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.
Rauner: State Takeover Of CPS "Very Likely"A day after the Illinois State Board of Education launched a financial probe of the Chicago Public Schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he believes state lawmakers eventually will give him power to take control of the Chicago school system.
State Board Of Education Launches Financial Probe Into Chicago Public SchoolsCPS has two weeks to turn over information about bonds, cash flow, payroll and contracts. That is according to a letter fired off today to the school system.
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.