Illinois Board of Education

Ex-Rep. Tom Cross Named Higher Education Board Chairman

Feb 28, 2016
ilga.gov

Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed former State Rep. Tom Cross as the Chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

 

A news release says Cross’s experience as a state lawmaker and fiscal reformer will be an asset to the board.

 

Cross served in the Illinois General Assembly more than 20 years and was the House Republican Leader from 2002-2013.

 

He is a distinguished fellow at Aurora University, where he promotes innovation in STEM education programs. He is a senior consultant at Culloton Strategies.

 

Senator Challenges Rauner's Math On School Funding

Feb 19, 2016
ilga.gov

Public schools were singled out in Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address yesterday as one of the rare state services he’s happy to fund. In fact, he said increasing education funding is the one thing that he will not back down on.

Illinois public schools receive state aid through a complicated formula. It’s meant to ensure that every school can spend at least $6,119 per student every year. But, for the past few years, state government hasn’t met that obligation.

Rauner said he wants to fund 100 percent of the state aid formula for the first time in seven years.

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.

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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.