State takes over 2 Illinois school boards
The Illinois State Board of Education has ousted the elected school boards in the East St. Louis and North Chicago districts.
The state board took the action Thursday in Springfield, citing nagging academic under performance. Under Illinois law, state education chief Christopher Koch will direct the regional superintendents over the affected districts to replace the locally elected board members. Koch then will appoint a five-person independent panel to take their place.
The East St. Louis district has more than 7,000 students, while the North Chicago system has nearly 4,000.
Messages left with Garrett Hoerner, the general counsel for East St. Louis schools, and North Chicago schools superintendent Milton Thompson were not immediately returned.Source