Category Archives: Education

Education Funding Part I: A Crumbling Foundation

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 This post is the first in a series where I’ll discuss what I think needs to be done about education … Continue reading

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How Should Illinois Pay for Education?

After pensions, the biggest issue facing Illinois taxpayers (at least, until the impending Medicaid crisis overtakes it) is education funding. How we fund our schools has an impact at every level of government, from the fight over allocation of Federal … Continue reading

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Finding Out What’s In a Contract Before You Have to Pay For It

In 2014, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) sponsored a bill (H.B. 4268) that would have provided transparency to the collective bargaining process between school districts and their union employees. The bill was co-sponsored by 3 of McHenry County’s representatives: Mike Tryon … Continue reading

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Let Marva Collins’ Passing Inspire Education Reform in Illinois

Marva Collins, a substitute teacher who cashed in her $5,000 in pension savings and opened Westside Preparatory School in Chicago in 1975, and whose success at educating poor black students made her a national figure, a candidate for secretary of … Continue reading

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Making Student Loans Dependent on Ability to Repay – What a Novel Concept

In my last post on this subject, I discussed the rise of for-profit schools and other non-traditional sources of education which can serve as a way to expand educational opportunities at a lower cost to the taxpayer. In a blow … Continue reading

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