"The 94th General Assembly has adjourned. They have left public education as it was when they first convened. In Illinois, 50 percent of black students will fail to graduate high school. Ninety-four percent of Chicago public school students will never earn a college degree. Rural schools are closing.
Suffice it to say, 2005 and 2006 were hardly banner years for education reform in Illinois. Rather than challenge the status quo and rethink public education in Illinois, leaders in Springfield proffered a number of “reforms” that can be called disappointing, at the very least."