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hug_a_bear - Tom Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson found dead - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
While every one is fighting over whether he is really dead or not, no one finds it strange that this guy and his boss both shot themselves in the same month. Maybe they were both were involved in something bad enough that they felt this was the only option.
Loverofblues - Parents want ability to opt kids out of state tests - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I agree as it is now by law parents can't excuse their student from not taking the test.
Loverofblues - Parents want ability to opt kids out of state tests - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Advanced English classes doing research. Part of our computer lab is in our library so when testing is going on students can't use the IRC.
ONCEMORE1 - Tom Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson found dead - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Since the headline cries "Found Dead" and further in it says " being investigated as a suicide", my guess would be the reporter meant to say "apparent suicide". Just another innocent victim of poor composition and lack of proofreading. Furthermore, if all news releases depended on named sources and not requested anonymity, there just wouldn't be a lot of news released. Your point…
pjohnf - Obama’s Coming Break with Israel - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Obama appears to have a hatred for Israel and Netanyahu when he proposes the return to the 1967 boundaries. There will never be a two state solution as long as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas call for the destruction of Israel. Obama is naïve to think that these three groups will get along and co-exist peacefully. The only solution to this mess is when one of the groups completely destroys the…

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Why it may be a good thing that Illinois schools won’t get an extra billion dollars

1 year, 2 months ago from Illinois Watchdog

Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch is asking for an additional $1 billion

It’s been years since Illinois’ 860-plus school districts got what they were promised by state lawmakers. And 2014 looks to be no different.

Still, Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch is asking for an addition $1 billion in his new budget request.

“We have to anticipate that providing student in Illinois with an education isn’t going to cost less from year to year,” Koch told Illinois Watchdog.

Illinois is spending $6 billion on public schools this year, Koch’s request would push that number to a little more than $7 billion for next year.

But Koch and the state’s schools won’t get that extra $1 billion.

“I would love to,” State Rep. Will Davis, who authors Illinois’ education budget, said. “We’re just not financially in a position to do all of those things.”

Koch said if that’s the case, some schools will close.

“At the end of this school year, we will have 23 percent of our school districts with less than 100 days of cash on hand,” Koch said. “We have 63 percent of our districts are in financial distress, requiring some sort of intervention.”

But that may be what it takes to prove to parents in Illinois that the state itself is in financial distress.

Davis said if schools were to cancel high school football or basketball because the district has run out of money, parents finally will pay attention.

“It certainly shouldn’t have to be up to the athletic program,” Davis said. “But, I guess in some ways you say ‘If that’s what it takes,’ than that’s what it takes.”

Joshua Dwyer, director of education reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, said parents and taxpayers are starting to realize something is not right.

“It is difficult to tell where people’s breaking points are — what is going to be the catalyst that will cause them to demand change?” Dwyer said. “I would argue that they are closer to it now than they’ve ever been.”

Dwyer said a look at the state’s simple budget math shows what is not right.

While Illinois spends $6 billion a year to educate kids, the state spends $7 billion a year to pay for teachers and other public workers to retire.

“(That) shows that the state has its priorities backwards. It is willing to slash everything in order to fulfill its pension obligations,” He said.

Dwyer said it will take moving government workers away from traditional pensions to 401(k)-style retirements plans to make those numbers fall into line.

Davis said it might take a tax increase. And that, too, is certain to grab parents and taxpayers’ attention.


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