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Governor Quinn Convenes School Safety Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:12

More than 50 Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Law Enforcement Officials Meet to Seek Ways to Further Safeguard Illinois Schools

 

SPRINGFIELD – January 22, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today convened top experts from across the state for a summit to develop short and long-term actions to further safeguard schools in Illinois. The governor brought together the group of more than 50 representatives from the fields of education, public safety, mental health and law enforcement following last month’s deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Today’s meeting is part of the governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring safe schools in Illinois.

“Every parent should feel that their child is safe in school,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we brought together teachers, school administrators, mental health experts, law enforcement and public safety officials to discuss ways to further safeguard our schools. We must continue to take every step possible to ensure our children are protected.”

During the meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield, participants discussed crisis prevention, school and community planning and coordination and facility protection and security. Additional meetings of the full group or smaller working groups will be scheduled to address specific problems and develop solutions.

Today’s meeting followed an initial conference call on the subject on Dec. 21, 2012, one week after the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

Organizations represented at today’s summit included:

·         Governor Quinn's Office

·         Illinois Emergency Management Agency

·         Illinois Terrorism Task Force

·         Illinois State Police

·         Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Department of Human Services

·         Illinois Department of Public Health

·         Office of the Illinois Attorney General

·         Office of Senator Dick Durbin

·         Illinois Principals Association

·         Illinois Association of School Administrators

·         Illinois Education Association

·         Chicago Teachers Union

·         Illinois Federation of Teachers

·         Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

·         Illinois Association of School Boards

·         Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police

·         Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

·         American Association of Architects

·         U.S. Attorney’s Office

·         University of Illinois-Springfield Center for Public Safety and Justice

·         Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

·         American Red Cross

·         Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications

·         Cook County Homeland Security and Emergency Management

·         DuPage County Sheriff’s Office

·         Madison County Sheriff’s Office

·         Ball-Chatham School Board and School District

·         Sangamon County Regional Office of Education

·         Illinois Math and Science Academy

In addition, the School and Campus Security Training Program, a cooperative effort of the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, recently rolled out a School Safety Drill Video and Computer-Based Training tutorial, which reflect best practices based on lessons learned from real life emergency events. The videos are free and currently available for distribution to public and private schools. The videos detail specific actions for administrators, teachers and support staff for each drill, based on post-incident reports and de-briefings from real school events.

Since 2009, schools in Illinois have been required to perform an emergency drill at least once per year. In addition, schools must have emergency and crisis plans in place and review them annually. Since 2005, the School and Campus Security Training Program provided more than 250 K-12 school safety planning courses attended by more than 8,600 participants representing 817 public school districts and 545 non-public schools. In 2012 the program delivered 55 preparedness training courses for both K-12 and higher education institutions, which were attended by 1,486 participants, to update emergency operations plans and increase their capacity to respond to and recover from all hazards, including active shooters. Currently, there are 11 courses scheduled from January through March of 2013.

For more information, please visit www.ready.illinois.gov and www.isbe.net/safety.

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KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE FALL DEAN'S LIST PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Parenteau   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:15

[Cedar Rapids, Iowa] --Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the Fall 2012 Semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college. Kirkwood students from the Quad City area earning this distinction are: 

  • Tony Bakeris of Davenport, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Cara Bergman of Bettendorf, Nursing – AAS

  • Brent Cribbs of Davenport, Landscape Construction and Design – AAS

  • Abrian Edwards-Williams of Davenport, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Matthew Gasser of Bettendorf, Liberal Arts - AA

  • Thomas McNair of Bettendorf, Liberal Arts

  • Ashley Stichter of Davenport, Administrative Assistant – AAS

  • Elizabeth Teichler of Davenport, Respiratory Therapist - AAS

 
MOUNT MERCY UNIV FALL DEAN'S LIST PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mount Mercy University   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:11

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 18, 2013) - Dana Ewan of Bettendorf, Iowa, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University.

Taylor Eaker of Moline, Illinois, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Mount Mercy University. Eaker is studying Nursing at Mount Mercy.

Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded (letter grade, not pass/fail) for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List.

Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy University offers students a personal, practical and faith-inspired education that distinctly blends professional career preparation and liberal arts with a strong curriculum grounded in leadership and service. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE).

In more than 80 years, Mount Mercy has grown in size and reputation, adapting to meet the changing educational needs of the Cedar Rapids community. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 traditional, transfer, adult and graduate students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy, visit www.mtmercy.edu.

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.

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School Officials Reject Request for Accommodation, Kick Andrea Hernandez Out of Magnet School Over Religious Objections to RFID Tracking Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Rutherford Institute   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:09

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In a phone call delivered near the end of the day before a long holiday weekend, school officials at John Jay High School informed Andrea Hernandez that they would not be granting her request to stay at the magnet school. Effective today, Hernandez has been withdrawn from the school and will be expected to report to another area school on Tuesday.

In keeping with a court order to provide school officials with a written decision as to whether or not she will agree to wear an RFID tracking badge to school, Andrea Hernandez had asked school officials at John Jay High School to allow her to continue her “education uninterrupted” by permitting her to use her old ID badge which “does not signify participation in a program which I believe conflicts with my religious beliefs.” The new badges, part of John Jay High School’s “Student Locator Project,” include tiny chips that produce a radio signal, enabling school officials to track students’ location on school property.

Hernandez, who was threatened with expulsion for refusing to wear a chipless RFID tracking badge based on her sincere religious beliefs that it represents the “mark of the Beast,” had her request for a preliminary injunction denied by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District of Texas. In coming to Andrea’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys alleged that the school’s attempts to penalize, discriminate and retaliate against Andrea violate her rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

“It's obvious that John Jay High School has no interest in putting their students first, which is a sad reflection on our educational system,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “For our part, we hope that Andrea Hernandez will not be discouraged in her pursuit of justice. She’s a courageous young woman with strong principles, and we commend her for standing up for what she believes in. The case will definitely move forward now, and hopefully, we will eventually find justice in the courts.”

The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, has launched a program, the “Student Locator Project,” aimed ostensibly at increasing public funding for the district by increasing student attendance rates. As part of the pilot program, roughly 4,200 students at Jay High School and Jones Middle School are being required to wear “SmartID” card badges embedded with an RFID tracking chip which will make it possible for school officials to track students’ whereabouts on campus at all times. School officials hope that by expanding the program to the district’s 112 schools, they can secure up to $1.7 million in funding from the state government.

Fifteen-year-old Andrea Hernandez has been penalized, discriminated against, and retaliated against by school officials for objecting to being forced to participate in the RFID program. For Hernandez, a Christian, the badges pose a significant religious freedom concern in addition to the obvious privacy issues. Andrea’s religious objection derives from biblical teachings that equate accepting a personalized code—as a sign of submission to government authority and as a means of obtaining certain privileges from a secular ruling authority—with a form of idolatry or submission to a false god.

Hernandez was informed that “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card.” For example, students who refuse to take part in the ID program won’t be able to access essential services like the cafeteria and library, nor will they be able to purchase tickets to extracurricular activities. According to Hernandez, teachers are even requiring students to wear the IDs to use the bathroom. School officials offered to quietly remove the tracking chip from Andrea’s card if the sophomore would agree to wear the new badge without the embedded RFID chip so as to give the appearance of participation in the Student Locator Project. Andrea refused the offer, believing that to wear the “mark” of the program would still compromise her religious beliefs. Affiliate attorneys Anand Agneshwar and Anna Thompson of Arnold & Porter and private practitioner Jerri Lynn Ward are assisting The Rutherford Institute with Andrea’s defense

This Press Release is also available at www.rutherford.org

 
THE MOLINE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 21 January 2013 09:57

Nine scholarships are now offered through the Moline Foundation. The followingis a list of scholarships, criteria and deadlines:

1. Srikanth Yerra Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 $500 non-renewableMust live within Moline School District No. 40 boundariesGraduate of Class of 2013 or Community College studentpreparing to transfer to a 4 year collegeMinimum 3.5 grade pointBased on financial need, potential for future personal achievementSubmit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay about yourself (200 words)

2. Lee McAllister Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 $1,000 non-renewableGraduate from Moline High School Class of 2013, plan to major ineducationMinimum 2.75 grade pointBased on financial need, potential for future personal achievement, abilities,school & community activities and strong academic recordSubmit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay (200 wordson “Why are you entering the field of education?”)

