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April 16, 2015

Former Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith Picked as New Illinois Chief

Tony Smith previously worked as Oakland superintendent from 2009 to 2013, and then went to work for a Chicago-area nonprofit working on early childhood issues.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

February 02, 2015

Funding Shortages For Early Education In Illinois, Missouri

Discrepancies between the amounts budgeted for early education and the funds that are actually available mean Illinois and Missouri are both working with less funding in 2015 then they had planned on.

January 13, 2015

Ill. Pulls the Rug Out With New ESL-Endorsement Requirement for Teachers

A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.

November 21, 2014

Illinois Pension-Overhaul Struck Down by Judge, Heads to State Supreme Court

A county Circuit Court judge ruled that the legislation signed last year by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn changing the pension system violates the state constitution.

October 27, 2014

Election 2014 Caravan of Delights: Illinois Gubernatorial Race

Among those seeking a repeat of what happened in Wisconsin in 2010, some have looked at Illinois and recast GOP challenger and investment executive Bruce Rauner in Walker's role.

August 28, 2014

Illinois to Spend $10 Million to Expand Chicago's Safe Passage Program

The program helps protect children from traffic and gang activity on their walks to school.

July 09, 2014

Illinois Moves Towards Significant Shift in How Schools are Funded

The Land of Lincoln wants to change its funding formula to help more students in need, but does the new plan actually come with more money?

June 02, 2014

State K-12 Accountability Report: 'To What End Are Schools Being Graded?'

What makes for robust school accountability systems from states, and where do parents and researchers differ about which states do the best job with those reports?

April 14, 2014

In Illinois, a Challenge Recruiting Rural Students for State's Flagship University

The Univ. of Illinois is struggling to recruit rural students who are already less likely to attend college.

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