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State Board of Education will meet at 10:30 a.m. June 17 at Oswego East High School

  The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp is expected to speak at the meeting about changing the state’s funding formula.

   Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

   Last week, in an open letter, Popp encouraged the community to attend the meeting and show they believe it is time to fix the state’s educational funding formula. To read Popp’s open letter, go here. A graphic explaining the effects of the state using an across-the-board percentage cut for school districts is available here.

   “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. … It’s time to fix the formula.”

   The State Board confirmed the time for the start of Wednesday’s meeting today. The State Board will be touring Oswego East High School prior to the meeting, so there is a potential the meeting could start slightly late. For more information about the State Board meeting, go to here.

   Also last week, East Aurora School District 131 launched a “Fix the Formula” website with more information about the impact of the state’s educational funding formula; sample letters and contact information for local legislators; and letters of support from local officials.

  The State Board meeting is free and open to the public.



USDA sponsoring free meals during East Aurora summer camps

   Any children 18 years or younger can receive free meals this summer in East Aurora School District 131 buildings, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Meals will be served in all buildings while the District is hosting educational, athletic, fine arts and other summer camps, beginning June 17. Each school will have a color flier on the door, notifying residents of the meal times.

    All local children 18 years and younger are eligible for the healthy breakfast and lunch meals.

Meals must be eaten in the school. Small children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling who will be responsible for them.

    To find a summer meals site close to you, call (800) 359-2163, text “FOODIL” to 877877, or go to SummerMealsIllinois.org.

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 



East Aurora Superintendent urges community to show support for fixing the formula at State Board meeting on June 17 in Oswego

   In an open letter to the East Aurora School District 131 community posted on the District’s new “Fix the formula” website, Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said it is time to for a long-term fix to the state’s educational funding formula.

    Over the last four years, East Aurora School District has lost $36 million due to the state’s proration formula, which takes the most dollars from districts with the least local resources.

    “A formula that heavily penalizes students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors,” Popp said. “Other districts have told us to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.”

Community urged to attend June 17 meeting in Oswego

    The Illinois State Board of Education is scheduled to meet on June 17 at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Popp will be testifying, along with an East Aurora student. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. If that time changes, the District will send out a notice.

   Ahead of that meeting, the District launched an informational website - www.d131.org/fixtheformula - and Popp released an open letter to the East Aurora community urging them to get involved:

To the East Aurora community:

  General state aid was designed to help the state’s neediest students; it was designed to close the educational opportunity gap that exists between the wealthiest and the poorest districts. However, the current state formula that prorates general state aid is turning that noble goal upside down.

   In East Aurora School District 131, the proration of general state aid has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. With that money, we could have built a school, hired 90 teachers and bought a laptop for every single student. Robust early childhood education, low class sizes and integrated technology are all proven to increase student achievement. Wealthier school districts take access to those opportunities for granted. Yet, our students are continuously told to wait until the state’s education funding formula can be fixed. While we are waiting, the opportunity gap persists, as do the achievement gaps that come with it.

  In 2014, our students lost out on $10.7 million due to proration; that’s $856 per student. Meanwhile, a wealthy school district in our same county - one with access to more local dollars - lost just $60 per student. Any loss in educational funding is disappointing, but that disparity should be shocking to anyone who cares about the future of our children. Many members of our community have expressed that they are stretched as far as they can go in the support provided to our schools through property tax dollars. Our citizens are taxed at a much higher rate than community members in the aforementioned school district; yet, our community members are told to wait for the formula to be fixed.

   A formula that heavily penalizes the students who need the most support is simply unfair. It’s unfair to our residents who end up paying higher tax rates, and unfair to the students who don’t have access to the same resources as their neighbors. Other districts have advocated to their legislators that we should have to wait for a better formula to come along. We have waited long enough. The current formula has cost our students $36 million in the last four years. It’s time to fix the formula.

   For change to happen, the voice of the East Aurora community must be heard in Springfield. Everyone who believes in equitable education - our residents, and our employees - need to speak up now.

What can you do?

- Get informed. You can learn more about the state’s funding formula by visiting the East Aurora School District 131 “Fix the formula” website: www.d131.org/fixtheformula

- Get involved. We need you to write, call or email your local legislators and let them know that equitable educational funding is crucial for our kids. The “Fix the formula” website can give you contact information for our local legislators, as well as sample letters to get you started.

- Spread the message. Even a something as simple as adding our “Fix the formula” website address (www.d131.org/fixtheformula) to the tagline of your emails will help inform people about the issue. Use #fixtheformula on Twitter, or share our website address on social media. Our voice needs to be as loud as the voices coming from all of the other districts who do not want to see a change in the current formula.

- Stand with us on June 17. We have heard from many public officials who support our belief that it is time to fix the formula. We need you to join us at the June 17 Illinois State Board of Education meeting at Oswego East High School. Let them see the faces of people who are fighting for a better education for East Aurora students.

