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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation examines Voting Rights and New Age Discrimination

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Town Hall Meeting To Focus on Serious Challenges Facing Voters



WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is devoting its national town hall meeting to examining Voting Rights and New Age Discrimination from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on September 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The town hall meeting is the centerpiece of the Foundation’s 42nd Annual Legislative Conference scheduled from September 19-22.


More than 20 states have changed their requirements for voting, which can affect a disproportionate number of African Americans, the disabled and low income communities. The Foundation will bring together experts, the community and academia to discuss how the new laws passed by several states have made it more difficult to vote. The panel will include:

  • Reps. John Lewis (Ga); Mel Watt (NC); and Marcia Fudge (Ohio) – CBC leads for anti-voter repression campaign
  • Donna Brazile – DNC Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation; Democratic political strategist CNN
  • Dr. Marc Lamont Hill – CNN Commentator, Host of Our World Black Enterprise; Columbia Professor of Education
  • Crystal Wright – Conservative Columnist; political commentator
  • Ron Christie – Founder/President of Christie Strategies; Republican Political Strategist

“Millions of voters will be facing serious challenges as the result of the restrictive voting laws put in place across the country. Panelists will discuss the implications of the new measures and offer strategies for ensuring that all have a fair and just opportunity to cast their vote in November,” said Menna Demessie, Ph.D., senior research and policy analyst for CBCF.


In addition, the Foundation will distribute a voter guide toolkit on flash drives. These drives will include information on voter registration and identification laws in each state, the latest developments regarding voter identification legislation and opportunities for civic engagement


to repeal the voter identification laws. The toolkit will also be available on CBCF’s web site – www.cbcfinc.org after September 20.


“We want people to be prepared before the election. It is too important an issue to be left to chance,” said Dr. Demissie. “This toolkit is a step-by-step instruction guide to ensure voters are properly registered and ready to vote.”


ALC provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF – to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public. It also provides dozens of forums to address the critical challenges facing the African-American community. The Foundation will offer numerous session tracks to present high level, thought-provoking, engaging and useful information. CBCF will return its Emerging Leaders Series and to host the very popular Black Party. There are opportunities for attendees to engage with entrepreneurs and build wealth through the exhibit hall and author’s pavilion. In addition, scholarship recipients in the performing arts will be recognized during the Celebration of Leadership, CBC members and spouses will join together for a community outreach project with U.S. veterans and the conference will culminate with its awards/fundraising dinner. Proceeds from ALC are used to fund educational opportunities and program outreach.


The conference is recognized as one of the most important gatherings of African-American leaders in the nation. In addition, attendees recognize the importance of what CBCF accomplishes in the community and have supported the Foundation’s efforts to provide scholarships, internships and fellowships, to improve economic parity and to decrease health disparities.


General and media registration are now open at http://www.cbcfinc.org/alc.html. For live shots/satellite information, please contact mcooper@cbcfinc.org.


The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., was established in 1976 as a

nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and education institute to help improve the

socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities.


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. | 1720 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036

| (202) 263-2800 | www.cbcfinc.org 

T.D. Jakes to headline Conquer Business 2012 Conference in Atlanta

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Successful businessmen share techniques to end financial drought

T.D. Jakes and Robert J. Watkins

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Thousands of business owners, budding entrepreneurs and others seeking financial security for their families are expected to convene in Atlanta for Conquer Business 2012, a two-day conference to equip, empower and prepare those with a vision for success. The conference will be held on November 15-16 (Thursday and Friday) at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, a suburb of Atlanta.

Conquer Business 2012 will offer workshops from some of the most renowned successful businessmen and financial leaders to help others succeed by providing tangible tools, models and formulas for success. Additionally, conference attendees will receive private question and answer sessions with T.D. Jakes, secrets for establishing and maintaining successful businesses, meetings with top investors and financiers, and ways to develop sound reliable business plans for immediate financial success.

The conference is sponsored by Kings & Priests Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing world class educational environments, conferences and workshops that provide critical thinking, uncommon solutions and practical answers to life’s challenges.

With the current looming financial crisis facing our nation, according to Kings & Priest Unlimited and Conquer Business 2012 Founder Robert Watkins, the conference will allow individuals the opportunity to manifest their own personal destiny.

