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The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, is replacing the federal No Child Left Behind laws for K-through-12 schools.

The State Board of Education is drafting a plan to implement next fall; it includes alternatives to measuring accountability and academic success.

DeKalb-area State Representative Bob Pritchard helped organize the listening session. He says developing the education plan is a complex issue for everyone.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform recently compared enrollment data of Illinois public colleges and universities against similar schools in six neighboring states. 

Enrollment at the state's three largest public universities increased -- but just barely. The biggest gain was at the University of Illinois flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, at 1.8%.  

NIU Hosts First-Ever Safety Awareness Day Next Week

Sep 27, 2016
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The Northern Illinois University police department will host its first-ever Safety Awareness Day next week.

NIU officer Weyni Langdon says the fair’s purpose is for new members of the community – like college freshmen who haven’t been away from home before – to familiarize themselves with police departments in the surrounding area and get necessary safety resource information all in one place.

“At the beginning of the year, we have a lot of questions about which agency is which – you know, ‘Are you NIU police? Are you DeKalb police? Are you county?’” Langdon said.

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Nearly 1,000 Illinois students may have to continue their studies elsewhere after ITT Technical Institute announced its closure last week.

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  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Dick Durbin went to Parkland College to discuss education costs.   

Both Democrats  are sponsoring the “In The Red Act.”  This legislation would provide federal funding for two years’ free tuition at community colleges.  Durbin says if passed, the Act would help students, but only if they put in the work.