eliminated is the “behind the wheel” portion of Drivers Education. This costs districts tens of thousands of dollars each year.
                                                               The second mandate that needs to be modified or eliminated is the Automatic External Defibrillator requirements. There are three costs associated with this mandate. School districts are required to purchase AED’s at a cost of approximately $1,500 a piece. Large high schools are required to
              Bloomington Nielsen, Robert                      purchased multiple units. The second cost is the requirement that trained personnel be present at all events sponsored by the school. The means we have to pay for the training and then have to pay a stipend to these individuals to attend each event. These are recurring costs to school districts.
99   4/2/10
                  87      [nielsenr@district87.org]            Finally we have the cost of replacing the batteries in each unit on a regular basis. The batteries are expensive.
                                                               I understand the motives behind this mandate but I would like to know how many times in the past three years one of these units has been used in any school in the State of Illinois.
                                                               The third mandate that needs to be revisited is the 12 year physical education requirement. I would like to see any research that suggests that Illinois students are any more physically fit that national averages.
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No    date       district              email                                                                                                                                                  comment
                                                     1. PA 90-0582 TRS 2.2 Flat Rate Pension Formula-- the 0.58% of TRS Payroll equates to more than $53,000 per year.
                                                     2. PA 93-858 Raising Compulsory Attendance age from 16 to 17 years of age-- costs for 17 year olds at alternative ed site averages $16,000 per year.
                                                     3. PA 94-0676 Increased HS Graduation Rates--- impacts district by requiring at least one extra FTE in science, math and English. Average cost per employee at $48,000= $144,000
                                                     4. PA 95-0712 AED at Outside athletic facilities-- total new cost of $6,000
                             Scott Kuffel            Where there is an open mind there will always be a new frontier. Charles F. Kettering
100   4/2/10   Geneseo 228
                             [skuffel@dist228.org]   Scott D. Kuffel, Supt
                                                     Geneseo CUD #228
                                                     209 S. College Ave
                                                     Geneseo, IL 61254http://www.gcsdblogs.org/kuffel/
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                                                             After reviewing the long list of unfunded mandates enacted for education since 1992, I am providing input regarding these mandates. I provide this information at this time in light of the currently proposed House Joint Resolution 74 and the hope that school districts could have some relief from these
                                                             mandates. I have organized these mandates by category to provide more efficient feedback.
                                                             The following mandates are no longer necessary PA 91-0102 Local Professional Development Committees
                                                             These committees are no longer required.
                                                             The following mandates exceed any federal requirements PA 92-0438 Requires the posting of budget and notify parents of posting PA 92-0631 Requires the district report card to list the amount of money received from all sources PA 93-0523 Requires a verbatim audio or video recording of closed
                                                             meetings PA 93-0803 Requires the tracking and reporting on educational progress of drop outs who re-enroll PA 94-0916 Requires extensive reporting on students who withdraw from school PA 94-0028 Requires public bodies with websites to post schedule of meetings and meeting agendas PA
                                                             94-0714 Requires districts to file an attachment to budget with extensive vendor data for every contract PA 94-0881 Requires newly elected board members to take an oath PA 95-0232 Requires board policy before collecting biometric information from students PA 96-0266 Requires annual report
                                                             of the salary and benefits of all teachers and administrators PA 96-0434 Requires annual report, public presentation, and web post of salary and fringe benefits of administrators PA 96-0542 Requires the designation and annual training of a FOIA Officer
                                                             In addition to the fact that none of these mandates are required by any other level of government and in most cases relate only to school districts, most of these mandates has an unstated cost in time spent on the reporting or training. They are unnecessary reports because the information related
                                                             to these mandates is public information that is available upon request. It should be noted that all of these mandates give a clear indication of a lack of trust in the publicly elected school officials and school administration which is certainly unjustified.
                                                             The following mandates are costly and are unrelated to the core mission of schools - learning PA 87-0626 Requires the use of recycled paper PA 90-0146 Requires the use of soy bean ink PA 94-0845 Requires districts to prohibit a school bus from idling its engine for more than ten minutes PA 95-
                                                             0084 Requires districts to establish green cleaning and use green cleaning supplies PA 95-0416 Requires districts applying for construction grants to certify a green rating PA 95-0741 Requires districts to recycle and have a waste reduction plan PA 96-0073 Requires district construction grants to
                                                             meet LEEDS standards PA 96-0266 Requires school buses to use 5% bio-diesel fuel PA 96-0424 Requires a policy, reporting and designated staff person in relationship to Lawn Care Products and the Pest
                                                                           Control Act
                                                             All of the mandates above are related to improving our environment. School districts support this philosophy. However, all of these result in increased or new costs to the districts. They bear no relationship to improving student achievement and should be postponed as requirements until the fiscal
                              Tom Madden
                                                             status of education improves or funding is provided.
101   4/2/10   Elwood 203     [tommadden@rocketmail.co
                                                             PA 91-0518 Requires an enhanced 911 system in schools PA 93-0910 Requires AED in every district physical fitness facility and a trained AED user during school events PA 95-0305 Requires districts to hire a licensed person to inspect and test sprinkler systems and equipment PA 95-0339
