Illinois state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) was recently given reason to feel optimistic about the state’s long-term future after hosting nearly 50 high school students from the 38th District as part of her annual Youth Advisory Council.
Adam Rusek, the newly hired fine arts coordinator for Joliet Public Schools District 86, has enjoyed being able to give students access to an arts education in the short time he has been with district.
News that pension payments for retired educators now consume nearly 40 percent of all money allocated to the state for education comes as no great shock to Illinois House Minority Leader Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), he said in an interview.
Former state university employee Deborah Jankowski, who retired in April 2019, saved $34,415 toward a pension over 11 years working for state universities, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois records show.
Former state university employee Harry Lerette, who retired in April 2019, saved $3,446 toward a pension over 7 years working for state universities, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois records show.
More than 130 Illinois public school administrators who signed witness slips in opposition to a bipartisan bill that aims to consolidate Illinois school districts make six-figure salaries, according to an analysis compiled this week.
Of the 418 students attending Haines Elementary School in 2018, 43.4 percent scored proficient in English Language Arts and 53.6 percent were proficient in math, according to a report recently released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).