Charter schools http://wuis.org en Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL http://wuis.org/post/legislation-would-make-charter-schools-follow-state-law-special-ed-ell <p>The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make charter schools follow state laws for special education. But some lawmakers see this as the latest attack on charter schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charter schools already have to follow federal laws on special education and for students who are just learning English. But according to the Illinois State Board of Education, a "handful" say they were exempt from stricter state requirements.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 26654 at http://wuis.org Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL Harvard Professor: Investments In Teaching, Early Childhood Translate To Student Success http://wuis.org/post/harvard-professor-investments-teaching-early-childhood-translate-student-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Education is among the top issues being debated this spring, as lawmakers consider changing the way schools are funded in Illinois. Republicans and Democrats alike agree that something must be done as the state moves into the future.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:58:17 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24014 at http://wuis.org Harvard Professor: Investments In Teaching, Early Childhood Translate To Student Success Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-18-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the legislature works to bring the proposed Barack Obama presidential library and museum to Chicago, more information on corruption charges leveled against lawmaker Derrick Smith, and the debate over charter schools currently taking place at the Statehouse.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:05 +0000 Bob Meyer 23287 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014 Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? http://wuis.org/post/charter-schools-what-does-future-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Supporters say they allow schools to teach kids free of burdensome regulations.&nbsp; Opponents say they take money away from traditional schools.&nbsp; In Illinois this year, those views are colliding.&nbsp; In the final installment of our series, we find out</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the fight at the statehouse and what it might mean for charters:</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:57:49 +0000 Rachel Otwell 22798 at http://wuis.org Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? Chapa LaVia's Perceived Slight Overshadows Charter Debate http://wuis.org/post/chapa-lavias-perceived-slight-overshadows-charter-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An Illinois lawmaker is apologizing for a racially charged remark she made Wednesday during a debate on charter schools.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Linda </span>Chapa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>LaVia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Aurora) was closing a long debate over charter schools. But just as she argued minority students sometimes get blocked from charters, she seemed to get frustrated with the noise in the chamber, and turned to address her fellow Democrats.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:15 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22686 at http://wuis.org Chapa LaVia's Perceived Slight Overshadows Charter Debate Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding http://wuis.org/post/governor-suspends-charter-school-groups-funding <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has again suspended state funding to the United Neighborhood Organization, the state's biggest charter-school operator. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spokeswoman Sandra M. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 is being withheld. &nbsp;<br />Quinn previously suspended funding for UNO in April, after reports the organization gave $8.5 million of business to companies owned by the brothers of then UNO executive Miquel d'Escoto. &nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:28:00 +0000 Associated Press 11201 at http://wuis.org Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding