Brett Rowland

Brett Rowland has worked as a reporter in newsrooms in Illinois and Wisconsin. He most recently served as news editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He previously held the same…

Public Education
Unfunded state pension liabilities grow to $8.28 trillion nationwide

(The Center Square) – Unfunded state pension liabilities have climbed to $8.28 trillion, or nearly $25,000 for every person in the United States, according to a new report from the American Legislative… Read More

June 9, 2022
Public Education
Austin residents brace for higher property taxes as school enrollment declines

(The Center Square) – Austin Independent School District, the largest taxing authority in Travis County, recently commiserated with local homeowners regarding rising property taxes that will fund its schools. Earlier… Read More

May 25, 2022
Public Education
Report highlights cost of pandemic school closures, limited effectiveness of lockdowns

(The Center Square) – A working paper that examined how U.S. states responded to the COVID-19 pandemic found that states with strict lockdowns and other COVID-19 policies did little… Read More

April 13, 2022
Public Education
Report highlights ‘compounding effect’ of pandemic on student performance

(The Center Square) – A new national report highlights the “compounding effect” the pandemic and remote learning have had on student performance, especially for the youngest learners. The report… Read More

April 1, 2022
Public Education
Education pension spiking costs continue to hit Illinois taxpayers

(The Center Square) – School districts across the state continue to divert money from classrooms to boost the pensions of retiring educators despite multiple attempts to curb the practice. One… Read More

March 21, 2022