teachers

Pensions
5:03 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Pension Returns Up; Problems Remain

Credit Amanda Vinicky

Illinois' largest public pension fund hit a major low in 2012, its rate of return was less than one percent.  But an early analysis shows the last fiscal year was better than expected. The success isn’t expected to make much of a dent in Illinois’ nearly $100 billion dollar pension liability, however, which lawmakers thus far have failed to tackle.   

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Testing Teachers: New Performance Evaluations Implemented, State's Education Community Challenged

T-shirts are sold on the first day of the September 2012 teachers’ strike.
Credit Chicago Teachers Union

Three years ago, Gov. Pat Quinn was preparing to sign legislation that would tie teachers’ performance evaluations to the growth of their students. It was hailed as historic. Part of a national trend spurred by states’ desire to qualify for the Obama administration’s Race to the Top federal education grants.

The plan was to phase it in year by year, starting with Chicago in the fall of 2012, followed by the lowest performing schools across the state, with all schools in compliance by 2016.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Editor's Note: Teachers Must Feel Like Targets in a Shooting Gallery

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

 

 

They are overcompensated and underworked.

They siphon undeserved cash from state budgets, shortchanging essential needs such as human services or the health and safety of our citizens.

They are to blame for America’s difficulty in maintaining its superior economic position among the world’s nations.

They mostly fail in their primary job responsibility.

They are unable to cope effectively with the pressures brought on by normal societal changes.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat May 1, 2010

Empty Desks: Quinn Estimates 17,000 Teachers & Staff Will be Laid Off if Tax Increase Not Approved

Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

When Tom Bremer got word that he would not be back teaching art at Elgin High School next year, he was frustrated. He taught there four years and worked with other art teachers at the school to create a photography, cartooning and animation program that teaches students to use new technology as well as writing and art criticism.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue April 1, 2008

Editor's Note: A Teacher's Praise Can Shape a Student's Future

Dana Heupel
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

Our editorial offices are in a flat-roofed, one-story building tucked away on the far east side of the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. Though one colleague described it as a “temporary 30-year-old structure,” it serves our needs just fine.

It also houses various other university departments, such as human resources, the campus ethics office, a survey research unit, the international students program, services for the disabled and a counseling center.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2006

Ends and Means: Statehouse reporter uncovers need to re-evaluate teacher evaluations

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Close your eyes and envision your workplace — the office, the shop floor, wherever. Now mentally rate your co-workers. Are they all doing an OK job? Or is there someone who's not up to the task, whose performance is sub-par?

If your answer is no, everyone's work is at least satisfactory, perhaps you're a tenured Illinois public school teacher, a category in which almost no one does a poor job, if you believe the ratings prepared by administrators in the state's 876 local school districts.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu February 1, 2001

WANTED: TEACHERS - Major state seeks thousands of new educators/or urban and rural classrooms

Credit American Federation of Teachers

Kara Schlink says she can't remember wanting to do anything but teach. So it was natural to enter the teacher education program at Illinois State University in Normal, which is just a few miles north of Hudson, the small west central Illinois town where she was raised.

Last January, right after graduation, Schlink became a teacher - in San Antonio, Texas, where she says she was lured by better weather and a beginning teacher salary that topped Illinois' average by more than $3,000.

Read more
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu February 1, 2001

Better Teacher Training - Better Student Performance: Development should focus on training faculties

It was a teacher's dream. Ray Ulrich arrived last fall for his first day of class at Farragut school in Joliet to a classroom full of motivated students. But this wasn't a batch of fifth-graders. Instead, Ulrich, a teacher training specialist from the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science in Chicago, faced Farragut's own math and science teachers. His job was to help them improve the way they teach math to their elementary school pupils.

Read more