Education and learning

Episode 6: Doodlers and Daydreamers with Dr. Rhonda Robinson and Tom Lichtenheld


The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to ask the General Assembly to practically double state funding for public schools.

Last summer, the legislature voted to change the way Illinois funds schools by adopting what's called an “evidence-based model.” That model weighs what each district needs against its local resources. As it turns out, some districts can't achieve even 50 percent of adequate funding, while others have almost three times what they need.

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If you’ve seen Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign commercials, you might think the school funding issue was settled last summer. But as often happens with complex legislation, it was followed by a “trailer” bill cleaning up some technical language.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has boasted that fixing the woefully inequitable Illinois school-funding formula was his top accomplishment of the past year.

Illinois Officials Seek Input On Adult Education Plan

Jan 8, 2018
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The Illinois Community College Board is calling on residents to give feedback on its draft five-year strategic plan to improve adult education.

The plan includes ways to remove financial barriers for adults wanting to pursue post-secondary education. Matt Berry is with the Illinois Community College Board. He said having a college degree is becoming more essential in the workforce.