“We believe business ownership, good financial stewardship and creative entrepreneurship are keys to ending the financial struggle for many families and small businesses, said Watkins. He added, “With unemployment at record high numbers, hundreds of college graduates unable to find work and many others under-employed, Conquer Business 2012 will offer innovative, lasting solutions to pursue non-traditional opportunities for success.”

Jakes, Founder and Pastor of the Potter’s House located in Dallas, will share his personal business model for creating generational wealth. “We live in a society that equates wealth with power,” said Jakes. “The most impactful way to level the playing field is to extend our spending power beyond a single generation through the establishment of successful entrepreneurial endeavors that are stored up as a legacy for our children’s children.”

Other conference speakers include: Valery Burton, featured guest on Dr. Oz, Oprah Winfrey Radio and Essence Magazine; Bishop Dale C. Bronner, founder of Word of Faith Family Worship Center and Chairman of Bronner Brothers Hair Care Products; Robert Watkins, author, businessman and founder of Kings & Priests Unlimited; Vaughn McLaukin, CEO of Kingdom Mall of Jacksonville, Florida, Glenn Henderson, renowned business growth expert, Wendy Walters of Palm Tree Productions and others.

Conquer Business 2012 will cover topics such as leveraging technology for success, developing wealth from God-Given talents, building successful enterprises at home, developing eight (8) income streams, Book publishing and many others.

The cost to attend the Conquer Business 2012 conference is $99. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Young CEO Camps for Teens, a character development program for teenagers. For more information on Conquer Business 2012 or to register for the conference log-onto www.conqueratlanta.com.

About Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000 member church in Dallas. Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time magazine, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, bestselling books, and conference series

About Kings & Priests Unlimited
Celebrating 10 years of marketplace ministry, Kings & Priests Unlimited provides relationship resources and revelation to help families, individuals and small businesses achieve financial, personal, entrepreneurial and spiritual results. Robert Watkins, founder of Kings & Priests Unlimited, is in great demand as a popular conference speaker. He authored the book, Never Chase A Paycheck Again. Watkins is known for his innovative business programs, results-oriented content and practical application, spiced with the right amount of humor. Watkins served in the U.S. Army and graduated from West Georgia University. He also launched the non-profit, Conquer Worldwide LLC which has trained thousands of leaders for financial freedom, leadership development and business success, and Young CEO Camps, a character-development program for teens.

Cook County State’s Attorney receives $500,000 Federal Grant to support efforts to combat Human Trafficking

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The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will renew a federal grant that supports the Cook County State’s Attorney’s efforts to combat human trafficking and the sex trafficking of minor children, according to State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

The $500,000 grant will provide funding over the next two years and will assist in enabling the State’s Attorney’s Human Trafficking Initiative to continue to provide training, programming and help link at-risk children and the victims of trafficking to agencies providing essential services.

“Government funding is scarce here in Cook County and the renewal of this grant is critical to supporting our efforts to aggressively investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases,” said Alvarez. “Equally as important is that it will enable us to continue to provide services and assistance to the victims of this horrific crime.”

Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the State’s Attorney Office will continue to use funding for the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases and to provide specialized training for prosecutors to identify potential trafficking victims when they come to court on seemingly unrelated cases.

Resources also fund a staff position that tracks cases as they go through the criminal justice system and help ensure victims are connected to appropriate counseling and support services.

The grant will also continue to assist local social service agencies that help to provide services to trafficking victims. The Salvation Army’s STOP IT Program and the International Organization for Adolescents will receive funding to hire and train case workers, provide support services to victims, training for law enforcement and conduct public awareness campaigns across Cook County.

This grant was first awarded in 2010 and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office was just one of four law enforcement agencies nationwide to be awarded funding.

