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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:10
Thirteen Moline elementary school students have been chosen to receive an award from
the Hazel F. Van Arsdale Memorial Scholarship Fund administered through The Moline

The 13 elementary students are: Megan Pittington, Hannah Evans, Anna Riggins,
Yolanda Vargas, Symone Willey, James Sheese, Brianna Turner, Autumn
Glass, Jassaniah Leeson, Isabel Raya, Nick O’Donnell, Josephine Trenary and Justyn

The fund was started in honor and memory of Hazel F. Van Arsdale to perpetuate the
importance of music in elementary and secondary education. The fund supports two
types of annual awards. One award is given to selected elementary students, and one
scholarship is given to a high school senior. The 13 elementary students were chosen
by an individual school committee made up of teachers and music professionals through
The Moline Foundation.

Hazel Van Arsdale was a public school teacher for 36 years. She was known for her
strict, but fun, manner of bringing music into the classroom. She made sure all of her
students knew every verse of all of our patriotic hymns, and wanted them to strengthen
their music interest beyond elementary school. A fund was established and is now
administered through The Moline Foundation’s scholarship program.

Founded in 1953, The Moline Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization
which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development,
the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of the Quad City
region. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a
current endowment fund of approximately $17 million. For more information contact
Executive Director Joy Boruff at (309) 736-3800 or visit The Moline Foundation Web site


Established Businesses For Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Barnard   
Monday, 30 April 2012 09:40

Established Businesses For Sale

Banquet & Reception Hall with a Year of Advanced Bookings
Established corporate banquet hall and wedding reception business with modern facilities, ample parking, seats 600+, very large prep kitchen convertible to full service kitchen, dance floor, new restrooms, sound system, furniture, dish ware, full service bar with walkin and cabinet coolers, and more. Eastern Iowa location, includes 9,500 sf reception hall and land. Thirteen years successful history, includes over 50 advance bookings through early 2013, plus room for 30+ additional bookings in 2012.
Seller willing to finance portion of acquisition for qualified new owner.
Quiet Market Leader
Established corporate food service and retail business, with locations in Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities. Located on major traffic corridors. Established agreements with regional employers for daily delivery. Quiet market leader for twenty-eight years, with two owners and proprietary recipes. Does not require onsite operator to perform successfully. On site owner guarantees even higher profits. Potential to include real estate.
Conventional Financing or Cash at Closing.

Chiropractic Clinic, Patients, Equipment & Building
Quad Cities chiropractor with twenty five year successful practice and 6,000 patient customer base is retiring.  This opportunity includes 1800+ SF building, 4800+ SF lot with ample parking and large upstairs apartment.Clinic can accommodate up to two chiropractors, and has two adjusting rooms with tables, x-ray machine, office furniture and filing cabinets.  Paper and electronic patient records. Retiring chiropractor will assist in transition and purchase includes accounts receivable.  A new owner can pay for the acquisition costs of this great practice and real estate in twenty four months. Living on site only advances the profitability.
Priced to sell - Conventional Financing or Cash at Closing

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Simon applauds House committee for passing math bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:52

Bill authorizes state to recommend content, teaching methods for each year of high school


SPRINGFIELD – April 25, 2012. Illinois middle and high schools are one step closer to accessing statewide math curricula thanks to a bill supported by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon that passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee unanimously today.


SB 3244, which passed 22-0, authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to design curriculum models that detail content and teaching techniques for middle and high school math standards. Schools could opt to follow the state-recommended scope and sequence of study for math and math equivalent courses through a student’s final year of high school, or continue to follow local curricula.


The bill does not change high school graduation requirements in math; however the state could adjust the requirement – by mandating more time or a competency test, for example – if it finds that students who use the state curriculum perform better than those that do not. The new curriculum will be available for the 2013-14 school year, with analysis to come four years later, according to the bill.


“Students learn locally, but they compete globally,” Simon said. “Employers and colleges are telling us that too many of our students are not competing in math. This bill will provide educators across the state, in all zip codes, the tools they need to prepare their students for college and career math.”


In 2011, 58 percent of high school graduates did not meet the math college readiness benchmark, according to ACT. More than one-third of recent high school graduates who transitioned as full-time community college freshmen between 2006-08 enrolled in at least one remedial math course, according to the Illinois Community College Board. Students who enroll in remedial courses are more likely to drop out or graduate late.


Simon said the optional statewide curriculum moves away from simply requiring “seat time” to promoting use of that time wisely, with the ultimate goal of making students more employable and reducing expensive and time-consuming remedial math needs in higher education. The state curriculum could be most helpful to teachers in districts that lack curriculum directors or that rely on textbook manufacturers that claim their materials are aligned with state standards.


The bill passed out of the Senate 50-1 in March and now moves to the House for a vote.



Charter School Student Participation Grows By 76 Percent in Just 5 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Grisham   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:46
Advocates Prepare to Celebrate Success of Public Charters During National Charter Schools Week, May 6-12, 2012

Washington, D.C – The number of students attending public charter schools across the country has grown by an estimated 76 percent in the last five school years, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).

As parents, teachers and students from across the country prepare to celebrate National Charter Schools Week next month (May 6-12, 2012), advocates are recognizing the tremendous advancements in public charter schooling that have laid a new, bipartisan foundation for education reform in America.

Student enrollment in public charter schools grew from 1,165,200 students in 2006-2007 to an estimated 2,035,261 in 2011-2012. Over the same period, the number of public charter schools grew by 41 percent – from 3,999 to 5,627 – with an expected 521 new public charter schools opening in the 2011-2012 school year alone.

“Support for public charter schools transcends party lines and ideological backgrounds, with more Americans now realizing the extraordinary opportunities that public charter schools provide to children, communities, and our country,” said Ursula Wright, interim president and CEO of NAPCS. “Yet despite the significant growth experienced in recent years, demand for charter schools in our country far outpaces the number of seats available to students in these schools.”

Next month, thousands of participants will celebrate National Charter Schools Week with special events and activities at schools across the country. The awareness generated by these events will compliment local advocacy efforts like seeking improvements to laws that would allow for the creation of new charter schools, equitable funding for charter schools when compared to traditional district schools and increased access to unused or under-utilized public school buildings.

In just 20 years, the public charter school movement has reached 41 states and the District of Columbia by enacting charter school laws. (The nine states that do not have charter school laws are Alabama, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.) Maine passed its first charter school law in the summer of 2011. There are now approximately 5,600 public charter schools enrolling what is estimated to be more than two million students nationwide. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are allowed to be more innovative while being held for accountable for improved student achievement. These figures were compiled based on data from state departments of education and state charter school support organizations and resource centers.

For more information about public charter schools, or about National Charter Schools Week, visit the website of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at


The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at

Simon to testify in support of math bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:43

SPRINGFIELD - Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will testify Wednesday morning in support of SB 3244 before the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. The bill creates optional state math curricula that extends from middle school through the final year of high school, and aims to boost college and career readiness. In 2011, 58 percent of Illinois high school graduates did not meet the math college readiness benchmark, according to ACT.


TIME: 9 a.m.

DATE: Wednesday, April 25

PLACE: Room 114, State Capitol, Springfield



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