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Illinois School Funding

How Much Education Funding Comes From The Illinois Lottery?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.28.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Lottery proceeds to the state's main education fund increased by roughly $13 million last fiscal year, according to an analysis of unaudited monthly f...

12 Key Issues to Watch as Illinois General Assembly's Spring Session Nears End

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the Illinois General Assembly's spring session nearing its traditional May 31 end, this is a good time for a check on what happened, what didn't ...

How Did Your Senator Vote On The School Funding Reform Bill?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a major overhaul of the formula by which Illinois school funding is distributed to local school districts. For ...

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

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.05.2017 | 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...

New Millionaire Tax Proposed In Illinois

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

(Adds comment from Rauner campaign) CHICAGO, March 20 (Reuters) - Illinois' powerful speaker of the House of Representative on Thursda...

Another Hazing Incident Involving Same Coach Reported At Maine West High School

Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

The same Maine West High School coach accused of sanctioning the sexual assault of a 14-year-old soccer player in a hazing ritual this year also coach...

Suburban School Board President: Stop Paying Taxes To 'Deadbeat' State

Naperville Sun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Calling the state a "deadbeat entity," the president of the Indian Prairie School Board is proposing the district not send the state the money it with...

School Budget Crisis: Illinois Loses Much-Needed 'Race To The Top' Funds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The already grim Illinois public education budget got even bleaker Monday, with the announcement that a desperately-needed infusion of federal cash is...

Schools In Trouble: Layoffs Could Top 20,000 In State School Districts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Larger class sizes. Fewer sports and arts programs. No more special treatment for gifted, special-ed and ESL students. These are some of the many har...

Illinois Schools Could Turn To Four-Day Week To Save Money

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a desperate attempt to cut costs, some Illinois schools may only keep their doors open four days a week next year. The State House voted overwhelm...

Quinn's New Budget Proposals Include Nearly $1 Billion In School Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his gathering attempt to address the Illinois budget crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed roughly $2 billion in cuts, including nearly $1 billion in...

Recovery in Sight? Not for Schools

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

With staggering unemployment in low income and minority communities, trouble expanding access to health care, and school funding likely to be lousy for years to come, it's a tough time to be an urban kid in America.

School Funding Discrimination Lawsuit Advances

Catalyst Chicago | John Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Education advocates are savoring their first victory in a legal case challenging Illinois' school funding system and say the win comes at a critical j...

Meeks Leads 1,500 In School Funding Protest At Wrigley

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The rev. and state Sen. James Meeks led nearly 1,500 protesters outside Wrigley Field Tuesday night in a bid to draw national attention to his ongoing...

Meeks Scaling Back Cubs Playoff Protest

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hundreds of people will gather around Wrigley Field during Wednesday's playoff game to protest school funding inequities, but they will not ring the s...

Meeks Taking School Protest To Wrigley

Chicago Sun-Times | Rosalind Rossi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Six thousand protesters, wearing bright orange T-shirts, could ring Wrigley Field during the first Chicago Cubs playoff game, under a plan by state Se...

Duncan Urges Income Tax Hike For Schools

Chi Town Daily News | Paul D. Bowker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan told state legislators yesterday that a "modest income tax hike" should be considered so that school funding ...

Don't Believe School Funding is a Problem? Read This.

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

The data is shocking: If the students who enrolled in kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools in 1994 had, instead, enrolled in top-spending Lake Forest-Libertyville schools, they would have reaped the benefit of an extra $36 billion-worth of education by the time they graduated.

Summary of the Proposed Lease of the State Lottery

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

I have had a number of inquiries about the details of the proposal to lease the State Lottery, so here we go with an explanation of SB2595, the version of the lottery lease proposal passed by the House.

Meeks Meeting With Blagojevich

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

State Sen. James Meeks is scheduled to meet with Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday to discuss school funding, but don't expect a policy breakthrough from...

What Boycott? CPS Claims Record Attendance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials claimed first-day attendance was record high, despite the two day boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks....

Tinkering Around the Edges Not Enough For Failing Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

While media eyes have been focused on Meeks' school boycott, another plan from the legislator/mega-church pastor has gotten little publicity: His proposal to allow kids to enroll in any school in the state, without paying tuition.

Meeks, Black Children and a New Trier Education

Dan Johnson-Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Johnson-Weinberger

Don't tell me that we can't find a way to provide the children of Sen. Meeks' community with the resources and accountability and culture of academic achievement that we already provide the children of Winnetka.

The School Funding Gap

Chicago Reporter | Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Alden K. Loury and Matthew Hendrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new Chicago Reporter analysis of school funding data shows the long-term disparities in school funding as area civil rights leaders filed a lawsuit ...