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The Peoria Public School District 150 Board of Education approved the District’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget at its meeting on September 22, 2014. Like many Districts across the State, we are being challenged by declining State and local revenues. That is why in early September, Superintendent Lathan joined a coalition of Districts and organizations working to reform the General State Aid formula. More than 120 school Superintendents have joined the coalition, along with numerous school boards, and business and community leaders, in an effort to make the formula more equitable. If the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 (SB16) was in place for the current fiscal year, a significant portion, $8.2 million, of the District's projected $11.5 million deficit would be eliminated. District 150 and other school districts across the State, with the State's most neediest students, are spending the least on their students. Parents and community members are encouraged to stand behind and offer your support to Senate Bill 16.
“Teach typing to every 3rd – 8th grade student over a two year period.” Many of District 150’s priorities for 2014-2015 could not be accomplished without first giving attention to the typing priority. If the ultimate purpose of expanding AVID, IB, High Ability Learner and STEM programs is to propel more District students to college and beyond, learning to accurately and quickly type, use keyboard shortcuts and navigate with a mouse and pull-down menus is vital. Writing college research papers generally requires an accurate typing speed of about 40 words per minute (WPM). High school and college studies also require the knowledge of word processing, spread sheet and presentation programs. Like learning to play a musical instrument, serve a volleyball or shoot a basketball, typing is a physical skill that requires repetition and drilling. Peoria Public Schools uses Type To Learn to introduce keyboarding skills to students. The Type To Learn software program has over 100 lessons for grades 1 – 8. Each lesson includes five skill-building games and provides students with research-based, sequential, cumulative touch-typing instructions. The Type To Learn program is available on all District classroom, computer lab and library computers and also can be used at no charge on a student’s home computer. Because the program tracks students’ skill levels, it allows schools to develop incentive programs and contests to motivate students. “I really have not had much need to motivate students to use Type To Learn,” reports Calvin Coolidge Middle School teacher Michelle Kuby. “Many students come in to class asking if they can use Type To Learn. They love the games and race against each other. They compete against each other and the student with the highest score receives ‘Coolidge Cash’.” Kathleen Gondeck, K-4 technology teacher at Lincoln
Did you know...
Since 2010, the State has shorted Peoria Public Schools $18,670,346? With the cumulative unfunded amount, the District's budget deficit would not exist this year.
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