Leading News Archives January 2018

January 17, 2018
In today’s Leading News, several media outlets have published follow-up articles with ISBE and local reaction to last week’s veto by Governor Bruce Rauner of a trailer bill, a veto that delays implementation of Illinois’ school funding model. Also in the news, fighting the flu and the student absences it causes in Illinois school districts.

State education board says Rauner veto ’caused disruption to agency’
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, January 12

Education Board Calls for Swift Action on School Funding
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, January 3

Elgin-area schools upset with Rauner veto of education funding bill
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, January 12

Misters help Decatur public schools fight flu 
Jalyn Cook, Decatur Herald and Review, January 13

Schools hope winter break helped high flu related absence numbers
Megan Braa and Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat, January 12

January 16, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Tribune looks at competency-based learning at Proviso East High School (Proviso THSD 209). Illinois’ U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announce funding for Head Start programs in southern Illinois. Peoria Public Schools considers reinstating the district police force. Galesburg SC 205 explains how it will turn community engagement into action. Finally in the news, a student’s prizewinning proposal would change how required drivers ed hours are reported.

Illinois high schools test different,
often controversial, approach to education
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, January 12

Durbin, Duckworth announce more than $2 million
for Head Start programs in Southern Illinois
Dustin Duncan, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, January 10

Peoria Public Schools seeks to revive its police force
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, January 10

District 205 shapes plan based on forum results
Mitch Prentice, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, January 8

Senior wins scholarship with law proposal
Kevin Solari, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, January 9

January 12, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Rock Island/Milan SD 41 decides to keep two-week breaks, start the academic year “August zero.” A suburban family has filed suit to allow a child to use medical marijuana at school. Indian Prairie CUSD 204 will move 200-plus students to ease overcrowding in some buildings. The Normal-based Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation will place (AED) defibrillators in rural school facilities. Finally in the news, after props and sets for their "Seussical" show were stolen, the show will go on for Harrisburg CUSD 3 performers with the help of theater communities.

Rock Island school board keeps two-week breaks
Nicole Lauer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, January 10

Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, January 11

D204 board approves relocating 215 students to relieve overcrowding
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, January 9

Foundation to help with more AEDs in schools
Paul Swiech, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, January 9

Stolen props won't stop southern Illinois high school
from putting on musical
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, January 8

January 11, 2018
In today’s Leading News, questions arise over the list of private schools eligible for the new tax credit scholarship program. West Chicago SD 94’s teachers union has declared an impasse in negotiations. The severe flu season continues in Illinois. Legal questions follow as CPS's seeks to name a board member to the COO position. Finally in the news, Quincy SD 172 considers policy service upgrades

Democrat backs Rauner’s scholarship veto,
but gov’s school list raises questions
Tina Sfondeles and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, January 10

West Chicago District 94 teachers a step closer to going on strike
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, January 11

Flu kills Illinois fourth-grader,
at least the fourth death from the virus this season
Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat, January 9

Appointment of Chicago school board member to top CPS post
conflicts with law
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, January 10

QPS Policy Committee looks at upgrading policy subscription service
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, January 9


January 10, 2018
In today’s Leading News, read more coverage of the veto by Governor Bruce Rauner of the bill that would establish distribution of state funds under the new funding formula. Fieldcrest CUSD 6 discusses how to best use its facilities. The Flossmoor SD 161 school board continues discussion of a possible home rule agreement. Finally in the news, can animal-assisted therapy help students undergoing stress?

Gov Vetoes School Funding Trailer Bill
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, January 9

Cash-strapped schools continue to wait for state funding
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, January 9

Fieldcrest debate: Fix four old schools or build one?
Craig Sterrett, LaSalle County News Tribune, January 6

District 161 board members voice concerns about home rule plan
R.L. Anderson, Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, December 26

How animal-assisted therapy helps students cope with anxiety
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, December 30


January 9, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Governor Rauner vetoed an education funding bill due to concerns of some private schools, however, sponsors of the bill say the proposed changes could cause problems with the distribution of new education dollars. A western Illinois district has created an advisory committee to look at the connection between healthcare and chronic absenteeism. One school district is working to accommodate a new state law by formalizing a policy to provide private spaces for student moms who want to breastfeed. Finally in the news, Washington Central School District is proposing a referendum to expand their school facilities to meet a 33 percent increase in enrollment.

