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Ill. school funding overhaul shelved for now

SPRINGFIELD | A controversial proposal to overhaul how Illinois funds public schools won't come up for debate during the General Assembly's fall veto session.

October 23, 2014 3:30 pm

School funding debate roils Republicans

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers and school officials in suburban Chicago are trying to kill off a school funding overhaul that could help hundreds of districts in downstate Illinois.

September 27, 2014 9:15 pm
Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's gaming industry and the 14,000 Hoosiers it employs may hinge on decisions made this summer by a small group of state lawmakers.

July 19, 2014 7:00 pm Related

TONY LUX: An example of hypocritical school funding decreases

Derek Redelman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently claimed school counselors aren’t meeting student needs regarding preparation for college and careers. His source of information is a survey conducted by the chamber regarding how much time school counselors spend on various school duties.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm

Illinois sends schools checks on time, a rare move

CHICAGO | Illinois schools have received promised grant payments from the state on time for the first time since 2007 — but in another sign of the state's precarious financial situation, a top education official has warned schools not to expect the pleasant surprise to become a permanent habit.

July 09, 2014 3:13 pm

Ill. Senate approves school funding overhaul

SPRINGFIELD | Despite a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate, the Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the way the state funds public education Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 1:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Illinois needs school district consolidation

School funding in Illinois is the subject of considerable debate as Illinois weighs the fairness of its funding formula and tries to narrow the budget chasm. Education in Illinois needs a major overhaul, not just a tweak.

May 20, 2014 12:05 am

Senate bill would radically change school funding

Local school districts could see major changes in the funding they get from the state if a bill working its way through the Illinois Senate becomes law.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

School funding plan advances in Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers.

April 08, 2014 3:45 pm Related
Manar introduces bill changing school funding

Manar introduces bill changing school funding

Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, D-Staunton, listens to fellow lawmakers on Wednesday in Springfield after introducing an education funding reform bill that would put almost all state education funding into one pot and then require districts to demonstrate need before receiving part of it.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Manar introduces bill changing school funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

State warning of more school funding cuts

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois school administrators received another jolt of negative news last week: The already reduced level of funding they receive from the state could be slashed even more beginning next year.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am

Tri-Creek schools consider levy increase

LOWELL | Tri-Creek schools is proposing a $14.8 million levy to cover a proposed $37.8 million budget.

September 27, 2013 1:45 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Poor state funding fuels local school referendums

Why are school corporations engaged in referendums as of late? While school referendums used to be mainly sought for an increase in property taxes for school construction projects, they are now being used to increase the funds available to cash-strapped general funds.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana School Board Association reps decry level of state funding for public education

SCHERERVILLE | Education and school reform in Indiana mean different things to state legislators and those responsible for educating students in the state’s public schools.

May 19, 2013 7:00 pm
Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois Senate Democrats want to boost general education funding by $156 million next year, not cut it, key budget negotiators said Friday. But they acknowledged the increase would only keep per-student funding level.

May 18, 2013 12:00 am

Lt. Gov. Simon wants committee to study school funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging lawmakers to create a committee to study how Illinois funds education and recommend ways to improve it.

May 03, 2013 5:24 pm

Valpo schools report on 21st century goals

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso schools have come a long way in the past year, but a lot more needs to be done to define and prepare for what education will be like in the century ahead.

April 13, 2013 12:00 am
Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary state lawmaker and education expert has been selected to help shape education policy throughout the Midwest.

March 29, 2013 11:07 am
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