Sunday, June 2, 2019

Opinions on Education

The following are editorials, commentaries, and opinions from various sources regarding public education, collected in Spring 2019.  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.

Editorial: Add teacher shortage to the list of big problems Illinois must solve
Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, March 13

Column: E-learning now for snow days weeks ago?
Some District 300 parents don't like it
Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 20

Letter to the Editor: Regarding School Facility Occupation Tax
Rich Siemer, Effingham Daily News, March 24

Editorial: Why an elected CPS board
would be worse than the flawed status quo
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, April 4

Column: Some creative ways to save money in Illinois public schools
Madeleine Doubek, Chicago Sun-Times, April 8

Editorial: Softly killing public education
by sending taxpayer money to private schools
Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 9

Guest View: Illinois university students support bold actions
to renew the Prairie State
John T. Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 13

Editorial: Published public notices keep people in the know
Editorial Board, Peoria Journal Star, April 13

Editorial: Pay teachers, but watch the money
Editorial Board, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, April 18

Opinion: Search for school efficiencies may be con(solidation) game
Bill Knight, Washington Times Reporter, April 20

Editorial: Administrative bloat
Editorial Board, Champaign News-Gazette, April 23

Letter: Forrestville Valley aiming to combat teacher shortage
Sheri Smith, superintendent, Forrestville Valley Community Unit School District, Journal Standard, Freeport, April 24

Column: What can fight crime? Preschools, report says. The more, the better.
Charles Keeshan and Susan Sarkauskas, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 3

Column: Tread carefully on schools as polling places
Tom Collins, LaSalle News-Tribune, May 8

Commentary: Who's too young for kindergarten?
Elizabeth T. Powers, professor of economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, May 9

Commentary: Driving a spike in teacher pensions
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, May 10

Editorial: Spread the word: Illinois has a strong law
to protect newborns of panicked parents
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, May 10

Column: Comparing superintendents' pay
David Giuliani, Kankakee Daily Journal, May 11

Commentary: Lawmakers close in on school consolidation,
but skeptics remain
Cole Lauterbach, Jacksonville Journal Courier, May 20

Column: Testing, testing: How are students really doing?
Brett Herrmann, LaSalle News-Tribune, May 22

Editorial: New leadership in Urbana
Editorial Board, The News-Gazette, Champaign, May 26