Leading News Archives July 2017

July 31, 2017
In today’s Leading News, read prognostications of what will happen to SB 1 today, and reform-related recaps of events from late last week. Also in the news, McLean Co Unit District 5 develops a joint committee with the town of Normal, and  Quincy SD 172 works through contract negotiations. Finally in the news, Elgin-based School District U-46 discovers positive impacts of its recently-implemented full-day kindergarten program.

Morning Spin: Rauner expected to finally receive, quickly veto school funding bill today
Chicago Tribune, July 31

Peoria-area school districts confront another budget stand-off
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, July 28

Mendoza compares Rauner to ‘check-bouncer’ after school funding plea
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, July 27

Normal, Unit 5 look to form permanent joint committee
Derek Beigh, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, July 27

Quincy School Board to 'touch base' with union after rejection of tentative contract
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 26

U-46 sees strides with full-day kindergarten
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 25

July 28, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the second day of the special legislative session brought words but no action. CPS TIFs, budget cuts draw local ire. A group promoting a charter school in Elgin-based School District U-46 appeals the district’s rejection to the state. Also in the news, Du Quoin CUSD 300 plans to add law enforcement presence to school buildings.

School funding impasse drags on as finger-pointing continues
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 27

Standoff on Illinois school funding
leaves district officials and lawmakers worried
Ashley Lisenby, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 27

Protesters slam CPS budget cuts, want TIF surplus shifted to schools
Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times, July 26

Elgin charter group files appeal with state to reverse U-46's denial
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 26

Du Quoin moves on providing officer to schools
Geoffrey Ritter, DuQuoin Call, July 26


July 27, 2017
In today’s Leading News, “sparring continues” over SB1, the school funding reform bill, after the first day of a legislative special session. Educators call for solutions as the opening of the school year draws near. Finally in the news, school districts and communities regroup, assess, and clean up after flooding.

Sparring continues on school funding bill; nothing resolved
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 26

Cullerton won't send Rauner school funding bill until Monday
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, July 26

Macon County education leaders urge school-funding solution
Ryan Voyles, Decatur Herald and Review, July 26

Funding dominates school board talk
Ben Hohenstatt, Brett Herrmann, News Tribune, LaSalle, July 16

As floodwaters recede, weary residents turn
to cleanup, damage assessment
Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, July 24


July 26, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois communities big and small are awaiting school funding as a special legislative session opens today. Chicago Public Schools releases its annual school-by-school budgets. Finally in the news, a yearbook decision has students giving dress codes the cold shoulder.

Battle lines drawn on school funding bill ahead of special session
Craig Wall, WLS-TV, July 25

Local school districts eye Springfield debate on education funding
Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News, July 25

Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 24

CPS releases school-by-school budgets for September
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, July 24

Shoulder-baring yearbook photo reignites debate
on high school dress codes
Vikki Ortiz Healy and Kate Thayer, Chicago Tribune, July 25

July 25, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Tuesday morning update on the school funding reform struggle includes a special legislative session, starting tomorrow. In other news, Lincoln-Way CHSD 210 turns a financial corner, and Mercer County SD 404 examines life/safety work needed at its facilities.

Local superintendent urges parents to call on lawmakers
Jacqueline Francis, WCCU/Fox Illinois, July 24

Rauner: Talk of discrimination against CPS "hurtful" and untrue
Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 24

Illinois governor calls another special session on education
John O'Connor and Sophia Tareen AP/The Pantagraph, Bloomington, July 25

Lincoln-Way 210 ends year with $3M surplus
Susan DeMar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 24

Mercer Co schools health/life safety work could hit $3.5 million
Cathy Decker, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 21


July 24, 2017
In today’s Leading News, as school districts await news of pending state funds, today is Governor Rauner’s deadline for receiving SB 1, on which he reportedly plans an amendatory veto. Also in the news, addressing staffing shortages, Danville CCSD 118 will offer higher pay to fill special education teacher\s and school psychologist positions.

