Illinois legislators introduce bills to kill the state charter school commission

11/14/2013
The state charter school commission is under attack. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, has contempt for the state charter school commission, even though she voted for its creation more than two years ago. It was on full display the last time Jeanne Nowaczewski – the commission’s executive director – appeared in front of the...

TAGS: Charter Authorizer Task Force, charter schools, ISBE: Illinois State Board of Education, Jeanne Nowaczewski, Kimberly Lightford, Linda Chapa LaVia, school choice, vouchers

Chicago Tribune calls for honesty in college-readiness standards

11/08/2013
The Chicago Tribune is calling on the state to be honest about how well its students are performing academically: “Illinois has a track record of massaging its school performance numbers to mask reality and make everybody feel good. Last year, 849 schools could boast that 90 percent or more of their students passed statewide reading...

TAGS: college readiness, ISBE: Illinois State Board of Education, No Child Left Behind

It’s time to stop misleading parents about the quality of Illinois schools

11/06/2013
State government officials, district administrators and union bosses have been actively misleading parents about the quality of Illinois’ elementary schools for years. New Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, scores released last week by the Illinois State Board of Education, or ISBE, prove as much. In fact, most schools across the state experienced significant drops...

TAGS: Common Core, CPS: Chicago Public Schools, Illinois Standard Achievement Test, ISAT, ISBE: Illinois State Board of Education

School district salaries left out of Illinois school report cards

By Brian Costin
11/04/2013
The Illinois General Assembly may consider much needed pension reform during the second week of fall veto session, which lasts Nov. 5 until Nov. 7. But they will have to do so without the latest teacher and administrator salary information affecting the state’s largest pension system, the Teachers’ Retirement System, or TRS. Last week the...

TAGS: Illinois State School Report Cards, ISBE: Illinois State Board of Education, TRS: Teachers’ Retirement System