Illinois State Board of Education http://wuis.org en State Pays Schools On Time http://wuis.org/post/state-pays-schools-time <p>Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials dated July 1.&nbsp; But Koch warned them not to bank on the same thing<br />happening next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office says timely payments for specialized grants and programs in 2014 are due to an influx of $1.3 billion in revenues the<br />state hadn't originally budgeted for. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:45:33 +0000 Associated Press 28918 at http://wuis.org State Pays Schools On Time Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts http://wuis.org/post/analysis-shows-school-funding-plan-would-benefit-downstate-districts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Downstate schools would be the primary winners under a proposed school funding overhaul before the General Assembly. A report from Illinois' board of education could lead to a regional divide when it comes up for a vote.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' public school system relies heavily on property taxes, often meaning the quality of a student's education will depend on his or her zip code.</span></p><p>But a proposal in the General Assembly would completely change the state's complicated funding formula.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 04:05:01 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24650 at http://wuis.org Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://wuis.org/post/illinois-finally-gets-no-child-left-behind-waiver <p>After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Brian Mackey reports on what this means for schools in Illinois.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The short answer is not much.</p><p>Illinois has already been moving beyond the No Child Left Behind law for some time, even as it waited for permission from the federal government.</p><p>Matt Vanover, a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Education, says there were problems with No Child Left Behind.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:08 +0000 Brian Mackey 23320 at http://wuis.org Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Schools Consider New Test Fee Amid Budget Worries http://wuis.org/post/schools-consider-new-test-fee-amid-budget-worries <p>State education officials are considering retaining a<br />traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the students' families.<br />&nbsp;<br />The move is one cost-cutting possibility after Illinois schools have seen close to $1 billion in cuts since 2009. Educators warn of more drastic cuts if<br />lawmakers decide not to extend a temporary income tax hike set to expire at the end of 2014.<br />&nbsp;<br />State board officials estimate it will cost $14 million for all high school Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:50:07 +0000 Associated Press 22326 at http://wuis.org Schools Consider New Test Fee Amid Budget Worries Quinn's Proposed Bump In Education Funding Not Immediate http://wuis.org/post/quinns-proposed-bump-education-funding-not-immediate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat Quinn is selling his budget plan — with its extension of Illinois' income tax increase — as a way to better fund schools. But that boost doesn't come right away.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During his budget address, Gov. Quinn introduced big plans for education: modernizing classrooms. A "birth to five" early learning intiative. And more money for elementary and high schools.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:39:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21996 at http://wuis.org Quinn's Proposed Bump In Education Funding Not Immediate Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? Illinois High School Grads AP Test Scores Above Average http://wuis.org/post/illinois-high-school-grads-ap-test-scores-above-average <p>A new report has found that Illinois high school graduates are slightly above the national average for Advanced Placement exam scores. &nbsp;</p><p>According to a Advanced Placement Program report released Tuesday, 21 percent of 2013 graduates received an AP exam score high enough for college credit. The national average is 20 percent. Scores of three or more out of five are generally eligible for college credit. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:10:00 +0000 Associated Press 18789 at http://wuis.org Illinois High School Grads AP Test Scores Above Average Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/manar-public-school-funding-needs-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois schools have seen state funding cut again and again in recent years. A Democratic lawmaker wants to change how that money is distributed. But it remains to be whether they can get more money in the system.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Bunker Hill) says inequality is basically guaranteed by Illinois' complicated education funding laws. That's because it's based on property taxes, so schools in impoverished areas can struggle to get by.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:21:15 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18371 at http://wuis.org Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul State Changes Map Of Regional Offices Of Education http://wuis.org/post/state-changes-map-regional-offices-education <p>The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the Legislature. &nbsp;</p><p>The board voted Friday after hearing from regional superintendents who objected to the way the map would consolidate their offices. &nbsp;</p><p>A new state law required the board to cut the number of regions from 44 to 35. New regional superintendents will be elected next year to lead the new offices. &nbsp;<br />Sangamon County regional superintendent Jeff Vose was among the school leaders who spoke Friday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Associated Press 13606 at http://wuis.org State Changes Map Of Regional Offices Of Education Grade Deflation On School Report Cards http://wuis.org/post/grade-deflation-school-report-cards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois schools and school districts get report cards Thursday. Many will appear to have suffered a significant drop in student achievement. But state officials say that’s just because they’ve changed how students are evaluated.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 12027 at http://wuis.org Grade Deflation On School Report Cards ISBE Warns Of School Funding Cuts http://wuis.org/post/isbe-warns-school-funding-cuts <p>School administrators in Illinois are being warned to prepare for even less state funding for the next fiscal year. &nbsp;<br />The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/16g1Hjd ) the Illinois State Board of Education is telling school districts to prepare to receive about 85 percent of the normal general state aid payments. &nbsp;<br />This year, the qualifying districts are getting 89 percent of the money. &nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:24:54 +0000 Associated Press 11200 at http://wuis.org ISBE Warns Of School Funding Cuts Testing Teachers Causes Unexpected Racial Division http://wuis.org/post/testing-teachers-causes-unexpected-racial-division <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:19:00 +0000 Odette Yousef 9358 at http://wuis.org Testing Teachers Causes Unexpected Racial Division Illinois' Education Funding Under Review http://wuis.org/post/illinois-education-funding-under-review <p>Illinois ranks 50th among the states in the share of education funding that comes from state government. The formula used to distribute that money dates back to the '90s.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday afternoon, a <a href="http://ilga.gov/senate/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1511">group of state senators</a> began working on an update.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:24:04 +0000 Brian Mackey 7549 at http://wuis.org Illinois' Education Funding Under Review Schools Feed Kids Over Summer Months — For Free http://wuis.org/post/schools-feed-kids-over-summer-months-free <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">District 186 students might be on break, but many are still showing up at schools. </span><a href="http://www.sps186.org/downloads/blurbs/27125/2013%20Summer%20Food%20Program.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">Six different schools</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> offer free meals to students during the summer months. In this story we take you to Butler Elementary, where lunch is being served:</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 5836 at http://wuis.org Schools Feed Kids Over Summer Months — For Free Advocates For Disabled Fight Special Ed Rule Change Proposals http://wuis.org/post/advocates-disabled-fight-special-ed-rule-change-proposals <p>The State of Illinois caps the number of high needs learners who share the attention of a single special education teacher.</p><p>For the past decade, there has also been a limit on how many children with disabilities can be placed in what are known as “general education” public school classrooms.</p><p>But those rules could soon be repealed.</p><p>The mother of a young man with autism has joined advocates for the disabled who say the proposed change has to do more with cost-savings than with properly educating kids.</p><p></p><p><em>FARNSWORTH: “My name is George Farnsworth.”</em></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:00:44 +0000 Peter Gray 2784 at http://wuis.org Advocates For Disabled Fight Special Ed Rule Change Proposals