When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.
A solution to this mess will not be found in the proverbial robbing of Peter to pay Paul: Reneging on pension promises made to our civil servants -- retired teachers among their ranks -- is not an acceptable or sustainable way to fulfill our educational funding imperatives.
To combat the image of shriveled gubernatorial relevance, Quinn last week held a combative press conference the day after the legislature adjourned, criticizing a bill to dramatically expand Illinois gaming as "excessive."
I majored in economics -- a field that entails heaps of calculus -- but the state thinks I'm not qualified to teach math. This bizarre situation is a result of the Board of Ed's certification requirements.
Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.