Leading News Archives June 2017

June 30, 2017
In today’s Leading News, what are the ramifications if no state budget is approved? The Illinois House is expected to vote on a spending plan and possibly new revenues to fund it. Some school districts are reaching out to the community and asking them to contact legislators urging an end to the budget impasse. Other education leaders are hosting forums expressing the need for changes to the way schools are funded. Finally in news, the state has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that argues the school funding formula is unfair and insufficient to meet required learning standards.

What to expect if no Illinois state budget deal is reached
Chicago Tribune, June 30

With time running out, Madigan to call budget for vote
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 29

Quincy School Board urges residents to contact legislators,

'make our voices heard'
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 28

School leaders push for change to Illinois' school funding formula
Rachael Krause, WPSD Local 6, Harrisburg, June 27

Rauner, state file motion to dismiss school districts' lawsuit
over state funding
Heather Isringhausen Gvillo, Madison-St. Clair Record, June 27

June 29, 2017
In today’s Leading News, compromise is the key word being used by party leaders in Springfield, but are those officials living up to the definition? The governor has said he will keep legislators at the Capitol until a final budget agreement is reached. A new timeline proposed by the State Board of Education aims to have 90 percent of students pass state math and reading exams by 2032. The Decatur school district is in the process of developing a new strategic plan. Finally in the news, a new report highlights the growing toll of poverty on student learning in districts all over the state.

Rauner, Madigan talk 'compromise' while doing little of it
Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune, June 28

Rauner threatens to keep lawmakers in Springfield if no budget by Friday
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 28

New timeline proposed to bring Illinois students up to par
AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 26

School board discusses district's strategic plan

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, June 27

The High Price Of Poverty
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS/NPR, June 23

June 28, 2017
In today’s Leading News, votes are expected today on parts of the Illinois House Democrat budget plan, including a property tax freeze component and pension reform measure. Two more districts have cautioned that they won’t be able to keep the doors open for long next school year without a state budget, as borrowing becomes more costly. Finally in the news, a breakdown of the two school funding formula reform proposals.

Madigan offers budget, but won't say how he'd pay for it
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, June 28

House Democrats outline budget, will vote Wednesday
on pension reform
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 27

EM superintendent: District could run out of cash
if state doesn't pass budget
Sarah Hayden, Dispatch-Argus, Quad Cities, June 26

State shortfall triggers talk of borrowing, closing schools
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 27

School Funding Tops Short List Of Demands
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS/NPR Illinois, June 26

June 27, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois House Democrats are expected to unveil a budget proposal that will include a property tax freeze component. One district expressed their concerns over a recent charter school proposal and associated contract. Teachers in Quincy are busy this summer transitioning to new classrooms in their new building. Finally in the news, two districts in Marshall County are considering putting the school facilities sales tax on the ballot for the third time.

Madigan to outline budget plan Tuesday, urges Rauner to be 'reasonable'
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, June 27

House Democrats close on spending plan, property tax relief
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 26

U46 board denies Elgin charter school contract, proposal
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, June 26

Quincy Public Schools: Trying to 'visualize' the new space
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 24

Marshall County schools considering another sales tax proposal
Gary L. Smith, Peoria Journal-Star, June 25

June 26, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school funding reform proposals took center stage in the Illinois House during the fourth day of special sessions. Speaker of the House Michael Madigan has offered a counter-proposal to Governor Rauner’s property tax freeze. District 80 is altering curriculum in order to improve test scores in four subjects. One downstate hospital is donating funds collected from sports physicals back to the athlete’s local school.

Illinois House looks at school funding, but not budget
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 24

Madigan offers wish list in exchange for Rauner's property tax freeze
Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, June 26

District 80 eyes curriculum changes
Travis Morse, Mt. Vernon Register-News, June 22

Memorial East donating cost of sports physicals to athletes’ schools
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, June 22

June 23, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the legislature took no action on the state’s budget on its second special session day, meanwhile funding reform plan dollars were discussed. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel says CPS schools will open in the fall, and promotes his proposed graduation requirements. Belleville CUSD 201 begins implementing a new transportation plan. Finally in the news, is there a future for religious studies in public schools?

