Leading News Archives August 2017

August 31, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Governor Bruce Rauner visited schools yesterday, ahead of today’s scheduled signing of the school funding reform plan that was approved by the legislature earlier this week. Meanwhile, school districts contemplate lunch charges, and what to do when a student’s account lacks funds. The observation-based KIDS tool is designed to measure kindergarten readiness and progress. Finally in the news, Quincy SD 172 has a plan aimed at reducing truancy.


Rauner visits schools to celebrate funding compromise
Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal-Register, August 30

Chicagoans face another big property-tax hit in new school deal
Lauren FitzPatrick, Fran Spielman, Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, August 30

If there's no money in the lunch account, will your student still eat?
Brett Herrmann, LaSalle News Tribune, August 25, 2017

Suburban schools begin measuring kindergarten readiness
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 30

New QPS initiative aims to get, and keep, kids in school
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, August 26

August 30, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Senate on Tuesday passed the school funding reform bill approved by the House on Monday; the bill goes to Governor Bruce Rauner. Meanwhile, CPS and downstate school officials discuss the details. Finally in the news, Texas school districts face the start of the school year with 160 districts closed due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

School funding reform, with private school scholarships,
Joseph Bustos and Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, August 29

Senate advances landmark school funding bill;
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, August 29
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 29

School Closings From Harvey Threaten Disruption Across Texas
Dana Goldstein, New York Times, August 29

August 29, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois House passed SB 1947, a “landmark school funding reform bill,” after it failed in the first vote taken Monday evening. Despite objections raised over $75 million in tax credits for private school scholarships, the bill moves to the Senate and may be acted on today.

On third try, Illinois House approves education funding bill
Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick, and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, August 28

House defeats, then approves school funding bill
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 28

B-N educators question private school tax credits
Derek Beigh, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, August 29

Progressives opposed to private scholarship tax-credits
Lauren FitzPatrick and Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, August 25

Update: Illinois House passes school funding overhaul on 2nd attempt
Sara Burnett, AP/The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, August 28


August 28, 2017
In today’s Leading News, here’s what to look and listen for as the Illinois school funding reform debate continues, with possible votes in the House on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday, with two state payments already missed. Also in the news, financial literacy is joining the school curriculum.

What’s going on with Illinois school funding? Here’s a Q and A
Lauren FitzPatrick and Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, August 27

Legislative Leaders Inch Toward School Funding Deal
Dusty Rhodes, Education Desk, WUIS, Springfield, August 28

Local districts shoring up message as they push for legislation
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, August 24

Rauner in Marion: School funding reform still needs work
Travis DeNeal, Harrisburg Daily Register, August 25

Financial literacy standards underway in Illinois schools
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 27

August 25, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Sun-Times and WBEZ are reporting on what’s in the school funding reform agreement “in concept” that was announced by legislative leaders yesterday. In other education news, Arlington Heights SD 25 decides against full-day kindergarten. AlWood CUSD225 talks transportation and turbines. Finally in the news, Illinois State University’s College of Education addresses the teacher shortage.

Tina Sfondeles and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, August 24

WBEZ, Chicago, August 24

Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 18

Sherrie Taylor, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, August 22

Charlie Schlenker, WGLT, NPR Normal, August 23

August 24, 2017
Update: Illinois' House and Senate leadership announced on Thursday that they've reached a tentative "agreement in principle" on ending the school funding reform battle. Details were not released.

Illinois leaders say they’ve reached school funding deal
AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 24

Democrats, Republicans say a tentative deal reached on school funding
Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick and Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, August 24

In today’s Leading News, the school funding reform discussion is expected to continue among legislative leaders today. In other issues facing school districts as the academic year opens, Ball-Chatham CUSD 5 wrangles with a dress code, East Aurora USD 131 discusses the future of its leadership team, and Sherrard CUSD 200 seeks to add classrooms due to high kindergarten enrollment. Also in the news, Gillesipe CUSD 7 reaches a settlement over a mine subsidence disaster.

Illinois school funding talks to resume,
issues include whether CPS can raise property taxes further
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, August 24

Dress code change causes stir at Glenwood High 
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 15

East Aurora looking at leadership options
Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, August 22

Sherrard school district adding extra kindergarten classrooms
because of high enrollment
Yessenia Chavez, WQAD-Moline, August 18

CUSD 7 approves $4 million Union Pacific settlement
Coal Country Times, Gillespie, August 17


August 23, 2017
In today’s Leading News, session scheduled for today to override the SB 1 amendatory veto has been canceled. Speaker Madigan cited progress toward a school funding reform compromise between legislative leaders as the reason for the schedule change. Chicago Public School students entering high school will see a simpler application process beginning this fall. The Quincy school district’s recent curriculum report focuses on student growth exhibited during summer school programs. Finally in the news, one district is working with an architecture firm after discovering their air conditioning units where creating an uncomfortably humid learning environment.