Small businesses rate economy, ethics in government as most important election issues

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Gas costs, tight lending environment weigh heavily on nation’s entrepreneurs
Washington, DC – Today the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com have released new data showing that small businesses overwhelmingly rank the economy and jobs as the most important factor in choosing a president. Surprisingly, however, ethics, honesty and corruption in government rates as the second-most important issue for small businesses.
  • 40% of all small business owners nationwide rate the economy and jobs as the most important factor in their choice for president. Ethics, honesty, and corruption in government is the second-most important factor for small businesses.
  • Taxes are not a decisive factor for small businesses in this election, with only 3% of small businesses rating it as the most important issue in their choice for president – outranking only foreign policy and national security issues. Even among economic issues, tax policy was the top concern for less than 6% of small businesses.
  • The federal budget deficit looms large in the mind of small businesses, ranking behind only unemployment and the job market in the most important economic issues that small businesses are considering in their choice for president.
  • Small businesses rate gas and fuel costs as the single most burdensome cost to their businesses. And self-employment taxes were rated as more burdensome than even personal income taxes or health care costs.
  • The policy most commonly mentioned by small businesses that would help their business is improved access to loans.
  • 39% of small businesses say that President Obama is the most supportive candidate of small business, whereas only 31% say the same of Governor Romney. And 28% are still not sure which presidential candidate is more supportive of small business.
  • Only one in five small businesses believe that President Obama’s health care policy helps their business, and two in five small businesses say the opposite.
  • Among swing states, New Hampshire voters were the most concerned about the economy and jobs, Wisconsin voters were disproportionately concerned about ethics in government, and Iowans and Nevadans rated health care policy as their top economic concern more frequently than did small businesses in any other swing state.
  • Florida and Michigan small business owners were more concerned about the economy and jobs than those in any other large states.

“Six thousand small business owners have told an unusually nuanced story about the factors that drive their political decisions,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “When job creators speak, we need to listen.”

The full results can be seen here and include interactive data visualizations, dozens of quotes from small business owners nationwide, and demographic-by-demographic comparisons.

“Only the wealthy can borrow money, and it seems that there are separate legal and financial worlds between corporations and ordinary small business owners. Our ability to compete with these entities diminishes more and more each year. This leads to monoculture, stagnation of innovation, and the death of the middle class.”
Cooking instructor – San Francisco, California

Survey methodology

Thumbtack.com surveyed 6,164 small businesses across the United States. The survey asked questions about political issues and business costs, such as:

  • “What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?”
  • “Thinking specifically about the economy, what is the most important economic issue in your choice for president?” and
  • “How important are the following issues to the success of your business?”

The full methodology and analysis paper can be found here.

About GSPM and Thumbtack.com

GW’s Graduate School of Political Management

, the pioneer school in the nonpartisan study of political management and applied politics, offers graduate programs in political management, legislative affairs, public relations and PAC management, as well as international programs in Latin America and Europe. The school educates students and professionals in the tools, principles and values of participatory democracy; preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national and local levels.
Thumbtack.com is a place where you can hire help locally. Need a DJ, carpenter, personal trainer, or wedding photographer? Tell us what you need, and we’ll bring you 3-5 bids on that job to your email inbox within 24 hours. More than 275,000 small businesses and freelancers have listed their services on Thumbtack nationwide.


And although President Obama has come under fire for his “you didn’t build that” comment, more entrepreneurs say that President Obama is more supportive of small business than say the same about Governor Romney. Nevertheless, more than a quarter of small businesses say they are unsure who is more supportive of small business. Furthermore, only one in five small business owners believes that President Obama’s health care policy helps their business.

Both presidential campaigns claim to promote policies that benefit small businesses, but nobody has asked entrepreneurs themselves which policies are most important to their businesses. The George Washington-Thumbtack.com Small Business Politics Survey is the only survey investigating the political issues that matter most to small businesses themselves, drawing data from an extensive, nationwide universe of job creators and entrepreneurs.

“Small businesses are deeply attuned to the effect of politics on job creation and the economy,” said Dr. David Rehr, a lead researcher on the study with the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. “Entrepreneurs are feeling squeezed by the tight lending environment and want their political leaders to curb the influence of money in politics.”

Some of the key findings include:

TimeLine Theatre Company presents World Premiere of Susan Felder’s “Wasteland”, October 12 – December 30, 2012

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Following extraordinary successes with new works like My Kind of Town, To Master the Art and Hannah and Martin, TimeLine Theatre Company is proud to present its next world premiere, Wasteland by Susan Felder, directed by TimeLine Associate Artist William Brown, October 18 – December 30, 2012 (previews October 12 – 17). Performances will be held at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.

