education http://northernpublicradio.org en Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/who-benefits-when-school-funding-formula-re-crunched <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School superintendents in Illinois are getting a chance to weigh in on what could be a huge change in the state’s public school funding formula.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:23:03 +0000 Susan Stephens 46025 at http://northernpublicradio.org Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched? New President For Rock Valley College http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-president-rock-valley-college <p>After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.&nbsp;&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/About/PresidentialSearch/">College's Board of Trustees today announced</a> it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:49:48 +0000 Guy Stephens 45715 at http://northernpublicradio.org New President For Rock Valley College Lawmaker Pushes For Changes To Education Funding http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-pushes-changes-education-funding <p>Illinois lawmakers are beginning to debate how much money the state will put toward education.&nbsp; First, though, a group of legislators say Illinois needs to fix how it parcels out that money to individual districts.</p><p>Senator Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, says Illinois has a problem with the "how." He says the state uses an outdated formula to determine what portion of Illinois' education budget each school gets.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:06:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 45456 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmaker Pushes For Changes To Education Funding Rockford Education Leaders Talk About Common Core http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-education-leaders-talk-about-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:47:18 +0000 Susan Stephens 43892 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Education Leaders Talk About Common Core Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools http://northernpublicradio.org/post/belts-getting-tighter-illinois-schools <p></p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:26:27 +0000 Susan Stephens 37808 at http://northernpublicradio.org Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools Tougher Tests for Illinois Students http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tougher-tests-illinois-students <p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2015">Student achievement tests given to third through eighth graders will be more difficult this year.&nbsp; <span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2013">The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are meant to measure learning in areas like language and math.&nbsp; But the new versions given this spring will require a broader understanding of subjects.&nbsp; Illinois will also raise the bar for meeting learning standards, which means fewer students are likely to hit the benchmarks.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2015"> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:01:08 +0000 WNIJ 24965 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tougher Tests for Illinois Students Jarrett Named Superintendent of Rockford Schools http://northernpublicradio.org/post/jarrett-named-superintendent-rockford-schools <p>The Rockford Public School Board has named Ehren Jarrett<a href="http://www2.rps205.com/Newsroom/Pages/20121030_Board-Selects-New-Superintendent.aspx" target="_blank"> as its new Superintendent.</a>&nbsp; The board will begin contract negotiations with the possibility of Jarrett assuming his new role July 1, 2013. Interim Superintendent Robert Willis is expected to stay on until then. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:37:02 +0000 Jenna Dooley 20620 at http://northernpublicradio.org Jarrett Named Superintendent of Rockford Schools Teachers Union Calls for Ouster of Pension Head http://northernpublicradio.org/post/teachers-union-calls-ouster-pension-head <p>A labor union is demanding the resignation of the head of Illinois' teacher pension system. The union doesn't like what he's been saying about the future of teachers' retirement benefits. Richard Ingram says in order to solve the long-term funding problems of the Teachers' Retirement System, the state has to consider reducing automatic cost-of-living increases for retirees. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:05:51 +0000 WNIJ 19833 at http://northernpublicradio.org Teachers Union Calls for Ouster of Pension Head College Receives Grant to Expand Training Programs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/college-receives-grant-expand-training-programs <p>McHenry County College will receive nearly $600,000 over three years from a U.S. Labor Department&nbsp; grant to expand its manufacturing and robotics training programs. According to the McHenry County <a href="http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/workforceinvestmentboard/pdfDocs/CountyReportFinalFall2011.pdf" target="_blank">Labor Report of 2011</a>, manufacturing is the largest employment sector of industry in McHenry County. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:00:35 +0000 WNIJ 19556 at http://northernpublicradio.org College Receives Grant to Expand Training Programs College Illinois Up and Running...Again http://northernpublicradio.org/post/college-illinois-and-runningagain <p class="yiv1621631759MsoNormal" id="yui_3_2_0_8_1349167826269432"><span id="yui_3_2_0_8_1349167826269431" style="font-size:10.0pt;"><span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1349167814_0">College Illinois</span> is once again open for business. The state's troubled pre-paid tuition program had previously stopped selling contracts amid reports of financial mismanagement. </span> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:33:04 +0000 WNIJ & Brian Mackey 19237 at http://northernpublicradio.org College Illinois Up and Running...Again