Illinois State Board Of Education
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.
Negotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers’ Council met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before coming to an agreement.
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.
Christopher Jorwic has autism. His family credits a Illinois State Board of Education program with helping him thrive. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.
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.
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.
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.
After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.
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.
Kristin Solis teaches first grade at Euclid Elementary School. Find out why she loves her job.
A skills shortage in Chicago is resulting in a high demand for teachers.
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.
The school districts in North Chicago and downstate East St. Louis are a step away from a state takeover.
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.
Programs that some would call “extras” could make a difference for Illinois’ young people.
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.
Education experts say money for the youngest kids can pay off in the long run.
Gov. Pat Quinn has tapped former mayoral candidate Gery Chico to head up the Illinois State Board of Education.
The ideas of saving state money by combining school districts and eliminating the regional offices of education seem to be on their way to the recycle bin, maybe in the section marked “Easier Said than Done.”
Illinois lawmakers are hearing pitches for more money for schools.