Schools caught in middle while waiting for state funding
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 23

Area school officials wait for state funding
Carol Roehm, Danville Commercial-News, July 22

Rauner Gives Dems A Deadline For School Bill
Dusty Rhodes, Education Desk, WUIS, Springfield, July 21

Special session slated if Rauner doesn't get school bill
John O’Connor, AP/The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Springfield, July 21

Danville plans pay bumps
to quell 'critical' teacher shortage in special ed
Noelle McGee, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 21

July 21, 2017
In today’s Leading News, two southern perspectives on the state’s school funding reform conflict. Park Ridge-Niles SD 64 considers additional security and addresses parent concerns after threats. Decatur SD 61 approved a residency requirement for administrative hires. Finally in the news, the Quincy SD 172 curriculum committee seeks to update science textbooks for the high school.

Why schools are still at risk, despite the new state budget
Travis DeNeal, Harrisburg Register, July 18

Rauner: Amendatory veto of K-12 funding bill
would help Southern Illinois schools
K. Janis Esch, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, July 20

Parents concerned after learning District 64 student
was accused in Maine South threat
Lee V. Gaines, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge News, July 18

School board approves residency policy
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, July 11

Committee looks at updating QHS science textbooks
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 17

July 20, 2017
In today’s Leading News, stories from the north suburban flooding, including information on damage to local schools. Midland CUSD 7 schools will open after Labor Day, with completion of a new elementary school scheduled for August 18. Rockford SD 205 manages the intriguing the school-naming process. St. Charles CUSD 303 plans a middle school renovation. Finally in the news, Arlington Heights-based THSD 214 explores a career track partnership for students interested in aviation technology.

Rauner told of 'overwhelming' damage
at Round Lake Park school swamped by flood
Frank S. Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, July 19

Midland schools plan Sept. 5 start
Gary L. Smith, Peoria Journal-Star, July 18

For the first time in 5 years, Rockford will name two schools
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, July 18

St. Charles board OKs $36.7 million bid for middle school renovation
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, July 11

District 214, Lewis University hold discussion for aviation courses
Ema Sasic, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 11

July 19, 2017
In today’s Leading News, it’s the “rainy day” that Prairieview-Ogden CCSD 197 has been saving for. Charleston CUSD 1 examines its budget. DeKalb CUSD 428 says it can open without state funds. Galesburg SD 205 alters its board meeting agendas. Finally in the news, Edwardsville CUSD 7 decides to close school on Eclipse Day, August 21.

Rainy day' has come for PVO school district
Dave Hinton, Rantoul Press, July 18

Charleston school board to get first look at 2017-18 budget
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 19

D-428 schools to remain open through fall semester
despite state budget turmoil
Drew Zimmerman, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, July 18

New District 205 supt. reshapes board meetings
Gary Tomlin, Galesburg Register-Mail, July 10

District 7 cancels classes on eclipse day
Julia Biggs, Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 18


July 18, 2017
In today’s Leading News, with reform required before state funds are disbursed, Governor Bruce Rauner calls on Democratic leaders to send him SB 1 and reportedly intends amendatory veto. Superintendents gather in Canton for a Town Hall meeting on funding reform. In other education news, high lead levels are reported in the drinking water at some schools in Elgin-based School District U-46.

Illinois Governor Says Schools Will Open Despite Funding Fight
Reuters/U.S. News and World Report, July 14

Rauner vows to veto education funding bill,
demands Democrats send it to him
Kim Geiger and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, July 17

Rauner demands school funding bill so he can cut Chicago money
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 17

Superintendents to hold Town Hall in Canton
Canton Daily Ledger, July 17

High lead levels found in District U46 drinking water
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, July 10


July 17, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school funding reform is the “flashpoint” in the wake of the state budget’s enactment, which requires action on school funding reform before funds are released to districts. Floodwater damage may impact the opening of two Round Lake elementary schools, and the district’s foundation is helping out. Finally in the news, a study looks at outcomes of holding children back a grade in school.

Illinois has budget but no school funding plan
John O’Connor, AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 16

Rauner-CPS feud could hold up school money for rest of state
Hal Dardick and Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune, July 13

School officials worry Illinois flooding may impact classes
AP/Rockford Register Star, July 16

Foundation helping flooded Round Lake schools recover
Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 16

Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn't Necessarily Hold Them Back
Anya Kamenetz, NPR, July 10

July 13, 2017
In today’s Leading News, more articles defining the media's take as school districts across the state await funding which, for the most part, won’t be released unless reform legislation is passed. Also in the news, suburban districts team up to develop teacher coaches.

