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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 82
POLICY CODE: IL/IHAJ
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: February 17, 2004
RE: Follow-up on Information Requests from MSSA Critical Issues Forum
A number of questions arose during the presentations and follow-up conversations at last Thursday's event. I have asked DOE staff to collect several documents that address the questions. You may access the documents in PDF format at the links below. They include: the response from USDOE to Utah's request for clarification on implications of opting to not accept NCLB funds; a CCSSO analysis of the USDOE response; a clarification of the Title I funding implications if the census model USDOE proposes to use is in fact employed next year; and the Commissioner's statement to the Education Committee on Senator Brennan's bill on NCLB
(LD 1716), and a set of talking points on the high school laptop proposal.
I wish to thank all of you who attended for the spirited and informative dialogue during the day. I am also grateful to the leadership and staff from MSSA who did such a splendid job with organizing the day. You can imagine, I trust, how grateful I am for your support and enthusiasm for the MLTI high school proposal. I will be updating the Education Committee soon on the Revolving Renovation Fund status to respond to their concerns about the availability of funds to support existing requests. As I stated on Thursday, I ask that you contact your legislators to express your support for this approach in year 1 and the plan I shared with you for the remaining years. Your voices are among the most important for them to hear at this juncture!