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East Aurora magnet academy proposal met with some skepticism
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Sep 21, 7:11 AM: Proposed changes to East Aurora School District 131's magnet academy did not solve some recent controversial schedule issues at the school, teachers and a parent told the school board recently.
People press Demmer on tax-funded private school scholarships
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Sep 21, 5:44 AM: Community members sought an audience with state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, on Wednesday, largely with concerns about the state’s $75 million tax credit program for private school scholarships.
Charter school initiative targets west suburban communities
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Sep 13, 5:20 AM: While public schools in Oak Park and River Forest are not perfect, Yarbrough believes they are great, and she'd rather see resources be used to better them, not be put toward a charter school.
"Scholarship," "voucher," "tax shelter for the wealthy:" What's really in IL school funding bill?
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Sep 13, 5:09 AM: For many public education advocates in Illinois, Aug. 31 was a historic day. When Gov. Bruce Rauner put his signature on Senate Bill 1947, he set in motion a plan designed to end Illinois’ status as home to the most unfair school >
Teachers At Chicago's Largest Charter School Network Renew Push To Unionize
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Sep 12, 5:59 AM: Teachers at Chicago’s largest charter school network went to the board of director’s meeting on Monday to again ask that their unionization efforts aren’t thwarted.
Rauner’s education czar Purvis latest ‘superstar’ to seek new orbit
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Sep 12, 5:57 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s hand-picked education czar Beth Purvis will leave her post on Friday, just weeks after the governor signed a historic education funding bill.
Central Illinois private schools cautiously optimistic on tax credit plan
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Sep 11, 5:41 AM: While the Chicago Archdiocese is expected to net the most scholarships created by a new tax credit in Illinois’ recently passed education funding law, central Illinois shouldn’t be left empty-handed.
Chicago's charters could be in line for funding boost under new state education formula
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Sep 8, 6:27 AM: Independently operated charter schools could be in line for significant additional funding from Chicago Public Schools under Illinois' recently enacted education funding law.
State commission hears from Elgin charter school supporters, critics
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Sep 8, 5:48 AM: A public hearing at the Centre of Elgin was part of the Illinois State Charter School Commission's process in determining whether to reverse School District U46's rejection of the proposed Elgin Math and Science Academy. >
Parents, teachers confront East Aurora over magnet school changes
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Sep 7, 6:45 AM: They then packed the meeting, some telling administrators and board members the changes were unfair to teachers and parents, effectively took away the classes that had made the magnet school unique and revealed communication >
Illinois funding law levels the playing field for students
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Sep 7, 6:35 AM: Signed by the governor last week, the legislation changes the funding formula for each district, but also includes a controversial $75 million scholarship tax credit program for private school tuition.
U46 officials say issues with potential Elgin charter school remain
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Sep 7, 6:10 AM: For School District U46 officials, several concerns remain about an Elgin area charter school proposal that will now undergo state vetting.
Low Enrollment Leaves Some Chicago Schools Fighting To Keep Doors Open
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Sep 7, 5:02 AM: These low enrollment numbers come as the city has continued to add high school seats in recent years — through new or expanded charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run, and an expansion of seats at test-in >
New education funding law could be lifeline to private schools
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Sep 5, 5:25 AM: Some fear the program will siphon tax money from public schools. But private school educators praise the new law, saying low to moderate-income families will have a chance at getting partial to full scholarships at religious and >
Downstate charter schools to get more money from local districts
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Sep 5, 4:46 AM: Charter schools across the state of Illinois will get more money in the new school funding package. But not all charters will get their money from the state.
Opinion Journal: Chicago Gets School Choice (by Jeanne Allen)
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Sep 1, 7:06 AM: Center for Education Reform Founder and CEO Jeanne Allen on a big victory for parents and students.
Rauner win on schools bill comes at a price
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Sep 1, 5:19 AM: Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law a new state school funding formula, putting in place the final and perhaps most politically crucial component of a new budget that ensures classroom doors across Illinois remain >
Freshmen At Noble Charter Schools Return to Class Across Chicago
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Aug 31, 6:31 AM: The freshmen at Noble’s 17 high schools are a part of Noble’s 12,000 member student population. Together, Noble students comprise more than 10% of all public high school students in Chicago. By beginning school recently, Noble >
Rauner celebrates new Illinois school funding plan at charter school, drawing criticism from teacher unions
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Aug 31, 5:32 AM: Rauner visited a charter school in Springfield Wednesday to clear up confusion, saying the new bill will help all 800 school districts in Illinois.
School funding bill would offer scholarship tax credits. Where will the money come from?
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Aug 31, 5:16 AM: The compromise school funding bill that sits on the governor’s desk includes a provision that supporters say will encourage people to donate money to private schools to create scholarships for the families who can’t afford tuition >

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