Also today, an important read in the opinion section of the State Journal-Register: IASB President Phil Pritzker and Associate Executive Director Ben Schwarm discuss the impact of a proposed property tax freeze.

Illinois House leaders meet, but no action on a budget
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, June 22

Rahm Emanuel in Washington: Pledges Chicago schools will open in fall
Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, June 20

Morning Spin: Emanuel hits D.C. to talk up
proposed high school graduation requirement
Chicago Tribune, June 20

Belleville school district hires drivers, inspects buses for next year
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, June 19

National education group recommends religious studies
in K-12 public schools
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, June 16

Point: Education of state’s children harmed
with property tax freeze
Phil Pritzker and Ben Schwarm, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 22

June 22, 2017
In today’s Leading News, more coverage of what will happen to Illinois school districts if a state budget isn’t approved, and quickly. In other news, state Senator Daniel Biss has announced a wide-ranging property tax reform plan. Finally in the news,  In Comm Cons SD 59, which includes areas of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, and Mount Prospect, homeowners say test scores are bringing down property values.

Rachael Krause, WPSD, Paducah, Ky., June 20

Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, June 20

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 21

Jason Grotto and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune, June 20

Chacour Koop, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 5

June 21, 2017
In today’s Leading News, on the eve of the legislature’s special session, Governor Bruce Rauner speaks via Facebook live speech. Here’s what Elgin-based School District U-46Springfield SD 186, and Herrin CUSD 4 are saying about the budget situation and its implications for their districts. Finally in the news, a house built by Collinsville Area Vocational Center Building Trades students, with community support, is up for sale, the first since the housing market fell in 2008.

Rauner calls for unity ahead of special session
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, June 20

U-46 officials say schools may close without state budget
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 20

Gill: Without state budget, no money for schools by January
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 19

Herrin school board votes to discontinue hosting high school soccer
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, June 19

Collinsville Building Trades house complete, ready for sale
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 21

June 20, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza warns that “the magic tricks run out after awhile.” CPS borrows to pay its teacher pension contribution. Lottery officials plan to remove Illinois from multi-state games. Libertyville SD 70 creates an ethics panel to deal with political activities. Finally in the news, Arlington Heights-based THSD 214 objects to a newly-created tax district that includes a portion of its school district boundaries.


June 19, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the state owes school districts over $1 billion, and the legislature is back in Springfield this week for special sessions aimed at approving a long-awaited budget. The discussion over reform continues in with "a serious political game" in Peoria Journal Star and cautious optimism in the Belleville News-Democrat, while NPR Illinois looks at compromise measures aimed at the latest funding reform proposal.

Illinois owes more than $1 billion to schools
Kim Geiger Tribune News Service/Sauk Valley Media, June 19

Will this week’s special session accomplish anything?
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, June 17

In the fight to reform funding,
IIlinois ‘school districts are pawns in a serious political game’
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, June 15

Local educators cautiously optimistic
about Illinois school funding reform
Lexi Cortes And Elizabeth Donald, Belleville News-Democrat, June 17

Barickman's School Funding 'Compromise' Focuses On CPS
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS/NPR Illinois, June 17

June 16, 2017
Rauner calls lawmakers back for special session
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, June 15

Pressure for budget deal builds as Rauner calls special session,
Cullerton says no stopgap 
Kim Geiger and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, June 15

A surprising number of American adults think
chocolate milk comes from brown cows
Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post/Chicago Tribune, June 16

QPS confident students met math, reading performance goals
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 13

School district employee residency policy under consideration, again
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, June 14

June 15, 2017
In today's Leading News, is there a budget compromise in the works? East St. Louis is changing its high school graduation requirements. Crystal Lake SD 155 balances its budget. McLean County Unit 5 raises concerns over a housing development. Finally in the news, Park Ridge SD 64 considers organic landscaping.

