Education programs get a boost

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The $4.6 billion FY08 operating budget includes $60 million in additional funding for some of the district’s core education programs. Here’s a preview:

Core instruction programs: $17 million

* High school transformation project … $8 million

* New elementary materials … $6 million

* Benchmark assessments (Learning First/DIBELS) … $2 million

* Science and library enhancements … $1 million

Professional development: $6 million

* Teacher induction … $2 million

* Saturday teacher training … $1.5 million

* Principal mentoring … $1.3 million

* Prep for National Board certification … $1.2 million

Other programs: $37 million

* Full-day kindergarten … $10 million

* Elementary after-school programs … $5 million

* Community schools … $5 million

* ACT/Prairie State prep … $3.5 million

* Post-secondary careers … $3 million

* Sports programs … $2.3 million

* Saturday academies … $1.5 million

* AVID college prep … $1.35 million

* Counselors (during summer school) … $1.35 million

* High school credit recovery … $1 million

* College Bridge courses at participating colleges … $1 million

* Freshman drop-out prevention … $1 million

* Additional high school support … $1 million