Illinois State Board of Education

East St. Louis schools
12:47 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State, East St. Louis School Board Settle Lawsuit Over Attempted Takeover

(via Flickr/frankjuarez)

Illinois state education officials and members of the East St. Louis school board have settled a nearly year-old lawsuit sparked by the state board's attempt to take over the struggling district.  

Read more
East St. Louis
10:11 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Judge: East St. Louis School Board can stay, for now

(via Flickr/alkruse24)
(via Flickr/alkruse24)

A St. Clair County Circuit Court judge has approved a preliminary restraining order for a group of recently ousted East St. Louis School Board members. 

Read more
East St. Louis Public Schools
12:39 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

State takes control of struggling East St. Louis School District

(via Flickr/alkruse24)
(via Flickr/alkruse24)

For the first time in its history, the Illinois State Board of Education has taken over a public school district.

The members voted unanimously today to dissolve the elected board of the East St. Louis Public Schools and replace it with an appointed oversight authority.

State board member and long-time educator Vinni Hall of Chicago said she'd heard the concerns of East St. Louis residents and understands why the district is struggling.

Read more
Morning Round-Up
6:46 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Morning Headlines- Thursday, June 21, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Seniority, income determining factors in new Illinois insurance law

Governor Pat Quinn's office announced early this morning that he has signed a measure that will require retired state and public university employees to kick in more money for their health insurance. 

Retirees with at least 20 years of service currently get free health coverage. Those with less time on the job pay for a portion of the cost.

Read more
Morning News Round-up
6:47 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 23, 2011

Ameren faces a complaint from the Missouri Public Service Commission after failing to report a June fire at its Taum Sauk power station (pictured here) soon enough.
(via Wikimedia Commons/kbh3rd)

New trouble for Ameren at Taum Sauk power plant

A recent memo to the Missouri Public Service Commission shows major problems for Ameren at its Taum Sauk power station.

Read more
SIUC strikes
9:49 am
Fri October 21, 2011

SIUC faculty set strike date

The James W. Neckers building on the SIUC campus.
(via Southern Illinois University-Carbondale)

Reporting by WSIU's Jennifer Fuller was used in this report.

The union representing tenured and tenure-track employees at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has set a strike date.

The SIUC Faculty Association says its members will walk off the job on Nov. 3 if they cannot reach an agreement with the university on a new contract. The last contract expired in June 2010.

Read more
SIUC strike
8:26 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Union at SIUC approves strike authorization

James W. Neckers Building
via Southern Illinois University

Updated with quotes from SIUC and union officials. Reporting from Jennifer Fuller at WSIU was used in this report.

One union at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has approved a strike authorization, and three more are slated to vote on similar questions.

Read more
East St. Louis Schools
3:34 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

State launches probe of East St. Louis schools

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Illinois' board of education says a former top federal prosecutor will head a probe it has launched into spending by East St. Louis' cash-strapped public school system.

Friday's announcement of the probe comes as the 7,500-student district is under state control and beset by questions about its paying millions on consultants and conventions.

The state board says the probe will be headed by A. Courtney Cox, southern Illinois' former U.S. attorney. His firm will be paid up to $100,000 a year to do the investigation, at the district's expense.

Read more
Morning round-up
9:26 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 15, 2011

The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to education last night.
(Flickr/ Jason Dunnivant

Ill. Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Reducing Teacher Job Security

The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved sweeping legislation that would reduce teachers' job security and emphasize performance over seniority. The legislation would make it harder for teachers to achieve tenure. Even after getting tenure, bad teachers could be fired.  If a district has to make layoffs, jobs would be protected based on classroom performance instead of seniority.

Read more
Schools takeover
4:18 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

State moves to take over East St. Louis schools

Four years of low test scores have prompted the Illinois State Board of Education to take over the East St. Louis public schools.
(via Flickr/MforMarcus)

The nine-member Illinois State Board of Education has moved to take control of the financially and academically struggling East St. Louis School District 189.

Read more

Pages