Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in February and March 2018.  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.

Editorial: Is scrapping PARCC test about helping kids
or making Illinois schools look better?
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, February 16

Column: How can I tell my son school is safe?
Alisha Berger Gorder, from the Hartford Courant, as published in the Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, February 22

Guest Commentary: Charter school needed
to close achievement gap in Unit 4
Nathaniel Banks, co-director of the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, Champaign News-Gazette, February 25

Editorial: Teachers need more training, not guns
Editorial Board, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, March 1

Berg: Your local school district might be asking for more money
Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute, Daily Souithtown, Chicago and suburbs, March 9

Editorial: Let's hear more on charter plan
Editorial Board, Champaign News-Gazette, March 11

Column: In a Florida poolside visit,
Chicago teens glimpse Parkland students’ lives,
and find gun violence in common
Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, March 8

Column: Youth groups seek to change
the way Chicago Public Schools address underage drinking
Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune, March 13

Disabato: Bob Stokas not just marking time
for the Loyola men's basketball team
Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, March 13

What referendum means for students and taxpayers
Eric Lawson, Bureau Valley CUSD 340 superintendent, Bureau County Republican, March 13

As It Is: 5 things about government openness
David Giuliani, Ottawa Times, March 16

Editorial: Is hoarding reserves violating spirit of tax cap law?
Editorial Board, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 23

Illinois’ next governor will have to deliver the goods
on education funding
MarySue Barrett, president of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Sun-Times, March 26

Editorial: Polling places at schools can be lesson in civics
Editorial Board, The Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 27

Our View: Hononegah fumbled superintendent search
The Editorial Board, Rockford Register-Star, March 28

Accountability for Illinois schools has changed,
hopefully adequate funding will follow
Carrie Hruby, superintendent of O'Fallon District 90, O’Fallon Progress, March 30