Leading News Archives June 2018

June 29, 2018
In today’s Leading News, reaction continues unabated in the wake of a landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court rules against public employee unions to end required "fair share" union fees. Strong negative reaction to the high court ruling is voiced by suburban teachers unions.  Also in the news, Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley), a legislative leader on education issues, has resigned his seat in the Illinois House after 15-years of service, reportedly to accept an appointed position on a public university governing board.

Mixed reaction to U.S. Supreme Court ruling
on government employee unions
Ken DeCoster, Rockford Register-Star, June 27

Doug Finke, Rockford Register-Star, June 27

Suburban teachers unions:
Supreme Court ruling will hurt bargaining ability
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 28

Pritchard to resign from Illinois House July 1
Drew Zimmerman, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, June 27

DeKalb meets requirements for potential TIF district
Drew Zimmerman, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, June 27

June 28, 2018
In today’s Leading News, inital local and education community reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus vs. AFSCME decision. CPS creates a department to manage sexual abuse claims. Also in the news, the issue of educational equity was presented at the first meeting of the Evidence-Based Funding Professional Review Panel.

QC Democrats point to Rauner on Janus ruling
Ed Tibbetts, Quad City Times, June 27

Supreme Court Delivers Fair Share Case Decision
Emily Douglas, Education Week, June 27

Teachers Unions Respond To Janus Ruling
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, June 27

CPS launching new department
to respond to sex abuse allegations
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, June 26

School board member:
'We have an equity issue in Illinois in our schools'
Rachel Droze, WICS, Springfield, June 26

June 27, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a 5-4 opinion has been rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, a ruling against “fair share” or “agency fees” fees for non-union employees. Sycamore SD 427 considers an enterprise zone resolution. No contract agreement has reached in the latest negotiations between Effingham CUSD 40 and its teachers. Belleville THSD 201 boosts its support of freshmen. Finally in the news, Champaign CUSD 4 considers “pushout” of black female students.

Supreme Court deals setback to labor unions with Janus decision
State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 27

Sycamore School District 427 Board
to consider joining enterprise zone
Kate Finline, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, June 26

Still no agreement in Unit 40 contract talks
Keith Stewart, Effingham Daily News, June 26

Belleville East gets new principal as district prepares
to do more to help freshmen
Lexi Cortes, News-Democrat, Belleville, June 20

Unit 4 admins brainstorm ways to push back
against 'pushout' of black girls
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, June 26


June 26, 2018
In today’s Leading News, no decision Monday from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Janus case on “fair share” fees; action is expected in this, the last week of the court’s session. There’s more in the media on the potential increase in teacher minimum salary in Illinois. Civics in the summertime: a summer school program in Quincy educates students about how government works. United THSD 30 is building a student center. Finally in the news, school discipline policies are under discussion as National Public Radio takes another look at school safety.

Still no Janus vs. AFSCME decision from U.S. Supreme Court
State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 25

Will Illinois raise the minimum salary for teachers?
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 24

Checks and balances: QPS summer school program
focuses on government
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 23

UTHS breaks ground Monday on Student Life Center in East Moline
Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, June 25

Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?
Anya Kamenetz, NPR, June 22

June 25, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois Newsroom public media collaborative looks at the teacher shortage in Illinois. School districts look for additional ways to fund its preschool programs after grant denials. The O’Fallon Progress covers an ongoing situation concerning a school board member’s emails. CPS plans to re-do background checks. Also in the news, the Daily Herald covers a decision by River Trails SD 26 to approve a posthumous retirement payment.


June 22, 2018
In today’s Leading news, Education Week follows up on yesterday’s news of a “proposal to merge the education and labor departments … the centerpiece of a broader plan to remake the entire federal government.” The plan is likely to be “a tough lift” in Congress. Also in this week’s news, headline-making issues in education include school safety drills (and local control of them), immigration safe zones, and changes to standardized testing.