Madigan calls off Wednesday session in Springfield;
no override vote of Rauner for no
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Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, August 23

Citing progress, Madigan cancels House session on education funding
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 22

CPS families one step closer to simpler high school applications
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, August 23

QPS summer report emphasizes student growth
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, August 22

Decatur schools, BLDD Architects work to solve humid classrooms
Valerie Wells, Herald and Review, Decatur, August 23


August 22, 2017
In today’s Leading News, legislative leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss the lack of funds flowing to schools. Some districts are crafting contingency plans if a school funding solution isn’t found soon, while others that have exhausted their resources are counting on a compromise from state leaders. River Forest District 90 has come to an agreement for a three year contract with their faculty. Finally in the news, schools took advantage of the total eclipse with a number of learning activities for students.

Morning Spin: Illinois legislative leaders meet
on state school funding Tuesday
Chicago Tribune, August 22

QPS has plan if state fails to enact school funding budget

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, August 22

Funding worries continue for school officials, state legislators
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, August 19

River Forest District 90, teachers union agree on new contract
Steve Schering, Pioneer Press, August 21

Millstadt students say total solar eclipse was a day to remember
Lexi Cortes, Bellville News-Democrat, August 21

August 21, 2017
In today’s Leading News, elementary students in a western Illinois district will get to enjoy a new school on their first day. Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 is on its way toward being debt-free with its budget proposal. Freeport school board members recently approved three disciplinary measures that will be added to their strategic plan. The Rockridge school board plans to discuss short, medium, and long-term goals at their upcoming vision retreat. Finally in the news, one central Illinois district is looking at ways to improve early-education opportunities after a survey indicated 53 percent of students did not attend pre-school.

QPS launches school year with new Lincoln-Douglas, last lap for Baldwin
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, August 17

District 211 budget paves way for debt-free future
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 14

Freeport School District adds disciplinary measures to strategic plan
Derrick Mason, Freeport Journal Standard, August 15

Rockridge school board plans Vision retreat
Cathy Decker, Dispatch Argus, Quad Cities, August 16

53 percent of Decatur-area children aren't in preschool
Valerie Wells, Herald & Review, Decatur, August 19

August 18, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Rockford schools are urging lawmakers to come to a quick resolution that will release state education dollars. Galesburg District 205 is researching options to record and broadcast board meetings for area residents. One eastern Illinois district doesn’t expect many issues or changes for students with their new bus provider. Many schools are incorporating Monday's solar eclipse into an educational experience, but districts have also been cautioned to ensure they have the proper viewing equipment.

Rockford area superintendents: Lawmakers should override
Rauner’s veto on school funding reform

Isaac Guerrero, Rockford Register Star, August 11

District 205 reviews video options for meetings
Gary Tomlin, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, August 15

New bus service set to serve Charleston school district
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, August 15

Springfield-area schools prepare for solar eclipse
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 17

Argo High School outdoor event eclipsed by faulty
glasses ordered from Amazon

Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, August 17

August 17, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Governor Rauner’s proposed changes to the school funding reform measure failed in the Illinois House on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Speaker Madigan has said the chamber will return next week in an attempt to override the amendatory veto of SB 1. The city of Chicago has committed to putting nearly $270 million toward Chicago Public School’s annual budget. One central Illinois district is considering adding cameras to their bus fleet to crack down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Finally in the news, a northern Illinois school impacted by flooding has seen thousands of books donated to replace ruined materials.

Rauner’s school funding changes fail in House
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 16

Madigan: Attempt to override Rauner's education veto set for next week
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, August 16

City to kick in additional $269 million for Chicago schools budget
Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, August 11

Warning: It may get harder to avoid traffic tickets 
or passing a stopped school bus
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, August 14

After storm damage, thousands of replacement books flood
into Round Lake area schools
Frank S. Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, August 10

August 16, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois House meets today to consider school funding reform. School District U-46 (Elgin) develops its budget under uncertainty of state funding. Quincy SD 172 sets a mediation date for contact negotiations. Suburban school district administrators address the issue of residency. Finally in the news, state science test results reflect low proficiency rates. 

