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    Hot Topics > SB 3000

    The problem isn't about whose bureaucracy is in control, but the extent to which our elected officials fulfill their constitutional responsibility as the primary funder of local schools. Ranking 48th in state funding, Illinois is over-reliant on local property taxes. Instead of funding education as it should, the state places creates vast disparities between the “haves” and “have nots.” This isn’t fair.

    Children need solid plans and sustained commitment for ending the funding emergency - not political rhetoric. I support the Governor’s pledge to cut red tape, waste and inefficiencies in Springfield. But with an annual $2 billion shortfall (EFAB) in state funding for schools, there’s much more to be done.


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    State set to start hacking away at school rules
    2/13/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The most memorable moment of the State of the State address 13 months ago was when Gov. Rod Blagojevich produced a stack of paper more than five reams high--a copy of the Illinois State Board of Education's rules and regulations--and declared that it represented "a bureaucratic nightmare of biblical proportions."
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    Does "New ISBE" report make the grade?
    1/17/2005 -

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    Illinois looks forward to ISBE report
    1/12/2005 -
    Students First Illinois

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    Education jobs go to loyalists, insiders
    10/3/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Governor's hiring process criticized Since he gained control of the Illinois State Board of Education, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has wasted no time filling the agency with political insiders and loyalists, some of whom have little or no experience in education.
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    Editorial: A different sort of danger
    10/1/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    It turns out we were wrong about the risk of the Illinois State Board of Education "playing with fire" by making significant decisions before its seven new members had been confirmed by the Senate ("In haste to seat nominees, what if Senate says 'no'?" OurViews, Sept. 29).
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    Illinois chief appears set to leave amid shake-up
    9/29/2004 -

