WebExtra: Lottery saleappears DOA


“Not only is the funding source not sustainable, it actually results in schools having less money over the long term.” ~Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, on the governor’s plan to fund schools through the sale of the state lottery.


Gov. Rod Blagojevich unleashed a storm of controversy when he unveiled his scheme to sell the state’s lottery for $10 billion to raise more money for schools. But the proposal seems to have alienated lawmakers as well as education activists, who are already dismissing it and looking toward the November midterm elections with the goal of reviving a push for school funding reform. Veto session may bring action on school construction, school closings.

WebExtra: Q&A with Elvira Torres

In 1994, Elvira Torres was one of the first freshmen enrolled in Bowen High’s teachers academy, a school-within-a-school that has since closed. After graduating from Southern Illinois University and teaching in South Shore for a while, she returned to her alma mater to teach at Chicago Discovery, one of four small schools housed at Bowen. Torres, now teaching in south suburban Lansing, talked with Associate Editor Debra Williams about the small school experience and why student accountability is important.

WebExtra: Comings and Goings

AT CLARK STREET Sean P. Murphy, the former chief operating officer in the Department of Operations, has left for a position in the private sector. His replacement has not yet been named… Area 16 Instruction Officer Joyce Bristow and Area 6 Instruction Officer Emil DeJulio are both retiring.