Illinois House Set To Consider Governor's School-Funding Changes
WNIJ News, August 15

U-46 board reviews budget amid funding uncertainty
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 15

First mediation set for Quincy School Board, union
Deborah Gertz Husar, Quincy Herald-Whig, August 16

Harwood Heights, Norridge school officials
closely monitor residency issues
Pioneer Press/Norridge-Harwood Heights News, August 7

New state science test raises the bar but proficiency drops
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, August 15


August 15, 2017
In today‘s Leading News, Governor Bruce Rauner calls for compromise after the Senate override of his amendatory veto of SB1. International interests eye Illinois lottery. Chicago Public Schools’ budget counts on more city money. Elmhurst SD 205 considers all-day kindergarten. Finally in the news, educators develop resources for teaching religion in public schools.

Rauner decries Senate school funding override, vows compromise
Emily Moon, Chicago Sun-Times, August 14

Manager of UK, Irish lotteries makes pitch to run Illinois Lottery
Matthew Walberg and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune, August 15

City to kick in additional $269 million for Chicago schools budget
Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, August 11

Elmhurst District 205 board approves
all-day kindergarten feasibility study

Mary Strokae, Suburban Life Publications, August 10

Suburban educators develop guidelines on teaching about religion
Marie Wilson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 8


August 14
In today’s Leading News, on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1; what comes next? Read about what the pension “cost shift” could mean for Peoria-area schools. Also in the news, Waukegan SD 60 looks at its status with funding resolution still undecided.
Senate overrides Rauner’s veto of school-funding bill
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 13

Senate overrides Rauner's veto of school funding plan
Lauren Rohr, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 13

Morning Spin: What's next on Illinois education funding formula issue
Chicago Tribune, August 14

Illinois pension cost shift could mean ‘financial ruin’
to local school districts
Chris Kaergard and Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, August 10

Without state funding, Waukegan District 60 counting days it can stay open
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, August 9


August 11, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza released over $400 million in overdue 2017 categorical payments to school districts, as the debate and delay over 2018 school funding and reform continues. Also in the news, eclipse day approaches, and Centralia SD 135 is ready.

Monique Garcia, Bill Ruthhart, and Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, August 10

Karen Peirogi, Reuters, August 10

Tina Sfondeles, Chiacgo Sun-Times, August 9

Stephanie Esters, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, August 11

By Mike Helenthal, Star Courier, Kewanee, August 9

Tom Kacich, News-Gazette, Champaign, August 7

WJBD Radio, August 9

August 10, 2017
In today’s Leading News, read more response to a proposal that would offer tax breaks to individuals and corporations that fund private schools. Schools in the Peoria area determine uses for county facilities tax funds. East Aurora's busing plan pulls forward. Also in the news, Elgin-based School District U-46 explains the status of SB1 to its constituents, as the Illinois Senate plans to meet on Sunday to take up the discussion of the amendatory veto of the evidence-based school funding formula.

Unit 5 Chief: Voucher-Like Scholarships
Would Be Return To 'Segregation'
Charlie Schlenker and Ryan Denham, NPR/WGLT-FM, Bloomington, August 9

Peoria-area school districts make cautious plans
for new sales tax revenues
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, August 4

East Aurora outlines school busing plan
Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, August 9

U46 tries to explain K-12 funding,
Rauner's amendatory veto of SB1
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, August 7

Illinois Senate convening Sunday for school funding bill
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 9

August 9, 2017
In today’s Leading News, review of how districts would fare under Governor Bruce Rauner’s school funding amendatory veto has been delayed due to an error in the data. Chicago Public Schools is delaying its budget and laying off teachers and staff while the funding reform turmoil continues, and school districts in the Quad Cities area seek answers to funding questions. Finally in the news, read responses, including IASB’s, to the discussion of a “voucher-like” system that would offer tax credit to individuals and corporations who contribute funds to private schools. 