Trump Officially Proposes Merging U.S. Departments of Education, Labor
Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, June 21

Here’s what local schools are doing
to help keep your child safe from active shooters
Lexi Cortes and Megan Braa, Belleville News-Democrat, June 15

Local schools should decide if drills are appropriate,
District 204 board says
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, June 19

East Aurora school board grapples with whether
to declare District 131 a safe zone
from immigration enforcement
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, June 20

Why Illinois will start testing ninth, 10th graders with PSAT
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 20

June 21, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a proposal to reorganize federal agencies would combine the United States departments of Labor and Education. Two suburban school districts consider, and reconsider, school boundary changes. Illinois lawmakers discuss legislative action after students, teachers, and child welfare authorities discuss reports of sexual violence at CPS schools.  Finally in the news, DeKalb SD 428 releases preliminary numbers from an student residency investigation sparked by a lawsuit.  

Trump Team Mulls Merger of Education, Labor Departments,
Multiple Sources Say
Alyson Klein, Education Week, June 20

Elmhurst 205 building plan may include boundary changes
Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 20

Hinsdale District 86 eliminates controversial buffer zone,
angering some parents
Kimberly Fornek, Pioneer Press/The Doings, Hinsdale, June 20

Illinois state lawmakers lash out at CPS over sexual abuse of students
Juan Perez Jr., David Jackson, Jennifer Smith Richards and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune, June 21

Attorney: Preliminary numbers show lawsuit's residency claims
way off in District 428
Drew Zimmerman, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, June 19


June 20, 2018
In today’s Leading News, city council voting for a Bloomington TIF is delayed pending responses to school district concerns. Park Ridge-Niles SD 64 sets a committee to discuss school resource officers in middle schools. The Rockford Register-Star continues its look at third-grade reading, and the Decatur Herald and Review continues coverage of Decatur SD 61’s new strategic plan. Finally in the news, Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD 10 will switch to an automated phone system to increase personnel productivity. 

Council delays TIF policy vote until next week
Maria Nagle, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, June 19

Divided District 64 board seeks committee to weigh in
on school resource officer program
Jennifer Johnson, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, June 18

Most districts fail to best state average on third-grade reading
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, June 16

The Decatur school board has its strategic plan. Now, how to execute it?
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, June 16

Calls to PBL will result in automated message,
instead of secretary's voice
Ross Brown, Ford County Record, June 18


June 19, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois state budget adds $50 million to early childhood education grants; will it be enough to meet demand? Governor Bruce Rauner pardons a Waukegan CUSD 60 school board member who was facing a legal challenge to stay on the board because of for a prior conviction. Decatur SD 61 adjusts a contract to help teaching assistants find jobs. Evergreen Park ESD 124 rescinds an administrative offer after scrutiny. Finally in the news, school districts turn to collection agencies to recover unpaid fees.

Kevin Beese, Chronicle Media, Woodford County, June 18

Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, June 14

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, June 15

Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 17

Nicole Lauer, Quad City Times, June 16

June 18, 2018
In today’s Leading News, NPR Illinois’ Education Desk looks at teacher salaries. CPS accidentally releases ID data on thousands of students. Waukegan CUSD 60 plans to appeal the state’s reduction of preschool grant funds. Mattoon CUSD 2 buys land for a bus barn. Also in the news, a town/school partnership will offer work experience to THSD 214 (Arlington Heights) students.

How Much Is A School Teacher Worth?
Dusty Rhodes, NPR Illinois, June 7

Chicago Public Schools mistakenly emails private data
of thousands of students ...
Ese Olumhense, Chicago Tribune, June 16

Waukegan's preschool program cut nearly in half
following state funding denial
Emily K. Coleman and Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, June 14

Mattoon school board approves purchase of new bus barn site
Rob Stroud, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, June 13

Mount Prospect, District 214 team up to give students work experience
Steve Zalusky, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 7

June 15, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Oak Park District 97 is discussing various options for a proposed expansion at its elementary schools, while Morton CUSD 709 is debating whether to place a school facilities sales tax on the ballot to fund needed building improvements. About 300 students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 will lose bus service due to a change in routes. A western Illinois district is looking at incentives to improve teacher and staff attendance during the school year. Finally in the news, a new survey by school resource officers provides some insight into drug use at schools.