                              m]
                                                             Requires six hours of driving in a car as part of drivers education course PA 95-0558 Requires districts to provide in service train for employees in domestic and sexual violence and the needs
                                                                           of expectant and parenting youth by an expert every two years PA 95-0969 Requires in service training in chronic student health conditions PA 95-0712 Requires districts to provide AEDs at all outside athletic facilities PA 96-0132 Requires a random drug test program for steroids and
                                                             training for coaches on steroid abuse
                                                             All of the mandates above are related to health and safety. However, they have costs involved that are extreme in some cases. Until the fiscal status of the state and education improves, these should not be mandates. When re-instituted, funding should be included. When companies are held to
                                                             higher safety standards, they can increase their prices and let the customer bear the cost of the safety measures, schools are not in that same position.
                                                             PA 95-0958 Requires districts to provide insurance coverage to students taking a leave from college and cover until 26 PA 95-0972 Requires insurance coverage for marriage therapy PA 95-0973 Requires insurance coverage for eating disorders PA 95-0978 Requires insurance coverage for
                                                             shingles vaccine for persons over 60
                                                             All of the mandates above are related to medical needs. School districts support good health care for their employees including proactive measures, but again the issue is cost. Insurance costs have risen every year in some years 10-30%.
                                                             Districts can no longer afford the all inclusive policies that mandates like these create.
                                                             PA 95-0148 Requires consolidated school districts to hire ESPs based on seniority PA 95-0241 Requires districts to give a 90 day notice before being laid off and extensive requirements for contracting
                                                                           with third party providers versus current ESP's
                                                             The above mandates are related to personnel and exceed federal requirements. There are cost implications in that the opportunity to seek savings through negotiations is limited by these mandates.
                                                             The following mandates all relate to curriculum requirements PA 92-0027 Requires Hispanics to be added to the list of specific ethnic groups required for study PA 93-0088 Requires sec education to cover the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act PA 93-0406 Requires a unit of instruction
                                                             related Asian Americans in U.S. History class PA 94-0014 Requires districts to provide steroid abuse prevention education to athletes PA 94-0151 Requires specific criteria for gifted education PA 94-0285 Requires instruction on the slave trade PA 94-0410 Requires specific criteria for gifted
                                                             education (again) PA 94-0478 Requires instruction on genocide PA 94-0929 Requires instruction on financial literacy within required consumer education course PA 95-0168 Requires instruction on the consequences of alcohol use when operating a vehicle PA 95-0764 Requires instruction about
                                                             sexual assault awareness in health classes PA 95-0863 Requires instruction about home buying and mortgages within required consumer education course PA 95-0958 Requires instruction about internet safety PA 96-0119 Requires that schools present the Congressional Medal of Honor film in
                                                             I am Superintendent of Monmouth-Roseville CUSD #238, 27-094-2380-26.
                                                             Our #1 problem is not unfunded mandates but rather UNDERfunded mandates. We are not one of the school districts contributing to the publicized $12 billion of reserve funds in school districts statewide. Our TOTAL fund balance in ALL Operating Funds combined is projected to be about $1
                                                             million come June 30, and could be much less if the State delays payments that were budgeted to be received this year. This month, we will be loaning funds from Working Cash to the Education Fund just to keep the Education Fund from going negative. WE NEED STATE FINANCIAL HELP TO
                                                             SURVIVE.
                                                             We are doing all we can to address our deficit, including closing two elementary schools at the end of this school year, and eliminating several important instructional programs next year. As long as the State underfunds Special Education, Transportation and Bilingual Education, though, we have
                                                             no hope of avoiding borrowing to stay afloat.
                                                             I understand that my submission is supposed to focus on UNfunded mandates rather than UNDERfunded ones. Most UNfunded mandates are more an irritation than a game changer. Many of them relate to curriculum (topics to be covered) or operational practices (green cleaning), and by
                Monmouth- Paul Woehlke                       themselves create no significant new cost. But cumulatively, they have a significant impact on us. IASA has published a list of Mandates Enacted Since 1992. A review of this list will identify the ones that fit in the categories mentioned.
102   4/2/10
               Roseville 238 [pwoehlke@mr238.org]            I HAVE TWO MANDATE REQUESTS:
                                                             1. Eliminate the TRS ERO Option. One teacher in our district has triggered this option, and it's going to cost us about $80,000 for that teacher alone. People are living longer than ever today, and the concept of early retirement is a vestige from an earlier era. WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS
                                                             OPTION, which has been imposed on us.
                                                             2. Place a moratorium on ALL new curriculum and operational mandates, to be lifted ONLY once Special Education, Transportation and Bilingual Education are FULLY funded. The Foundation Level was never intended to pay for these extra costs of education. For districts such as mine, that rely
                                                             on state funding to survive, help is needed in these major cost areas much more so than nitpicking a minor mandate here or there.
                                                             Sincerely,
                                                             Paul D. Woehlke
                                                             Superintendent
                                                             Monmouth-Roseville CUSD #238
                                                             Suggestions of Mandates to be Eliminated
                                                             DeKalb CUSD#428

                                                          1) Archive destruction guidelines ($20,000)
                                                          2) FOIA requests ($15,000)
                              Vicci Haeseker              3) Mentoring/Induction ($60,000)
103   4/2/10   DeKalb 428     [Vicci.Haeseker@dist428.org 4) Yearly Blood borne Pathogen Training ($10,000)
                              ]                           5) School bus evacuation drills two times per year ($10,000)
                                                          6) Mandatory employment law posters for all school buildings every year ($1,000)
                                                          7) Defibrillators---the equipment and training ($10,000)
                                                          8) Mandate for completing, tracking and reporting vision exams for all kindergarten students and students enrolling in an Illinois school for the 1st time. The nurses report that this is an unnecessary burden on families as well as school districts. ($20,000)
                                                          9) PA 95-0310 - Requires that school districts provide in drivers’ education courses six hours of driving – in a car with an instructor. ($120,000)

104   4/2/10   Not provided   SharFlefh@aol.com              Prevailing wages for schools. This eats up our budget.
                                                                                                                                               Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date       district                 email                                                                                                                                                                   comment
                                                              This in not an inclusive list, but an example of the small detail level of legislation that needs to be removed. While each of these mandates are worthy, they add little value to improving the quality of education programs.

                                                      Each of these are taken from the School Evaluation Form. It seems unwise to use our limited time and resources to continue to evaluate such trivial input measures. Perhaps ISBE and State Legislators might concentrate on outcomes and performance indicators rather than inputs.
                                                      Respectfully,
                                                      Jack Barshinger
                                                      Superintendent
                                                      Batavia Public School District 101
                                                      Missing Children’s Records Act: 325 ILCS 50/5
                                                      -The district observes the statue that requires a certified
                                                      copy of a child’s birth certificate, or other reliable proof
                                                      of the child’s identity and age and an affidavit explaining
                                                      the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate is
                                                      submitted within 30 days of enrollment.
                                                      Illinois Administrative Code: 23 Ill.Admin.Code 1.450(b)(c), 1.460, 1.470(c)(l)
                                                      -The board of education has adopted a policy regarding
                                                      institutions that provide correspondence courses and the
                                                      number of credits that will be applied toward graduation;
                                                      toward the awarding of credits for evening school classes
                               JACK BARSHINGER        on the same basis as courses taught in the day program;
105   4/5/10   Batavia 101     [JACK.BARSHINGER@bps1 and toward the awarding of credit through proficiency
                               01.net]                testing, military experience, life experiences, and other
                                                      nonformal educational endeavors.
                                                      Illinois School Code: 105 ILCS 5/27-13.2
                                                      -The district provides 5 days advance notice to parents
                                                      prior to offering any class or course in recognizing and
                                                      avoiding sexual abuse to pupils in grades kindergarten
                                                      through 8.
                                                      Illinois Administrative Code: 23 Ill.Admin.Code 1.310(c)
                                                      -In instances of divided service, the number of
                                                      professional capacities in which an administrator serves
                                                      does not exceed those allowable under the relevant
                                                      provisions of Illinois Administrative Code.
                                                      Illinois School Code: 105 ILCS 5/10-21.4a
