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New Teacher Pension Payments Passed To Districts

Thanks to a new state pension law, school districts will now have to pay their pensions. But Rauner's amendatory veto cut the part of SB 1 that would've recognized those pension payments as part of a school's cost of doing business.

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Is DeVos Sending Mixed Messages on Advanced Courses and Accountability?

Post By: Education Week

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems to be sending some confusing signals when it comes to whether states will be allowed to use Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate tests, the SAT, dual-enrollment courses, or career certifications to figure out if students are ready for college and the workforce, some experts say.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. A. Wayne Johnson as Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid

Post By: The Hill

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's pick to lead the department's $1.3 trillion student loan system is the CEO of a private student loan company.

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Proposed federal budget cuts would take money from public to give to private schools

Post By: The Star

Betsy Devos, secretary of the United States Department of Education, has proposed $10.6 billion in cuts for public education institutions, targeting, among other things, after-school programs, technical and career training, special education, and college grants.

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BACKPACK FULL OF CASH: a new film, narrated by Matt Damon

A new documentary exploring the growing privatization of public schools, and the impact on America's most vulnerable children.


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Can education be run like a business? PBS’s series “School Inc.” makes the case, but not everyone thinks it makes the grade. Education historian Diane Ravitch tells us why.

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Secretary DeVos’ latest move puts her indifference to civil rights on full display

Post By: Rantt

"ProPublica acquired an internal memo issued by Ms. Candice Jackson, the acting head of the Education Department’s civil rights office. In the memo, Jackson noted how the department would be scaling back efforts to combat civil rights trangressions in our schools including, but not limited to the following:

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Lead in Drinking Water - Affordable Assessments Available Through Suburban Labs

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Lead in drinking water continues to be a concerning issue among schools and residents in Illinois (read below).

Suburban Labs offers a School Assessment Package for only $30 (

The EPA action level is 15ppb; I assessed my daughter's drinking water in Lake Zurich at 63ppb. Only certain types of filters (only the most expensive, top-of-the-line filters) may filter lead out.

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Volcker Alliance Launches Analysis of 50 State Budgets

In 2015, Illinois brought in $71B revenue, spent $75B on expenses, and carried $141B in total debt. The interest on this debt cost taxpayers nearly $5B, which was more than the state's contribution to TRS, $4B.

Last year, 2016, Total Revenue was $68B, Total Expenses were $73B, and the state increased its debt to $147B Total Debt. Revenue decreased by $3B due to the state reducing its flat individual and corporate income tax rates. Expenses were down $2B, but there was still a $5B shortfall because of the decrease in revenue.

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Strapped Pension Funds, and the Hefty Investment Fees They Pay


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