Thursday, June 2, 2016

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in May 2016. Comments and opinions of websites linked from this page do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

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Public Education Must Be Our New Frontier
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Huffington Post Education, May 4

Mego: This one idea could be solution to school funding woes
Bill Mego, Naperville Sun, May 5

Editorial: CPS is getting schooled by Springfield
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 6

Editorial: School funding system fundamentally unfair to many
Editorial Board, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, May 8



$44 million worth of property tax truth
The Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, May 8

Letters to the editor:
State to blame for school districts' borrowing
Mike Turay, member, Crete-Monee CUSD 201U Board of Education, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, May 9

Voice of The Southern: We, the students
Editorial Board, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, May 11

Slowik: No need for Southlanders to lose sleep
over state school funding reform
Ted Slowik, The Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, May 11

Student Poverty Isn't an Excuse; It's a Barrier
By Helen Ladd, Pedro Noguera, Paul Reville, and Joshua Starr, Co-Chairs the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, Education Week, May 11

Our View: Williamsville schools offer valuable lesson
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 12

Column: Low-income school districts caught in a statistical crossfire
Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune, May 12

OUR VIEW: Streator board must fight for local control
Editorial Board, The Ottawa Times/mywebtimes.com, May 13

Letters: Schools need funding stability while we seek equity
Rev. James Meeks, Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Sun-Times, May 15

Grimm: Pressure legislators to fund schools
Ralph Grimm, Superintendent, District 205 (Galesburg), The Register-Mail, Galesburg, May 15

Commentary: Change the school funding formula
— without a CPS bailout
Beth Purvis, Illinois Secretary of Education, Chicago Tribune, May 16

Commentary: Rauner's shameful agenda to strangle CPS
Howard Brookins Jr., Chairman of the Chicago City Council Education Committee, Chicago Tribune, May 18

Lessons for Mascoutah school taxpayers
The Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, May 20

Editorial: Illinois' broken school funding formula:
Will Madigan let lawmakers fix it?
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 20

Commentary: Better funding for better Illinois schools
James Gray, principal of Hamilton Elementary School, and Nate Pietrini, principal of Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, Chicago Tribune, May 23

Lester: Suburban schools left holding bag for college entrance exams
Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 23

Sen. Andy Manar: School funding reform deserves bipartisan support
State Senator Andy Manar, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 24

Guest view: Our area school districts need SB 231 for financial stability
Jim Greenwald, Superintendent, Granite City Community Unit District 9, Belleville News-Democrat, May 26

If nothing else, come to the rescue of Illinois public schools
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, May 26

Voice of The Southern: School’s out for summer (and fall?)
Editorial Board, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, May 27