                                                      -The principals have assumed administrative
                                                      responsibilities and instructional leadership under the
                                                      supervision of the superintendent and in accordance with
                                                      reasonable rules and regulations of the board of education
                                                      for the planning, operation, and evaluation of the
                                                      educational program in their respective attendance
                                                      Two cumbersome mandates
                               Mattingly, Bill
106   4/5/10   Oregon 220                             5% administrative cost cap…6% limitation effectively reduces this necessity
                               [bmattingly@ocusd.net]
                                                      Board hearings that can’t be held during regular board meetings..extremely cumbersome and very few if any constituents attend
                                                              The following unfunded mandates (and others) create the potential for increased costs and financial burden to our district:
                                                                PA 95-0084: green cleaning and product policy
                                                                PA 96-0655-requires a change in message on school bus
                                                                PA 95-0972-requires employers to provide insurance for marriage therapists
                                                                PA 95-0973-requires employers to provide insurance coverage for eating disorders
                                                                PA-95-0281-requires 5% bio-diesel fuel
                            Katherine Kelly
               east dubuque                                     PA 93-0858-raises compulsory school attendance age
107   4/5/10                [kkelly.edschools@yahoo.co
                    119                                       Katherine Kelly Ed.S.
                            m]
                                                              East Dubuque School District # 119
                                                              200 Park Lane Drive
                                                              East Dubuque IL 61025
                                                              815-747-3180
                                                              815-747-3516 fax

                                                              Perhaps the superintendents are focused on budgets and staffing and this project is not coming across as a priority because of that. However, I would appreciate the Blue Ribbon committee putting out a survey asking us to rank the items in some way so that you can find those that come to the
                                                              top as priorities for schools and districts.
                               Hoyda, Marion
108   4/5/10    district 146
                               [MHoyda@district146.org]       Marion Hoyda


                                                              There are numerous bus issues: stickers with phone numbers; going green--has cause Caterpillar and mercedes to get out of the business of making engines because they are so stringent. Walkie-talkies, etc.
                               Becky Canty                    These are just transportation topics.
109   4/5/10   Not provided
                               [bcanty5@yahoo.com]            Becky Canty

                                                              Unfunded mandates are a huge problem for schools. It is very difficult to quantify the information you requested in such a short time frame.
                                                              School bus radios-2 way-are approx $7000 AEDs (should we need portables)-$4000 Green Cleaning Schools Act- $40,000 Biodeisel blend-not sure of the savings at this time PE-$250,000 Curricular mandates-let us decided the curriculum along the lines of the state standards. Impossible to
                                                              quantify in the time given.
                                                              Ellen Mauer
                                                              Dr. Ellen E. Mauer
                                                              Superintendent
                               Ellen Mauer
110   4/6/10    Millburn 24                                   Millburn School District #24
                               [emauer@millburn24.net]
                                                              18550 Millburn Road
                                                              Wadsworth, IL 60083
                                                              847-356-8331
                                                              847-356-9722 FAX
                                                              847-245-2900 Direct

                                                              Mandates                                                           Rationale                                                                                       Cost