Wasteland boasts the return of William Brown (To Master the Art, Not About Nightingales) as a director at TimeLine. The cast features Nate Burger (TimeLine’s ‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys) and Steve Haggard (Writers’ Theatre’s Old Glory). Haggard’s credits include roles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre and Northlight Theatre. Burger has appeared at the Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, and most recently American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.

An American soldier, captured by the enemy in Vietnam and isolated in an underground cell, hears a voice from the other side of the wall. Thrust into each other’s lives, the two men are divided by solid ground, different backgrounds and opposite worldviews. But over time, they are drawn together as they battle dire conditions, loss of faith, and each other. An apt reflection of today’s fractured, politicized climate, Wasteland is an emotionally stirring new play that affirms the power of human connection to unearth hope in even the darkest hours.

“Just six months ago, there was a powerful tension in the room as a reading of Wasteland had everyone on the edge of their seat. That same night, we found ourselves rethinking TimeLine’s 2012-13 season line-up,” said Artistic Director PJ Powers. “We decided to premiere Wasteland this fall in the midst of a polarized election cycle because the play is about finding a connection in the unlikeliest places, with the unlikeliest people. Two men on opposite sides, literally, recognize that they’re all they’ve got—somehow, some way, they must find common ground.”


Preview performances of Wasteland are Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. The play opens on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and then runs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance on November 22), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also at 4 p.m. on November 23), Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 30, 2012.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, October 24; Sunday, October 28; Thursday, November 1; Wednesday, November 7; Thursday, November 8; Wednesday, November 14; Thursday, November 29; Sunday, December 2; Wednesday, December 5; and Sunday, December 9.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 18.

COMPANY MEMBER DISCUSSION: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company Members on Sunday, November 4.


Tickets are $32 (Wednesday – Friday) or $42 (Saturday & Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281-8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.


Wasteland will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6.25 for 3-5 hours. TimeLine also offers parking for $8 for up to 6 hours with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking. There are two flights of stairs (18 steps) between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.


The production staff for Wasteland includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Andrew Hansen (Sound Design), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Design), Maren Robinson (Dramaturg), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager) and John Kearns (Production Manager).


Susan Felder (Playwright) has been a professional actor, director and educator for more than 20 years. She has taught theatre at Montana State University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, and Loyola University Chicago. She holds an MFA degree in Shakespeare studies and language from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Felder’s original play Temple Spirit was work-shopped by Chicago’s House Theatre. She wrote and directed the short play Jumping Mouse for Kids in Distress (an organization for homeless and at-risk foster kids). In 1999, Camp-Make-A-Dream (a summer program for children surviving cancer) adopted her short story Mooky the Flying Camel as a camp staple. She has written music for the Attic Theatre in Detroit, CT20 Ensemble, Barto Productions and Montana Shakespeare. Selections from her musical Waking Eden were chosen to be performed at the Royal George for Chicago Musical Theatre Works. Recent Chicago directing credits include The Quiet Man Tales (Chicago Theatre); the world premiere of A Love Lost Life – The Marlon Brando Story (Theatre Building Chicago); several one acts for the Steppenwolf One Act Festival in association with Northwestern University and Remy Bumppo; and several productions for Loyola University Chicago and Montana Shakespeare. As an actor, Felder has appeared around Chicago, including at the Goodman, Northlight, Next, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Remy Bumppo and Writers’ theaters. Regionally she has appeared at Orlando Shakespeare, Boarshead Theatre (Mother’s Day, Thespie Award – Best Supporting Actress), Indiana Repertory, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Peninsula Players, Attic Theatre, and 15 seasons at Montana Shakespeare. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

William Brown (Director) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where he previously co-wrote (with Doug Frew) and directed the world premiere of To Master the Art (Equity Jeff Award nomination – New Work) and directed the Midwest premiere of Not About Nightingales (Non-Equity Jeff Awards – Production and Direction) and the Chicago premieres of Halcyon Days and Paragon Springs. Recent credits include the world premieres of Brett Neveu’s Old Glory and Do the Hustle at Writers’ Theatre, where he has directed many other productions, including As You Like It, Another Part of the Forest and Our Town. At Northlight Theatre he directed his own adaptation with original music of She Stoops to Conquer (After Dark Award; also a partnership with Doug Frew). He has directed more than a dozen productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., and is the Associate Artistic Director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He has acted and directed at many theatres across the country, including the Goodman, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Court, Cincinnati Playhouse, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Lincolnshire, La Jolla Playhouse, the Ahmanson, the Ordway, and New York’s Public Theatre. He received an Equity Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon’s Nixon, and the Chicago Tribune named him Chicagoan of the Year for Theatre.


TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago magazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over its first 15 seasons, TimeLine has presented 51 productions, including eight world premieres and 16 Chicago premieres; launched the Living History Education Program, bringing the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools; and completed each season operating in the black. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 46 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production eight times.

Also upcoming in TimeLine’s 2012-13 Season:

  • Chicago premiere of Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka, directed by Lisa Portes, January 15 – April 14, 2013, presented at TimeLine Theatre, press opening performance Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • Chicago premiere of Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, directed by Nick Bowling, April 30 – July 28, 2013, presented at TimeLine Theatre, press opening performance Thursday, May 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers and Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem. TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

Illinois State Board of Education announces Strategic planning and September Board meeting schedule for Sept. 19-20

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SPRINGFIELD, IL  – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following meetings for its annual strategic planning session and September Board meeting on Sept. 19-20 at the Eastland Suites & Conference Center, 1801 Eastland Drive, in Bloomington. All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

 State Board of Education Annual Strategic Planning and Board Meeting

Sept. 19-20, 2012

Location:Eastland Suites & Conference Center, 1801 Eastland Drive, Bloomington.

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

10 a.m.


I.        Roll Call                                                                           

II.      Closed Session – Board Self-Evaluation                       

III.   Reconvene Open Meeting

IV.  National Perspective                                                       

A.    ESEA

B.    Common Core Implementation/Assessments

C.    Teacher Quality

D.    District Interventions

V.      District Intervention Review                                         

A.    Overview

B.    Local Perspective

C.    Board Discussion

D.    Action Items

1.    Modifications to 3.25 (f)

2.    Entrance Criteria

3.    Exit Criteria

VI.  Discussion of Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Budgets     

A.    Budget Overview FY13

B.    Developing FY14 budget

C.    EFAB

D.    Possible changes in Existing Formula

E.    Action Items

1.    Changes to existing formula

2.    Budget process for FY14

VII.   Legislative Agenda                                                         

A.    2012 Veto Session

1.    HB 5825 (Chapa LaVia / Steans) Charter School Commission

2.    HB 5826 (Chapa LaVia / Steans) ISBE Obsolete and Duplicative Legislation

B.    2013 Veto Session

1.    ISBE Obsolete and Duplicative Legislation

2.    Supplemental General State Aid Report

3.    Federal Grant Distribution

4.    Classrooms First Commission Recommendations

5.    SB 7 Trailer Bill

C.    Action Items

1.    Direction for ISBE Staff

VIII.    Recess Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

 8:45 a.m.

IX.    Reconvene/Roll Call – OPEN SESSION                         

X.      Reform Agenda Update                                        

1.    Implementing the Common Core

2.    PARCC

3.    ISAT Cut Scores

4.    Teacher Quality

5.    Performance Evaluations

6.    Race to the Top

XI.    Retreat Debriefing                                                          

XII.   Plenary Session                                                              

A.    Public Participation                                                  

B.    Resolutions & Recognition                                      

1.    Lanita Koster Resolution

C.    Presentations and Updates

1.    Illinois Shared Learning Environment                      

D.    Superintendent’s Report                                         

*Consent Agenda

1.    *Approval of Minutes:  August 16, 2012

2.    *Rules for Initial Review

a.     Part 24 (Standards for All Teachers)

3.    *Rules for Adoption

a.    Part 60 (The “Grow Your Own” Teacher Education Initiative)

b.    Part 65 (New Teacher Induction and Mentoring)

4.    *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

a.    Recommendation Approval:  RFSP Center for School Improvement

b.    Request to Release a Request for Sealed Proposals for Monitoring of Early Childhood Block Grant Prevention Initiative Programs

