Illinois State Board of Education

State News
7:23 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Failing schools and state intervention

If you ask Illinois residents what’s most important to them and their families, education is often at the top of the list. So it’s no surprise that citizens expect high educational standards from government and solid financing. But most people prefer their state involvement at arm's length. As part of our HeyGov series about government’s role in the lives of voters, we look at a little-known muscle the state can flex, right in your school district.   

Bet you didn’t know that the state of Illinois has the power to take over your local schools. As in, fire school board members, even those you and your neighbors voted for. As in put a new superintendent in place.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:02 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Area teachers nominated for Il Teacher of the Year award

Susan Diggle is a 5th grade teacher at Germantown Hills Intermediate School and a finalist for the Il Teacher of the Year award.
Credit Illinois State Board of Education

A Peoria area teacher is among 12 finalists to become Illinois Teacher of the Year. The Illinois State Board of Education announced the finalists for the award that will be handed out at an October banquet. Susan Diggle is a fifth grade teacher at Germantown Hills Intermediate School in District 69. Mary Lynn Meredith is also among the nominees. She’s an art teacher at Praireland Elementary School in McLean County Unit 5. There were more than 230 nominations for the Teacher of the Year honor. The award will be announced during the “Those Who Excel” banquet October 25th.  

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State News
4:59 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

"Back To School" webinar details changes in learning

An internet event next week is aimed at reaching out to parents in the state.  The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA have teamed up to offer their first Back To School webinar on Tuesday September 9.   

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State News
1:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Rauner files term limit petition

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner presents his term limit petition in Springfield on Wednesday.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has filed his term limit petition with Illinois election officials. If approved by voters in November, legislators would be capped at eight years in office. 

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State News
6:45 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Illinois school report cards released

Thursday is report card day across Illinois. It’s not students who are being graded, but schools and school districts. At first glance, the news is not good. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, state officials say it’s a one-time blip because of a change in the grading.

On paper, Illinois students appear to be doing quite poorly. The percentage of those meeting state standards dropped from 82.1 percent in 2012 to 58.8 percent in 2013. We learned that last month, the latest release of numbers shows the same trend at the level of individual schools and districts. Except state officials say that’s not actually what’s happening.

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State News
6:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

ISBE Chair says state needs to bridge the digital divide in schools

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education says Illinois needs to immediately address the digital divide in the state’s schools, and it’s not just about learning. 

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State News
1:23 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards

As Illinois schools continue implementing the new "Common Core" educational standards, the changes are drawing criticism. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Illinois' top educator says that's because of a misconception.

The Common Core curriculum has been in the works for years. Illinois adopted it in 2010. It's meant to provide clear achievement standards in language and math at every grade level.

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State News
7:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Advocates for disabled fight special education rule

Teacher Carrie Howell with student George Farnsworth

The State of Illinois caps the number of high needs learners who share the attention of a single special education teacher.

For the past decade, there has also been a limit on how many children with disabilities can be placed in what are known as “general education” public school classrooms. But those rules could soon be repealed.

As Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports, the mother of a young man with autism has joined advocates for the disabled who say the proposed change has to do more with cost-savings than with properly educating kids.

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State News
7:05 am
Fri May 17, 2013

ISBE Chairman says there's still time to fight against cuts to education funding

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education says the next two weeks represent a “critical period” for public schools. Two weeks is the amount of time lawmakers have to finish a state budget before they’re scheduled to leave the capitol for the summer. Chairman Gery Chico says while he isn’t sure cuts can be avoided, there’s still time to make a case against them.

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