Leading News Archives May 2017

May 31, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the clock continues ticking on the state’s budget crisis. The Senate approved a property tax freeze on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the House education appropriations committee advanced a school funding reform plan sponsored by Rep. William Davis (D-Homewood). Finally in the news, school administrators, including a contingent from southern Illinois, will call for funding reform at the Capitol today. Check out the IASB News Blog’s front page for continuing coverage of the legislative session.

Illinois Legislature, governor set national futility record
John O’Connor, AP/The Pantagraph, Bloomington, May 31

Illinois Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues
Doug Finke, Rockford Register Star, May 3

Illinois Senate Approves Property-Tax Freeze
Associated Press/Peoria Public Radio, May 30

Illinois House committee advances school-funding change
AP/ State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 30

School leaders head to Springfield to fight for education funding
Tia Rinehart, WSIL-TV, May 30

May 30, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Illinois House was in action on Monday, but with no debate over the state budget. Illinois school districts maintain transgender student policies despite federal changes. Peoria Public School teachers say student safety is at stake with anticipated overcrowding. Danville CCSD 118 students, community leader and school board debate the dress code. Finally in the news, a Waukegan CUSD 60 school grows produce for a local food pantry.

Illinois House full of action but no budget debate
John O’Connor, AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 29

Protections for transgender students remain in place at Illinois schools
Leo V. Gaines, Norridge-Harwood Heights News, May 26

Glen Oak teachers say overcrowding affects school safety
Pam Adams, Journal Star, Peoria, May 23

Danville student proposes dress-code revisions to board
Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette, Champaign, May 25

Waukegan school greenhouse reaps 126 pounds of produce
for local food pantry
Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, May 23

May 26, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the Tribune looks at Chicago Public Schools’ "perpetually at odds" place in the school funding reform discussion. In related news, the Illinois House passed a bill which would call for an elected board of education for CPS. School administrators travel to Springfield with a message, “This nonsense has to stop.” Rockford SD 205 reaches an agreement with its bus drivers. Finally in the news, NPR looks at why it’s difficult to determine whether or not school choice is working.

Dispute over CPS money latest snag in longtime debate
on school funding
Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune, May 26

Illinois House Once Again Backs Elected Chicago School Board
Matt Masterson, WTTW, Chicago, May 25

Grimm on school funding: ‘This nonsense has to stop’
Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, May 24

Rockford school bus drivers reach tentative agreement with district
Kevin Haas, Rockford Register-Star, May 25

Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working
Anya Kamanetz and Cory Turner, NPREd, May 21

May 25, 2017
In today’s Leading News, CPS authorized borrowing almost $900 million lest the district “simply run out of money.” McLean Co Unit District 5 looks at cashflow concerns stemming from missing state payments. Naperville CUSD 203 and local law enforcement face a lawsuit over a student disciplinary situation that evolved into tragedy. Putnam Co CUSD 535 changes its grading scale. Finally in the news, a Springfield SD 186 school celebrates its 150th anniversary and a recently-discovered history.

Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, May 24

Julia Evelsizer, Bloomington Pantagraph, May 25

Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune, May 25

Dave Cook, Putnam County News, May 23

Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 23

May 24, 2017
In today’s Leading News, community members question funding and transportation for a proposed charter school for Elgin-based School District U-46. A Northfield THSD 225 student expelled after an alleged hack of the school’s computer network has been reinstated by a court decision. Stark Co CUSD 100 reaches a deal with its teachers. Finally in the news, the Illinois Senate voted on a tax bill with a week to go before the scheduled end of the legislative session.

District U46 residents speak out against charter school proposal
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, May 23

Student who sued over being expelled ordered back to school, for now
Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, May 23

Stark County School Board approves teacher raises
Gary L. Smith, Peoria Journal-Star, May 18

Illinois Senate Democrats pass major tax hikes unlikely to become law
Monique Garcia and Haley BeMiller, Chicago Tribune, May 23

Tricky, unpopular budget at crux of Senate 'grand bargain'
John O’Connor, AP/The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, May 22

May 23, 2017
In today’s Leading News, parties anticipate a resolution of a lawsuit surrounding a school building referendum for Hinsdale CCSD 181. Quincy SD 172 will issue bonds despite a rating downgrade. Homewood-Flossmoor CHSD 233 upgrades entryway security. Pontiac SD 429 approves “new stuff” for its junior high school. Finally in the news, Norridge SD 80 considers its next steps because a winning candidate is declining to join the school board.

