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Archive for October 13th, 2014

NAACP Commends Federal Judge’s Decision to Strike Down Texas’s Discriminatory Voter ID Law

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BALTIMORE, MD — A federal judge has ruled that Texas’ restrictive photo ID law, SB 14, violated both Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. During proceedings, the NAACP, along with other civil rights organizations and the Justice Department, argued that SB 14 disproportionally affected minority, elderly and working class voters.

Additionally, SB 14’s restrictive requirement of acceptable ID amounted to an illegal poll tax. The district decision concluded that there was sufficient evidence in the record to show that the proponents of SB 14 were actually “motivated, at the very least in part, because of and not merely in spite of the voter ID law’s detrimental effects on the African-American and Hispanic electorate. The state must return to previous voter identification requirements for the 2014 elections in November.” The NAACP applauds the court’s decision to ensure all Texans can exercise an unfettered right to vote.

From Gary Bledsoe, President of the Texas NAACP State Conference:

“We are greatly encouraged by today’s decision to strike down Texas’ restrictive photo ID law, SB 14. The court discovered what African American and Latino civil rights leaders have known for some time — the law discriminates against minority voters and was designed to do just that.”

America Is a Place Where Hard Work Should Be Rewarded: President Obama’s Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President made the case for why it’s past time to raise the minimum wage. Increasing the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would benefit 28 million Americans, and make our economy stronger. While Republicans in Congress have blocked this commonsense proposal, a large and growing coalition of state and local leaders and owners of businesses large and small have answered the President’s call and raised wages for their residents and employees. This progress is important, but there is more that can be done. No American who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. That’s why the President will continue to push Congress to take action and give America its well-deserved raise.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 11, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 11, 2014

Hi, everybody.  For the first time in more than 6 years, the unemployment rate is below 6%.  Over the past four and a half years, our businesses have created more than 10 million new jobs.  That’s the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job creation in our history.

But while our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the ‘90s, the typical family hasn’t seen a raise since the ‘90s also.  Folks are feeling as squeezed as ever.  That’s why I’m going to keep pushing policies that will create more jobs faster and raise wages faster – policies like rebuilding our infrastructure, making sure women are paid fairly, and making it easier for young people to pay off their student loans.

But one of the simplest and fastest ways to start helping folks get ahead is by raising the minimum wage.

Ask yourself: could you live on $14,500 a year?  That’s what someone working full-time on the minimum wage makes.  If they’re raising kids, that’s below the poverty line.  And that’s not right.  A hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

Right now, a worker on the federal minimum wage earns $7.25 an hour.  It’s time to raise that to $10.10 an hour.

Raising the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, or ten-ten, would benefit 28 million American workers.  28 million.  And these aren’t just high schoolers on their first job.  The average worker who would benefit is 35 years old.  Most low-wage workers are women.  And that extra money would help them pay the bills and provide for their families.  It also means they’ll have more money to spend at local businesses – which grows the economy for everyone.

But Congress hasn’t voted to raise the minimum wage in seven years.  Seven years.  And when it got a vote earlier this year, Republicans flat-out voted “no.”  That’s why, since the first time I asked Congress to give America a raise, 13 states, 21 cities and D.C. have gone around Congress to raise their workers’ wages.  Five more states have minimum wage initiatives on the ballot next month.  More companies are choosing to raise their workers’ wages.  A recent survey shows that a majority of small business owners support a gradual increase to ten-ten an hour, too.  And I’ve done what I can on my own by requiring federal contractors to pay their workers at least ten-ten an hour.

On Friday, a coalition of citizens – including business leaders, working moms, labor unions, and more than 65 mayors – told Republicans in Congress to stop blocking a raise for millions of hard-working Americans. Because we believe that in America, nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.  And I’m going to keep up this fight until we win.  Because America deserves a raise right now.  And America should forever be a place where your hard work is rewarded.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Senators Kirk and Coons Statement on Nobel Peace Prize Winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

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CHICAGO, IL — U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-founders of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued a joint statement in response to the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian anti-child labor activist Kailish Satyarthi:

“In the face of violence and attempts on their lives, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have shown that the human spirit cannot be contained. They are not only inspiring and symbolic, but leaders on a global scale, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved honor.”

Growing – and Leading – Better Together

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

This week, leaders in the Urban League Movement are gathering in Atlanta for our 2014 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Urban Leadership Conference – our annual opportunity to come together and have open dialogue on what it will take to identify, prepare and support our movement’s next generation of leaders.

While our communities have made many strides over the years, we know there remains a great deal of work to be done as we strive for social and economic equality. From police using excessive and deadly force on unarmed individuals to the ongoing concerns of unemployment, underemployment and education, our struggles continue. That is why this conference is so important.

This year’s theme—“Project Lead: Growing Better Together”—stresses the need for us to reach back and bring others along as we climb to our highest heights.

GreenDot Money Pak New Source of Cash for Scammers Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL  – The scams vary. Victims report getting calls that they owe back taxes and the IRS wants to be paid now. Or it’s a call claiming the person has a delinquent debt that must be paid now or face jail. The scam list is long – unpaid utility bills, million dollar sweepstakes, online auctions, and job and grant scams to name a few. The Better Business Bureau warns consumers to be vigilant when taking calls.

What doesn’t change is the goal of the con artist…to get your money. Historically, that meant that the victims would wire cash to the caller “a stranger”, but that became a red flag to many consumers so scammers found a new way to get them to pay; via GreenDot MoneyPak cards.

GreenDot is just one of many reloadable debit cards, available at many retailers. But because it’s easy to use, untraceable and readily available it has become the scammer’s choice.

