Illinois school funding

Posted May 2, 2019

Illinois Has Fixed Its School Funding Formula, But That Didn’t Help My Student

Kylie, now an eighth-grader, came to our school in second grade. In her six years with us, she came to think of our school as…

By Jonathan Baymon

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

Poor Kids Deserve Kickass Schools with Kickass Teachers, Too

As the Illinois Teacher of the Year, I meet fellow educators at events all the time. We exchange funny anecdotes about education in our respective…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Mar. 2, 2018

Money Isn’t the Solution to All of Our Problems But the Funding Inequities That Exist in Urban Schools Is Criminal

Every day I drove to hospice, I stared at the painful reminders of school inequities. In the week that led up to losing my grandmother,…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Want to Solve the Problems of Our Most Challenged Schools? Better Include the Teachers.

Late this summer, Illinois passed landmark legislation reforming our inequitable and outdated school funding formula. Many would say this was a big win for our…

By Steven G. Fouts

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Illinois Makes Paying For College Harder for Low-Income Students, But We Can Fix That

In 1991, I was admitted to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. My mother worked as a telephone operator and didn’t have the money to pay…

By Kyle P. Westbrook

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Posted Sep. 14, 2017

I’m a Progressive Jew Who Wants to Give Chicago’s Cardinal a Shout-Out on School Funding

Between a three-year state budget battle and the long-term war for fair school funding in Illinois, times have been tough for a while for parents…

By Daniel Sniderman

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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