Settlement possible in lawsuit over new Hinsdale Middle School
Karen Jordan, WLS/ABC-7 Chicago, May 22

School district's bond rating downgraded
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, May 23

H-F High improving security with front entrance changes
Marilyn Thomas, Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, May 22, 2017

Board approves new stuff for junior high school
Luke Smucker, Pontiac Daily News, May 19

Norridge District 80 mulls next move on absent board member
Pioneer Press/Norridge-Harwood Heights News, May 18

May 22, 2017
In today’s Leading News, it was a busy weekend in education-related news, including the debate over school funding reform numbers published last week. CPS outlines how it will find the funds to stay open. A state Supreme Court ruling ruled that the Illinois High School Association is not a governing body and is not subject to Freedom of Information Act requirements. Finally in the news, the Chicago Tribune examines college readiness outcomes.

Rauner, Democrats accuse each other of peddling fake news
Brandon Richard, WSIL-TV, May 19

Manar Says Gov's Office Dialed Up The Wrong Numbers
Dusty Rhodes, NPR Illinois Education Desk, May 19

Chicago Public Schools to Borrow $389 Million to Stay Open
Paris Schultz, WTTW Chicago, May 19

IHSA Wins Illinois Supreme Court FOIA Case
Tom Lisi, WILL/Illinois Public Media, May 19

Tribune analysis: College prep courses not preparing kids for college
Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune, May 19

May 19, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school districts are responding to an alarming report by NBC5-Chicago that indicates anonymous internet websites are trading in explicit photographs of high school students, and sorting them by school. Chicago Public Schools plan to use short-term borrowing to fund the remainder of the school year and cover pension costs. Governor Bruce Rauner opposes the funding reform measure passed by the Illinois Senate this week. Finally in the news, SIUE offers a program for educators teaching dual-credit courses.

Chicago-Area High Schools Listed on Website Trading Nude Photos
Katie Kim, Lisa Capitanini and Alexis Positano, NBC5, Chicago, May 16

Nude photos of former area high school students

reportedly being traded online
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, May 12

CPS to borrow against late state block grants to pay for end of year
Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, May 18

Rauner continues to oppose Senate-OK'd school-aid change
By Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, APBelleville News-Democrat, May 17

SIUE introduces dual-credit program for high school teachers
The Telegraph, Alton, May 17

May 18, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the SB1 school funding reform bill passed the Senate as the bulk of the “grand bargain” did not. Morton CUSD 709 students can have their cellphones, but must keep them off and out of sight. And speaking of possible distractions, some districts are OK with fidget spinners, others – not so much. Finally in the news, Illinois readers will find some familiar themes in an article about school funding reform in New Jersey.

‘Grand bargain’ vote fizzles again in Illinois Senate
Doug Finke, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 17

Illinois Senate Dems push ahead on budget,
but many factors are pushing back
Monique Garcia and Haley BeMiller, Chicago Tribune, May 17

Morton High students must turn off cellphones,
keep them out of sight
Steve Stein, Journal Star, Peoria, May 16

Tool or toy? Schools divided in how to handle fidget spinners
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 16

500 Students in a One-Room School: Fallout
of New Jersey’s Funding Woes
Karen Rouse, New York Times, May 14

May 17, 2017
In today’s Leading News, read about Google’s “takeover” of classrooms. The Sun-Times reports more school funding reform talk from Illinois leaders, as Charleston CUSD 1 issues tax anticipation warrants and Eastland CUSD 308 transportation funds run short. Finally in the news, is video gaming the high school competition wave of the future? 

How Google Took Over the Classroom
Natasha Singer, New York Times, May 13

Rahm, Rauner share stage, but not school funding solutions
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, May 11

Charleston schools to again issue tax anticipation warrants
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette & Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, May 17

Eastland schools left short by state budget stalemate
Phillip Hartman, Sauk Valley News, May 17

Video gaming: the next high school sport?
Competitive esports gain traction
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, May 12

May 16, 2017
In today’s Leading News, the discussion on the health and costs school lunches continues nationally and locally. Non-traditional “teaching spaces” and “breakout spaces” will be added at Adlai E Stevenson HSD 125.  Finally in the news, as the months go by without a state budget, central Illinois public school athletic programs may lose their trainers. 

