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Educators to attend No Child Left Behind conference

Do people really think they will boost test scores by attending this conference? They'd do much better to spend the $7,733 on library books.

The last line is curious, indicating that "the $7,733 will be reimbursed to the district." This probably means they are taking it out of their federal funds, which means you and I pay for people to attend the conference.

Let us remember please, that federal dollars come out of our pocket.

And now check the vomit index on the theme of the conference: Rethinking, Reviewing,
Reshaping, Renewing.

Personal Disclosure: A couple of years ago I asked to present at this conference, and I was turned down.

Staffers hope event will boost scores

By Chris Coates

Granite City educators will travel north next month to attend a regional conference on the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Six educators from Granite City elementary schools and other staff will attend the three-day conference in Chicago starting Feb. 6, said Nancy Sanders, a district administrator.

The conference includes lectures, conferences and other events tied to No Child Left Behind, a school reform package President Bush signed into law six years ago that requires annual testing of students and applies standard benchmarks among school districts.The testing has become a major priority for many districts, including Granite City, where three out of 10 schools failed to meet the federal benchmark.

Just over 42 percent of Granite City 11th-graders met the standard on reading tests and 31.5 percent on math, stats show.

Sanders said school officials would focus on compliance standards and bilingual education programs, a necessity as more Spanish-language students have enrolled in the district.

"That's something we've really seen an increase in," she said.

The event, sponsored by Arlington Heights-based Illinois Resource Center, will cost an estimated $7,733, which will be reimbursed to the district.

— Chris Coates
Granite City Press-Record


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