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Undercounting the youngest
June 18, 2019
As citizenship question swirls, Illinois early childhood advocates gear up for another census challenge
In Illinois, early childhood advocates are also fretting over a group that has long been undercounted: babies and toddlers.
June 6, 2019
Nearly 40 Chicago schools, including charters, to get building boost from state capital plan
The capital bill lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to K-12 schools and another $111 million for early education facilities.
June 5, 2019
Illinois top educator wants to revamp state testing
The current patchwork of state tests would be replaced them with one coordinated type of measurement.
Follow the money
April 15, 2019
At more than $1 billion, Illinois tops the nation in school administration spending
Illinois also spends twice as much per pupil on school administration as the national average — $544 in Illinois to $226 nationwide.
March 21, 2019
Illinois State Board, new superintendent seek $5.6 million more for training teachers, streamlining testing
The Illinois State Board of Education has approved adding $5.6 million more to the state education budget — money that the new superintendent…
Illinois State Board of Education
Updated February 26, 2019
Illinois new chief educator: Pritzker board appoints first woman of color to the top job
Gov. J.B. Pritzker recommended the first Latina to the state’s top schools job on Tuesday, a day after he replaced all but…
February 20, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker plows $100 million more into early ed — but no universal preschool this year
“Investing in early childhood is the single most important education policy decision government can make," Pritzker said Wednesday.
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
October 23, 2018
In Illinois, child care costs eclipse rent, making it one of least affordable states
Illinois is one of the 15 least affordable states in the country for child care.
Testing the Candidates
October 2, 2018
Rauner and Pritzker are at odds over most education issues — but agree on this one point
Rauner and Pritzker both say Illinois shouldn't rely so heavily on property taxes to fund schools — but Rauner said he’d temporarily freeze them while Rauner would roll them back. But put simply, neither had an immediate solution to plugging the massive gap between the $TK Illinois spends on K-12 public schools and projections of what adequate school funding would actually cost.
September 24, 2018
Where Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker stand on key education issues, from charters to Chicago’s school board
The race for Illinois governor is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in U.S. history, and anyone who hasn’t been…
Asked and answered
August 9, 2018
Longtime advocate (and current First Lady) Diana Rauner sizes up the challenges ahead for early education in Illinois
Fluent in the languages of developmental psychology (her Ph.D., from the University of Chicago) and finance (her MBA, from Stanford University), Illinois First…
May 11, 2018
Two former staff members at Families for Excellent Schools planning a new pro-charter org
The group is being incubated at 50CAN, an education advocacy group with a presence in several states and where Andersen and Singh are currently employees.
October 3, 2017
What states told Chalkbeat about how they will monitor their chronic absenteeism data
Students’ rates of chronic absenteeism are going to be used to judge schools in most states.
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