Officials report 'significant error' in analysis of Rauner's school plan
Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, August 8

Gov's SB1 Veto Surprises Some In His Party
Dusty Rhodes, Education Desk, WUIS, Springfield, August 7

CPS announces layoffs, says it will delay budget proposal
to give state more time to act on funding
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, August 7

Local school superintendents fear impact of school-funding veto
Sarah Hayden, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, August 4

Teachers Union Opposes Plan
They Say Would Bring School Vouchers To Illinois
Tony Arnold, WBEZ, Chicago, August 7

August 8, 2017
In today’s Leading News: Facilities. St. Charles CUSD 303 offers a district-wide perspective on grade-level overcrowding. A similar problem with class size, and the costs to add teachers, exists at West Prairie SD 103. In Decatur SD 61, plans for a new building for two district magnet schools are on hold. Champaign CUSD 4 anticipates a new high school facility will be ready for the 2022-2023 school year. Finally in the news, students from an entrepreneurial training program based at Peoria Public Schools’ Richwoods High School hope to revive efforts to refurbish Peoria Stadium.

No cheap solution for overcrowded St. Charles classes
James Fuller, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 8

West Prairie Elementary School taking 'leap of faith'
to address overcrowding
Patrick Doss, WGEM, Quincy, August 3

Johns Hill, Durfee buildings' future uncertain after state rejection
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, August 4

Champaign school district's upgrades get a graduation date
Marcus Jackson, News-Gazette, Champaign, August 4

Student business group wants to be key to reviving Peoria Stadium
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, August 7

August 7, 2017
In today’s Leading News, we start the week with updated reporting on the status of school funding reform and Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1, the evidence-based school funding reform bill. The possibility of a tax benefit for private and parochial school tuition has been introduced into the conversation. Finally in the news, non-boundaried schools decry the IHSA “success factor.”

Positions on school funding unchanged after Rauner veto
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 6

Area districts could end up losers in school funding battle
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, August 4

Rauner: Once analysis of his school funding plan is done,
it will 'carry the day'
Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, August 4

Quiet voice in education talks wants pols to get religion
Tina Sfondeles and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, August 3

IHSA attempt to level playing field irritates many private schools
Brett Christie, Pioneer Press/Winnetka Talk, August 3


August 4, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school districts bring concerns to the IASB resolutions committee. More southern Illinois districts determine what to do with students during the solar eclipse. Palatine CCSD 15 delivers laptops to students. The debate over school funding reform continues in the media. Finally in the news, the Rockford Register Star offers an in-depth examination of the complicated history of Rockford SD 205’s “realities and challenges” with race, segregation, and achievement.

School districts pushing for new laws
on tax levies, school polling places
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, August 1

More schools decide to close on total solar eclipse day
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, July 28

District 15 preparing to distribute 4,400 laptops to students
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 28

Morning Spin: School funding talks continue,
and so does the blame game
Chicago Tribune, August 4

Segregated Again ... But equal?
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, August 3

August 3, 2017
Rauner’s veto of parts of school bill leaves plenty of questions
Tina Sfondeles and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, August 1

Gov. Rauner cuts Chicago money from school funding bill
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 1

Rauner Vetoes Portions of Public School Funding Bill
Dusty Rhodes, Education Desk, WUIS, Springfield, August 1

Rauner again seeks to pit Chicago against rest of Illinois
when it comes to funding schools
Sophia Tareen, AP/ The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, August 2

EM schools prepare for state aid delay
Sarah Hayden, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, August 1

Will your kid’s school have enough money to get through the year?
Lexi Cortes and Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat, August 2


August 2, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of school funding reform bill SB1 draws national attention from the news and business press, and the Chicago Tribune explains what might come next.

Political Fight Threatens Illinois Public School Funding
Tony Arnold, WBEZ/NPR Morning Edition, August 2

Illinois Governor Vetoes Chicago School Aid From Funding Measure
Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg, August 1

Illinois Governor Rejects School Funding Legislation
Reuters/New York Times, August 1

Illinois Governor Vetoes Education Bill 
as Budget Wrangling Continues in Several States – Update
Quint Forgey, Fox Business, August 1

Rauner takes aim at CPS funding in rewriting education plan
Monique Garcia, Rick Pearson and Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune, August 2


August 1, 2017
In today’s Leading News, catch up, with perspectives from different media outlets, on yesterday afternoon’s progression of SB 1, the bill that carries an evidence-based funding formula. In other news, an ethics panel clears Libertyville SD 70 officials. Finally in the news (or rather in the news again) is learning cursive writing still important?

School funding bill sent to Rauner, but talks break down
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 31

Rauner vows ‘swift action’ on education bill, then opts to sleep on it
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, July 31

Next move is Rauner's after Senate sends him school funding bill 
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, July 31

D70 employees found not guilty during ethics hearing
Rick Kambic, Pioneer Press/Libertyville News, July 1

Cursive writing: Does it still matter?
Matt Koester, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, July 27



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