Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99

Topics

James Meeks
New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader

The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation's longest-serving superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high poverty, urban district in California that faced a multi-million dollar deficit. The selection of Anthony "Tony" Smith — GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's recommendation to the board — sends a message about the new Republican's governor's priorities for the state's 860 school districts and its outdated school funding formula during an ongoing financial crisis. In a statement, Rauner spokeswoman...

Loading

61°