Republicans say they have Rauner-backed ‘compromise’ budget plan
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, June 14

East St. Louis is changing high school graduation requirements
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, June 12

Staff reductions, lower building expenditures key
in balancing Crystal Lake-based District 155’s budget
Jordan J. Wilson, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 14

Unit 5: Proposed housing project could harm school
Julia Evelsizer and Maria Nagle, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, June 14

District 64 mulls move to more organic lawn maintenance plan
Lee V. Gaines, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, June 13

June 14, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Indian Prairie CUSD 204 school board continues the conversation regarding using schools as polling places, focusing on costs. North Shore SD 112 seeks improvements to its student performance tracking systems.  Illini West HSD 307 purchases land intended for a new school. A letter to Waukegan CUSD 60 staff comes under scrutiny. Finally in the news, Illinois’ southwest neighbor takes a “minimalist approach” in its ESSA plan.


June 14, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Indian Prairie CUSD 204 school board continues the conversation regarding using schools as polling places, focusing on costs. North Shore SD 112 seeks improvements to its student performance tracking systems.  Illini West HSD 307 purchases land intended for a new school. A letter to Waukegan CUSD 60 staff comes under scrutiny. Finally in the news, Illinois’ southwest neighbor takes a “minimalist approach” in its ESSA plan. 


June 13, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Tribune looks the number of teens who don’t attend school or work. Two media outlets define the disputes over the pending school funding reform plan. In other news, Elgin-based School District U-46 redefines its physical education program, and grant money will provide a new preschool playground, planned for Wethersfield CUSD 230.

Nearly 90,000 Cook County teens, young adults
not in school or working, report says 
Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune, June 9

School funding overhaul dispute centers on CPS dollars
Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, AP/Chicago Sun-Times, June 11

School Funding Battle Boils Down To CPS. Again.
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS/NPR Illinois, June 9

U-46 middle schools to emphasize individual fitness over team sports
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 9

Wethersfield getting new Pre-K playground with state grant
Dave Clarke, Kewanee Star Courier, June 9

June 12, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis explains why Governor Bruce Rauner would veto Senate Bill 1 if it reached his desk. DuQuoin CUSD 300 may need to borrow to make up for missing state funds, and East Moline SD 37’s superintendent says the district can’t operate in the fall without a state budget. One of Illinois education’s key legislators, State Senator Bob Pritchard, warns a “crisis” may be needed. Finally in the news, the State Journal-Register answers questions about the property tax freeze proposal from the Senate.

Purvis: Rauner likes 90% of school funding reform bill but will veto
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 11

Du Quoin Schools May Borrow Money to Deal with Budget Shortfall
Brad Palmer, WSIU, June 8

700+ days without an Illinois Budget;
Local school district could close if nothing passes
James Stratton, KWQC-TV, Davenport, June 8

Pritchard Calls For Schools To Close
Dusty Rhodes, NPR Illinois/WUIS, June 5

8 questions/answers about the Illinois Senate’s property tax free plan
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 10

June 9, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Danville CCSD 118 continues its quest for an updated dress code. Springfield SD 186 will continue to offer athletic trainers.  CPS plans new high schools in Chicago neighborhoods. State Senator Dave Koehler calls schools opening in the fall a political “pressure point” for a state budget. Finally in the news, Elgin-based SD U-46 considers new standards for music education.

Danville school staff pleads for 'simple' dress code
Noelle McGee, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 8

District 186 hires Springfield Clinic to provide athletic trainers
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 6

CPS plans new high schools for South Loop / Chinatown, Englewood
Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times June 6

Peoria lawmaker: Withhold school funding to force budget negotiations
Chris Kaergard, Pekin Daily Times, June 2

U-46 considers new standards for music education
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 9

June 8, 2017
In today’s Leading News, an in-depth Tribune series looks at property tax divides in Cook County. The federal education budget raises questions on both sides of the aisle. New resources officers will be on site in Alton CUSD 11 schools. Mumps cases are confirmed at a high school in Algonquin-based Community Unit School District 300. Finally in the news, WTTW dives into SB 1, the “rewrite” of the state school funding formula.

An unfair burden
Jason Grotto, Chicago Tribune, June 6

Education Budget Hearing Exposes Chasm Between GOP and Trump
Lauren Camera, U.S. News and World Report, June 7

Alton schools to use two, new full-time school resource officers
Linda N. Weller, Alton Telegraph, June 6

Officials: 3 more Jacobs High students test positive for mumps
Katie Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 7

How SB1 Would Rewrite Illinois’ Broken Education Funding Formula
Matt Masterson, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, June 7


June 7, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Naperville CUSD 203 is proposing a measure that would ensure districts that operate under the tax cap could adjust the levy in response to changes in state or federal law. Bluford CCSD 114 plans a new high school facility. Morton CUSD 709 explains results of its drug-testing program. Evanston/Skokie SD 65 seeks to keep school lunch accounts above zero. Finally in the news, another look at what an elected school board for CPS might mean.

