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  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...
  • IHSA officials won't attend Friday state legislature committee meeting

    IHSA officials won't attend Friday state legislature committee meeting
    Illinois High School Association leaders announced Monday that no one will represent the association officially at Friday's Elementary and Secondary Education Committee hearing at South Shore High School. IHSA officials had planned to attend and...

    Suburban school leaders oppose state funding plan

     Suburban school leaders oppose state funding plan
    As lawmakers across the state continue debating equity in education funding, local legislators sat down this week to discuss the topic with representatives from three local school districts. The Wednesday morning session was a joint meeting of the...

    CPS head, lawmaker vow to work on truancy after Tribune series

    CPS head, lawmaker vow to work on truancy after Tribune series
    A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series. Speaking at a drop-out prevention...

    CPS head targets K-8 'dropout pipeline'

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed Monday to move forcefully to address the city's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, declaring: "We must work to shut down the dropout pipeline." She said that "while the district has not fully...