3. Moline High School Class of ’59 Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 Amount and number of awards determined annuallyGraduate from Moline High School Class of 2013Minimum 2.8 grade pointBased on service-oriented activity in place of worship, school, orcommunitySubmit: Transcript, brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) “What do youanticipate your life to be like in 50 years?”

4. Clement T. Hanson/Butterworth Center Arts Scholarship ** – Due Friday, March 1,2013 Three $1,500 four year scholarships renewable based on continued financial needand scholastic achievement (Total: $6,000) Two $2,000 four year scholarships renewable based on continued financial needand scholastic achievement (Total: $8,000) Must live within Moline School District No. 40 boundaries Graduate from Class of 2013 or Community College studentpreparing to transfer to 4 year universityMinimum 2.5 grade point Based on financial need, potential for future personal achievement,and personal interviewSubmit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay about yourself (200 words orless)

** Two scholarships share same application. Emphasize arts and music involvement ifyou wish to be considered for the Butterworth Center Arts Scholarship.

5. Dolores A. Hulse-DiIulio Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 $1,000 renewable (eligible to reapply annually and compete withincoming freshmen candidates and other previous scholarship recipients)Must be a female and graduate of Class of 2013 at Moline High SchoolMust intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis in thefields of chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-medicine.Must attend a public university or college located in IllinoisApplicant must be in upper one-fourth of classBased on desire to achieve, abilities, strong academic record, potential for futurepersonal achievement, and letters of referenceSubmit: Transcript, 3 letters of reference, brief essay (200 wordsor less) “Why are you entering your chosen field of study?”

6. Maggie Webb Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 Amount and number of awards to be determined annuallyMust be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2013Minimum 2.8 grade pointBased on community involvement (with at least one service orientedactivity in place of worship, school or community) and essaySubmit: Transcript, Essay (2-3 pages long, double spaced) “If you were to leavethis earth tomorrow, what would be your legacy?”

7. Lee Womack Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 Amount and number of awards to be determined annuallyMust be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2013 with plannedmajor in Education. Special preference will be given to applicants planning tomajor in Special EducationMinimum 3.0 grade pointBased on community involvement (with at least one service-orientedactivity in place of worship, school or community), and letterSubmit: Transcript, Letter (state why you want to obtain anEducation degree and your goals and how you feel this wouldbe an asset to you and the community), three letters of recommendation

8. Stan Woods Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 $1,000 scholarship annually non-renewableMust be graduating senior from Moline High School Class of 2013Minimum 3.0 grade pointBased on community involvement and leadership, academic achievement andessay (“Explain what you have done to make your community a better place tolive and give an example or one or more of specific projects that havebenefited from your involvement.”)Submit: Transcript, essay, and three letters of recommendation.

9. D.A.R.E. Scholarship – Due Friday, March 1, 2013 Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2013Must be graduating senior and living in the boundaries of MolineSchool District No. 40Applicant must be a former student of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education(D.A.R.E.) ProgramMinimum 3.0 grade pointBased on academic merit, good citizenship, attendance, active involvement inschool and community, and essay (300 words or less) “About good choicesyou have made in your life. Choose an activity you have been involved in anddescribe how it has impacted your life.”Submit: Transcript, essay, and three letters of recommendation

All application are online on the Moline Foundation website. Please check theMoline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily at (309)764-4193 if you have further questions.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation whichprovides grants to health, human services, education, community development, thearts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and thesurrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts forall citizens in a seven county region including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren,Henderson and McDonough in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.

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