Rebuking Trump nutrition proposals,
Michelle Obama warns against 'kids eating crap'
Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune, May 12

Belleville school board makes cost-saving change to school lunches
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, May 15

$28 million Stevenson addition aims to 'reinvent' the classroom
Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 5

Morning Spin: Madigan Democrats to present wish list
to skeptical Rauner on Tuesday
Chicago Tribune, May 16

Hospitals to cut athletic trainer services to schools
Dean Olsen, State Journal-Register, May 15

May 15, 2017
In today’s Leading News, tensions continue for Chicago Public Schools. Evanston THSD 202 changes its policy on facility use by transgender students. Parents question the dress code in McLean Co. Unit District 5, stating that it is directed at “girls’ clothing more than boys’ behavior.” Finally in the news, a bill would limit expulsions in Illinois’ state-funded preschools.

CTU to take confidence vote on schools chief Claypool
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, May 12

Tensions rising between Emanuel and Claypool over CPS
Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, May 7

Evanston High School Dist. 202 approves changes
on transgender student access to locker rooms 
Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press/Evanston News, May 6

Parents upset with Unit 5 dress code; Sgt. Rodgers honored
Julia Evelsizer, Bloomington Pantagraph, May 11

New Bill Would Curb Pre-K Expulsions in Public Schools
Matt Masterson, WTTW Chicago, May 11

May 12, 2017
In today’s Leading News, NPR reports on bullying research which shows “significant declines across every category of behavior and in most grades.” Freeport SD 145 looks far and wide to find foreign language instructors. Education issues, including retaining new teachers, will be on the agenda as the city of Peoria establishes seven work groups to address "racial imbalances" in the community. Finally in the news, the media takes note of two longtime school board members, both of whom also served IASB leadership roles, are retiring from school board service.

School Bullying Is Down. Why Don't Students Believe It?
Anya Mamenetz, NPR Education, May 11

Freeport School District to recruit bilingual teachers from Spain
Derrick Mason, Freeport Journal-Standard, April 28

Peoria sets up seven groups to work on city’s racial issues
Steve Tarter, Peoria Journal Star, May 10

'Pillar of the community':
Longtime Waukegan school board member steps down
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, May 5

24 years on Grant Park school board 
John Dykstra, Kankakee Daily Journal, May 10

May 11, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Sycamore SD 427 schedules staggered starts for students. Feeling the budget crunch: CPS says it has funds to finish the school year but will miss a pension payment; Mattoon CUSD 2 talks about the delay in categorical state funding; and Decatur SD 61’s adult education program shuts down. Finally in the news, more takes on legislating a cursive writing requirement.

Sycamore School District 427 considers schedule options
for high-schoolers
Stephanie Markham, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, May 9

CPS says it may fall short on upcoming pension payment
Juan Perez Jr. and Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune, May 10

Mattoon schools admin: Illinois is still not paying
Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, May 10

Decatur adult education program ceases
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald & Review, May 10

Should teaching cursive be required by state law?
Local schools say no
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 1

May 10, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Argenta-Oreana CUSD 1 will regain funds it was shorted when a grant was misapplied. Morris districts may consider sharing a superintendent. Will East Aurora have to put the brakes on its recently-established busing plan? Finally in the news, proposed legislation reopens the cursive conversation.

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald & Review, May 8

Heidi Litchfield, Morris Herald-News, May 9 

Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, May 3

Haley BeMiller, Chicago Tribune, April 28

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald & Review, May 6

May 9, 2017
In today’s Leading News, budget talks accelerate; is there a “final act” in sight? Recent changes to federal nutrition standards won’t be obvious in the typical cafeteria. Some residents want a Waukegan SD 60 loan proposal taken to a referendum. A CEO program starts up in Richland County. Finally in the news, Marketplace takes a business-side look at districts’ need to attract and retain quality teachers.

Senators talk budget, Madigan talks compromise — GOP rolls eyes
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, May 8

Minimal effect seen in rollback of school nutrition rules
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 6

Loan proposal faces opposition from Waukegan school board, residents
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, April 28

Local business leaders have high hopes for CEO Program
Amanda Blain, Olney Daily Mail, May 7

National Teacher Day brings gifts,
but teachers also want support, better pay
Amy Scott, Marketplace, May 9

May 8, 2017
In today’s Leading News, school districts across the state discuss the recently-distributed financial rankings. Can a Thompson Center sale help CPS? Finally in the news Pekin High School continues to cope with the aftermath of computer hacking.

