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The books being made available to children in public schools and libraries was the topic of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, with an Illinois law thrust into the spotlight.

Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias testified before the committee to explain the legislation. Beginning next year, Illinois will withhold tax dollars from public libraries that limit what types of books are available.

“This legislation is important because both the concept and practice of banning books contradicts the very essence of what our country stands for and what our democracy was founded on,” Giannoulias said.

Republicans have taken issue with the definition of book bans adopted by Pen America, which said books being pulled off the shelves in schools for review constitutes a ban.

“This is not a ban. This is about schools deciding what’s appropriate for school children, and sexually explicit and obscene, pornographic material isn’t appropriate,” U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said.

The hearing took a racy turn when U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, read passages from a couple books, including a profane paragraph from “Gender Queer,” which has appeared on Pen America’s banned book list.

“No one is advocating for sexually explicit content to be available in an elementary school library or in the children’s section of the library,” said committee chair U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. “That is a distraction from the real challenge.”

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780 County Line Road

780 County Line Road

The Plan Commission is scheduled to have a special meeting this evening starting at 6:30 PM.  Topics on their agenda are:

  • [Vote] Plan Commission Vice Chair Nominee: Curt Crouse, and
  • [Discussion] Developer Proposal for Property Outside of Village: 780 County Line Road

A copy of the agenda can be found here.

Editorial note: It is recommended that those interested in the discussion regarding the property at 780 County Line Road consider attending this meeting. The poor audio quality of remotely accessed meetings continues to be a problem (and has been for years now).  Clearly, this is not a priority for the Cecola administration.

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At Fairfield Elementary in Springfield Wednesday U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker meet. Greg Bishop / The Center Square

Education officials are reacting to concerns over political activism, rather than education, being in the classroom.

With the new school year in full swing for most of the state, national and state education officials made visits to Illinois schools.

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At Fairfield Elementary in Springfield Wednesday U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and talk with education officials. Greg Bishop / The Center Square

Before a visit to Fairfield Elementary in Springfield featuring Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Illinois U.S. Mary Miller, R-Oakland, released a statement saying Pritzker and Cardona oppose parental rights “and believe young children should be indoctrinated with radical ‘gender ideology’ politics in the classroom behind their parents’ backs.”

“Parents should be in charge of their child’s education, not radical politicians like Pritzker and Cardona who believe teachers should be discussing chemical castration and gender reassignment with your child,” Miller said.

Shannon Adcock, founder of the parents’ rights group Awake Illinois, said educators must focus on education.

“I would hope they would start talking about literacy, about proficiency and how they’re actually going to focus on academic outcomes in the classroom, not political activism, not waging continued war on parental rights,” Adcock told The Center Square.

Pritzker said despite state data showing some areas with low proficiencies in math and reading, the state is educating children.

“We always want to do better. We want our kids to do better, and in fact we’ve invested in that in the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said as he praised federal taxpayer resources for public education.

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“Every fall the Board of Education selects its priorities for the upcoming school year. At the Sept. 5 meeting, Board members approved six priorities for the 2023-24 school year. Each priority aligns with the district’s six strategic priorities that were developed as part of Barrington 220’s strategic plan, Framework 220.

The priorities include:

  • Personalized Learning
  • Future Readiness
  • Inclusive Education
  • Health & Well-being
  • Community Partnerships & Communication
  • Stewardship

Within each priority, there are measurable objectives. This school year the district is focusing on one or two objectives in each priority. “

Click here to learn more about each priority and objective.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Approve Settlement (Abeyance) Agreement with Student A.
  • Consideration to Approve 2023-24 Board Priorities
  • First Reading of Board Policy, and
  • Additional Uses of Mobile Board Meeting System

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live-streamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire is the suburbs’ top high school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Barrington High School ranked 21st. (Daily Herald File Photo, 2018)

When it comes to high school education in the suburbs, Lake County schools are at the top of the class, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of nearly 18,000 public high schools across the country.

