Race Based Standards Leaving All Children behind

The Illinois State Board of Education has been granted a waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that will institutionalize racism in our public school system. How is the education bureaucracy doing this? The state is changing the standards students have to meet by “RACE”. Yes, each race will have a separate standard to meet over the […]

College of DuPage President Offers Quinn Election Votes for $20 Million State Grant

For the Good of Illinois has broken a bombshell story where the President of the College of DuPage offers Quinn votes in the upcoming election if Quinn will give him $20 million in construction grants. “I needed to identify a project that would help release our state funding. My idea: a Teaching and Learning Center. […]

How to Win the Teacher Union War on Students

In most large cities it is clear the teacher union have a huge effect on how their school districts operate. This dynamic was on full display during the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) strike last year.  One of the most contentious items during the strike was the expansion of charter schools and the closure of more […]

Public School Disaster

The Cato Institute has just published a nationwide study called “State Education Trends, Academic Performance and Spending over the last 40 years.” It leaves no doubt that the cost of public education has steadily increased (allowing for inflation) and the achievement has remained constant at the same low level. We taxpayers as parents are getting […]

Education Funding Bill- “We Have to Pass it to See What’s in it”

Without question, education funding is important for students, parents and schools. A quality education is a key to success in life. After a series of statewide public hearings on the topic, there is now legislation before the Senate (Senate Bill 16), which would drastically rewrite how education funding is determined for the more than 800 […]

School Districts: Separate But Equal?

In 1954, in Brown vs Board of Education, schools were force to be integrated with the ruling that government sanctioned segregation by race was unconstitutional.  [Emphasis mine] Summary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S. Ct. 686, 98 L. Ed. 873 (1954). Issue Is the race-based segregation of children into […]

Is McLean County’s Unit District 5 Improperly Using School Resources to Support Sales Tax Referendum?

Is McLean County’s Unit District 5 improperly using school resources to advocate for a school facility occupation tax? In an email to parents, sent Thursday March 13th, Unit 5 administrators make their case for why they’d like to see the sales tax pass next week’s primary election. This appears to be questionable at best. State […]

Local governments across the state looking to taxpayers for more

Since the program began in 2012, the AFP-IL Local Anti-Tax Initiative has actively opposed tax hike referenda, and will continue their efforts in the March primary.  In the 2013 consolidated election, even more referenda affecting taxes (137) were placed on Illinois ballots, 58% of which were ultimately defeated.  At that time, AFP-IL targeted 35 referenda […]

What Jobs pay the most in Illinois?

The chart below is from Reboot Illinois. Their data is from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you are like me you noticed a glaring ommission, School Superintendent. The average salary for a full time Illinois School Superintendent was over $151,000 back in the 2008-09 school year. In March of 2013, “the top 100 […]

TED: Re-imagining School Series

Click image to play the entire series and read Education Delivery – time for a change. 1. Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity 2. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education 3. Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud 4. Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education 5. Geoff Mulgan: A short […]