Schools still waiting to see if they'll get money from state
Kerry Lester, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 12

New District 205 supt. will ‘advocate’ for district in funding reform
Rebecca Susmarski, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, July 10

Suburban school leaders worried about state education funding
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, July 13

Fletcher: Schools hobbled without funding plan
Andy Bell-Baltaci, Review Atlas, Monmouth, July 12

Dist. 207 Waits For Owed Funds
Colleen Kant, Journal and Topics, Des Plaines, July 12

Districts 207, 59 launch teacher coaching organization
Chacour Koop, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 23

July 12, 2017
In today’s Leading News, there’s much left to be determined in Illinois: Chicago Tonight looks at the details of school funding reform bills, and downstate superintendents discuss the possible reform measures and anticipate what the new state budget will mean to local districts. Finally in the news, Hinsdale SD 86 looks at the implications of a possible property tax freeze.

The Battle Over School Funding Bill
Alexandra Silets, Chicago Tonight/WTTW, July 10

Local school superintendents concerned
about unresolved school funding formula
Will Buss, Kewanee Star-Courier, July 11

Gill: State budget’s benefits to District 186 are tentative
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 0

Relief, uncertainty for Macon County agencies after budget passage
Kevin McDermott, Decatur Herald and Review, July 7

Hinsdale District 86 superintendent warns
property tax freeze would bring cuts
Kimberly Fornek, Pioneer Press/Hinsdale Doings, July 11

July 11, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Mascoutah CUSD 19, home of Scott Air Force Base, will again receive federal funds for districts with military bases. Procedures for managing students’ food allergies are under consideration at Palatine CCSD 15. The special education co-op in Knox and Warren Counties moves ahead after district withdrawal. O’Fallon THSD 203 supports an independent consolidation study. Finally in the news, Canton Union SD 66 develops its education foundation.

Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, July 10

Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 3

Andy Bell-Baltaci, Monmouth Review Atlas, July 5

Robyn L. Kirsch, O’Fallon Progress, June 29

Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, June 29

July 10, 2017
In today’s Leading News, catch up with last week’s statehouse drama, which resulted in a long-awaited budget -- and an income tax increase. Education leaders rallied last week to promote funding for public PK-12. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports on the states ESSA accountability timeline. Finally in the news, Illinois is among several states suing the U.S. Department of Education for failing to implement measures intended to assist students with debts to fraudulent colleges.

John O’Connor and Sophia Tareen, AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 6

Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times, July 6

Dusty Rhodes, NPR Illinois, July 5

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 1

18 States Sue Betsy DeVos And Education Dept.
Over Delay Of Borrower Defense Rule
Bill Chappell, NPR, July 6


July 6, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Reuters reports on today’s possible end to the state’s budget crisis, while IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy explains what happens if public school funding isn’t available August 1. Some districts can withstand the delay, others may not. WTTW compares SB 1 and SB 1124, “…differences arise in how the two bills calculate … base funding levels and how they handle Chicago Public Schools.” Finally in the news, an independent organization reviews Illinois’ ESSA plan in anticipation of the official federal review.

Possible Illinois budget fix poses big financial questions
Dave McKinney and Karen Pierog, Reuters, July 5

Reilly: Even without state budget, schools will open
Lenore Sobota, Bloomington Pantagraph, June 28

NO DEAL: Lack of state budget could close schools
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, July 1

SB1124 vs. SB1: Which is Best for Funding Illinois Education?
Matt Masterson, WTTW, June 30

Illinois’ new education accountability plan gets a mixed grade
in independent review
Ryan Delaney, St. Louis Public Radio, June 30

July 5, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois Senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a state budget plan; the package awaits House action. School districts in Illinois await a budget, then funding reform. Finally in the news, a group proposing a charter school in Elgin-based School District U-46 will appeal the district’s denial to the Illinois State Charter School Commission.

Senate overrides Rauner’s vetoes of budget, tax hike
John O’Connor, AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 4

Why suburban lawmakers broke ranks on budget, tax hike votes
Marni Pyke, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 3

Illinois Senate overrides Rauner vetoes of budget package
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, July 4

An Illinois budget can't come soon enough for the state's public schools
Kristen Taketa, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 5

Group will ask state to reverse U-46 on Elgin charter school denial
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 3


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