Expansion plans: Oak Park District 97 weighing
options at elementary schools

Steve Schering, Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves, Oak Park, June 14

Morton board discusses school facilities sales tax,
junior high improvements

Steve Stein, Peoria Journal Star, June 12

About 300 students to lose free bus service with
Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills District 181 transportation changes

Chuck Fieldman, Pioneer Press/The Doings, Hinsdale, June 12

HR Committee targets staff attendance
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 7

Survey provides insight to drugs in school
Betty Simpson, WCIA, Champaign, June 12

June 14, 2018
In today’ Leading News, will a $108 million state settlement from Volkswagen lead to cleaner school buses and cleaner air around schools? Rockridge CUSD 300 (Taylor Ridge) awaits test scores.
Crystal Lake SD 155 plans facilities upgrades. The Herald & Review looks at why individuals leave the teaching profession. Also in the news, a Stanford University study examined by The New York Times looks at student performance in mathematics, and what influences it.

School buses seen as vital pollution-reduction step
Kevin Beese, Chronicle Media, Cook County, June 12

Rockridge to learn student learning results this month
Cathy Decker, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, June 12

District 155 spending $14 million to upgrade schools
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 12

New career track: Why some Central Illinois teachers left the profession
Valerie Wells, Herald and Review, June 1

Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math:
Rich, White and Suburban Districts
Claire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy, New York Times, June 13


June 13, 2018
In today’s Leading News, pension changes in the state’s budget may take time to implement. CPS’s response to sexual violence allegations continues. Contract negotiations are ongoing in Hawthorn CCSD 73 and Effingham CUSD 40. Finally in the news, Washington CHSD 308 changes its honors system for graduating seniors.

State pension buyout programs will take time to start
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 1

CPS inspector general demands 'independent team'
examine sex abuse investigations
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, June 6

Hawthorn District 73 teachers reject contract offer
Mick Zawislak, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 11

Teachers spending summer negotiating
John Lubinski, WCIA, Champaign, June 12

Washington High School drops top 10 list
for new way to honor graduates
Steve Stein, Pekin Daily Times, June 11

June 12, 2018
In today’s Leading News, local and national media report on an Illinois concealed carry class for teachers, while districts explore changes to safety and security measures and personnel.  Also in the news, media are covering boards’ concerns over administrative hiring.


June 11, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Rockford-area organizations align Rockford SD 205 to promote third-grade reading improvements. Urbana SD 116 listens to concerns over district communications. The conversation continues for transgender students after graduation. THSD 113 (Highland Park) considers a long-term plan for filling its superintendent job. Finally in the news, a parent with a dual perspective opens a Title IX discussion in Naperville CUSD 203.

Birth of Rockford’s third-grade reading movement
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, June 1

Parents speak on school district communication concerns
Jennifer Jensen, WCIA, Champaign, June 5

District 211 transgender lawsuits go on past graduation
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 4

Wait until 2020 to fill superintendent post, teachers tell Dist. 113 board
Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Press/Highland Park News, May 31

Dad demands equal spending on baseball and softball...
'Title IX was enacted in 1972'
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, June 10


June 8, 2018
In today’s Leading News, DeKalb CUSD 428 responds to previous issues and changing demographics with a new diversity plan. Maine THSD 207 will add dual credit offerings. Educators gather in Charleston for a training program for social-emotional growth in students. The Post-Dispatch reports on the Illinois budget’s pension provision. Finally in the news, the budget also provides for a new merit-based scholarship program and changes to the MAP grant system.


