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Illinois Education Reform

Smacking Down the Opposition: edTPA Advocacy in Illinois

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

The Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is the new set of evaluations of teacher candidates that is spreading across the country. Packag...

Class Act: Ending Illinois Legislative Scholarships

Emily J. Miller | Posted 03.24.2012 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

It's time to face the facts: The legislative award program, which allows every lawmaker to grant two scholarships a year, is beyond reform and should be eliminated.

Half Of Illinois Public High School Students Failed Important Exam

Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

Nearly half of all Illinois public school students failed the annual 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam, the worst statewide performance record...

Will Guzzardi

WATCH: A Frank Talk About School Reform Politicking Draws Ire | Will Guzzardi | Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

Jonah Edelman, the founder of the influential and cash-heavy education advocacy group Stand for Children, has issued an apology after a video surfaced...

Joy Resmovits

How It Feels To Be A Teacher In Wisconsin On June 27 | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education

Margarette Allen was never ashamed to be a teacher. She still isn't -- for the most part. "I'm proud of what I do," the Manitowoc, Wis., high scho...

New Illinois Law: Education Reform or Mere Distraction?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

From the way Illinois politicians have been preening the past couple of days, you'd think they had cured cancer. Nope, it's what they and the media have been relentlessly calling a "historic" new education reform law.

Illinois Senate Passes Sprawling Education Reform Bill

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A sprawling education-reform package that could lengthen the school year in Chicago, give school districts new powers to oust poorly pe...