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Chicago Teachers Want Their Governor To Know That They Definitely Know How To Read

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

Chicago teachers are most definitely not illiterate, and they want their governor to know it. Emails released this week by The Chicago Tribune reveal ...

Top 20 Best-Run Public High Schools in Illinois, Ranked by Niche

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.13.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and its own parent/student surveys, Niche.com has released its updated ranking of the nat...

Top 25 Illinois School Districts That Spent the Most and Least Per Student in 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.09.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With the latest school funding reform effort coming to a halt, we took a look at fiscal year 2015 data to get a sense of how much is spent on Illinois...

75 Illinois High Schools Among Nation's Most Challenging

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Seventy-five high schools in Illinois rank among the nation's most challenging, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Post's annual rankin...

Confusion for Students, Counselors as MAP Grants in Limbo for Second Straight Year

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget imp...

Top 25 Highest, Lowest Paid School Superintendents in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.16.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education recently released 2014-15 salary information for more than 198,000 public school teachers and administrators in ...

A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois schools have hit a big rough patch this year, what with Chicago Public Schools' huge budget gap, continuing funding disparities throughout th...

Why Illinois' Teacher Shortage Is No Mystery

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I still believe that journalism is a worthy academic and career pursuit. But it can't be denied that the newspaper industry's well-publicized struggles in recent years have made journalism a far less enticing career choice than when I chose it in the mid-'80s.

Top 25 Illinois Public High Schools, as Ranked by Niche

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.09.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As part of its newly released 2016 school rankings, the education ranking and review website Niche ranked the best public high schools in Illinois. W...

Niche Ranks the Best Public School Districts In Illinois For 2016

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.04.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A total of 100 Illinois school districts were ranked by Niche, with each receiving individual grades for its academics, health and safety, teachers, resources and facilities, and extracurricular activities, among other factors.

16 Illinois Schools Bestowed 'Blue Ribbon' Award in 2015

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Department's Blue Ribbon Schools program awards public and private elementary, middle and high schools for academic excellence and improvement in closing the gap between privileged and underprivileged students.

Top 25 School Districts in Illinois with Highest Projected Deficit, Surplus Spending

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With fewer state dollars being appropriated for K-12 education funding, deficit spending by Illinois school districts has risen sharply in recent year...

What You Should Know About the New Illinois Public Schools Data

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Another round of new public school data has been released as part of the annual Illinois Report Card, including student and teacher demographics, ACT ...

Could You Have Handled an 8-5 Schedule When You Were in High School?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past four years, students in the first graduating class of Southland College Prep Charter High School spent five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. preparing for the next phase of their lives.

WATCH: This Whopping Bill Is For A Public School Education

Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents

Most people assume that children who attend public school in America do so on the government's dime. But that's not necessarily the case, as one paren...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Lessons Learned from Launching a Proven Educational Model in a City That Needs It: Citizen Schools Illinois

Bryce Bowman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Bryce Bowman

Launching a new organization is never easy and there are many moving parts. In urban education, there are a lot of complex moving parts. Here are my greatest takeaways from the last nine months with Citizens Schools.

Corporations Taking a Stand for Public Education

Jamal Cornelious | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Jamal Cornelious

Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. We are promoting student achievement, transforming schools and re-imagining education in America.

In Chicago, Imagining a Different Ending

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The good news is that the rest of us can learn something from the mistakes both sides in this particular melodrama have made.

Does Preschool Help Prevent Crime?

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois law enforcement leaders joined forces last week to speak out against cuts to state preschool funding, claiming cutting early educa...

Broke State Could Soon Charge For School Bus Rides

Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago

As school districts statewide complain about the mounting costs of transporting their students, the Illinois State Board of Education could soon allow...

State RUNS OUT Of Financial Aid For College Students

Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

College-bound Illinois students seeking financial aid to offset their tuition costs will be turned away if their application was received after March ...

Relatives Of Lobbyists, Campaign Donors Got Lawmakers' Help To Enter U. Of I.

Chicago Tribune | Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune Reporters | Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union l...

As Some Schools Plunge Into Technology, Poor Schools Are Left Behind

| Nick Pandolfo | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. CHICAGO -- On a recent Friday morning, 15-year-old Jerod Franklin stared at his hands as h...

Four In Five Illinois Community College Students Don't Graduate On Time

Posted 01.19.2012 | Chicago

Illinois community colleges enroll almost a million students annually, but four out of five students fail to earn their degrees on time, according to ...