Classroom featuring Illinois flag and world globe.
Carter Staley/NPR Illinois
January 17, 2018

Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools

New legislation tries to address the plight of nearly 90,000 students in schools across Illinois, who do not have access to high-speed internet. The lack of access prevents from participating in modern classroom activities like taking online tests or classes and browsing the internet.

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
January 16, 2018

‘A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making’

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.

Legislators in the statehouse
Seth Perlman/AP File Photo
January 13, 2018

After Rauner Veto, Lawmakers Consider Next Steps On School Funding

Schools and lawmakers are considering next steps now that more than 170 school districts in Illinois stand to lose additional money that was promised to them under the state’s new school funding formula.The landmark law passed last year with the intent to even the economic playing field for public schools across the state by providing more state dollars to the neediest districts. 

Graphic from IL Dept. of Revenue showing tax credits available for private school scholarship donations in each region of the state.
Illinois Dept. of Revenue
January 04, 2018

Private Schools Attract $36 Million Via Tax Credit Program

Beginning this week, people and corporations donating up to $1.3 million for private school scholarships can get a 75 percent credit toward their state income tax. This was a controversial but bipartisan concept, adopted last summer to help forge a compromise in a big overhaul of Illinois' school funding plan. Such programs have taken off in other states, but it’s off to a slower start here.

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