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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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State To Dedicate $270 Million To Pre-School Education

Education experts say money for the youngest kids can pay off in the long run.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011

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Quinn Taps Chico To Head State Board Of Ed

Gov. Pat Quinn has tapped former mayoral candidate Gery Chico to head up the Illinois State Board of Education.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

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Quinn’s School Consolidation Plan Finding Little Support

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.”

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011

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State Board: More Funds Needed For Education

Illinois lawmakers are hearing pitches for more money for schools.

WBBM Newsradio–03/14/2011