    Education Week
    The seven new members of the Illinois board of education granted embattled state Superintendent Robert E. Schiller a leave of absence last week and initiated negotiations to buy out his contract.
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    Education board: Gov is the boss
    9/28/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    But tension exists over whether the governor has too much influence on school policy. State schools Superintendent Randy Dunn and the new State Board of Education make no qualms about it: They report directly to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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    Editorial: Give new board, school superintendent a chance
    9/26/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The Illinois State Board of Education, which now is directly under the control of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, wasted little time moving out Superintendent Robert Schiller and naming Randy Dunn as the new superintendent of Illinois schools.
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    Dunn prepared to tackle job as interim state schools superintendent
    9/26/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    It may seem like a little fish has entered a big pond, but Chester resident, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale professor and new interim state schools Superintendent Randy Dunn doesn't think so.
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    States schools chief gets buyout, quits
    9/25/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    State schools Supt. Robert Schiller resigned after securing a $157,500 severance buyout, officials said Friday.
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    EDITORIAL: State board shuffle has little to do with classrooms
    9/24/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
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    Editorial: Gov takes control of school decisions
    9/23/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    State schools Supt. Robert Schiller read the writing on the wall and asked for a leave of absence Monday before the governor's new state board of education could fire him.
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    Editorial: Dunn's appointment bodes well for education
    9/22/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    News that Randy Dunn was named interim state school superintendent has been greeted with applause from Dunn's hometown of Chester all the way north to Chicago.
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    Editorial: New faces on state board, same problems for education
    9/22/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich didn't get the new education agency he wanted.
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    Interim school chief starts
    9/22/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    In his first day as interim state superintendent, former Gibson City teacher and Southern Illinois University Professor Randy J. Dunn quickly named nine new top staff members and said he is ready and eager to implement Gov. Rod Blagojevich's education agenda.
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    Education law has nothing for schoolchildren
    9/22/2004 -
    Senator Bill Brady Newsletter
    The so-called education reform legislation signed into law Wednesday is nothing more than window dressing and has no meaningful changes to help the schoolchildren of Illinois.
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    Editorial: State board follows script from governor
    9/21/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    GOV. ROD BLAGOJVEICH can move agonizingly slow on some matters, but he proved last week that once he makes up his mind, he wastes no time.
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    Editorial: Here's hoping board changes benefit education
    9/21/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich charged up a mighty hill early this year when he vowed to take on and dismantle the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    State schools chief is history
    9/21/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Governor gets way as board dumps superintendent The newly appointed Illinois State Board of Education pushed aside state school Supt. Robert Schiller Monday, replacing him with a new interim chief handpicked by Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office.
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    Schools chief still in post, but replaced
    9/21/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    State schools Supt. Robert Schiller hasn't officially resigned yet, but the appointment Monday of an interim superintendent by Gov. Blagojevich's new state Board of Education suggests Schiller has become ancient history.
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    State superintendent on the way out
    9/20/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    In its first action, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s new State Board of Education engineered the ouster of state Supt. Robert Schiller today and appointed a Southern Illinois University professor as interim superintendent.
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    Gov. Blagojevich praises Illinois State Board of Education for appointing Interim Superintendent Dr. Randy Dunn
    9/20/2004 -
    Office of the Governor
    ISBE appoints SIU-Carbondale faculty member as Interim Superintendent of Education
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    Downstate Educator Appointed Interim Superintendent
    9/20/2004 -
    The Illinois State Board of Education today appointed Dr. Randy J. Dunn of Chester, Illinois to the position of Interim State Superintendent of Education.
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    Editorial: Education & Blagojevich
    9/20/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Well, Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't have the State Board of Education to kick around anymore. This week he appointed six new members to the nine-member panel, and now the board's majority is a mirror image of him.
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    State superintendent getting ousted
    9/20/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The new Illinois Board of Education appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich placed the state superintendent on a leave of absence Monday — a step toward ousting him.
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    Dr. Randy Dunn
    By 7-2 vote: Schiller out; Dunn in
    9/20/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    As expected, in its first action as sworn-in members, the newly appointed Illinois State Board of Education early this morning named Dr. Randy J. Dunn as interim State Superintendent, replacing Dr. Robert Schiller.
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    Editorial: New state board of ed gives governor control
    9/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Back in January, Gov. Rod Blagojevich did his best to blame the state board of education for all the failings of Illinois public schools.
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    SIUC's Dunn may be named new state superintendent
    9/17/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Current State Superintendent Robert Schiller could be ousted by the newly-appointed state board of education Monday, and speculation suggests he could be replaced by a Southern Illinois University Carbondale administrator.
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    New Ed Board to decide on State Chief 9/20: what will put Students First?
    9/16/2004
    The new board will make a decision on the State Superintendent at a SPECIAL BOARD MEETING on Mon. Sept. 20 at 7:30 AM. You can participate... What needs to be done to put Students First?
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    Editorial: The governor's education board
    9/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Illinois State Board of Education is now operating, in essence, under the direction of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The big question is: In what direction will he steer the board?
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    State board to decide superintendent's fate next week
    9/16/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The new chairman of the State Board of Education said Wednesday that his board will decide whether to keep school Supt. Robert Schiller at the Sept. 22 board meeting.
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    State education board gets overhaul
    9/15/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    Retired Danville schools superintendent and 2003 Danville mayoral candidate David Fields was one of seven people Gov. Rod Blagojevich named to the State Board of Education on Tuesday after signing legislation allowing him to replace all but two of the panel's nine members.
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    Governance issue over; now back to the students
    9/15/2004
    With the appointment of a new State Board earlier this week, the public education governance issue is just about over. It's time to get back to the education of our children. This is where you come in.
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    Goreville resident named to state education board
    9/15/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    A former regional superintendent and Goreville resident is one of the seven people Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education Tuesday, marking a new era in the structure of the body.
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    Governor names new members to state school board
    9/15/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich named seven new members to the Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday, but a former board member is not convinced the reforms will help students.
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    Governor names 7 to education board
    9/15/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday promised more accountability and a new direction for the Illinois State Board of Education by signing a law that allowed him to name seven new people to the nine-member board.
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    Educators unsure overhaul will bring promised reform
    9/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised "sweeping reform" as he overhauled the state board of education Tuesday, setting the stage to replace the current state superintendent.
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    New schools panel picked by governor
    9/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Blagojevich has growing role in state education Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed a new Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday, replacing leadership of what he once termed a "Soviet-style bureaucracy" with an emphasis on backgrounds in education--a credential not always considered essential in the past.
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    Governor shakes up state education board with new appointees
    9/15/2004 -

