State Government

Illinois education advocates gathered for a press conference on Tuesday morning to pressure the state to add more money to the state’s evidence-based funding formula to fully fund schools by 2027.
North Chicago SD 187 will transition to a fully elected school board by 2027. The state board of education decided on Wednesday that it was necessary to slowly transition the district to an elected school board with a few seats going up for election in 2025.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker names Steven Isoye, former teacher, principal, and superintendent from Chicago suburbs, to chair Illinois state board of education
As more young children get vaccinated, Illinois will no longer require unvaccinated school and child care employees to test for COVID twice a week.
Illinois is set to receive $760 million over the next 18 years after winning a lawsuit against major pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. Law enforcement officials want part of the money to go to early childhood programs.
The Illinois state board of education announced eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals as federal nutrition waivers expire.
A decade after Illinois took over North Chicago School District 187, the state board of education says it is looking into transitioning the district to an elected school board. The question still remains when it will happen.
As Illinois schools open, the state has adopted recent federal public health guidelines for COVID that ease quarantines and testing of students.
According to the Illinois board of education’s funding formula, Chicago will receive a smaller than expected share of new state education funding this year.
Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies will see a reduced tax rate for the next two weeks.
Highland Park families turned to schools for grief counseling after a mass shooting in the suburb north of Chicago.
The Illinois state board of education decided on Wednesday not to make changes to the current end-of year assessment for now.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill providing paid COVID sick leave for school staff and restoring sick days taken during the 2021-2022 school year. Here’s what to know about the law.
After serving as the Illinois state board of education’s chair since 2019, Darren Reisberg will leave to become the 11th president of Hartwick College.
Illinois advocates raise concerns about the state’s assessment plan, saying that it will halt learning for students.
After blowing past a midnight deadline on Friday, Illinois lawmakers emerged with a budget plan that includes more money for K-12 education with tax relief and direct checks to families.
Illinois’ spring legislative session ended early Saturday morning. This is where education bills landed.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that gives school employees paid COVID sick leave and restores sick days to teachers who took COVID-related time off during the 2021-2022 school year.
Illinois school districts are adjusting summer lunch programs as federal waivers are set to expire June 30. These waivers allowed districts to give meals to more students over the last couple of years.
As Illinois plans to move away from the IAR, a bill banning testing for the youngest students has passed a House education committee on Wednesday.
With the pandemic taking a toll on teachers, Illinois’ lawmakers consider a bill that will allow them to use sick days for mental health.
The Illinois state board of education will use federal coronavirus relief funds to support bilingual teachers who want to earn a state license
The Chicago Principals and Administrators Association is pushing a bill that will give the organization collective bargaining rights.
Illinois appellate court denied Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s appeal to reinforce emergency COVID mitigation rules. However, the court gave school districts the ability to set their own rules.
From school board meetings to legal cases, Illinois’ COVID mitigations for schools are being contested throughout the state. That debate seems to be heading towards the general assembly.
Illinois mask mandate will lift for residents Feb. 28, but students will have to continue wearing masks at schools. This comes as school districts scrambled to reassess COVID mitigations after a judge granted a temporary injunction last week.
For the first time since 2020, the Illinois governor has proposed an increase in the state’s education budget with investments for students from preschool to higher education.
Springfield School District 186 and Joliet Public Schools 86 were among schools to cancel classes, while Chicago Public Schools said it would be open.
Chalkbeat Chicago will be watching six education issues over the Illinois legislative session.
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