Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a status-quo-busting school reform bill that boosted education across the state. It was a proud moment for Illinois.
This year? Not so proud. Some lawmakers are targeting Chicago Public Schools with a barrage of bills that would cripple long overdue reforms. They're meddling on class size. They want to block school closings and consolidations. They're even trying to tell charter schools how to discipline students. Talk about micromanaging from 210 miles away.
There's a pattern here. Many of these proposals, such as changing the way teachers are assigned to schools, are key components of the Chicago Teachers Union's proposals in contract talks with CPS. Union officials may figure what they can't gain at the bargaining table they might snag in Springfield.