Illinois State Board of Education

State News
5:57 am
Wed March 4, 2015

State School Superintendent wants more money for schools

Illinois State School Superintendent Chris Koch presented the board of education’s budget request to a panel of lawmakers Tuesday. 

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State News
6:01 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Bill would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions in Illinois

An Illinois lawmaker wants to tighten the rules for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination requirements because of religious beliefs.

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State News
10:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Looking for Summer Food Program hosts

Credit isbe

The Illinois State Board of Education is looking for school districts, local government entities and nonprofits to host the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program.  

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State News
3:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Governor Rauner appoints Meeks chairman of Board of Education

When the Illinois State Board of Education met today in Springfield, there was a new chairman running the agenda.  One of the first appointments made by new Governor Bruce Rauner was James Meeks, a former state senator from Chicago and long-time pastor of the city’s Salem Baptist Church. 

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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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