    Copley News Service
    The overhauled State Board of Education will be "expected to accomplish more and to do better than it ever has before," Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday.
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    2,800 & Counting
    9/15/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Although the governor ripped education 'bureaucracy' in January, rules governing schools have grown under his watch
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    Illinois governor names 7 to schools board
    9/14/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich completed on Tuesday his takeover of Illinois' State Board of Education, nominating seven new members to the nine-member board under a new process that will give him and future governors more power over the state's public school system.
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    Guv overhauls state ed board
    9/14/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday promised more accountability and a new direction for the Illinois State Board of Education by signing a law that allowed him to name seven new people to the nine-member board.
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    A statement by Ronald Gidwitz
    9/14/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    State Board of Ed member Ronald Gidwitz: “… I trust this law will be followed.”
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    Gov. Blagojevich signs major education reform; appoints new members to Illinois State Board of Education
    9/14/2004
    In an effort to hold the Illinois State Board of Education accountable, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed Senate Bill 3000 – restructuring the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    New BOE named, Gidwitz: hopes law will be followed.
    9/14/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    The Governor signed SB3000 today, Sept. 14 at a 1:00PM event in Springfield.
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    Gov to take over state board of ed
    9/14/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Gov. Blagojevich is expected to take control of the State Board of Education today when he appoints seven of its nine members, according to Ron Gidwitz, a board member who likely will be replaced.
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    Scoopsville?
    9/14/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Sneed hears an Internet Web site (www.ISBEwatch.com) has been set up to make sure Gov. Blago doesn't politicize the new State Board of Education when he appoints seven new board members today.
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    New ISBE, State Chief expected
    9/14/2004
    Expect the Governor to sign SB3000, announce the new members of the Board of Education and appoint a new State Superintendent. He will sign SB3000 today, Sept. 14 at a 1:00PM event in Springfield.
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    Gov. to sign SB3000 today; announce new State Board of Ed.
    9/14/2004
    The Governor will sign SB3000 and replace seven of the nine members of the Illinois State Board of Education today. A 1:00 PM announcement in Springfield is likely. Ronald Gidwitz, current board member and former chairman, will be available for comment following today’s announcement.
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    Governor expected to approve new State Board of Education legislation as early as this week
    9/11/2004 -

    Illinois Radio Network
    One of four education bills awaiting the governors approval would allow replacement replacement of seven of the current nine members of the Illinois Board of Education.
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    Governor expected to sign SB3000
    8/10/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    Expect the Governor to sign SB3000, announce the new members of the Board of Education and appoint a new State Superintendent as early as next week.
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    State education board to be restructured
    7/24/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    DOWNSTATE -- The Illinois State Board of Education would be restructured under a proposal the Senate on Friday sent to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who initially sought a more sweeping overhaul.
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    Gov's education plan in limbo
    6/2/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich's education takeover plan was destined for quick and painless passage into law. Yet it's stalled in the Legislature.
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    A small step forward for Illinois children
    5/28/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    NOTE: The following statement is in response to today’s announcement by the Governor. Mr. Gidwitz is a member and former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, and the president and founder of Students First Illinois. His term on the State Board was set to expire January 12, 2005.
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    Governor makes a deal; Gives up education department for right to replace board
    5/14/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    Abandoning his proposal to create a Department of Education, Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled on Thursday a compromise plan that would empower him to replace all nine members of the Illinois State Board of Education.
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    Governor, key senators agree on education plan
    5/13/2004 -

    Copley News Service
    Abandoning an earlier proposal to create a new Department of Education, Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled a compromise plan Thursday that would empower him to replace all nine members of the State Board of Education.
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