Monthly Archives: October 2012

Does Spending Equate to Better School Results?

Despite a struggling economy, education spending in Illinois continues to go up. A former state education official notes that there’s no evidence that more spending equates to better results in the classroom. 

New Illinois Plan to have Harder Test More Often

As Illinois received news that its schools did not meet No Child Left Behind student progress standards, it prepared for new student testing and teacher evaluation systems. The tests will be harder and administered more often. “We’re no longer going to be looking at just a bubble multiple choice test. We’re going to be expecting those students to demonstrate the application of knowledge. And that requires a different type of teaching,” said State Superintendent Christopher Koch.

Per Pupil Spending in Illinois is at $11,000

Fact of the Day comes from the Illinois State Board of Education 2012 State Report Card.

Check How Your School Did on the Illinois School Report Card

How did your kids’ schools score on the most recent Illinois School Report Card? Search for results at the Illinois Interactive Report Card site.

We In Our New Office and Ready for Rebooting!

Illinois “Deficient” by No Child Left Behind Standards: But What Does That Mean?

Education dominates the reform news today with the Illinois Board of Education on Tuesday releasing Illinois elementary and high school standardized test score results. The numbers label the state deficient by federal No Child Left Behind standards, though interpreting what that means is no easy task. Expect education reform to stay in the news cycle as the state today releases its State Report Card for Illinois schools.

Radogno Weight in on Illinois Pension Debate

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno shows no sign of backing down in her opposition to the biggest hurdle in the pension reform debate. Shifting pension costs from the state to local school district remains a non-starter, she says.

Peoria Journal Star Joins Ranks of Opposition Amendment


Add the Peoria Journal Star to the growing list of voices opposed to the constitutional amendment proposal on next week’s election ballot. The paper calls it “nothing more than a charade disguised as reform, pretending to be the solution it isn’t.” Even worse: “The full text of the abysmally written and probably purposely indecipherable amendment – leave it to the lawyers – will not appear on the ballot, so this is the equivalent of signing a contract you haven’t read.”

Tribune on School Closings: “This Will be Painful”

Last month the Chicago Teachers Union strike became a national symbol of the clash between government and teacher unions in how to implement education reform. Expect more national attention as Chicago prepares to close more than 100 schools as it faces a budget gap of $1 billion. “Make no mistake: This will be painful. But scores of schools must be closed,” says the Chicago Tribune.

Derrick Smith Remains Optimistic on Re-election

The reelection campaign for State Rep. Derrick Smith will be a test of the iron-clad code of party loyalty for which Illinois politics is famous (or infamous). Facing trial for bribery charges and expelled from the House in August by his colleagues, Smith remains optimistic voters in his 10th District will return him to office.

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