Monday, September 3, 2018

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in July and August 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.

Opinion: School-funding formula change is proof
of meaningful reform
Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and president of the River Forest SD 90 Board of Education, The News-Gazette, Champaign, July 1

EDITORIAL: Literacy for all children is a fundamental right
in a democracy
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, July 6

Opinion: Effort to consolidate local governments
is finally making headway
Madeleine Doubek, vice president of policy for the Better Government Association, Chicago Sun-Times, July 9



Editorial: The awkward obligation:
When you suspect a student is dangerous
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, July 17

Column: Lawmakers found more money for schools this year,
but what about down the road?
Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-Times, July 17

Editorial: If you can’t go 5 months without work,don’t expect it of a military spouse
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, July 20

OUR VIEW: New resource officers should serve communities well
Editorial Board, Ottawa Times, July 22

EDITORIAL: Equity in school improvement spending is a must for CPS
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, July 22

Which is rarer: Unicorn or black male elementary teacher?
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, July 27

Editorial: The end of Camelot at CPS
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, July 31

Reeder: Unfunded mandates flow both ways
Scott Reeder, Alton Telegraph, August 2

Our view: Supply purchases one way to support schools
Editorial Board, Decatur Herald and Review, August 4

High property taxes pay public pensions, with little public service
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, August 6

Constable: Why suburban schools back immigration safe zones
Burt Constable, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 9

Our View: Embrace the potential that comes with a new school year
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 11

Spotlight: Does Constitution protect Bible distribution near a school?
Lea Patterson and Chris Freund, First Liberty Institute, Peoria Journal-Star, August 13

Opinion: New report on Illinois school readiness is a crisis call 
Geoffrey A. Nagle, Crain’s Chicago Business, August 13

Voice of The Southern: The enemy?
A free press is a big part of democracy
Editorial Board, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, August 16

Our View: Please stop for the school bus
Editorial Board, Rockford Register-Star, August 18

Other View: Kindergarten study a good starting point
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 18

Our View: Start thinking now about ways
to improve the Illinois State Fair
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 18

Commentary: CPS students deserve free transportation every school day
Gina Caneva, teacher-librarian, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago Tribune, August 20

Editorial:  Safeguarding students after the CPS sexual abuse scandal
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, August 22

EDITORIAL: Equity in school improvement spending is a must for CPS
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, August 22

EDITORIAL: A necessary new wall goes up between teachers and kids
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, August 23

Editorial: Remember, it's a game
Editorial Board, Danville Commercial-News, August 24

Editorial: Do your part to keep our schoolchildren safe
Editorial Board, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, August 28

EDITORIAL: Please CPS, solve the puzzle of school closings
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, August 29

Opinion | Brett Rowland: No need for state to set minimum salary
for Illinois teachers
Brett Rowland, news editor of Illinois News Network, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, August 31

Commentary: A better way to keep Illinois college students in the state
Eric Jensen, president of Illinois Wesleyan University, Chicago Tribune, August 31

How high will CPS’ graduation rate go?
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, August 30

EDITORIAL: Let’s celebrate that Chicago’s schools are doing better,
with caveats
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, August 30