Illinois state school board ousts East St. Louis board

6:38 PM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education has ousted the elected school board in East St. Louis and is considering doing the same in the North Chicago school district.

The state board took the action Thursday in Springfield. In East St. Louis' case the board cited generations of academic failure and resistance from locally elected leaders to fix it.

The ousted local school board now will be replaced by members chosen by the state.

The state board's vote to remove the East St. Louis board at state education chief Christopher Koch's urging was unanimous. The state now will set up a new administrative structure to run that district.

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6/21/2012 2:14:49 PM (GMT -5:00)

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