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New IL tax credit sends $36mil to private schools

Illinoisans can apply for a new tax credit when they donate up to $1 mil to private school scholarships; the change has its critics.

IL students now have to study cursive writing

IL schools will have to teach cursive writing by the time students finish 5th grade. Gov Rauner called the new law an unfunded mandate.

IL Assembly overrides a student loan rights veto

Overriding a veto, the IL General Assembly moved to protect the rights of students who borrow money for college.

Rauner vetoes the cursive writing bill

The IL gov. vetoed an unfunded mandate that would have required 5th graders to be taught at least 1 unit on cursive writing.

Can DeVos and privatization be stopped?

The public school privatization argument is worth talking about—if only to bust the myth that it will solve all our problems. It won't even come close.

IL school funding resolution not all peaceful

A compromise was reached in the IL school funding fiasco, but one provision, a voucher program, troubles some educators and politicians.

‘This Week’ in the IL school funding mess

School funding in IL has a due date tomorrow, and it still seems to be in limbo at the center of mostly bipartisan politics and games.

Talks break down; IL school funding imperiled

Payments from the state to IL schools are in jeopardy unless the governor and General Assembly can, somehow, pass a bill.

School funding politics and games in IL

School funding is held up in IL, despite approval of a state budget this month, over disagreements between the governor and lawmakers.

With approved state budget, IL looks at schools

School funding in IL is still threatened, owing to an amendatory veto power Gov Bruce Rauner may have. Lawmakers may have a special session.