Illinois school districts
|K-12 Education in Illinois|
|State Superintendent: Christopher Koch|
|Number of students: 2,083,097|
|Number of teachers: 131,777|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.8|
|Number of school districts: 1,075|
|Number of schools: 4,336|
|Graduation rate: 82%|
|Per-pupil spending: $10,774|
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Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Illinois is home to 4,336 schools and 2,083,097 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Gery J. Chico, Chair
- Steven R. Gilford, Vice Chair
- Dr. Vinni M. Hall, Secretary
- James W. Baumann
- Dr. Andrea S. Brown
- Dr. David L. Fields
- Melinda A. LaBarre
- Curt Bradshaw
The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Illinois as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic Information for Illinois's K-12 Public School System|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students||2,009||0.10%||0.42%|
|Two or More||58,951||2.83%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Chicago Public Schools
A significant amount of education resources in Illinois have gone to improving the nation's third-largest school district, Chicago Public Schools. The district has been plagued with issues in recent times, with everything from lagging academic performance, underfunding and school closures cited as issues. In 2006, a study released by the Chicago Tribune and conducted by the Consortium on Chicago School Research stated that only six out of every 100 freshmen entering a Chicago public high school will earn a bachelor's degree by the time they reach their mid-20s. The numbers were even less for black and Latino men, with only three percent. During the years of 2001 through 2008 and under the leadership of Arne Duncan, dozens of elementary and high schools were closed. In May 2013, it was announced that the board had voted to close 49 more elementary schools and one high school.
In May 2012, the teachers of CPS went on a nine-day strike that culminated in a march on City Hall. The strike was the first time CPS teachers left their posts in 25 years. Teachers in the district expressed numerous concerns, ranging from insufficient pay and benefits to the manner in which they were being evaluated. In October 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union voted in favor of a new three-year contract, ending the dispute.
School board composition
Generally, Illinois school boards consist of seven members elected to serve terms of four years. One exception is Chicago Public Schools, which has six members that are appointed by the mayor. Elections are held on the first Tuesday in April of each odd-numbered year. The terms of board members are staggered so there are three or four seats contested at each biennial election. If there is a vacancy, a member is appointed by the board until the next election.
Illinois has eight different types of school districts: the Chicago Public Schools, common school districts, community college districts, community high school districts, community unit school districts, non-high school districts, special charter districts and township high school districts. All of these school boards are elected, with the exception of Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Community College District.
Illinois does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.
School board elections
- See also: Illinois school board elections, 2014
A total of one Illinois school district among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for one seat. Peoria Public Schools District 150 held its election on March 18, 2014.
The district listed below served 14,183 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district name for more information on the district and its school board election.
|2014 Illinois School Board Elections|
|District||Date||Seats up for election||Total board seats||Student enrollment|
|Peoria Public Schools District 150||3/18/2014||1||7||14,183|
Path to the ballot
Illinois school board candidate must be at least 18 years old, have lived in the school district for at least one year and be a registered voter. To become a school board candidate one must also do the following:
- File a Statement of Economic Interests with the county clerk and obtain a receipt.
- File the following with the secretary of the board of education or the designated representative: a nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters or 10 percent of the voters, whichever is less; a Statement of Candidacy; a county clerk's receipt for the Statement of Economic Interests. They must be filed with the secretary no earlier than 78 days before the election and no later than 71 days before the election during normal office hours.
- If a candidate receives or expends $3,000 or more in an election campaign, reports must be filed with the county clerk.
- School board elections portal
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- List of school districts in Illinois
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Public education in Illinois
- Illinois Secretary of State
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Illinois Association of School Boards
- Illinois Education Association
- Illinois Federation of Teachers
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 15, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Of 100 Chicago Public School Freshmen, Six Will Get A College Degree," April 21, 2006
- WBEZ, "CPS wants to close first Renaissance schools," May 8, 2013
- NBC Chicago, "School Board Votes to Close 49 Elementary Schools, 1 High School," May 23, 2013
- CNN, "Official: No deal yet between Chicago teachers and school system," May 10, 2012
- Chicago Public Schools, "Chicago Teachers Union ratifies deal that ended strike," October 4, 2012
- Illinois Association of School Boards, "School Board Elections," accessed July 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Illinois," accessed July 10, 2014
- Illinois General Assembly, "Illinois Compiled Statutes," accessed July 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
- Illinois Association of School Boards, "School Board Member Qualifications," accessed July 10, 2014
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