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Former Oakland California school superintendent Anthony “Tony” Smith has been selected as the new Illinois Superintendent of Education.

The Illinois State Board of Education made the change unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting, replacing current Superintendent Christopher Koch, effective May 1.

Koch, whose contract expired earlier this year, remained on the job at the request of the state board. One of the longest serving state superintendents in the nation, he has been in the post since December 2006 and has overseen changes to testing and teacher evaluations.

A new partnership based on enviromental, economic, and social projects run by students from an Illinois liberal arts college will benefit an Iowa community.

Starting in the fall, students from the Upper Mississippi Center at Augustana College in Rock Island will work with the city of Clinton, Iowa, a dozen projects to promote "sustainability."

Center Director Michael Reisner says one of those projects involves working with the Clinton Fire Department.

Youngstown State University - Randy Dunn

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to cut higher education by more than 30 percent. Presidents of three state universities appeared before lawmakers to explore ways to minimize such drastic cuts. 

Committee chair Kenneth Dunkin, a Chicago Democrat, challenged the members to make their decisions based on information, rather than along party lines.

State Authors Featured On Annual Reading List

Mar 5, 2015

Works by several authors with ties to Illinois are included on the recommended Illinois statewide reading program for 2015.

The Illinois Reading Council on Wednesday named books for everyone from adults to newborn babies. The program is intended to promote reading for people of all ages.

Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, the Rich Cohen paean to Windy City football at is finest, and Chicago author Scott Turow's Identical are among the six recommendations for adults.

When Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to increase school funding by $300 million, educators seemed unimpressed.

They’re more excited about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed 3 percent surcharge on income greater than a million dollars. That would provide about a billion dollars to schools.

That move would require a constitutional amendment, but it has gotten backing from a variety of education groups that are often at odds with one another -- teachers unions, school administrators, and everyone in between.

Different states implement Common Core standards in different ways.

Illinois has its own test to determine college readiness, but some parents and teachers are trying to stop it. Critics say it causes problems for students and prevents teaching other subjects.

Illinois students will begin taking the new test -- PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers -- next month. It consists of math and reading exams given to students starting in third grade.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: as of 5:00 am

Belvidere School District

Creston School District

Harvard School District

Scholarship Applicants Could Get $4,000

Feb 11, 2015

Students living in Winnebago and Boone County can apply for scholarships worth up to $4,000 for college or technical training.

“We believe truly in what Ben Franklin once said, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’,” said Owen Carter, a community action program coordinator at Rockford Human Services Dept. “We want to encourage educational attainment at all costs, at all levels.”

Buyout Package Is Just The Latest Spending Concern

Feb 10, 2015
www.cod.edu

The College of DuPage is getting heat about its spending lately. The focus recently has been a $760,000 severance package for the school president.

That payout has taxpayers wondering how the college is spending their money ... and students wondering if that could lead to program cuts and tuition hikes.

When College of DuPage trustees met last month to approve a contract buyout for President Robert Breuder, more than 400 people showed up. And they didn’t come to cheer.

DeKalb School District Gets A Security Upgrade

Feb 4, 2015
DeKalb.org

DeKalb School District 428 has gone high-tech to help prevent potential security threats. Superintendent Douglas Moeller is confident the new security measure, known as the Raptor System, will be effective to address security risks rapidly.

“It obviously is much more convenient for our families who we do want to be involved in their children’s school experience,” Moeller said. “The old process was time-consuming; and a lot of parents, I think, felt that we were trying to keep them out of schools rather than welcoming them into our schools.”

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