                               Anthony Galindo                Special Ed to age 22
111   4/6/10     ROE 12
                               [agalindo@roe12.net]            These students have had special needs instruction since being identified. If, after their years of schooling, they cannot graduate, they are sent to life skills programs. I liken this to those non-disabled students moving on to college. Schools are not responsible for the cost of furthering the
                                                              education for those students, but we are for the special needs students extended educational needs. In some cases this is a four year funding process that should be a parental/family responsibility.
                                                            Although I believe ART to be essential in the development of each child, I think that the program should be a local choice and not a mandated course offering, even though it is considered an elective. Our ART program cost over $60,000 per year with salary, benefits, supplies, etc.
                                                            Mr. Scott E. Doerr
                               Scott Doerr                  Superintendent of Schools
112   4/6/10   Nokomis 22      [scottdoerr@nokomis.k12.il.u Nokomis CUSD #22
                               s]                           (217) 563-7311
                                                            (217) 563-2549 (fax)


                                                          1. Archaic "fill in the bubble" testing which is costly and not effective. Asking 21st Century learners to fill out computer scan sheets and then using that data to determine their success or progress is ludicrous. It is one more indicator that the state is not truly in touch with the needs of our
                                                          students. Unfortunately, the need to please the Federal government takes precedent over doing what is best for children. It is no wonder that the credibility of ISBE is so circumspect at a time when we need to be the leaders in providing a high quality, relevant education and assessment for our
                                                          students.
                                                          2. All of the duplication of reports that are required. Again, an up to date data system would be able to capture the information at the time of entry rather than have the individual districts purchase a variety of student information systems that are many times not compatible with the state SIS system.
                                                          20th Century technology is not what we need in the 21st Century if we are really going to use our data effectively and efficiently to improve all of the services that are needed for children. Our present system is a waste of precious resources, both people and dollars.--
                               Dan Marenda                Daniel F. Marenda, Superintendent
113   4/6/10   LaSalle 122     [marendad@lasalleschools.n LaSalle Elementary School # 122
                               et]                        1165 St. Vincents Avenue
                                                          LaSalle, Illinois 61301
                                                          Phone: (815) 223-0786
                                                          Fax:     (815) 223-8740
                                                                                                                                                Elimination of School Mandates - Verbatim Comments




No    date        district                  email                                                                                                                                                                 comment
                                                                To Whom It May Concern:
                                                                This email is sent to express a concern with the passing of unfunded mandates. The imposition of unfunded mandates or inadequately funded mandates on school districts has always been an issue, but in the current economic crisis, they are financially devastating. How long can we continue to
                                                                purchase mandated items and equipment and keep asking fewer and fewer people to do more and more with less because we have mandated obligations to meet? Below are some of the areas that have impacted school districts, especially my district.
                                                                Transportation
                                                                       Mandated radio check and calling in 10-7 and clear.
                                                                       Signage for erratic driving – the name of the school (or bussing contractor) is painted in huge letters on the side of the bus and a license plate is on the back.
                                                                       The digital radio system – thankfully this did not impact my district as we had already converted to digital radios, but for those that opted for a different system or had not updated, it certainly was not in their budgets!

                                                                         Fueling mandates.
                                                                Physical Education
                                 Jane Michael [MichaelJ@le-              At a time when schools are struggling to meet AYP and keep class sizes lower, PE is mandated every day for every student. Schools are mandated to provide the staff to support these programs.
114   4/6/10
                                 win.net]                                New issues to be taught are added to the health curriculum
                                                                Driver Education
                                                                         Though we charge a fee, the District loses thousands of dollars each year to provide driver education training to our students.
                                                                AEDs             The initial cost of the units and the cost of the batteries and pads are a significant expense. We also had to purchase portable AEDs. Requiring them in buildings AND at practice fields doubles and triples the required number of units needed! Many schools do not have all their game
                                                                and practice fields on site or we may use open facilities without an appropriate site to place an “unsupervised” AED.
                                                                Special Education
                                                                         In special education the mandates are so poorly funded and the costs so great per individual child that this area seriously impacts resources available to our general education/gifted/talented population!
                                                                In this district, we try to do the best we can and try to be progressive. For example, we already had the digital radios and some of the mandated green cleaning. But, we implemented them gradually and as we were able to afford them. Your consideration of the effect of unfunded mandates on our
                                                                students, staff, and community is appreciated.
                                                                Jane Michael, Superintendent
                                                                I am writing this e-mail to make a plea to re-evaluate the list of mandates that schools are required to adhere to. These mandates are quite costly when one looks at the time, maintenance, salaries, and equipment that needs to be purchased.
                                                                Drivers Ed (Behind the wheel)--the car rental, fuel, and salary amounts to $20,000 School buses contain 2-way radios--poor reception in our area with the 2-way radio and maintenance on the radios amounts to $500 a year AED's--we have two at a cost of $4,500 ea. for a total of $9,000 and the
                                                                batteries are $100 a year Green Cleaning Schools Act--the biggest issue here is that some of the materials are very hard to find, i.e., disinfectants and clorox wipes are not green sealed certified Physical education--the salaries amount to $70,000
                                                                Mandate relief is very important to our school. Thanks so much for your consideration.
                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                Laura Nelson
               Scales Mound LAURA NELSON                        Scales Mound Superintendent
115   4/6/10
                    211     [lln@scalesmound.net]               Office 1-815-845-2215
                                                                Fax 1-815-845-2238
                                                                Scales Mound Comm. Unit District #211
                                                                210 Main Street
                                                                Scales Mound, IL 61075


