Gov. JB Pritzker Again Warns Schools That Defy Mask Mandate Could Face State Sanctions; 'Am I Really Going To Do That? Yes'The governor’s school mask mandate covers students, teachers, and staff in preschool through 12th grade throughout the state, including both public and private schools.
Illinois State Board Of Education Backs Plan To Require In-Person Learning For Schools Next FallState Superintendent Carmen Ayala is expected to issue an enforceable declaration mandating in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year after the current school year ends.
Riverside Brookfield High School Switches From Hybrid Model To All Remote LearningRiverside Brookfield High School on Friday reversed course on its courses, deciding to switch to an all e-learning model to start the school year instead of a planned hybrid approach.
State Rep. LaShawn Ford Calls For End To History Teaching Until Marginalized Groups Are Better RepresentedAn Illinois state representative on Sunday called for the end of history classes in Illinois schools until “appropriate alternatives” are developed.
Hearing To Save Chicago Virtual Charter School Called Off At Last MinuteSupporters of a charter school that is set to close were ready to fight, but then the battle got canceled.
New Law Aimed At Addressing Illinois Teacher ShortageThe Illinois State Board of Education says there were more than 1,400 unfilled classroom positions at the start of the last school year.
As Measles Crisis Worsens, More Illinoisans Are Claiming Religious Objections To VaccinesStudents are required to get the measles vaccine — along with those for nine other preventable conditions — to attend school in Illinois. That ensures enough kids are immunized to prevent an outbreak. For highly contagious measles, experts say at least 95% of children at a school should be protected.
Nominations For Illinois Top Teacher, Education Boosters OpenThe Illinois State Board of Education is accepting nominations for key awards for top teachers and community members who aid schools.
State Seeks Partners For Summer Meals ProgramIn 2018 there were about 2,200 summer meal sites in Illinois.
Oak Park School District 97 Turns Down Gun MeasureSchool boards across Illinois are debating the same question--should teachers be armed in the classroom? The Oak Park Elementary School District 97 board on Tuesday night voted against a measure to pair teachers with guns, and other districts will take the same vote in the near future.
CPS Special Ed Taken Over by IllinoisThe state of Illinois has taken control of special education at Chicago Public Schools after concluding a 2016 overhaul by the nation's third-largest school system violated federal law.
Parents Call For Chicago Public Schools To Fix Special Education ProgramStudent advocates say special education in Chicago’s public schools is broken and needs to be fixed.
Judge To Rule April 28 On CPS Discrimination Lawsuit Against StateThe Chicago Board of Education and a group of CPS parents sued the state, seeking to declare its funding systems discriminatory and illegal.
Chicago Board Of Education Suing State Over Public School FundingNearly a year after threatening to sue the state of Illinois over its system for funding public schools, the Chicago Board of Education has announced plans to file a civil rights lawsuit.
Illinois Dropping Controversial PARCC Exam For High SchoolThe Illinois State Board of Education says it will no longer administer the Partnership for the Achievement of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test to high school students.