On Tuesday, the request by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) needs to submit clarifying rules on the recognition status process of public and private schools in Illinois is a first indication that common sense may be entering this 18-month controversy. [Read more...]
As Hospitals and Schools Establish Testing, Accountability Measures, First Dose Deadline Extended to Sept 19
As hospitals and schools work to implement additional COVID-19 testing programs and accountability measures, Governor JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a two-week extension of vaccination requirements for individuals in high-risk settings. [Read more...]
Guidance emphasizes the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for in-person learning
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is fully adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools released today.
“Our goal is to protect the health of students, teachers, and staff so that in-person learning can resume as safely as possible,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The CDC is right: vaccination is the best preventive strategy. As school board members, parents, teachers and superintendents plan for a return to in-person learning in the fall, we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to continue to mask. IDPH is proud to fully adopt school guidance issued by CDC, which is based on the latest scientific information about COVID-19.” [Read more...]
State Senator Darren Bailey sent a letter to Dr. Ernesto Matias, the Chief Education Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education, requesting answers for the threats they made to local districts and demanding they cease these baseless threats until a clear explanation is given as to their authority to make such demands. [Read more...]
State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) is pleased to announce that his first piece of legislation in his first term in the General Assembly passed unanimously out of the Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools Committee.
House Bill (HB) 217 would allow local school districts to decide if they would like to put the words “In God We Trust” back on public school buildings anywhere in Illinois. [Read more...]
It’s a mindset that plagues “big government” types who believe the best governance is centralized control. The best place for decision-making impacting local communities is not in Springfield or Chicago – it’s in your community. [Read more...]
All three schools in the NCOE District CUSD #3 have seen a decrease in the number of remote learners since the beginning of the school year with more students returning to in person learning. The principals reported that all three schools planned to hold parent teacher conferences this week through phone calls, Google meet, or emails. [Read more...]