                                                                To Whom It May Concern:
                                                                During the current fiscal situation with which we are faced, it would be particularly helpful if additional burdensome mandates are not placed on school districts unless a revenue stream is also provided to fund those additions. We are struggling to reduce our budgets even further with the projected
                                                                cuts to education for next year and beyond.
                                                                Currently, the State of Illinois is behind in payments to Central A & M CUD #21 - $674,224. We will be selling bonds in May to help us work through difficulties created by some of the lagging payments. It will be devastating, however, if the money coming from the state is somehow pro-rated or
                                                                simply eliminated from the payment schedule. Selling the bonds for this district will be a band-aid, but it only adds to the burden of local taxation for state-mandated programs.
                                                                I would also like to strongly suggest eliminating existing unfunded mandates completely. While they were certainly enacted to fulfill a need, the greatest need at this point must be for the fundamental education of our students. If the elimination of all mandates without an attached revenue stream is
                                                                not possible, I would suggest at least two specific mandates:
                                                                1.     Physical Education
               Central A & M Grigg, Randy
116   4/6/10                                                    This requirement added $272,764 to our budget this year in salary and benefits cost. Supplies are not included in this total and would add to that figure.
                    21       [rgrigg@cam.k12.il.us]
                                                                2.     Drivers’ Education
                                                                This program cost our district $40,864 in 2009-2010.
                                                                Eliminating these two mandates alone would save our district over $300,000. Please contact me at (217) 226-4042 if I can provide additional information regarding these mandates.
                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                Randy Grigg, Superintendent
                                                                Central A & M CUD #21



