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 […]

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 […]

Legislative Update

2015 Budget House passed a budget of $35.7 Billions using accounting gimmicks of borrowing from other funds, delaying payment for some bills and relying on revenue increases that don’t exist (i.e. tax increase that they can’t get passed now. Remember, a vote for a budget that spends than they have is the same as voting […]

Editorial: Madigan and Democrats Tax Increase Attempts

We are now in the final week of the normal Legislative Session.  The House under Michael Madigan and Democrat control have passed 72 spending bills and so far all of them anticipate making the 2011 “temporary” tax increase permanent.  He also continues to put a so called millionaire tax on the ballot for November. Madigan […]

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 […]

Illinois Charter School Commission

Charter schools allow parents to be able to choose an appropriate educational setting for their children by judging the merit of the educational institutions, classroom setting, and academic performance. The existence of charter schools allows parents to choose a path for their child.  They are very popular in Illinois and around the country because they offer […]

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 […]

Effingham Sales Tax Referendum and Unit 40 Schools Collusion?

Effingham Unit 40 schools sent the following flyer [click to enlarge] home with students on Feb. 20th. This same flyer was sent home with students in Teutopolis Schools on Friday 3/7 [See more below]. The question several people had about this is, “Was this legal?” First, let’s look at what is and is not legal […]