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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

No, They’re Not Vouchers. Here’s What Illinois’ New Tax-Credit Scholarships Actually Are.

The final compromise that allowed Illinois to implement a new, more equitable education funding formula included a surprise—a 5-year pilot of tax-credit scholarships, which allow…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Illinois’ School-Funding Law

(T)he clock is ticking for Illinois’ public schools, most of which are counting on their first slice of their shared $6.7 billion in general state…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 5, 2017

I Looked at Illinois’ School Funding Plan and the Numbers Just Aren’t Adding Up

With the recent passage of Illinois’ school funding plan, SB 1947, Illinois, so often an example of what not to do in school finance, is…

By Max Marchitello

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

Twinkies, Teachers and Cash: How Teacher Pensions Are Funding the Demise of Labor Unions

Teacher pension funds have a lot of money, and they have to find productive places to invest it. The California teacher pension fund (CalSTRS) alone…

By Max Marchitello

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to settle labor-management disputes over compensation…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted June 6, 2016

Here’s Why Teacher Pensions Cost So Much But Pay So Little

When teacher pensions are in the news, it’s often a story of fat-cat retirees who manipulate the system to earn more than $1 million from…

By Chad Aldeman

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Posted Apr. 11, 2016

Here’s Why Illinois’ Teacher Pension System Is a Bad Idea

Here’s one question that should be animating the debate about the teacher pensions mess in Illinois: If you’re a 25-year-old teacher hired this year, are…

By Chad Aldeman

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Posted Nov. 29, 2015

Can We Improve Equity and Raise Teacher Pay By Fixing Teacher Salary Scales?

Professor Marguerite Roza wrote an interesting piece last week on the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings on how most districts steer a disproportionate amount of funding for teacher salaries to a very small part of the teacher workforce. Given that teacher compensation is a big issue across the country (with most folks agreeing that teachers should be paid more), Roza's observations are highly relevant. The problem, as she explains, isn't…

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Posted June 2, 2020

Our Children Need Us Not to Grow Weary in the Work of Anti-Racism

I am finding it difficult to get through most days without crying, without feeling like water is rising above my head, without feeling a great…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 29, 2020

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression

This week began with a hike in the woods for my family and me in the Shenandoah Valley State Park. Pre COVID-19, our outings consisted…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 1, 2020

Home Was My Refuge, But Many LGBTQ+ Students Need More Support During This Pandemic

I was one of the lucky ones—gay kids, that is. My parents accepted me at an early age. On my 13th birthday, just as I…

By Nehemiah Frank

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