Greg Bishop

Despite Biden saying ‘pandemic is over,’ Pritzker reissues executive orders, though rules relaxed for K-12 staff

(The Center Square) – While the President of the United States says the pandemic is over, Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues his COVID-19 executive orders, though…

Parents’ rights group rallies outside Illinois State Capitol, criticized new sex ed standards

(The Center Square) – As schools across the state begin this week, a parents’ rights group rallied outside the Illinois statehouse Tuesday to call attention to…

Judge dismisses mask and exclusion lawsuit against most schools, state dismissed, saying cases are moot

(The Center Square) – Sangamon County Judge Raylene Grischow on Friday dismissed most defendants from a large lawsuit parents brought over mask and exclusion mandates.…

Motions to dismiss challenges to COVID-19 school mandates under advisement

(The Center Square) – As schools prepare to start a new year, whether the case challenging broad COVID-19 mandates on schools is dismissed is still…

Some worry a repeat of COVID-mandate ‘chaos’ could start Illinois’ school year

(The Center Square) – Some K-12 school districts start back up for the new school year in as little as a month. Some worry there…

Vaccine mandates remain for K-12 staff, not higher ed staff and students, as Pritzker looks to ‘resume normal operations’

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has modified his COVID-19 executive orders “to ensure governments are resuming normal operations.” The move relaxes the vaccine…

Illinois parents’ rights group urges parents to opt children out of controversial sex ed

(The Center Square) – An Illinois parents’ rights group is advocating for parents to opt their children out of controversial sex ed courses. Awake Illinois…

Illinois’ Invest In Kids school choice program, set to expire in 2023, enhanced under new law

(The Center Square) – Illinois’ public schools are not performing well, but the state does have a program in place that gives some families a…

Measures impacting education, driving and public safety retirement now law

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed 35 bills Friday, including measures impacting education, driving and public safety retirement. Beginning Jan. 1, certain members…

With measures to attract, retain teachers approved, some see other problematic policies

(The Center Square) – With the governor enacting measures to attract and retain teachers, critics say other policies are keeping teachers away. Gov. J.B. Pritzker,…

GOP candidates for Illinois governor discuss crime, COVID, education during forum

(The Center Square) – Crime, COVID-19 policies, education and more were the focus of the first Illinois gubernatorial debate among Republican candidates. There was also…

Parents, local education officials push back against Illinois’ public school policies

(The Center Square) – In what could be a top issue in the November election, parents of school children and local education officials are voicing…

Chicago Public Schools can’t enforce vaccine/testing mandate on plaintiffs, court rules

(The Center Square) – Chicago Public Schools are not allowed to enforce their COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate on teachers and other staff who sued…

Better late than never? Schools back to normal, Pritzker orders

(The Center Square) – Illinois schools can return to “normal operating procedures when dealing with infectious disease,” according to an executive order Gov. J.B. Pritzker…

Facing court date, Chicago Public Schools to lift mask mandate ‘in near future’

(The Center Square) — Chicago Public Schools are still requiring masks, but that’s expected to change. An attorney said lawsuits against other institutions requiring masks…

Some question if “political science” was part of relaxing COVID-19 mandates in Illinois

(The Center Square) — While some say the science of COVID-19 has led to Illinois lifting its mask mandate in most places, including schools and…

School association doesn’t expect ISBE to enforce mask mandate ‘at this point’

(The Center Square) – An association representing large school districts across Illinois expects the issue of mask mandates to eventually dissipate, despite the attorney general…

Illinois ed board removes meeting agenda item for vaccine mandate rule

(The Center Square) – Don’t expect the Illinois State Board of Education to take up a proposed rule requiring the COVID-19 vaccine or testing for…

Bipartisan legislative committee blocks Pritzker’s emergency mask rule for schools

(The Center Square) – The governor’s latest school mask mandate rule was blocked by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). The bipartisan committee of…

Two school districts face contempt motion over claims they are violating mask restraining order

(The Center Square) – All of last week, children of plaintiffs in the school mask and exclusion lawsuit weren’t being punished for not wearing a…