Public education

The president of Western Illinois University will keep his job for at least one more year.   The board of trustees unanimously agreed to extend Dr. Jack Thomas' contract through the 2016-17 fiscal year.  Reading from a prepared statement during the board's quarterly meeting... chairperson Roger Clawson said trustees enthusiastically commend Thomas for the leadership he's shown during difficult times, and trustees support his strategic vision for Western.  After the meeting, Clawson said Thomas is steering the University through uncharted waters.

Senate Republicans are calling on Democrats who control the chamber to join them in supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for full funding of elementary and secondary education. 

         CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools has announced the layoff of 62 employees, 17 of them teachers, citing its efforts to stabilize its finances by eliminating $85 million from school budgets.       In announcing Monday's move, the school district said those laid off include 43 full-time and 19 part-time employees.        Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool says the fact the cuts are needed is unfortunate for the district's students, principals and teachers.        In announcing the layoffs, school officials pointed to the failure of Gov.

Chicago Public Schools officials report a 60 percent reduction in student suspensions and 38 percent fewer expulsions across all grades at mid-school year. 

Simon pushes for school funding change

Jan 14, 2014

Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. There’s a move to change how that's done.