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U of I President: Freeze Tuition At Least 2 More Years

The University of Illinois president told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that he'd like to maintain a freeze on tuition rates.

Culture Shock: Teachers Call Noble Charters 'Dehumanizing'

The trend toward school choice has educators across the country looking at Chicago's Noble Charter Schools — an award-winning network of mostly high schools that specializes in helping inner-city kids achieve the kind of SAT scores that propel them into four-year universities. But despite its prestigious reputation, Noble has a peculiarly high teacher turnover rate.

More Dollars Add Up To Less Trust

Last August, when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the historic school funding reform plan, the celebration was like the political version of a wedding. Lawmakers from both parties got dressed up, made lovely speeches, and posed for pictures next to that one cousin they never really liked.

'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.

Education Board Calls For Swift Action On School Funding

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. Rauner decided to use his veto pen on that bill to lower the bar for private schools to qualify for a controversial tax credit program. Now, the Illinois State Board of Education is warning that "time is of the essence" for the General Assembly to uphold

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.

What Gift Do College Loan Debtors Want?

If you've got a recent college graduate on your gift list, you might be interested in the results of a survey conducted by the finance firm Lend Edu . They asked people with student loans whether they'd rather get a holiday gift or an equal value payment toward that debt. We decided to take that poll for a tiny test drive with two recent college grads, who gave us plenty of food for thought.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grab Tax Credits

Many of us enjoy a party on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, but for a few wealthy Illinois residents, Jan. 2 will be the day to celebrate. Beginning at 8 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis, they can reserve a hefty tax credit in return for their donation to a private school.

Peace Rooms and Mindfulness: New School Discipline Philosophy One Year Later

School districts had a year to implement a state law that banned zero-tolerance policies and emphasized restorative justice practices. We check back in with five districts we visited in the summer of 2016 to see how school discipline has changed. On the second day of the school year, Amber Owens got the kind of jolt every parent dreads. She was called to the nurse's office at Champaign's Bottenfield Elementary, where she found her 7-year-old son, Simon, sobbing uncontrollably and bleeding from

Peace Rooms and Mindfulness: New School Discipline Philosophy One Year Later

Student Loan Borrowers Protected By New Illinois Law

Let's say you've got a student loan and you get laid off your job. Your loan servicer suggests something called " forebearance " — the chance to delay payments for a year or two. Sounds tempting, but it ends up costing you more money. That's one of the many tricky facts loan servicers will have to disclose in Illinois, where lawmakers yesterday approved stringent regulations on student loan service companies.

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