6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Strategic Plan Working Session
11:00 AM Board of Education Policy Committee
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Parent University
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM College Bound Peoria
This afternoon, HB317 was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and will now go to the Governor’s office for his signature. This bill calls for a mid-year cut of 2.15% to General State Aid and a 2.25% cut to other K-12 education budget lines for FY15. As the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor continue to address the State’s budget crisis, Peoria Public Schools joins many other school districts in the State trying to manage finances with this new budget information and only nine weeks left in the school year. Vulnerable districts with high poverty rates and a low property tax base are most reliant on State funds to help make ends meet. State funding grants to education are already getting prorated at 89% of the funding level the State sets to provide basic educational services to children. For Peoria Public Schools, that means a loss of more than $5.4 million this school year before the new amendment passed today. Now, Peoria stands to lose more than $6.4 million this school year.
Building an awareness of one’s role as a global citizen is a central component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP). The students in Michelle Couri’s 6th grade class at Sterling Middle School, one of two District 150 IB-MYP schools, are learning their role through the KidKnits program, funded by a classroom grant from the Peoria Public Schools Foundation and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.
Students in Jennifer Pergler's Advanced Placement (AP) biology class at Peoria High School had the opportunity to perform gel electrophoresis as part of the unit on DNA. Electrophoresis is a technique used in laboratories in order to separate macromolecules based on size. The technique applies a negative charge so proteins move toward a positive charge. Electrophoresis is typically performed in college-level biology classes, so this is an important step in preparing the AP biology students for college-level biology. Peoria High School was able to purchase the equipment to perform the process last year and students and faculty have been anxious to use it. “Students worked so hard prepping for and completing this lab. We are all so proud of them,” says Pergler.
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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