Education http://northernpublicradio.org en Rockford Public Schools 10 Year Plan: Close 8, Build 2, Consolidate http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-public-schools-10-year-plan-close-8-build-2-consolidate <p>A plan to close eight Rockford elementary schools and build two new ones is on its way to a vote by the school board. Last night, the school district held the last of 39 public meetings about the proposal.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:54:10 +0000 Susan Stephens 51086 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Public Schools 10 Year Plan: Close 8, Build 2, Consolidate Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-ag-sues-over-alleged-student-loan-debt-scams <p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:40:21 +0000 WBEZ 50634 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams A Different Take On A State Pension Law Could Stop Flood Of Retirements http://northernpublicradio.org/post/different-take-state-pension-law-could-stop-flood-retirements <p>State university employees are rushing to retire because of last year’s state pension reform law. Now a <a href="HIGHER%20EDUCATION-PENSIONS">new interpretation of that law</a> indicates it may not drastically reduce pension amounts for some retirees&nbsp; after all.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 07:59:37 +0000 Susan Stephens 47176 at http://northernpublicradio.org A Different Take On A State Pension Law Could Stop Flood Of Retirements Rockford Hearings On School Closings Are Underway http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-hearings-school-closings-are-underway <p>Rockford needs fewer, larger elementary schools. More modern classrooms. One early education center for each quadrant of the city. It’s all part of a $250 million plan to improve &nbsp;every elementary school, except for the 7 to 9 targeted for closing.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:08:00 +0000 Susan Stephens 47080 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Hearings On School Closings Are Underway Rockford School District Considers Closing At Least Seven Elementaries http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-school-district-considers-closing-least-seven-elementaries <p>The Rockford School District is looking at closing seven to nine elementary schools. The district currently has 35.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:17:01 +0000 Susan Stephens 46949 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford School District Considers Closing At Least Seven Elementaries 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 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 Past As Prologue: Chinese Students At NIU http://northernpublicradio.org/post/past-prologue-chinese-students-niu <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.niu.edu/index.shtml">Northern Illinois University</a>’s President Doug Baker has called for increasing the school’s ties with Chinese institutions. That would include having more students from China on the DeKalb campus.&nbsp; In one school within the university, a number are already here -- and have been for a long time.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Guy Stephens 41775 at http://northernpublicradio.org Past As Prologue: Chinese Students At NIU Landfill Leak Sends Dozens Of Cortland Students To Hospital http://northernpublicradio.org/post/landfill-leak-sends-dozens-cortland-students-hospital <p>67 Cortland Elementary School students and staff members were admitted to Kishwaukee Hospital's emergency room today after complaining of nausea: they were sickened by a strong smell from the nearby Waste Management landfill.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:23:32 +0000 Susan Stephens 41771 at http://northernpublicradio.org Landfill Leak Sends Dozens Of Cortland Students To Hospital