Taking over failing school districts is not what the Illinois State Board of Education is all about.   “We take no pleasure” in doing so, superintendent Chris Koch told an Illinois Senate committee. He testified in favor of a bill which would loosen the requirements upon the state for taking over districts on the academic watch list.
 
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The sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), says the state Board of Education is now obligated to take over a district which has been on the list for three years: “Either remove the school board entirely … dissolving the district, or moving around the pupils and replacing personnel. We have 77 districts in this status; we’ve only done this twice.”  ISBE has taken over the districts in East St. Louis and North Chicago.
 
S.B. 2340 passed the Senate Education Committee, 10-3-1.
 
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