Kevin Bessler

Legislation advances mandating Illinois schools teach sex ed in all grades

(The Center Square) – The battle over whether Illinois schools should adopt the National Sex Education Standards continues. Legislation in Springfield would mandate the standards…

Several new Illinois laws affect the education system

(The Center Square) – A host of new laws go into effect in 2023 that will affect education in Illinois. In the wake of school shootings…

Candidates for Illinois school boards begin filing nominating petitions

(The Center Square) – Those who aspire to help govern their local school district in Illinois may now file nominating petitions. Nearly 6,000 men and…

Study shows a year-round school calendar has no academic benefit

(The Center Square) – Dozens of Illinois schools have gone to a year-round calendar, but a study suggests there are drawbacks. Year-round school is not…

Educators and bus drivers among 132,000 Illinois public employees with six-figure salaries

(The Center Square) – An audit of Illinois public employee salaries and pensions found a staggering number of employees were in the six-figure club. The…

Study: teacher benefits causing education spending to go up despite falling enrollments

(The Center Square) – A new study shows inflation-adjusted per-pupil K-12 school revenues in Illinois grew by 55% between 2002 and 2020 while enrollment numbers…

Illinois school districts trying to help students catch up after remote learning loss

(The Center Square) – Illinois school districts are in catch-up mode after the COVID-19 pandemic set back the development of many students. During Wednesday’s Illinois…

Some Illinois school districts facing bus driver shortages

(The Center Square) – The school bus driver shortage that was prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting some Illinois school districts with higher…

Most Illinois schools opt out of new sex education standards that critics say are age-inappropriate

(The Center Square) – With the new school year upon us, it is more apparent that many school officials and parents in Illinois want no part…

Majority of Illinois schools opt out of National Sex Ed Standards

(The Center Square) – Opposition is growing from parents, religious groups and Republican lawmakers on sex education standards for Illinois schools. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said…

SCOTUS nonpublic school funding ruling a victory for Illinois school choice advocates

(The Center Square) – Opponents of school choice in Illinois who say extending public funding to religious schools would be a violation of the separation…

New law expands career and technical education in Illinois schools

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is applauding a new law that allows students to be introduced to technical education at an earlier age.…

Study shows university diversity, equity and inclusion programs ineffective, overstaffed

(The Center Square) – The promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, on college campuses has become a big focus in academia, but a…

New law borrows $1 billion to extend pension buyout option for Illinois state employees, including educators

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Thursday a measure that borrows $1 billion to extend the existing pension buyout program for Illinois state employees…

Measure would eliminate standardized testing for young Illinois students

(The Center Square) – Legislation advancing through the Illinois statehouse would prohibit standardized testing for students in pre-K through second grade. House Bill 5285, also…