Sunday, June 11, 2017

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in May 2017.  The views and opinions of authors expressed below do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Illinois Association of School Boards. The appearance of external links does not constitute endorsement by the Illinois Association of School Boards of the linked web sites. All links are provided with the intent of informing readership of issues relating to public education in Illinois.

There’s a bill in the Legislature to mandate the teaching
of cursive handwriting in Illinois public schools. What’s your opinion?
Editorial Board, Sauk Valley Media, May 4

Editorial: Hooky alert: Why do so many Chicago teachers
take so many sick days?
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 5

Four Education Priorities Democrats and Republicans Can Agree On
David Jacobson, Education Week, May 9

Guest Column: Evidence-based school funding model is a win
for special education students
Kevin Rubenstein, president-elect of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, State Journal-Register, Springfield, May 9

11 ways Chicago is the beating heart
of the disastrous charter school agenda
Steven Rosenfeld, Alternet, May 9

Discipline rules need adjustment
Jeanelle Norman, branch president of the Decatur NAACP and past president of the Decatur School Board, Decatur Herald & Review, May 11

Education burdened by unnecessary administration costs
Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 11

Springfield’s failure to fund schools is a form of child neglect
Phil Kadner, Chicago Sun-Times, May 11

School fixup funds latest victims of state-budget impasse
Editorial Board, Lake County News-Sun, May 19

Opinion: Non-essential programs take hit
while schools wait for state budget
Linda McDaniel-Hale, Elgin Courier-News, May 19

Until schools merge, learning to share is next best thing
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, May 18

Editorial: Confidence game: There's a long list of officials to blame
for the crisis at CPS
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 19

Luciano: Beloved school volunteer, 96, shows no sign of slowing down
Phil Luciano, Peoria Journal Star, May 20

Sounding the Alarm: Illinois must overhaul education funding formula
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, May 19

Unacceptable, yes. Pathetic, too
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, May 24

Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable 
Editorial Board, State Journal-Register, May 24

Column: Business leaders to Rauner, Madigan:
Fix this 'unprecedented fiscal crisis'
Robert Reed, Chicago Tribune, May 25

Editorial: Dumbing down high school
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 25

If Illinois lawmakers don't pass a budget by May 31,
should we "throw the bums out?"
Editorial Board, Sauk Valley Media, May 25

An Illinois student’s school funding reform proposal
Logan Klepzig, Reboot Illinois, May 26

Three public jobs no problem for local Wonder Woman, or are they?
Editorial Board, Belleville News-Democrat, May 29

Column: Is Illinois a big-spending state? Evidence says 'no'
Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune, May 30

Where rising assessments are boosting property tax bills most
Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 31

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