5.    *Fall 2012 Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

E.    Approval of Closed Session Minutes

F.    Superintendent’s Contract Renewal                       

G.    Announcements & Reports                            

1.    P-20 Council Liaison Report (Joyce Karon)

H.    Information Items

1.    ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

XIII.  Adjourn

Defend the Vote will conduct first-ever professional security and vulnerability assessment for Chicago and Suburban Cook County election systems

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Defend the Vote - Empowering Citizens to protect elections  www.DefendTheVote.com
Defend the Vote, the groundbreaking Illinois election integrity organization that empowers citizens to protect elections,  announces they will be conducting the first-ever professional security and vulnerability assessment for Chicago and Suburban Cook County election systems. Argonne National Laboratory’s, Vulnerability Assessment team will be conducting the vulnerability assessment of Chicago and Cook County election security. This project, which begins in September, will test and evaluate the security of voting processes and systems in both Chicago and Cook County.  A report will be out before the November elections with short term and long term recommendations.  Wednesday’s 2pm press conference at the Union League Club brings together Election Pioneer, Jack Roeser, who has provided funding for this project, Dr. Roger Johnston, Ph.D., CPP, head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory, and Defend the Vote staff to announce this exciting development.  Details of the study will be released on Wednesday at the press conference.

The press conference will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Union League club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, at 1:30 pm.,  Room 710.

For more information, contact: Media Affairs Staff 847-382-1100

22nd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards announces nominations

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Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) — The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 22nd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards include 32 categories that encompass local and equity nominations. This year’s awards show will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6 P.M. at the famous Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, California.

This year’s nominations include “Twist” – an American Musical acquiring seven theatre nominations and directed by Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-Winner Debbie Allen. Not too far behind and tied with “Blues For An Alabama Sky” for the second place in most nominations, “Fela!” is recognized with five nominations. This includes Best Director of a Musical-Local for Tony Award-Winner Bill T. Jones and then to Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will and Jada Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel for Best Producer-Equity. Another well-known play, “A Raisin In The Sun”, garnered several nominations including Best Director-Equity to Phylicia Rashad. Lastly in the local Best Director of a Musical category, writer/producer Bill Reid for “Rockin’ In The Ages” goes up against Anne Gesling for “Chicago” and “Parade” directed by Ben Lupejkis.

The Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submitted their production from January 2011 through December 2011 for possible nomination. All productions must have a five consecutive week production run in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included) to be considered. Productions who met all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2012 NAACP Theatre Award. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com or call the office at (323) 464-7616.
About The NAACP Theatre Awards:
The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by Board Of The Directors of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

Best Director – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky – Sheldon Epps
A Raisin In The Sun – Phylicia Rashad
The Old Settler – Caryn DesaiBest Director – Local
12′ X 9′ – Fred Thomas, Jr.
All My Sons – Cameron Watson
The Motor Trade – Jeff MurrayBest Director of a Musical – Equity
Twist – Debbie Allen
Having It All – Richard Israel
Fela! – Bill T. JonesBest Director of a Musical – Local
Chicago – Anne Gesling
Rockin’ In The Ages – Bill Reid
Parade – Ben LupejkisBest Ensemble Cast – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky
Bring It OnBest Ensemble Cast – Local
12′ X 9′
All My Sons
Shoe StoryBest Choreography – Equity
Twist – Debbie Allen
Bring It On – Andy Blakenbuehler
Fela! – Bill T. Jones

Best Choreography – Local
Rockin’ In The Ages – Raquel Brussolo
Chicago – Krystal Combs
Dreams In Variations – Steven Nielson & Stephanie Simpson

Best Costumes – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky – Karen Perry
Twist – ESosa
Bring It On – Andrea Lauer

Best Costumes – Local
Rockin’ In The Ages – Liz Perralta
Chicago – Rodney Munoz
Dreams In Variations – Rachel Weir

Best Lead Female – Equity
The Old Settler – Karen Malina White
Having It All – Jennifer Leigh Warren
Twist – Tamyra Gray

Best Lead Female – Local
Sunday Morning – Kinnik Sky
The Interlopers – Diarra Kilpatrick
The Bluest Eye – Sola Bamis

