CCI NewsletterAs head of CCI's Education Department, Zach Wichmann writes an occasional newsletter on education issues pending at the state and federal level and their impact on Catholic schools.


Education Newsletter: January 2014

NewsletterConsider this edition of our education newsletter a primer on the basics on advocating for our Catholic schools. Learn about school choice, state regulations and funding of grant programs, including the all-important Textbook Block Grant. Read about it here in our January 2014 issue.



Education Newsletter: November 2013

NewsletterSchool visits from the Illinois State Board of Education are needed in order to garner state recognition this year. The Catholic Conference of Illinois worked with the Board to focus on the backlog of state visits — those schools that have not been visited since 2007 — and reduce the amount of paperwork under relaxed deadlines. The result: Only 340 schools will be required to undergo a state visit this year — down from more than 500. Read more about it in our November 2013 Education Newsletter


Education Newsletter October 2013

Newsletter The school year is back in full swing, and so is the CCI Education Newsletter. Check out the October 2013 issue to catch up on education-related legislation passed last year requiring insurance for high school student athletes, tweaking school safety drills, and updating required immunizations for students. Learn about EdChoice Illinois, which is leading a new statewide coalition working to advance school choice. And check out the Catholic schools that were just named Blue Ribbon Schools — they make up nearly 40 percent of the 21 Illinois schools receiving this federal recognition.


Education Newsletter April 2013

NewsletterThe school year may be winding down but the legislature is finally getting down to business in its final month of session. Funding for the textbook block grant may have a chance, and CCI is ready with legislation in case some monies become available. Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Oak Lawn, has introduced House Bill 2321, while Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, is sponsoring Senate Bill 2152. Read about these measures other education legislation that may be considered by the legislature in CCI's April 2013 Education Newsletter.