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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



On Eve of Obama Visit, Loebsack Urges Action on Bill to Prevent Doubling of Student Loan Rates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:42

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today urged the House Republican leadership to swiftly bring up and pass legislation that will prevent student loan interest rates from doubling, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, on July 1st.  Loebsack is a cosponsor of H.R. 3826, which would ensure the increase does not occur.  If the increase were to go into effect, the average student borrower would have to pay an additional $1000.  Loebsack is a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, which has jurisdiction over this legislation.

“With tuition rising rapidly and far too many Iowans struggling to make ends meet, middle-class families are finding it more and more difficult to pay for college. I strongly believe that every student deserves the opportunity to attend college if they wish to pursue higher education,” wrote Loebsack.  “I grew up in poverty, and I would not have had the opportunity to attend college without financial assistance. It is extremely important that we work to address student loan interest rates because without Congressional action, 7 million low- and middle-income families will be subject to a $6 billion interest rate hike.”

As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Loebsack has championed numerous pieces of legislation to increase access to higher education, including:

  • College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) Loebsack helped craft and pass this legislation, which makes college more affordable and accessible for all Iowans by increasing the maximum Pell Grant scholarship and expanding eligibility;
  • Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, H.R. 3221 Loebsack was a cosponsor of this bill, which will save American taxpayers $61 billion by making the student loan process more efficient.  The bill further expanded the maximum Pell Grant available from $5,550 in 2010 to $5,975 in 2017, granting Iowa students more than $291 million for higher education. This bill was the largest single investment in student aid in America’s history, and will make college more accessible, transform the way student loan programs operate and strengthens community colleges.

A copy of the letter Loebsack sent to the House Speaker and the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee can be seen here.


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