Catrina Petersen

Catrina Petersen is a contributor to The Center Square.

Public Education
Illinois schools to receive taxpayer dollars for special education referrals

(The Center Square) – A new law allows Illinois school districts to get reimbursed with taxpayer money for sending their troubled students to both public and private special education programs. Read More

July 10, 2024
Bill on governor’s desk raises concerns over Illinois courts’ jurisdiction for out-of-state birth certificate changes

(The Center Square) – Illinois could soon allow transgender residents to change out-of-state birth certificates and IDs, if the governor signs a bill on his desk. House Bill 5507, which… Read More

June 20, 2024
Critics question whether mandated relaxation will raise outcomes in Illinois schools

(The Center Square) – The governor is expected to sign Senate Bill 2872, which mandates schools to provide relaxation activities for Illinois students. Opponents argue the students’ academic performance is… Read More

June 18, 2024
Taxpayer funds for homeless new arrival students included in grant expansion

(The Center Square) – Illinois House Bill 5407, subject to appropriation, expands the permitted uses of funds received from the Education of Homeless Children and Youth State… Read More

May 23, 2024
Opponents call measure ‘union propaganda’ that could be taught in Illinois schools

(The Center Square) – A measure seeking to allow high schools around Illinois to observe an annual “Workplace Readiness Week” is ready to be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. … Read More

May 20, 2024