Led by Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, four of the top five suburban high schools in the magazine’s annual rankings are in Lake County. Rounding out the top five are Vernon Hills High School, Lake Forest High School, Hinsdale Central High School and Libertyville High School.

Stevenson places sixth overall in Illinois and 201st in the nation. All of the top five schools in the state are in Chicago: Payton College Preparatory (10th in the U.S.), Northside College Preparatory, Jones College Prep, Young Magnet and Lane Technical.

The magazine ranked 17,680 public high schools in all, based on data from the 2020-21 school year.

Rankings are based on weighted scores from six indicators of school quality: college readiness (30%); college curriculum breadth (10%); state assessment proficiency (20%); state assessment performance (20%); underserved student performance (10%); and graduation rate (10%).

After Libertyville High, the top 10 among schools in the Daily Herald coverage area includes Neuqua Valley in Naperville, Glenbrook South in Glenview, Fremd in Palatine, Glenbrook North in Northbrook, and Barrington High School.

Read more here. To view the best high schools in Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report, click here.

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220 Budget

At their August 15 meeting, the 220 Board heard a presentation on the tentative FY24 budget. Approximately 88% of the district’s revenue comes from local property taxes. The balance comes from state and federal funding and other local revenues such as registration fees and donations.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place at the Sept. 5 Board meeting. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 19. Click here to view the tentative budget packetClick here to listen to the tentative budget presentation.

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School Soundoff

As school districts across Illinois prepare to welcome back students, a school official is raising concerns regarding a lack of personnel.

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools conducted an Educator Shortage study and found that 76% of school districts reported problems with staffing shortages.

“At first it was a teacher shortage. Then there was a teacher shortage crisis. Then it was a teacher shortage catastrophe, and it just escalates,” IARSS President Mark Klaisner said.

Klaisner said some downstate districts are trying to come up with ways to open their schools despite a lack of educators.

“In a rural area, it might be better to put kids on buses and transport them to the districts next door,” said Klaisner. “I never imagined that we would have these kinds of conversations.”

He said other districts are filing the gaps with teachers who aren’t fully certified.

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to address teacher shortages, including increased pay and retention bonuses and a measure to increase the number of days a substitute teacher can stay in the classroom.

More here.

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Barrington School District 220 is moving forward with plans to spend $7.7 million to install solar panels on the roofs of three school buildings.

At a school board meeting last month, seven board members gave a thumbs up to David Bein, district assistant superintendent of business services, to move forward with legal review of a potential contract to install solar panels at Barrington High School, Barrington Middle School- Prairie campus and Barrington Middle School- Station campus.

After a lengthy board presentation at the July 11 board meeting on various leasing or ownership models, Bein recommended the board make a $7.7 million initial investment for ownership which would result in $5.5 million in rebates and incentives, with a return of $3.7 million to the district in the first year.

The investment would be covered by the district’s current capital funds budget, he said.

Board members agreed it would be a “win-win” for the district due to the long-term energy cost savings and would be in line with the district’s stewardship strategic plan.

“We feel this is an important consideration as we look to the future,” Bein told the board, adding that his team looked at sustainable energy options across the district and various providers throughout the last seven months. “Solar is a viable option.”

More here.

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At the August 15th 220 Board of Education meeting, BHS Principal Steve McWilliams provided the Board with an update about the new parking lot configuration at BHS. There will be three primary parking lots across the campus. This map provides an overview of parking for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Main Street Lot: primarily for staff parking (entrance for staff and buses only)
  • Hart Road Lot: primarily for student parking, student pick-up/drop-off
  • Stadium Lot: staff parking only

Bus pick-up and drop-off will be located on the north side of the building. Additional school personnel and police officers will be positioned around the campus during the first few days of school to provide directions and assist with heavy traffic periods during arrival and dismissal. A more detailed communication will be sent out to all high school families this week.

Click here to listen to the full traffic presentation.

Note: First day of school is Monday, August 21st.

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