DeKalb school board approves diversity plan
Drew Zimmerman, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, June 7

School Board Updated On Dual Credit Progress;
Resident Voices Concern Over Proposed Referendum
Collen Kant, Journal and Topics, Chicago suburbs, June 6

Behavior in classrooms is a problem;
local, Jamaican educators hope to solve it
Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, June 5

Illinois tamps down 'pension spiking' for teachers;
educators fear disincentive for hiring
Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 4

Illinois takes on 'brain drain'
with better funding, grant programs for college students
Julia Evelsizer and Tom Lisi, Decatur Herald and Review, May 31

June 7, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Northwest Herald opens a series on school violence. A item in the new state budget will “reel back pension perks.” THSD 113 (Highland Park) may consider interim leadership. East Aurora considers a safe zone proposal for the district, with a goal of sending “a message to students and parents that school is a place for education, not detention or deportation.”  Finally in the news, proposed legislation following the Tribune’s investigative series into sexual violence in schools would make more than a dozen changes to state laws protecting students.

McHenry County has seen its share
of school threats in 2018
Katie Smith, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 5

Last-minute change catches educators off-guard
Raquel Martin, WCIA, Champaign, June 5

Wait until 2020 to fill superintendent post,
teachers tell Dist. 113 board
Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Press/Highland Park News, May 31

East Aurora school board members urge discussion
on immigration 'safe zone' proposal
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, June 5

CPS sex abuse findings result in proposals
to change Illinois law
Gary Marx, David Jackson, Juan Perez Jr. and Jennifer Smith Richards,
Chicago Tribune, June 7 


June 6, 2018
In today’s Leading News, The Pantagraph looks at the potential impacts of the bill increase starting teacher salaries to $40,000. The St. Clair County ROE offers training for working with students with mental health issues. Sangamon County will have the County Schools Facility Sales Tax question on the November ballot after consecutive action by Springfield SD 186 and Williamsville CUSD 15. Also in the news, frogs.

School leaders worry about cost of mandated pay raises for teachers
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, June 2

Local teachers train because schools are ‘front-line defense’
for mental health concerns
Elizabeth Donald and Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, May 31

Springfield School Board approves
asking county voters for 1 percent sales tax
John Reynolds, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 4

Williamsville school board action puts sales tax question on ballot
John Reynolds, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 5

Is dissecting a frog in science class ethical?
Protesters challenge the long-standing but controversial practice.
Ted Gregory and Susan Berger, Chicago Tribune, June 1

June 5, 2018
In today’s Leading News, “a good day for the people of Illinois” as Governor Bruce Rauner signs the state budget. The budget includes provisions to fight Illinois’ “brain drain.” WBEZ looks at the education-related bills in front of the governor. CPS CEO Janice Jackson responds to a Tribune report on sexual violence against students. Also in the news, Elgin-based School District U-46 parents object to selecting a career path in middle school.

Gov. Rauner signs ‘not perfect’ budget
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 4

Julia Evelsizer and Tom Lisi, Decatur Herald and Review, May 31

Linda Lutton, Kate McGee, Becky Vevea, WBEZ, Chicago June 1

David Jackson, Gary Marx, Juan Perez Jr. and Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, June 4

to pick career path in middle school
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, June 3

June 4, 2018
In today’ Leading News, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to render its decision soon in Janus v. AFSCME, regarding the ability of public unions to collect “fair share” fees. The full-year Illinois budget is expected to be signed by Governor Bruce Rauner today. A student-led effort concerning concussion protocols is also on the governor’s desk. The NTSB has recommended new school buses be equipped with seat belts. Also in the news, are esports the wave of future in extracurricular competition?


June 1, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the House and Senate have passed a full-year budget for Illinois on which Governor Bruce Rauner “pledges quick action.” School leaders are “relieved” to see bipartisan agreement on the state budget; but in other news the bill that would raise the minimum teacher salary in Illinois has passed both houses and will also go to the governor for his consideration. Finally in the news, the Tribune presents an investigation into cases of sexual abuse and assault in Chicago schools.

Illinois House approves state budget, sends it to Rauner
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 31

Rauner pledges quick action on rancor-free, $38B budget plan
John O'Connor, AP/The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, May 31, 2018

School officials eager to see state funding progress
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, May 30

Illinois House Sends Governor Bill Raising Teacher Salaries
NBC 5, Chicago, May 31

BETRAYED: Chicago schools fail to protect students
from sexual abuse and assault, leaving lasting damage
David Jackson, Jennifer Smith Richards, Gary Marx, and Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, May 31


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