Thursday, November 2, 2017

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in September and October 2017.  The views and opinions of authors expressed below do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The appearance of external links does not constitute endorsement by the Illinois Association of School Boards of the linked web sites. All links are provided with the intent of informing readership of issues relating to public education in Illinois.

Spotlight: The last hostages: Our children
Rich Root, member of the Pekin Elementary District 108 Board of Education, Peoria Journal-Star, September 1

Chance the Rapper's best idea yet: Twilight Awards honoring educators
Heidi Stevens, columnist, Chicago Tribune, September 7

Suburbs could lose $100M in business taxes to state
Jake Griffin, columnist, Daily Herald, Chicago and suburbs, September 13

Wanted: Citizens with commitment
Editorial Board, Champaign News-Gazette, October 1



Given a choice, who picks a failing school for their child?
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, October 7

Parents' Rebellion Against Drug Testing High School Athletes
Evidence Of Policy's Failure
Bob Cook, contributor, Forbes, October 7

High tax cost for so-so academics argues for school consolidation
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, October 14

Maybe needy kids’ educations don’t count
as much as we’d like to believe
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, October 17

MITCHELL: Punishment over social media raises question of fairness
Mary Mitchell, columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, October 18

EDITORIAL: Teach children how to wisely consume digital news
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, October 20

EDITORIAL: Where Chicago Public Schools went wrong
on special education
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, October 20

Maybe ‘carrots,’ not just ‘sticks’ could help boost PHS attendance
Editorial Board, Bureau County Republican, October 20

Editorial: Lincoln-Way schools owe residents
answers, greater transparency
Editorial Board, The Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, October 21

Charged with “stealing school”:
Here’s one way the U.S. enforces educational segregation
Noliwe Rooks, Salon, October 22

Editorial: When fear cancels football games
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, October 23

Editorial: As CPS schools empty:
Mayor Emanuel, don't let this crisis go to waste
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, October 24

The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem
Suzanne Bouffard, Columnist, New York Times, October 24

Illinois Issues: Is The State Budget Balanced?
Charles N. Wheeler III, Illinois Issues, WUIS-NPR Illinois, October 25

Editorial: What’s in a name? On a school, maybe more than we think
Editorial Board, Peoria Journal-Star, October 27

Editorial: An honor well deserved
Editorial Board, Danville Commercial News, October 29

Merge colleges, update majors to stop students from fleeing Illinois
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, October 30

Guest Column: Teaching cursive writing should be a district decision
Darren J. Root, Superintendent, Auburn CUSD 10, State Journal-Register, October 31

Our View: Fixing test scores must go beyond school walls
Editorial Board, Rockford Register-Star, October 31