District 203 pushes changes to tax levy law
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, June 6

Bluford plans for $6.9M new high school
Travis Morse, Mt. Vernon Register-News, June 2

Most Morton High School students pass drug test
Steve Stein, Peoria Journal Star, June 6

D65 unit to discuss luncheon deadbeats
Charles Bartling, Evanston Now, June 5

School board elections likely in Chicago’s future; more seats, too
Tina Sfondeles and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, June 4

June 6, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Decatur SD 40 creates a partnership for preschool with Richland Community College. School funding was an issue at the “Eggs and Issues” breakfast in East Peoria. Charter school teachers consider joining the Chicago Teachers Union. The tax increase approved by referendum for Edwardsville CUSD 7 schools has been delayed. Finally in the news, the Tribune reports that Illinois is falling behind in the administration of state science tests.

Decatur schools and Richland create preschool partnership
Valerie Wells and Jim Bowling, Decatur Herald and Review, June 3

School funding, state budget a hot topic at breakfast
Sharon Woods Harris, Pekin Daily Times, June 2

Charter school teachers to vote on joining CTU
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, June 4

Technicality delays referendum tax increase
Scott Cousins, The Alton Telegraph, May 25

Illinois years behind in scoring state science tests;
officials blame budget
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, June 5


June 5, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Illinois’ bond ratings dropped last week to the lowest mark on record for a state, one factor in the fallout from the state’s budget crisis. The Tribune looks at the politics of how the state arrived at May 31 without any budget plan. School districts discuss transportation costs with the city of Pekin. Finally in the news, young Quincy SD 172 students got a personal Memorial Day message.

Illinois cut near junk by Moody's and S&P, lowest ever for a U.S. state
Elizabeth Campbell, Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune, June 1

A look at the damage of Illinois' 3-year budget impasse
Sophia Tareen, AP/Belleville News-Democrat, June 1

How Rauner stopped a tax hike from landing on his desk
Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, June 1

Pekin school districts react to rise in city busing costs
Sharon Woods Harris, Pekin Daily Times, June 1

Webb honored for military leadership
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, May 31

June 2, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Governor Bruce Rauner says he won’t sign the education funding reform bill, and the Senate placed a procedural hold. In other late action, the state senate approved a bill that would restore an elected school board to Chicago Public Schools. Restorative justice joins the circle in Decatur SD 90 schools. The dress code discussion in Danville CCSD 118 continues at a special board meeting. Finally in the news, the Tribune reports that Chicago charter schools are “the epicenter of charter union organizing.”

Rauner won’t sign education funding reform bill with $300M for CPS
Tina Sfondeles, Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, June 1

The latest: Senators endorse elected CPS board
AP/News-Gazette, Champaign, June 1

School districts take new approach to bullies 
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, May 30

Danville District 118 Dress Code Controversy
Nikki McGee, Fox Illinois/WRSP, Springfield, June 1

Chicago in epicenter of charter school teacher contract disputes
Diane Rado and Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, May 29

June 1, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school funding reform measure SB 1 was passed by both houses late Wednesday and awaits a response from Governor Bruce Rauner. The bill is included in a Tribune summary of what, and what was not, concluded on the last scheduled day of the legislative session. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool says schools will open in the fall even absent a state budget or additional funding. Decatur SD 40 considers a residency requirement for its employees. Finally in the news, Barrington SD 220 takes a look at outcomes from starting schooldays later.

School funding reform measure headed to governor
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 31

Morning Spin: Six things Illinois lawmakers approved last night
Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, June 1

CPS will ‘do whatever’s necessary’ to open come fall: Forrest Claypool
Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, May 30

Decatur school board debates employee residency requirement
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald & Review, May 23

Barrington District 220 compiling data
to study effectiveness of new start times
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 29




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