Illinois Education Superintendent on School Funding, Standards

Illinois' largest school district is in financial turmoil, nearly everyone agrees the school funding formula needs retooling, and the state's contending with both a new federal administration as well as a new federal education law.

Managing all of this is the Illinois State Board of Education, the agency charged with doling out state and federal dollars to school districts, as well as holding them accountable.

Even Gov. Bruce Rauner made a rare appearance at the board's meeting last week to emphasize education standards.

"We have got to drive real quality," Rauner said. "We can't just spend more money and hope for the best. We've got to have an understandable, rigorous high bar of excellence for our schools, for our students. Our students deserve nothing less than that."

Joining Chicago Tonight for a conversation about Illinois schools is ISBE Superintendent Tony Smith.


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