                                                                Due to the size of our school, mandated daily physical education is a scheduling nightmare.
                                                                Suzette Lambert
                                                                Superintendent
                                 Suzette Lambert                Signal Hill District #181
117   4/6/10   Signal Hill 181                                  40 Signal Hill Place
                                 [slambert@stclair.k12.il.us]
                                                                Belleville, IL 62223
                                                                618-397-0325
                                                                618-397-2828 (fax)
                                                                My TOP recommendation would be that there should be NO NEW MANDATES proposed until the state’s economic crisis has been resolved. ALL legislation should be focused on making Illinois a desirable location for innovative businesses that employ full-time workers with benefits. If lawmakers
                                                                are approached with a concern on either the quality of program of their local education system, that should be discussed with their local constituency prior to proposing sweeping legislative changes. Imagine the great voter turnout for legislators if there was actual positive economic outlook in our
                                                                state.
                                                                My SECOND recommendation is that the legislators studying the pension system should disclose how much money was removed from said system and what the overall health of the fund would be had money NOT been removed several times by the legislature…recognize that state employees are
                                                                contributing to the fund for many, many years after many, many years of service in order to be eligible for those pension funds.
                                                                THIRD wish is to stop the blame game, fingerpointing, and looking for villains…focus energies on economic recovery. As such, the Blue Ribbon Committee for review & study of mandates is a good one. I realize this arrives after the April 2 date as requested, but it has, as always, been a busy few
                                                                weeks at District sites!
                                                                MANDATES that should be repealed due to lack of economic support…These are all unfunded mandates in Illinois enacted since 1992. Also, please review current bills on the floor—many are unnecessary pieces of legislation that do not work to forward our purpose or mission in public education.
                                                                PA 87-0626—recycled paper (if economically feasible).
                                                                PA 87-0652-install sprinklers in new buildings (should be local choice)
                                                                PA 90-0146 – requires use of soybean ink in school publications, really?
                                                                PA 90-0425- report newly hired employees to IDES
                                                                PA 90-0548- policy requirements on no pass/no play and social promotion
                                                                PA 90-0620-Curriculum unit on discipline and respect for others…best practice no need for PA
                                                                PA 91-0099-Registry of parents on notification for pesticide application –SHOULD BE updated to allow notification to take place online / website for all parents rather than retaining registry.
                                                                PA 90-0688-investment policy—difficult not to laugh at this one with the state of current interest rates, etc.
                                                                Although I realize that Illinois is a Prevailing Wage state, it is cumbersome to have legislation on both PW and competitive bidding process…It simply does not make sense for schools/taxpayers to be paying PW for many school maintenance projects such as $38.00 per hour for painting
                                                                cinderblock walls when we have competitively bid out the project…this is not a cost saver for schools or taxpayers. Certainly the school district may elect to hire temporary workers, but that is another cumbersome process! Yes, we all want a livable wage for workers, but it seems that our bid
                                                                project hourly rate’s always, 100% of the time, exceed our staff, teacher, or administrator rates—including the superintendent.
                                 Jill Gildea
118   4/6/10    Harrison 36                                     If criminal background checks are necessary & required (i.e. fingerprint), then we should be given the right to use the data in making hiring recommendations/decisions. Remove HB 3665, HB 4620, HB 4855, HB 5390, --Our job is to keep our students and staff at school safe.
                                 [jgildea@hsd36.org]
                                                                45 to 60 days notification to staff is not reasonable in volatile economic times. School Districts must be able to adapt their workforce based on current knowledge.
                                                                Simplify certification processes so that teachers are prepared as both “certified” and “Highly Qualified” all at once…Revisit HB817—Special Education Services through age 21 are a wonderful theoretical idea; however, if students complete school on the average at age 18, then all services for all
                                                                students should probably terminate at that same time…Schools should be able to have a per pupil tuition charge for services after the age of 18 similar to how regular ed parents end up paying college tuition costs.
                                                                Revisit HB1347—Third Party Contracts. In these economic times, we may need to work with noninstructional outsource to save dollars as unionized workers have bargained wages that are far above affordable for most schools. Revisit & simplify this legislation. It should not be more difficult to
                                                                work with outsource companies than it is to work within existing at will employees.
                                                                Revisit HB1839—Recognize that most elementary schools do not have the facilities required to host daily PE within a minimum clock hour day of 5 hours…
                                                                HB1964—if the Federal or State Government supports summer school food program, that is fine. Otherwise, this should be eliminated.
                                                                HB3327—Best practice instruction, but mandate/legislated? Would hope it is unnecessary legislation.
                                                                Newspaper postings are costly…could we work with submittal of required postings to a centralized state website (free, electronic) rather than continuing to require antiquated posting requirements? OR, allow us to simply post to our websites…search engines will definitely eek out those
                                                                bid/proposals.
                                                                PA 91-0525--Integrated Pest Management Program—really?
                                                                HB 425-Pest management training should not be a required mandate. Notification to parents of use of pesticide is a best practice.
                                                                PA 91-0102 has pretty much gone by the wayside, but is it off the books?
                                                                PA 91-0518-enhanced 911 – cost is over $65K
                                                                PA 91-0785—bus exits outlined with reflective tape—Yikes
                                                                PA 92-0497-course of instruction re: highway traffic in construction zones.
                                                                PA 92-0260-Discipline policy/bullying procedure & notification—
                                                                PA 92-0027-Adds Hispanics to groups of ethnic studies in teaching of US History
                                                                PA 92-0438-posting requirement for budget should eliminate need for paper copies as well as notification right on web rather than in paper
                                                                I would request that we (superintendents) only have to submit one final expenditure report at the end of the school year (June 30th) for each title fund etc.
               Nettle Creek Peter Pasteris
119   4/7/10                                                    Pete Pasteris, Superintendent
                   24C      [ppasteris@mornet.org]
                                                                Nettle Creek CCSD 24C

				
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