Rauner, GOP Lawmakers Propose State Takeover Of Chicago Public SchoolsIllinois Republicans insisted they’re throwing the Chicago Public Schools a “lifeline” with legislation that would allow a state takeover of the schools, and allow the district to seek bankruptcy protection to restructure its massive debt.
Document: Rauner Plan Would Advance $450M To Chicago SchoolsGov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.
State School Board Says PARCC Exam Will Be Shorter Next YearIllinois State Board of Education spokesman Matt Vanover said the PARCC governing board has streamlined the Illinois exam, after analyzing feedback from parents and others.
Illinois Restores $97 Million Of School Funding CutsNearly 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.
As Schools Begin Issuing New PARCC Test, Some Parents Want Kids To Opt OutHundreds of thousands of students in Chicago and the suburbs began taking a controversial new standardized test on Monday, but some parents want their kids to opt out.
Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin AbuseTwo Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.
Opponents Of Standardized Test Say State Is Bullying School DistrictsThere is a new standardized test coming to Illinois schools on March 9, but some parents don't want their kids to take it. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
Lawmakers Debate Illinois' School Funding FormulaParents and teachers frustrated with Illinois' school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest.
Waukegan Teachers Approve ContractNegotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers’ Council met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before coming to an agreement.
Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform DebateNewly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.
Autism Activists Oppose State's Plan To Cut Classroom ProgramChristopher Jorwic has autism. His family credits a Illinois State Board of Education program with helping him thrive. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
State School Chief: $1B In Education Cuts Would Be 'Devastating'Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch had sought a $1 billion increase in his department’s budget for next year. Instead, lawmakers have recommended a $1 billion decrease as part of a preliminary budget blueprint.