Thursday, March 2, 2017

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in February and early March 2017. Comments and opinions of websites linked from this page do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Charlie Wheeler
Illinois Issues:
The Real Chilling Effect Of A Property Tax Freeze
Commentary, Charles N. Wheeler III, Illinois Edition and Illinois Issues, WUIS-NPR Illinois, Springfield, March 2

In this collection of opinions, we recommend today’s commentary by Charles N. Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield and a veteran newsman with a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times. He was a participant in the analysts panel at last week’s Alliance Leadership Summit. Click on the link above to read Wheeler's commentary from Illinois Edition and Illinois Issues on the implications of a property tax freeze in Illinois.

Click on the headlines below to read more opinions on education.

STATE AFFAIRS: Illinois doesn’t know how many kids not in school
Editorial, Jim Nowlan, Ottawa Times, February 1

Repeal the state pie?
Upstate lawmaker takes aim at State Designations Act
Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan, February 2

Editorial: Lake Zurich hazing: When adults look the other way
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, February 2

Kadner: School funding panel lacks guts
Opinion, Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-Times, February 3

Editorial: Grand bargain better help school kids
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, February 3

Our View: Action, not talk, needed on public school funding
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, February 4

Our View: District 186 needs your input on its school buildings
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, February 5

Detailed facts about the County School Facilities Sales Tax
Carrie E. Hruby, Superintendent,  O'Fallon CCSD 90, Belleville News-Democrat, February 8

Commentary: While politicians bicker,
Illinois' poorest schools slip further behind
Steven G. Fouts, teacher at Chicago’s Frederick Douglass Academy High School, Chicago Tribune, February 9

Kadner: Mom says school reform numbers don’t add up
Opinion, Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-Times, February 10

Being pro-active in dealing with bullying
Jon Kilgore, Superintendent, Pontiac THSD 90, Pontiac Daily Leader, February 11

Schoenburg: Where is ‘moral outrage’
for Illinois high schools, Kennedy asks
Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal-Register, February 11

Brown: Rauner doing no favors for Senate leaders — or schools
Politics, Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times, February 15

Editorial: Chicago Public Schools 'on the brink'
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, February 16

Our View: Rockford schools, parks create winning scenario for all
Editorial Board, Rockford Register Star, February 17

Legislature should standardize election disqualifiers
Editorial Board, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, February 17

Editorial: The spirited debate at New Trier:
Civil rights awareness or 'indoctrination day'?
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, February 23

Our view: Harrisburg contract issues are troubling
Editorial Board, The Daily Register, Harrisburg, February 24

Finally, wheels in motion for East Aurora busing
Opinion, Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News, February 25

Editorial: Stop stalling on school funding for kids
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, February 26

Phil Kadner: Madigan is no champion of schoolchildren
Opinion, Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-Times, February 28