“One of the major problems with scams that involve the use of the GreenDot MoneyPak card is that victims are on their own if they lose their money,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “GreenDot’s website prominently warns consumers using their card that they are not responsible to refund lost money because the information needed to empty the card of its funds was provided voluntarily.”

Magdalena Urbaniak of River Grove a victim of an advance fee loan scam says “I was glad when they called and offered me a $10,000 loan because my credit score is bad. They asked for a fee of a little under $500 on a GreenDot card. I got the card and gave them the info. Then they called saying that my credit was bad so they needed another $486.38 so I gave that to them. The money was supposed to be released into my bank account. I called to check when it wasn’t there.  They rechecked and said that I had given them the wrong bank account number. I know that I gave them the right number. They asked for another $3000 and I refused. I keep calling for my money and they say they can’t help unless I give them more money”.

Aware of the scam issues GreenDot Corp. is changing the way money can be loaded onto its cards. It’s phasing out the MoneyPak PIN, which allows for easy access to the fund, and switching to a “swipe at the register” method that requires the cardholder to be present. Additionally, MoneyPak has been removed from WalMart stores and many other retailers.

To avoid being scammed consumers should:

  • Never give your card number to anyone.
  • Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party.
  • Use your card only to reload prepaid cards or accounts you control.
  • Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a GreenDot MoneyPak card.
  • Don’t use your card to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” on a lottery or prize promotion.

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Illinois State Board of Education announces school tours and Board meeting schedule for Oct. 15 in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting on Oct. 15 at CityView Banquet and Meeting Center at the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., in Champaign.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Board members will tour Prairie School and Urbana Early Childhood School in the 2200 block of East Washington in Urbana, followed by a visit to the Regional Educational Alternative for Developing Youth program (R.E.A.D.Y) at 45 E. University Ave. in Champaign. The school tours will begin at 9 a.m.

Students from the R.E.A.D.Y. culinary program will also serve Board members lunch with produce they cooked and harvested from their own garden.

ISBE’s Finance and Audit Committee will then host the first of five public hearings for development the 2016 education budget immediately following the Board meeting.

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 Meeting

Oct. 15, 2014

Location: CityView Banquet and Meeting Center at the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., in Champaign

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

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

10:30 a.m.


I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Public Participation

III. Resolutions & Recognition

IV. Student Advisory Council Introductions

V. Presentations & Updates

A. Educator Suspension and Revocation Procedures

B. Report Card Update

VI. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: September 17-18, 2014

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 30 (Programs for the Preparation of Principals in Illinois): Aligns Part 30 to the requirements of P.A. 98-917, effective August 15, 2014, regarding the requirements for selection of candidates for principal preparation programs; includes a technical change to cross-reference the rules for the new superintendent endorsement found in Part 25.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 50 (Evaluation of Educator Licensed Employees under Articles 24A and 34 of the School Code): Sets forth the requirements of the State Performance Evaluation Model for Teachers, components of which a school district will be required to adopt should its joint committee fail to agree within 180 days on one or more aspects of a performance evaluation plan that incorporates data and indicators of student growth.  The agency received public comment from 539 individuals and organizations, and staff are proposing changes in the rulemaking in response to the comments received.

2. Part 305 (School Food Service): In response to federal regulations, addresses a limit on the number of fundraisers selling food and beverages that do not meet federal nutrition standards that may be hosted by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.  The agency received public comment from 251 individuals and organizations, and staff are proposing changes in the rulemaking in response to the comments received.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Request to Award the Contract for the Common Demographic Dataset Administrator

2. Request to Award the Contract with PARCC Inc. for the Program Management Support

End of Consent Agenda

E. Capital Needs Assessment Biennial Report

F. State Charter School Commission Appointments

VII. Discussion Items

A. District Oversight – Monthly Update (Superintendent Koch)

B. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX. Information Items

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

X.   Closed Session (as needed)

XI.   Adjourn

The New Cancer Drug Nobody Can Afford: Sign The Petition

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Care2 Petitions Action Alert
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Roche pharmaceuticals has put a value on the lives of cancer sufferers like my niece — $117,600. This cost is so high that even many insured patients can never get the drug!
Please sign the petition today! Roche: Stop Denying Treatment to Breast Cancer Sufferers!

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Shortly after my niece died, her five-year-old son told me that all he wanted for Christmas was, “Just one thing, Auntie Margaret: Five minutes with my mummy.”

It broke my heart — his wonderful mummy Helen had suffered an awful death from late-diagnosed breast cancer. At that time there were not many drugs that could have helped her. Now there is a new drug that could help people like my niece live longer, but manufacturer Roche is putting profits first, refusing to make the medicine affordable for most of those patients – and for the most horrible reason!

When asked why the drug was so expensive, Roche’s head of pricing callously said it reflects the value of the drug to the consumer. That almost sounds like Roche is saying life has a price, and if you can’t pay the price, you don’t deserve the product!

I started a Care2 petition demanding that Roche’s CEO reduce the cost of this drug and stop leaving cancer sufferers to die. Will you sign it?

I know exactly what it’s like to rely on necessary treatment for a life-threatening illness. Four and a half years ago, I was also diagnosed with breast cancer. I was lucky – my cancer was caught early, and I had access to a drug that cost just pennies and saved my life.

But thousands of women like my niece are diagnosed with aggressive, advanced-stage cancer. And instead of helping these people in need, Roche is putting profit first and asking $117,600 per year for the treatment. This price makes it far out of reach for many of the people who need it.

Roche made nearly $12 billion in profits last year. It’s unconscionable that this company would play with peoples’ lives like this to pad those profits even more.

Please join me to call on Roche to reduce the price of KADCYLA to a level that will make it available to people in need. Every corporation hates bad publicity — if 10,000 more of us sign the petition, Roche will have to take notice!


Thank you for taking action,

Margaret Connolly
Care2 Member

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