I thank you for all that you do in support of education and our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael A. Popp

Superintendent East Aurora School District 131

Popp testified in support of change

   The effort to change the state’s proration funding formula began in 2014 with the Senate Bill 16, introduced by State Senator Andy Manar. Popp testified in Springfield about the poverty penalty that was hurting students who happened to live in District’s without great property wealth. The bill was heavily criticized by wealthier District’s that stood to lose some funding in the gradual shift. The bill did not move out of committee.

   Manar introduced a new bill – Senate Bill 1 – in the latest legislative session. Popp testified again in Springfield, this time in front of the Illinois State Board of Education, which heard testimony on changing the educational funding formula. The budgets passed by the House and Senate propose an increase in the state’s educational funding. The state continues to debate a final budget.

 



Free elementary summer school program to build reading, math skills

East Aurora School District 131 elementary schools will be offering a free summer program to help students build reading, math and character skills. The program begins June 17 and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. See your school office to register your student.

The program includes field trips and fun activities. The students will practice their academic skills in a fun and safe environment and will learn new skills through various activities in and outside of the classroom.

This program is sponsored by 21st Century.



Check out these opportunities for free summer learning!

Want to help your child continue learning over the summer? Click below to read more about resources for free online activities, student success guides, free books, science museums and summer camps.

We wish all students and families a summer full of fun and learning!

Parent toolkit

  Check out ParentToolkit.com where you can find tips to help your child with academics, as well as information about social/emotional development and health/wellness. In English and en Español

  Another great resource is Parents’ Guides for Student Success where you can find an overview of what your child will learn in each grade in mathematics and language arts/literacy. Here you’ll find guides for each grade-level in English and in Spanish, including activities you can do with your child to support learning at home. Go to PTA.org/parents. Click on Families to find guides. In English and en Español

Aurora library

Take advantage of the terrific programs offered at Aurora Public Library, including classes, access to computers, and a fun Summer Reading Program about Super Heroes. Learn when the Bookmobile is near you and help keep your child reading all summer. Go to AuroraPublicLibrary.org for info.

Summer reading backpack

All students in grades 1-3 will each be bringing home a Scholastic Summer Reading Backpack with 5 books along with suggested activities. Please enjoy these books with your children encouraging them to read, talk, and write about the books.

Lexia Core 5

Another resource for our students in grades 1-6 is an online reading program called Lexia Core 5. This is a program that students have been working on this year in their classes and it is also be available to them over the summer. It can be accessed from smart phones, tablets, or computers. Download the app or go to LexiaCore5.com.

We wish all students and families a summer full of fun and learning!

Science Museum

Don’t miss the family fun at the Aurora SciTech Museum which has over 150 interactive exhibits. Enjoy FREE admission from 6pm-8pm on June 5th with Creation Stations: Blending Art & Science. Go to SciTechMuseum.org to learn more.

Summer camps

Fox Valley Park District also offers active fun in many locations. For a complete schedule, go to FoxValleyParkDistrict.org. District 131 also has many offerings with our FREE Fine Arts Summer Camps.



Bardwell presents Tall Tales and Heroes the Musical on May 28

Bardwell's music and drama clubs will present the musical Tall Tales and Heroes on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Bardwell Elementary School. This musical comedy tells the stories of such famed tall tale characters as Johnny Appleseed, Calamity Jane, and John Henry. Over forty 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will bring this story to life. Daytime performances will take place at 9am and 1:30am. An evening performance will begin at 6:00pm. All performances are free and open to the public. 

Please contact Eliseo Martinez at emartinez@d131.org or Nancy Griffin at ngriffin@d131.org for more information. 



Bardwell Band Concert on May 29

Bardwell's 5th grade band will perform one more time this school year at their finale band concert on Friday, May 29, 2015. The performance will include some familiar tunes played at the Fine Arts Festival as well as some new pieces which includes a Star Wars medley. The concert is free and will take place at 2:00pm in Bardwell's historic auditorium. 

For more information, please contact Laurie Lawson at llawson@d131.org.



Kindergarten through fifth grade students invited to Tomcat Youth Football

  Tomcat Youth Tackle Football League is looking for football players for the upcoming 2015 season. Students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade at East Aurora School District 131 are eligible for participation. Learn more from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the cafeteria at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane. Enter at Door 11.

  The youth tackle program is affiliated with The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL). In addition to the practice sessions, the youth tackle football teams will be scheduled to play against other area member teams in the league during the fall season.

   Representatives will be on hand to explain the registration process and new program to parents as a component of the East Aurora Football Jamboree to be held at Roy E. Davis Field located at East Aurora High School. A fun filled day of football skills and drills is planned for both new and experienced participants.

   For more information, go to www.tytfl.com.

 


 
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