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Testing the test
April 18, 2019
New state school board wrestles with future of testing for teacher hopefuls
The basic skills test has proven to be a stumbling block for aspiring teachers of color.
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
March 1, 2019
State sends $27.5 million to Chicago to boost school improvement plans
Struggling schools designated as “underperforming” or “lowest performing” in the Illinois Schools Report Card are eligible for additional state money.
February 25, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker appoints 8 new state board members in near total sweep
The only member from Bruce Rauner’s term who will keep her seat is Susan Morrison, a former social studies teacher who has held statewide jobs.
education power players
November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
Follow the ratings
November 16, 2018
Illinois education officials laud their school ratings — but critics say they don’t go far enough
A new nationwide report criticized Illinois' rating system, even as officials lauded it.
Asked and answered
November 14, 2018
Are special education reforms moving too slowly? Chicago monitor responds to criticism.
"There’s been a lot of broken trust between parents and schools, parents and central office, parents and administrators," Chicago schools special education monitor says
Politics & Policy
November 8, 2018
Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker names well-connected educators to transition team
Two big names in education, former Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz and early-childhood expert Barbara Bowman, have been…
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
November 6, 2018
Nationally known early childhood supporter J.B. Pritzker will be Illinois’ next governor
J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire philanthropist who has funded early childhood education efforts nationally and in Illinois, will be the next governor of the…
November 6, 2018
How diverse are the teachers in your Illinois school district? Find out here.
Our searchable district-by-district database draws on the latest numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Illinois School Report Card.
By the numbers
November 5, 2018
Beyond hiring: The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks
In Chicago, the ranks of black teachers continue to decline, and the percentage of Latino teachers has only increased slightly.
on the ground
November 2, 2018
At one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage
For the principal of Back of the Yards, recruiting native Spanish speaking educators is an essential ingredient in plans to build a dual language program.
October 22, 2018
Want ideas for easing Illinois’ teacher shortage? Ask a teacher.
Raising pay ranks high on the list of ideas for how to fill vacancies in the classroom. But teachers gave mixed responses to Illinois State Board of Education proposals on speeding up credentialing.
October 19, 2018
Coming soon: Not one, but two ratings for every Chicago school
Starting this month, Chicago schools will have to juggle two ratings — one from the school district, and…
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