M.Leddy + education + illinois + politics   28

Defunding public higher education
The American Federation of Teachers examines the result of cuts to higher education in Illinois (41% since FY 2000): layoffs, program elimination, increased tuition, lower enrollments.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Budget!
For the first time in more than two years, Illinois has a budget.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Illinois, Illinois, Illinois
“This impasse has been very cleverly designed to minimize the immediate obvious impact on middle-class families that don’t have a need for state-funded social services.”
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
An Obama thought
I’m not Barack Obama. And neither, in some ways, is he.
BarackObama  education  Illinois  politics 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Deep story, deep resentment
It’s still remarkable to me that any resident of a town that depends upon a public university for its economic well-being would not be troubled to see that university in decline. It’s like cheering as your own house burns.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Stranded by the State
A video series examining the effects of Illinois’s budget crisis on the state’s people.
Illinois  education  politics 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Other states
In The New York Times , a state-by-state analysis of how many students leave their home states to attend public universities elsewhere.
education  Illinois  politics 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
About last night
Our trip to hear our state representative speak on funding for our university turned out to be an interesting waste of time.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Creative accounting
Our representative’s explanation of funding for education.
Illinois  education  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
“Illinois, Illinois”
The legislature works out a short-term fix at the last minute.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois budget crisis on The Daily Show
Last night The Daily Show had a six-minute story about the Illinois budget crisis. Spoiler alert: there is no happy ending.
education  Illinois  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Destruction, degree by degree
Getting rid of philosophy, etc. The present (manufactured) budget crisis in Illinois offers an easy excuse for “flexibility,” really another name for destruction.
Illinois  education  philosophy  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Woe is Illinois
Our “pro-business” governor seems incapable of understanding that shutting down social-service agencies, decimating public higher education, and failing to pay the state’s bills do little to foster economic growth or human well-being.
education  Illinois  politics 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois, summer and beyond
Some money is better than no money, but today’s vote does nothing to provide a secure future for public higher education in Illinois, no more than having three months’ rent on hand would provide a secure future for a tenant.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Bruce Rauner: “an epic F”
The Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn gives Illinois’s governor Bruce Rauner “an epic F” at midterm.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
The Illinois higher-ed crisis makes it into The New York Times
It is good to see the Times paying attention. But I don’t know of anyone in Illinois who sees the current budget crisis as a matter of “politics as usual.”
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Marketplace on Illinois
A helpful introduction to the public higher education crisis in Illinois.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange Crate Art: Illinois primaries
It appears that Illinois voters don’t think much of Bruce Rauner.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Back to earth
The mantra of “flexibility” now in play in Wisconsin would seem to be a strategy to diminish or eliminate whole fields of academic endeavor: African-American studies, art history, classical studies, cultural studies, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, queer studies, women’s studies, whatever might be deemed impractical, unprofitable, unacceptable.
education  Illinois  politics 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Chicago State sends out layoff notices.
education  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Sanders at Chicago State
Bernie Sanders, speaking at Chicago State University last night: “Why is anybody in the world talking about shutting down colleges?” And: “Where are our priorities?”
education  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Three Rauner thoughts
In a prepared text of 4,229 words, Rauner’s first direct reference to the lack of a budget appeared with only 236 words to go,
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A sad indication of what now counts as good news in Illinois.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
“Horrible”
The present catastrophe-in-the-making threatens to damage public higher education in Illinois for years to come.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois’s higher-ed crisis
Bruce Rauner may not be the worst governor in the United States right now — that honor must go to Michigan’s Rick Snyder. But Rauner is certainly in the running.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
A petition to protect higher education in Illinois
The situation for public universities and community colleges is growing worse and worse.
education  Illinois  politics 
october 2015 by M.Leddy

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