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, January 8

School districts prepared to accommodate breastfeeding teens
Valerie Wells, Herald & Review, Decatur, January 6

$12 million referendum on ballot in Washington’s Central School District
Steve Stein, Peoria Journal Star, January 7

January 8, 2018
In today’s Leading News, CUSD 308 (Oswego) considers raising its driver’s education fee. North Greene USD 3 plans to request a waiver regarding posting of a statement of affairs. Quincy Public Schools discusses adding agriculture classes to junior high curriculum offerings. Monticello CUSD 25 hopes the third time is the charm for a referendum. Finally in the news, Channahon SD 17 sent reimbursements to taxpayers after the district declared a surplus of funds.


SD308 board to hold public hearing over raising driver's ed fee
Shea Lazansky, Kendall County Now, January 3

North Greene looking at school code waiver
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Jacksonville Journal Courier, January 4

QPS looking to expand ag program
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, December 29

School districts third referendum attempt could bring big improvements
Erick Payne, WCIA-TV, Champaign, December 23

Channahon District 17 residents received tax reimbursement
Jon Styf, Herald-News, Joliet, December 24


January 5, 2018
In today’s Leading News, West Chicago-based Community High School District 94 returns to negotiations with its teachers union. Oak Park ESD 97 is developing policy towards “the elimination of bias, particularly racism and cultural bias, as factors impacting student achievement and learning opportunities.” The new CPS CEO faces tough decisions, among them critical complaints about the district’s special education system. Finally in the news, several states are considering legislation that would require public school systems to teach media literacy skills.

West Chicago High negotiators returning to the bargaining table
after holiday break 
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, January 4

Oak Park District 97 board works on equity policy
aimed at eliminating bias and racism 
Heather Cherone/Pioneer Press/Elmwood Park Elm Leaves, January 3

'Tough decisions' needed to confront issues facing CPS,
incoming CEO says
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, January 3

Progressive Caucus to try again to force special ed hearing
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, January 3

Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online
Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report, December 31

January 4, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois Community College Board is seeking alternative credentialing methods for high school equivalency. A federal judge has ruled that Palatine THSD 211 can continue to allow transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Below-zero wind chills have closed school districts statewide today; others are in session despite water problems resulting from the cold. Investigation continues and security has been increased after a shooting last month outside a Champaign CUSD 4 building. Finally in the news, Illinois’ new tax credit for donations to private school scholarships opened on Tuesday; $36 million was pledged on the first day. 

State plans to offer more ways to gain high school equivalency
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, January 2

Judge refuses to order Palatine school district
to suspend transgender policy
Chicago Tribune, January 3

Some area schools cancel classes in response to boil order, cold weather
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, January 3

Schools taking precautions in wake of December shooting
outside Central
Tracy Crane, News-Gazette, Champaign, January 2

Private Schools Attract $36 Million Via Tax Credit Program
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, January 3


January 3, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a county schools facilities sales tax question will be on the March ballot in Madison County. Plans to close four CPS high schools cause uncertainty for students. A settlement has been reached after allegations of hazing at Lake Zurich High School. Dual credit courses will be offered with grants at Monmouth-Roseville CUSD 238. Finally in the news, a look at colleges recruiting students away from Illinois.

Scott Cousins. The Telegraph, Alton, December 28

Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, December 21

Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, December 22

Andy Bell-Baltaci, Review Atlas, Monmouth, December 25

By Kevin Solari, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, December 12


January 2, 2018
In today’s Leading News, ISBE announces applications for grants for academically focused after-school programs for schools with low-income student populations. Highland CUSD 5 considers the impact of increases in early graduation numbers on state funding. Canton Union District 66 aims for an innovative elementary curriculum. Pekin CHSD 303 offers a “state of the district” event. Finally in the news, fretting over fractions?

Schools can vie for $12 million for after-school programs
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, December 28

Increase in early graduation
could mean decrease in state money for Highland
Megan Braa, Belleville News-Democrat, December 28

Board discusses innovations in elementary education
Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, December 22

Pekin High invites city to State of the District event
Michael Smothers, Pekin Daily Times, December 26

Are fractions outmoded?
Retired engineer says measurement method half-baked
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, December 30


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