Leading News Archives August 2017

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 for 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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