Chicago Gets $10 Million for Safe Passage Program

As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall.

Chicago Board Changes How It Ranks Schools

Chicago’s Board of Education unanimously changed how it ranks its schools Wednesday, introducing minimums that will benefit the highest-performing schools and potentially lessen the number of schools at the bottom.

Chicago ’5-Year’ Graduation Rate: 69%

Following national trends and building on years of growth, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday reported a higher graduation rate for high school students in the last school year.

Teacher Gets 7 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

A former Springfield School District teacher convicted of sexually abusing a boy more than a decade ago was sentenced in Sangamon County Circuit Court Monday to seven years in prison.

Chicago Students Union Rallies Against School Closures

Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city’s Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country.

Study: Many Illinois Teachers Lack Proper Credentials

Illinois school districts have employed hundreds of educators to teach everything from science to special education even though they lacked proper credentials in those subjects, a Tribune investigation has found.

Illinois District Teachers File Intent to Strike

Teachers in nearly a dozen school districts in the metro-east are negotiating contracts as the school year approaches, and in at least one — Highland — they have filed a notice of intent to strike.

ACT Test No Longer Required in Illinois

The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.

Chicago Uses Accounting Maneuvers & Passes $5.8B Budget

While officials acknowledged the potential pitfalls of using a one-time accounting maneuver to cover a gaping deficit, Chicago’s Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.8 billion operating budget and another $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments.

Chicago Tribune: IL Lawmakers Intervene in Teacher Licensing

State lawmakers have intervened repeatedly in Illinois’ teacher licensing process, going to bat in some cases for candidates who did not meet state requirements and applicants with criminal pasts as well as for relatives, donors and constituents, a Tribune investigation revealed.