Education

Union must still vote on deal
3:07 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Strike Suspended At Kishwaukee College: Faculty Contract Still Not Approved

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Update: The Kishwaukee College Education Association plans to hold its contract ratification vote starting Jan. 27th over a 24 hour period per the Union bylaws.

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees' Special Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 has been canceled.  That's according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

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There won’t be a strike at Kishwaukee College Wednesday, but the union representing 81 teachers at the school still has not ratified a contract agreement worked out this week with the administration. 

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Strike
4:11 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Kishwaukee College Faculty Votes to Strike

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

During a closed meeting Thursday, members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) overwhelmingly voted for a work stoppage to begin on Wednesday, January 21st. 

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Education
6:34 am
Wed January 14, 2015

New Illinois Law Dictates When State Can Take Over School Districts

Illinois has a new set of rules for when and how the state can take over failing school districts. It was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn before he left office. 

The law, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, re-prioritizes the board’s responsibilities.

“It really is to narrow and make it clear what the criteria are for both intervening in a district -- and exiting.”

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Education
6:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Effects Of Rauner's State Spending Freeze Unclear For Universities

It’s not clear how Rauner’s executive order freezing state spending will affect operations at state universities. The three-page order covers all executive branch agencies, including the boards of state universities. 

But U of I spokesman Tom Hardy says they’ll be taking a close look at the directive.

“We like to think that most everything we do has an essential quality to it. But we’re going to work with the governor’s office and our budget people here to get some clarity around the identification of essential versus non-essential spending.”

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Update
2:53 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Kishwaukee College Teachers Give Thumbs Down To Latest Contract Offer

Kishwaukee College teachers rejected the latest offer from college administrators during a meeting Tuesday.

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Kishwaukee College
2:47 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Progress In Kishwaukee College Contract Negotiations

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

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Community College Free Tuition
6:43 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Illinois Community College Board Supports President Obama's Tuition Proposal

Credit state of Illinois

The Illinois Community College Board backs President Obama's proposal to provide the first two years of community college free to certain students. 

President Obama wants to make two years of community college free for many students nationwide. It's an effort to increase access to higher education, as college continues to get more expensive and student loan debt continues to grow.

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Education
6:28 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Kishwaukee College Faculty, Administration Will Discuss Bargaining Status

Credit Sue Stephens

Kishwaukee College faculty and administration will meet tonight for a negotiation session. 

The faculty, which has been without a contract since August, filed an intent-to-strike form with the state last week. A faculty member told WNIJ the teachers will meet Tuesday to discuss bargaining status. 

The college board also is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

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Education
6:21 am
Mon January 12, 2015

U Of I Steadies In-State Tuition For Some, Increases For Others

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The University of Illinois plans to hold basic tuition steady for in-state students enrolling in the fall. Students at the Chicago campus will see an increase for certain majors. That bump is called a “differential.” 

University spokesman Tom Hardy says U of I, like many other colleges, uses differentials on all three campuses to raise money for engineering, business administration, nursing and other subjects for more than a decade.

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Education
6:30 am
Fri January 2, 2015

First Female President Of Southern Illinois College Resigns

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The first female president in MacMurray College's history is stepping down. 

Colleen Hester will lead the small liberal arts college until after the 2015 commencement.

The school will immediately begin a national search for a new president.

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