Best Lead Male – Equity
Twist – Alaman Diadhiou
Fela! – Sahr Ngaujah
Superior Donuts – Edi GathegiBest Lead Male – Local
The Motor Trade – Alex Morris
Treat Yourself Like Cary Grant – Kim Estes
Sunday Morning – Gichi GambaBest Lighting – Equity
Superior Donuts – Daniel Ionazzi
The 1940s Radio Hour – James L. Moody
To Kill A Mockingbird – J. Kent InacyBest Lighting – Local
Sunday Morning – Joe Morrison
12′ X 9′ – Emmanuel Rumph
Hattie…What I need You To Know! – Sammie WayneBest Music Director – Equity
Bring It On – Dave Pepin
The 1940s Radio Hour – Linda Kerns
Fela! – Aaron JohnsonBest Music Director – Local
Rockin’ In The Ages – Mark Rodriguez
Chicago – Anne Gesling
PARADE – Catherine RahmBest One Person Show – Equity
The Night Watcher – Charlayne Woodard
The 1940s Radio Hour – Kimi Walker

Best One Person Show – Local
Baby Girl – Kaypri Marcus
Hattie…What I Need You To Know – Vickilyn Reynolds
Oh, Yes She did – Sandy Brown

Best Playwright – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky – Pearl Cleage
Superior Donuts – Tracy Letts
The Night Watcher – Charlayne Woodard

Best Playwright – Local
12′ X 9′ – Fred Thomas, Jr.
The Motor Trade – Norm Foster
Sunday Morning – Kinnik Sky

Best Producer – Equity
Twist – Pasadena Playhouse, TAM Producing Partners. Michelle Seward, Dror Soref, Willette Murphy Klausner, Gary Goddard and Forbes Candlish
A Raisin In The sun – Wren T. Brown
Fela! – Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett SmithBest Producer – Local
All My Sons – Joseph Stern
12′ X 9′ – Fred Thomas, Jr and Don B. Welch
Treat Yourself Like Cary Grant – Russell Boast & Dave FofiBest Set Design – Equity
Blues For An Alabama Sky – John LaCorelli
Superior Donuts – John Arnone
Bring It On – David KorinsBest Set Design – Local
12′ X 9′ – Fred Thomas, Jr.
Bridge – David Svengalis
Pity The Proud Ones – Miguel MontalvoBest Sound – Equity
Bring It On – Brian Ronan
Superior Donuts – Richard Woodbury
The 1940s Radio Hour – Fritz DavisBest Sound – Local
12′ X 9′ – Emmanuel Rumph
All My Sons – Steven Cahill
Pity the Proud Ones – Kimberly M. WilsonBest Supporting Female – Equity
The Old Settler – Tarina Pouncy
Fela! – Melanie Marshall
Bonded – Toyin Moses

Best Supporting Female – Local
Sunday Morning – Kaira Akita
Sunday Morning – Rhonda Morman
The Bluest Eye – Danika Butler

Best Supporting Male – Equity
Twist – Cleavant Derricks
Bonded – Ric B. Anthony
A Raisin In The Sun – Brandon David Brown

Best Supporting Male – Local
Sunday Morning – Juhahn Jones
Bash’d – DJ Jedi
Nobody Walks Like My Daddy – Dale Fielder

Jesse White holds Illinois’ Fourth official U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration

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Marks the 225th Signing of the Constitution; 100 People Sworn-In as Citizens


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White today held the state’s fourth official U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration.  The event also marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. One hundred people from 32 countries were sworn-in as citizens at the celebration.

“Today’s celebration is an opportunity for us to commemorate the document that laid the foundation for our great nation,” White said. “In witnessing people from other nations taking the oath of citizenship, we reflect on what it means to be an American.”

The event, which included a Naturalization Ceremony, parade of flags and musical selections, was held at Richard J. Daley Plaza.  U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan presided over the Naturalization Ceremony.

 “Let us all take a moment to reflect on the many freedoms our Constitution guarantees us, and the bond we now share with those becoming citizens of the United States of America,” White said.

White honored the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for their commitment to the new citizens of the United States of America. Over the past four years, more than 400 people from over 65 countries have been sworn-in as citizens during this ceremony.

Officials from the U.S. District Court, U.S. Navy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, De La Salle Institute, and the UNO Charter School participated in the ceremony.

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