It took too long, but the determined lobbying of local education advocates finally paid off in a newly minted state law that will allow elementary and high school districts with overlapping boundaries and an intergovernmental agreement to share student information. 

It sounds ridiculous but until now public elementary districts in Oak Park and in River Forest could not readily share data on student performance as our kids moved from one district to the next. Now under a bill shepherded over years by Senate President Don Harmon (D-OP) and now signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, that obvious communication is allowed.

All good. But we’d note that the failure to communicate has historical and cultural roots among these districts. State privacy laws were always pointed to as a blockade, but there has been a more elemental reluctance that new leadership will need to break down.

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