Education

Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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Pension reform
2:59 am
Thu May 8, 2014

A Different Take On A State Pension Law Could Stop Flood Of Retirements

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State university employees are rushing to retire because of last year’s state pension reform law. Now a new interpretation of that law indicates it may not drastically reduce pension amounts for some retirees  after all.

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7 to 9 Schools on Chopping block
6:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Rockford Hearings On School Closings Are Underway

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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  every elementary school, except for the 7 to 9 targeted for closing. 

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Public Input Wanted On Long-Term Plans
5:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Rockford School District Considers Closing At Least Seven Elementaries

White Swan Elementary School, one of at least seven schools that could close under plans by the Rockford School District.
Credit Rockford Public Schools / RPS205.com

The Rockford School District is looking at closing seven to nine elementary schools. The district currently has 35. 

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Senate Bill 16
6:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched?

Freshman State Senators Andy Manar and Steve Stadelman meet with superintendents from public schools in Winnebago and Boone counties at The Regional Superintendent's office in Loves Park.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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. 

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Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
Credit Rock Valley College / rockvalleycollege.edu

After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Rockford Register Star Collaboration
8:47 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Rockford Education Leaders Talk About Common Core

Rockford Education Association President Dawn Granath and District 205 Superintendent Ehren Jarrett discussed Common Core at the WNIJ studios in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year. 

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NIU
6:10 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Past As Prologue: Chinese Students At NIU

Credit niu

Northern Illinois University’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.  In one school within the university, a number are already here -- and have been for a long time.

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Waste Management
4:23 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Landfill Leak Sends Dozens Of Cortland Students To Hospital

Cortland Elementary School in relation to Waste Management's DeKalb County landfill.
Credit Google Maps

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.

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President Doug Baker
3:18 am
Thu November 14, 2013

The Inauguration of NIU's 12th President

NIU President Doug Baker delivers his inaugural speech.
Diane Drake WNIJ

Wednesday was a day for celebrations at Northern Illinois University…even before the undefeated Huskies crushed Ball State, 48 to 27. It was Inauguration Day for NIU president Doug Baker, and student achievement was the focus.

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