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Illinois State Board of Education

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

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.

Quinn's lawmaker salary veto: Playing with fire?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SALARY VETO AS STRATEGY This week Illinois lawmakers will miss their first monthly paycheck after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries after their fai...

In Illinois, 'Squeezing' Retirees Is Also Shortchanging Its Youth

Sylvia Puente | Posted 04.06.2013 | Chicago
Sylvia Puente

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.

Will Guzzardi

Gery Chico's Ties To Tainted Charity Delay Appointment | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

Questions raised by state legislators about former Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico's connections to a scandal-plagued and now-defunct charity hav...

Will Guzzardi

Defeated Mayoral Candidate Named Chair Of State Board Of Ed | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago

The second-place candidate in Chicago's mayoral race wasn't deterred from public service by losing an election. In fact, he's moved up to state-level ...

Is Pat Quinn Challenging Rahm Emanuel to Regain Political Relevance?

David Ormsby | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

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."

Will Illinois Education 'Race to the Top'? There's Hope on the Horizon

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

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.

Education in Chicago: Chicago Public Schools Have Improved? Baloney!

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

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.

Illinois School Test Scores Released: Elementary Schools Gain, High Schools Struggle

Chicago Public Radio | Linda Lutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois State Board of Education is releasing test score results for individual schools today. Overall, the state's elementary schools are bring...