Rachel Otwell http://northernpublicradio.org en Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/charter-schools-what-does-future-hold <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:12:31 +0000 Rachel Otwell 45965 at http://northernpublicradio.org Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/charter-schools-fix-ailing-districts-need Nearly two decades ago when the state legislature paved the way for <a href="http://www.isbe.state.il.us/scsc/pdf/faq.pdf">charter schools</a>, Republicans were in control and touted them as an innovative way to improve education by removing many rules and regulations. Now there are about 145 charter school campuses across the state, the vast majority in Chicago. Supporters say they are the change an ailing education system needs, but it's a contentious topic. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:52:47 +0000 Rachel Otwell 45851 at http://northernpublicradio.org Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need? Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lottery-shell-game-school-funding Many people are aware that the Illinois Lottery helps fund schools. But just how much do the proceeds actually help? Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:53:44 +0000 Rachel Otwell 43370 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? U of I Board OKs Tuition Increase & UIS Student Union http://northernpublicradio.org/post/u-i-board-oks-tuition-increase-uis-student-union <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The future UIS student union" data-attribution="Credit uis.edu" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/2013-07-24-NW-Perspective_clean.jpg" alt="" /><p>Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students. Trustees voted Thursday to raise tuition by 1.7 %. They also increased fees and housing costs. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:24:55 +0000 Rachel Otwell 42162 at http://northernpublicradio.org U of I Board OKs Tuition Increase & UIS Student Union