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Date: Fri Apr 25 2003 - 15:20:11 PDT


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Hi Everyone,
Today there is one job and two calls for action/help. It is important that
we take the time to be active in support of our profession. I know you are
busy but perhaps you can help.

1. Job Opening
Employer: Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233
Complete application online
Application Deadline: ASAP
Contact: Dave Theiman, Public Relations, 999 Kedzie Ave, Flossmoor, IL
District Link:

2. Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE) President calls for
information/anecdotes. President Leslie Wilson writes
Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Gail Lieberman at ISBE. She
shared a copy of the Full Text of HB2352 which includes these lines,
'Beginning no later than the 2005-2006 school year, ...the State Board of
Education shall sample student performance in the learning area of fine arts
in grades 5 and 8 through the social sciences tests...." and "Beginning no
later than the 2005-2006 school year, subject to available federal funds to
the State for the purpose of student assessment, the State Board of
Education shall provide additional tests and assessment resources that may
be used by school districts for local diagnostic purposes. These tests and
resources shall include without limitation additional high school writing,
physical development and health, and fine arts assessments. The State Board
of Education shall annually distribute a listing of these additional tests
and resources, using funds available." My understanding is that this went
through the house. The testimony must have helped.
   The IAAE would like to begin compiling a list of true anecdotal
information about fine arts programs in the state. Did you lose or gain
arts programs? What were the circumstances? Have you been required to use
fine arts time for other purposes? For example, my daughter who teaches
vocal music in Ohio at the junior high level has been told she needs to
incorporate certain study skills into her curriculum and has had students
pulled out of class regularly for standardized test preparation. Please
forward such information with location and specifics to Dr. Leslie R.
Wilson, president of IAAE at or her home office, 35
Zurich Court, Crete, Illinois, 60417. Thank you.

3. Action Alert for ERIC
We are in immediate danger of losing one of the profession's greatest
resources. The U.S. Department of Education has announced plans to
administratively change the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).
This radical revision of ERIC would eliminate all of the ERIC
clearinghouses, including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and
Linguistics. Most of you are aware of what an exceptionally valuable
research and information resource this is for our field.
Please read the action alert below and then write your Members of Congress
and the Secretary of Education urging that they not eliminate the ERIC
clearinghouses. A sample letter can be found on our web site at <>

ACTION ALERT: ERIC Clearinghouses on the Chopping Block!

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a draft plan for a "New ERIC"
system. Unless this plan is modified, all 16 ERIC clearinghouses and their
services will be eliminated, and there will be a dramatic change in the
content of the ERIC database. The public has an opportunity to comment until
May 9, 2003.

The plan for the "New ERIC" makes the following changes:
Closes all 16 ERIC clearinghouses.
Eliminates personalized reference and referral services.
Terminates AskERIC and clearinghouse question-answering services.
Ends networking and outreach activities.
Shuts down clearinghouse Web sites currently visited by 22.5 million
unique visitors a year.
Eliminates ERIC Digests, books, and other synthesis publications.
Restricts consumer access to information by limiting ERIC database
coverage to approved lists of journals and document contributors.

There is still time to change it!
If the proposed changes do not reflect your vision of ERIC, ask your
legislators and Secretary Paige to maintain the ERIC Clearinghouses with
their information services and user-friendly products and Web sites, and to
continue comprehensive coverage of the education literature. Please make
your views known no later than May 9 to:

Your Senators:

Your Congressional Representative:

Send a copy of each letter to Secretary of Education Rod Paige at fax number
202-401-0596 (or via email to and to Jeff Halstead (the
contract specialist collecting official responses to the draft statement) at
fax number 202-708-9817 or via email at

Faxed letters on institutional letterhead are best. If you need to send your
letters via email, be sure to include your full name and postal address.

For additional up-to-date information on ERIC, please visit:
ERIC Reauthorization News

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