Illinois Board of Education

Former Oakland California school superintendent Anthony “Tony” Smith has been selected as the new Illinois Superintendent of Education.

The Illinois State Board of Education made the change unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting, replacing current Superintendent Christopher Koch, effective May 1.

Koch, whose contract expired earlier this year, remained on the job at the request of the state board. One of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation, he has been in the post since December 2006 and has overseen changes to testing and teacher evaluations.

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New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.

NPR

Illinois school districts might be forced to use a state exemption to help deal with all the snow days that are piling up.

Efforts continue to reduce the number of regional school superintendents in Illinois.  A 2012 law asked local officials in certain areas to approve consolidation plans that fit their needs. But a key deadline was missed in the process.