School districts all around the state can apply for up to $25 million from the federal government under the latest Race to the Top competition. But first they have to agree to big changes—like personalized instruction for individual students and performance evaluations for everyone, including the superintendent and the school board.
Illinois state superintendent Christopher Koch is taking the first steps toward removing local school board members in two of the state’s lowest performing districts.The state currently helps run the public schools in North Chicago District 187 and East St.
The Illinois State Board of Education wants to double the amount of money dedicated to investigations of alleged cheating on state exams by teachers and principals. But it's unlikely the state will grant the board the money it’s requesting.
The East St. Louis school system says it will shutter five schools because of declining enrollment and in an effort to pare the district's roughly $12 million budget deficit.The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the schools will close by June 30.
The director of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System is warning that financial troubles are so great it could consider reducing pension benefits to teachers who have already retired.The Springfield State Journal-Register reported Sunday that it obtained a confidential memo written by Dic