Financial rankings rankle districts coping with state cutbacks
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, May 5

How did East St. Louis-area schools improve their financial health?
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, April 19

School financial profiles good, but growth is slow
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, May 8

Rauner pitches Thompson Center sale as ‘home run’ that helps CPS
Tina Sfondeles and Fran Spielman,, Chicago Sun-Times, May 5

Pekin High School still feeling effects of cyberattack
Sharon Woods Harris, Peoria Journal Star, May 3

May 5, 2017
In today’s Leading News, one school district is taking a new approach to summer school by offering virtual learning options. The Peoria Public Schools superintendent offered a positive assessment of accomplishments and future initiatives during her ‘State of the Schools’ address. Geneseo plans to survey students, staff, and parents as they seek to replace their longtime superintendent. The Rockford School Board held a special public meeting to discuss outsourcing transportation and food services for the district. Finally in the news, teachers are turning to online donations to help fund some classroom expenses.  
Vikki Ortiz Healy, Chicago Tribune, May 3

Superintendent: ‘Stars are aligning’ for progress in PPS
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal Star, May 3

Survey will help Geneseo superintendent search
Geneseo Republic, May 3

Rockford School Board Considering Outsourcing Transportation
Owen Stiffler, Rockford Register Star, May 2

Illinois teachers use GoFundMe campaigns for class expenses
AP/State Journal-Register, May 1

May 4, 2017
In today’s Leading News, The New York Times visits Illinois to demonstrate how today’s health care vote will dramatically affect special education: “School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country.” Also in the news, with school districts among the millions affected by a “sophisticated” malicious email scam, be aware of any emails asking you to open a Google doc, even those that come from trusted senders. How will the USDA’s scaling back of nutritional requirements affect local schools? West Aurora USD 129 expresses worry about Title I cuts. Finally in the news, some good news: anti-bullying efforts may be working.

May 3, 2017
In today’s Leading News, Quincy teachers rally for funding reform. Illinois schools are open after weekend flooding, but more rain is on the way. Evanston THSD 202 establishes a transgender student facility use policy. Chester CUSD 139 can’t wait on the state, so students will make up a day of school that was missed to honor James Brockmeyer, a veteran police officer and firefighter who died while working. Finally in the news, Elgin-based School District U-46 reconsiders a preschool location after a gun club received approval to operate nearby.

Rally shows support for schools, calls for budget 'that students deserve'
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, May 1

All Lebanon schools open Tuesday after flooding subsides
Belleville News-Democrat, May 1

ETHS passes transgender locker room policy
Ryan Wangman, The Daily Northwestern, May 2

Chester students to make up Brockmeyer funeral after all
Pete Spitler, Randolph County Herald-Tribune, May 1

U-46 preschool future uncertain after gun club vote
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, April 29

May 2, 2017
In today’s Leading News, NPR Illinois’ Education Desk examines State Senator Jason Barickman’s school funding reform bill. Pekin CHSD 303 recovers from a cyber attack. Will a decades-old conviction keep an electee from serving on the Waukegan SD 60 school board? Finally in the news, distraction or focus improving? The classroom fad known as “fidget toys” are now banned in some school districts.

Barickman Bares His Funding Numbers: Winners And Bigger Winners
Dusty Rhodes,  Education Desk, NPR Illinois, April 27

A Breakdown Of Barickman's Bill
Dusty Rhodes,  Education Desk, NPR Illinois, April 28

Pekin high school subject of cyberattack
Nick Vlahos, Peoria Journal Star, April 26

Decades-old felony conviction raises questions
on Waukegan school board member's eligibility
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, April 28

Schools ban fidget toys as classroom distraction
Kate Thayer, Chicago Tribune, May 1

May 1, 2017
In today’s Leading News, state funding delays impact Williamson County pre-kindergarten programs. CPS school swill stay open as scheduled despite last week's court decision in its funding formula lawsuit. Niles THSD 219 deals with situation in which a student’s “racial remark” on social media led to a student walkout. Riverton CUSD 14 aims for federal funding to provide meals for all students. Finally in the news, could something just like this happen in your district? Here’s all we know about the good intentions of the young crashers who turned Huntley High School’s prom inside out.

Pre-K services at risk in Williamson County
as state falls further behind on payments
Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, May 1

Rahm won’t close schools early — despite losing funding lawsuit
Sam Charles and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, April 28

Niles North: Student who posted BB gun, racial remark
on social media won't return to school
Pioneer Press/Skokie Review, May 1

Riverton School District applies for free meals
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 23

The Chainsmokers crash Huntley High School prom
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, April 20

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