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SIU President Randy Dunn says there are challenges ahead – but he has big plans for the system.

Illinois’ new school funding plan — approved in August and hailed as a historic change — relies on the legislature to give every school the same state aid it got last year, plus push another $350 million through a new formula. That $350 million is crucial because it’s the part designed to address the inequity that has plagued Illinois schools for decades.

 

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat from Shorewood, wants to make sure lawmakers don't skip that step.

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Dr. Carlo Montemagno delivered his first State of The University Address on Tuesday September 26th, 2017, at Shryock Auditorium. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Kathy Pericak-Spector about SIU's Expanding Your Horizons conference for 2017:

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

One promise heard repeatedly during debate over the state's new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a district lose money was dead on arrival.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's top education advisor is leaving her post this week.  

The WIU administration blames the uncertainty caused by the two year state budget impasse for this year's drop in enrollment.

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Eastern Illinois University data show that enrollment for the fall semester is down by about 5 percent but it's the school's lowest decline from fall-to-fall in six years.

The college year has started again, and for many students, that means anxiety over debt is here again, too.

The Institute for College Access and Success found the class of 2015 in Illinois graduated with an average debt of 26-thousand-dollars.

Illinois' scores for the ACT college entrance exam have increased statewide for 2017 as the number of students taking the test has dropped.

Students posted a 21.4 score across all four subjects on the exam. The statewide score is the highest in the last five years.

Southern Illinois senators Dale Fowler and Paul Schimpf split their votes on the education funding plan approved by lawmakers.

School Officials Pleased With Springfield.

Aug 30, 2017
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Lawmakers in Springfield have passed a much-needed bill to fund K-12 Education in Illinois.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will sign the bill into law on Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

Illinois' legislative leaders met at the statehouse Sunday to draft what they hope will be the final touches on a school funding compromise. 

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth says further investment in higher education could mean big things for innovation and growth in the future.

Senate Bill 1 was supposed to help Illinois cure its chronic case of inequitable school funding. The Democrat-sponsored measure has become a partisan controversy that's now preventing state money from being sent to schools.

Legislative leaders yesterday announced they'd achieved compromise, but reports that the deal includes a $75 million tax-credit program for private school tuition scholarships is drawing criticism.

The John A. Logan College campus is closed Friday, August 25 due to a utility outage.
 

A Union County teacher is one of ten finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education's 2018 Teacher of the Year award.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a dozen bills late Friday. Among them: House Bill 3211, a measure that would help low-income students qualify for federal SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Statewide, that amounts to about 40,000 low-income students, says State Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford), who sponsored the measure.

Governor Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' new school funding plan by touting how much more money each district would receive under his version.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

The Illinois State Senate spent Sunday in session, where Senators voted 38 to 19 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the new school funding bill. The override wasn't a surprise, because this new evidence-based funding plan had originally cleared the Senate with a veto-proof majority. The House, however, represents a higher hurdle, where Democrats will need Republicans to vote with them. That vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Sen. Andy Manar, the Bunker Hill Democrat who sponsored the measure, says he'd rather negotiate a compromise.

Teacher unions are opposing a draft proposal that would divert tax revenue away from the state to pay tuition for sending students to private schools.

They criticize it as a school voucher program.

Illinois Public Radio Station WBEZ has learned negotiations over school funding in the state have a potential voucher program on the table.

Governor Bruce Rauner complained again Thursday that he still hasn't gotten his hands on Senate Bill 1, the Democrat-sponsored legislation that would change the state's school funding formula.

Illinois legislators are headed to the Capitol for a special session on school funding called by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding

Jul 24, 2017

Sticking to his promise, Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to discuss school funding.

A pair of southern Illinois lawmakers says Democratic leaders need to send Governor Rauner the education funding formula measure he promises to veto.

Lawmakers approved a state budget more than a week ago, but that legislation requires enactment of a new school-funding plan.

Governor Bruce Rauner is eager to use his veto pen to alter the school funding reform plan adopted by the General Assembly in June.  There’s just one problem: It’s not on his desk.

The shakeup in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office seems to signal a tougher stance on school funding. The state spending plan passed by the General Assembly requires adoption of a new funding formula, but Rauner has promised to veto the only school formula plan that got legislative approval. This standoff might make the lawsuit filed by 21 school superintendents more relevant.

 

The lawsuit, filed in April, demands that Illinois honor its constitutional obligation to provide a high quality education for all students.

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