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Illinois Restores $97 Million Of School Funding Cuts

Nearly 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.

04/17/2015

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As Schools Begin Issuing New PARCC Test, Some Parents Want Kids To Opt Out

Hundreds 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.

03/09/2015

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Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin Abuse

Two 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.

03/02/2015

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Opponents Of Standardized Test Say State Is Bullying School Districts

There 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.

02/26/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Illinois’ School Funding Formula

Parents 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.

11/19/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Approve Contract

Negotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers’ Council met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before coming to an agreement.

10/30/2014

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Illinois School Funding Data Fuel Reform Debate

Newly 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.

05/08/2014

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Autism Activists Oppose State’s Plan To Cut Classroom Program

Christopher Jorwic has autism. His family credits a Illinois State Board of Education program with helping him thrive. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

03/27/2014

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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.

03/13/2014

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School Report Card: Payton Scores First Statewide; Hinsdale Central Tops Suburbs

Payton unseated Northside College Prep from the top spot it has held for 12 years. Payton had been No. 2 and No. 3 in previous years.

10/31/2013

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State Board Of Education Could Lift Cap On Class Size For Special Ed

State law currently caps the number of special needs kids in classes catered to them (varies depending on disability), as well as requiring no more than 30 percent special ed students in general classes.

09/17/2013

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Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.

07/04/2013

People assess the damage after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Illinois Requires Annual Severe Weather Drills At Schools

In case you’re wondering, after seeing the devastation in Oklahoma this week, Illinois schools are required by the State Board of Education to conduct severe weather drills once a year.

WBBM Newsradio–05/21/2013

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Profiled: An Elementary School Teacher In Chicago

Kristin Solis teaches first grade at Euclid Elementary School. Find out why she loves her job.

03/04/2013

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Vacancies For Qualified Teachers In Chicago On The Rise

A skills shortage in Chicago is resulting in a high demand for teachers.

02/04/2013

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Quinn: State To Review School Security Plans In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

The deadly school shooting spree last week in Connecticut prompted Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to push for a review of school safety measures in the state.

12/18/2012

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State May Take Over School Districts In North Chicago, East St. Louis

The school districts in North Chicago and downstate East St. Louis are a step away from a state takeover.

WBBM Newsradio–06/21/2012

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State Board Of Ed Weighs Cutting Bus Service Requirement

Local school districts could find themselves further strapped for dollars if the state Board of Education goes ahead and changes the rules on busing students.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2012

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State Awards Nearly $900,000 For School Arts Programs

Programs that some would call “extras” could make a difference for Illinois’ young people.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Deer Path Middle School principal John Steinert pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge in 2009. (Credit: Gurnee Police)

State Board To Probe Investigation Of Sexting Principal

The Illinois State Board of Education wants documents and other information from Lake Forest School District 67 to look into the district’s handling of the investigation of Deer Path Middle School principal John Steinert.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2011

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